Portugal Photographic Tour
- Eleven nights and twelve days in this forgotten corner of Europe.
- Charming and luxurious lodging in perfectly situated Pousadas and Hotels.
- An insider’s view of Portugal from the cities to the UNESCO sites, Knights of Templar, and quaint century-old villages.
- Photograph gorgeous Lusitano horses in the Ribatejo with their owners and trainers.
- Enjoy colorful and cosmopolitan Lisbon and Porto.
- Private transportation with short distances between stays.
- Sumptuous meals with the option of the best Portuguese wines.
per person, double occupancy*
*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 0 participants.
PORTUGAL!!! The most beautiful, interesting and important areas of the country have been selected to visit and photograph. As travel photographers we tackle many challenges from people photography, landscape, waterscape, architecture, still life, and night photography, all blending together to tell a story. You will be inspired with what you will learn. You will return home with an acquired skill in photography as well as outstanding images to tell your own story. This is a land of castles, wine,...
PORTUGAL!!! The most beautiful, interesting and important areas of the country have been selected to visit and photograph. As travel photographers we tackle many challenges from people photography, landscape, waterscape, architecture, still life, and night photography, all blending together to tell a story. You will be inspired with what you will learn. You will return home with an acquired skill in photography as well as outstanding images to tell your own story. This is a land of castles, wine, ships, farming, and of warm, friendly people. Rolling hills, vineyards, orchards, stone walls, castles on hilltops, a tradition of song and the home of “port” wine—this is Portugal.
The itinerary takes us through the extraordinarily diverse countryside of Portugal. Your photography opportunities will abound. You will visit a fantastic range of interesting attractions from magnificent valleys to medieval castles, and graceful olive groves, enjoy the flavorful cuisine and excellent wines and cheeses of each region. The local guide, Keron Psillas, is also a photography instructor. She provides access and personal relationships through out the tour. This adds just the right compliment to the visual excitement that Portugal offers. Cultural gems are everywhere. They include Unesco World Heritage Sites, and of course, the lively pulse of Portugal’s delightful capital, Lisbon, tops off the tour.
Although we work with an itinerary, it is subject to change when a new photo opportunity or wonderful weather and lighting conditions present themselves. Our accommodations have been chosen for being centrally located, allowing us easy access to the local color and the captivating charm of Portugal.
Please join tour leader for this incredible cultural and photographic opportunity. The emphasis of the trip is on photography, yet this is much more, one that non-photographic travelers can enjoy just as well. Days will be filled with unique photographic opportunities, in that there are so many wonderful hidden places to explore. Your leader will seek out obscure settings to visit and photograph, places you would not find on your own.
Photo Leader TBD
September 16: Depart Home
There are overnight flights from the U.S./Canada to Lisbon, Portugal (LIS).
September 17: Lisbon
Arrive this morning or early afternoon, you will be transferred upon arrival to your accommodations. Gather (time to be announced) for a meet and greet and then off for a walk around Lisbon to get your bearings. Enjoy your welcome dinner together while listening to the dramatic and melodic FADO in your local guide’s favorite little taverna. Overnight Lisbon (D)
September 18-19: Lisbon
Put on your walking shoes, as today you will explore several of Lisbon’s neighborhoods, with some downtime in the middle of the day. Morning will find us up in the Bairro Alto and Baixa neighborhoods, and after a lunch break, go to Belem to visit the Jeronimos Monastery and nosh on the best Pastel Nata you’ll ever taste. Take some time to enjoy the sunset along the water before heading back to the center of Lisbon.
The next day start up high above the Alfama and work your way down through the winding streets and alleys. There is color, streetlife, architecture, trolleys, and a discovery around every corner. After a lunch break, gather to take in the sunset from one of Lisbon’s many ‘Miradouros’. (B both days)
September 20-21: Ourem
After breakfast board your private bus and head north into the Ribatejo Province. Photograph Keron’s beloved Lusitano horses and have lunch in a local restaurant. Later, visit the sacred site of Fatima and then arrive about sunset to your 14th Century Castle on the hill at Ourem. Enjoy two nights here at a lovely Pousada, from which you will explore Medieval Portugal.
The next day the ancient Abbey of Batahla will be your first stop, then off to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alcobaca. You’ll be up early to see if there is fog in the valley. From our vantage point high atop our ‘mountain’, the landscapes in the morning are stunning. Overnight Ourem (B each day)
September 22-24: Porto
Tomar is the third of your UNESCO sites in the center of Portugal and one that never disappoints. The history of the Knights Templar is offered in its full glory. This is the best-preserved site for the ancient order in all of Europe. After your visit, head north to Porto, arriving in time for sunset along the Douro in your Palace on the river. Porto can be vibrant and cosmopolitan on one street with Old Portugal on the next street over. Visit the monuments, and have lots of time to wander as well. The pedestrian bridge provides a birds-eye view, and the train station is a feast for the eye with all the azulejos (distinctive blue tiles). Later, take some time at the Palacio Freixo. Then, it’s off to a very special dinner and private tour of the most important Port Cellar in Portugal. To top off your day, there will be some night shooting overlooking the entire city of Porto.
The next day, go out to the coast after some morning shooting in Porto. The seaside offers color and local fisherman, families along the piers, and a spectacular lunch spot! Afterward, for those who wish, there’ll be more time to photograph your favorite spots in Porto. Overnight Porto (B; B, D; B)
September 25-27: Cascais - Obidos - Sintra
Though it will be very difficult to leave our riverside Palace, head south today to discover another side of Portugal. Stop in Obidos on your way, a delightful walled village from the 12th Century. After lunch, check in to your hotel, explore the neighborhood a bit with your local guide and photograph along the way.
Stay close to home the next morning, with a two-minute walk over to the National Palace to photograph the marvelous interiors, the gardens, and the Falcons. This evening take in the charming seaside town of Cascais, after discovering a bit of coastline and Guincho beach. It’s world famous for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Enjoy dinner later at Keron’s favorite spot on the water.
The next day set out to explore Sintra with it’s fairytale castles and mysterious hidden spots. The Convento dos Capuchos, the Pena Palace, and the Regaleira are the highlights. Have lunch in the village and then afterward gather for your final dinner together in the Old Kitchen at the National Palace. It’s a stunning spot with fabulous food, the perfect ending to your Portugal adventure. Overnight Sintra (B; B; B, D)
September 28: Cascais - Lisbon - Home
Departure for home, all transfers to the Lisbon Airport (about 20 minutes away) are included. (B)