Safari-Tour-New-Destination Spring in Portugal Tour

21 May – 31 May 2018


Experience the rich history and culture of Portugal, and its gastronomic delights

$2,980 (€2,490) PP*

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Join me on my latest tour – Spring in Portugal. The beauty of its striking architecture and spectacular landscape will leave you gasping while the diversity and warmth of its culture will awe you. Experience the country and its peoples, survey 600 years of architecture, wander through the historical walled town of Obidos, explore the roman-built aqueducts of Evora and Elvas and the quaint town of Belmonte. Cruise down the Douro river, experience three Porto wine tastings, and explore the cellars where it is created. Take a fascinating ride on the iconic St Justa elevator for a panoramic view of the Portuguese capital.

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My shot of the elephant is what made me cry that day after the Chobe River boat. Being so close to these magnificent beings and them IN YOUR FACE and happy and free. I cried again seeing it. Everybody did such a wonderful job. What a great gift this book is. You are tops, Ed!

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About the Cultural Tour

In May 2018, Ed in conjunction with Prof João Paulo will lead a private group of travelers and photographers to Portugal on a cultural, gastronomic and photography tour. The tour takes you on an adventure through the interior of the country visiting UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites, connecting you with the people from seaside to mountain top, whilst photographing historical sites and enjoying the rich Portuguese gastronomy and oenology… that’s food and wine!

Photographers of ALL levels are welcome. This tour encourages sharing of techniques leading to learning from one another and putting into practice new skills.

Non-photographers, sketchers or videographers are welcome. This tour will appeal to anyone with an interest in discovering a new country, its history, its food, its peoples and its sights.

What’s Included

  • All guided tours and admissions included 19 group events:
  • Lisbon walking tour • Christ the King Monument • São Jorge Castle • Monastery of Jerónimos • Pasteis de Belem • National Palace of Sintra • Évora walking tour • Guided tour of Elvas’ Fortresses • Belmonte synagogue and Torre de Moncorvo tours • Port Wine tastings in Regua • Douro River cruise • Porto walking tour • Port wine tasting and lunch • Joanina Library tour in Coimbra • Coimbra walking tour • Alcobaça Monastery tour • Explore Óbidos Medieval Town
  • Guided by João Paulo Oliveira e Costa, published university history professor, specialist on 15th and 16th century Portuguese history
  • Photography guide – Ed Braz, landscape and wildlife photographer, leader of wildlife photo safaris to his native South Africa
  • Small group of 18 – 20 curious travelers and dedicated photographers
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in conveniently located hotels
  • On-tour exclusive air-conditioned 40 seat luxury coach with mobile Wi-Fi
  • Discover the similarities between Harry Potter and the city of Porto, the city that inspired J.K. Rowling
  • Undertake a private guided tour of the Graham’s Port Cellars and port wine tasting
  • Take in a boat cruise down the Douro River with lunch on board while passing 2 river locks
  • Enjoy three free afternoons to explore Lisbon and Porto at your own pace
  • Single supplements available — a few private rooms are available for an additional fee
  • 25 meals (10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

Spring-in-Portugal Tour Itinerary

 

21 May 2018

Welcome to Lisbon

The Spring-in-Portugal Tour begins at a joint dinner at the Lisboa Tejo Hotel, Lisbon. On arrival in Lisbon, Humberto Delgado Airport, find your way by Taxi or Uber, to the Hotel, conveniently located in the downtown area of Lisbon, close to many tourist sites in the heart of this exciting city. Check-in on arrival, shake off the jetlag, or take in the stores in the Rua do Ouro. Meet the Tour director and the team at dinner tonight.

MEALS : D
LODGING : Lisboa Tejo Hotel

 

21 May 2018

Explore Old Lisbon and the Riverfront.

