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Portugal Photography Tour

With Wayne Kaulbach

Small-Group Tour

Join professional photographer, Wayne Kaulbach, on this 11-Day Portugal Photography Tour to the Iberian nation where Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Christians all left their mark.

The traveller will surely become enamoured by the beautiful scenery, the rhythms of village life, and Portugal’s outstanding food and wine. The trip begins in Lisbon, Portugal’s stunning capital city, and continues up to romantic Porto and through some of Portugal’s most charming towns. Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities, traditional music, friendly locals, culinary delights, and golden beaches are just a few reasons to travel with us on this Portugal adventure.
This tour is led by award-winning photographer Wayne Kaulbach, who has previously photography tours to Portugal, India, Cuba, and Morocco. His passion for travel and photography is infectious. This photography-focused tour welcomes all photography levels.

April 23-May 3, 2023

$3795 USD per person
  • 10 nights in charming hotels – 5 nights in Lisbon, 1 night Fatima, 1 nights Coimbra, 3 nights in Porto
  • Pre-departure orientation meeting(s)
  • Registration fees
  • Photography Instruction by Wayne Kaulbach
  • Guiding services as per itinerary with an English speaking guide
  • Some meals as per itineraryEntrances/ sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 24.7 assistance available
  • Local transportation as per itinerary (private vehicles)
  • Improving your photography techniques with award-winning photographer, Wayne Kaulbach
  • Exploring Lisbon’s diverse neighbourhoods with your camera
  • Wandering through the smaller towns of Fatima and Coimbra
  • Sampling some of the world’s tastiest cuisine while enjoying the beautiful scenery
  • Strolling through beautiful Porto along the enchanting Douro River
  • Discovering the whimsical, colourful castles of Sintra, one of the wonders of Portugal

Day 1 – LISBON

ARRIVAL
Welcome to Portugal’s vibrant capital city! Located on the Atlantic Ocean and spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon enchants travellers with its white-bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and stunning views from rooftop patios, making it a popular destination year-round. Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Hotel.

This evening we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with Fado Show. Fado is traditional Portuguese folk music and the musical expression of Portuguese people.

  • Meals: -/-/D
  • Overnight: Hotel Lisboa Plaza*

Day 2 – LISBON WALKING TOUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

Half Day walking Tour Lisbon Morning to visit the Bairro Alto and Baixa neighbourhoods, and after a lunch break, go to Belem to visit the Jerónimos 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 hotel.

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: Hotel Lisboa Plaza*

Day 3 – LISBON FULL DAY TOUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

Startup high above the Alfama and work your way down through the winding streets and alleys. There is brilliant colours, street life, architecture, trolleys, and discovery around every corner.

After the lunch break, gather to take in the sunset from one of Lisbon’s many “Miradouros” (mirador).

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: Hotel Lisboa Plaza*

Day 4 – LISBON – SINTRA – CASCAIS – ESTORIL – LISBON

Breakfast at the hotel.

Early morning departure to visit Sintra – a longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-coloured villas and palaces. You’ll have a chance to visit the Monserrate Palace, Regaleira as well as the village where you’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

From Sintra, we continue to the charming seaside towns of Cascais and Estoril which have been aptly named the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the towns and snap away. This gorgeous bit of coastline is famous for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

  • Meals: B/L/-
  • Overnight: Hotel Lisboa Plaza*

Day 5 – LISBON FREE DAY

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today is a free day to explore more of this captivating city and try to capture its beauty with your camera.

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: Hotel Lisboa Plaza*

Day 6 – LISBON – GOLEGA – FATIMA

Breakfast at the hotel and check out.

Today we travel first to the town of Golegã. Here we have the chance to visit to the Carlos Relvas Photography House-Studio. Nestled in the winding cobblestone streets of Golegã, Portugal, a monument to the early days of photography welcomes visitors from around the world. Carlos Relvas photographed landscapes in his hometown and around the world, but also made stunning portraits of both high-class and peasant-class people from around Portugal. His work is some of the earliest depicting everyday Portuguese life (1860’s).

After have lunch a local restaurant.

Later, visit the sacred site of Fátima, a bucket-list destination for Catholics and the place where one of Portugals most famous legends was born. As the story goes, 101 years ago in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three children who were tending sheep in the fields, and she shared special messages with them.

  • Meals: B/L/-
  • Overnight: Aurea Fátima Hotel 4*

Day 7 – ALVADOS – TOMAR – COIMBRA

Breakfast at the hotel and check out.

First we visit Tomar, a city in the centre of Portugal famous for having been the last headquarters of the Knights Templar, its rich in history and full of mysticism. The best way to finish the morning is to taste some olive oil in a local producer.

Free time to lunch.

