Conference chairman
Prof. Armando J.L. Pombeiro
Technical University of Lisbon
icomc2012@deq.isel.ipl.pt

Social Program

 

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When: Monday, 3 September
Time: 9:30 - 13:00

We welcome accompanying persons to take the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic orientation tour of the centre of Lisboa and get to know a little bit about the city. A second tour is included. Each accompanying person may choose between tour 2. and tour 3. mentioned in the Optional Tour Program below.
Leave from: Lisbon University Campus
End at the: Lisbon University Campus
Cost: included in the accompanying person registration fee.
 


 
 
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When: Wednesday, 5 September
Time: 14:30 - 17:30
Leave from: Lisbon University Campus
End at the: centrally located drop off points by the official hotels
 

1. Lisbon sightseeing tour

Depart from the Lisbon University Campus by coach in direction of Belém, the monumental part of Lisbon, where the UNESCO world heritage sites of the Belém Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery are to be found. Monuments that remind us of the eras of the overseas voyages and discoveries of new worlds … a brief visit to the area before continuing to the heart of Lisbon, on route we will see the beautiful Basilica of Estrela, arriving at the north-side of the Avenida da Liberdade. One of the best viewpoints over the city is situated at the top of the Eduardo VII's Park, where we will make a stop. The coaches drive down the Avenida da Liberdade to the Rossio Square where we leave the coach for a walk along the main pedestrian street - Rua Augusta - which will take us to the Triumphal Arch opening up to the Terreiro do Paco by the river. The royal palace that stood in this magnificent square was never rebuilt after the earthquake which struck Lisbon in 1755 destroying most of the "down-town" buildings. We will stop at the famous Martinho da Arcada (Fernando Pessoa's Cafe) for refreshments.

Cost: 32ˆ p.p., minimum of 15 participants
 


 
 
 
 
 
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2. Sintra – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Departure from the Congress Venue for a visit to Sintra, the romantic village situated on the top of the hill with the same name. Sintra is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Portugal and the whole village is a World Heritage Site. We will enjoy some free time to discover the narrow lanes and enchanted gardens and parks before leaving for Cabo da Roca. This is the westernmost point of the European Mainland and the view from the cliff is 360? over the majestic Atlantic Ocean. The return trip to Lisbon will take us through the impressive coastal landscape and past the famous Guincho beach and the centre of Cascais.

Cost: 45ˆ p.p., minimum of 15 participants
 


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3. Lisbon Vineyards on the south bank of the river

Depart from Lisbon University Campus by coach crossing the river Tagus through the 25th of April bridge build in the 1960's by the US Steel Company, a "sister bridge" to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Just across the bridge on the Palmela Peninsula we find the closest vineyards to Lisbon, famous for its fortified dessert wine "Moscatel" as well as the table wines produced in the area. We will pay a visit to one of the modern Wine cellars for a guided tour and tasting. Return to Lisbon via the Vasco da Gama Bridge, built for the world exhibition held in Lisbon in 1998. At the time of its construction this was the longest bridge in Europe. Refreshments included during the visit.

Cost: 45ˆ p.p., minimum of 15 participants
 


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Lisbon

 

4. Estoril and Cascais

The golden cost of Lisbon calls for a visit and a walk along the beach promenade (maybe even a swim…) The coast of Estoril and Cascais has attracted kings and queens since sea baths became fashionable in the end of the 19th century. Both Estoril and Cascais are still attractive holiday destinations receiving visitors all year around. We will follow the scenic road along the coast line to see the "point" where the Tejo River meets with the Atlantic Ocean.

Cost: 45ˆ p.p., minimum of 15 participants
 


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5. Walking tour of Belem


Please note that this walking tour was cancelled due to lack of minimum number of participants.
 


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6. Walking tour of Alfama – the oldest part of the city

Depart from the University of Lisbon Campus by coach for a trip towards the Praca do Comércio and the Cathedral where the coach will stop. We will visit the Lisbon Se (Cathedral) and afterwards continue our tour walking to one of the Alfama viewpoints – the Santa Luzia, from where we will enjoy a splendid view of the eastern part of Alfama and the Tejo River. From the view point our walk will take us to Castelo St Jorge, founded in the 10th and 11th centuries, when Lisbon was an important Moorish port. In 1147, the first king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, captured both the castle and the city from the Moors. It was here that King Dom Manuel I received Vasco da Gama after his sea voyage to India in the 16th century. From the ramparts of the castle we will have a view over central Lisbon spread out below our feet. Return walk down hill to board the coaches.

Cost: 35ˆ p.p., minimum of 15 participants
 


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1. Azores, close to nature in the middle of the Atlantic

The Portuguese Emerald Islands in the Atlantic
The Azores is one of Portugals 7 Natural Wonders. This means nature and protected environments and every shade of green and blue existing. Sites of calm tranquillity in amongst the greenery and flowers, crater lakes and lagoons of breath taking beauty are just one characteristic of S. Miguel Island.

When: Friday, 7 September - Sunday, 9 September
For information on cost and travel details, please contact the congress secretariat (e-mail icomc2012secretariat@leading.pt)
 


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2. A few days in the Douro Valley

The Portwine district!
Take the opportunity and enjoy a couple of days in the sunny south of Europe. A visit to the birthplace of the Nation and the region of the famous Port wine. Visit on foot to the historical centre of Port, an UNESCO heritage site and a cruise on the Douro River to visit the valley where the vintage port wines vineyards grow.

When: Friday, 7 September - Sunday, 9 September
For information on cost and travel details, please contact the congress secretariat (e-mail icomc2012secretariat@leading.pt)
 


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3. Discover Alentejo

The unknown treasures of the Alentejo Region
Just across the Tejo River lies the vast Alentejo region with its characteristic landscape of cork trees and walled historical towns on top of hills. This is a region much appreciated for its gastronomy and wine production.

When: Friday, 7 September - Sunday, 9 September
For information on cost and travel details, please contact the congress secretariat (e-mail icomc2012secretariat@leading.pt)
 


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1. Medieval Obidos and Caldas da Rainha

Full day excursion to the walled Óbidos village and the Thermal Spings of Caldas da Rainha (including lunch) We will depart from University of Lisbon Campus and use the motorway to reach the enchanting town of Obidos filled with whitewashed houses and surrounded by a 14th-century city wall. Once a coastal town, the lagoon has silted-up over the centuries and Óbidos now rests six kilometres from the sea. The City of Caldas da Rainha owes its name to the thermal spring much loved by the Portuguese Queen D. Leonor. Having benefited from the healing properties of waters already revered by the local population, the Queen ordered a hospital to be built in 1485, making it the oldest thermal hospital in the world. The thermal waters continue to be much sought after in our days but Caldas da Rainha is also famous for its ceramics, an industry internationally renowned for its figurative and satirical works.

Leave from: Lisbon University Campus
End at centrally located drop off points by the official hotels

When: Tuesday, 4 September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: 78ˆ p.p., minimum of 15 participants
 


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2. Fátima & Santarém

An opportunity to pay a visit to the important religious site – Fátima and the Sanctuary, where pilgrims from all over the world meet and where the story about the three young shepherds who witnessed apparitions in the field originates.

Leave from: Lisbon University Campus
End at centrally located drop off points by the official hotels

When: Thursday, 6 September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00

End at centrally located drop off points by the official hotels

Cost: 88ˆ p.p., minimum of 15 participants
 


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