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Portugal Art Tour 
Pastels with Maxine Thompson
A Tour of the Pousadas of Portugal


Pousadas are national historic monuments that have been tastefully refurbished into small luxury hotels - rural, quiet, old-fashioned, traditional and very beautiful –very much authentically Portuguese. Experiencing Portugal through its’ Pousadas not only envelopes you in soft luxury and elegance, but brings the local culture and specific region literally into your ‘home’ of the moment. Their locations and structures transport you beyond the normal tourist track and plunge you into a more intense experience in less traveled and exceptional places with fascinating side stories and local people to enjoy. Most of the hotels have the added attraction of Spa facilities and pools.


The Portuguese people are undoubtedly the warmest in Europe,

Their country boasts some of the most unspoiled countryside and breathtaking antiquities.

We take full advantage of exceptional locations to paint what we see.


It’s easy to extend this trip with a visit to Lisbon and Porto at each end of the tour.


Art instruction and critique. Airport tranfers and day trips to Evora, Elvas, Montserraz, Setubal as well as local villages, markets and wineries.
17 nights B&B. Stay in a monastery, convent, castle, palace and village houses.
** 9 dinners included (50% half board). 17 lunches, 7 dinners and drinks not included.


Tour price:

rough estimate is $6,435 USD per person for twin share ($9,515 NZD $9150 AUD depends on exchange) Single supp: $1,800 USD; $2,570 AUD; $2,650 NZD. Min: 6 guests; Max 12.


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With Maxine Thompson


Fifteen days painting in Alaska – for painters and explorers. ​


Be a cheechako (newcomer) in the last frontier with magnificent natural environments and wildlife for plein air painting, art instruction and the exploration of the vast 49th State. See glaciers, wildlife, volcanoes, coastal seascapes and vast mountain ranges.


Traveling from place to place – staying a few nights at each venue, which is chosen for maximum impact and exposure to Alaska’s unique environment.

Matanuska valley – walk on a glacier and visit the musk ox farm.

Seward – whale-watching and glaciers calving into the sea, walk on the beach and in the rainforest, visit the murals and the galleries. Optional flight seeing and fishing.

Homer – grizzly and black bears, sea otters, islands, birdlife and Katchemak Bay



  • Visits to Art Galleries and Artists’ studios. See the spirit of the north as presented by today’s Alaskan artists.

  • Salmon and halibut fishing.

  • You can choose personally to add on a visit to Denali National Park and go north to Fairbanks and the arctic circle,
    or a cruise south through the inland passage.

  • Optional Bear-viewing.

  • Choose to add on flight-seeing, fishing charters.

Maxine Thompson will be instructing throughout with focus on Pastels, but also pencil and pen-and-wash.

  • Beginners and experienced artists are welcome.

  • Other painting media work too.


Your guide, dog-musher, artist and mountaineer, Wendy Smith-Wood has lived here for 28 years,
and has an intimate knowledge of Alaska.



  • Art instruction and critique, plein air painting,

  • 14 nights in characterful hotels,

  • boat trip to Grewingk Glacier,

  • boat trip to Halibut Cove,

  • guided glacier walk,

  • Musk Ox viewing,

  • Glacier wildlife cruise.

  • Guiding and all Transport.

  • Meals included: 14 Breakfasts.


Estimated cost for lunches ($25 USD) and dinners ($65 USD), drinks not included, totaling - $1,260 USD ($1,800 AUD, $1890 NZD).

Tour price:

Estimate is $10,420 AUD ($10,900 NZD) pp, based on twin share, B&B.
Single sup: $2,800 AUD. Min: 8 guests; Max 14.

Deposits by Sep 15th 2019.



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