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The Department of Academic & Community Outreach would like to announce our most recent excursions planned for the upcoming semester.

Unless otherwise noted, lunch is not included in the excursion fee. We will depart from the parking lot on the right side of the Coastal Carolina Science Center (301 Allied Drive, Conway) for trips that are located north or west of Myrtle Beach. We will depart from the Coastal Carolina Science Center and pick up at the Litchfield Education Center 45 minutes later for destinations to the south of Myrtle Beach. Our pick up policy is designed for your safety; if our drivers pick up passengers at both locations, they add close to three hours of driving time on top of an already long day. Details about the trips, including departure times, will be emailed 10 days prior to the excursion. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within one week of the date of the trip. We encourage early registration since many of our excursions fill up fast. Domestic and international trips offered through Collette or Premier World Discovery, as well as overnight trips with OLLI, will require earlier deposits and payments.

Tuesday, Sept. 18    

Kayaking the Waccamaw River, Conway                                                    

XEXC 100 C01

$50/single kayak, $40/tandem (limited), $25/bring your own kayak

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors together when you join us for a two-hour guided tour through the Kingston Lake area along the Blue Kayak trail. Two tandem kayaks available. Transportation to the river is not provided. Activity Level 5

Wednesday, Sept. 19    

Bulls Island, Awendaw                                                                     

XEXC 100 C02


Take the Bulls Island Ferry and enjoy a private five-hour tour with a beach drop hosted by Coastal Expedition. You'll get the opportunity to enjoy seven miles of undeveloped shoreline connecting you to nature.  Joining us will be a naturalist who will offer us a guided tour through the estuary. You may even get the opportunity to see bald eagles, alligators, bobcats, dolphins and otters, all within the over 66,000 acres of Cape Romain Natural Wildlife Refuge. Activity Level 4

Thursday, Sept. 20    

Walking Tour of Georgetown                                                                      

XEXC 100 C03


Take a leisurely stroll underneath canopied live oaks that line Georgetown's historic district and learn about pre-Revolutionary, antebellum and 19th century structures that have made Georgetown one of the best-kept secrets on the East Coast. Listen as history comes alive with Paige Sawyer as he narrates a walking tour through Georgetown's historic district that was laid out in 1729. Then, enjoy lunch in one of the many fine restaurants that line Front Street. Afterward, the tour concludes with a visit to the Maritime Museum. Activity Level 4

Saturday, Sept. 22    

Sand Research Field Work, Waties Island                                       

XEXC 100 C04


Join Angelos Hannides, assistant professor of marine science, and his undergraduate students for a few hours around low tide at the beach of Waties Island (on the Anne Tilghman Boyce Coastal Reserve) and see how marine research is done. Hannides recommends that you take Sands I and II before going on this excursion. Activity Level 4

Tuesday, Sept. 25    

Wilmington History Walking Tour & Lower Brunswick

River Cruise               

XEXC 100 C05


Discover hidden history and a lost time as we travel to Wilmington, N.C. Learn about Wilmington's rich and colorful history as we reveal what life was like in Wilmington during the Civil War, customs and traditions of the day, sea tales, folklore and more. In the afternoon, Captain Doug will be your guide as you cruise south past the state ports and sneak into the Lower Brunswick River, rich with history of the early English explorers as well as modern day stories. Lunch on your own between tours. Activity Level 4

Wednesday, Sept. 26    

Biking with OLLI@CCU, Murrells Inlet                                             

XEXC 100 C06

$20/bike rental, free with your own bike

Bicycle the Waccamaw bike trail from the Litchfield campus to Murrells Inlet, enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many local restaurants, and then work off some of those calories on the ride back. We will provide bikes, helmets and locks for those who pay the excursion fee. For those who just want to join us with your own equipment, the outing is free! Activity Level 5

Thursday, Sept. 27    

Charleston Tea Planation Tour                                                                    

XEXC 100 C07


The Charleston Tea Plantation is located on the historic Wadmalaw Island, which is in the heart of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Charleston Tea Plantation teas are the only brand in the world made exclusively with 100 percent tea grown in America. You will enjoy an enjoyable trolley ride through the tea fields, stopping at the greenhouse and ending with tour of the factory and a visit to the plantation gift shop.  This excursion will conclude with a trip to the legendary Angel Oak Tree, which is over 60 feet tall with a wide canopy. Lunch on your own at a local restaurant. Activity Level 3

