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The Department of Academic and Community Outreach announces our most recent excursions planned for the spring and summer.
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Local Excursions

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. For the convenience of those living along the north Strand, we will offer a pickup at the intersection of U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 544 for southbound trips. Details about the trips, including departure, will be emailed seven to 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. *Asterisks* indicate a stop for lunch, but unless noted otherwise, meals are not included in the excursion fee.

LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR EXCURSIONS

OLLI staff indicate the level of physical activity for any excursion so that OLLI@CCU participants may judge the suitability of the trip or activity. The ratings are:

  1. Easy – minimal level of physical activity, minimal walking and limited stairs or standing.
  2. Moderate – walk up to a mile a day and/or stand for an hour or less
  3. Active – walk as much as two miles a day, stand for more than an hour, or climb some stairs
  4. Moderately Challenging – spend most of your day walking, sometimes over uneven terrain or climbing stairs, and/or standing for extended periods
  5. Challenging – These are demanding programs, for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and/or extremely active adults.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Mepkin Abbey, Berkeley County

XEXC 100 C11, $65

OLLI Mepkin Abbey

Learn about 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. This guided tour will lead you into the monastery while giving you the history of the land. During our visit, we’ll get to experience the noon day prayer service with the monks. Lunch on your own at the Barony House after the tour. Activity Level: 3

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Sound of Charleston from Gospel to Gershwin

XEXC 100 C12, $65

OLLI Sounds of Charleston

Our first stop of the day will be downtown Charleston where you’ll get several hours to enjoy the lovely sights and sounds of Charleston. Enjoy some of the most delicious southern cuisine or shop in the bustling Charleston market. Following our free time in Charleston, we’ll make our way to the historic Congregational Church where we’ll experience the music that helps to define Charleston’s history: gospel, Gershwin, Civil War, jazz, and light classics. Activity Level: 5

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Yawkey Wildlife Center

XEXC 100 C38, $45

OLLI Yawkey Excursion

Learn about Tom Yawkey and the history of this area as you tour by bus what is now a habitat for migratory birds, eagles, alligators, and hundreds of species of wildlife. Activity Level: 1

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Conway Glass and Lunch at the Rivertown Bistro

XEXC 100 C13, $80

OLLI Conway Glass Excursion 2

Learn about glassblowing and then watch as other students blow glass, and finally, blow your own beautiful, friendship ball. Conway Glass offers many glass products designed, manufactured, and assembled on site. Lunch will follow at the Rivertown Bistro, located in downtown Conway. Lunch is included in the excursion fee. Activity Level: 2

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tour of Coastal Carolina University’s Campus

XEXC 100 C14, $8

CCU OLLI Tour 2

Join us for a customized walking tour of Coastal Carolina University campus along with a talk by Nick DeStefano on the history of the institution. We will end our journey at the Hicks Dining Hall where you can help yourself to a wide variety of cuisines and eat all you want. Activity Level: 4

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Congaree National Park Tour, Hopkins, S.C.

XEXC 100 C15, $55

OLLI Congaree Excursion

Experience the natural wonders of the Congaree National park as you join this guided tour that includes a 2.5-mile walk along the boardwalk. As we venture deep into the forest, we’ll view the Weston Lake and other trails that wind through the Congaree floodplain. Congaree offers visitors more than 25 miles of hiking trails where you can explore deep into the Congaree wilderness. The park preserves the oldest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States. We will stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant after our tour. The cost of lunch is not included in this fee. Activity Level: 5

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Charleston Tea Plantation and Angel Oak

XEXC 100 C16, $65

OLLI Angel Oak Excursion

The Charleston Tea Plantation is located on the historical Wadmalaw Island, which is the heart of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Charleston Tea Plantation teas are the only brand in the world made exclusively with 100 perfect tea grown in America. You will enjoy a trolley ride through the tea fields, stopping at the greenhouse and ending with a tourur of the factory and a visit the plantation gift shop. This excursion will include a trip to the legendary Angel Oak Tree, which is more than 60 feet tall with a wide canopy. Lunch on your own at the Tomato Shed, a farm-to-table restaurant, after our tour. Activity Level: 4

Friday, April 3, 2020

Tour of the Citadel and Parade, Charleston, S.C.

