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The 104th Rotary International Convention will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from June 23rd to June 26 in 2013. The Rotaract Preconvention will be held June 21-22, immediately before the convention itself. This wiki page will serve to document the convention, but also serve to provide convention-goers helpful information and suggestions to help them plan for the convention.

Please note that this page will be catered for Rotaractors in particular. (Especially the fundraising portion.)

Official Rotaract HOC Website & Details

Official Rotary HOC Website & Contact Information

  • Rotary's Page on the 2013 RI Convention: [1]
  • The 2013 Lisbon Host Organizing Committee's Website: lisboa2013.org
  • Facebook Page
  • Twitter: @Rotary2013
  • For Questions email RI Staff at ri.registration@rotary.org

Registering for the 2013 RI Convention

Most Rotaractors do not have access to the online backend for Rotary.org, and therefore can only register via email, fax, or post mail. The appropriate and relevant links are below:

Registration Costs for RI Convention Only

Prices are in USD and are based off of prices listed in the Downloadable Registration Form (PDF). This does NOT include any of the pre-convention or ticketed events prices.

Registration Type By Deadline 1 (Dec 15) By Deadline 2 (Mar 31) After Deadline 2 / On-site
Rotaractor $60 $90 $120
Rotarian $265 $315 $365
Interactor $10 $10 $10

About Lisbon

Lisbon's 25 de Abril Bridge

Lisbon (/ˈlɪzbən/; Portuguese: Lisboa, IPA: [ɫiʒˈboɐ]) is the capital city and largest city of Portugal with a population of 547,631 within its administrative limits on a land area of 84.8 km2 (33 sq mi). The urban area of Lisbon extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of 3 million on an area of 958 km2 (370 sq mi), making it the 9th most populous urban area in the European Union. About 2,831,000 people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (which represents approximately 27% of the population of the country). Lisbon is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River.

Temperature & Climate

The Campo Pequeno

Portugal maintains a Mediterranean climate that moderately stays around 15C to 23C (or 60F to 80F) consistently throughout the year. During the months of June and July, Portugal's average temperature are 20.4C (68.7F) and 22.7C (72.9F), respectively. Temperature highs in June and July can reach up to record highs of 41.5C (106.7F) to 40.6C (105.1F).

You are advised to pack in layers to be prepared for warm weather ranging from 20.4C (68.7F) to 27.5C (81.5F), as well as for comfortable to chilly evenings. (Bring a light jacket.)

Getting Around in Lisbon: Public Transportation

There are a variety of methods to travel around in Lisbon, other than by taxi. For details regarding the public transportation and ways to get around in Lisbon, please visit Golisbon.com.

Flying into the Lisbon International Airport

Portugal's largest international airport is the Aeroporto da Portela [2] (LIS). It is located between Loures and Lisboa. Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas, Tel: +350 (21) 841-3000, Fax: +351 (21) 841-3675, [3]

It is the main air hub for TAP Portugal [4], a Star Alliance [5] member airline that covers an extensive network throughout Europe, Africa (Morroco, Algerie, Senegal, Guine Bissau, Mozambique, South Africa, Angola, Cape Verde, S. Tome e Principe) and the Americas (US, Venezuela and Brazil). SATA (Air Açores) [6] provides seasonal service to eastern North America (Boston, Montreal and Toronto).

There are also several other airlines flying into Lisbon, such as United Airlines, US Airways, British Airways, Air France, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Finnair, Iberia, Easyjet and KLM.

