20 lipca 2017

Cultour+ Summer Course

Abbie The Tour Guide

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Cultural Tour Guiding. Theory & Practice.

Skills and competences for guiding, interpretation and mediation in cultural tourism

University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD)
Vila Real (Portugal), 9 – 15 July 2017


This course is designed to build capacity in fundamental principles and techniques for interpreting cultural and natural heritage and landscape, doing adequate cultural mediation and tour guiding.
It is aimed at entrepreneurs in cultural tourism, tourist guides, public officials responsible for the management and dissemination of cultural and natural heritage, cultural managers, tourism and hospitality professionals, culture passionates and interested general public.

This place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as Alto Douro Wine Region


The course will take place in the Douro Demarcated Wine Region and nearby that part of the Douro that was recognized in 2001 as a World Heritage cultural landscape, and will develop field practices in very different natural and cultural settings: historical centres, museums, archaeological sites, thematic cultural routes, vineyards and wineries, thermal centres, places with a registered designation of origin and gastronomic interest.
In this multitude of scenarios principles and techniques of interpretation, guidance and cultural mediation will not only be observed and analysed, but also put into practice before an international audience.
The training team is composed by professors, researchers and experts from European universities and guides with years of experience.

After this course you will

  • Be more conscious of anthropological fundamentals for cultural mediation, communication and interpretation
  • Have new/more skills and expertise for doing professional tour guiding
  • Know about the latest trends in cultural tourism and tour guiding
  • Have experienced yourself that you can go deeper to get to know a land, its heritage and its people by the hand of good mediators
  • Reinforce your network of international partners
  • Be rewarded with a university certificate and 4 credits ECTS


Although English will be the official language of the course, participants will have the chance to learn or refresh some fundamentals of the Portuguese and Spanish languages and cultures.


50 hours (Presential)
20 hours (Virtual)
4 ECTS awarded


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Registration Fees

  • Course: 100 €
  • Meals (12 lunches and dinners mostly in the UTAD student restaurants): 60€
    PLEASE NOTICE: you can buy breakfast at the cafeteriaor you can prepare something in the kitchen of your student residence; no meals are foreseen for 15/07
  • Lodgement in UTAD student residence Além Rio (6 days): 65 € in double room; 95 euro in single room; 48 € in a simple six persons dorm
    PLEASE NOTICE: you can only stay from 09/07 onwards because of the car races
  • Total for full package in double room: 225 €(200 € early registration until 15/06)
    PLEASE NOTICE: you can buy course/meals/lodgement packages separately.


  • Cultour+ Strategic Partnership in the programme Erasmus+ (2015-1-ES01-KA203-016142):
    Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
    Unversidad de Extremadura
    Câmara Municipal de Sao Pedro do Sul
    Time Heritage
    European Grants International Academy (Egina)
    Futuro Digitale
    Radomska Skola Wiszka
    Instytut Badań i Innowacji w Edukacji (Inbie)
    Varna Free University


  • Other collaborators:
    Asociación de Guías-Historiadores de Extremadura

More info


Sunday, 09/Jul

 09:00-13:00 Registration. Baggage drop off at Vila Real’s Tourism Office
 10:00-13:00 Scavenger hunt in the historical centre of Vila Real
 13:00-14:00 Lunch
 14:00-14:30 Official welcome and summer school presentation
 14:30-16:30 Cultural Mediation & Heritage Interpretation
 16:30-17:00 Break
 17:00-18:30 Car races in Vila Real
 18:30-20:00 Dinner
 20:00-22:00 Techniques and skills to be a good city guide

Monday, 10/Jul

 09:00-11:00 Tourism Cartography I. Planning tourism activities that involve maps (theory)
 11:00-11:30 Break
 11:30-13:00 Tourism, local networks and development. Initiating projects with local players to stimulate local development
 13:00-14:30 Lunch
 14:30-16:30 Tourism cartography II and guiding techniques practices
 Group 1: Planning tourism activities that involve maps (practice on the Campus). Oleg Lazovski & Breixo Martins
 Group 2: Guiding techniques (practice on the Campus). Marco Mangut & Aphrodite Kamara & Darko Dimitrovski & Cristiana Pires
 16:30-17:00 Break
 17:00-18:30 Tourism cartography II and guiding techniques practices
 Group 1: Guiding techniques (practice on the Campus). Marco Mangut & Aphrodite Kamara & Darko Dimitrovski & Cristiana Pires
 Group 2: Planning tourism activities that involve maps (practice on the Campus). Oleg Lazovski & Breixo Martins
 18:30-20:00 Dinner
 20:00-22:00 Run/Walk in Corgo Park. Margarida Fernandes & Veronika Joukes

Tuesday, 11/Jul

 09:00-09:30 Tour guides in busses I – Basics & instructions for exercise. Veronika Joukes
 09:30-11:00 Creative Tourism and guiding. How guides can integrate creative tourism principles in their daily practices. Susana Rachão
 11:00-11:30 Break
 11:30-13:00 Tourism experiences and Guiding. How guides can integrate experience orientated tourism principles in their daily practices. Carlos Fernandes
 13:00-14:30 Lunch
 14:30-16:30 Food tourism I. Guiding enotourists. (In Adega Cooperativa de Vila Real – wine production). António Pirra
 16:30-17:00 Wine tasting
 17:00-18:30 Interpreting the past. Going back in time; practical problems that have to be solved in order to be able to travel in time. (In Panoias – prehistorical site). Mila Abreu
 18:30-20:00 Landscape interpretation I. (In São Leonardo de Galafura – panoramic view). Martín Gómez-Ullate
 20:00-22:00 Dinner in the midst of Douro vineyards (with collaboration of Alter Ibi)

Wednesday, 12/jul (São Pedro do Sul)

 09:00-10:00 Tour guides in busses II – Practical exercises
 10:00-12:00 Thermal tourism guiding
 12:00-14:00 Food tourism II. Show cooking / Slow Food presentation
 16:00-18:00 Guiding in museums
 20:00-22:00 Places & Poetry (Poets and poetry feeling and expressing places).

 Thursday, 13/Jul

 09:00-13:00 Guides’ stories. Learning from practice; Informal small group talks with experienced guides
 13:00-14:30 Lunch
 14:30-18:30 Guided research visit (UNESCO immaterial heritage: black pottery of Bisalhães)
 18:30-20:00 Dinner

Friday, 14/jul

 08:00-13:00 Landscape interpretation II. Walk in the Natural Parque Alvão (Fisgas de Ermelo = waterfalls)
 13:00-15:00 Lunch &Siesta
 15:00-15:30 Tourism & Sustainability. No good guiding without thinking about sustainability
 15:30-19:00 „Experience” visit through Vila Real (Lapão Pastry + theatre group of Vila Real)
 20:00-22:00 Food tourism III. Sardinhas on the barbecue

Saturday, 15/Jul

 09:00-10:30 New technological methods for tour guiding (theory)
 10:30-11:00 Break
 11:00-13:00 Satisfaction formulary, final test and official closing session

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