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 2016 we visited Morocco & Paris, Burma, the Spoleto Festival, the Shaw Festival, and took a Civil War tour. We’re excited about the 2017 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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Hear what people have to say about their trip to Tanzania with UW-Madison Continuing Studies. "The vastness is hard to describe. It's beautiful... beyond our greatest expectations."

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From 1860-1865 the United States of America was locked in a bloody conflict between Northern and Southern states that would determine the future of the Union. Join UW-Madison for the last chapter of our Civil War trilogy, covering the war’s final two years in the South, but ending where it all began: at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.
Apr 1-9, 2017 $2,899
An extraordinary weekend of performances by some of the world's most accomplished musicians, actors, dancers, and artists. Unlike any other destination in the USA, Charleston, South Carolina comes alive for three weeks every summer for Spoleto Festival and we'll be there for an entire weekend of the best that the festival has to offer!
Jun 2-5, 2017 $1,699
Long on our list of destinations, we finally visit the Emerald Isle. From Dublin all the way ‘round to Belfast, we will explore this lovely island, learning about her history, geography, and culture and discovering for ourselves the legendary welcoming spirit of the Irish people.
Jun 17-Jul 2, 2017 $5,799
Join us for an always fantastic festival of theatre by a reknowned repertory company in lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Our plays this year include An Octoroon, Dracula, Middletown, The Madness of King George III, and Androcles and the Lion, among others.
Sep 7-11, 2017 $1,999
From Johannesburg to Kruger National Park, from Swaziland to Hluhluwe, from Durban to Port Elizabeth, around the horn to Knysna, Franschhoek, and Cape Town, we will do as much as we can, and we will learn as much as we can about the people, the animals, the land, and the natural wonders of this incomparable destination.
Oct 31-Nov 20, 2017 $7,999
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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