XEXC 100 C17, $60

OLLI Citadel Parade Excursion

The Citadel was established in 1842 and was originally located on the Marion Square in downtown Charleston. Today, the beautiful campus, which was moved in 1922 to the bank of the Ashley River, is home to 24 major buildings and houses over 3,400 women and men. The Citadel offers more than 20 full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate programs. We’ll tour the Citadel and afterwards enjoy the Friday parade, an impressive event you don’t want to miss. We will have lunch before arriving at the Citadel. The cost of lunch is not included in this fee. Activity Level: 4

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington, N.C.

XEXC 100 C18, $50

OLLI Battleship USS NC

Step back in time and allow history to come alive through the crew’s stories at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, N.C. When the battleship was first built, she was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon. North Carolina, during World War II, participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operations where she earned 15 battle stars. After serving as a training vessel for midshipmen, she was decommissioned in June 1947. In 1958, the Save Our Ship (SOS) was formed and the campaign raised enough funds to have the Battleship returned to her current location in Wilmington. She was dedicated in April 1962 as the state’s memorial to its World War II veterans and the 11,000 North Carolinians who lost their lived during the war. We will get an opportunity to explore all nine levels of the shop to include the engine room, mess decks, berthing areas, bridge, Combat Information Center (CIC), and much more. After touring the ship, we’ll have time to explore and dine in downtown Wilmington. Lunch is not included in the price of the trip. Activity Level: 5

Friday, April 10, 2020

Pecan Trail in Lake City, S.C.

XEXC 100 C19, $75

OLLI Lake City Excursion

Similar to last semester’s Pecan Trail in Florence, this adventure will take us to businesses in downtown Lake City to shop and sample food and drinks. Beginning with gourmet coffee and pastries at Baker’s Sweets Bistro & Bakery, we will visit various shops along East Main Street and then lunch at the Railway Charcoal Grill, known for the best ribeye in Florence County. Next, we will enjoy a guided tour of the town and then exercise our artistic skills at Sip and Paint before returning home. Activity Level: 4

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Biking with OLLI@CCU, Murrells Inlet, S.C.

XEXC 100 C20, $20 for bike rental; free with your own bike

OLLI Biking Excursion

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, thanks to Cyclopedia, located beside our center. Activity Level: 5

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Behind the Scenes of Horry County’s Solid Waste Authority, Conway, S.C

XEXC 100 C21, $20

OLLI Solid Waste Authority

This guided tour of the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, located on Highway 90, will include a tour of the landfill, material recycling facility, and recycling and convenience center. Activity Level 4

Monday, April 20, 2020

Charleston Tea Plantation and Angel Oak

XEXC 100 C37, $65

OLLI Charleston Tea Plantation

The Charleston Tea Plantation is located on the historical Wadmalaw Island, which is the heart of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Charleston Tea Plantation teas are the only brand in the world made exclusively with 100 perfect tea grown in America. You will enjoy a trolley ride through the tea fields, stopping at the greenhouse and ending with a tourur of the factory and a visit the plantation gift shop. This excursion will include a trip to the legendary Angel Oak Tree, which is more than 60 feet tall with a wide canopy. Lunch on your own at the Tomato Shed, a farm-to-table restaurant, after our tour. Activity Level: 4

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville, N.C.

