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To pre-book and hold your spot for the Prague Music and Art Immersion October 2-11, 2020, pay a deposit of $250/person. This deposit will be refundable minus a $50 service fee until January 31st, 2020. Type of room is available on first come first serve basis and your deposit will automatically put you in the queue in the order received. Musician lineup, venues and other event details will be announced in January, 2020.

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Prague Immersion Overview

IGE Prague Immersion 2020 will reveal the hidden heart of Prague’s thriving cultural scene!

We’ve scoured Prague to secure an enchanting diversity of venues across the dreamlike city and identify the finest of local musical talent. As with Venice, Barcelona and Lisbon, we curate musical and artistic experiences with a mind to overarching synergistic impact.

Freshly remodeled in 2020, The Mosaic House hotel, our exceptional hotel headquarters, is ideally situated by Charles square and the iconic Charles bridge. In Prague, participants will witness once in a lifetime musical collaborations of IGE Musical Ambassadors with a broad range of multi-genre European All-Stars. Conceived as a cohesive multi-dimensional installation and crafted with our local friends and nonprofit partners, we’ll move from jazz hall to synagogue, rock theater to cathedral, chateau to vaudeville boat, disco to ancient pub.

Expect to engage with local friends through philanthropic programming as we together benefit partner charities. Immersion participants give, of course while having the times of their lives and earning a substantial tax deduction.

In Prague expect a highly limited participant capacity to retain the intimacy of the Immersive environment.

For Reference – 2019 Lisbon Immersion Itinerary

IGE Musical Ambassadors

Musical Ambassadors are the essence of IGE Music and Art Immersions. IGE honors Ambassadors for unusual commitment over careers to musical, educational and broader communities. These eminent master musicians embrace cross-cultural, multi-genre collaboration as they contribute to the dynamic synergism at the core of the Immersion experience. It is around Musical Ambassadors, against backdrops of historic Venice, magical Barcelona, phantasmal Lisbon, and now dreamlike Prague that Immersions coalesce and unfold. Ambassadors orchestrate Immersions as they perform in rehearsed and spontaneous ensembles.

Lisbon Immersion Packages Include:


10 days and 9 nights single, double, triple or quadruple accommodations and daily breakfast at the Convento do Salvador, IGE Lisbon headquarters. IGE occupies the entire property for the duration of the Immersion with few limitations on hours of operations or musical stylings. At the Convento, we will host ‘round the clock scheduled and impromptu performances throughout the Immersion. From the pull-out-the-stops catered first night concert to our final evening musical extravaganza with tapas, Convento is the epicenter for the musical collaborations unique to IGE Immersions


    • Daily buffet breakfast.
    • Arrival drinks and catered tapas dinner at Hotel Convento Do Salvador with live fado and a Musical Ambassador performance.
    • Welcome dinner and Musical Ambassador performance at the ethereal rooftop Rio Maravilha in the artsy LX Factory.
    • Concert at the otherworldy Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa. 
    • Concert at the jewel box LU.CA theater (1737)- Lisbon’s oldest opera house. 
    • Al Fresco Concert in Estufa Fria, Lisbon’s expansive tropical botanical paradise.
    • Concert at Teatro do Bairro, an edgy neighborhood theater.
    • Afternoon Concert at Santa Caterina Church featuring IGE Musical Ambassadors and pipe organ Performance.
    • Gala Concert and Dinner/Benefit for APCC featuring an Alentejo Choir and Musical Ambassador performance at Casa de Alentejo, a fantastical Moorish palace.
    • Concert at the nonprofit Fabrica Braco de Prata, an IGE partner, arts community center and ground zero for artists across the spectrum of disciplines.
    • Concert at Titanic Sur Mer on the waterfront.
    • IGE and nonprofit partner Fabrica Braco de Prata host a festive night of cross-cultural collaboration on 4 intimate stages. Fabrica, an arts community center is ground zero for artists across the spectrum.
    • Afternoon concert in the Cloisters of Mosteiro Sao Vicente de fora.
    • Regular Daily and nightly performances at Convento do Salvador featuring a range of Ambassador sets and multi genre European All-Star performances.
    • Final Evening Party, catered tapas and multi set concert extravaganza at the Convento.

