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Portugal Pilgrimage Creative Holiday June 2 in 2019

Sunday, June 2, 2019:Thursday, June 13, 2019


Spend 12 days in a small group adventure in Portugal and northern Spain.
Our tour starts in Lisbon on June 2 in 2019. Lisbon is 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. Learn the history of this marvellous city.

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 and the stunning Ribeira port area and its bridge. 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. See details here.

Our tours are all fully-escorted and designed for affordability, fun and safety in comfortable, relaxing  conditions.
Kate is your historian and tour manager who has taken several tours to Portugal and loves the region and its history and beauty. She will entertain you with fun facts and tales each day.

We cater for people who love history, food, culture and learning a creative skill - or just like to explore new places in a fun group. Each afternoon is free for you to amble, explore, climb, read, shop, paint, cook - whatever you'd like to do as we offer so many suggestions. We design activities for variety and interest and you are free to join us or take off on your own.

Renowned travel sketcher and creative director Erin Hill from Sydney is your inspiration and mentor for this tour inspiring you each day to tap into your creative side.

Non-sketchers are most welcome on this tour too.

Even if you have never put a pen on paper to sketch anything – or if you have been sketching for a long time –  you will find this 12 day experience in Portugal and Northern Spain magic and inspirational. Erin's Sketch Holidays suit everyone and everyone learns every day in a supportive, caring and happy environment.

You will be amazed at what you can achieve when shown how.

The bond created within the group becomes very special as everyone learns from and encourages each other in being creative. A skill and a present to take home with you for life.

Erin teaches us how to sketch

sketch meals, cafes and food
people and movement
scenes, vistas, landscapes
apply colour in vignettes to best effect
create fun travel journal pages, incorporating different media

11 nights  from June 2 in 2019 starting at 6 pm in Lisbon to June 13 in Santiago de Compostela North Spain.

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

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


  • Lisbon 3 nights
  • Sintra 2 nights
  • Porto 3 nights
  • Santiago de Compostela 3 nights

A luxury 12 day tour with Erin Hill 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.
Read more on what to see in SINTRA here.

From Sintra we travel a short trip up the superb coastline of Portugal to the famous little town of Porto where the 2018 Urban Sketchers annual symposium was held.
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 its wild coastline. We will dine at the wonderful scenic port, eat THE BEST pulpo and pastries in the world and sketch in fantastic surroundings.

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!


Sadly, after our farewell dinner and then breakfast the next morning we must leave on June 13. Flights depart to Paris and other international cities from Santiago de Compostela airport. (Click THIS LINK to see a map of which cities you can fly out to from their airport).

You may want to join our Erin Hill Life in a French Chateau Sketch Holiday June 15-25 in 2019

Each day breakfast is provided for you and you will LOVE the en-suite accommodation (air-con of course in every room)

Erin and Kate will teach you how to sketch, write in your journal and create a stunning book on your 12 day holiday. This is a holiday for all standards - everyone is catered for and it makes no difference if you have never held a pen except for work! Everyone gets the same enjoyment and reward out of such a lovely Sketch Holiday and all will love it.

Erin teaches a huge variety of tips, methods, shortcuts, fun ways of seeing and interpreting your travels and really gets the most out of your new-found love of sketching.

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.


Sunday, June 2, 2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Single Supplement:
€1,140 euros
To convert the EURO cost into your own currency simply go to www.xe.com
Deposit amount: $1,000 AUD which is 50% refundable until 150 days before tour commencement. After this date the deposit is non-refundable.
We require all our tour participants to have Travel Insurance at time of booking to protect against possible illness cancellation costs.
NB: THIS TOUR IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL MINIMUM NUMBERS have booked. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if this number is not reached and in this case will refund all monies.
Please consult with us first before booking any flights for our tours.
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