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Become Your Own Travel Agent
with Becky Ranks
This class will provide resources and information for anyone who wants to find the best deals for hotels, cruises, RV travel, AirBNB, escorted tours, and more. We will answer questions about RV driving to Alaska and the western US, how to get the lowest prices for escorted tours to almost anywhere, and getting great deals on hotels while traveling at home and abroad. Information will be presented on river cruises for less, as well as airfare tips. In addition, you will go home with valuable online resources.
Boston Brew Tour
with Diann Bailey
Entertaining! Educational! Exclusive! Join us for a fun day with City Brew Tours of Boston. Our comfortable motor coach will deliver us to three different Boston area breweries giving us the chance to sample up to twelve different local craft beers. Accompanied by our informative and entertaining beer guide experts, our visits will include VIP access to the breweries and an insider’s look at how they create their renowned beers. We’ll enjoy interactive beer history, awesome tastings and specialty treats at each location. Lunch, including wood fired pizzas, sliders and wings will be part of a beer and food pairing session at Mystic Brewery. We’ll end the day with a beer Q and A followed by time on your own in the city. Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, brewery tours, beer guides, specialty treats, lunch, VIP lanyards, guide gratuities and commemorative glass. Deadline to register is October 2. No refunds will be given after that date.
Saturday, 11/2/19 • Depart 8 a.m. Waterville (Waterville Senior High School, back parking lot), Return 9:40 p.m.Depart 8:40 a.m. Gardiner (I-95 Park and Ride, Exit 102), Return 9 p.m.Depart 9:15 a.m. Topsham (Home Depot Park & Ride), Return 8:30 p.m.Registration fee: $199.00/person
Christmas In Newport
with Diann Bailey
Take a step back to the gilded age of the 20th century and enjoy the holiday season with a fun filled visit to Newport, Rhode Island. We will visit three beautifully decorated mansions and have time to enjoy this seaside town’s Christmas festivities. A full itinerary will include a holiday evening at The Breakers (the grandest of Newport’s summer cottages), self-guided audio tours of The Elms and Marble House and a narrated bus tour of the area. Following a substantial lunch at Wright’s farm (Yankee Magazine's Editor Choice for best family style chicken dinners), we plan to arrive in Newport by mid- afternoon in time to visit the Vanderbilt’s opulent Marble House. Early evening takes us to the elegantly decorated Breakers. Live music and refreshments will be the back-drop as guests enjoy the yuletide splendor of this 70-room mansion. Our overnight accommodations are at the Hampton Inn and Suites in nearby Middletown. This hotel has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and offers inviting rooms, an indoor pool, free Wifi and a hot breakfast buffet. Sunday includes a tour of The Elms, (a French style chateau built in 1901) which will be all decked out with period ornaments and lavish holiday decorations. Lunch today is served at the elegant Viking Hotel accompanied by an interactive murder mystery! The Victorian Christmas Murder Mystery promises to be lots of fun. Just remember - not everyone is in the spirit of the season. On our way home we plan to visit the Sandwich Glass Museum where they are celebrating the 10th annual Glassblower’s Christmas. Hundreds of unique glass ornaments, made by the region’s finest local and national glass artists, will adorn Christmas trees in the Contemporary Gallery. We’ll ooh and ahh over the enchanting stained glass holiday village exhibit and watch a demonstration of molten glass, drawn from the furnace, blown and pressed into exquisite shapes. We’ll end the day with a four- course dinner at the Hearth and Kettle in Weymouth. Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, hotel accommodations, holiday evening at the Breakers, two mansion tours, narrated bus tour, glass museum, murder mystery, Saturday lunch, Sunday lunch, Sunday dinner. Deadline to register is October 31st. No refunds issued after this date. Note: Topsham pick-up location will be announced. Saturday and Sunday November 30 and December 1 Departure 7:45 am Waterville Sr. High School 10:45 pm Return Departure 8:30 am from Gardiner Area High School 10:00 pm Return Registration fee: $329.00 per person based on double occupancy
Downton Abbey in Boston
with Diann Bailey
Highclere Castle fans unite! Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is coming to Boston for a limited engagement. Our trip is timed to coincide with the much anticipated fall release of Downton Abbey: The Movie. The exhibit will transport us to post Edwardian England where the series characters and settings come to life. Immerse yourself in the fascinating social history, costumes, culture and some of the show’s most memorable moments. We’ll plan a stop for lunch (on your own) in Portsmouth’s busy Market Square where there are a variety of choices. The afternoon is devoted to the Downton Abbey exhibit (don’t miss the gift shop with Downton Abbey themed merchandise) followed by free time to enjoy early Autumn in Boston. Choices include the Boston Public Market, the North End or Faneuil Hall. Registration fee includes motor coach transportation and exhibit ticket. Deadline to register is September 6. No refunds will be given after that date. Saturday, 9/28/19 • Depart 8:45 a.m. Waterville (Waterville Senior High School, back parking lot), Return 9:40 p.m. Depart 9:30 a.m. Gardiner (I-95 Park and Ride, Exit 102), Return 9 p.m. Depart 10 a.m. Topsham (Home Depot Park & Ride), Return 8:30 p.m. Registration fee: $119.00/person
Exploring Paris and Normandy
with Diann Bailey
Bonjour a tous! Join Diann for a highlights tour of the people and places that make this area one of Lonely Planet's top European destinations. We'll enjoy the City of Lights from atop the Eiffel Tower, to the banks of the Siene, and along the Champs-Élysées. We'll wonder about the Mona Lisa and the Thinker, marvel at Monet's water lilies and admire Venus De Milo. Let's explore the great churches of Paris, Versailles, and the awesome stained glass of Chartres. We'll roam the Normandy beaches, fall in love with the gardens at Giverny and be awed by Mont Saint Michel. We'll talk about culture, history, traditions, food, and more as we discover the allure of Paris and the charm of the French country side. Travel tips and resources will be offered along with where to find the best boulangeries and pâtisseries in France!
Fall Foliage Special
with Diann Bailey
Fall is a great time to enjoy a special outing! Join us as we travel to central New Hampshire on board our deluxe motorcoach for a day of riding the rails. We’ll appreciate the changing colors of sugar maples and the gorgeous foliage of the beautiful White Mountains as we head toward picturesque Lincoln NH and the Hobo Railroad. It’s all aboard beautifully restored vintage coaches departing from Lincoln and traveling along the winding Pemigewassett River at the foot of Franconia Notch. A turkey dinner with all the fixings will be served on board by none other than Hart’s Turkey Farm – a New Hampshire favorite! We’ll enjoy a brief stop in Littleton (think Chutters freshly made fudge) before heading towards Mount Washington, the iconic Cog Railroad, and the Summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Steeped in history, this marvel of 19th century technology and modern innovation is an exhilarating voyage through landscape and nature. Magnificent scenery and efficient new biodiesel locomotives combine with a spectacular climb up the highest mountain in the Northeast. We’ll enjoy a narrated three-hour round-trip train ride to the summit where we’ll have 60 minutes to explore and take in summit attractions including the Visitor Center, museum, post office, snack bar and 360° views of the surrounding areas including up to 5 states, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean! Be sure to bring your camera to capture great memories of this awe-inspiring day. Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, Hobo Railroad train ride, turkey dinner and Cog Railway experience. Deadline to register is September 10. No refunds will be issued after that date. Note: There is no Topsham pick up for this trip. Saturday October 5 Departure 6:15 am Waterville Sr. High School 10:15 pm Return Departure 7:00 am from Gardiner (I-95 exit 102 Park and Ride) 9:30 pm Return Registration fee: $179.00 per person