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  • Institute for Shipboard Education
    The Institute for Shipboard Education was born from an idea to create a floating campus that reflected the ideals of the United Nations and the realities of globalization. As Chinese shipping magnate C.Y. Tung put it, ?Ships can transport more than cargo?they can carry ideas.? From humble beginnings, the program went on to attract world-famous guest speakers including Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela. Today, the cruising university onboard the MV Explorer offers two-week Enrichment Voyages for learners of all ages, with educational programming that digs deep into each port of call's culture and history. This 15-day cruise incorporates both lectures and hands-on exploration as it passes along Mexico?s Baja peninsula toward the Isthmus of Panama and Ecuador. At each port on the itinerary, available excursions range from dive trips to volunteer service projects, such as plastering houses or feeding kindergarteners (additional fees apply for shore trips). Or you can set off on your own, armed with knowledge acquired from the recommended reading list.Days 1?3: After cruising from Ensenada, Mexico, to the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, the ship anchors at Cabo San Lucas. El Arco, the city?s iconic seaside arch, forms a scenic backdrop for a day of kayaking and snorkeling.Day 6: Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala lies within easy range of Antigua, named an UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved baroque architecture. It's ringed by mountains playing a very slow-moving game of duck-duck-goose. Day 7: Nicaragua?s largest Pacific port, Corinto, borders Le?n, an old-world town dotted with 17th-century Spanish colonial churches such as the Cathedral of the Assumption.Days 9?10: Balboa, Panama, stands at the entrance to the Panama Canal?still an engineering marvel. The nearby overflow reservoir, Gat?n Lake, is home to crocodiles, iguanas, and sloths.Days 12?13: Dipping toward South America, the ship docks at Manta, Ecuador, a trade city dating to pre-Columbian times. Pounding waves on Playa Murci?lago create attractive surfing conditions.Day 15: The journey concludes at Puntarenas, Costa Rica, leaving you free to explore inland rainforests or head home. During each day at sea, college professors and other experts lead a string of seminars. Subjects are as varied as marine ecology, cultural anthropology, and photojournalism, and they often relate to the next port of call. The ship retains vestiges of its former life as a commercial liner. There are barstools in the 9,000-volume library, for instance, testifying to the space's former role as the ship's tavern. Despite the emphasis on education, there?s still plenty of relaxation aboard. The Wellness Center spa offers massages, manicures, and other pampering services. Nightly live entertainment offerings include an all-male a cappella group, a magician, and staged readings of old Love Boat scripts. During the day, you can even skip class to lounge by the pool, located on deck 7.See the full trip overview for more information.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
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    P.O. Box 400885
    Charlottesville, VA US
  • Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
    A National Historic Landmark and home to one of two homes Thomas Jefferson designed and created for his own personal use, Poplar Forest provides a unique insight into the private life of one of American history?s biggest shapers. Owners of a Scholar?s Society Family Membership card get a year?s worth of unlimited admission to the grounds for two adults and their children, a subscription to Poplar Forest?s semi-annual newsletter, a monthly e-newsletter, a Founding Fathers powdered wig, and 10% off at the museum shop. History buffs can tour the house during its ongoing meticulous restoration while learning about the building's architecture, preservation, and early 19th-century life in addition to learning about Jefferson?s vision for his gardens and farm. Forty-minute guided tours provide information about the facility's numerous exhibits?including the restoration workshop, slave quarter site, and archaeology laboratory; free-spirited visitors can wander the grounds with GPS-guided audio-visual handheld units or a sundial.
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    1542 Bateman Bridge Road
    Forest, VA US
  • Virginia Balloons, LLC
    Twice a day, Virginia Balloons' hot air balloons roar to life, elevate into the air, and showcase the landscape that makes Virginia an ideal place to defy gravity. The colorful balloons float above farmlands, along Virginia Beach, and over the lush forests that grow in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains. And if natural wonders aren't enough, the wind can carry balloons over historical Virginia for a bird's-eye view. Pilots, each with thousands of hours of flight time, guide these high-flying adventures. And, to create lasting memories, they toast each completed flight before sending balloons back to Oz for storage.
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    1217 Graves Harbor Trail
    Huddleston, VA US
  • Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library
    The Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library serves as a depository for the history of the region. The museum gathers artifacts and stories from the past, along with genealogical data, into one place where community members can explore their ancestors' origins. Local historians deliver lectures at the museum's regular events, and genealogy classes share tips on how students can research their ancestry both in-person and online.
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    201 E Main St.
    Bedford, VA US
  • George C. Marshall Museum
    A Chat with George C. Marshall Museum What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? George C. Marshall was one of our most famous Americans. He was called the "organizer of victory" for WWII, and inspired the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the infrastructure of Europe after wartime devastation. He is the only military leader to receive a Nobel Peace prize. What is the experience customers can expect? Following the showing of an introductory video, you are free to conduct a self-guided tour of three main spaces. Marshall?s early years in a VMI in Lexington, VA, his Army service before and during World War I in the main lobby, the Organizer of Victory gallery and the Soldier of Peace gallery. What was the inspiration to start or run this business? The George C. Marshall Foundation houses Marshall's archive of personal papers and effects, a research library for scholars, and the museum. All are used to perpetuate the legacy of George C. Marshall, a true citizen-soldier. What do you love most about your job? We encourage our visitors to learn more about George C. Marshall's role in the major events of the 20th century. He literally changed the world. We hope younger generations will be inspired by Marshall's strength of character, and understand that one person can make a difference.
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    VMI Parade
    Lexington, VA US
  • Kotos Grill
    Find something on the menu for everyone at Kotos Grill in Madison Heights. You won t find fare that s low in fat here Kotos Grill is the perfect place to indulge. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Kotos Grill's extensive drink list. At Kotos Grill, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties. Formal attire is required so that you can look as nice as your meal does. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too. Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Kotos Grill to create the perfect night. Stop the stress of trying to find a parking spot and head to the lot next to Kotos Grill for parking and valet services. $15 can't buy you much, but it can buy you an amazing meal at Kotos Grill. Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
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    4758 S Amherst Hwy
    Madison Heights, VA US

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