Lisbon is a magnificent city brimming with cultural and historic artifacts. Across the river we visit the Christ the King monument (Cristo Rei) getting a different perspective of the capital from the top of the 27o ft high statue. Explore the hilly streets and narrow alleyways, making your way up to the Castle of São Jorge overlooking the city. Traverse the famous district of Alfama and discovery the oldest church of Lisbon, known as the Sé de Lisboa. Enjoy a late full-fare lunch with the group at the Honorato Restaurant

Discover Lisbon as you please for the remainder of the day and evening. Some suggestions, a stone’s throw from the hotel, are:

Saunter along Rua Augusta heading to Restauradores Square and the Triumphal Arch; Mouraria, overflowing with small churches, mosques, and shops; Enjoy traditional sweets and coffee (Café Nicola) before heading to the Gothic-style Rossio train station and Rossio Square; Visit the beautiful Carmo Convent that dominates Carmo Square; Walk to the top of the Santa Justa Funicular to take in the sweeping views of the city; Explore the district of Chiado – a spot for browsing boutiques, bookstores, and historic cafes.

MEALS : B; L
LODGING : Lisboa Tejo Hotel

 

23 May 2018

Visit the UNESCO sites of Maritime Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais.

Depart in a westerly direction to visit the Tower of Belem, a UNESCO monument built as part of the Tagus estuary defence system. The Torre de Belém is a cultural reference, a symbol of Portugal’s uniqueness at the time, including its privileged exchange with other cultures and civilizations.

Follow a guided tour to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – a five centuries old architectural marvel declared a National Monument in 1907 and classified by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site”. Enjoy the original Pastéis de Belém, made according to an ancient secret recipe by the monks of the Monastery. Head onto the seaboard and partake in a lunch at the Restaurante da Praia da Adraga. Take in a view of the western-most point of Europe, and be led on a guided tour of the national palace in Sintra. Return to Lisbon via Cascais – a former fishing town and now Madonna’s latest home; peruse the narrow streets of this trendy vacation getaway with your guide.

MEALS : B; L; D
LODGING : Lisboa Tejo Hotel

 

24 May 2018

Heading Eastwards – the arid Alentejo and the Arab influence

We head into the arid interior of the country, land of cork and olive trees. Évora dates back some 3 millennia, having Celtic origins in the 5th-4th centuries BCE. It is a well-preserved medieval town that features protective medieval walls, a 13th-century cathedral, several palaces and a 1st-century Roman temple. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lunch is enjoyed at the Restaurante Dom Joaquim and is followed by a visit to the Duke’s Palace in a neighboring town, Vila Viçosa. Elvas is the next destination and the location of our hotel for the night – Hotel São João de Deus.

MEALS : B; L; D
LODGING : Hotel São João de Deus

 

25 May 2018

Follow the eastern frontier

This day we move northwards along the oldest border in the world. In Elvas, a city wrested from the Moors in the 12th century, we are led on a guided tour of the old city and fortresses of Graça and Santa Luzia, which withstood various sieges by the Spanish and attacks by the Napoleonic French Armies. The border town of Elvas and its fortifications were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2012. Lunch is served at the Restaurante Sever, near Marvão. After lunch, we visit the Castle of Monsanto built in the 12 century at about the same time as Portugal was founded. A little further north, we find the town of Belmonte. This is the home to the last remaining community of marranos in Portugal (known as the Belmonte Jews). We tour the synagogue, opened in 1996, and stay at the Pousada Convento de Belmonte.

MEALS : B; L; D
LODGING : Pousada Convento de Belmonte.

 

26 May 2018

Heading to the Porto region

After breakfast, the tour spends dedicated time on making images of the Belmonte synagogue and village. We move onto Torre de Moncorvo, an unhurried city established in 1825. We will experience the go easy lifestyle of the location before lunch at the Restaurante O Lagar, and then heading to the wine growing regions of Porto wine. At our destination, Pinhão, we find the end of the navigable part of the Douro River. We partake in a wine tasting session at the Adega da Roeda before heading to Régua, where we enjoy a buffet dinner and stay at the Hotel Régua Douro.

MEALS : B; L; D
LODGING : Hotel Régua Douro.

