The Ambassador’s Tour of Portugal

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"People rarely get to see a new country through the eyes of the movers and shakers who influence it every day." -Sheree M. Mitchell
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Explore the meaning of global citizenship with the movers and shakers of Portugal on this seven-day program packed with provocative panel discussions, high-profile networking opportunities, exclusive culinary experiences, and an "all-access" visit to the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.  

Meet and learn from distinguished Portuguese politicians, business leaders, scholars, American expats, and diplomats. Participate in roundtable discussions with the people who control the country’s most lucrative industries as well as those who implement some of the most successful policies.

Meet local influencers, entrepreneurs, and artists. Learn more about the innovative projects that have recently put Lisbon on the list of Europe’s coolest startup hubs.   

Experience the country's award-wining food and wine scenes with local gastronomes and wine experts.  Explore the creations of Michelin-starred chefs and the cellars of Wine Spectator's budding local talent. 

Take advantage of this opportunity to explore charming seaside towns, palaces, boutique wineries, private art collections, and more.

Network with local industry thought leaders and explore Lisbon with the help of customized city guides, local recommendations and support.     

The co-hosts for this unique experience will be Allan J. Katz, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal (ret.) and Immersa Global's Founder, Sheree M. Mitchell



Places visited:

Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Vila Viçosa, and Évora. 


Day 1: Portugal: From Global Leader in World Commerce to Leader in Global Citizenship    

Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal. 

Attend the "Welcome to Portugal" and  Keynote Address. Join Ambassador Katz and others for an interactive conversation about Ambassador Katz’s experience as a diplomat in Portugal and how it shaped his views as a global citizen. Learn more about the Portuguese system of government and how it fits into the European Union. Engage with Ambassador Katz as he speaks about his previous career in law, his transition to politics, and beyond. 

Later join the entire group to enjoy the sunset like a Lisboeta at one of the hippest rooftop bars in the city. Drinks and petiscos (Portuguese hors d'oeuvres) provided.

Dinner on your own. Recommendations provided. Overnight in Lisbon.   

Day 2: Politics, Life as an Expat, and Doing Business in Portugal   

Enjoy an exclusive tour of the U.S. Embassy in Portugal. Learn about the mission of the embassy as you meet the American diplomats who make it all happen. (Subject to the security clearance of each participant, and may change without prior notice.) 

Join an authentic four-course lunch and wine pairings with local gastronome, the Earl of Rocamor, D. André Meunier da Silva (Quiroga). Learn about the evolution of Portuguese food and wine directly from the experts. Participate in a unique wine tasting that directly benefits an innovative social impact project that serves up-and-coming local artists. 

Spend the afternoon participating in two exhilarating panel conversations:

Session 1.1: Understanding Portuguese Politics and the Role of the European Union

Session 1.2: Doing Business in Portugal as a Foreigner: Opportunities, Support, and Challenges

Post event networking opportunity with local wine and petiscos (small Portuguese hors d'oeuvres). 

Enjoy dinner on your own. Recommendations provided. Overnight in Lisbon.  

Day 3: The Portuguese Riviera, Culinary Superstars, and Food and Wine as Cultural Ambassadors  

Participate in a guided tour of the quaint seaside towns of Cascais and Estoril. Enjoy an unforgettable lunch complete with wine pairings in one of the region’s most well-known restaurants.

Visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost extent of the European continent, and other popular sites in the area. Discover how Cascais served as a safe haven for many of Europe’s exiled royal families during World War II.

Spend the afternoon learning more about Portugal's edible (and drinkable) cultural heritage from local experts:

Session 2.1: Portugal as the New Culinary Destination: The New Future of Portuguese Food and Wine

Post-event networking opportunity with local wine and petiscos (small Portuguese hors d'oeuvres). 

Enjoy the afternoon and evening on your own. Recommendations provided.  

Day 4: The Model Society and the Million-Dollar Question about Health Care 

Spend the morning on a private guided tour of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the history of this magical place as you visit 8th century castles and find your way through the mind-boggling collections of lakes, grottoes, waterfalls, fake doors and secret tunnels of a neo-gothic mansion. Enjoy a typical three-course lunch complete with local wines and gorgeous views of the area.  

Return to Lisbon to participate in two enlightening panel conversations: 

Session 3.1: Defining Global Citizenship in the Context of Portugal  

Session 3.2: Viewing Health Care Through the Global Lens: Basic Human Right or Commodity?  

Post-event networking opportunity with local wine and petiscos (small Portuguese hors d'oeuvres).   

Enjoy the evening on your own. Recommendations provided. Overnight in Lisbon.  

Day 5: Let's Talk About Money  

Enjoy your morning as you wish. Optional activities and recommendations provided.  

Afterwards, join the group for a star-studded panel conversation: 

Session 4.1: Portugal’s Economic Health: What Was the Turning Point and What’s in the Cards for the Future? 

Post-event networking opportunity with local wine and petiscos (small Portuguese hors d'oeuvre)

Enjoy the evening on your own. Dinner on your own. Recommendations provided. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 6: Wine Country à Portuguesa

Travel two hours east of Lisbon to Alentejo, a prolific wine region recently named the "New Tuscany".  

Take a private tour of one of the area's most well-known wineries. Participate in an interactive Harvest 101 workshop facilitated by the winemaker himself. He'll teach you everything you need to know about the region's grape varieties and the harvesting process. 

Participate in a wine tasting with the vineyard's owner, winemaker, and staff.

Tour an enchanting village made of marble. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and wine pairings with Chef Pedro Mendes. 

Return to Lisbon and enjoy your last evening in Portugal as you wish. Dinner on your own. Recommendations provided.   

Day 7: Free Day In Lisbon  

Enjoy a free day in Lisbon. We can help you arrange roundtrip transportation to the beach, private photoshoots, walking tours, culinary experiences, etc. 

Meet the group early evening for a farewell toast. Dinner on your own. Recommendations provided. Overnight in Lisbon.    

Day 8: End of Program 

Departure for U.S.A  

Itinerary subject to change without notice. 

Fee Includes:

  • Seminars and panel discussions with Ambassador Katz and distinguished guests 
  • Post-seminar networking events with wine and hors d'oeuvres 
  • Exclusive culinary experiences with local food and wine celebrities
  • Four multi-course lunches with wine pairings
  • Private winery visit with well-known winemaker
  • Private ground transportation for group activities (except for Lisbon walking tour)
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guides
  • The Immersa Global Insider City Guide curated exclusively for The Ambassador's Tour of Portugal 2018  
  • All gratuities, service fees and taxes for scheduled activities
  • All wine and spirits included in the scheduled meals 
  • 24/7 on-site local support during the program dates

Program fee does NOT include:

  • Lodging (We have a limited number of rooms reserved at the venue hotel (Four Star Sana Hotel) for 198,00 euros/night for single or double occupancy in a standard room. Contact us to reserve. Upon registration for the program, you will receive a list of other lodging options in the area.) 
  • Airfare
  • Airport Transfers (We can arrange for private or group airport transfers. Contact us for more information.)  
  • Ground transportation not listed in the program 
  • Passport and/or visa fees (if applicable)
  • Meals not listed in the program
  • Travel Insurance
  • Incidentals