Saturday, Sept. 29    

North Carolina Muscadine Festival                                                 

XEXC 100 C08


Come celebrate North Carolina's state fruit at the Dublin County Events Center. The North Carolina Muscadine Festival, held at the fairgrounds, is an annual event. Please join us on this fun-filled day where you will get the opportunity to taste from more than 30 different wine vendors, enjoy live music, explore arts and crafts and sample local food. Activity Level 3

Tuesday, Oct. 2     

Georgetown Harbor History                                                            

XEXC 100 C09


This private, history-laden, three-hour boat tour on the Rover with naturalist and Georgetown historian Paige Sawyer will take you on smooth inland waters to a remote barrier island where Winyah Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Experience the natural beauty of the Lowcountry and its wildlife as you learn about the history of South Carolina's third oldest city. Lunch on your own along the waterfront afterward. Activity Level 2

Wednesday, Oct. 3    

Darla Moore Botanical Gardens, Lake City                                     

XEXC 100 C10


A guide will lead us through this spectacular garden nestled among the fields of corn and soybeans in the rural Pee Dee region. The garden is a careful blend of exuberant plant displays, bounding meadows and enduring vistas of grey-green pines. Innovative research, educational programs and community outreach thrive in this modern botanical garden. Afterward, we will head to the National Bean Market Museum where we will enjoy a delicious box lunch catered by Baker's Sweets and learn the history of Lake City. Following, we will visit Lynches Lake Historical Society. Activity Level 4

Tuesday, Oct. 9    

Capers Island Wildlife Exploration, Isle of Palms

XEXC 100 C11


Enjoy a three and a half-hour boat excursion as we venture to Capers Island, one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands. We will cruise through winding tidal creeks to find diverse wildlife living in this salt marsh environment. Common sightings include bottlenose dolphin, osprey, pelicans, bald eagles, herons and egrets. Along the way, we will employ various nets and habitat traps for an up-close look at some of the rarely seen marine creatures that thrive below the surface. As you arrive on Capers, you will have about an hour and a half to explore its pristine "Bone-yard Beach" and interior freshwater ponds. Capers provides excellent opportunities for shelling and bird-watching. Activity Level 3

Wednesday, Oct. 10    

Bulls Island, Awendaw                                                                     

XEXC 100 C12


Take the Bulls Island Ferry and enjoy a private five-hour tour with a beach drop hosted by Coastal Expedition. You'll get the opportunity to enjoy seven miles of undeveloped shoreline connecting you to nature.  Joining us will be a naturalist who will offer us a guided tour through the estuary. You may even get the opportunity to see bald eagles, alligators, bobcats, dolphins and otters, all within more than 66,000 acres of Cape Romain Natural Wildlife Refuge. Activity Level 4

Thursday, Oct. 11    

Taste of Wilmington, N.C.                                                                

XEXC 100 C13


Enjoy an afternoon in Wilmington, N.C., sampling food and drink from an eclectic assortment of restaurants, meeting the city's best chefs and learning about the historic downtown area. Food and drink samples are included in the excursion fee. Activity Level 3

Friday, Oct. 12    

Waties Island                                                                                     

XEXC 100 C14


The Anne Tilghman Boyce Coastal Reserve, including a portion of Waties Island, is located on the northeast coast of South Carolina. Students and faculty at Coastal Carolina University regularly use a portion of the Reserve, owned by the Coastal Educational Foundation, a private, nonprofit support component of CCU. The Reserve is an outstanding example of an undeveloped complex of ocean frontage, fresh and saltwater marshes, tidal creeks, and upland woods. It is becoming increasingly significant for the research opportunities it provides as students and faculty monitor the natural coastal habitat. Lunch afterward (not included). Activity Level 4

Sunday, Oct. 14 to Wednesday, Oct. 17   

Monticello, Highland and Charlottesville, Va.        

