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Experience the holidays at two of the nation’s premier estates - the luxurious Greenbrier Resort and the exquisite Biltmore Estate featuring their Candlelight Christmas Tour and Dinner. Day one arrive in Richmond, Virginia and meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. Day two a local guide conducts a sightseeing tour of Richmond to see the many historic sights and learn about the city’s connection to the American Civil War. Then, visit the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, the nation’s first museum to interpret the Civil War. Here, learn about the Civil War – its causes, its course and its legacies. It is here that the people, who decided America’s future, whether Union, Confederate or African American, are gathered to tell their stories. Also, visit the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, designated as a National Historic Landmark and an architectural treasure. Day three travel to West Virginia for a one-night stay at The Greenbrier, “America’s Resort". Listed on the registry of Historic Hotels of America, The Greenbrier features beautifully appointed guestrooms and magnificent lobbies. The halls of the resort are decorated with thousands of poinsettias and Christmas greens, which make this a holiday to remember. A historical tour of this architectural masterpiece is included, as well as a visit to the resort’s famed underground bunker. This one time top-secret structure is now open to the public. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the resort. Day four depart the Greenbrier and stop at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia. This unique retail outlet features artisan products and food fare from across the Mountain State. Shop from over 20,000 items, try local cuisine and visit the galleries. Later, come to the town of Bristol, which straddles the Tennessee and West Virginia state line. Here, you visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, a state of the art, interactive experience which celebrates the influence and importance of Bristol's rich and unique musical heritage. Day five experience Christmas at the Biltmore with an estate tour. Recapture the magic of the season at America’s largest home. The larger-than-life Yuletide celebration includes dozens of Christmas trees, more than 400 wreaths and bows and over 700 poinsettias. The highlight is the 35-foot Fraser fir covered with ornaments, tinsel and beading. This evening, enjoy a special holiday dinner at the Biltmore Estate and their Candlelight Christmas Tour to experience the home as the warm glow of firelight and candlelight fill the rooms. Choirs and musicians perform holiday favorites as the home is transformed into a vision of enchanted beauty. Day six travel to North Carolina to the Billy Graham Library and Museum. Designed to reflect his journey from a humble farm boy to an international figure, the barn-shaped building is filled with exhibits, personal possessions, a bookstore and replica of Billy’s boyhood home. Later, visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens for their annual Holidays at the Garden featuring holiday lights, an illuminated prairie garden and a musically orchestrated topiary display. There’s live music, holiday shopping, crackling fires to warm hands and a host of model train displays. Enjoy a farewell dinner and say goodbye to a magical holiday trip. Day seven the tour ends and you head home filled with the holiday spirit.
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Class Details

7 Sessions
Weekly - Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus

Community Education Host 



Please read:  Cancellation waiver insurance, airfare, hotel accommodations, round trip airport transfers from Modesto, hotel transfers, and 11 meals included. $400 deposit per person due upon registration. Double-$3448.00 per person Single-$4277.00 per person



Registration Closes On
Sunday, December 6, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
12/6/2020 - 12/12/2020 Weekly -Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 4:00 AM - 11:59 PM Modesto, Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus  Map, Room: Parking Lot 211 Community Education Host