Main Meeting Programme
19th Annual European Tourist Guides Meeting
& FEG AGM, Dublin 2017
21st -26th November 2017
New payment deadline: 30th July 2017
Tuesday 21st November
Arrivals of the main programme participants.
You will be met at the airport by our ‘meet and greet’ team. They will provide you with a return ticket for an airport link bus that will transport you to the four star Camden Court Hotel, Camden Street, Dublin.
Arrivals of Ireland Pre-Meeting Tour participants at the Camden Court hotel.
- 14:30 – 15:30 Short orientation tour of the local area for early arrivals.
- 16:00 – 17:30 FEG Networking Time. Facilities will be provided at the hotel for the FEG networking session, open to all participants to join us for discussion on the topic: «Sharing Best Practice on Self-Regulation by Tourist Guide Associations».
- 18:15 Depart for welcome reception in Christ Church Cathedral for the FEG 19th European Tourist Guide Meeting Opening Ceremony.
- The cathedral was built in the 12th century and we will be accessing the impressive crypt for the welcome reception.
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Transport will be provided to and from the event.
Wednesday 22nd November
- Today you will enjoy a bus tour of the city covering the main areas of Dublin of historical interest. During the tour you will visit St Patrick’s Cathedral built in the 13th century and named after Ireland’s national saint. St Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century. The tour will also include a visit to the 18th century Kilmainham Gaol, where the leaders of the 1916 Rebellion were executed.
- A stop for lunch in a traditional Irish pub will be included.
- 15.00-19.00 FEG optional seminar «Cultural Awareness for Tourist Guides» will be held this afternoon at the Camden Court hotel. For more info on registrations & payment click here.
- is free for your to explore the city and maybe visit Temple Bar the popular Dublin night- spot.
Thursday 23rd November
Full-Day tour – A visit to the magnificent Boyne Valley is planned for today.
You will be collected by luxury coach and transported either to the Newgrange or to the Loughcrew ancient burial chambers which are aligned with Spring Equinox, were built almost 6,000 years ago and still standing. It includes a visit to the Newgrange Visitor Center for all participants to see the exhibition, the audiovisual projection and the mock-up visit.
Participants will be separated for the entry to one of the two passage tombs mentioned above, where you will experience the effect of the rising Winter solstice sun illuminating the passage as far as the central chamber.
Attention: Newgrange tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage site and entrance is restricted. Access to the site will be limited to the first 140 delegates who register for the main programme.
Alternatively, a drive and visit of the Loughcrew tomb is planned for the rest of the participants.
You will also visit the magnificent 9th century Celtic Stone Cross in Monasterboice and – if times permits, Tara – the site of the crowning of the High Kings of Ireland.
Lunch is included during the tour.
- Reception offered for participants in Dublin Castle, the centre of British power in Ireland for almost 800 years.
- Transport will be provided to and from the venue.
Friday 24th November
- Heading south today in a luxury coach to Co Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland, you will be visiting beautiful Glendalough valley to be guided through the ruins of a monastery founded in the 6th century by St Kevin.
- You will also visit the magnificent 18th-century house and gardens at Powerscourt, listed as 3rd in the National Geographic list of Top 10 gardens of the world.
- Lunch at leisure
- 14:30 – 18:30 FEG optional seminar «Sustainable Tourism & Tourist Guides» will be held this afternoon at the Camden Court hotel. For more info on registrations & payment click here.
- This evening you will be transported into the Dublin mountains for a traditional Irish night of music, dancing and song in the Merry Ploughboy pub. Of course you will also be treated to traditional Irish food and drink before the show. Always a great night.
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
Saturday 25th November
9.00-17.00 FEG Annual General Meeting – Full Day for FEG appointed Delegates only
All other Meeting Participants:
- For this day you will have to make a choice, when you register online:
- Would you like to visit:
a) the famous Guinness Storehouse or
b) the Malahide Castle and the beautiful fishing village of Howth?
- Whichever you choose you are sure to have an enjoyable morning followed by lunch by the coast.
- The afternoon is free for you to explore the city, perhaps to visit some of our museums or galleries, which have free entry.
- You will be transported to the magnificent Trinity College Dublin, founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592.
- An exclusive visit to the Book of Kells is planned, before you attend a pre-dinner drinks reception in the spectacular Long Room of the Trinity College Library with its barrel vaulted ceiling and 200,000 books.
- The FEG Gala Dinner will be hosted in the 18th century Trinity College Dining Hall. This will be a very special night, one that you will not forget.
- Dress Code: Formal
- After dinner a shuttle bus service will be available to transport you back to the Camden hotel.
Sunday 26th November
9.00-12.30 FEG Annual General Meeting – Half Day for FEG appointed Delegates only
All other Meeting Participants:
- If you still have time this morning you can avail of the walking tour to visit some of the beautiful Georgian squares of Dublin.
- 12:45 Farewell buffet lunch will be available in the Camden hotel dining room, before you depart with many happy memories and new-found friends.
- 13:45 Departures of participants for the Post-Meeting tour of Northern Ireland.
Alternatively, after one extra overnight in Camden Court hotel, Dublin:
Monday 27th November
- 9.00-17.00 FEG optional full day course «T-GUIDE – Guiding people with Learning Difficulties» will be held this day at the Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin.