OLLI Trips

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Enjoy day and overnight excursions with OLLI members planned by the OLLI Travel Committee and Friendship Tours. Learn about new and old places waiting to be explored with your OLLI friends.

Trips are open to current OLLI members on a first come, first served basis. They are also open to non-members for a surcharge of $10 for day trips and $20 for overnight excursions

For reservations or questions, call Friendship Tours at 860-243-1630 (do not call the OLLI office) then mail individual checks for each trip made out to Friendship Tours, 705 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002. You will receive confirmation through the mail with all pertinent information. If you have any special needs or handicaps, please advise Friendship Tours when you register.

Please Note: Trip fees are non-refundable unless a substitute is available on the waiting list.

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Upcoming Excursions


Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Depart: 9:00 AM, Waterbury Chase Parkway Park & Ride Lot

Return ETA: 8:00 PM, Waterbury

We will be boarding a Peter Pan deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Friendship Tour Guide, to take in a 1:00PM performance of this great opera at the Metropolitan Opera House.

TOSCA, Puccini’s fast-paced operatic thriller, tells the story of the jealous diva Floria Tosca, her passionate lover Mario Cavaradossi, and the wicked Captain Scarpia determined to have Tosca for himself at any cost.

If you do not know Italian, take advantage of reading the English off the prompter on the seat in front of you while you are seated comfortably in Orchestra Balance Seating.  The show will take approximately 3 hours and after the opera you will have time to get a bite to eat in one of the many great eateries in the immediate area before we return home.  A List of restaurants in the area will be provided you by our Friendship Tour Guide.

COST: $142 per person OLLI members, $152 per person non-OLLI members

Contact Friendship Tours for more information or reservations (860 243 1630); or toll free (800 243 1630)


Tuesday, June 4th – Thursday, June 6th

Depart: 7:30 AM, Waterbury Chase Parkway Park & Ride Lot

Accommodations for both nights will be at the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Geneva Lakefront with spacious guest rooms, fitness center, inside pool, and restaurant. Our first night welcome dinner will be at the historic Belhurst Castle with a magnificent view of Seneca Lake.

On Day 2, we will be visiting the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass.  We will take in the history of glass from ancient times to Tiffany and Chihuly, while also getting to see glass being formed in a Hot Glass Show.  Then we travel to Pleasant Valley Winery whose buildings are on the National Historic Register. Our tour will give us a glimpse of the rich history of the oldest winery in the Finger Lakes. Our dinner will be at the New York Kitchen, for a unique educational experience. Enjoy our 3 course dinner in a demonstration theater setting where we’ll watch our chef prepare a dessert.

Day 3 – After a Buffet Lunch at the Waterfront Grille, we will hop aboard our Cruise on the Historic Erie Canal.  While on our boat, we will take a ride in a liquid elevator also known as a “Lift Lock”, raising and lowering boats 20 feet. Learn the fascinating history of the locks and what transportation was like in the 19th century.  After this we start our trip home enjoying the views of the beautiful Mohawk Valley along the way.  

COST: $561 for OLLI members (double/triple room) or $691 for OLLI members (single room), $20 non-member surcharge

**Please Note: A $200 initial deposit is due by March 19th, 2019.  Final payment is due by April 23rd, 2019.

Contact Friendship Tours for more information or reservations (860 243 1630); or toll free (800 243 1630)


Dunes Manor – Oceanfront Rooms

Tuesday, October 1st – Friday, October 4th

Depart: 7:oo AM, Waterbury Chase Parkway Park & Ride Lot (departure time is subject to change)

Day 1: Depart aboard our deluxe motor coach as we head south to lovely Ocean City, Maryland!  We’ll spend 3 nights directly on the beach at the Dunes Manor Hotel, a charming Seaside Resort. Relax in your oceanfront room, step out onto your private balcony, and enjoy modern amenities with indoor pool and lounge. Afternoon tea and cookies served daily… Welcome dinner in their oceanfront dining room.

Day 2: Depart with our local guide for a visit to Assateague Island with its dunes, marshes and unspoiled wilderness, home to many birds … and the famous wild ponies! These beach horses have extraordinary endurance and strength.  Visit the charming historic town of Berlin on which Disney’s move “Tuck Everlasting” is based and where “Runaway Bride” with Julia Roberts was filmed.  This afternoon return to the hotel to relax and freshen up before having tea and cookies. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Visit the shore’s most beautiful attraction, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.  These beautifully detailed carved replicas, inspired by nature and crafted by master sculptors, will amaze you. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure: enjoy the boardwalk, visit the lifesaving station, shop, relax on the oceanfront verandah or take a sein in the pool.  Farewell dinner in the hotel.

Day 4: Say goodbye to Ocean City as we head towards home with warm memories of this fun trip to Maryland!!

COST: $585 for OLLI members (double/triple room) or $731 for OLLI members (single room), $20 non-member surcharge

**Please Note: A $250 initial deposit is due with reservation.  Final payment is due by August 20th, 2019.

Includes: Deluxe motor coach, 3 nights oceanfront hotel, 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners, sightseeing and admissions as per itinerary, driver and tour director gratuities, Friendship Tours escort.

Contact Friendship Tours for more information or reservations (860 243 1630); or toll free (800 243 1630)


Murder on the Bellevue Express

Tuesday, October 22nd


Depart: 8:15 AM, Waterbury Chase Parkway Park & Ride Lot

Return ETA: 6:30 PM, Waterbury

A lavish train ride in Rhode Island along the Aquidneck Island with views of Narragansett Bay turns into a race against time as you try to identify a murderer in your midst!  Join in the fun with Newport’s Marley Bridges Theatre Company as they present a fully interactive murder mystery during your lunch journey of fine dining and fabulous views.  The theatre/dining car features custom bistro table seating that faces the middle “stage” so everyone can see the performance without turning their heads.

A seemingly random gathering of personalities swirl at the center of this mystery filled with twists and turns, red herrings, and odd connections.  Shortly after departure, a “tragedy” strikes and accusations fly! Will you discover the murderer’s identity?

MENU: Salad, Choice of Stuffed Chicken Breast with broccoli and cheese with rice & vegetable – OR – Ocean Medley with Scallops, Shrimp & Chorizo Sausage over rice – OR – Bourbon Steak Tips and mashed potatoes, Dessert & Coffee. Entrée choice in advance  

Finish the day off with time on Newport’s scenic wharves.

COST: $116 for OLLI Members, $126 non-members

Price Includes: Deluxe Motorcoach transportation, Train with Lunch & Murder Mystery, Friendship Tours Tour Director and all gratuities.

Contact Friendship Tours for more information or reservations (860 243 1630); or toll free (800 243 1630)

More information on these and all trips, such as payment schedule and bus departure times, can be found in flyers at the OLLI Information Table during the Spring and Fall semesters and also by calling Friendship Tours (1-800-243-1630).  Please inquire about OLLI Day or Overnight Trips. As always, it is important to get reservations in early to assure your trip.

All trips depart from the Chase Parkway Commuter Park & Ride Lot, across from Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT.