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Where We’ve Been: November 2017

See where other planners have taken their groups in the November 2017 issue of Where We’ve Been.


Exchange Bank of Missouri

Fayette, Missouri

Trip: Savannah and Charleston

Tour Operator: Advance Tour and Travel

Date: May 2014

The Exchange Bank’s VIP Travel Club reveled in the Southern hospitality of Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. 

“In Charleston, the Magnolia Plantation gave us beautiful sights and smells, while our visit to Fort Sumter resulted in many conversations on the bus about the Civil War. Of course, a trip to Savannah would not be complete without dinner at Paula Deen’s restaurant, and it did not disappoint. Thankfully, we were in a private room, since lots of laughter was erupting from our group. We jam-packed this itinerary, and our travelers definitely felt like they got their money’s worth.”

— Pamela Plattner, leader of the VIP Travel Club

Averett University

Danville, Virginia

Trip: Rhone River Cruise

Tour Operator: Vantage Deluxe World Travel

Date: June 2015

For 12 days, alumni from Averett University made their way through France along the Rhone River. Guests enjoyed immersing themselves in the authentic culture at vibrant French communities such as Lyon, Avignon, Tournus and Viviers.

“The local guides were especially interesting, as they shared their knowledge of and love for their towns. One highlight was an excursion to the Burgundy wine region, where we attended a brief lecture and tasting. In Viviers, we climbed to a cathedral atop a mountain and listened to a beautiful organ concert. The crew and staff onboard provided an exceptional voyage.”

— Larry Wilburn, group leader and retired associate dean