– Airfare is not included in package price –

– Partial listing of programming –

– Specific programming is subject to change –

— All included meals carefully cater to dietary preferences and restrictions—

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The Hotel Convento do Salvador

10 days and 9 nights single, double, triple or quadruple accommodations and daily breakfast at the Hotel Convento do Salvador, IGE Lisbon headquarters. IGE occupies the entire property for the duration of the Immersion. The freshly refurbished Convento is perfectly situated in the heart of medieval Alfama, Lisbon’s ancient core and pedestrian zone. The Convento will be converted into an atmospheric event venue with a performance stage, cozy living room space and bar. Convento’s spectacular outdoors cloister patio is ideal for celebration and the intercultural collaborations at the heart of the immersive experience.

Venue selection, performance arrangement and group adventures are meticulously curated by IGE and our local partners to reveal hidden Lisbon. From brunch and after hours sets to our nightly musical explorations, performances span the city. Settings range from theaters to opera houses, cathedrals to cloisters, clubs to concert halls, gardens to roof tops, palaces to museums, factories to scientific societies.

Hotel Convento do Salvador

IGE Lisbon Headquarters, nonprofit partner and permanent performance venue. The Convento, an historic refurbished convent is impeccably situated in medieval Alfama, Lisbon’s ancient core and pedestrian zone. At the Convento, we will host scheduled and impromptu performances throughout the Immersion. Convento’s spectacular outdoors cloister patio is epicenter for celebration and the intercultural collaborations at heart of the immersive experience.

Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa

The otherworldly Sociedade, an IGE nonprofit partner, was founded in the mid 1800s as ground zero for geographical and scientific exploration. The remarkable Geografia museum and grand exposition hall, a rose colored architectural fantasy is festooned with myriad treasures gathered by indomitable explorers. The Sociedade granted funds “destined to exploration trips”. We see little reason not to continue the figurative tradition!

Rio Maravilha

Ethereal rooftop Rio Maravilha provides the dazzling backdrop for a sumptuous dinner, elaborate cocktails and blow out concert. Set in the LX Factory, an abandoned industrial site reclaimed as an arts and gastronomic center, the Maravilha has multiple roof bars overlooking the Tejo (Tagus) river and the Ponte de 25 Abril. The Abril, a Golden Gate bridge doppelganger will leave you disoriented, the perfect state for the evening in store.

LU.CA Theater

The jewel box LU.CA theater (1737) is Lisbon’s oldest surviving opera house, freshly restored as a center for youth performance. With original motifs and scaled to a child’s perspective, the LU.CA will undoubtably expose our inner youngsters.

Estufa Fria

Estufa Fria is Lisbon’s tropical botanical paradise. Sylvan tiered gardens, hidden grottos and waterfalls offer ample afternoon hide and seek opportunities as we hide from city hustle and seek uncharted musical exploration.

Teatro do Bairro

An edgy neighborhood theater in ultra hip Bairro Alto is home to arguably Lisbon’s premier independent experimental company. The unique sunken stage setting is certain to unleash our interior thespians.

Igreja de Santa Caterina

Santa Caterina Church, “a gilded Baroque masterpiece” offers spiritual space for divine performance. Retreat from travails of the world and enjoy a sacred musical afternoon respite.

Casa de Alentejo

Casa de Alentejo, an IGE nonprofit partner is the locale for our annual benefit gala. The sublime urban palace is a wondrous Moorish phantasm. Opulent ballrooms set the scene for fancy dress, transcendent performance and a splendiferous after hours feast.

Fabrica Braco de Prata

The Fabrica, a repurposed jewelry factory, is Lisbon’s nonprofit arts center and counter-cultural living room. Multiple art galleries, stages, libraries, bars and a delectable restaurant share the extraordinary space. An unprecedented night of musical collaboration will unfold as Lisbon’s finest musicians join with IGE artists for independent performances and joint cross-cultural interchanges.

