PORTUGAL IN SPRING WORKSHOP

22 MAY - 1 JUNE 2019

11 DAY / 10 NIGHT LANDSCAPE PHOTO WORKSHOP

 

Join me on my European landscape 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 Óbidos, explore the roman-built aqueducts in Lisbon and the quaint town of Tomar. Track the Douro river, experience three Porto wine tastings, and explore the cellars where the famous smooth, liquid nectar is created. Take a fascinating ride on the iconic St Justa elevator for a panoramic view of the Portuguese capital.

Call Ed on +1-919-527-4440 now to discuss or reserve this trip over the phone.

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STARTING LOCATION   /   ENDING LOCATION

This photo workshop starts and ends in Lisbon, Portugal.

 

PRICE

$4,850 per person based on double occupancy. Single supplements may be available.

ABOUT THE TOUR

In May 2019, Ed will lead a private group of photographers to Portugal on a cultural, gastronomic and photography workshop. 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 anew the country, its history, its food, its peoples and its sights.


SERVICES AND FACILITIES

The same ground transport company will accompany the photography group for the duration of the outing. We will have 1 air-conditioned coach with capacity for 20 people with ample space for equipment and luggage.

From your arrival at the starting location until your departure all regular expenses are covered. This includes

  • All guided tours and admissions to locations mentioned in this write-up

  • Lisbon walking tour • Christ the King Monument • São Jorge Castle • Monastery of Jerónimos • Pasteis de Belem • National Palace of Sintra • Port Wine tastings in Regua • Douro Region visits • Porto walking tour • Port wine tasting and lunch • Joanina Library tour in Coimbra • Coimbra walking tour • Alcobaça Monastery tour • Explore Óbidos Medieval Town

  • A registered tour guide providing historical, cultural and architectural insights throughout the duration of the workshop

  • Local photographers in Lisbon and Porto with specialist knowledge of their localities

  • Photography guide – Ed Braz, landscape and wildlife photographer, leader of wildlife photo safaris to his native South Africa

  • Small group of at most 8 curious travelers and dedicated photographers

  • 10 nights' accommodation in conveniently located hotels

  • On-tour exclusive air-conditioned 20 seat luxury coach with mobile Wi-Fi

  • Bottled water for all excursions and travels on the coach

  • 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 with port wine tasting

  • Enjoy two free afternoons to explore Lisbon and Porto at your own pace

  • Single supplements available — a few private rooms are available at an additional fee

  • 30 meals (11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

EXCLUDED

  • International flights to and from Lisbon, Portugal

  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel

  • Medical inoculations, vaccinations, travel medicines and prophylactics

  • Soft and alcoholic beverages

  • Visas and insurances

  • Optional personal purchases, tours and extra activities


Itinerary IN BRIEF

 
 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Arrival in Lisbon, Check in at the Hotel

Explore the Riverfront, Lisbon

Visit to Sintra and Cascais, Lisbon

Explore Old Lisbon, Lisbon

The View from the Other Side, Lisbon

Head North to Porto and the land of Port Wine, Porto

Explore the Douro River Banks, Porto

Discover the Unvanquished City, Porto

Explore the Historic Perspective, Porto

Discover the Thriving Middle Ages, Lisbon

Extend your stay or head home!


Itinerary

 

22 May 2019

WELCOME TO LISBON

The Spring-in-Portugal workshop begins at the 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 jet-lag, or take in the stores in the Rua do Ouro shopping street. Meet the Tour director and the team at an early dinner tonight and shoot your first sunset from a city lookout point. (D)

LODGING : Lisboa Hotel

 

23 May 2019

EXPLORE THE RIVERFRONT

This morning we do a sunrise shoot over the river with the Vasco da Gama bridge as a backdrop. After breakfast back at the hotel, we take in the old city on foot as we make our way to the Tagus River. Heading in a westerly direction we visit and photograph the riverine historical monuments. We encounter the Praça do Comércio, Champalimaud Foundation, Tower of Belem, a UNESCO monument built as part of the Tagus estuary defense system, Jerónimos Monastery, the famous Pasteis de Belem and many others. (B,L,D)


LODGING : Lisboa Hotel

 

24 May 2019

VISIT TO  SINTRA AND CASCAIS

Today we head out to Sintra, a divine and mysterious location known to ancient civilizations as the Mountain of the Moon, a place where parks and gardens exist in harmony with palaces, mansions, convents and churches. Classified as a World Heritage Cultural Landscape in 1995, it will be the backdrop to our photography activities. Here we find the National Palace of Sintra, the Quinta da Regaleira and the Town Palace, a place where the aristocracy took residence during the hot summer months.

