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Spring & Summer 2019 Excursions

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


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. For the convenience of those living along the south Strand, we will offer a pickup at the intersection of U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 544 for northbound trips. 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.

Thursday, May 16

Airlie Gardens, Wilmington*

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Airlie Gardens


A volunteer garden guide will accompany us on a walking tour, discussing Arlie’s history, horticulture and ecology. It takes about an hour and a half to take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, walking a total of .9 miles. While the azaleas may have already bloomed by the time of our visit, we will have access to the butterfly house, which opens May 15. We will have lunch in Wilmington either before or after our visit. Activity Level 4.

Friday, May 17

Italian Desserts Cooking Class at HGTC Culinary Institute

HGTC Culinary


This class is a flavorsome trip through Italian culinary traditions to discover delicious traditional sweets. Join the HGTC pastry chef for some wonderful specialties that will captivate your palate. (3 to 6 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 22

S.C. Aquarium

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S.C. Aquarium


The South Carolina Aquarium/Sea Turtle Hospital has expanded and is now able to shed light on the awe-inspiring process of rescue, rehabilitation and release of the sea turtles. Both a hospital and a guest experience, the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery allows every guest who visits the aquarium to experience the journey home. Be entertained by an intimate look at many of South Carolina’s native animals and plants as your self guided journey through the aquarium takes you from the mountains to the sea. After spending the morning at the aquarium we’ll have a couple of hours downtown Charleston to eat lunch or adventure on your own. Activity Level 5.

Wednesday, May 29

Charleston Tea Plantation and Angel Oak

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Charleston Tea Plantation


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 a lovely trolley ride through the tea fields, stopping at the greenhouse and ending with the 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. Lunch on your own at a local restaurant. Activity Level 3.

Thursday, May 30

Archaeology Dig in Little River Neck with Carolyn Dillian

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Archaeology Little River


We will travel to a prehistoric campsite occupied by Native American people between 400-800 years ago, located on the Little River Neck, within the Anne Tilghman Boyce Coastal Reserve. Under the guidance of Carolyn Dillian, professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of Anthropology and Geography at CCU, we will participate in all aspects of the excavation and documentation of artifacts. Activity Level: 4.

Saturday, June 1

Strolling the Market/Farmers Market, Charleston

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Farmers Market Charleston


The City Market, established in the 1970s, stretches for four city blocks and offers a wide array of handmade treasures. Nearby in Marion Square is the Charleston Farmers Market, founded in 1989. Come with OLLI@CCU and spend a day in beautiful downtown Charleston where you’ll be free to explore both markets and the quaint shops that line the cobblestone streets of the city. Activity Level 4.

Sunday, June 2

Piccolo Spoleto Festival: The Geriatric Monologues

Geriatric Monologues


Due to popular demand, we are adding an excursion to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival on Sunday, June 2 for the matinee showing of The Geriatric Monologues. We will be leaving Conway at 10:30 a.m. and picking up in Litchfield at 11:15. After the 2 p.m. show, we will dine near the theatre (cost of dinner not covered in fee) and then return home. If you remember, Jim Rogers adapted the play from his own poetry and premiered it in Myrtle Beach for the OLLI audience. Some of our OLLI members will be in the production at the Threshold Repertory Theatre in Charleston. You must register for this excursion by 5/20 so that we know how many tickets to purchase. There will be no refunds after 5/21. Activity Level TBD.

Wednesday, June 5

Cypress Gardens, Monks Corner

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Cypress Garden


Join us on a self-guided walking tour of Cypress Gardens, located in Moncks Corner. Cypress Gardens encompasses 175 acres of swamps and gardens offering a walk-through Butterfly House with free-flying butterflies, beautiful plants, birds and much more. Their Swamparium features reptiles, fish and amphibians native to the swamp and nearby waterways. Explore their Heritage Museum, which tells the history of the former rice plantation through interpretive text and displays of slave artifacts.  Activity Level 5.

Wednesday, June 12

Natural Dyes Workshop, Florence Art Museum

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Natural Dyes Florence Art Museum


Join us for an all-day natural dye class at the Florence County Art Museum. This hands-on workshop will explore the range of colors made possible from natural dyes. Each students will leave with a useable color sample in a range of fibers and full instructions for dyeing at home. All beginner to intermediate skill levels welcome. Activity Level 2.

Wednesday, June 19

Cameron Art Museum and Cape Fear River, Wilmington, N.C.

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Cameron Art Museum


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. Following our tour, we’ll visit historical downtown Wilmington where you’ll have two hours to explore, shop or dine. Our afternoon will end with a scenic 50-minute narrated eco-history cruise down the Cape Fear River. Activity Level 4.

Wednesday, June 26

Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop, Florence Art Museum

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Sweetgrass Basket Weaving


Join this workshop and experience the art of weaving a Charleston sweetgrass basket. Our instructor, Sarah Edwards-Hammond, is listed on the S.C. Art Commission Roster for Artists and is an active member of the Sweetgrass Basket Association. Activity Level 2.