Getting from/to the airport
  • Aerobus [7] operates three routes to main spots of the city. Aerobus 1 running every 20 min follows Av. da Republica and Av. da Liberdade to the city center (Rossio, Praça do Comércio, and railway/ferry terminal at Cais do Sodré). Aerobus 2 connects to the Oriente bus/railway terminals with 30 min interval. Aerobus 3 runs every 30 min to the central bus station at Sete Rios via the Entrecampos train station. Tickets cost €3.50 and are valid on all public transportation lines, such as buses and surface trams (but not for metro) for one day.
  • Metro costs about €1.25 from the airport to any place in the city centre. Lisbon Airport metro station opened in July 2012 and is the new final destination of Lisbon Red Line metro trains. The journey to Saldanha takes about 16 minutes and less than 25 minutes are enough to get from the Airport to Baixa-Chiado (Lisbon city centre).
  • Bus lines 22, 44, 83, 705, 745, or night bus line 208. Bus 44 takes you to the Oriente railway station in about 10 minutes, where you can change for metro and continue to the city centre. Board fare is €1.75. 7 Colinas transport card (see "Get around" section) can be used which can be bought at the airport post office. Note that you are not allowed to take large pieces of luggage on these buses.
  • Taxis cost about €10.00 from the airport to the city centre. Charge is according to the meter, adding €1.20 per item of luggage. Taxis are required to have working meters (it is illegal to drive without one) and fares posted to the window in the rear seat. Be sure to ask the taxi driver if he has a working meter before getting into the taxi, and be careful of drivers trying to grab your bags and usher you into the taxi before you can make these inquiries. As with many cities, watch out for dishonesty and if you think you are being charged significantly more (paying €45 to get into the city but only €6 back to the airport is not unheard of, as are claims of broken meters or fixed fares) ask for their number and a receipt, and make it clear you plan to complain. Any policeman should take care of the situation if there are signs of fraud. Lisbon people, in general, really hate dishonest taxi drivers, so, it will be easy to get a hand in case of a conflict. To avoid fraud, you can buy a taxi-voucher in the airport (€18 - a lot more than the average real meter price) which is good to go anywhere in the center, with luggage. Make sure to ask the driver how much he estimates the fare will be before getting in the taxi, which will diminish the chance for a surprise bounce in the price. If you want to take a taxi, go to the departures area (and never! to the arrivals area), it's more likely to get an honest driver there. Make sure the driver starts the meter when the journey starts.

Lisbon Metro

Map of Lisbon's Metro (Updated July 2012) (Click image to enlarge)

Lisbon has a very efficient public transport network that covers the entire city in addition to the surrounding areas. Lisbon's recently refurbished metro system [8] is clean, quick, and efficient. While metro announcements are made only in Portuguese, signs and ticketing machines are generally bilingual in Portuguese and English.

The extensive bus and electrico (tram) network is run by Carris [9].

The best and, in many cases, the sole way to pay for city transport is buying a rechargeable green-colored card 7 Colinas (Viva Viagem) [10]. It is valid for metro, trams (electrico), urban trains, most buses and ferries. The exception is buses run not by Carris—other bus companies have their own tickets. The card itself can be purchased for €0.50 (this price doesn't include any trips—add as many trips as you want), and remains valid for a year.

The Viva Viagem card can be charged in three different modes:

  • Single tickets for bus or metro (€1.25)
  • Day pass for metro and buses (€5)
  • Zapping. This mode gives you slightly more credit than you pay for (for example, you will have to pay €10.00 for €10.75 of credit). It also offers flexible rates: every journey costs €1.15, and you get a small discount for two contiguous journeys, e.g., if you change from metro to bus. The downside is that zapping in ticket machines can be done with round amounts only: €5, €10, €15. If you have a bit of unused money, it is wise to go to the ticked desk and there they do zapping for any amount. This way you can fully utilize your money on the card before going back to your country.

There are ticketing machines located at the train or metro stations, which also provide instructions in English. You can also buy the ticket from the driver or machines on board (the latter only available in some new trams). Tickets purchased from a driver will not include a Viva Viagem card, and will cost more (€1.75 for bus and €2.85 for trams instead of €1.15 if you use the rechargable card), so it makes more sense to buy the ticket before starting the trip.

When using suburban trains, your tickets are charged onto the same kind of Viva Viagem cards. You cannot have more than one kind of ticket on one card, however, so you will probably need at least two of them, one for zapping (regular bus and metro use), one for suburban travel. The TransTejo (TT) ferries can make you buy yet another "Via Viagem" card with white stripe in the bottom, claiming that CP or Carris "Via Viagem" cards are not valid for them.

If you plan to be in Lisbon for an extended time (1 week and more), you can purchase an unlimited pass that covers buses, metro, and funiculars at the Carris station in Santo Amaro. It's €12 for the Lisboa Viva card, plus €29 for a one-month unlimited pass. Bring a photo ID (passport) and cash.

The metro itself has four lines (A-D), runs regularly, and covers most of the city. The lines are coloured Red, Blue, Green and Yellow.

