Join us with world renowned photographer William Abranowicz to hone your photography skills and explore one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.
Portugal is Europe’s hidden gem – a country of brilliant sunshine, stunning landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage. For 150 years, Portugal’s control of the spice trade made it the most powerful country in the world. Today, it’s vibrant history, welcoming people and natural beauty make it the perfect destination to explore through the photographer’s lens.
While we explore all that Portugal has to offer – it’s awe-inspiring coastlines and beaches, unique tile art, medieval castles and cathedrals, and transcendent cuisine – we’ll be developing our photography skills and learning to look at the world in a new way. William will share his knowledge of the main photography disciplines – landscape, portrait, candid, interior, close-up, still life and abstract. We’ll learn the do’s and don’ts and the tricks of the trade, while basking in the near perfect climate of Portugal.
Your Photography Instructor:
William Abranowicz is known for his photographs of idiosyncratic moments of daily life and travel with a focus on an intensely personal, even eccentric approach to framing an image. His work is in collections that include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Portrait Galleries in London and Washington, Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and The Getty. Over four decades, he has produced features for nearly every major publication in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He was a contributing photographer to Condé Nast Traveler for 25 years, and has created campaigns for dozens of global brands.
A GG2P guide and facilitator will also be on hand to make your tour experience as flawless as possible.
Arrival at Lisbon Airport. Come early if you’d like a few days to explore the capital of Lisbon. Our pickup will be at the Lisbon airport (or your hotel) to transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Evora around mid-day. This town has been inhabited since the 2nd century BC.
Upon arrival you will check-in to the Pousada Convento de Evora once a 15th century monastery.
After exploring your gorgeous hotel and unpacking, we’ll meet for tea to discuss our agenda for the week. This might be the right time to sample the pastry, Pastel de Nata, Portugal’s famous custard tart.
Tonight we’ll stroll through town at magic hour taking advantage of the light for optimal photo opportunities.
Around 8pm, we’ll dine at our enchanting, historic hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll have a briefing with our photography instructor, Bill, to set our photographic intention for the day and the balance of the week. Then we’ll set out to enjoy a walking historical, photography tour of Evora. We’ll have a chance to explore and photograph the Roman ruins which are right near our hotel as well as Evora’s cathedral and University.
For lunch we’ll dine at D’Ibérica Restaurant a local favorite specializing in seafood.
This afternoon we’ll enjoy some free time to roam around town, visit the museum and practice the photography lessons we learned today.
After a rest and reset at our hotel we’ll head out during magic hour for another photography session.
After sunset we will have a personalized wine tasting and dinner at the beloved Botequim Da Mouraria.
Today we’ll rise early in order to head to our next destination – Obidos.
One our way to Obidos, we will stop to photograph the Agua de Prata Aqueduct, started by King João III in 1532.
During our breakfast stop, Bill will discuss his philosophy on shooting interiors (a discipline he’s renowned for).
As we drive north, we’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the famous Castles of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site. We’ll explore the colorful Pena Palace created by King Ferdinand II in the early 1800’s set on the grounds of a chapel dating back to the middle ages. After, we’ll enjoy a superb lunch by a renowned chef at Incomum.
This afternoon we’ll check in and relax at our hotel, the Pousada of Obidos one of the most romantic and beautiful places in all of Portugal. Spend time on your own taking photos of its interiors of this medieval castle.
Tonight we’ll dine in style at our Pousada
Today we’ll take a historical walking tour of Obidos, stopping often as Bill points out the not to miss photographic opportunities.
We’ll see the Igreja de Santa Maria with its tiles (Azuelos) as well as several other historic churches in town. We’ll end up at the town’s southern gate which contains a small Baroque chapel.
Later we’ll hop over to nearby Calda de Reina for lunch at a local tavern, Casa Antero, where we will snack on Portuguese tapas.
This afternoon, we’ll take a walk in town to the 19th century park as we take turns practicing the art of portraiture. Before leaving, we must sample Ginja, the sour cherry liqueur served in a chocolate cup. YUM!
Tonight is your night off. Stay in your room and rest and order room service, or walk around town and discover a simple cafe.
Today we’ll depart early as we’re headed to Porto (about 3 hours).
We’ll make a stop on the way at the Reserva Natural das Dunas de Sao Jacinto – a spectacular nature reserve with dramatic dunes that face the Atlantic Ocean. Here we’ll have a seaside picnic and enjoy dipping our toes in the water.
This afternoon we’ll take a walk around central Porto and get to know our surroundings, snapping a few photos, of course.
This evening we’ll dine in style at the legendary Michelin recommended O Paparicio, one of the most famous in town.
Today, we head out to wine country. Our goal today is to experience the essence and magnificence of the Douro Valley. The valley is set around the river Douro, which originates in Spain and flows to the Atlantic ocean through Porto. In Spain, it’s called the Duero and is where the famous wines of Ribera del Duero are produced, In Portugal, not only is the Douro home to virtually all the vineyards that go into port wine, but also spectacular red and white wines that have somehow stayed under the radar. You’re going to be amazed at the quality and diversity of these wines. There are over 50 different white and 70 different red varieties growing in the Douro; it’s Disneyland for winemakers and makes Châteauneuf-du-Pape look like child’s play.
We ‘ll tour vineyards and do wine tasting w/ cheese pairing, as well as hop on a boat for a trip down the Douro river. And of course, we’ll stop on route to photograph the vistas that we come upon.
This afternoon we’ll leave time for massages and spa treatments.
Tonight you are free to explore the town of Porto on your own.
This morning we’ll visit and photograph the gorgeous Porto Library & bookstore made famous in the Harry Potter movies.
We’ll save time to shop central Porto and later we’ll walk across the Bridge to take the funicular to our port tasting.
Lunch today will be at World of Wine (WOW) a newly designed Porto experience and wine school created by the Taylor port company.
For our last night in this gorgeous city we’ll have a bite to eat as we listen to classic Fado music live.
All good things must come to an end. We’ll say our goodbye’s, share our photos and depart with new friends that we’ll stay in touch with.
GG2P reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!
Vegetarians & Vegans – Not to worry – will be well fed in all restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood or gluten. Options are plentiful.
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