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Portugal with Friends

ART JOURNEYS

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A Cultural Journey to Lisbon, Porto & Alentejo!
Voyage to discover Portuguese Art, Crafts & Gastronomy

Embark on an inspiring, leisurely and profound journey through Portugal, exclusively designed for an intimate group of women. Explore the vibrant cities of Lisbon and Porto, where the energy of urban life meets rich cultural heritage. Venture into the heart of Alentejo, a region celebrated for its enduring Portuguese craft traditions. This is a slow, sensory journey guided by passionate local artisans and historians. Witness the exquisite craftsmanship of azulejos, the iconic hand-painted tiles that depict Portugal's colorful history and culture. Each tile is a canvas, blending Moorish and Baroque influences into intricate designs. Then, explore traditional weaving, detailed embroidery, and unique cork creations. Each crafted piece is a celebration of the country's diverse artistic expressions, mirroring the landscapes and stories of its people.

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Slow down and explore the captivating charm of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of Alentejo, rich in history and artisanal crafts and centuries-old traditions. Stroll through ancient streets, marveling at historical wonders like a Roman temple and medieval cathedral. Delight in the region's artisanal heritage, from intricate textiles and pottery craftsmanship in Corval, the capital of Portuguese pottery, to the art of sustainable cork production, emblematic of Portugal's natural craftsmanship. The journey culminates in the medieval allure of Monsaraz, offering panoramic views and a taste of local wines, capturing the essence of Portugal's cultural and artistic spirit.

Indulge in the culinary wonders of Portugal, a veritable feast for the senses. Savor the exquisite flavors of top-rated cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant, where the art of fine dining is taken to new heights. Enjoy carefully chosen restaurants where traditional Portuguese dishes are masterfully reimagined. Participate in an interactive cooking class with local chefs to uncover the secrets of authentic Portuguese cuisine. Each meal is a celebration of rich, local flavors, paired exquisitely with hand-selected wines that echo the diverse landscapes of Portugal.

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Optional Extension: Discover the enchanting Douro Valley, a region steeped in viticultural tradition and natural beauty. Cruise along the serene Douro River and embrace the breathtaking landscapes that have shaped both the culture and the character of this illustrious wine region. Wander through lush vineyards that terrace the rolling hillsides, visit historic wineries where time-honored methods meet modern innovation, and savor the unique flavors of the valley's world-renowned wines. The Douro Valley (2 hours from Porto) is available as an extension from May 19-22.

Throughout the journey, experience Portugal's artistic heritage with a special focus on the influential women who have shaped its history and beauty. Explore museums showcasing female artists, admire dazzling palaces once home to influential queens, uncover hidden historical sites and wander through lush gardens. In Lisbon, our guide Estela specializes in women's history, and will offer us unique insights into the lives and impact of female figures in Portuguese culture. In Porto, our highly-rated guide Susana is deeply versed in Portuguese art and culture as an author of several books, including one on the iconic Portuguese azulejos (tiles). Together, these personable guides will bring art to life and allow you to deepen your knowledge of art history, artisanal crafts and the enduring legacy of women in Portuguese culture.

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PORTUGAL WITH FRIENDS

Highlights of the journey

Quleuz

Palace

Michelin Star
Restaurants

Live Fado
Concert

Serralves Museum
of Contemporary Art 

Boutiques & artisanal craft markets
 

Azulejo (tile) painting class

Evora,

UNESCO World Heritage City

Porto Wine
Tasting

Weaving and pottery, & cork traditions in Alentejo

Cultural
Landscape of Sintra

Ajuda Palace

Pastel de nata class (Portuguese tart)

    Crown Jewels

of Portugal

..and more!

MEET YOUR GUIDE

Lauren Jimerson, PhD

Art Historian and licensed French Guide

Founder of Art With Friends, Lauren Jimerson is an art historian specializing in modern women artists. She holds a PhD from Rutgers University, an MA from the Courtauld Institute, and a BA from Cornell University. Her research has benefited from grants including a Fulbright fellowship. "She is the author of the recently published book, Painting Her Pleasure: Three Women Artists and the Nude in Avant-Garde Paris, released by Manchester University Press in 2023. Licensed as a French National Guide, Lauren has fifteen years of experience leading scholarly tours in Paris, Rome, and beyond.

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Luxurious Accommodation

Share unforgettable moments and build lasting bonds by staying with fellow guests. For ultimate flexibility in these unpredictable times, you have the liberty to choose your own room, booking directly with our handpicked, luxurious boutique hotels. At Art with Friends, we prioritize your experience over business incentives, ensuring every hotel choice aligns with your highest expectations. Create memories, tailored to you.

Connect with an intimate community of like-minded,
art & culture loving people!

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Thank you for crafting such a remarkable journey that I will cherish forever. It was a perfect blend of beauty, tranquility, and seamless travel.
The trip was nothing short of nine days of heaven. The experience was absolutely gorgeous and so wonderfully different from anything I've experienced before. Every moment was amazing, and I can't thank you enough for creating such a unique and exceptional experience. It truly felt like I was in heaven.

Julie

Limited availability
Secure your spot today!

9 Day Premium Art Journey to Lisbon, Porto & Alentejo!

May 11-19, 2024   $6,550

Promotion: $200 off if you've taken an Art with Friends course

This exclusive & intimate trip is limited to 8 women.

Optional Douro Valley Extension May 19-23.
 

Non-refundable deposit $500 at time of booking. Full payment due March 15th 2024.
We understand the unpredictable nature of our times and have worked assiduously to offer the most flexible cancellation policy possible.
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