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Main Meeting Programme

  • Welcome to the Algarve!
  • Arrival to Faro International airport – transfer to Eva Senses Hotel
  • If you arrive by train, please walk to the Eva Senses Hotel – 5 min. walking
  • Meet us at the SNATTI welcome desk to get your accreditation
  • Rest of day at leisure

Faro Walking Tour

9:30

hotel lobby

Faro Walking Tour

The centre of today’s capital city of the Algarve region is located within ​its medieval city walls. The walls protect the city’s cathedral ​which has stood here since the 13th century (with additions in the 15th and 18th centuries). The cathedral includes a chapel dedicated to our Lady of the Rosary, ​which was reserved for the slave community in the city. The cathedral’s tower ​allows its visitors to enjoy a view of the old town and the Ria Formosa nature park. In the old town we shall also visit  the oldest archaeological museum of the region, located within a former convent; with plenty of items dating back to the former Roman presence, as well as an interesting collection of religious paintings.

It was here, within the city walls of Faro, that the very first  book ​was published in Portugal, using the printing press ​developed back in 1487.  ​The book, known as the Pentateuch, ​is currently included in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Outside the city walls, you should definitely enjoy some time at leisure visit​ing the historical café Aliança, founded in the 1930s and completely ​renovated in the last couple of years, as well as the lively street of Saint Anthony, which is the town’s main shopping

Opening ceremony at Faro Town Hall

12:30

Welcome drinks

Transfer by bus to the Faro University

13:00

for Lunch and the Presentation “FEG-Past-Present-Future” for all participants by the Ex.Co. president, Efi Kalampoukidou and Ex.Co. Executive Officer, Themis Halvantzi-Stringer

Rest of day at leisure

17:00

Silves

9:00

Departure form Hotel Eva | Avenida da República 1, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal

Silves

Located inland and well known for ​its characteristic constructions in red sandstone, Silves ​is the former capital of the Algarve region, and the current capital of the region’s orange production. Stroll through the streets of this city founded by the Moors and discover its hilltop castle (visit included). The castle provides a great view over the town, but the climb to arrive there is not for the faint of heart! ​At the top we’ll enjoy a more complete look into the city’s long history and especially its glorious period, between the 8th and the 12th centuries, when it ​was a cosmopolitan harbour town.

Lunch at Jupiter Hotel

12:00

Arrive to Portimão

Portimão

13:30

Portimão

Portimão

In contrast, Portimão is well-known for its recent history as a seaside resort. What most people don’t know is that tourism here dates back to the late 19th century, when the first aristocrats arrive​d and promote​d the construction of the first hotels and the casino along the popular Praia da Rocha. Besides th​ese lively tourist attractions, the city has a rich history in the canning industry, having at its peak more than a dozen working factories, an example of which ​has been reproduced in the city’s museum. We’ll also enjoy the view of the Arade River and the town of Ferragudo across from the Manuel Teixeira Gomes square. A visit to the Portimão Museum is included.

rest of the day at leisure

18:00

Return to Faro

Tavira

9:00

Departure from the hotel

Tavira

​Tavira is located ​on the banks of the Gilao River, which provided the city with a harbour and allowed it to thrive ​over the centuries. Here one of the most important Roman cities, named Basla, was founded, ​which helped the area to develop its commerce and to grow into a significant settlement. Commercial trading continued into the 15th and 16th centuries, maintaining Tavira as a wealthy city and a spot where art could thrive, notably within its 30+ churches. Two of these churches should not be missed: the Mercy church with glazed tile panels depicting the charitable works, dating back to the 18th century and an impressive main altar with ​guilded woodwork and the recently restored Our Lady of the Waves (Nossa Senhora das Ondas). The church was popularly named this way because its construction was financed by the local Brotherhood of Saint Elmo, the patron saint of sailors. It is delicately decorated with paintings and ​its guilded altarpiece. After some free time we shall return to Faro.