The afternoon shoot of rocky coastal outcrops and water in motion ends with a shoot at the Praia da Adraga followed by dinner at the Restaurante da Praia da Adraga. Take in a view of the setting sun over the western-most point of Europe returning 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. (B,L,D)

LODGING : Lisboa Hotel

 

25 May 2019

EXPLORE OLD LISBON

After breakfast we 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 discover the oldest church of Lisbon, known as the Sé de Lisboa. Enjoy a late full-fare lunch with the group at a local restaurant.

After lunch we explore the Gothic-style Rossio train station and Rossio Square and head up the hill to take in 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. (B,L,D)


LODGING : Lisboa Hotel

 

26 May 2019

THE VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE

This morning we cross the river to see Lisbon from the other bank of the Tagus. The southern bank accommodates a few of the capital's dormitory towns - far more blue collar than the city, the industrial base is palpable everywhere. This is also where we find the more picturesque seaside fishing villages with typical settings - small ocean-going craft, fishing nets and traditional ways of living; many photographic opportunities abound. After lunch we return to the hotel and enjoy a free afternoon - this is the opportunity for you to re-visit places that you missed or want to shoot in your own time or go shopping for mementos for those back home. (B,L)

LODGING : Lisboa Hotel

 

27 May 2019

HEAD NORTH TO THE PORTO AREA

After early breakfast, we head northwards to Porto about 4-hour drive by coach. En route we stop at the Mosteiro da Batalha (the Monastery of the Battle) and visit the Unfinished Chapels aiming to get to Porto by lunch time. Check into the hotel and meet for an orientation tour of the city culminating in the Ribeira area; we then cross the river (into Gaia) for our first Port tasting event and dinner. The view of Porto from the southern bank of the Douro river is breathtaking. Exercise your evening shooting skills making images of the Ribeira and the Rabelo boats. These flat-bottomed boats, laying quietly by the riverside, are one of the most popular symbols of the city. (B,L,D)

LODGING : Porto Hotel 

 

28 May 2019

EXPLORE THE DOURO RIVER BANKS

Today we head to Régua, 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. Head out after breakfast and wind your way through the river meanders, taking in the astonishing views. Lunch is served on the riverside in Peso da Régua. Enjoy the tranquility of the Douro River, sip your favorite port cocktails - we head back to Porto by coach arriving late afternoon. (B,L,D)

LODGING : Porto Hotel 

 

29 May 2019

DISCOVER 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.  Some places of particular photographic interest: 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. Visit the (temporarily relocated) spirited Bolhão Market, and draw in the aromatic smells of baked bread, fresh fish, and colorful flowers. (B,L,D)

LODGING : Porto Hotel  

 

30 May 2019

EXPLORE THE HISTORIC PERSPECTIVE

Start the day before sunrise - position yourself to capture the rising sun over the iconic Iron Bridge which is synonymous with Porto - the D. Luis I bridge. After a healthy breakfast we continue to explore and photograph the narrow busy streets as the city comes alive for another day. 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. Options include the book store (Livraria Lello) that inspired J.K. Rowling’s depictions of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. A list of other places to visit will be provided later.

We convene for lunch - thereafter the afternoon is free for you to spent at will, photographing or buying that memento you'll cherish once back home. (B,L)

LODGING : Porto Hotel 

 

31 May 2019

DISCOVER THE THRIVING MIDDLE AGES

Tomar is another UNESCO site featured on this tour. Located in the center of Portugal it is the home of the controversial assistance provided by the church in the formative years of the country. Home to the Templar Friars for many years, in reality a secular well-heeled church military force that supported the maritime discoveries of the 15th century, the Convent of Christ and the castle complex is a historic and cultural monument with ornate interiors and stained glassed windows.  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 Hotel Star Inn Lisbon, and our final dinner of this photo workshop. (B,L,D)

LODGING : Hotel Lisbon Airport

 

1 June 2019

EXTEND YOUR STAY OR HEAD HOME

It's always a tough decision - to stay or go! 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. Guests can arrange their homeward flights to depart after 10:00. (B)

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

Boa Viagem e até à próxima.