XEXC 100 C15

$825/double, $999 single (only 5 available) includes 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner

Visit Thomas Jefferson's primary plantation Monticello, which he began designing at age 26, followed by a tour of historic Michie Tavern, originally opened as an Ordinary in 1784. We will lunch there and then visit the estate of our fifth president, James Monroe. We will shop and dine along the historic downtown mall in Charlottesville, followed by a tour of the University of Virginia. Our excursion also includes a trip to Carter Mountain Orchard, where we will enjoy a light lunch with wine tasting optional. There will be time to pick apples, taste apple cider donuts and enjoy the countryside from atop the mountain. We also plan to visit other nearby wineries during our stay. Activity Level 4

Thursday, Oct. 18    

Gullah Tour                                                                                       

XEXC 100 C16


Gullah Tours, led by Alphonso Brown, explores the places, history and stories that are relevant to the rich and varied contributions made by black Charlestonians. Learn about the Gullah language and the history and culture of the Gullah people as you tour Charleston. After our tour, we will enjoy free time in Charleston. Activity Level 3

Friday, Oct. 19    

Sewee Center & The Center for Birds of Prey                                 

XEXC 100 C17


Experience the unique heritage and natural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Sewee Center offers abundant wildlife viewing opportunities that include the butterfly garden, red wolf enclosure, Sewee pond, Nebo Trail, bee apiary and bluebird trail. Many reptiles and birds inhabit the forest and ponds surrounding the center, including anoles, alligators and several species of migratory songbirds. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour at the Center for Birds of Prey, including a flight demonstration. See a falcon dive at speeds over 100 miles per hour. Listen closely as an owl coasts past your head without making a sound. Watch as trained hawks and vultures soar with wild raptors above the center's flying fields. Lunch on your own between tours. Activity Level 3

Tuesday, Oct. 23    

Holy City Walking Tour, Charleston                                                 

XEXC 100 C18


This two and a half-hour walking tour focuses on Charleston's religious history. Charleston is home to some of the oldest Christian and Jewish congregations in the country. We will explore the different denominations, as well as the beautiful architectural gems that were built as their houses of worship. After our tour, we will enjoy free time in Charleston.  Activity Level 4

Friday, Oct. 26 through Monday, Oct. 30   

OLLI Global Summit with Joseph Fitsanakis            

XEXC 100 C19

$675/double, $850/single (only 5 available)

The OLLI Global Summit is a new and unique program designed to explore the complexity of some of the world's most pressing global problems. It is led by Joseph Fitsanakis, Ph.D., an award-winning professor of political science and experienced OLLI instructor. Program participants will live for four days in a relaxing, comfortable environment that promotes original thinking. While there, they will discover hidden aspects of some of the world's most pressing global problems. They will then participate in hands-on sessions designed to provide solutions to these complicated problems. Day-time presentations and afternoon sessions will be followed by relaxing meals and evening lectures by leading experts. The excursion fee includes transportation, lodging, one dinner and instruction. Activity Level 1

Thursday, Nov. 1    

Charleston History Walking Tour                                                                 

XEXC 100 C20 


The tour begins in front of City Hall at 80 Broad St., continues through the heart of the Old Walled City, passing through the French Quarter and down to the tip of the peninsula at White Point Gardens, also known as the "Battery." On our walk, we will encounter hundreds of historic homes and buildings, beautifully designed and perfectly manicured gardens and stately churches. Our guide will entertain you with Charleston's rich and colorful history from 1670 through the Civil War and up to the Charleston Modern Renaissance period. After our tour, we will enjoy free time in Charleston. Activity Level 4

Tuesday, Nov. 6    

Historic Columbia Lecture and House Tour,


XEXC 100 C21


Betsy Kleinfelder, visitor and interpretive services coordinator, will discuss architect Robert Mills, followed by a tour of the Robert Mills House (1616 Blanding St.), one of very few residential buildings designed by him. Activity Level 3

Tuesday, Nov. 6    

Yawkey, Georgetown                                                                       

XEXC 100 C22


Learn about Tom Yawkey and the history of this area as you tour what is now a habitat for migratory birds, eagles, alligators and hundreds of species of wildlife. The beaches are considered excellent nesting locations for the threatened loggerhead sea turtle. Activity Level 1

Tuesday, Nov. 13    

Drayton Hall, Charleston                                                                  

XEXC 100 C23


Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the nation's earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture and the oldest preserved plantation house in America still open to the public. Following the house tour, we will enjoy a special program called "Connections: From Africa to America." This program focuses on the connections, contributions and experiences of enslaved Africans and freed African Americans in Drayton Hall's rich history. Discover how European and African traditions blended to create the rich Lowcountry culture that exists today. Activity Level 4

