3rd International CIRP Sponsored Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology
September 18-20, 2006 - Setúbal, Portugal

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3 Castles Tour

Saturday morning, departure by bus for a tour, with professional/English speaking guide, towards Sesimbra Castle and Azeitão. Short stop for a talk on traditional glazed Portuguese tiles and a visit to Centro de Artesanato S. Simão, followed by a visit to the famous wine cellars of J. Mª da Fonseca where lunch will be served with wine tasting included. Sesimbra Castle

In the afternoon there will be a visit to the Convento da Arrábida, an old Franciscan Monastery, today belonging to the Fundação Oriente, in the very heart of the Arrabida mountains, and facing the Atlantic Ocean. The next two stops are at Setubal’s Fortress of S. Filipe and at Palmela Castle. Setubal’s Fortress of S. Filipe

At the end of the afternoon, while returning to Sesimbra, there will be a short stop done to visit Quinta da Bacalhoa, an stately home from the 17th century, with a precious tile collection. In this property are produced some of the most exquisite wines from this region, and will have the opportunity to taste them before returning to Sesimbra. Palmela Castle

Arrabida’s coast sailing on a traditional Galeão de Sal and Dolphins observation or a walking tour at the city centre of Setúbal

Sunday morning, departure for a sailing trip along the Arrabida coast and its beautiful cliffs. We Embark at Porto de Abrigo in Sesimbra on a typical old ‘galeão’, a traditional sailing vessel once used to transport the salt that was produced along the banks of the Sado River, today completely restored. Lunch will be served on board at Portinho da Arrábida, a small and sheltered harbour, and we shall also sail the beaches of Galapos, Galapinhos, Figueirinha and Comenda. In the afternoon, after lunch, we will sail to Setúbal where two options are offered to participants: watching dolphins on a semi-rigid boat or taking guided tour on foot to the historic city centre of Setúbal. Galeão de Sal

Return to Sesimbra by the end of the afternoon.


Évora and Monsaraz, visit to Alentejo, south of Portugal.

Wednesday morning, departure by bus towards Évora. Guided tour in this beautiful city classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Temple of Diana

After lunch, the tour proceeds to Reguengos to visit the wine cellars of Herdade do Esporão and its Estate Vineyards, with wine tasting included. The next stop will be at small white medieval Monsaraz, to visit one of the oldest towns in Alentejo. Reguengos de Monsaraz

Return to Sesimbra around 17h30.

Lisbon and Sintra

Departure by bus at 9h30, for a guided tour around Lisbon, our capital city. Tower of Belem

After lunch, the tour continuous towards our romantic and aristocratic town of Sintra that Byron called “glorious Eden”. Sintra Palace

On the way the tour will pass through Cascais and Estoril following the picturesque seaside road called the ‘Marginal’. Cascais Bay

Return to Setúbal or remain in Lisbon at the end of the afternoon.