Key stations for Rotaractors will be:

  • Praca de Espanha (Blue Line) which is located outside the official Rotaract hotel (Hotel Acores Lisboa)
  • Oriente (Red Line) which is the station for the Convention venue
  • Sao Sebastio (Blue & Red Lines) this interchange is one stop after Praca de Espanha and where Rotaractors will need to change lines to get out to the convention venue
  • Baixa/Chiado (Blue & Green Lines) nearest station to main square, loads of tourist attractions and tourist orientated restaurants

Other Important Metro Resources:

Convention Venue

Convention Center at Parque das Nacoes

The primary venue of the convention, where workshops, plenaries, House of Friendship, and other festivities will be located at the Parque das Nações complex in Lisbon, Portugal.

For your convenience, here is a Google Map of the general vicinity of the convention site: Google Map of Convention Center (Parque das Nações)

Rotary Pre-convention Meetings & Ticketed Events

Pre-convention Meeting Name Dates Registration Cost (in USD)
Rotary Alumni Celebration June 21 $50
International Institute — Rotarian/Immediate Family Member June 21-22 $200
Rotaract Preconvention Meeting June 21-22 $30
Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention Meeting June 21-22 $50
RYLA Preconvention Meeting June 22 $30
Ticket Event Dates Registration Cost (in USD)
Rotary Alumni Celebration Luncheon June 21 $45
Youth Exchange Officers Banquet June 21 $85
President’s Recognition Luncheon June 24 $40
President-elect’s Leadership Luncheon June 25 $40
On to Sydney Convention Luncheon June 26 $40
Rotaract Pre-Convention Social Event Dates Registration Cost (in EUR)
Bairro Alto night tour Fri 21 Jun EUR 0
All night party (Dinner) Sat 22 Jun EUR 25
All night party (Disco) Sat 22 Jun EUR 8
VIP sunset party Sun 23 Jun EUR 40
A step to "End Polio Now" Tue 25 Jun EUR 6

Convention Schedule

For the moment a tentative schedule is available here. The schedule is regularly updated by the RI Convention HOC team. Once the schedule is finalized, we will post a copy of the schedule here as well.

Rotaract HOC Host Social Events

Information for all Rotaract HOC social events are available on the official Rotaract HOC "ROLis 2013" website. A direct link to the registration form for the Rotaract HOC Social Events can be found at bit.ly/ROLIS2013. Please note that you MUST register for each event you want to attend! (Please note the pricing as well.)

The four social events are: Bairro Alto Night Tour, All Night Party, VIP Sunset Party, A Step to "End Polio Now."

Bairro Alto Night Tour

Friday, June 21, 2013, 11pm
Price per person: 0 €

For those who pass by Lisbon, they can't miss passing by Bairro Alto. A place where cultures, styles, life philosophies and people from the whole World mix themselves. Bairro Alto is a place full with bars, taverns and typical restaurants of Lisbon, where you can eat well and listen to Fado or just have some drinks on the streets in the middle of the crowds. This neighborhood of beautiful Lisbon, only one step from Chiado, is attended and inhabited by journalists, artists, and students. It was also a place of sailors' taverns, charcoals and places of ill repute. Part of the buildings were or are being renovated to maintain their original glamor. This renovation has motivated the setup of new and alternative commercial spaces, granting you access to a variety of shop including tattoos and piercing studios.

Bairro Alto is currently a place of nightlife and a meeting point of different cultures and generations, where the most popular pubs of Lisbon are located.

  • Meeting Point: Largo Luis de Camões
  • Event Time: 11pm
  • Suggested travel option: Via Subway; take station Baixa-Chiado, blue and green line (alternative routes will be suggested closer to the event date)

All Night Party

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 11pm
Price per person: 25 € + 8 €

Café Império, open since 1955 in the center of Lisbon, represents one of the historical and known places of the Lisbon people, gaining also fame by the cinema that once existed there. The building is classified by the Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage and is also known by its famous steak, considered by many critics the best steak in Lisbon. A place to enjoy portuguese gastronomy, with fine quality in a unique space. This dinner will give place to a memorable entertainment in Café Império restaurant. You will not want to miss it. Demolition Crew will make your body feel alive with sounds, movements, rhythms and magic. One of the best group of Hip Hop dancers will surprise you during our evening. Find out more about them.

To continue our never ending night, we'll discover Lust. Lust disco is a place that has recently opened, placed in Praça do Comércio, that is already considered one of the best places to spend the night in Lisbon. The interior is decorated with vintage elements inspired by the seven deadly sins.