Thursday, Nov. 15    

Crech Festival, Berkeley County                                                      

XEXC 100 C24


Enjoy the private collection of nativity scenes displayed at this special time at Mepkin Abbey, originally a rice plantation purchased by Henry Laurens in 1762. Henry and Clare Boothe Luce bought the property in 1936, built an extensive landscape garden and used the land for equestrian and hunting activities. In 1949, the Luce family gave the property to the Trappist Order's Gethsemani Abbey. Twenty-nine monks came from Gethsemani, KY, to found the new Mepkin Abbey that year. Lunch afterwards at the Barony House (lunch not included in the excursion fee). Activity Level 3

Tuesday, Nov. 20    

Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown County                                                         

XEXC 100 C25


Join Lee Brockington, senior interpreter at Hobcaw Barony, on this tour of the privately owned research reserve. The property represents every environment and century in the Lowcountry. Naval stores, indigo and rice production ended by 1905 when the land was purchased by Bernard Baruch, a native South Carolinian and Wall Street financier. He and his millionaire friends hunted ducks, deer and wild turkeys on the grounds of this winter retreat. The bus stops for a tour at his 1930 home that played host to generals, newspapermen and influential politicians, including Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt. In addition to Hobcaw House, our tour includes a ride past stables and Bellefield Plantation, the home of Belle Baruch who owned the property by 1956. It also includes a drive through Friendfield Village, the last 19th-century slave village on the Waccamaw Neck. Activity Level 2

Wednesday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Nov. 30   

Greenville, S.C.                                              

XEXC 100 C26

$500/double; $675/single (only 5 available)

On the way, we will stop at the Little Mountain Antique Mall for lunch, allowing some time for browsing and shopping. Once in Greenville, we will cross the suspension bridge and enjoy views of gardens and waterfalls along Park Falls on the Reddy River. This vibrant downtown area hosts the Greenville County Art Museum and Greenville Zoo. We will enjoy a historic bus tour of Greenville, known for its Art in Public Places. Before returning home, we will tour Shoeless Joe Jackson's home that was dismantled, moved three miles, and opened as a museum. Activity Level 3

Tuesday, Dec. 4    

Governor's Mansion and State House, Columbia               

XEXC 100 C27


Built in 1855, the Governor's mansion was spared during Sherman's burning of Columbia. More than just the governor's residence, it features rooms displaying antique silver, furniture, paintings and documents. The State House, built in 1875 in the Greek revival style, features 27 monuments, carvings, Doric columns, stained glass windows and a copper dome. Activity Level 3

Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 9   

San Antonio, Texas Fiesta and Holiday                    

XEXC 100 C28

$1999/double, $2524/single

Spend four nights in downtown San Antonio, visiting the Alamo, El Mercado Marketplace, the Riverwalk, and the San Jose Mission. Enjoy a docudrama at the IMAX Theatre and a river cruise. After a free day enjoying San Antonio on your own or joining an optional tour to Austin, you will tour the LBJ Ranch, visit Fredericksburg and experience the San Antonio Fiesta de las Luminarias. The tour includes six meals, transportation, baggage handling and a tour director. Activity Level 2

Tuesday, Dec. 11    

Conway Glass and Lunch at Rivertown Bistro                                

XEXC 100 C29


"This is so much fun, and the teacher is so knowledgeable!" said a fall 2017 student who went on this excursion. Glassblowing was invented by Syrian craftsmen around 50 BCE and spread to all parts of the Roman Empire. Come learn about glassblowing, then watch as other students blow glass, and finally, blow your own glass ornament. Conway Glass offers many glass products designed, manufactured and assembled on site. Lunch will follow at the Rivertown Bistro.  Activity Level 1

Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 to Jan. 4, 2019    

Rose Parade New Year's                                           

XEXC 100 C30

$2899/double, $3549/single. Deposit of $300 to register. Final payment due by check to WPT by Oct. 16.