XEXC 100 C22, $65

OLLI Cape Fear Botanical Excursion

Join our guided tour of the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens which was founded in 1989. The gardens and their natural beauty are located on 89 acres between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek, just two miles from downtown Fayetteville, N.C. This urban forest offers nature trails, steep ravines sheltering unusual plants, specialty gardens, and waterways that attract birds and other fauna plus provide a great habitat for aquatic plants. We will stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant after our tour. The cost of lunch is not included in this fee. Activity Level: 5

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Hopeswee Plantation

XEXC 100 C23, $70

OLLI Hopsewee Plantation Excursion

Join us for a delightful southern tea at historical Hopsewee Plantation S.C. The plantation, built in 1735 near Georgetown, S.C., was the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and served as a Lowcountry rice plantation. On this guided tour, you’ll visit the two original slave cabins that still stand on the grounds and learn about the rich history that Hopsewee has to offer its visitors. After our tour, we’ll enjoy a southern tea at the River Oak Cottage, ranked as one of the state’s top tea rooms. Activity Level: 3

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Artfields, Lake City, S.C.

XEXC 100 C24, $30

OLLI Artfields Excursion 1

This is Artfields’ seventh year in a row honoring the artists of the Southeast. There will be more than 400 works displayed in the locally-owned venues, from renovated warehouses from the 1920s to Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start-up boutiques. What was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities now becomes a living art gallery as ArtFields continues to demonstrate the best of the Southeast and recognize the incredible talent South Carolina has to offer. Enjoy the artwork at your own pace and dine downtown at your convenience. Activity Level: 5

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Southern Lights at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, S.C.

XEXC 100 C25, $50

OLLI Southern Lights Brookgreen 1

Come experience an enchanted evening where art and light create a spectacular view. Internationally known Bruce Munro will bring his large-scale light sculptures to Brookgreen Gardens. The new exhibit will consist of seven works of art in light and mixed media, each designed specifically for the natural garden rooms where they’ll be installed. This will be the only chance to experience Munro’s magnificent installations in the eastern United States in 2020. We will stop for dinner before arriving at Brookgreen. Dinner is not included in the excursion fee. Activity Level: 5

Saturday, May 2, 2020

McClellanville’s Lowcountry Shrimp Festival

XEXC 100 C26, $40

OLLI McClellanville

Get ready for a day of fun activities, entertainment, and more! The Lowcountry Shrimp Festival, sponsored by the Archibald Rutledge Academy, focuses on the blessing of the village’s shrimping fleet so local shrimp boat captains and crews prepare themselves for the upcoming shrimp season. Trawlers, adored with colorful flags and pennants, slowly make their way through the parade down Jeremy Creek to receive the prayers of the local clergy for a safe and bountiful season. Following the blessing a floral wreath will be laid upon the waters as a memorial to those who have been lost at sea. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs and small coolers because we’re planning on being there for the day’s festivities. There will be local entertainment, lots of vendors selling their crafts, and some good food to enjoy throughout the day. Activity Level: 4

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Behind the Scenes of Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown, S.C.

XEXC 100 C27, $65

OLLI Hobcaw Behind Scenes

This expanded and unique three-hour tour of Hobcaw Barony offers much more access than we have enjoyed in the past. With stops at the North Inlet salt marsh, the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, Friendfield Village, and the main floor of Hobcaw House, participants have a chance to spend more time at each location than offered on the daily tour. Activity Level: 3

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Behind the Scenes of Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown, S.C.

XEXC 100 C36, $65

OLLI Hobcaw Barony Excursion

This expanded and unique three-hour tour of Hobcaw Barony offers much more access than we have enjoyed in the past. With stops at the North Inlet salt marsh, the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, Friendfield Village, and the main floor of Hobcaw House, participants have a chance to spend more time at each location than offered on the daily tour. Activity Level: 3

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Morris Island Shark Tooth Boat Tour, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