FEES AND TERMS OF PAYMENT
 

The 11 day (10 nights) all-inclusive photographic safari tour costs $4,850 per person.

Costs are per person sharing.

A deposit of $1,000 per guest is required at the time of booking. Balance is payable, by cheque 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.

 

The Rossio Square with the mesmerizing wavey pattern

 

TERMS AND CONSIDERATIONS

 

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.

 

MANDATORY MEDICAL EVACUATION 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 STARTING LOCATION

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.

PANTANAL JAGUARS SAFARI

4 – 14 AUGUST 2019

11 DAY / 10 NIGHT WILDLIFE PHOTO SAFARI

 

The Pantanal in Brazil is the largest flood plain in the world occupying an area the size of the United Kingdom. The remoteness of the area and the accompanying logistical complexity of traversing this watery expanse at certain times of the year, permits the wildlife to proliferate abundantly, unfettered by human contact. It is home to jaguars, caimans, giant anteaters, giant river otters, capybaras, tapirs, hyacinth macaws and many more bird species. Remarkably, the jaguars found on this Brazilian plateau are much larger than their brothers found in Argentina to the south or in the Amazon rainforest to the north west.

This tour is for photographers of all skill levels. We spend most of the time photographing in the field and do reviews of images and assist with editing techniques on request. Our visit occurs during the jaguar mating season where jaguar sightings are at their prime. In addition to the photographic opportunities, the experience of being in the midst of these phenomenal hunting predators will stay with you for a very long time.

Call Ed on +1-919-527-4440 now to discuss or reserve this trip over the phone.

 
 
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STARTING LOCATION   /   ENDING LOCATION

This photo workshop starts and ends in Cuiabá, Brazil.

PRICE

$6,995 per person based on single occupancy.

ABOUT THE SAFARI TOUR

The Pantanal Jaguars photo safari tour takes place on the Cuiaba river in the heart of the Pantanal. This is a floodplain, about the size of the United Kingdom, covering parts of Bolivia and Uruguay. The tour is set in the Meeting of the Waters State Park on the Cuiabá and Pixaim Rivers. Of the 400 species of birds found in this park - it’s the world’s longest list of large birds - 82 weigh more than one pound. The bird sightings are truly superb, but it is the abundance of jaguars, caiman and giant otters that capture the imagination of most visitors.

The tour starts with a meeting and an overnight stay in Cuiabá. The next morning we take a leisurely drive to a fazenda approximately halfway down the Transpantaneira Highway to the Pousada Rio Claro. Situated on the forested banks of the wildlife-rich Claro River, it’s a bird enthusiast’s dream come true!

After spending 3 days at this Lodge, we continue our journey into the Pantanal southwards on the Transpantaneira Highway to our floating hotel (flotel) on the mighty Cuiabá River. Here we spend six days on a fully kitted, self-contained river boat with an experienced local English-speaking naturalist. Every morning we transfer onto a river skiff and wind our way through a maze of waterways, deep into jaguar territory for very dependable sightings, positioning the skiff for the best photo opportunities. The focus of this tour is to photograph jaguars - we will also photograph some other iconic species, such as caimans, jabiru storks, giant river otters, capybaras, and howler monkeys.

On the last day we travel back along the Transpantaneira highway to Cuiabá Airport and return home

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Ten nights accommodation in single occupancy in comfortable lodges

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)

  • Radio linked skiff (river boat) to report animal sightings as they happen

  • Bottled water and soft drinks

  • Hire of private vehicles and guides for game drives and park fees

  • Services of a professional photographer guide

  • All vehicular transfers within Brazil

  • Fees, tourism taxes, levies and permits

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • All airfares, for international and/or domestic flights

  • Stay in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro while transiting to Cuiabá

  • Medical inoculations, vaccinations, travel medicines and prophylactics

  • Personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered

  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list

PAYMENT TERMS

  • USD 1,000 booking fee with trip reservation

  • Remainder 3 months prior to date of departure

  • All fees shown are per person

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Itinerary

4 August 2019

Guests fly into Cuiabá Airport and spend the first night at the Transamérica Executive Cuiabá, 4 star hotel. The travelling party meets to discuss the logistics for the following days.

