Basilica de Santa Luzia, situated atop the hill of Santa Luzia in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Courtesy photo
This September the Santa Fe Council on International Relations is offering a trip to Portugal focused on the country’s history, culture and art.
The trip takes place Sept. 19-Oct. 1 and originates in Lisbon.
CIR is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational resource of about 600 members, dedicated to promoting the understanding of international and cultural affairs and to promoting “grassroots diplomacy.”
“CIR has a very interesting and diverse membership, so in addition to traveling to a great destination, this is an opportunity to travel with a great group of travel companions,” trip leader Betty Scannapieco said.
CIR has numerous members from Los Alamos, including Wayne Hardie, chairman of CIR’s Travel Committee.
Portugal has a rich history, a unique culture, lively cities, beautiful countryside and great weather. The New York Times recently listed Porto, Portugal as one of the places to go in 2013 saying that “Portugal’s economic pain is your gain in Porto, one of Western Europe’s great bargains.”
CIR will be using the highly-rated Portugal Premium Tours, a locally-owned company.