Titanic Sur Mer

 Set amidst riverside warehouses, Titanic is Lisbon’s edgy music club of note. Though this ship will not sink, a raucous late night of unrestricted revelry is certain to rock the boat!

Mosteiro Sao Vicente de Fora

The monastery museum houses Lisbon’s premier assemblage of decorative tiles, a collection of cloisters and arguably the finest rooftop views in the city. An al fresco afternoon performance will range from cloister to rooftop.

2019 Lisbon Music and Art Immersion Packages 

Room Type Cost Per Person
Quad – Two level Suite w/Twins or King + Double Sofa Bed –  ONE REMAINING  $2,950.00
Triple Two – level Suite w/Twins or King + Double Sofa Bed  – ONE REMAINING  $3,650.00
Double Two – level Suite w/Twins or King + Double Sofa Bed – ONE REMAINING $5,500.00
Standard Double w/Queen – ONE REMAINING  $3,950.00
Superior Double w/Twins or King – ONE REMAINING  $4,250.00
Standard Double w/Queen with River View – SOLD OUT $4,500.00
Standard Double w/Queen with River View + larger room – SOLD OUT $4,750.00
Single w/Full Size – SOLD OUT $6,500.00

**Rooms specially adapted for wheelchair access are available.

Charitable Contribution:
Innovative Giving Enhancement (IGE) 501(c)(3) Immersion Guests may claim a substantial charitable contribution deduction for the excess of the purchase price paid over its fair market value (FMV). IGE will provide documentation to Guests indicating your tax deductible donation to IGE.

Our standard payment schedule :

1. 50% of trip cost at time of booking
2. 75% of trip cost by June 3, 2019
3. 100% of trip cost July 3, 2019

Cancellation, Substitution, and Alteration Policies.

1. On or before April 5th, 2019 – 100% payment return – $250 service fee /reservation.
2. On or before May 6th, 2019 – 75% of Trip Price Returned
3. On or before June 5th, 2019 – 50% of Trip Price Returned
4. On or before July 5th, 2019 – 25% of Trip Price Returned
5. On or after July 6th, 2019 – No refunds of 100% of Immersion payment

We strongly encourage all Immersion participants to take trip cancellation insurance including medical evacuation coverage immediately upon booking your trip and paying your first deposit to IGE. The policy should cover all air, current and future IGE payments. In addition to trip cancellation insurance, participants are strongly encouraged to add cancel for any reason to the policy. Although cancellations are infrequent, there have been past instances for which such insurance would have defrayed nonrefundable payments.

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           “An IGE immersion is like no musical excursion you will participate in. It’s incomparable to any vacation – becoming a community in a foreign land to appreciate culture, art and music is the way to get to know a city like you never can sightseeing alone. On Immersions you are simultaneously a traveller and at home with a group of common minded people.” – Paul Hoffman, Greensky Bluegrass

           “For me, the IGE immersion is truly unique. It’s not a gig, it’s not a vacation, it’s an opportunity to be who we are, among friends. Lovers of culture, of language, of food, of lifestyle. Its about special musical collaborations in sublime settings. It’s about sharing laughter and wonder and song in enchanting European locations. It’s about tuning in to the local vibe and rhythms and soaking them up. It’s less about performing music, and more about playing it out of joy, inspiration and gratitude fueled by the immersive experience.” – Keith Moseley, String Cheese Incident

           “The opportunity to see disparate artists join together in multiple formats, to watch their musical language at work, creating new harmonious wholes, was awe-inspiring.” – Zak Gordon

           “I had a fantastic time. I wasn’t sure what to expect but felt truly immersed–no other word truly applies–with my favorite music. I loved the venues you found and how the music was seamlessly integrated with the art and architecture around us. Some of the experiences (the Holly Bowling concert at MEAM comes to mind) were truly stunning. I also liked the ratio of group activities to free time for exploring.” – Wendy Gordon