Is there a better way to spend the night in Lisbon with us?


  • Meeting point: Café Império​
  • Time: 8.30pm
  • Ways to arrive: subway station Alameda, red and green line (alternative routes will be suggested closer to the event date)

If you only register for Lust Disco:

  • Meeting point: Lust
  • Time: midnight
  • Ways to arrive: subway station Terreiro do Paço, blue line

VIP Sunset Party

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 7pm
Price per person: 40 €

Príncipe Perfeito is a 3 masts ship that allows to welcome comfortably 200 guests. Rebuilt mainly for the national tourism market, it's the tourism ship with more capability of passengers sailing in Europe. Príncipe Perfeito is characterized by its practicability on the outside and comfort in its interior, where all sort of events can happen there. The Rotaract HOC invites you for this VIP Sunset party, with Lisbon on sight, for a remarkable event. Come and sail with Rotaractors in this adventure. ​ Tour - from Alcântara to Belém


  • Meeting point: Alcântara marina
  • Time: 7pm
  • Ways to arrive: Alcântara, train and bus (alternative routes will be suggested closer to the event date)

A Step to "End Polio Now"

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 5:30pm
Price per person: 6 €

One of the Rotary projects that is reaching its end is the eradication of Polio. To celebrate this project and show it to our society, we will have a tour through the historical area of Lisbon, interacting with the local people and spreading the project "End Polio Now". It's a great way to know the oldest and more historical part of our capital, while we disclose one of the biggest Rotary projects. The tour will finish in Terreiro do Paço with a snack.


  • Meeting point: TBA
  • Time: 5.30pm
  • Ways to arrive: TBA

Rotary HOC Host Events

All of the information in this section for host events comes directly from the 2013 RI Convention's HOC website's host events page.

International Opera Contest

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 8pm
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.

Host Hospitality Night

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 7:45pm
Price per person: 25 €

Join us for a night of fellowship that you will cherish forever. The host clubs welcome you to a party with one of the best views of Lisbon, on the other side of the River Tagus. Come and feel the popular culture of Lisbon, its marches, music, and dances. Choose from more than 25 typical Portuguese dishes provided by your Rotary club hosts, along with beautiful entertainment and a breathtaking landscape. All food, beverages, and taxes included.

Transportation: The Host Organization Committee will provide shuttle service from the convention venue to the Host Hospitality venue, and from the Host Hospitality venue to the RI room-block hotels

Unforgettable Fado Night

Monday, June 24, 2013, 8pm
Price per person: 25 € - 70 € (price varies depending on seating)

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.

Experience Portugal

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 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.

Host Events: Terms & Conditions / Ticketing Information

  1. Host event tickets may only be purchased by convention registrants for themselves, their registered convention guests, and members of their immediate families. Ticket requests will be processed in the order in which they are received, until the event reaches capacity. Host event tickets are transferable.
  2. Host event tickets may be purchased online until Friday, 7 June 2013. After that, tickets may be purchased on-site at the Host Events Ticket Booth, based on availability, 20-26 June 2013.
  3. All host event ticket orders will be confirmed in the order in which they are received. Upon receipt of payment, e-tickets will be provided to each participant via email.
  4. You may cancel your ticket order to any host event up to Friday, 17 May 2013 (please remember, tickets are transferable). If you cancel, you will be charged a 20% cancellation fee. Cancellations received after 17 May 2013 are nonrefundable.
  5. The Host Organization Committee will refund ticket orders in full if the 2013 RI Convention or any promoted event is canceled, but takes no responsibility for any travel-related costs incurred by Rotarians and their guests.
  6. Prices for host event tickets purchased on-site at the 2013 RI Convention will be approximately 20% higher than online prices.

Official RI Convention Hotels

The following is a list of the official Rotary International's designated Convention hotels. Rotary will be providing shuttle services from these hotels to the convention center. To receive these rates, you must register through Experient. You do not have to stay in these hotels in order to be part of the convention. These hotels are designated by Rotary for your convenience.

Veteran convention goers recommend that if you do not stay at these hotels, then you stay somewhere nearby or that is easily accessible by public transportation to these hotels or to the convention center, as the complimentary shuttle service will only be going by the routes of these officially designated hotels.

The table below is designated to help you plan for your stay for the convention. Information was taken directly from Experient's page for RI.

