June 30 - July 15, 2019 Register now »
Come join us on this two week adventure in historic Portugal; a safe, vibrant, welcoming and “must-do” destination for the landscape and travel photographer. We think this tour to be unique in several ways: First, it's fourteen nights; longer than any and less expensive on a per-day basis.
Second, we designed this tour so you have both a great photographic experience and an opportunity to encounter the wonderful Portuguese culture - friendly and inviting. Third, we visit truly exceptional venues. Finally, we include the festival in Tomar; a very special and fun once-in-four-years event.
We start in Lisbon - Portugal's capitol city - meeting and greeting at a welcome dinner. Lisbon is one of the world's most beautiful cities anywhere and while our stay here is only overnight, don't worry; we'll return on our last leg of the Tour.
After a good night's sleep, we pick up our two nine-passenger vans and depart for the hilltop town of Obidos; a romantic medieval town with its photogenic narrow-cobbled streets, colorful homes, Gothic doorways and windows and surrounded by its intact twelfth-century wall. You won't want to stop shooting but please do lest you miss experiencing one of the most enchanting locations anywhere. We'll spend two nights here.
Our next stop is the scenic town of Tomar along the Nabao River filled with historic centuries-old churches and the Convent of Christ – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its elegant and magnificent examples of Gothic, Romanesque, Manueline and Renaissance architecture. A special treat on this particular tour will be enjoying and photographing the Festa dos Tabuleiros (Festival of the Trays) 2019. This festival takes place only once every four years and it's such a well-kept secret that details were not known until just before we posted this tour. You'll enjoy the street decorations, the quilts in windows, fireworks, traditional games and the throwing of flowers on the procession of the trays - Cortejo dos Tabuleiros. Many villagers from neighboring areas march through the colorful streets with crowns stacked high with colorful ribbon and 40 loaves of bread that are called "trays".
After three days of festival in Tomar, we head to the world-famous Douro Valley for three nights. In the mid-eighteenth century, the Valley became the world's first designated wine region. One of its areas, the Alto Douro Vinhhateiro (or just Alto Douro), has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's port country and you'll see famous names such as Sandeman, Fonesca, Cockburns, Taylor and others. And, we'll taste a few too as we explore the wonderful landscape of the Douro Valley.
Next, we spend three nights in the charming and picturesque town of Aviero - often referred to as the "Venice of Portugal" because of its canals with humpbacked bridges. The Central Canal runs through town and you'll see the colorful molicieros - traditional seaweed boats that are now used for tourism. Book a ride! While in Aviero, we'll visit nearby Costa Nova with its candy cane striped beach cottages and wonderful fish market.
Finally, we return to Lisbon - Portugal’s coastal capitol city (one of the rare Western European cities that face the ocean) with its pastel colored old city buildings, narrow streets with cable cars, red-tiled rooftops of the Alfama district and so much more. Travel expert Rick Steves describes Lisbon this way: "think San Francisco but older, prettier and less expensive". Lisbon is among the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe and it mesmerizes travelers with its intimate alleyways and a charm that is captivating and laid-back. We'll hop on street cars as we explore this magnificent city.
As our fourteen-night adventure comes to an end all too soon, we bid each other tchau as we return home; or, if you wish, experience Lisbon on your own for a few days more. There is so much to see in this lovely city.
We know there's a question you want to ask. "How hot is Portugal in July?" By past records it should be a blistering 75 to 80 degrees (around 26 Celsius). July is also Portugal's sunniest and driest month. A really wonderful time to be there.
Co-tour leaders and instructors Terry and Julie Eggers have done this exact itinerary several times.
Day 1. June 30. Leave Home
Day 2. July 1 Arrive in Lisbon; welcome dinner (D)
Days 3, 4. July 2-3 The storybook town of Obidos; two nights (B,L,D)
Days 5 - 7 July 4-6. Tomar; the Festival - three nights (B,L,D)
Days 8-10. July 7-19. The Douro Valley; port country - three nights (B,L,D)
Days 11-13 July 10-12. Aviero; Portugal's Venice - three nights (B,L,D)
Days 14-15 July 13-14. Lisbon; beautiful, charismatic Lisbon - two nights (B,L,D)
Day 16. July 15. Return Home (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
tour price: $6376 per person from Lisbon Portugal, double occupancy.
Single supplement is an additional $1300
tour leaders & instructors: Terry Eggers, George Theodore (yes, we lead AND teach)
maximum participants: 10
includes: fourteen nights lodging, meals as noted, all ground transportation
(see exclusions below)
not included: Travel to/from home, alcoholic beverages, transportation between
airport and hotel (free shuttle on arrival, taxi or extra cost shuttle
on departure), personal items, entrance fees for museums or other
attractions, telephone or internet charges, hotel charges beyond lodging,
travel insurance (highly recommended).
registration: CLICK HERE
payment terms: Non-refundable $1000 deposit at registration (check, PayPal)
50% of balance due on or before November 30, 2018 (check only)
Remaining balance due on or before March 31, 2019 (check only)
Note: Credit cards can be used on PayPal for deposit purposes
refund policy: Cancel between November, 2018 and March, 2019 due dates above,
we refund 50% of November payment
No refunds after March 31, 2019
Please purchase travel insurance