Spouse/Non-Employee Guest Program and Tours

MONDAY, 17 September 2018    9:00 am – 5:00 pm  (TOUR COST $175)              

FEELING LISBON: CITY/SHOPPING TOUR TICKET

Lisbon is considered today a global city due to its financial, commercial, media, artistic, educational and tourist aspects (the sunshine’s 290 days a year!).

World Travel Awards 2017 classified Portugal as World's Best Destination to Travel to and Lisbon as the best city break destination.

We will start our day with a panoramic tour to the city, we will then follow to a tram experience (the most emblematic transportation in Lisbon) that will end near the castle and Alfama quarters. Saint George's Castle has great views over the city. Alfama is Lisbon's most ancient quarter and one of the most rewarding for walkers and photographers thanks to its medieval alleys and outstanding views.

We will then follow to lunch by tuk tuk. Following lunch tour guests can return to the hotel or choose to remain in the city center to further explore the area and/or shopping.
 

Duration and timing: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Approximately 6 hours (door to door) with additional option to return at 5:00 pm

Schedule   

MONDAY

FEELING LISBON: CITY & SHOPPING TOUR

9:00 am

Departure to Feeling Lisbon Tour

Panoramic tour towards Estrela area.

10:30 am

Arrival at Estrela and Tram Experience

11:30 am

Arrival to Portas do Sol (top of Alfama), visit the castle and coffee break with view over the city.

12:30 pm

Tuk tuk experience towards lunch restaurant at Chiado area

1:30 pm

Lunch with drinks

3:00 pm

Shuttle 1 to Hotel - Optional choice to remain in city center and return via second scheduled shuttle to Hotel at 5:00pm.

5:00 pm

Shuttle 2  to Hotel - Last shuttle to hotel for those wishing to remain in city center to shop or explore areas



TUESDAY, 18 September 2018    9:30 am – 3:30 pm  (TOUR COST $175)               

DISCOVERING LISBON: MONUMENTS TOUR TICKET

We will start our adventure by visiting the Jeonimo’s Monastery: the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. King Manuel I built it in 1502 on the site of a hermitage. We will then enjoy a pastel de Belem while having an expresso coffee.

Before lunch we will sightsee the Belem tower and the monument to the Discoveries.

After tasting a very typical Portuguese dish at Docas site, we will follow towards Bairro Alto quarter for a unique Experience.

Duration and timing: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Approximately 6 hours (door to door)

Schedule

TUESDAY

DISCOVERING LISBON: MONUMENTS TOUR

9:30 am

Departure towards Belem area

10:00 am

Visit Jeronimo’s Monastery

11:00 am

Pasteis de Belem tasting

11:45 am

Visit to Belem Tower and the Discoveries monument area

12:30 pm

Lunch with drinks in Belem

2:00 pm

Departure towards Bairro Alto

3:30 pm

Return to Hotel


TUESDAY, 18 September 2018    6:30 pm – 11:30 pm (GALA EVENT COST $350)      

FINAL NIGHT RECEPTION AND GALA DINNER AT BEATO CONVENT TICKET

Join us as we celebrate the end of another productive International Conference.  The Gala Reception and Dinner will be held in the spectacular Convento do Beato, which is located via a 30 minute coach transport. The night will be filled with food, drinks and special entertainment to bring the heart of Lisbon to you!  We always have surprises in store for you during this final farewell to our delegates and guests, so make sure you plan to join us for another fun filled event!

The history of Convento do Beato dates back to the 15th century, when Queen D. Isabel was given authorisation to construct a hospice in the chapel of S. Bento for the congregation of the “frades azuis”, the “blue monks” as they were known. Before she was able to fulfil her wish, Queen D. Isabel died, leaving 8,000 gold crowns in her will for building the hospice.  In the 16th century, Frei António da Conceição set the construction of the monastery in motion. The story goes that with just seven “tostões” (small coins like farthings) which he had received in alms, he managed to get the building of the magnificent monastery underway. The reputation of this miraculous building increased and in 1602 the people made him into a saint (he was only recognised as such by the church in the 18th century), and they began to refer to him as Beato António (António the Beatified) and his magnificent creation as the Convento do Beato.