XEXC 100 C28, $90

OLLI Shark Tooth

Enjoy a naturalist-led trip aboard one of the vessels which depart from the Shem Creek dock in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. During our adventures to Morris Island, we may get the opportunity to see brown pelicans, bottlenose dolphins, Eastern brown pelicans, egrets, herons, and more. We’ll get to experience the unmatched views of the downtown skyline from the water and we’ll be able to see the Ravenel Bridge, Fort Sumter, and other iconic landmarks in Charleston. Once we reach Morris Island, we’ll go directly to the beach and go on a hunt for sharks teeth, fossils, and other treasures from the sea with our Coastal Expedition guide. Our guide will teach us how to find and identify our treasures. We will also have plenty of time to explore or relax on the beach before heading back to the mainland. Activity Level: 5

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Small Town Tour of McClellanville, S.C.

XEXC 100 C29, $50

OLLI McClellanville 2

This richly endowed region, settled in 1685, lent itself to an agrarian economy and became synonymous with rice plantations, homes of architectural grandeur, and culture. Hampton, situated on Wambaw Creek, was the home of the Horry and Rutledge family. Hopsewee, on North Santee River, was the home of Thomas Lynch III, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The old parish church, “Brick Church,” as locals say, was built in 1768. For this series of Small Town tours, expect a guided tour of the town, visits to local museums, landmarks, and lunch. Meals are not included in this excursion fee. Activity Level: 3

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Yawkey Wildlife Center

XEXC 100 C30, $45

OLLI Yawkey Excursion

Learn about Tom Yawkey and the history of this area as you tour by bus what is now a habitat for migratory birds, eagles, alligators, and hundreds of species of wildlife. Activity Level: 1

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Charleston Churches

XEXC 100 C31, $65

OLLI Charleston Churches Excursion

Before the two-hour private tour of Charleston houses of worship, we will have free time in downtown Charleston to shop and dine on our own. Activity Level: 5

Friday, May 15, 2020

Small Town Tour of Camden, S.C. and Farm-to-Table Lunch at Old McCaskill’s Farm

XEXC 100 C32, $60

OLLI Old Mccaskills Farm

Camden is the oldest inland city in South Carolina, and as such, is rich in history. We will visit the Camden Archives and Museum and the Camden Revolutionary War Site, including the Kershaw-Cornwallis House and McCaa’s Tavern, and battlefields. We will enjoy a delicious farm-to-table lunch at McCaskill’s Farm. For this series of small town Fridays, expect a guided tour of the town, visits to local museums, landmarks, and lunch. Meals are not included in this excursion fee. Activity Level 3

May 28-31, 2020

Spy Tour of Washington, D.C.

XEXC 100 C33, $975 per person double occupancy (Deadline for registration is January 31, 2020.)

OLLI Washington DC Excursion 2OLLI Washington DC Excursion 3

Joseph Fitsanakis, associate professor of politics at CCU, and his wife, Vanessa, an expert on poisons, will take us once again on a spy tour of Washington, D.C. They will provide lectures and guide us through the Spy Museum, the National Cryptologic Museum and other famous landmarks in the capital. Travelers will have free time to visit the Smithsonian and other sites on the National Mall. Transportation by motorcoach, hotel, admission fees, gratuities and two dinners included in the fee. Click here for an itinerary. Activity Level: 4

Tuesday, May 19

Capers Island and Lowcountry Boil Picnic, Isle of Palms

XEXC 100 C01, $80

OLLI Capers ExcursionOLLI Low Country Boil

Join us for a full day of exploration! As we venture to Capers Island North Beach, we will cruise through winding tidal creeks looking for wildlife in this salt marsh environment. Common sightings include bottlenose dolphins, osprey, pelicans, bald eagles, herons, and egrets. When we arrive on Capers Island, we will have plenty of time to explore its pristine “Boneyard Beach” and interior freshwater ponds. After working up an appetite, we will enjoy fresh local shrimp, smoked sausage, sweet corn, red potatoes, and onions all boiled together in a special seasoning and served on a beautiful beach. What could be better than enjoying a fresh seafood dinner as we watch the sunset over the salt marsh? Activity Level: 5

