Ride the rails in California or hop a riverboat in Europe with two upcoming trips with the College of the Mainland 50 Plus Program. Adults of any age can join breathtaking excursions along the California coast or Danube River.

In the nine-day Vienna and Christmas market trip Dec. 3-11, participants float down the Danube, enjoy an onboard concert and tour Vienna, the city of music. At stops, tourists can sample mulled wine, browse Christmas markets in Frankfurt and Nuremberg and explore Melk Abbey and other medieval sites. Plus, travelers can stroll along walking tours of Rothenburg and Regensburg, two of Germany’s oldest towns. An optional day tour to Salzburg covers the historic center made popular by “The Sound of Music.”

The cost from $2,995 includes hotel, airfare, 18 meals and a six-night cruise aboard the riverboat Amadeus Silver II.

Join the California Rail Discovery July 14-20 to sip wines in Napa Valley, climb aboard the Lake Tahoe Paddlewheeler Cruise and glide along the San Fransicso Bay. Participants will enjoy two rail experiences: the Napa Valley Wine Train and Sierra Nevada Rail Journey, plus browse the California State Railroad Museum, California’s redwood forests and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Cost from $2,949 includes airfare, two nights in Sacramento, two nights in San Francisco and two nights in Lake Tahoe and nine meals.

Both trips offer opportunities to enjoy unforgettable experiences without the hassle of planning and booking.

For more information contact Vardeman at 409-933-8432 or aaulds@com.edu.

Summer registration open

Sign up now for summer credit courses at www.com.edu/register. New students should first apply to the college at www.com.edu/apply. For more information, call 409-933-8264.

Win $200 in COM design contest

College of the Mainland is looking for designs for new campus parking permits. The contest is open to anyone.

Designs should be 3X4 or 4X3 inches and include the COM logo. View more specifications at www.com.edu/permit. All designs are due by May 12.

For more information, contact sturnbough@com.edu or call 409-933-8104.

Inside COM is compiled by the communications office at College of the Mainland.

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