Hotel Name Address Room Types Max. Occupancy per Room Nightly Rates (in Euros) Room Description TripAdvisor Ranking* Special Notices
Hotel Acores Lisboa (map) (Official Rotaract Hotel) Av Columbano Bordalo Pinheriro, 3, Lisbon 1070-060 Standard Single, Double, Triple 3 103 € to 124 € Includes American Breakfast, wifi in room 097 n/a
Altis Avenida Rua 1 de Dezembro, 120, Lisbon 1200-360 Standard Single & Doubles 2 295 € American Breakfast, Wifi everywhere 009 n/a
Altis Park Hotel Avenida Engenheiro Arantese Oliveira, 9, Lisbon 1900-221 Run of House Single, Double, Triples 3 200 € to 235 € American Breakfast, Wifi everywhere 124 n/a
Altis Prime Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 4, Lisbon 1250-191 Run of House Single, Double 2 280 € American Breakfast, Wifi in-room 028 n/a
Altis Suites Rua Castilho, 13, Lisbon 1250-066 Standard Single & Doubles 2 300 € American Breakfast 029 n/a
Bairro Alto Hotel Praca Luis de Camoes, 2, Lisbon 1200-243 Standard Single & Doubles 2 428 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 017 n/a
Clarion Suites Lisboa Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 44-50, Lisbon 1250-193 Standard Single, Double, Triples 3 150 € to 180 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 026 n/a
Dom Pedro Palace AV. Eng. Duarte Pacheco, 24, Lisbon 1070-110 Standard Single, Double 2 275 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 020 n/a
Holiday Inn Lisboa Av. Antonio Jose De Almeida, 28-A, Lisbon 1000-044 Standard Single, Double, Triple 3 150 € to 180 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 096 n/a
Holiday Inn Lisbon Continental Rua Laura Alves, 9, Lisbon 1069-169 Standard Single, Double, Triple 3 150 € to 180 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 078 n/a
Hotel Altis Rua Castilho, 11, Lisbon 1269-072 Run of House Single, Double, Triple 3 370 € to 415 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 095 n/a
Hotel AS Lisboa AV. Almirante Reis 188, Lisbon 1000-055 Standard Single, Double, Triple 3 075 € to 100 € American Breakfast, wifi public areas only, limited room service 114 n/a
Hotel Florida Rua Duque de Palmela, 34, Lisbon 1250-098 Standard Single, Double, Triple 3 150 € to 180 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 092 n/a
Hotel Lisboa Plaza Travessa Do Soalitre 7, Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon 1269-066 Standard Single & Doubles 2 299 € American Breakfast, free wifi everywhere 023 n/a
Hotel Lutecia Avenida Frei Miguel Contreiras, 52, Lisbon 1749-086 Standard Single & Doubles 2 250 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 079 n/a
Hotel Marques de Pombal Avenida da Liberdade, 243, Lisbon 1250-143 Standard Single, Double, Twin 2 150 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 016 n/a
Mercure Lisboa Avenida Jose Malhoa, 23, Lisbon 1099-051 Standard Single & Doubles 2 210 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 060 n/a
Novotel Lisboa Avenida Jose Malhoa, 1-1A, Lisbon 1099-051 Standard Single & Doubles 2 190 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 041 n/a
Pestana Palace Rua Jau, 54, Lisbon 1300-314 Standard Single, Double, Triple 3 240 € to 280 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 007 n/a
Radisson Blu Lisboa Ave. Marechal Craveiro Lopes, 390 Campo Grande, Lisbon 1749-009 Standard Single, Double, Triple 3 150 € to 180 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 083 n/a
Real Palacio Rua Tomas Riberio, 115, Lisbon 1050-228 Standard Single, Double, Triple 3 300 € to 330 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 029 n/a
Real Parque Av. Luis Bivar, 67, Lisbon 1069-146 Standard Single, Double, Triple 3 200 € to 230 € American Breakfast, wifi in-room 082 n/a
Sana Malhoa Park Hotel Avenida Jose Malhoa, 8, Lisbon 1099-089 Standard Single & Doubles 2 190 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 049 n/a
Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa Rua Latino Coelho, 1, Lisbon 1069-025 Standard Single & Doubles 2 290 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 018 n/a
Tiara Park Atlantic Lisboa Rua Castilho, 149, Lisbon 1099-034 Deluxe Single & Doubles 2 310 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 011 n/a
Tivoli Jardim Rua Julio Cesar Machado, Lisbon 1250-135 Standard Single & Doubles 2 195 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 089 n/a
Turim Alameda Hotel Av. Rovisco Pais, 34, Lisbon 1000-268 Standard Single & Doubles 2 180 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 038 n/a
Turim Av Liberdade Hotel Rua Duque de Palmela, 20, Lisbon 1269-170 Standard Single & Doubles 2 180 € American Breakfast, wifi in-room 100 n/a
Turim Europa Hotel Rua S. Sebastiao da Pedreira, 19, Lisbon 1050-206 Standard Single & Doubles 2 180 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 058 n/a
Turim Iberia Hotel Av. 5 de Outubro, 160, Lisbon 1050-062 Standard Single & Doubles 2 180 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 088 n/a
Turim Lisboa Hotel Rua Filipe Folque, 20, Lisbon 1050-113 Standard Single & Doubles 2 180 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 039 n/a
VIP Executive Arts Av. Dom Joao II Lote 1.18, Lisbon 1900-208 Standard Single & Doubles 2 190 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 131 n/a
VIP Executive Barcelons Rua Laura Alves, 10, Lisbon 1050-138 Standard Single & Doubles 2 150 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 098 n/a
VIP Executive Villa Rica Av. 5 de Outubro, 295, Lisbon 1600-035 Standard Single & Doubles 2 190 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 110 n/a
VIP Executive Zurique Rua Ivone Silva, 18, Lisbon 1050- 124 Standard Single & Doubles 2 150 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 130 n/a
VIP Grand Lisboa Hotel & Spa Av 5 de Outubro, 197, Lisbon 1050-054 Standard Single & Doubles 2 220 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 107 n/a
VIP Inn Berna Av Antonio Serpa, 13, Lisbon Standard Single & Doubles 2 150 € American Breakfast, wifi everywhere 134 n/a

