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.


We've got some great destinations working their way to the top of our bucket list! In addition to the trips you see listed below, in 2014 we're going to Washington DC, Italy, Tanzania, Santa Fe, and India. The planning for DC is complete and the brochure will be in your mailbox soon, and the Tanzania trip in August is going to be epic!

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.


Upcoming trips
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Washington, DC
Enjoy an educational weekend with us as we attend performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and The American Ballet Theatre at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the play Camp David at Arena Stage. We also have a morning at the fascinating Newseum, lots of free time, and a day in Harper's Ferry, WV, to learn about John Brown's raid and visit Antietam National Battlefield.
Apr 17-20 $1,499
Spoleto Festival
Join us at North America's finest performing arts festival. Companies from all over the world converge on Charleston, South Carolina, for ballet, theatre, dance, opera, music, and more in one of America's most historic and friendly cities. This year's program includes the opera El Niño, 2 chamber music concerts, the Dorrance Dance Company, Dublin's Gate Theatre's My Cousin Rachel, an educational seminar, and a city tour.
May 30-June 2 $1,549
Santa Fe Opera
An opera lover's delight! Join us for Beethoven's Fidelio, Bizet's Carmen, and a double bill of Stravinski's Le Rossignol and Mozart's The Impresario. Price includes lodging (double occupancy), premier seating at the operas, 2 lectures, a city tour, daily breakfasts, 1 buffet dinner, and all transfers. An optional guided trip to Chimayo is available for an additional fee. If you love opera, you can't miss this weekend.
Jul 30-Aug 3 $1,999
Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar
Our itinerary begins in Dar es Salaam before we catch a bush flight southwest to Ruaha National Park for 2 nights along the river. We then travel overland to Udzungwa National Park for hikes in this rare and lovely ecosystem before continuing our safari in Mikumi National Park and the largest wildlife preserve in Africa; Selous Game Reserve. Our trip concludes with 3 nights at Kichanga Beach Lodge on the remote southeastern coast of Zanzibar!
Aug 25-Sept 9 $8,799
Shaw Festival
UW-Madison returns to one of the continent's most delightful towns, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for the unparalleled theatre experience of the Shaw Festival. A fantastic festival of theater, our plays this year include Juno and the Paycock, The Philadelphia Story, and the musical Cabaret. You also get to choose between The Charity that Began At Home or When We Are Married; and between Arms and The Man or The Philanderer. The optional one-act is A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur. Join us!
Sept 26-29 $1,699
A place like no other, India will mesmerize you. Tour the monuments of Delhi. Observe the sacred rituals in Varanasi. Walk in the footsteps of the Buddha in Sarnath. See the erotic temples of Khajuraho and the ruins of Orchha. Contemplate the Taj Mahal in Agra. Visit the markets and architectural masterpieces of Jaipur and Jodhpur. This remarkable journey will awaken your every sense.
Nov 6-21 $6,599 (includes airfare)
Future trips at a glance

Peru Feb 2015 $TBD

Northern Tanzania June 2015 $TBD

China Fall 2015 $TBD

Places we've been

International trips:

Belize and Guatemala
Rome and Tuscany
Viet Nam and Cambodia
The Netherlands
Paris and Provence

Annual/Biennial Domestic trips:

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

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