Wednesday, July 3

Health Food Crawl (Whole Foods, Earth Fare and Trader Joe’s)

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Health Food Crawl


Join us as we travel to Wilmington to explore healthy grocery store options. Starting with Whole Foods, we’ll discover an American supermarket chain that exclusively sells products free from hydrogenated fats from artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners. Next, we’ll take on Earth Fare, an American health and wellness supermarket. We’ll finish our exploration at Trader Joe’s, an American chain of “fresh format” grocery stores based in California. Activity Level 4.

Wednesday, July 10

South Carolina Indigo Workshop: Indigofera Suffruticosa, Florence

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Indigo Workshop


History, science and art meet in this hands-on exploration of natural indigo pigment. Participants will explore the importance of the indigo plant to South Carolina’s colonial agricultural economy, learn the basic science behind this unique dye plant, and create original works of textile art using indigo dye. Activity Level 2.

Wednesday, July 17

Recycle and Renew: Consignment Crawl and Health Foods

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Recycle and Renew


Departing from Conway at 9 a.m. and Litchfield at 9:45 a.m., we will learn about the history of thrift and consignment shops as we visit several located between Litchfield and Charleston. After a delicious lunch in Mt. Pleasant, we will stop at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods before returning home. Activity Level 4.

Wednesday, July 24

Victorian Tea in Florence, S.C.

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Victorian Tea


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, miniature quiche and a dessert tray. Sue Ann Whittick, one of our OLLI instructors who teaches courses about tea tasting and tea parties, will introduce the history and enchantment of tea parties before we start our excursion to Florence. Activity Level 2.

Wednesday, July 31

Mystery Tour

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Mystery Tour


Wherever OLLI ends up, we guarantee you will have fun! This adventure will drive you nuts, so if you have nut allergies, do NOT participate. Activity Level 3.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Film Screening

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CCU Film Screening


We will transport you to campus, where Amy Hall, graphic designer, film producer and graduate of CCU’s Department of Visual Arts will introduce the regional premiere of her film “Segfault,” followed by a reception. If you want to find parking on your own, the event is free! 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 fall semester. It pays to travel with OLLI@CCU!

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

Domestic and international trips offered through Collette or Premier World Discovery require earlier deadlines. Brochures are available at our centers for each of the following trips. Registration forms and payments should be sent directly to the tour company. CCU travel insurance ($2/day) is required for international destinations and will be the only payment made directly to us. Note: We have discovered that the tour companies have very few single accommodations, and more often than not, if you choose that option, they will place you on a waiting list. We have no control over their practice, but felt it important to warn you. Explore the world with OLLI@CCU!


National & International Excursions 2019-20

Aug. 18-25, 2019

Canadian Rockies

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Canadian Rockies

With Collette $5949/double; $7349/single (hard to get); $5849/triple

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 barbecue lunch in the great outdoors. Activity Level 4.

Sept. 26 to Oct. 4

Classic New England

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Acadia Park

With Premier World Discovery $3545/double; $4870/single

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.

Oct. 16-23, 2019

London and Paris

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London Paris

With Collette $3,949/double, $4,699/single (difficult to get), $3,919/triple. $500 deposit due April 10, 2019. Final payment by Aug. 17, 2019.

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.

9 days, Feb. 12, 2020

Coasta Rica Adventure

Coasta Rica

With Premier World Discovery Booking Discount $3,575/double; Regular Rate $3,675/double; Single Supplement +$725

Highlights Include: Poas Volcano National Park, Coffee Plantation Visit, Jungle Crocodile Safari Cruise, Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Selvatura Park & Hanging Bridges, Butterfly Garden & Hummingbird Gallery, Carara National Park, Orchid Garden Tour, Sarchi Artisan Village, Three Multi-Night Stays including - 2-Night Coastal Resort stay

Mar. 11-24, 2020

Spain's Classics & Portugal


With Collette $5,029/double; $6,229/single; $4,979/triple; for bookings made after Sept. 12, 2019 call for rates.

Highlights Include: Lisbon, Fatima, Nazare, Obidos, Madrid, Royale Palace, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Flamenco Show, Granada, The Alhambra, Valencia, Choice on Tour, Paella Experience, Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell

7 days, June 24, 2020

Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park

Canadian Rockies

With Premier World Discovery Booking Discount $3,345/double; Regular Rate $3,445/double; Single Supplement +$1,050

Highlights Include: Three Nights at One Hotel in Banff, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier National Park, 1930's Red Jammer Touring Cars, Going-to-the-Sun Highway, Kootenay National Park, Banff Area Tour, Moraine Lake & Valley of Ten Peaks, Lake Louise & Victoria Glacier, Peyto Lake, Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer

8 days, Oct. 13, 2020



With Premier World Discovery Booking Discount $3,292/double; Regular Rate $3,395/double; Single Supplement +$675

Highlights Include: Bangkok, Bangkok City Tour, Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha Temple, Thai Dinner & Dance Experience, Silom Village, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Kanchanaburi, Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, Bridge over the River Kwai, Optional Chiang Mai Extension Available



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.