Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Trips and Travel

OLLI goes on 3 or 4 regional excursions through out the year to local points of interest (generally in the Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts) and one-two international trips a year, often in November.

Local excursions:

**Registrations are taken online by visiting our Online Registration Website and after signing in, clicking on 'Trips and Travel' under 'Osher Lifelong Learning Institute' on the left hand side.  Once there, be sure to click on the DATE of the trip, then 'Add to Cart'.**

Current trips listed below (if nothing is listed, then OLLI is currently not running any local trips).


OLLI Excursions’ Autumn Adventure

Sunday, October 6

After a colorful fall drive to Alton Bay, New Hampshire, we will board the M/S Mt. Washington for a scenic 2½-hour tour around the shores and islands of the Tri-State’s largest body of water, Lake Winnipesaukee. The lake has long been a destination for tourists and boating activity; the first tour ship was a wooden side-wheeler in 1872. Now the Mt. Washington has evolved into a 230-foot diesel-powered ship. We will be on the second deck, where a champagne brunch will be served.


Upon returning to Alton Bay, the bus will take us on to Wolfeboro to the Wright Museum of World War II. This gem of a museum has just celebrated its 25th anniversary and is dedicated to honoring the seven years of Americana and the sacrifices Americans made during WW II. Central to the museum’s exhibition is “the Time Tunnel, a walk-through capsule of the American home front from 1939–1945. Side galleries provide detailed glimpses of daily life, both stateside and on the front lines.”

Remember ration stickers, scrap drives, “war” toys, Victory Gardens, oleomargarine, Spam and Jello salads, pin-up girls, the soda fountain?? Movies like Casablanca and Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, music by the Andrews Sisters, Peggy Lee and the Big Bands—popular not only at home but with the troops overseas??

Key events both nationally and worldwide are noted in each room of the Time Tunnel devoted to each of the seven years. A number of fully operational military vehicles are also part of the museum’s collection. On the Web: https://www.wrightmuseum.org/


Departure on Sunday, Oct 6th, is at 8:45 a.m., return is at approximately 6:30 p.m.; cost is $94, which includes transportation, driver’s trip, brunch, cruise, and museum entrance. Deadline for registration is Sept18. There will be no refunds after that unless the space is filled from a waiting list.

To reserve use the online OLLI registration system (https://www.enrole.com/usmmaine/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=OPF19EXNH&courseId=O_EXNH&categoryId=10030. OR, beginning Sept. 5, you may mail your check to OLLI, PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104, OR call 780-4406 to pay with a card, OR register in person at the office.

Two weeks prior to departure you will be emailed USM’s required liability form to be signed and returned immediately to the OLLI office.

For further information call Gael McKibben at 774-7177


International Travel:

**Registrations are NOT online, but are in person, first come, first served.  Registration details are unique for each trip.**

Current trips listed below (if nothing is listed, then OLLI is currently not running any international trips).

 Ten Days in Spectacular Southern Portugal

November 15 to 24, 2019

*** this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change***

Day 1  Bus from AAA South Portland and overnight economy flights from Boston to Lisbon.

Day 2  Transfer from airport to Vila Gale Cascais Hotel (for 3 nights) in Cascais.  Welcome dinner.

Day 3  Return to Lisbon for walking tour of its historic Alfama District with uphill climb to explore the castle and its breathtaking panorama of the city.  Return to Cascais for performance of the traditional Fado (UNESCO). (B, D)

Day 4  Explore the picturesque town of Sintra (UNESCO), followed by a visit to picture-perfect Obidos where white washed houses are held snug by medieval city walls. (B)


Day 5  Travel through Portuguese countryside and stop in historic Evora (UNESCO). Next, journey to the hilltop, medieval walled village of Monsaraz, a “jewel in the crown” of the Alentejo. Then, indulge in a winery tour and a tasting of the full-bodied character of the region’s wines. Enjoy your stay in the heart of Alentejo’s countryside during an overnight at Vila Gale Clube di Campo, Beja (for one night). (B, D)


Day 6  Travel to the famous Algarve region and discover the secrets of the 16th-century fortress at Sagres. You will also garner magnificent views of beautiful Capo de St. Vincente at the most southwesterly point of Europe. Next, explore the historic resort town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences abound. Hotel Gale Lagos, Algarve (for 3 nights) (B, D)


Day 7  A coastal cruise on the Bay of Lagos.  Independent time to explore the Algarve. (B, L)


Day 8  Journey to Faro, gateway to the Ria Formosa protected lagoon landscape. Explore the city’s historic center with 9th-century Roman walls, dramatic golden coastline, and its archaeological and architectural gems. (B, D)


Day 9  En route to Lisbon and our last night (Turim Marques Hotel), make a stop in Azeitao, a charming agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and beautiful country estates. Meet local artisans at a family-run shop that demonstrates how azulejos, the famous hand-painted Portuguese tiles, are made. (B, D)


Day 10  Lisbon - Tour Ends after included breakfast.


$3,549 includes airfare (4 single supplement rooms available at $300 each); mandatory travel insurance; 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners; hotel transfers; air taxes and fees/surcharges; AAA representative and Portuguese guides on tour.  For reasons of health and safety this tour is non-smoking. A nonrefundable deposit of $815 ($500 tour deposit and $315 mandatory travel insurance) is due upon reservation (on a first come, first served basis) beginning on April 16 at 8 AM in the OLLI office.   Final payment will be due September 6, 2019.


OLLI at USM – Southern Portugal


All travelers must be OLLI members and must be able to walk unaided at least 2 miles over cobbled streets and be able to climb stairs and hills. This is a non-smoking tour.

Portugal Intinerary

Portugal Registration Form