Upcoming Trips

You must be an OLLI@UGA member to register for a Travel/Study trip. However, non-members are welcome as guests of an OLLI@UGA member. OLLI Members: Register now for any of our trips

Oconee River Land Trust Day Trip
September 13, 2018

You will learn and see how property owners place conservation easements with a land trust to permanently preserve unique landscapes and green space on an OLLI day trip Thursday, September 13. This follows a class offered at River’s Crossing on Wednesday, September 12, that will provide understanding of land trusts and conservation easements and will prepare you for the excursion the following day. Your fee of $51 will cover

the class presentation, and all costs of the day trip, including charter transportation and guided walks at the sites. You will pay for lunch on your own as we visit Oxford Café Bon Appetit on the campus of Oxford College, which offers locally sourced fruits, vegetables and meats, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.
The properties, in Newton County, include forests, ponds, streams and granite outcrops. The sites are protected under conservation easements held by the Oconee River Land Trust (ORLT), an Athens non-profit. Our guides will include a noted author and expert on granite outcrops who will discuss the ecological and botanical importance of these delicate and unusual geologic features.
At the September 12 classroom presentation at River’s Crossing, an ORLT presenter will explain how easements work, benefit land owners, and their importance in fostering environmental, agricultural, historical, cultural and educational values in local communities.
The tour is suitable for those who can walk comfortably over sometimes uneven terrain for a total distance of three miles. You will need protection from sun exposure and insects. Due to the need for a special van to traverse these sites space is limited to 13. Cost is $51/person.

Georgia Aquarium Day Trip
October 8, 2018

Join OLLI friends as you explore behind the scenes at the USA’s largest aquarium. In addition to general admission to browse anywhere you wish among the spectacular displays, you will receive a special behind-the-scenes tour that shows critical operations and activities that make and keep the Georgia Aquarium a national landmark. The cost of $125 includes

round-trip charter motorcoach transportation to the Georgia Aquarium, lunch at the facility and all admissions and overhead costs. You may stay at the Aquarium the entire time to examine at your leisure. Or, after lunch, you may want to visit on your own one of the other attractions within walking distance, such as the World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, the College Football Hall of Fame or the gigantic Ferris wheel. We will re-board the motorcoach at 3:30 pm at the Georgia Aquarium to return to Athens.

North Georgia Wineries Day Trip   
November 1, 2018
 Montaluce Winery Travel with fellow OLLIs to visit three wineries near Dahlonega, GA. The bus departs from Athens at 9 AM and will return by 5:30 PM. Participants will visit Kaya Vineyards (formerly Blackstock), then visit and enjoy lunch at Frogtown Cellars, making a final stop at Montaluce Winery. Participants should plan for a moderate amount of walking and dress accordingly for the weather. The trip will take place rain or shine. The cost is $118 per person.

 Hindu Temple in Lilburn, GA
November 26, 2018   *This is the new date 

Join OLLI member, Mony Abrol, on November 7 as he hosts a day trip to the Hindu Temple (BAPS Shri Swaminarayan mandir) in Lilburn, GA. Members will depart from Athens at 9:30 AM and arrive in time to attend the 11 AM service. Following the service, members will have time to explore

the temple architecture and construction before boarding the bus for a short ride to a fine Indian restaurant in Lilburn where Mony has arranged for the group to enjoy lunch. The group will return to Athens around 3:30 PM.

Entering the temple requires climbing a number of steps and then removing your shoes. Since the marble floors are both hard and cold it is recommended that members wear or bring heavy socks. Admission to the temple service is free but everyone is asked to bring a donation of two cans of Vegetarian food (i.e. canned vegetables, fruit) in lieu of an entrance fee.

The cost of this trip, including the bus and driver tip is $70. Lunch will be at participants’ own expense based on their menu selection.



Chihuly at Night at Biltmore (accepting waitlist)
September 27-28, 2018

Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to view Dale Chihuly’s spectacular glass sculptures illuminated after dark in the historic gardens of Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C. One look and you’ll know why people travel from all parts of the country to see his exhibits. Breathtaking in the daytime, the dazzling displays come alive at night glowing by moonlight. You’ll be awed by the brilliant shapes of this exhibit set among the roses, ornamentals and garden sculptures in one of the most famous and historic gardens in America designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. This nighttime walking tour will be remembered for a lifetime. The tour includes bus transportation, admission to Biltmore House and gardens, self-guided audio tour of house, dinner, and hotel accommodations. View the PBS Video

Washington DC ImagesWashington DC (accepting waitlist)
October 10-14, 2018

Visit Washington, D.C. and get insider perspectives from OLLI and UGA contacts in Congress, at the Supreme Court, and at major news media organizations.

Register now for a 4-night, 3 day visit to Washington, D.C. to visit Congress, the Supreme Court, national media headquarters such as Washington Post, National Public Radio, with the added insider perspective of OLLI members and UGA contacts who are active in our national government and news media operations.

OLLI members & their guests will pay an initial $100 payment to OLLI@UGA securing their spot. Participants will then be connected with the travel agency to secure travel/lodging arrangements ($2,100 single; $1,500 double).