The material used for the construction of Convento do Beato, mainly Portuguese white marble with veins of red jasper, gave it not only its very special appearance but also make it very strong, as was seen at the time of the 1755 earthquake. At that time, Convento do Beato provided a shelter for the monks from the “Convento dos Lóios”, who managed to bring a number of relics of untold value with them, which they rescued from the ruins and the flames.  At the end of the 18th century, one of the wings of the monastery began to be used as the Royal Military Hospital and in 1834 the merchant João de Brito bought part of the buildings that had meanwhile been partly destroyed by a serious fire.  In this way, the monastery began to be used for industrial purposes, and a modern manufacturing plant was installed where a steam engine operated for the first time in Portugal. 15 years later in 1849, Queen D. Maria II granted authorisation for the use of the brand “Nacional” for the products made by the company, in recognition of the industrialist João de Brito.

Recognised over the years for its magnificent construction, in 1984 Convento do Beato was classified by IPPAR (the Portuguese Institute for Architectural Heritage) as a Heritage Site of Public Interest, and it was used for holding a number of events of a cultural nature.
In 1999, the Cerealis Group, a company involved in the processing of cereals, and producing pasta, flour, breakfast cereals and biscuits, acquired “Nacional”. Aware of the incalculable value of Convento do Beato both for the City of Lisbon and the country as a whole, the company brought greater dynamism to the management of the site, with improvements being carried out and raising the profile of the building nationally and internationally as a venue for holding events.

Duration and timing: 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm.  This event is included in the cost of Delegate Registration fee onlyAll guests must purchase a ticket if they plan to attend this event.


WEDNESDAY, 19 September 2018    9:00 am – 3:00 pm (COST $175)      

EXPLORING THE BEACHES AND THE MOUNTAINS TICKET

Just 30km away from Lisbon, you are able to experience two completely different aspects of Portugal.

We will start our day by visit Cascais, renowned for its white sandy beaches; its small shops and charming streets. In the past Cascais was a fishing village. The city has reinvented itself and became a seaside resort and one of the most beautiful destinations in the region of Lisbon.

After a walking tour in Cascais we will follow to Sintra, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, is considered to have the perfect symbiosis between nature and its built heritage.

Before visiting the National Palace of Sintra: The gigantic, whitewashed building and its two conical chimneys that dominates Sintra’s main square as well as the flat plains for miles around, we will have lunch in a very cozy restaurant with a lovely view over part of Sintra Mountain.

After visiting this romantic village, one motorcoach will return to Lisbon. For those registering for the Porto Post-Conference Tour, a separate coach we will start your journey toward Porto.

Duration and timing: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Approximately 8 hours (door to door)

Schedule

WEDNESDAY

EXPLORING THE BEACHES AND MOUNTAIN

9:00 am

Depart for Cascais – Sintra Experience

10:00 am

Walking tour in Cascais

11:30 am

Departure towards Sintra

12:00 pm

Lunch at Sintra Downtown

1:30 pm

Visit to the National Palace of Sintra

2:30 pm

Free time in the village center

3:00 pm

Departure towards Lisbon **For those registered for the Porto Post-Conference Tour, a separate coach will leave Sintra for Porto.


Event Tickets 

There are a variety of options for the Spouse/Guest attendees this year.

All receptions, tours, and Final Night Dinner are not included in the Spouse/Guest registration and must be purchased in advance to attend.

To purchase tickets separately from the delegate registration, click here.

ALL EVENTS($850):

Spouse/Guest ticket fee includes: Welcome reception on Sunday evening, reception on Monday evening, Monday tour, Tuesday tour, and the final night dinner & reception.

ALL EVENTS INCLUDING WEDNESDAY TOUR ($1000):

Spouse/Guest ticket fee includes: Welcome reception on Sunday evening, reception on Monday evening, Monday tour, Tuesday tour, Tuesday final night reception & dinner, AND Wednesday Post-Conference Day Tour.

SUNDAY AND MONDAY HOTEL RECEPTIONS ONLY ($300):

Spouse/Guest registration fee includes: Welcome reception on Sunday evening and reception on Monday evening only. 

MONDAY TOUR ($175):

Spouse/Guest ticket fee includes: Monday tour.

TUESDAY TOUR ONLY ($175):

Spouse/Guest ticket fee includes: Tuesday tour.

TUESDAY FINAL NIGHT RECEPTION AND DINNER ONLY ($350):

Spouse/Guest ticket fee includes: Reception & final night dinner on Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY POST-CONFERENCE DAY TOUR ONLY ($175):

Post- Conference tour ticket fee includes: Wednesday day tour to Sintra and Cascais.