Small Group Escorted Specialty Tours with Concierge Service
PAINT EUROPE TOUR
EN PLEIN AIR PAINTING
LISBON - PORTO - DOURO VALLEY
7 Days / 6 Nights
May 8 - 14, 2022
Douro River Valley
Porto's Historic Ribera District
Cascias Along the Atlantic Coast
A wonderful painter's holiday to Europe's picturesque Portugal!
Join an award-winning artist and instructor for a creative and inspiring week of en plein air painting... capturing the magnificent and diverse beauty of Portugal. We'll visit and paint in both of Portugal's two beautiful & historic cities, Lisbon and Porto... combined with having painting sessions in Portugal's majestic Douro River Valley countryside and along Portugal's striking Atlantic Coast. It's a painting workshop tour not to miss!
Each day we'll feed our creative souls. The instructor will provide demonstrations and offer individual personal instruction designed to improve your painting skills and expand your art experience. Along with your paintings, you'll take home many treasured memories of an inspirational & fun-filled Portugal painting holiday and creative adventure.
We'll start our journey in Lisbon, Portugal's capital city located along the Atlantic Ocean. We'll stay our first two nights in a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of Lisbon's historical district.
We'll spend a day painting in Lisbon's "old town" with its narrow cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, city squares, ornate fountains, outdoor cafes, yellow trams and distinctive neighborhoods.
We'll take a day trip from Lisbon to paint in nearby Cascais, a charming coastal resort town located just west of Lisbon. Cascais provides a scenic coastal painting site with its rugged coastline and the Boca do Inferno sea-arch and cliff formation, golden sandy beaches, a towering lighthouse and 19th century seaside mansions.
In addition to the painting sessions, there will be free time for... additional personal painting... going to Belém to see the Tower of Belém, the sail-shaped Discoveries Monument, and Jerónimos Monastery... traveling to Sintra to visit Pena Palace, one of Europe's finest palaces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site... taking rides on Lisbon's quaint yellow trams... stopping for nata pastries & coffee... enjoying delicious Portuguese cuisine & wine... visiting the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, with one of the world's largest private art collections that was the private collection of Portuguese oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian... shopping Lisbon boutiques for Portuguese ceramics & decorative tile or leather & linen goods... or just relaxing.
Mid-week we'll travel north via high-speed train, traveling 1st-class to Porto, Portugal's 2nd largest city located on the coast and along the Douro River. We'll be based in Porto for the next four nights staying at a charming luxury boutique hotel in the city's historic old section near the river.
In Porto we'll spend two wonderous days painting in picturesque locations... painting in Porto's old town with its magnificent and colorful architecture... painting along the Douro River in the bustling Ribeira district with its market stalls and the city's iconic double-deck metal arch Dom Luis Bridge... and painting in Vila Nova de Gaia with traditional Portuguese wooden rabelo cargo boats docked along the river.
We'll take a day trip from Porto, leaving from São Bento Railway Station with its 1800's elaborate azulejo tile work, to spend a day of plein air landscape painting in the spectacular Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, draped with towering vineyards that line the river.
In addition to the painting sessions, there will be free time in Porto for... additional personal painting... visiting Lello Bookstore, Porto's ornate bookstore considered to be the most beautiful bookstore in the world that inspired the Harry Potter books... visiting the palatial 19th-century Palácio de Bolsa that was formerly the city's stock market... visiting Aliados Avenue, Porto's central promenade, to view the city's architectural heritage... or relaxing at sidewalk cafes.
The painting trip includes many extras, including... a welcome reception with Portuguese hors d'oeuvres and wines... attending an evening Fado performance... touring a world-famous port wine warehouse to learn about port wine and having a private tasting session... Douro River boat ride onboard a traditional Rabelo boat... celebrating on our final evening with a traditional Portuguese cuisine gala farewell dinner hosted by Paint Europe.
Optional before breakfast group pleasure walks are organized for travelers who want some morning exercise before starting their vacation day.
Non-painter friends and spouses of artists are invited to join the trip at a reduced cost.
Painting Belem Tower & Cascais Lighthouse
The Portugal Paint Europe Trip Is Designed To Provide:
A fabulous vacation and painting experience in Portugal... en plein air painting each day in beautiful locations.
Painting technique demonstrations and individual one-on-one personal guidance with the instructor.
Friendly and fun small group environment limited to 15 painters. Enjoy the camaraderie and begin new friendships with like-minded travelers.
Free personal time for added painting... sightseeing... shopping... relaxing.
Optional group morning pleasure walks led by WalkEurope president, Tom Harter.
Recommended restaurants provided should you want to explore on your own, yet everyone is invited to join for local-cuisine group meals.
Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service, for a WORRY-FREE vacation!
Daily demonstrations by the instructor
Daily sketching and painting sessions.
Six nights in personally-selected premiere boutique hotels.
Lisbon - A chic premiere boutique hotel located in the historic center of Lisbon. The hotel provides guests with a blend of cosmopolitan Portuguese comfort and personalized service.
Porto - A luxury boutique hotel located in central Porto. You will stay in a designer decorated room and enjoy the amenities of an unique blend of timeless elegance and contemporary sophistication. The hotel is housed in a listed building, containing decorative features, exquisite ironwork, carved wood details and magnificent stained glass.
Daily hotel buffet breakfasts.
Welcome Reception – with Portuguese wines and hor d'oeuvres hosted by Paint Europe.
Fado Performance hosted by Paint Europe.
Port Wine Tasting Session hosted by Paint Europe.
Douro River Boat Ride onboard a traditional Rabelo boat hosted by Paint Europe.
Cocktail Hour Soirees – enjoy before dinner gatherings with local Portuguese wines hosted by Paint Europe.
Gala Farewell Dinner – with Portuguese cuisine and wines hosted by Paint Europe.
Castle/fort/palace and villa/garden entrance fees for all group tour activities.
Optional Morning Pleasure Walks - before breakfast group pleasure walks.
Villa/garden/museum entrance fees for all scheduled group activities.
Ground transportation for all group activities, including 1st-class train transportation between Lisbon and Porto.
Concierge service & support.
Arrival & Departure City:
$5,625 – 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. Tour does not include airfare.
Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option - $1,225
There will also be space open for non-participating painting partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.
Recommend to Reserve Early!
Small-Group Limited to 15 Artists
Please Note: WalkEurope strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the trip, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Tour is subject to meeting eight person minimum participation.