Continue to Coimbra, the City of Knowledge. Here is located the oldest University in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. We start by visiting the University where it’s possible to see the amazing Joanina Library, considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

Visit to the centre of Coimbra and free time to stroll around its charming streets and photography. Afterward, you’ll have the chance to visit the “Miradouro Vale do Inferno”.

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: Vila Galé Coimbra 4*

Day 8 – COIMBRA – AVEIRO – PORTO

Breakfast at the hotel and check out.

We first head towards the charming city of Aveiro also known as the Portuguese Venice – famed for its canals, Nouveau architecture, and colourfully painted Moliceiros boats. The city lies on the edge of the Ria de Aveiro, an expansive saltwater lagoon that was historically farmed for its seaweed, salt, and bountiful fish. Aveiro boasts a series of charming channels where we can find the traditional Moliceiro boats. Having its roots in the sea, the city has its origins as an avid fishing community, still being proudly and fairly characterized by a people of the sea.

Here we can find the salines of Portugal and one of the largest ceramic factories, now transformed into a cultural center. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Costa Nova, an area known not only for its privileged location between the sea and the estuary, but especially for its very famous typical houses with colourful stripes.

Free time for lunch.

Drive to romantic Porto, the country’s second-largest city, and of course, the birthplace of port. This afternoon we’ll wander through the Ribeira district. Porto’s historic centre and UNESCO World Heritage Site and a photographer’s dream.

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: Vila Galé Porto Ribeira 4*

Day 9 – PORTO HALF DAY TOUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning we continue our photography tour while exploring Porto. We have the opportunity to get intimate with the stunning city of Porto. We will spend some time walking through Porto’s beautiful city centre, which has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century. Its colourful seaside hosts local fishermen and families along its piers.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Free afternoon to photograph your favourite spots in Porto.

  • Meals: B/L/-
  • Overnight: Vila Galé Porto Ribeira 4*

Day 10 – PORTO

Breakfast at the hotel.
Free morning to explore the nooks and crannies of Porto.

In the afternoon enjoy a cruise along the Douro River through the center of Porto. Tonight we dine together at one of the most important Port Cellar in Portugal.

To top off your day, after dinner you will have the opportunity to photograph Porto from a vantage spot overlooking the entire city of Porto.

  • Meals: B/-/D
  • Overnight: Vila Galé Porto Ribeira 4*

Day 11 – PORTO DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you bid farewell to your group and to Porto. Transfer from the hotel to airport at a designated time.

This is our last day in beautiful Portugal.If you would like to extend your stay in Portugal or Spain, please let us know.

Wayne Kaulbach

Portrait of the Photographer Wayne Kaulbach.

Wayne Kaulbach MPA F/PPABC,

Wayne received his Masters Of Photographic Arts in 2004 and his Fellowship in 2006. Along with his wife Michelle Fleming, they have owned and operated Skylight Images, a multi-award-winning photographic service specializing in natural light portraiture, in Vancouver since 1995.

Along with teaching travel and street photography through Langara’s Continuing Studies program for seven years, Wayne is also an ongoing contributor to Photo Life Magazine and a passionate travel and street photographer.

Exclusions

  • International Flights (can be arranged through us [email protected])
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Services and entrances not mentioned above
  • Passport, vaccination and visa fees
  • Tips/Gratuities for tour guides, drivers, etc.
  • Program costs are based on a minimum number of participants and are subject to change without notice. Single supplement will apply to single travelers (unless a participant opts in for room share and a roommate is found. this cannot be guaranteed).

Price DOES NOT include: Airfare and mandatory travel insurance (available through [email protected] or click HERE for travel insurance

Cost and Fee Schedule

From $3795USD per person based on double occupancy and based on a minimum group size (based on 7-9 tour participants. Program cost may increase or decrease slightly with a smaller or larger group size).

Prices are based on double/twin occupancy. Single supplement fee of $850 applies. 

Balance payment is due 2 months prior to departure.

Air Travel

Flights are not included in the tour price. Do not purchase any airline tickets until the Portugal Photography Tour is confirmed to take place. Pre and post-tours can be arranged through available at an additional charge. Please contact Finisterra Travel for further details [email protected]

Visa & Passports

Please note that most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months from the date of your return flight. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa, vaccination requirements, or other travel documentation.
Travel Visa requirements and passports are the responsibility of the participants. Cancellation, Travel, Flight, and Health insurance are strongly recommended and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage. For a travel insurance quote, please click HERE.

Program costs are based on a minimum number of participants and are subject to change without notice. Single supplement will apply to single travelers (unless a participant opts in for room share and a roommate is found. this cannot be guaranteed). Finisterra Travel reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure without penalty or liability.

Travel Insurance

Cancellation, Travel, Flight, and Health insurance are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage. Click HERE for a Travel Insurance Quote or please email [email protected] for a quote.

Check with your local travel agent /insurance provider/health plan for advice about traveling overseas.

Waiver Form

All participants will be required to sign a Waiver Form prior to departure.

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