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World CU Conference pre- and post-tours announced
MADISON, Wis. (1/26/09)--The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has selected Lisbon, Portugal, and France’s Bordeaux wine region as the locations for its pre- and post-conference tours for attendees of the 2009 World Credit Union Conference. The conference takes place July 26-29 in Barcelona, Spain. The pre-conference tour will be in Lisbon July 22-25 and the Bordeaux post-tour is slated for July 30-Aug. 2.
Click to view larger image Lisbon, Portugal. Click for larger view.
Each tour requires a separate fee from the conference registration, said WOCCU. Lisbon is Portugal's capital and largest city. The pre-tour itinerary includes a sightseeing tour, dinner and a Fado performance of traditional Portuguese music at a local restaurant plus day trips to nearby towns including Sintra, Óbidos and the beach villages of Cascais and Estoril. Post-tour participants will stay at the Hôtel du Médoc Golf & Spa, a resort just outside of Bordeaux, and can sample some of the region's best wines on two winery tours. Bordeaux's historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of the municipality's architecture. The tour itinerary also includes visits to the nearby medieval city St. Émilion and local villages.
Click to view larger image Bordeaux, France. Click for larger view. (Photos provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
During the World Credit Union Conference, five day-tour options are available for attendees in Barcelona. Three tours feature the city's Gothic Quarter and its most famous street, La Rambla; a tour of Montjuic Mountain, the large hill where the National Art Museum and Olympic Stadium are located; and Gaudí and Modernism art and architecture. Attendees also can participate in two tours outside of Barcelona, including a trip to Montserrat Mountain, located in one of Spain's national parks less than an hour from Barcelona, and a tour of Tarragon, a seaside town known for its Roman Amphitheatre. For more information, use the links.
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