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Social Program

Welcome Reception
- Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
- Time: 18:30-20:00 h
- Venue: to be announced
- This event is included in delegate registration

Excursions
- Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
- Time: 14:30-18:30 h
- This event is NOT included in delegate registration.

To book your tour, please go to
https://www.congressospco.abreu.pt/NLigands2018-34807.aspx

Please choose one option from the following:

Option 1 - SINTRA AND CASCAIS COAST
Sintra became the preferred king’s summer “spot”, when in the 19th century it was picked and transformed into the most fashionable site in the surroundings of the capital.
This “hidden treasure” boasts its lovely palaces and manor houses scattered throughout the hills.
Enjoy some leisure time in Sintra historical centre and the opportunity to stroll along its charming narrow streets, full of small shops, where beautiful tiles, ceramics and handicrafts can be found.
Return to the Conference venue by the scenic coastal road passing Cascais former fishing village nowadays a famous tourist resort and Estoril Coast.
Ticket: 28 EUR per person
Price including: Motor coach and Official Tourism Guide English speaking.

Option 2 - MAFRA
Departure from Lisbon towards to the region of Mafra, located 35 kilometres North of Lisbon. Formally a Roman settlement and in the 9th Century an Arab village named "Mahafra", the town of Mafra has grown up in size and importance. In the early 18th Century the town became famous for the colossal Convent that the King Dom João V ordered to be built in 1711. A visit to the Palace is included. The impotent Baroque structure of 220 meters long, includes the Basilica all in marble with excellent statuary, the Convent, the Library with over 30.000 volumes, the Chapter room, the Monks Pharmacy and a Royal Palace, amidst many other works of art. The carillon (bronze bells-organ) is the largest in Europe and was ordered by the King in 1720 to be placed in the Convent's towers. Palace was the last Royal residence up to 1910.
Return to the Conference venue by the scenic coastal road passing Cascais former fishing village nowadays a famous tourist resort and Estoril Coast.
Ticket: 44 EUR per person
Price including: Motor coach and Official Tourism Guide English speaking.

Option 3 - OLD UNREVEALED LISBON
An unforgettable tour in one of Lisbon’s noble areas, Belém. Also known, for its renown role in the Era of the Discoveries, featuring iconic buildings from the 15th and 16th century. Upon arrival, we’ll explore the beautiful Jerónimos Monastery built in the 1500’s. The interior unveils a gorgeous Gothic Renaissance style altar, as well as, the tombs of great Portuguese explorers. Slowly making our way towards the Belém Tower and the Monument of the Portuguese Navigators, two unique landmarks of Lisbon. Now we’ll restore our energy tasting the delicious Belém Pastry. The group will proceed with a panoramic tour through the most important touristic points at the city. Return to the Conference venue.
Ticket: 34 EUR per person
Price including: Motor coach, Official Tourism Guide English speaking, Belém pastry and Jerónimos Monastery entrance.

Option 4 - HIDDEN LISBON
Departing from the Conference venue by coach to downtown, the group will continue for a walking tour along the narrow streets of the downtown “Baixa” to Rossio, one of the most beautiful squares in Lisbon, with the D. Maria II National Theatre. Stop at the Glória Funicular where guests will be invited to take one-way lift to the top of the hill “São Pedro de Alcântara” viewer point. Up in the hill the guests may be called for a Port Wine Tasting.
From here it will be possible to see some of the most magnificent views over Lisbon, especially of St. George's Castle and the Graça area. This wonderful vantage point will give guests a unique insight into the city that has successfully merged the old and the new. Walk down to Chiado, the elegant noble shopping area with all sorts of facilities and street entertainment. Here guests will find bookshops, museums, restaurants, famous Portuguese fashion houses.
Return to the Conference venue.
Ticket: 35 EUR per person
Price including: Motor coach and Official Tourism Guide English speaking.

Conference Banquet
- Date: Thursday, September 6th, 2018
- Time: 20:00-23:00
- Venue: to be announced
- Ticket: 35 EUR per person
- This event is NOT included in delegate registration