Travel

Washington on Your Own 2019

Washington on Your Own 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 8:00-5:30pm

Waitlist Only! Join us as we travel to our nation's capital for another Washington On Your Own (WOYO) day-trip.   Travelers will be dropped off and picked up in front of the West Wing of the National Gallery of Art.  Enjoy the many intriguing galleries and exhibits of the Smithsonian or other nearby museums.  Lunch is on your own. 

Open to all.

Location: Washington DC

Travel Buddy Networking

Travel Buddy Networking

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 | 5:00-6:00pm

Why travel alone when you can go with a friend? Here’s your opportunity to meet others who are interested in visiting local sites and attractions. We connect each month to make plans for upcoming weeks.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Nancy Grim 434.973.7515

Fee: free

Harpers Ferry National Park

Harpers Ferry National Park

Monday, September 9, 2019 | 7:30-6:30pm

Waitlist Only! - This quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, preserves the flavor of the town at the time of John Brown's raid in 1859. Explore 19th-century buildings, the John Brown Wax Museum, and the beautiful shops in Harpers Ferry. There is also special event at the John Brown Museum—a behind-the-scenes tour of rarely seen objects in the archeology collection. Lunch and Ice cream on your own. Activity Level – Active.

Location: Harper's Ferry

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts  - Annie

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts - Annie

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 9:30-5:30pm

Waitlist Only! - This musical at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is based on the comic strip character "Little Orphan Annie" who believes her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her.  Daddy Warbucks agrees to help her in her quest.  Sally Struthers returns to Riverside to reprise her Broadway role as the wicked Miss Hannigan. Enjoy favorite songs such as  "Easy Street", "It's the Hard Knock Life" and, of course, "Tomorrow".  Lunch is included in the price. Activity Level - Easy 

Open to all.

Location: Riverside Theatre

Philadelphia - Revolutionary War Getaway

Philadelphia - Revolutionary War Getaway

September 26-30, 2019

SOLD OUT - Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States. It’s where our Founding Fathers met, discussed, debated, and formed a new country. Founded in 1682 as the capital of William Penn’s Crown Province, Philadelphia, by 1775, was our nation’s largest city with a population of 25,000. Our first seat of government, it’s where the Declaration of Independence was written. During the war, numerous battles and campaigns were conducted for its defense. When it comes to Revolutionary War tourism, Philadelphia is the place to go!

Join award-winning historian Rick Britton as we explore Revolutionary War Philadelphia and its environs (September 26 through September 30). (Note that the Activity Level for this tour is Active.)

Your Philadelphia Experience Includes:

  • Museums - Visits to the city’s wonderful Revolution-related museums and sites, including: the Museum of the American Revolution, Independence Hall & Congress Hall, the Betsy Ross House, the Liberty Bell, and the Graff House where Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration (just to name a few).
  • Guided Battlefield Tour - A day-long charter bus tour to two of the best Revolutionary War sites—the Brandywine Battlefield and Valley Forge—led by military historian Ed Lengel, former U.Va. history professor and editor in chief of the Papers of George Washington.
  • Evening Presentation – A lecture by historian Rick Britton on the Declaration of Independence and the many myths of the American Revolution.
  • Independence Walking Tour – A 75-minute stroll through Philadelphia history. We’ll walk in the footsteps of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin (literally!).
  • Guided Walking Tours – Led by Rick Britton, we’ll take in sites not covered in the above (sites TBA).
  • City Tavern – To help us get into the proper spirit, we’ll lunch at the famous City Tavern, where the ambience, menu, and waitstaff are totally Revolutionary! (Lunch included.)
  • Spasso’s Italian Restaurant – Could we go to Philly and not dine Italian style?! (Dinner included.)

Amenities & Cost:

  • Transportation - Amtrak to and from Philadelphia: transfers to and from Amtrak Station. Charter bus service for our day-long battlefield tour.
  • Accomodations – A 4-night stay at the beautiful Sheraton Society Hill, conveniently located in the city’s historic district. Breakfasts are provided!
  • Admissions – With the Philadelphia Pass (included), admission will be covered to most museums and historic sites.
  • Group Meals – A group lunch at City Tavern, a group dinner at Spasso’s Italian Restaurant.
  • Cost – Per person, based on double occupancy - $1272: Single occupancy - $1945. Deposit - $750.

Sign up below, or for more information, contact the Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538.

Open to all.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Hollywood Casino Charles Town WV

Hollywood Casino Charles Town WV

Sunday, September 29, 2019 | 9:00-8:00pm

 Try your luck at the Hollywood Casino where there are slots, table games and a large poker room. Lunch on your own. Receive $20 in free slots. 

Open to all.

