Rotarians from around the world gather each year to exchange great ideas, connect with old and new friends, have fun, and advance the work of Rotary. The 2013 RI Convention will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, 23-26 June. From the bustling House of Friendship to breakout sessions to preconvention meetings, the RI Convention is your way to connect with the family of Rotary.

Rotary gets ready to explore Lisbon

Rotary gets ready to explore Lisbon Package

Depart Friday, June 21th Return Friday, June 28th


To book your flights only ($945.00 approx. per person)

call or email Mike Medeiros

at AAA at the Barrington Branch Office

280 County Road Barrington, RI 02806-3518 (401) 245-1050 Ext: 3013

To make any flight changes contact Mike Medeiros directly

30 seats are on hold (Bristol Rotary Group)

 And must be booked by September 20, 2012


Hotel Cost:

Sana Metropolitan Hotel

Must be booked by September 20, 2012

$1,320.00 approx. price per person (single or double occupancy)

Group name:V-Bristol

Must be paid by December 6, 2012

 For more Rotary information call or email Lou Victorino 639-0629

 To register for Rotary invents:

 Suggested Tours & Host Events (click below to book)

Suggested Tours

Monday June 24th


Full day. Price: € 89,00 per person (Minimum of 6 participants)

Travel NW along the magnificent Silver Coastline one of the nicest areas of Portugal. Wild and full of traditions related with the Atlantic Ocean and fishing villages, the Silver coast houses truly hidden secrets which will be revealed to visitors during the course of the day. Depart Lisbon towards one of these well kept secrets – the medieval walled town of Obidos. Nestled inside a 12th century fortress, with its white washed well preserved houses, the town of Obidos has kept its traditions, monuments and well kept cobblestone streets, allowing visitors to travel to the past, exploring not just the town and its walled fortification, but also its small churches, small shops and original bars. You may end the visit with a well deserved famous liquor “Ginginha” served on a chocolate made cup. From Obidos, you will continue along the coast in direction of Nazare. Still an active fishing village, famous in the past for the tradition of having its fishing boats pulled out of the ocean, to the beach, by a pair of bulls helped by the fishermen wives and children. Another famous tradition of Nazare, is the traditional female outfits that include seven skirts dressed simultaneously. Lunch will be served en route, at a local restaurant.
After lunch, a stop will be made at the famous Fatima’s pilgrimage site. Well known for its Roman Catholic Shrine and Basilica, Fatima is recognized by the Vatican as a site where the Virgin was seen by three little shepherds. This apparition is celebrated on the 13th day of May and October every year ever since.


Thursday June 27th


Full day. Price: € 85,00 per person (Minimum of 6 participants)

South of Lisbon, after crossing the Tagus, the Country becomes flat and incredibly attractive with its huge plains, immense plantations of cork and olive trees, cattle raising farms and most of the Portuguese traditional agricultural products.
Southeast of Lisbon, after approximately 90 minutes drive, tour reaches Évora, the capital of the upper Alentejo province. Classified as «Museum Town and World Heritage» by the Unesco in 1986. Évora was first known by the Celts as “Ebora”, by the first Roman settlers as Ebora Cerealis and in 27 BC as Liberitas Julia. In the suburbs of Évora there are cromlechs, menirs and dolmens, as well as remains from the Neolithic 3.500 BC.
In Medieval times the town held the courts of the Portuguese Kings of the 1st dynasty and of the 2nd dynasty from 1165 to 1559. The Roman-Gothic Cathedral dating from 1186, the Church of St. Francis built in 1480 with the macabre “Chapel of Bones”, and the ruins of the Roman Temple of Diana are some of the places of great interest to be visited. Small streets with Manueline (Gothic-Naturalist) geminated-windows and porticos as well as the «Moucharabieh», verandahs of Mudejar influence, lead to the Praça do Giraldo, the meeting point of Évora’s inhabitants. Lunch is included and will be served at a regional restaurant.
The tour will proceed south to Monsaraz for a walking visit to this unique white-painted village within the ramparts of a Medieval Castle, conquered to the Arabs in 1167 and donated to the Knights Templar Religious and military order. The main street with Gothic houses, the cistern and the Town-Hall with the Gothic fresco of the «Earthly Justice» are to be admired. From the walls of this unusual town, one can also admire parts of the “Big Lake”, the waters of the Alqueva dam, which have formed Europe’s largest artificial lake.
Return to Lisbon, late afternoon.




Host Events

International Opera Contest

Saturday, 22 June, 08h00pm
Price per person: 60 €

The International Opera Contest Final will bring together more than 20 young opera singers (male and female) from around the world continent to Lisbon to compete. Eight finalists will sing with a full orchestra in the new, state-of-the-art Teatro Camões. Prizes will be awarded to the three best singers, by an international jury from famous opera theaters worldwide. The audience will also award a prize. The total value of the prizes (about 20,000€) is one of the largest offered for suchcontests, just enough to sponsor a scholarship to the best opera schools in the world. Attend this event, and you will see and hear the next opera stars.
Transportation: The venue is walking distance from the convention venue.

Unforgettable Fado Night

Monday, 24 June, 08:00pm
Price per person: 25 € - 70 €

Come to the heart of Lisbon, to a historic bullfighting arena transformed into a concert hall, for an evening of Fado. This uniquely Portuguese musical style, registered on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, will fill your senses and your soul. Hear the best Fado singers of today, and share an experience like none you have ever known. It will be unforgettable.
Transportation: RI will provide shuttle service from the convention venue to Campo Pequeno, and from Campo Pequeno to location(s) in the city center.


Unforgettable Fado Night

Monday, 24 June



Ticket Fee


Up seating 2nd Pair

€ 25

1st Odd Gallery (A to E)

€ 30

Up seating 1st Pair

€ 40

2nd South Gallery (A to E)

€ 40

Odd sector 1, 4 (A to P)

€ 40

Sector 2, 3, 4 (A to P)

€ 45

Sector B seats

€ 50

Sector A seats

€ 60

VIP seats

€ 70


Experience Portugal

Tuesday, 25 June, 7:45pm

Price per person: 110 €

 Against the backdrop of a 15th-century monastery, gather to experience Portugal — our culture, our food, and our music. The event starts with a cocktail, followed by a dinner, with starter, entrée, dessert, and after-dinner drinks (brandy, whiskey, or Porto wine) and coffee or tea. Enjoy fabulous entertainment in a unique venue, where you will breathe the history of Portugal — its kings, queens, princes, and princesses. Just 80 tables are available to Experience Portugal. All food, beverages, and taxes are included.
Transportation: RI will provide shuttle service from the Convention Venue to the monastery, and from the monastery to location(s) in thecity center.