Registering for Official RI Designated Hotels

All registration for the above hotels should be done through Experient! We do NOT recommend you contact these hotels directly for reservations. The above table chart was created only to help you plan and choose a hotel (based off of your needs and your budget).

Getting To Lisbon in June 2013 (Planning Process)

Expected Costs


  • From San Francisco (SFO) to Lisbon (LIS) airfare is expected to be $1,480 USD[2] for economy airfare travel roundtrip in late June to end of July
    • Fares from SFO to LIS may be as low as $1,400 roundtrip. (Unfortunately, mid-May to early-August seems to be the peak high season for traveling to Lisbon.)
  • From New York City (JFK) to Lisbon (LIS) airfare is expected to be $1,180 USD[2] for economy airfare travel roundtrip in late June to end of July
  • From London (LHR) to Lisbon (LIS) you can expect to pay between GBP150 and GBP200 for a return flight


  • 103 € to 408 € (in USD as of June 2013: approx. $131 to $518) per night for a room. These figures are based off of rates at the approved Rotary hotels for the 2013 RI Convention. Actual rates may vary depending on which hotel you house with.
  • For a five (5) night stay at the lowest accommodation Rotary hotel, you are looking at approximately 515 € or $654 for the room. This price can be (and ought to be) split between at least one (1) other person. Strongly recommended to split this cost with at least three (3) or four (4) people.
  • There are also alternative housing solutions available for those on a tight budget or interested in living in apartments, home-stays, or hostels instead. Airbnb is a great resource to find apartments to rent, home-stays, and hostels. For Rotaractors: Use this link to receive a special $25 off your first stay with Airbnb.

Pre-convention & Convention Registration:

  • For Rotaractors for convention only price: $60 (by Dec 15), $90 (by March 31st), $120 (for registrations on-site and after March)
  • For Rotaractors for the Rotaract pre-convention price (this is a SEPARATE ticket from the convention): $30 (regardless of when you register)
  • For Rotarians for convention only price: $265 (by Dec 15), $315 (by March 31st), $365 (for registrations on-site and after March)
  • For Interactors for convention only price: $10 (regardless of when you register)

Host Events & Tours

  • Please review the Host Events and their prices to be sure to adjust your budget to accommodate the events you want to go to.
  • Also take into consideration tours.


  • Still researching prices...

Fundraising Strategies

Below are a few fundraising strategies that have worked for other Rotaractors. Feel free to share your strategies below!

