World Credit Union Conference Pre and Post Tours Announced

Prague, Croatia, Italy and the Alps top destinations available

January 05, 2017

The Amalfi Coast, featured on the 10 Day Rome and Amalfi Coast Post Tour

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions has selected the locations to host its pre and post conference tours for the 2017 World Credit Union Conference, scheduled for 23 – 26 July in Vienna, Austria.

Conference-goers are invited to join their global credit union peers on a pre-tour to Prague, Czech Republic, 18 – 21 July or on a unique tour featuring cooperatives in Croatia, 18 – 22 July.

Post-tour options are Rome and the Amalfi Coast, Italy, 27 July – 5 August or Germany, Switzerland and Austria, 27 July – 8 August. Each tour requires a separate fee from the conference registration. For complete tour itineraries and prices, visit

The 2017 tour options will help conference attendees conveniently explore more of Europe. These locations were carefully chosen by the conference committee not only for their proximity to Vienna (Exploring the Alpine Countries Post Tour departs from Vienna) but also to highlight the diverse cultures that can be found just hours away. With countless sights and activities, all trips offer well-rounded and exciting experiences for attendees looking to arrive early and stay late.

Experience the Czech Republic on the Prague Pre-Tour

Start your conference experience on the right foot with the pre-tour to Prague, Czech Republic. Visit the famous Old Town Square, the heart of Prague's core. Spend four days indulging in culinary delights, visiting castles with colorful baroque architecture and having unforgettable experiences. This can't-miss experience includes visits to Prague Castle, St. Vitus' Cathedral, Strahov Monastery Library Halls, Charles Bridge, Krizik Fountain, Karlstejn Castle, Wallestein Palace, and more!

Another great opportunity to learn from your cooperative peers would be on the Co-operatives in Captivating Croatia tour from 18 - 22 July. Spend time in Istria – the ‘Tuscany’ of Croatia – with Roman and Venetian architecture and medieval towns and beaches that are famous for their truffles, olive oils and award-winning wines. This tour is organized by the Co-operative Management Education (CME) Program in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Canada. You will leave Croatia with a deeper understanding of the Co-operative movement worldwide.

Dive off the ‘grottas’ or go scuba diving on the Cooperatives in Captivating Croatia Pre Tour.

Conference attendees wanting to explore after the conference can experience one of two options for post tours: 10-days in Italy or 13-Days in the Alps (Austria, Germany and Switzerland).

Italy visitors will visit one of the finest National Archaeological Museums in the world in Naples, discover the excavated ruins of Pompeii with a local expert, sample a local specialty at a limoncello factory in Sorrento, marvel at the spectacular Colosseum on an in-depth guided visit, and even enjoy authentic Italian wine at a winery located at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.

Visit Bavaria’s most famous castle on the 13-Day Exploring the Alpine Countries Post Tour.

The second option conveniently departs from Vienna after the conference. Discover the splendor of Salzburg on a walking tour of Old Town, arrive in Munich and feel the energy of Olympic Park, travel through the Grimsel Pass with views of glaciers, crystal clear rivers and snowcapped mountains, embark on a picturesque walking tour of Lucerne, and even visit Bavaria's most famous castle, King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein.

During the 2017 World Credit Union Conference, six day-tour options are available for attendees and guests who want to explore the city and popular neighboring sights. Five tours take place in Vienna: The Orientation Tour (which is complimentary to all guests of a registered attendee), Viennese Waltz Lesson, Tour of the Vienna State Opera, Schönbrunn Palace and the Spanish Riding School. The final day tour explores the nearby town of Klosterneuburg.

Space is limited on all tours, so attendees are encouraged to book in advance. For further information on the 2017 World Credit Union Conference, tour details or to register, visit

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 89,026 credit unions in 117 countries serve 260 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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Contact: Kadie Hochmuth
Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: (608) 395-2071