Educational Travel

Experience breathtaking scenery and landmarks, behind-the-scenes insight from experienced guides, and world-class performances

From 4-day weekends to several weeks overseas, UW-Madison Continuing Studies educational cultural tours focus on performing arts, theatre, visual arts, history, and archaeology. These trips provide you with unique and enriching travel experiences with no planning required from you and none of the typical travel hassles along the way. We schedule plenty of free time for you to shop, rest, or pursue your own interests.


What a great year! In 2015, we visited Peru, the Spoleto Festival, northern Tanzania, a Civil War tour, and Patagonia. We’re excited about the 2016 schedule and hope you are too!

Contact us any time if you have questions about what we're up to: Doug Whittle ( or Kim Seymour (

Thank you. I look forward to traveling with you soon.



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Join us as we return to North America’s premier performing arts festival. Your weekend will include a performance of DuBose Heyward’s classic American opera, Porgy and Bess; an evening with the stylish LA Dance Company; Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest; and 2 Chamber Music performances!
June 3-6, 2016 $1,699
A fantastic weekend of opera, art, and history in one of America's most unique cities. Your activities include 3 operas: Don Giovanni, Romeo and Juliet, and La Fanciulla del West; a city tour; a visit to Bandelier National Monument and Bradbury Science Museum at Los Alamos National Laboratory; 2 lectures; daily breakfasts; and plenty of free time to enjoy yourself however you wish.
Aug 14-18, 2016 $2,377
We return to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for the unparalleled theatre experience of the Shaw Festival. Plays this year include Master Harold...and the Boys, Engaged, Uncle Vanya, and A Woman of No Importance. You also get to choose between Sweeney Todd and Dance of Death and between Mrs. Warren's Profession and Alice in Wonderland. Optional performances include Our Town and The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God.
Sept 8-12, 2016 $1,799
Join us for an enchanting adventure into this ancient land of natural beauty, extraordinary religious sites, fascinating markets, ethnic diversity, and the age-old traditions of her peaceful population. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is an exotic destination located deep in Southeast Asia, largely unspoiled by mass tourism, and famed for the gilded pagodas and gentle, friendly, and inquisitive citizens.
Nov 26–Dec 16, 2016 $7,399
Places we've been

International trips:

Belize and Guatemala photos
Tanzania photos
Rome and Tuscany
Egypt photos
Peru photos
Viet Nam and Cambodia photos
Turkey photos
The Netherlands
Paris and Provence
Morocco photos
Italy photos

Annual/Biennial Domestic trips:

New York City
Santa Fe Opera photos
The Shaw Festival,
   Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario photos
Washington, DC
Spoleto Festival,
   Charleston, South Carolina
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

LIVE AND LEARN Spring 2016 Newsletter»

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