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Incredible Museum Oases dissolve Winter's Last Hurrah

Imagine a 10 acre urban oasis of parkland, water features, an amphi-theatre, and significant art installations nestled within the grounds of not one but two of Portugal's most acclaimed art museums. Spring has sprung as the outdoor arts events season launches (live music, theatre, new art installations, films), or choose to enjoy the ample space by quietly wandering, having a picnic, dining alfresco, or losing yourself in contemplation within a bamboo forest. The vast majority of Portugal's museums are exclusively owned and operated by private foundations rather than the Canadian model of publicly funded institutions. While it has led to some idiosyncratic niche destinations based on private collector's personal passions, the two oldest, and largest art museums (one in Lisbon, one in Porto), have grown into impressive institutions of international repute and offer rare, generous landscapes in addition to their remarkable collections and award winning temporary exhibitions. As the last vestiges of winter continue to remind us of our northern abode, take solace that in September as part of Culture Viewfinder's Creative Spirit tour, you too can be transported from the urban world to the delight of immersion in these oases.

Venture Forth toward a thoughtful, engaging and richer travel experience with Culture Viewfinder

Beginning on September 8, 2022 the 10-day Creative Spirit tour starts in Lisbon, then moves northward to Serra da Estrela (a region of outstanding natural beauty and creative gems) and finishes in Porto. Contemporary Portugal experienced through a cultural lens. Rare opportunities for behind the scenes visits to destinations not open to the public. Guided introductions to significant lesser known neighbourhoods, galleries, restaurants, regional wines, and shops. Looking for a different and exceptional wine experience? Add the 4-day post-tour option Wine Architecture + Gastronomy A unique Douro Valley journey including compelling architecture, beautiful wine experience hotels, and fabulous regional cuisine. Booking for Culture Viewfinder tours in September 2022 Tours is underway!! Culture Viewfinder tours are intentionally capped at a maximum of 20 participants (or fewer as noted). As a result the 2022 Tours are approaching capacity. Creative Spirit September 8-17, 2022. 10-day unique introduction to Lisbon and Porto and remarkable points in between. Maximum capacity 20 participants. Limited availability. Wine Architecture + Gastronomy September 17-20, 2022 4-day post-tour option to the famous Douro Valley wine region. Maximum capacity 14 participants. Very limited availability. Visit for detailed itineraries and pricing. write us at with any questions you my have regarding our tours. Contact our logistics partners at Ellison Travel and Tours to make your booking. Sandie Vanderschot or 1.800.265.7022 x 236.

About Culture Viewfinder Exceptional Travel Experiences in Contemporary Culture Portugal is the first Culture Viewfinder destination and Culture Viewfinder is the first to feature and bring to life the recent and remarkable contemporary culture resurgence there. "I see Culture Viewfinder as a series of immersive curated experiences that engage all five senses and extend far beyond the limitations of a single exhibition, museum visit, lecture or book." Did I mention this will be fun and delicious too? - Esther E. Shipman, Established architecture + design curator and Culture Viewfinder Founder Discover modern culture in Portugal. From behind the scenes at the top museums, ateliers and architecture to the street culture of Lisbon and Porto's historic neighbourhoods, plus extraordinary culinary and wine experiences. Small groups and atmospheric hotels ensure attention to detail and an immersive cultural journey for travelers who never thought they would take a tour. A limited number of bookings are still available for the Creative Spirit and Wine Architecture + Gastronomy tours in September 2022, or ask Culture Viewfinder to design a custom one-off travel experience for you. Booking details are outlined in each tour description listed under the Discover Portugal heading at

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