 

27 May 2018

Sailing the Douro River

Régua is one of the first wine demarcation regions in the world. Appreciate the beauty and grace of the Douro valley landscapes, with vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. Board the river cruiser in the late morning and wind your way through the river meanders, taking in the astonishing views. Lunch is served on the cruise. Sail through the Carrapatelo Dam, and the Crestuma-Lever Dam. Enjoy the tranquility of the Douro River, sip your favorite cocktails and observe the beauty of the valley, arriving in Porto in the late afternoon. Check-in at the Hotel da Música, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore The Unvanquished City.

Some suggestions to see, a stone’s throw from the hotel, are:

The stunning 12th century Porto Cathedral, an architectural champion of Romanesque design; Peer over the double decker iron bridge Ponte de Dom Luis I, which spans the Douro River. Savor an espresso at the illustrious Café Majestic and view its ornate interior. At the impressive train station of São Bento, view Portugal’s history depicted on the 20,000 magnificent azulejo (tin-glazed ceramic tiles) – its royalty, its wars, and its transportation history. Visit the spirited Bolhão Market, and draw in the aromatic smells of baked bread, fresh fish, and colorful produce.

MEALS : B; L
LODGING : Hotel da Música.

 

28 May 2018

Explore The Unvanquished City

The city of Porto is the second largest in Portugal, dating back to 300 BCE. As such, the city has many buildings rich in culture. The day is spent on a guided historical tour, seeing and photographing the Sé, Estação de São Bento, Palácio da Bolsa, Igreja de São Francisco, Ribeira and the Foz. Lunch will be served at the Downing Street Restaurant followed by a guided tour to Graham’s Cellars and a port wine tasting event. Buffet dinner is served at the 5-star hotel.

MEALS : B; L; D
LODGING : Hotel da Música

 

29 May 2018

Visit the historic academic capital of Portugal

Start the day with a healthy breakfast before heading southwards to Coimbra, the cerebral and academic capital of the country. Visit the Old University and the Joanina Library, which dates back to the 18th century. It contains some 200,000 volumes and reflects incomparable hand-carved woodwork. Lunch is had at the Restaurante Dux before heading to Batalha, home to the 14th century Holy Mary of Victory (Mosteiro da Santa Maria da Vitoria), a gothic work of art. The monument was classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Check-in at the Hotel Lis Batalha and enjoy a dinner and a group presentation.

MEALS : B; L; D
LODGING : Hotel Lis Batalha

 

30 May 2018

Discover the thriving Middle Ages

Visit to the Cistercian Monastery of Alcobaça, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO – the first Portuguese monument completely built according to the Gothic style. The size, the purity of its architectural style, the beauty of the materials, and the care with which it was built, make this a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic Art. Head towards the sea-side town of Nazaré, a surfing destination and the city of the colorful seven layered skirts. Enjoy the sea breeze and lunch by the sea-side. After lunch, we visit and explore on foot the quaint medieval town of Óbidos. Admire old white washed houses, completely surrounded by the old castle walls. Afterwards, we return to Lisbon for check-in at the Lisboa Tejo Hotel and a free evening to explore the remaining unseen spots.

MEALS : B; L
LODGING : Lisboa Tejo Hotel

 

31 May 2018

Heading home or your extended stay

After breakfast, the tour is over. All that remains is to exchange contact details with your travelling friends and discuss where the next visit will be.

Check-out from the hotel and head off to your next destination.

 

Boa Viagem e até à próxima.

 

Cost & Terms of Payment

The 11 day (10 nights) all-inclusive cultural  tour costs $2,980 (€ 2,490) per person. This includes

  • Ten nights in 3, 4 or 5 star accommodation and all meals at the lodges
  • Services of a history professor tour guide in English
  • Services of a professional photographer guide
  • Ground transportation – exclusive luxury air-conditioned bus and river cruise
  • Fees, tourism taxes and levies

The following items are not included

  • International flights to and from Lisbon, Portugal
  • Medical inoculations, vaccinations, travel medicines and prophylactics
  • Tips and gratuities for staff, guides, rangers and trackers
  • Visas and insurances
  • Optional personal purchases, tours and extra activities

Costs are per person sharing. A deposit of $500 per guest is required at the time of booking. Balance is payable, by check or wire transfer, no later than 90 days before the start of the tour. Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will be refunded in full (less the processing fee of $250). Cancellations within 90 days prior to departure will be refunded in full (less the processing fee) provided we can find another guest to take your place.