Location: CharlesTown, WV

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Hollywood Casino Charles Town WV

Member $64.00
Guest $74.00
The Bunker at the Greenbrier

The Bunker at the Greenbrier

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 8:00-5:00pm

Waitlist Only!  Buried beneath tone of the most luxurious resorts in the USA (The Greenbrier) is one of the best-kept secrets of the Cold War, only revealed in 1992. The Bunker was built in the 1950's during the 'duck and cover' era - a huge complex with three foot thick concrete walls to house Congress in the event of an atomic war. Come with us for a tour of this historic site, lunch at the Greenbrier (included) and an afternoon of shopping, relaxing or wandering through the resort. There is a dress code - No jeans, shorts etc.  Activity Level - Active 

Open to all.

Location: White Sulphur Spring

Portugal and the Douro River Cruise

Portugal and the Douro River Cruise

October 9-19, 2019

Spend two nights exploring Lisbon, then set sail through the Portuguese Frontier. Visit Spain’s walled city of Salamanca, and the quaint and historic towns of Portugal along the Douro River. Airfare after June 30, 2018 will be 2 for 1 airfare or $625 per person.

Price Per Person: starts at $5428 double, $8547 single for Riviera deck. Deposit: $829 per person includes Travelers Protection Plan 

Plus Travelers Protection Plan $429 per person

Minimum Participants: 15

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

Please call the Travel Office to book this trip, 434.974.6538

Open to all.

Location: Portugal

Travel Class - Mr Jefferson's Academical Village

Travel Class - Mr Jefferson's Academical Village

October 15-19, 2019

A Class Honoring U.Va.’s 200th Anniversary

Mr. Jefferson’s “Academical Village”, a lecture series featuring top historians

Introduction – This year marks U.Va.’s 200th anniversary. In 1819 Central College—the “hobby” of Jefferson’s old age—was officially granted the state charter making it the University of Virginia. It was truly a new model for higher learning, one shaped by the powerful belief that only an educated citizenry could sustain the new republic, keeping it free from tyranny. Since opening its doors in 1825, the University has become one of the nation’s most renowned educational institutions. Its original structures, designed by Jefferson, are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List of treasures to be preserved at all cost. U.Va.’s modern status, however, disguises the fact that the founding was a process of many years, much sweat, and considerable debate. Join us as we explore the early days of the University of Virginia!

The Class – Perfect for history buffs and transplants alike, this six-session class covers the early days of the University of Virginia. Topics include “The Founding of the University” - “The Architecture of the Original Grounds” - “Slavery at the University” - “Edgar Allan Poe at U.Va.” - “U.Va. Archaeological Digs!,” and “The Marquis de Lafayette’s Visit.”

The Travel Session – Tuesday, November 26, 9 a.m. - A FREE 2-hour tour of the Original Grounds of the University of Virginia (for class participants only). We’ll see world-class statuary, the Lawn’s numerous architectural gems, the gorgeous Pavilion Gardens, Poe’s room at #13 Rowdy Row, and all three floors of the fabulous Rotunda.

The Speakers – Dr. Leni Sorensen (a slavery Historian), K. Edward Lay (U.Va.’s Cary D. Langhorne Professor Emeritus of Architecture), Dr. Ben Ford (Principal Investigator at Rivanna Archaeological Services), and local award-winning Historian Rick Britton.

The Details – Held at The Center (formerly the Senior Center), located at 491 Hillsdale Drive, the class starts Tuesday, October 15, and runs for 5 more Tuesdays (4 to 5 p.m.): October 22, 29, and November 5, 12, and 19. Charge: The Center members - $80; Guests - $90. To sign up, call The Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538 or go to www.thecentercville.org and press first “Travel,” then “Lectures.”

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Travel Class - Mr Jefferson’s Academical Village

Member $80.00
Guest $90.00
Smith Mountain Lake 2019

Smith Mountain Lake 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 9:00-5:30pm

Called the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains”, scenic Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County, is a 40-mile long man-made lake with 500 acres of shoreline. Board the Virginia Dare, a 19-Century side-wheeler for a narrated 2 hour cruise and enjoy a delicious included lunch. Activity Level – Easy

Open to all.

Location: Bedford County

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Smith Mountain Lake 2019

Member $94.00
Guest $104.00
National D-Day Memorial

National D-Day Memorial

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 8:00-4:30pm

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA is a moving tribute to the American and Allied Forces that fought in the largest amphibious invasion of all time. The Memorial overlooks Bedford which suffered the greatest loss per capita of any in the U.S. during the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. We will also visit The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library. Lunch on your own.

Open to all.

