'Portugal Pilgrimage' - Spain & Portugal
Sunday June 2 - Thursday June 13 2019
From € 3,590

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Spend 12 days in a small group adventure in Portugal and northern Spain.
Starting in Lisbon a city of by-gone charm with century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars, age-old herbalists, haberdashers and tailors in an ornate city centre.

We travel up the coastline of Portugal staying in our favourite spots such as mystical mountainous Unesco world heritage Sintra. Further North to artistic Porto full of Delft Blue wall tiles, stunning graffiti art and funky architecture like its railway station and its Livreria where JK Rowling was inspired for Harry Potter's Hogwart's castle. Our final 3 nights are in northern Spain in the famous pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela that is a literal step back in time a thousand years.
For anyone who has ever wanted to experience even a small part of El Camino or the Ancient Way this is an ideal opportunity to add-on a walk yourselves after our tour.
Or you may like to add the Life in a French Chateau Creative tour which commences straight after our Portugal Pilgrimage. 

DATES & PRICES

11 nights  from June 2 in 2019 in Lisbon to June 13 in Santiago de Compostela North Spain.

Our tour begins at our funky Lisbon hotel at 6 pm on June 2 in 2019.

After breakfast on June 13 in 2019 our tour finishes in Santiago de Compostela at our hotel and you are free organise your onward travel plans from here.
* Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all participants on our tours.

COSTS:
3,590 EUROS  Twin Share
2,690 EUROS  Non-sketchers (must be sharing with a sketcher)
1,140 EUROS  Single supplement

Tour Inclusions: all travel within Portugal and Spain, ensuite accommodation, entries, tutoring and guidance, your Tour Manager, all breakfasts and 2 dinners with wines inc.

ITINERARY

Lisbon 3 nights

Sintra 2 nights

Porto 3 nights

Santiago de Compostela 3 nights

A luxury 12 day tour with Erin Hill International Sketch Tutor and your Europe travel expert Kate Stedman starting in Lisbon and ending in Santiago de Compostela.

Join Erin and your guide Kate for 3 fun nights in Lisbon taking in the tram cars, the fabulous architecture, huge squares, fascinating history and the wonderful people of Lisbon.

Then for 2 nights we head North by train to the magical perched town of SINTRA where the  Portuguese royals built their Summer palaces. This is a treat and a visual feast to sketch and journal. We avoid the crowds by spending 2 nights here and wandering around when all have departed back to Lisbon. Sintra is built on an escarpment, with breathtaking views and is not to be missed.

Pena National Palace featured on our website, represents one of the best expressions in the world of 19th-century architectural Romanticism and was selected as one of the seven wonders of Portugal.

From Sintra we travel a short trip up the superb coastline of Portugal to the famous little town of Porto. Like nowhere else in the world this creative, winding picturesque town  is a wonderful blend of European architecture and English business buildings. Wander the streets full of blue and white delft tiles from the Dutch influence and see some fantastical buildings and the wild coastline. We will dine at the wonderful scenic port, eat THE BEST pulpo and pastries in the world and sketch till we drop.

Then we depart Portugal with a short drive - switch our watches forward an hour - and arrive in Spain to the ancient, mystical and beautiful town of Santiago de Compostela where for over 1200 years pilgrims have walked from across Europe into the huge Obradoiro square (pictured) to worship the bones of Saint James in the cathedral there.

We will explore the wonders of this special town, feel plunged back in time and sketch nuns selling wafers, monks ringing bells, medieval architecture, weary pilgrims and maybe even sketch one arriving with his donkey!