Science and Splendor in Chapel Hill & Durham

      Chapel Hill, NC, USA

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      352 reviews
      May 7, 2024
      Group size: 30 - 47
      Science and Splendor in Chapel Hill & Durham
      Chapel Hill, NC, USA

      • Email address verified
      352 reviews

      May 7, 2024
      Group size: 30 - 47

      About this trip

      This trip exposes you to Science in Chapel Hill at the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, splendor with a guided tour of the Duke Chapel, an awe inspiring gothic style towering church and a walk through the historic Sara P Duke Gardens.   Both experiences take place in the heart of each campus, UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University so that by the end of the day you will really have an appreciation of the famous rivalry between the UNC Tarheels and Duke Blue Devils.  You might even be tempted to become a fan of one of these teams!  

      We begin the day by joining the millions who have experienced the Carolina Skies Planetarium show. 

      “Carolina Skies” will take us on a guided tour of the nighttime sky as it appears on that very night above North Carolina. We learn how to identify celestial objects visible to the naked eye and learn about the legends and myths created by ancient cultures to explain the astronomical phenomena observed by those cultures.  Currently, “Carolina Skies” shows also include an exciting “fly-out” experience that travels beyond our Solar System into the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond into our universe!

      Scroll down to get the itinerary detail and consider joining this fun and stimulating trip!  

      Cancellation Policy

      It is the responsibility of each passenger to find a replacement for their trip if they need to cancel and wish to receive a refund.  Patty will maintain a "wait list" to assist with this.  

      Activity Level

      This trip involves a little bit of walking and standing at the Duke Chapel and in the Duke Gardens.  

      What’s included

      • Transportation
        On a modern, luxury motorcoach
      • Admission
        Admission to the Planetarium and Carolina Skies Show
      • Tour
        Donation to Duke Chapel for the Guided Tour
      • Trip Host
      • Extras
        Snacks and bottled water on the bus

      What’s not included

      • Driver gratuity
      • Lunch
        BYOL en route to Chapel Hill OR enjoy a late lunch at Duke's Brodhead Center, a multi-million dollar food court featuring local and ethnically diverse choices.

      Available Packages

      Trip Per Person Price


      Science and Splendor
      Chapel Hill & Durham Day Trip

      8:45am- Departure from the Compass Pointe Wellness Center - There will be one rest stop break en route.

      11:15am - Arrive at Morehead Planetarium.  Enjoy exhibits followed by the "Carolina Skies" show.  

      2:30pm - Guided tour of Duke Chapel - following the tour, take a walk through the Duke Gardens or get a bite to eat at the Brohead Center.

      4:30pm - Depart Duke Campus for Leland

      7pm - Approximate arrival time at Compass Pointe

      Your Organizer

      352 reviews
      I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!


      Super trip! Patty and her bus driver Donny are wonderful! Patty always gives us a great time with snacks on the way, water bottles throughout the day to keep us hydrated. The homes, gardens and historic sites we saw were well worth it. A great day trip. Be sure to see Beaufort, NC.
      By Alice T for Old Homes Tour and More on Jul 04, 2024
      We had a great time! Donny was the best bus driver and Patty was an awesome event organizer! Hope to go on another fabulous bus trip soon!
      By Diana P for Old Homes Tour and More on Jul 01, 2024
      Patty always runs a first class trip. Luxury coach, snack and water; rest area stops on longer trips. Patty provides tons of information in advance on the trip itself and area. Always enjoy her trips!
      By Susan S for Old Homes Tour and More on Jun 30, 2024
      We had a wonderful time. Met some great people from other communities and enjoyed the bus ride, as well as the accommodations, tours and eateries. Patty is a great host with lots of helpful advice, attention to our needs, and tips for travel. We look forward to another trip with Patty in the future!! Deb & Mark Delekto
      By Debra D for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on Jun 19, 2024
      We had a great time. This is my 6th trip with Patty. Another great job!
      By Elaine D for Lion King The Musical on Jun 17, 2024
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