Wednesday, May 20

Bulls Island Tour

XEXC 100 C02, $75

Bulls Island 225x225

Coastal Expeditions will drop us off directly at one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the world of shelling and birding. This will give us the chance to connect with nature as we explore the island for three hours with a guide. Seven miles of Bulls Island’s beach are part of the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline on the East Coast and allow for unparalleled shelling, beach combing, and exploring. Our journey will begin with a 30-minute naturalist led boat tour of the saltmarsh estuary and will last a total of five hours. Activity Level: 5

Thursday, May 21

Kayak the Waccamaw River, Conway

XEXC 100 C03, $55

OLLI Kayaking Excursion

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors together when you joins us for a two-hour guided tour through the Kingston Lake area along the Blue Kayak trail. All participants must be able to sit down on the floor and get back up independently. Transportation to the river is not provided. Activity Level: 5

Tuesday, May 26

Charleston Strolls History Tour, Charleston, S.C.

XEXC 100 C04, $65

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Put your walking shoes on and come explore lovely Charleston as our guide walks us through 200 years of Charleston’s history. We’ll hear stories about many traditions of Charleston’s colorful past. In the tour, we’ll see Rainbow Row, Antebellum Mansions, Historical Waterfront Battery, hidden courtyards and gardens, historical graveyards and churches, and Revolutionary and Civil War landmarks. Following our morning tour, you’ll be given several hours to explore lovely Charleston independently and enjoy some of the many delicious southern cuisines offered. Lunch cost is not included in the fee. Activity Level: 5

Tuesday, June 2

Charleston’s Savor the Flavor Culinary Tour

XEXC 100 C06, $100

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On this tasty tour, we’ll talk, walk, and taste our way through lovely Charleston. We will be immersed in the rich history and culture of the Lowcountry during this two-and-a-half-hour Charleston Food Tour. We will find out more about the unique cuisine and how it has evolved over the last 300 plus years. We’ll get the chance to sample some delicious specialties from some of Charleston’s finest eateries, markets, bakeries, restaurants, and culinary landmarks. Some of the typical samples include: Southern pralines; sweet tea; collard greens; stone ground grits; Southern mac-n-cheese; Lowcountry barbeque; and fried green tomatoes. Activity Level: 5

Friday, June 5

Crabbing at Capers Island, Isle of Palms, S.C.

XEXC 100 C07, $80

OLLI Capers Cooked Crab Excursion

Who’s ready to learn how to catch blue crabs the old fashioned way and then enjoy fresh steamed crabs on a pristine barrier island beach? We will hop aboard a shaded vessel with our naturalist guide and learn how to set and pull a few crab traps. The guide will share with us the history of the blue crab and stone crab. We’ll also get an eco-tour, learn about the dolphins and other forms of wildlife we encounter as we head to Capers Island. We will end our outdoor adventures with a crab boil where fresh steamed crabs bought from our local crabber that morning are shared with butter and old bay! What could be better than to end our day with delicious, fresh steamed crabs and ice-cold watermelon? Activity Level: 5

Tuesday, June 9

Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Tour, Georgetown, S.C.

XEXC 100 C08, $70

OLLI Capt Rod Excursion

Join Paige Sawyer aboard Cap’n Rod’s for a private two-hour boat tour where you’ll relax on shaded deck seating. Listen, watch, and learn about the nature and history of America’s oldest settled areas, a place where history lives in harmony with the natural world. Vistas of estuary and salt marshes surround you; perhaps a dolphin or sea turtle will swim alongside the boat, while bald eagles, terns, pelicans, herons, and egrets dance on the wind. Lunch afterward (not included). Activity Level: 2

Thursday, June 11

Old Santee Canal Park , Moncks Corner, S.C.