Location: Bedford, VA

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National D-Day Memorial

Member $63.00
Guest $73.00
The American Civil War Museum - Richmond

The American Civil War Museum - Richmond

Monday, November 11, 2019 | 9:00-5:00pm

Come join us for a perfect Veterans Day excursion—a Civil War day-trip to Richmond, capital of the Confederacy. We’ll begin the day by taking in the fabulous American Civil War Museum at historic Tredegar Iron Works on the James River. The brand-new museum is the preeminent center for the exploration of our nation’s horrific Civil War from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians. (Time permitting, we’ll walk through the NPS Civil War museum right next door.) Lunch time will find us at LuLu’s in nearby Shockoe Bottom, a wonderful eatery famous for its American fare, served up exceptionally well. After lunch, we’ll tour Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond’s famous garden cemetery. Please give us lunch choice from selection. Activity Level – Active  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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The American Civil War Museum - Richmond

Member $82.00
Guest $92.00
Presentation - 2020 Iceland Trip

Presentation - 2020 Iceland Trip

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 11:30-2:00pm

Bjorn Ruriksson and Pete Cross have been leading two-week tours of Iceland since 1978.  Join us as they share details about our upcoming trip to Iceland on August 18-30, 2020. Free and open to the community. 

Note: Two presentations - 11:30 am AND 6:00 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center Cville

Fee: free

Royal Caribbean International - South Eastern Coast

Royal Caribbean International - South Eastern Coast

December 12-20, 2019

We will sail on Royal Caribbean International's Grandeur of the Seas to the South Eastern Coast. We will begin our cruise from the Port of Baltimore and cruise along the southeastern coast and the Bahamas. We will set sail in Nassau, Bahamas, then onto Cococay, Bahamas and then to the Port Canaveral and Charleston, SC. Join us for this holiday cruise at sea. Included ground transportation, all meals, accommodations, entertainment and gratuities. Travel protection is available. Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Open to all.

Location: The Bahamas

Andrea Bocelli in Concert

Andrea Bocelli in Concert

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 4:00-11:30pm

Don’t miss legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli at Capital One Arena! Blind since the age of 12 from congenital glaucoma, this Italian opera singer and songwriter has had success as a crossover performer, bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts. Celine Dion has said that “if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” Tickets are limited! Round trip bus transportation is included. 

Open to all.

Location: Capital One Arena

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Andrea Bocelli in Concert

Member $287.00
Guest $297.00
2019 White House Tour

2019 White House Tour

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 | 5:00-6:00am

This trip to DC for a self-guided tour of the White House adorned in its holiday finest is a perennial favorite! We have requested a tour in December, but the date will be determined by the White House. Please call the travel office to put your name on the interest list as soon as possible. Some walking is involved and there is a possibility of waiting in line at the gate. Lunch is on your own. A valid government-issued United States ID (driver’s license, military ID, etc.) or a valid US or other official government-issued passport is required.

Open to all.

Location: Washington, DC

Fee: To be announced

Essence of Panama

Essence of Panama

February 13-22, 2020

The diversity of Panama unfolds as you discover the colonial architecture of Panama City, the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, local customs and craftsmanship and Panama’s beautiful beaches. You’ll experience it all on this tour of Panama. Early bird savings of $100 per person. Round trip airfare out of Dulles, 22 Meals, Travelers Protection Plan and much more! Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Price Per Person: $4,688 double, $5,687 single

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners

Deposit: $549 per person includes Travelers Protection Plan 

Location: Panama

Vilanova, Spain

Vilanova, Spain

April 13-21, 2020

Join us as we stay in the Masia Notari, a rustic property where past elements are blended with modern day comforts. Located 45 minutes from Barcelona, it’s a perfect location to day-trip the beauty and history of Spain. *Package includes roundtrip transfers and air. All meals, gratuities, and 6 day-trips. Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Open to all.

Location: Vilanova, Spain

Exclusive Nature & Photo Tour of Iceland

Exclusive Nature & Photo Tour of Iceland

August 18-30, 2020

Iceland is magical, especially in late summer when the colors, weather, and angles of sunlight are transitioning into fall. This 12-day tour with a veteran guide gives great insight into Iceland's unique nature and culture, with the bonus of experiencing the country's burgeoning culinary scene. All-inclusive package!

*Package includes: round trip transfers air and ground. All meals, transportation in Iceland, gratuities and a 13 days Program. Activity level - Active

*Price: $6,400 per person double occupancy/ Single Occupancy $7720 – Deposit $1000. Travel Protection is additional. Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Open to all.

Location: Iceland

Tuscany

Tuscany

September 25-3, 2020

We will stay in a villa in the Chianti Hills region, the heart of Tuscany. The villa was built as a country residence for a noble family from Florence, Italy. We will enjoy 6 days of tours around the region including, all transportation, all meals and gratuities. Travel Protection is available. Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Price: Single $4595 – Double (per person) $3995 – Deposit $1000.

Open to all.

Location: Tuscany, Italy