The Beginning of Globalization – A presentation by Sogrape wines

12:15

Faro University

The family history of the company from​ its modest beginnings in the city of Porto ​to becoming a world-wide wine company, producing wines in Portugal, Spain, Chile, Argentina and New Zealand.Wine tasting and lunch

Workshops

15:00 - 17:00

Faro University

To be delivered by the FEG trainers-in-accreditation in English, open to all certified tourist guides free of charge upon online registration. The following workshops will all be delivered at the same time (please choose only one workshop per date).

  1. Adrien Bordrez, “Golden guiding service for Silver Tourism”
  2. Mariangela Du Chaliot, “Dealing with stressful situations”
  3. Caroline Knutsson-Hall, “If you want to know how to KISS…learn it from journalists”
  4. Jessie McDonald, “Cheatsheet to guiding in the digital age”
  5. Jose Paris, “Body language for tourist guides”
  6. Wika Trel, “Dealing with difficult questions”

Dinner at the Vilamoura Casino

19:00

Departure from the Hotel to Vilamoura

Dinner at the Vilamoura Casino

9.00 – 17.00 FEG Delegates Half Day AGM at the Eva hotel

All other participants:

Cabo São Vicente

8:30

Departure from hotel

Cabo São Vicente

The rocky Algarve coast boasts stunning views over the Atlantic ocean, ​like at the end of the world, or ​at Cape Saint Vincent. Here the land abruptly ends with high cliffs ​against which the ocean waves crash ​relentlessly. This cape is part of the fishermen’s town of Sagres, which has always been connected with the Portuguese ​era of ​exploration. The town was where one of the key figures of this time – Prince Henry the Navigator, – lived inside of the fortified town. The buildings we see today are reconstructions of the 18th century ​ones.

Lunch at Vila Gale Lagos

12:00

Vila Gale Lagos

Lagos

13:30

Lagos

Lagos

Talking about the rocky coastline​ leads us to the city of Lagos, where some of the best-known and most-visited beaches of the entire region are located, Dona Ana and especially Camilo beach. Who can forget the look-out point at Ponta da Piedade! Nature’s work at its finest with impressive and intricate rock formations. Lagos itself has a lively city centre with a lot of street musicians and nice fish restaurants. Take some time to walk along the avenue, next to the water leading into the marina or to visit the “golden” church of Saint Anthony, a must-see in the region. The church offers a plain exterior, in contrast with a lavishly golden interior with the blue and white glazed tile decoration characteristic ​of the Portuguese Baroque style.

FEG Gala Dinner

19:30

Depart from the hotel

9.00 – 13.00 FEG Delegates Half Day AGM at the Eva hotel

All other participants:

Workshops

10:00 - 12:00

Eva hotel

To be delivered by the FEG trainers-in-accreditation in English, open to all certified tourist guides free of charge upon online registration. The following workshops will all be delivered at the same time (please choose only one workshop per date).

  1. Adrien Bordrez, “Golden guiding service for Silver Tourism”
  2. Mariangela Du Chaliot, “Dealing with stressful situations”
  3. Caroline Knutsson-Hall, “If you want to know how to KISS…learn it from journalists”
  4. Jessie McDonald, “Cheatsheet to guiding in the digital age”
  5. Jose Paris, “Body language for tourist guides”
  6. Wika Trel, “Dealing with difficult questions”

Farewell lunch

13:00

Eva hotel

for all participants (included)

End of the Main Meeting program

Individual departures for the airport

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Important notice:

  • Post-meeting tours will have a minimum of 30 pax.  All bookings – including the main programme will be on a first come first served basis, since there is a capacity limit is some of the venues.
  • Participants are advised to register first and then pay for the packages and book flights only after their registration is confirmed by the organisers.

Program as Google Calendar

We have created a Google calendar for you in which all events with location details are entered. If there are changes to the program during the congress, it will be automatically updated.