  • Raffle Fundraiser: Obtain high-value raffle items for a raffle, such as a 40" to 60" LCD HDTV or a pair of roundtrip airfare tickets to Hawaii (or some other vacation destination) as your grand prize. Then obtain other smaller items for other prizes (anything from Xbox 360 Console package to gift cards to popular vendors/merchants). Sell each raffle ticket for a set amount, such as $10 USD. Go around to your local businesses, Rotary clubs, co-workers, and friends to sell these tickets as a fundraiser for Lisbon 2013. This fundraiser can be held through your Rotaract Club. If you have problems getting high-value items donated for the raffle, consider buying these items during major holiday sales such as Black Friday (U.S. sales holiday) in November when you can often purchase these items for 50% to 80% off their normal price.
  • Car Washes: The summer time is generally a great time to create a hands-on fundraiser in the form of a car wash. Contact one of your local supermarkets or YMCA (for U.S. Rotaractors) to see if they would be willing to allow your club to host a fundraiser in their parking lot. All you need is access to a water faucet, where you can hook up a hose you bring. (Be sure to buy all the car washing supplies too. You'll want at least 4 volunteers.) Car washes generally should make $150-$350 USD on average.
  • Restaurant Fundraisers: You can partner up with local restaurants to do a fundraiser for your Rotaract Club, where the proceeds can go towards sending your club's Rotaractors to Lisbon. Restaurants often give back 10% to 25% of the proceeds back to your cause. Restaurant fundraisers generally make around $150-$250 USD on average; although actual amount varies depending on how many customers you bring for the restaurant, and the type of restaurant.
  • Sponsorship: Consider asking your Rotary Clubs (not just your sponsoring ones, but other ones in your district) to make a financial contribution to sponsor or partially sponsor a Rotaractor to go to Lisbon. Sponsorship amounts can be small or large. Even a $100 USD sponsorship would help out, as that would cover at least the registration costs for the convention and pre-convention for a Rotaractor.
  • Trade Services for Hire: Many Rotary Clubs and businesses are constantly looking for young, ambitious professionals to handle their technology needs, including sending out club newsletters, managing their club website, managing (or creating) a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter for their club, and much more. Consider trading your services in one or more of the aforementioned fields of need, in exchange for partial or complete sponsorship to Lisbon 2013. That way you are helping them, while they help grow Rotary. It's a win-win.
  • Work for Airline Miles: Many Rotarians have airline miles saved up from business trips, and rather than make a cash contribution to your Lisbon or Bust fund, they might be willing to donate airline miles to you to help you get to Lisbon. Alternatively, for Rotarians who have a lot of airline miles, you might be able to barter with them to have them purchase your airfare ticket using their airline miles. It'll cost them almost nothing, and in exchange, you can offer your services. (Maybe create and manage a social media presence for their business or Rotary Club.) Be creative.

Dates to Go

  • For first-time convention goers, it is HIGHLY recommended you stay for at least five (5) days during the convention period (also take into account the Rotaract pre-convention!) in order to adequately have time to explore the convention, as well as the city itself!
  • For first-time travelers to Europe, it is recommended to travel around the continent. Allow for adequate time for that as well!
  • Please see Talk:RI Convention 2013 Lisbon for discussion on dates other Rotaractors are thinking of going to Europe. Group travels and meetups can also be coordinated at Talk:RI Convention 2013 Lisbon.

Before Arriving in Lisbon (Checklist)

  1. Stop by a currency exchange to withdraw sufficient amounts of Euros (€).
  2. Be sure to prepare money (in Euros) for the taxi ride from the airport to your accommodations (RI does NOT provide this). There is also an airport bus shuttle if you are interested in saving some money. For more information, please visit Golisbon.com.
  3. Pack all necessary clothes (be sure to also pack two sets of business clothes), bathroom & toiletries supplies, and other personal care items.
  4. It is recommended to leave your travel plans with a loved one, in case of an emergency.
  5. Do your own homework/research on Lisbon and any other areas you plan on traveling to.
  6. Bring business cards or networking cards!