           “Just as there was “Nothing like a Grateful Dead show”, there is nothing like the IGE experience. I’m still high from it and there will be lifelong memories and, I expect, ongoing relationships. Extremely well organized, seamlessly designed, thoughtful artists. A very classy operation. Folks were smiling even when it was rainy. Help was always nearby. AND THE MUSIC WAS TOPS!. – Barry Elkin

           “At first I was hesitant to attend this event as a solo. I’m forever grateful I made the leap and signed up. Less than 24 hours in – the experience had more than paid for itself. The warmth of the group, talent and graciousness of the musicians, and attentiveness of the staff combined to make for one of the best vacations I have ever taken.” – Reed Lewis

           “Thank you so much for the memories! May the Universe return to you the blessings you shared with us tenfold!” – Brenda Hann

           “I have been on more than my share of wonderful travels and adventures in my lifetime, but the trip to Barcelona was super duper extra Special! What a special experience to be a part of a living breathing music troupe coming together! The music and the people helped me reset myself vibrationally, and emotionally! – Alessandra Schwartz

           “Music, travel, friends. No other festival captures the intimacy and creativity of an Immersion. There’s just nothing else like it. This year’s immersion was equally mind-blowing as last year’s.” -Susi Bouse

“Mind-blowing is an understatement for what we experienced in Barcelona, on many levels. From the music, the architecture, the food, the people, the IGE staff & production crew who worked so hard to make it all happen & run smoothly….Barcelona was an exhilarating adventure that we’ll be talking about for a long time to come.” – Joel Tarantal 

           “An absolutely fabulous experience… We have been around the block a few times and I can say that in almost 50 years of listening to this music and being a part of this community, this was our finest experience ever.” – Ron and Lili Zweibaum

      “Unforgettable. The City of Venice – its people, history and culture – was beyond my wildest imagination. Our IGE hosts and fellow travelers were kind and wondrous. The musicians were bellissimo – in performance and in spirit. Living in the villa along the canal, I felt like a Venetian.”  – Michael Jon Samuels, Qello Concerts 

          “Hands down the best musical experience I’ve ever had. If there’s a heaven, it’s pretty close to being immersed for 10 days with great musicians in a beautiful setting, surrounded by friends old and new.” – Dave F.

“We had an amazing experience with IGE in Venice. The performances and friendliness of the unbelievably talented musicians and outstanding hospitality of the hosts exceeded our expectation. It was truly a memorable experience which we will always cherish.”  – Jason Eig Partner at Blank Rome LLP & his AWESOME wife Heather Eig

                         “Nothing beats immersing yourself in a beautiful city like Venice, surrounded by live music and kind folks – truly a unique travel experience!” – Melissa Herman 

              “Our trip was an incredible experience that approached was almost surreal with the level of camaraderie that we enjoyed with the artists and our fellow travelers. Friendships that will last our lifetime!” – Peter H.

“I just want to tell you that our time together in Venice was one of the best times of my life. I feel that I understand the concepts around immersion and flow as I never have before. I loved everything you did to make our time here transformative and engaging and crazy fun. And full of heart.”  – Vanessa

“Great Music, Great Venues, a well thought out program that blends music, local culture and a truly unique intimate experience with like minded music freaks- you won’t find this elsewhere.” – Todd Z.

“We had the time of our lives and became so fully immersed in music and art that our hearts were exuberant! This experience is like no other with musical talent and fellowship beyond compare.” – Emily S.

