Sample Itinerary

Portugal & Galicia Photo Tour

Note: This is an actual itinerary from a recent tour we organized and led. Your itinerary, including lodging, dining and other activities, will be custom-designed based on your specific preferences and priorities.

May–June 2015 (13 nights)

27 May WEDNESDAY – PORTO
Meet at InterContinental Hotel
Explore the old city on foot/Metro
– Se do Porto
– Sao Bento train station
– Ribeira District, Square etc.
– Torre Medieval do Porto
– Palácio da Bolsa
– Ponte Luis – Vila Nova de Gaia
– Views from bridge, boardwalk, Jardim do Morro areas
– Taylor’s Port Cellars, Taylor’s Barão Fladgate Restaurant
Sunset shoot – views over Douro river
Overnight: Intercontinental Palacio das Cardosas (3 nights)

28 May THURSDAY – PORTO
Morning
– Mercado do Bolhão
– Torre dos Clérigos – city views
– Cathedral, Igreja de Santa Clara, Church of St Francis, Church of Saint Ildefonso etc.
– National Museum Soares dos Reis
– Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
– Palacio das Artes
– Centro Português de Fotografia
– Casa de Musica – fado concert?
Sunset – Old Town, Douro etc.
Overnight: Intercontinental Palacio das Cardosas

29 May FRIDAY – PORTO / DOURO VALLEY
Explore Douro Valley by car (to Lamego)
– Rio Bestanca area
– Peso da Regua
Overnight: Intercontinental Palacio das Cardosas

30 May SATURDAY – BAIONA
Drive to Baiona, Spain
Braga and Guimaraies on the way
Sunset shoot in Baiona
Overnight: Parador de Baiona (3 nights)

31 May SUNDAY – BAIONA / PONTEVEDRA
Sunrise shoot – Baiona harbour
Morning: Baiona (esp. Old Town); surrounding coastal areas
Afternoon: Pontevedra
– Old town – Zona Monumental
– Praza da Leña
– Burgo Bridge
– Peregrina Church (Pilgrim Church)
– Ponte dos Tirantes (night shot?)
– Renaissance Santa Maria Basilica
– Santo Domingo Church
Overnight: Parador de Baiona

1 June MONDAY – BAIONA / VIGO / CIES ISLANDS
Rias Baixas
Vigo
Cies Islands – boat tour from Vigo, Mar d Ons or Nabia
Alternatives: Cambados – Martin Codax winery
Overnight: Parador de Baiona

2 June TUESDAY – OURENSE
Drive from Baiona to Ourense
Afternoon: Ourense city/old town
Sunset shoot – Ponte Romana bridge from the Ponte Milenio
Overnight: Pazo do Bentraces (2 nights)

3 June WEDNESDAY – OURENSE
All day – Pazo do Bentraces, Ourense
Overnight: Pazo do Bentraces

4 June THURSDAY – FINISTERRE
Drive to Finisterre
Afternoon: Photograph Finisterre and harbour
Sunset – FInisterre harbour
Overnight: Hotel Mar da Ardora (2 nights)

5 June FRIDAY – FINISTERRE
Sunrise shoot – Finisterre Harbour
Explore Costa da Morte by car
– Camariñas
– Muxia
Overnight: Hotel Mar da Ardora

6 June SATURDAY – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Drive to Santiago de Compostela
Old town, Cathedral etc.
Overnight: San Francisco Hotel Monumento (3 nights)

7 June SUNDAY – SANTIAGO
All day: Santiago
Overnight: San Francisco Hotel Monumento

8 June MONDAY – SANTIAGO
All day: Santiago
Museums, galleries, shopping etc.
Overnight: San Francisco Hotel Monumento

9 June TUESDAY – DEPARTURES FROM SANTIAGO
Tour concludes

Travel Scenic Photograph: Porto e Douro by Nat Coalson

Douro river, Porto

Seafood Dinner in Lisbon

Seafood dinner in Lisbon

Fine Art Travel Photography: Três Rabelos by Nat Coalson

Rabelos, traditional river boats on the Douro, Porto

'Ready for the Festival' photograph by Nat Coalson

Alfama, Lisbon festival decorations

Travel Photograph: Lisbon Streetcar by Nat Coalson

Iconic Lisbon streetcar

Douro Valley by Nat Coalson

Douro Valley wine region in Portugal

Moonrise over Roman Bridge, Ourense

Moonrise over Roman Bridge, Ourense

Artisan Brewer in Ourense

Artisan Brewer in Ourense

Travel Photograph: Finisterre Harbour Sunrise by Nat Coalson

Finisterre, Spain

Travel Photograph: Mending the Nets by Nat Coalson

Camariñas, Galicia, Spain

Cabo do Nave, Spain

Cabo do Nave, Spain

Santiago de Compostela by Nat Coalson

Santiago de Compostela

Fine Art Travel Photograph: Afternoon Arches by Nat Coalson

Old Town Santiago