XEXC 100 C09, $60

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Construction of the Santee Canal, the nation’s first, began in 1793 and was completed in 1800. Now much of the canal lies beneath Lake Moultrie, but parts are visible in Old Santee Canal Park, a 195-acre area that was opened in 1989. Among its attractions are the Stony Landing House, built in 1843, and four miles of boardwals that wind through the quiet backwaters of Biggin Creek and the surrounding swamp. The park’s centerpiece is its Interpretive Center that chronicles the area’s history as far back as 4000 B.C. Activy Level: 5

Friday, June 19

Wilmington Downtown Tasting and History Tour

XEXC 100 C10, $105

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Enjoy a unique tasting experience while visiting multiple restaurants in the historic area on a walking tour. This downtown tour includes savory and sweet tastings at five to six restaurants and bars; most are paired with small alcoholic drink tastings! Meet chefs and owners and enjoy food and drink while learning about the historic downtown. Activity Level 5

Tuesday, June 23

Cameron Art Museum & Lunch at CAM Café, Wilmington, N.C.

XEXC 100 C11, $60

OLLI Camden Art Excursion 1

We will start our day with a guided tour of the Cameron Art Museum, formally known as the St. John’s Museum of Art, established in downtown Wilmington in 1804. After lunch at the CAM Café, located within the museum, we will tour the Bellamy Mansion, built between 1859 and 1861. One of North Carolina’s finest examples of historical antebellum architecture, this property houses the Museum of History and Design Arts. Lunch fee not included in the fee. Activity Level: 3

Tuesday, June 30

Historical Churches, Florence, S.C.

XEXC 100 C12, $60

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In addition to touring St. John’s and Pisgah United Methodist churches, which date back to 1865 and 1806 respectively, we will enjoy lunch at Victors, dessert at Julia Belle’s, and visits to the Pee Dee State Farmers Market and Young Plantation. Activity Level: 4

Thursday, July 9

Art Galleries and Eclectic Shops in Wilmington, N.C.

XEXC 100 C13, $45

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Award-winnng artisan boutiques and galleries are plentiful in Wilmington. On this excursion, we will visit several, enjoying the work of local artists and crafters. Travelers will have time to dine and shop on the river front as well. Activity Level: 4

Thursday, July 16

Mystery Tour

XEXC 100 C14, $50

OLLI Mystery Tour

Wherever OLLI ends up, we guarantee you will have fun! Activity Level: 3

Tuesday, July 21

Victorian Tea in Florence, S.C.

XEXC 100 C15, $65

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Put on your Sunday best and join us for an afternoon Victorian tea at Top Hat Specialty Teas in Florence. Enjoy a delicious cup of tea as you dine on your choice of finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream, lemon curd fruit medley with cheese tea bread, minature quiche, and a dessert tray. Activity Level: 2

FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM

OLLI members who take 10 or more excursions with us during the spring semester will be rewarded with a day trip of their choice (priced under $100) during the summer or fall semester. It pays to travel with OLLI!

National and International Travel Opportunities with OLLI@CCU

Domestic and international trips offered through Collette or Premier World Discovery require earlier deadlines. More detailed brochures are available at our centers. The companies save 10 to15 spots for our students, so early registration is recommended. Registration forms and payments should be sent directly to the tour company; they will notify us when we have reached capacity. CCU travel insurance ($2/day) is required for international destinations and will be the only payment made directly to us. Note: Most Collette tours will leave from the Litchfield Center and transportation to that center will not be provided. Also, tour companies have few single accommodations, and more often than not, you will be placed you on a waiting list if you choose that option. Find a friend at OLLI and explore the world together!

Premier World Discovery’s Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park


June 24 to July 1, 2020
$3,445/double
(Final payment due April 10, 2020)

OLLI Canadian Rockies

Highlights include: three nights at one hotel in Banff; Heads-mashedin Buffalo Jump; Waterton Lakes National Park; Glacier National Park; 1930s Red Jammer Touring Cars; Going-to-the-Sun Highway; Kootenay National Park; Banff area tour; Moraine Lake and Valley of Ten Peaks; Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier; Peyto Lake; Icefields Parkway; and the Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer.

