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The social program includes the welcome reception and gala dinner for the participants(registration as ‘Student’ does not include the gala dinner). The registration as accompanying person also includes the participation in several tours. Registration in one or more tours can also be made by persons not registered asaccompanying person

The Welcome Reception

The welcome reception will take place at the Design Institute of Guimarães - former “Fábrica de Curtumes da Ramada” (Tanning Factory of Ramada) in the 26th of July, at 19h00.


With roots in the middle ages, the tanning industry occupied, in other times, a specific zone, located at the gates of Guimarães, called "Couros". Given the historical significance and heritage of this area and constituting an essential element of this region, the factory was classified as a building of public interest in 1977.

The Design Institute of Guimarães is a new city equipment, which came into being following the renovation of the neighbourhood of Couros in the aim of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture. Itis an institution dedicated to design research, to the incorporation of designin product development, to specialized training and to the promotion and dissemination of industrial products combined with design.


The gala dinner

The dinner will be held on july 28 2016 at Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães.

Situated in a 12th century Augustin Convent, the Pousada overloocks Guimarães.

An imposing lounge with smooth stone arches having once been the barns and chambers of the monetary. The delicacies that can be savoured are traditional of the region's cuisine, offering a personalised service characterised by its professionalism with the ability of giving their customers an unforgettable experience. 

Tours for accompanying persons

1. 27 July 2016 - Santiago de Compostela – Full Day Visit

08:30 Departure from Guimarães for a visit to Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela, the capital city of Galicia, Spain, and one of the most important places in Catholicism because it is reputed to be the place where St. James, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, is buried. This is the final destination on the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route and its old quarter has the UNESCO World Heritage designation.

We will start with a walking tour towards Praza do Obradoiro, the heart of the city, and it's named after the workshop of the stone masons that was established during the construction of the Cathedral. This is the arrival point of thousands of pilgrims every day and kilometer 0 of the Way of St. James is located just in the center of this square.

The surrounding buildings are examples of different architectural styles, but he most outstanding is the Cathedral, that we will have the opportunity to visit. The tomb of Santiago ("Saint James") is located under the Cathedral, and there's the possibility to visit its tomb and even hug the sculpture that represents the saint. On regular occasions the church shows its Botafumeiro, a huge solid silver incense burner which is swung from the ceiling of the church by a team of energetic men (tiraboleiros) hauling on ropes. After this visit, free time for a good walk around the streets and squares of the historic center. Here we will find a series of narrow streets, squares and granite buildings with centuries of history. Stop for lunch (not included). Afterwards having lunch we will have the opportunity of a panoramic city tour and return journey will follow to Guimarães.

Price per person, for a minimum of 20 participants: 90,00€

2. 28 July - Visiting Douro – Full Day Visit

08:30 Departure from Guimarães for a visit to Douro Region, the world wide known Douro Valley with its famous vineyards. First stop will be at the town of Amarante, blessed in terms of beautiful landscapes, framed by the mountains of Marão. Leaving to the town of Régua, where we are going to have a wine tasting, visit to “Quinta da Pacheca”, a wine estate with over one hundred years. The vineyards of “Quinta da Pacheca” are in the very heart of the Douro region. Continue to Lamego, an attractive town with Renaissance and baroque mansions overlooked by two hills. On one of the hills are the ruins of a 12th century castle, on the other is the monumental baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. A marvelous granite staircase decorated with tiles, allegorical fountains, small chapels, and statues leads to a baroque church with views over the town. At the end of our Tour we will go North of Lamego to the is Miradouro da Boa Vista, a belvedere with a magnificent view of the spectacular World Heritage Douro Valley as a local saying goes, "God created the Earth and man the Douro“. Return to Guimarães.

Price per person, for a minimum of 20 participants: 98,00€

3. 29 July - Visiting Aveiro – Full Day Visit

08:30 Departure from Guimarães for a visit to Aveiro .

Aveiro, an interesting town crossed by canals and known as the Portuguese Venice. 

Cultural and Ethnographic Tour to Aveiro, crossed by canals grandly embroidered with art nouveau house and spanned by humpbacked bridges. Cruise on a moliceiro boat – one of the brightly colored gondola-style boats that bob around the canals a nice opportunity to admire Aveiro’ s sights from the water during your 1-hour. Continuing passing through the Cultural Center, Santa Joana Church, the Cathedral and the University, one of the best Universities in Portugal. Lunch near the Barra and Costa Nova beach. Opportunity to take photographs of the typical houses painted with several colors. Return to Guimarães. 

Price per person, for a minimum of 20 participants: 90,00€

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