As a limited number of spaces are available, if a guest is unwilling to share with another guest of the same gender, then a single supplement will be charged. Although we will try to accommodate requests for single occupancy, this cannot be guaranteed.

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary if conditions warrant such an action. We will attempt to notify participants of changes with as much notice as possible. Changes having an impact on the schedule or on costs will be borne by the participants.

Safari Tour Dates

May 21, 2018 Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

MEALS : D

LODGING : Lisboa Tejo Hotel

May 22, 2018 Explore Old Lisbon and the Riverfront

MEALS : B; L

LODGING : Lisboa Tejo Hotel

May 23, 2018 Visit the UNESCO sites of Maritime Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais

MEALS : B; L; D

LODGING : Lisboa Tejo Hotel

May 24, 2018 Heading Eastwards – the arid Alentejo and the Arab influence

MEALS : B; L; D

LODGING : Hotel São João de Deus

May 25, 2018 Follow the eastern frontier

MEALS : B; L; D

LODGING : Pousada Convento de Belmonte.

May 26, 2018 Heading to the Porto region

MEALS : B; L; D

LODGING : Hotel Régua Douro.

May 27, 2018 Sailing the Douro River

MEALS : B; L

LODGING : Hotel da Música.

May 28, 2018 Explore The Unvanquished City

MEALS : B; L; D

LODGING : Hotel da Música

May 29, 2018 Visit the historic academic capital of Portugal

MEALS : B; L; D

LODGING : Hotel Lis Batalha

May 30, 2018 Discover the thriving Middle Ages

MEALS : B; L

LODGING : Lisboa Tejo Hotel

May 31, 2018 Heading home or extending your stay

Fly from Lisbon on homeward bound flights or stay on

Guest will arrive in Lisbon prior to or during the start date and stay at the MY STORY HOTEL that night.

Guests can arrange their homeward flights to depart on the end date after 09:00.

Physical health requirements
This is a great opportunity for you to take pictures of the environment, landscapes and cityscapes. Most travelling is undertaken in air-conditioned coach and some images are best taken from a vantage point involving moderate walking.  Guests must complete a standard liability waiver before participating in this cultural tour.

Important Information
This tour visits luxurious and well-appointed hotels throughout the country.  It is suggested that you consult with your travel doctor to determine the precautions to be taken given the destination and the conditions found there. The government organizations and travel clinics below are trusted resources for complete and up-to-date info about travelers’ health in Portugal.

  • United States:   https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/portugal 
  • Canada: https://www.iamat.org/country/portugal/risk/routine-immunizations

Mandatory Insurance
Although visiting a European country is considered a low-risk activity, there are situations where claims for loss or damage to luggage and personal effects due to breakage, theft, or fair wear and tear through hotel, airline and group carrier handling, do occur. You will be asked to provide independent documentary evidence of luggage loss and delayed or cancelled trip insurance, failing which cover will be provided for you at your cost and added to your account.

Please provide the office with the insurance company’s name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that this policy exists in the interest of our guests’ safety.

Travel Arrangements to and from the departure point
This cultural tour starts and ends in Lisbon, Portugal. Your travel arrangements must ensure that you arrive in Lisbon no later than 6pm on the first day of the tour. That evening the group will meet for a group introduction, welcome cocktails and dinner offered by the organizers. This tour ends after breakfast on the last day – please arrange departures from Lisbon International Airport on the final day. If you plan to participate in any add-on side trip, the routing will determine the itinerary at the time of reservation.

 

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