Travel

2018 White House Tour

2018 White House Tour

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | 5:00-5:30am

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: The Center

Fee: To be announced

Travel Buddy Networking

Travel Buddy Networking

Wednesday, January 2, 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

Washington on your own 2019

Washington on your own 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 8:00-5:30pm

Join us as we travel to our nation's capital for another "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 on your own.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Washington on your own 2019

Member $63.00
Guest $73.00
Viking Cruise - Cultural Cuba

Viking Cruise - Cultural Cuba

January 24-31, 2019

Join us as we cruise to Cuba. We have a few cabins available with Viking Cruises aboard the Viking Star. The cruise departs January 24th from the port of Miami. We are planning an overnight in Miami on 23 January. All meals are included on board the ship.  Call the travel office today for details and pricing. 

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Black History Month - R.R. Moton Museum

Black History Month - R.R. Moton Museum

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 8:00-4:30pm

In 1951, Barbara Johns, a 16 year old student at R.R Moton High School walked out of class to protest the conditions at the school compared to nearby Farmville High School.  The strike helped spark the desegregation movement in America  - which lead to the famous Brown vs Board of Education. Dorothy Vaughn who was depicted in the movie 'Hidden Figures" taught at R. R Morton High School. Lunch on your own. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Black History Month - R.R. Moton Museum

Member $49.00
Guest $59.00
Travel Class - The Early Days

Travel Class - The Early Days

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 4:00-5:00pm

“Albemarle’s Early Days”

A Lecture Series Featuring Top Historians

Introduction - Albemarle, in the Central Piedmont, is a county rich in history. Though founded 137 years after Jamestown, in 1744, Albemarle developed rather rapidly. Plantations and byways were promptly hacked from the forest, towns and wayside taverns soon sprang up, and a solid frontier economy was quickly established. The best proof of this early prosperity, is that but 80 years later, the County boasted a population of 20,000, a number of bustling river communities, its own newspaper, and was about to inaugurate a world-class university!

The Class – Perfect for both history buffs and recent transplants, “Albemarle’s Early Days” covers the period up to the Revolutionary War. The topics include “The Land & Its First People” (the area’s many riches and its original inhabitants); “The Founding of Big Albemarle” (the county’s formation and the establishment of towns); “Enslavement & the Land” (covering both white indentured servants and the enslaved African American community); “Agriculture in Early Albemarle” (the crops that ensured the county’s prosperity); “Jefferson’s Early Years” (the boyhood of Albemarle’s favorite native son); and “Monticello I” (the first version of the house that Jefferson built).

The Speakers – Experts in their fields, the lecturers include Dr. Leni Sorensen (a slavery and culinary historian); award-winning historian Jayne D’Alessandro-Cox (author of Thomas Jefferson – From Boy to Man); Gardiner Hallock (Monticello’s director of restoration and collections); William & Mary’s Dr. Susan Kern (professor of history and the American South); and local author and award-winning historian Rick Britton.

The Details – Held at The Center (formerly the Senior Center of Charlottesville), located at 491 Hillsdale Drive, “Albemarle’s Early Days”

commences at 4:00 PM for 5 consecutive Tuesdays:

Tuesday, March 12 

Tuesday, March 19 

Tuesday, March 26

Tuesday, April 2 

Tuesday, April 9, and

Tuesday April 16.

Charge: The Center members - $80; Guests - $90. To sign up, or for more information, call The Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538 or go to www.thecentercville.org and press first “Travel,” then “Lectures.”

The Travel Session – A FREE “Early Albemarle & Revolutionary War” tour. Stops include Monasukapanough (approximate site of Albemarle’s Monacan village); Charlottesville’s Court Square (captured by the British on June 4, 1781); the Farm (site of British Lieut. Col. Banastre Tarleton’s headquarters); and the Barracks (where Gen. “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne’s British and Hessians soldiers were quartered for two years).

Location: The Center

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Travel Class - The Early Days

Member $80.00
Guest $90.00
Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 8:00-5:30pm

Join us as we set sail on the Potomac River aboard the glass-topped Odyssey cruise ship.  The Odyssey will cruise beneath historic bridges and travel past Washington, DC's greatest landmarks.  You will be served an upscale, three-course lunch with the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial and cherry blossoms for scenery.  Lunch is included. Activity Level Easy 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

Member $130.00
Guest $140.00
Altria Theatre - The Book of Mormon

Altria Theatre - The Book of Mormon

Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 8:00-5:30pm

The New York Times calls it "The best musical of the century." This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the good word. Lunch on your own. 

Location: The Center

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Altria Theatre - The Book of Mormon

Member $142.00
Guest $152.00
Riverside Theatre - The Color Purple

Riverside Theatre - The Color Purple

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 9:30-5:30pm

From Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller and Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated film comes a stage musical with a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues.  This stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life. Lunch is included.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Riverside Theatre - The Color Purple

Member $108.00
Guest $118.00
Virginia International Tattoo

Virginia International Tattoo

Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 9:00-8:00pm

Travel with us to Norfolk to attend the 23rd annual Virginia International Tattoo which is the largest Tattoo in the U.S. The Tattoo hosts over 200 performers from around the world.  It's a colorful celebration of patriotism, pride and international good-will, featuring military bands and drill teams, pipes and drums, dancers and choirs, and a breathless finale! Lunch on your own.

Location: The Center

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Virginia International Tattoo

Member $115.00
Guest $125.00
 Great Parks, Ghost Towns, and Sedona’s Red Rocks

Great Parks, Ghost Towns, and Sedona’s Red Rocks

May 16-24, 2019

Travel the lonely roads of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, from the salt pans of the lowest place in North America to ghost towns perched high atop mined-out mesas. You’ll experience stark Death Valley, quirky Sedona, and the enchanting places in between.

Price Per Person: $3,634 double, $4,763 single.  Deposit: $350 per person includes Travelers Protection Plan. Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunches, and 5 dinners included.

Please call the Travel Office to book this trip, 434.974.6538

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: To be announced

Toftcombs Mansion House - Edinburgh, Scotland

Toftcombs Mansion House - Edinburgh, Scotland

August 1-9, 2019

Built in 1824, Toftcombs has welcomed many notable guests during its time as a former hotel and private residence. George Orwell resided at the house in 1948 as a guest of his friend Georges Kopp who was his commander in the Spanish civil war. 

Nestled within 10 private acres in the stunning Scottish Borders countryside, only 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Toftcombs is beautiful and grand, yet relaxed and comfortable, providing a spacious haven to enjoy memorable times. Breakfast is included daily. Call the travel office to book your room! Space is limited!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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: The Center

Fee: To be announced