“After augmenting our Venetian Immersion with subsequent expeditions to Florence and Rome, we have finally safely, albeit somewhat sadly, arrived back home in Philadelphia. The abrupt difference in the view from our bedroom window this morning from weeks past was a rude awakening, to be sure, but we are indeed most grateful for the abundance of joyful memories from this excursion which replay so vividly in our nightly dreams, and which will no doubt continue to titillate our souls for time eternal.Our deepest and most humble thanks to everyone who participated in and made possible this most extraordinary and magical event.” – Tanto amore,  Stu and Maria

“Venice washed over me like a wave, and touched all the senses. We saw amazing art & were treated to fantastic music everyday we got to be with friends old & new, and what more could you ask for? Yes, Yes, Yes!” – Joel

“What a special way to explore a new place! I really loved settling in and getting to know my surroundings as well as spending time with new and old friends. The music was icing on the cake and a pleasure to be a part of!” – Jilian

“One of the peak experiences of my life, and I’ve had (more than) a few!” – Greg

What Airport do I fly into in Lisbon?

Immersion participants fly into Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), a twenty minute taxi ride from Hotel Convento do Salvador, IGE Lisbon headquarters. Participants will take taxis from the airport to the Convento. It is also possible to order an UBER. Although taxis are supposed to take credit cards, we recommend that you carry sufficient cash to cover your rides should the driver suggest an issue with the card, or a strong preference for cash.

What dates should I arrive and depart?

The Immersion begins Friday afternoon, October 4, 2019 and ends Sunday morning, October 13th, 2019.  Most flights from the United States, particularly from the west coast will depart on October 3, 2019 for an arrival on October 4, 2019. Check in on October 4th is 4pm, Check out on October 13th is 12pm.

What is the capacity of an IGE Immersion?

Maximum capacity is 150 participants including musicians, staff, family and guests to maintain the intimacy of the experience. Although each Immersion has different capacity based upon selected accommodations, restaurants and venues, we generally cap guest numbers at approximately 90.  Our numbers are often augmented by European All-Stars, members of partner charities, production professionals and local friends.

Is the Immersion fully inclusive other than airfare and Lisbon ground transportation?

Immersions are largely, but not entirely inclusive. Guests enjoy a substantial daily breakfast at the hotel. In addition, a combination of four catered and restaurant meals are included. All concerts and musical performances are included as is participation in group adventures.

In addition to the Immersion participation fee, what other expenses can I expect?

During the Immersion, prepare to pay for unincluded dinners, drinks and ground transportation, as well as your private activities and adventures. It would be reasonable to budget 300-500 Euro for personal expenses.

Do included meals cater to all dietary choices and restrictions?

All meals, including daily breakfasts are designed to meet all dietary choices and restrictions.

Are all IGE concerts and performances exclusive to Immersion participants? How many performances can I expect?

The majority of performances are exclusive to IGE participants. Several larger concerts are held for benefit of partner nonprofits and you can expect local friends and supporters to turn out for these performances. Over the course of the Immersion, expect a score of performances including brunch sets, nightly concerts, and after hours shows.

Can I attend the Immersion for a shorter period?

Given the purposeful cap on participant numbers, IGE guests attend the Immersion for the entire period. Immersion guests stay in the IGE headquarters hotel. Certainly, participants are welcome to come for as long as they wish, though no discounts are offered for shorter stays.

If I’m a musician will there be opportunities for me to play with Musical Ambassadors or other guests?

There is certainly time for guests to play with one another and in the past, we’ve very much enjoyed these impromptu sessions. At times, Musical Ambassadors, should they feel inclined sit in with guests. These sessions are neither scheduled, nor are members of the artist collective impelled to participate.  The general rule for Immersion jam sessions is either wait to be asked to join in, or permit Musical Ambassadors to decide whether to join you. 

How does IGE select venues and what types of venues can I expect?

Immersion venues span the city and lie at the heart of the immersive experience. Venues are selected in partnership with local artist and nonprofit communities with intimate knowledge of the city. Over the two years of Immersion development, location teams explore scores of potential venues, many of which are available only to IGE as a nonprofit partner of local charities.

How much of the Immersion city will I visit through IGE concerts, events and outings?

IGE participants experience Immersion cities in profound insider fashion rather than superficially as do most tourists. Venue selection, performance arrangement and group adventures are structured as an arc and crafted to reveal the Immersion city in manners no other visitor can experience.  

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