Spend five nights at the same hotel and enjoy a spectacular New Year's Eve dinner party, the Tournament of Roses Parade (with reserved grandstand seating), lunch at Lawry's in Beverly Hills, a showcase of the floats, and a visit to the Richard Nixon Library and Museum. We will tour Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and San Diego and end with a San Diego harbor cruise. What better way to usher in the New Year than with your OLLI friends? Activity Level 4


Frequent Flyer Program OLLI members who take 10 or more excursions with us during the fall semester will be rewarded with a day trip of their choice during the spring semester. It pays to travel with OLLI@CCU!


2019 National and International Excursions offered by OLLI@CCU through Collette and Premier World Discovery


Register this fall for the following 2019 domestic and international tours. Brochures are available at our centers for each of the following trips. Explore the world with OLLI@CCU!

April 25-May 3           

Explore Tuscany                                                                                            

XEXC 100 C50

With Collette $3,249/double, $3,499 single, $3,219 triple

The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to sprawling vineyards, charming medieval hill towns and enchanting cities steeped in history, culture and legend. Discover them for yourself on this relaxing sojourn into the Italian countryside. Visit Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano. Sample cheese at the farm where it is made. Partake in a Tuscan cooking class. Savor a seven-night stay in Montecatini Terme, the famous resort and spa town. Enjoy free time to explore the cultural treasures of Florence, including Michelangelo's "David." Discover the charming town of Lucca, Italy's best-kept secret. Learn about the heroic deeds of WWII at remains of the Gothic Line and visit the Museum of Liberation. Enjoy fabulous local wines and the region's famous cuisine. This is Tuscany as you always imagined it. Activity Level 4

May 15-21, 2019    

California Rail Discovery      

XEXC 100 C51

With Premiere World Discovery See brochure for cost

Enjoy two rail experiences, the Napa Valley Wine Train and the Sierra Nevada Rail Journey, on this fascinating tour of San Francisco, Lake Tahoeand the Napa Valley region. In addition to tours of San Francisco, Sausalito, Sacramento and Virginia City, you will experience a San Francisco Bay cruise and a Paddlewheeler cruise on Lake Tahoe. Airfare, tour director, motorcoach transportation, admissions, baggage handling, transfers and six breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners are included. Activity Level 3


Canadian Rockies                                                                                          

XEXC 100 C52

With Collette See brochure for cost

Climb aboard as VIA Rail's The Canadian takes you between Vancouver and Jasper on a once-in-a-lifetime overnight train journey. Relax in the dome car and experience panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers and the sheer unspoiled wilderness of Canada. In Jasper, see the dramatic Maligne Canyon and its picture-perfect lake, where you enjoy breakfast with a view! Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Stop at Columbia Icefield and choose from a Glacier Experience across this mass of glacier ice or take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk. Feel like royalty while overnighting in the region's most elegant hotels and resorts. Discover the natural beauty of Moraine Lake, the powerful Bow Falls and impressive Hoodoos. Experience a day on a ranch in the Alberta plains, complete with a wagon ride in search of buffalo and a BBQ lunch in the great outdoors. Activity Level 4


Classic New England                                                                                     

XEXC 100 C53

With Premier World Discovery See brochure for cost

Enjoy nine days in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine with Premiere World Discovery, featuring Acadia National Park and two nights in Boston. Highlights include JFK Library and Museum, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Bar Harbor (with cruise), Portland, Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock, Norman Rockwell Museum, Kennebunkport, Newport, Breakers Mansion, Mystic Seaport (with carriage ride) and the Mohegan Sun Resort. Eight breakfasts and four dinners, airfare, tour guides, hotel transfers, baggage handling and admission fees included. Activity Level 4

16 to Oct. 23, 2019

London and Paris                                                                              

XEXC 100 C54

With Collette  

$3949/double, $4699/single, $3919/triple

Enjoy the best of London and Paris on this leisurely tour. All of the top sights are included, as well as plenty of free time for your own discoveries. See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben. Enjoy a privately guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral, where Charles and Diana were married. Personalize your trip to London by choosing to visit either Churchill's War Rooms or Westminster Abbey. Cross the English Channel on the high-speed Eurostar Train. Dine at the Eiffel Tower and cruise the River Seine at night. Come to know Paris in your own way: with a local guide by coach or by Metro. Enjoy a thrilling dinner and cabaret show at the Paradis Latin Cabaret. Activity Level 4