5 August 2019

We depart Cuiabá and take a leisurely drive to Pousada Rio Claro. On the way, we stop at Poconé where the wildlife adventure starts as we hit the Transpantaneira Highway. We stop to photograph different kinds of wildlife along the route. Arriving at the lodge just before lunch time, we check in and enjoy lunch. An outing, either walking or on a vehicle, follows in search for dry land mammals and birds. (L,D)

 

6 August - 7 August 2019

Early morning call and coffee is followed by a search for wildlife at sunrise, looking for wildlife with a camera at the ready. This is followed by breakfast back at the lodge. The hot period of the day forces wildlife into the shade and humans under cover. Depending on guides, may explore many of the opportunities along the trails and farm roads, with plenty of wildlife as caimans, storks, herons an other marsh birds. In the afternoon we go for a drive, ride or walk inside forest islands where the fauna congregates at dusk. (B,L,D)

8 August 2019

Early morning call and coffee! We checkout and continue along the remainder of the Highway towards Porto Jofre, a port town on the impressive Cuiabá River. Along the way we keep a lookout for birds, caiman and capybara. We may even find some action between species. On arrival, we check in on the floating hotel (flotel) and have lunch on board. After lunch we go on our first boat safari in search of jaguars and other riverside wildlife. (B,L,D)

9 August - 13 August 2019

We spend the next 5 days on the Piquiri, Cuiabá and Pixaim Rivers and its connecting channels. On board the flat-bottomed photography skiff we have an English speaking local guide and an experienced boat driver / jaguar spotter. Every morning we rise before sunrise for a hearty breakfast. We head out to look for riverside wildlife and birds and return to the flotel for lunch and a little rest and relaxation.

During the day, the flotel will be moved and moored at an appropriate location close to where the skiff is exploring. This reduces the travel necessary to get back to base and allows us to be out for longer each day.

Mid afternoon is time to head out again for jaguar sighting and photography. In addition to our main focus - the jaguars - we can expect to see giant otters, jacare caimans, capybaras, howler monkeys, jabiru storks, various types of herons, macaws, kingfishers and different raptors. In august jaguars are very active finding mating pairs and we’ll see multiple animals at a sighting.

At sunset we return to the floating hotel for pre-dinner drinks, social hour and dinner. (B,L,D)

14 August 2019

On the last morning we can lie in a little later. After breakfast we check out and set back along the Transpantaneira Highway to Cuiabá, stopping along the way for lunch at one of the roadside lodges. We arrive at Cuiabá Airport mid afternoon. Each guest then returns home or embarks on other travels in the country as privately arranged.


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FEES AND TERMS OF PAYMENT
 

COST & TERMS OF PAYMENT
 

The 11 day (10 nights) all-inclusive photographic safari tour costs $6,995 per person in single accommodation.

A deposit of $1,000 per guest is required at the time of booking. Balance is payable, by check or wire transfer only, 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.

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary if conditions warrant such 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.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

PHYSICAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

This is a great opportunity for you to take pictures of the environment and observe animals in the wild. Most travelling is undertaken in air-conditioned vehicles but some images are best taken away from the vehicle and involve moderate walking. You should be able to climb into and out of a moored skiff and walk unaided for short distances. Guests must complete a standard liability waiver before participating in this safari.

 

MANDATORY MEDICAL EVACUATION INSURANCE

Some of the areas we visit are wild and at a distance from major cities; it is a condition of this booking for guests to carry their own medical evacuation insurance. You will be asked to provide independent documentary evidence of such cover, 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 STARTING LOCATION

This safari starts and ends in Cuiabá, Brazil. Your travel arrangements must ensure that you arrive in Cuiabá, Brazil no later than 6pm on the first day of the tour. That evening the group will meet for a group introduction and welcome cocktails offered by the organizers. This tour ends at 4pm on the last day – please arrange departures from Cuiabá Airport no earlier than after 6 pm 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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