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 international trip 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 Is Ready to Take You to Boston on June 12

You don’t have to drive, you don’t have to think about traffic, you don’t have to worry about parking or parking meters. And, you arrive fresh and ready to enjoy the Toulouse-Lautrec and Kahlo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, have lunch at one of its restaurants, and then be given a special, private tour at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

About 200 works are included in Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris exhibition. Lautrec’s innovations in lighting, color combinations, and depictions of the bohemian culture of Paris’s Montmartre district contributed to an emerging culture of celebrity in late 19th century Paris. Incorporated are works by Lautrec’s contemporaries, including Bonnard, Cassatt,
Degas, Sargent, and others, placing him in context with his heroes, peers, and followers.

We are also just in time to catch the final days of a second special exhibition at the MFA, Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular. This is the MFA’s first Kahlo exhibition. It explores the inspiration for her iconic style that evolved from her passion for Mexican folk art. Many such objects are included, balancing inspiration with personal response. The exhibition opens broader discussions about the influences of anonymous folk artists on famed modern painters. Loans come from MoMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Harry Ransom Center–University of Texas at Austin.

Web link to MFA: https://tinyurl.com/MFA-exhibits

Of Isabella Stewart Gardner, the famous art connoisseur, collector, and her advisor, Bernard Berenson said, “She lives at a rate and intensity, with a reality that makes other lives seem pale, thin and shadowy.” Her museum opened in 1903; she continued to collect for the next 20 years until suffering a stroke in 1922. She also surrounded herself and visitors with a beautiful garden, musicians, and performers. Our docent will focus on many of the portraits she collected, giving us further insight into her attraction to the personalities of those sitters.

Departure is from Wishcamper Center on Wednesday, June 12, at 8:00 a.m., returning to Portland at approximately 6:00 p.m. A minimum number of 40 OLLI members is needed for the trip to go. Your cost is $82 and includes transportation, museum entries, docent tour, and tip for the bus driver. Lunch is on your own.

Reservations can be made beginning May 3 using the online OLLI registration system (www.usm.maine.edu/OLLI). After May 13 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.

Deadline for registration is May 24. There will be no refunds after then unless the space can be filled from a waiting list.

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