Premier World Discovery’s Waterways and National Parks of the Pacific Northwest


Aug. 21-28, 2020
$3,175/double (Final payment due June 10, 2020)

OLLI Mt. Rainier

Highlights include Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Parks, Seattle, Tacoma, whales, and more.

Collette’s Danube River Cruise


Sept. 25 to Oct. 5, 2020
$4,529-$7,329/double, depending on room 
(Deadline for registration Jan. 20, 2020; final payment due May 28, 2020)

OLLI Budapest

Highlights include Füssen; Linderhof Palace; Oberammergau; Munich; seven-night Danube River cruise; Regensburg; Passau; Linz; Wachau Valley; Vienna; Bratislava; and Budapest.

Premier World Discovery’s Discover Thailand


Oct. 13-21, 2020
$3,395/double (Final payment due July 29, 2020)

OLLI Grand Palace Bangkok

Highlights include: Bangkok city tour; Grand Palace; Emerald Buddha Temple; Thai dinner and dance experience; Silom village; Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; Kanchanaburi; Thailand-Burma Railway Museum; and the bridge over the River Kwaia. An optional Chiang Mai extension is available.

Premier World Discovery’s Music Cities Christmas


Dec. 4-10, 2020
$2,745/double (Final payment due Sept. 18, 2020)

OLLI Nashville Excursion

Visit Nashville, Memphis, and Branson.

Collette’s Machu Picchu and Galapagos Wonders


Oct. 1-14, 2020
$9,529/double

OLLI Galapagos Excursion 1

Highlights include: Lima; Sacred Valley of the Incas; cooking class; Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio; home-hosted meal; Machu Picchu; Cuzco; Colonial Quito; and four-night Galapagos Cruise.

Collette’s Spectacular South Africa


Feb. 18-March 3, 2021
$5,329/double; $6,029/single (Registration deadline is Aug. 19, 2020; final payment is due Dec. 20, 2020.)

OLLI South Africa 1

Highlights include: Johannesburg; Soweto, with lunch at a house tavern and a visit to the Apartheid Museum; Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range; a traditional Boma dinner; two open-air safari game drives in Kruger National Park; Knysna; visit to a local school; a lagoon cruise in Featherbed Nature Reserve; wine tasting and dinner in Stellenbosch; Cape Town; a cable car ride to Table Mountain with its breathtaking views; a ride through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets; a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach; and a communal African dining experience with lessons on the djembe drums.

Collette’s Greece Island Hopper


April 20-30, 2021
$4,658/double; $5,458/single (Registration deadline is Oct. 21, 2020; final payment is due Feb. 19, 2021.)

OLLI Greek Island Excursion

Explore Athens and enjoy the local cuisine, wine, and entertainment at a taverna in the city’s historic district; visit the Acropolis and other landmarks; and enjoy three days on Mykonos and three days on Santorini.

In 2021, we also hope to offer the following tours with Collette:

  • Croatia (on a yacht) (May)

  • Discover Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria (June/July)

  • Wonders of China and Yangtze River (October)

  • India’s Treasures (November)

  • Classic Christmas Markets (December)

LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR EXCURSIONS

OLLI staff will indicate the level of physical activity for any excursion so that OLLI@CCU participants may judge the suitability of the trip or activity. The ratings are:

1. Easy – minimal level of physical activity, minimal walking and limited stairs or standing.

2. Moderate – walk up to a mile a day and/or stand for an hour or less

3. Active – walk as much as two miles a day, stand for more than an hour, or climb some stairs

4. Moderately Challenging – spend most of your day walking, sometimes over uneven terrain or climbing stairs, and/or standing for extended periods

5. Challenging – These are demanding programs, for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and/or extremely active adults.