What To Do While at the RI Convention

  1. Go to the Rotaract Pre-Convention if you are there on the 21st or 22nd!
  2. Go to the House of Friendship opening ceremony if possible
  3. Adventure around in the House of Friendship and visit EVERY booth there. (Interact with people behind the booths! Don't just walk by them!)
  4. Bring money (euros) to buy items from the Rotary merchandise vendors
  5. Stop by the Internet Cafe to use a computer or to ask them for a wireless internet password (if it's not public)
  6. Attend workshops during the Convention. (They will be listed in the convention program guide.) Especially the New Generations ones!
  7. Prepare a poster for the Rotaract poster session, See: http://postersession.rotaract.de
  8. Exchange business cards and networking cards with Rotaractors and Rotarians from all around the world!
  9. Find a project partner for your club!
  10. Get out of the Convention Center and Explore Lisbon! Eat!

Places of Interest In & Surrounding Lisbon

Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph taken by Svein-Magnc Tunli.
Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland. It is a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery, often serving as a symbol of the country, and UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage monument.[3]
The Jeronimos Monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. King Manuel I built it in 1502 on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henry the Navigator, where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal in prayer before leaving for India. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama's voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. Vasco da Gama's tomb was placed inside by the entrance, as was the tomb of poet Luis de Camões, author of the epic The Lusiads in which he glorifies the triumphs of Da Gama and his compatriots. Other great figures in Portuguese history are also entombed here, like King Manuel and King Sebastião, and poets Fernando Pessoa and Alexandre Herculano.[4]

Recommended Restaurants & Food Stops

Nomnomnom. Food makes the world go around, and the best adventures include food adventures. Here are some popular and highly reviewed food destinations in Lisbon.

  • Clube de Jornalistas (Rua das Trinas 129, Lisbon 1200-857, Portugal) - special atmosphere, delicious food, #1 restaurant in Lisbon on tripadvisor (tripadvisor review)
  • Pasteis de Belem (Rua de Belém 84 1300 Lisbon, Portugal) - best known for the Portugese custard tarts (website tripadvisor review)
  • Cabaças (R. das Gáveas 8 1200 Lisbon, Portugal) - meatlovers! order a slab of meat on a hot stone and watch it cook to the perfection you like (tripadvisor review)

Food Culture & Etiquette

Every country has its own set of customs and cultural etiquettes that are simply good to know. This section is to talk about some of the culture and etiquette surrounding food, dining, and restaurants.

  • Bread & Cheese is usually not complimentary: In Portugal, it is normal for waiters to bring out bread and cheese when you sit down at a restaurant. If you eat it, you get charged. If you don't want it, just tell them, and they'll take it away and you won't get charged. It's not a scam -- it's just the custom there.

Outside of Lisbon (by nearby)

The Penna Palace in Sintra, Portugal was home of royalty. Photo credit to JenLara
  • Sintra: The city of Sintra, which is approximately 32 km west of Lisbon, is a gorgeous tourist spot that even the Rotary HOC recommends. It is home to the Penna Palace, the Moorish Castle, and the National Palace, among other great historical sites.
  • Recommended transportation from Lisbon: Train (approximately 40 mins each way)

Traveling Around Europe

First-time visitors to Europe or those looking to expand their trip to include some sightseeing and vacation time will want to plan ahead on making their pre-convention or post-convention travel plans. Travel in Europe can be in the full range of transportation modes available, but assuming you have either limited time and/or money, then the best way to get around is via train or airplane.

Recommended Cheap European Airlines

Recommended Trains

  • Raileurope
  • Eurail
  • Renfe (recommended train for travel from Madrid to Lisbon or vice versa)
  • National Rail (for trains within the U.K., if you decide to go to Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, etc)

Recommended Accommodations Sites

Citations & Footnotes

The vast majority of the information collected on this page is taken from the official 2013 RI Convention HOC's website at lisboa2013.org. Other pieces of information have been collected from various websites via the internet, and from the experiences of Rotaractors going to previous conventions. While we do our best to make sure that information here is accurate, it is your responsibility to double check facts and to do your own research/homework. Most importantly, please be sure to register for the appropriate events you are interested in going to. We do not handle registration at all; this page is simply to help record information and history about the convention, and to help convention-goers plan for their trip.

  1. Wikitravel, accessed July 24, 2012. <http://wikitravel.org/en/Lisbon>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Expedia, accessed June 18, 2012. <http://www.expedia.com>
  3. Belem Tower, GoLisbon.com, accessed July 3, 2012. <http://www.golisbon.com/sight-seeing/belem-tower.html>
  4. Jeronimos Monastery, GoLisbon.com, accessed July 3, 2012. <http://www.golisbon.com/sight-seeing/jeronimos.html>