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.


So far 2014 has been a fantastic year of learning, and there's much more to come. We went to the Shaw Festival in September and, finally, we embarked on our long-awaited inaugural journey to India in November! For 2015 we go to Peru in March, take a Civil War Tour in April, and head out on another safari in Tanzania in June.

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: start planning now!
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Join UW-Madison on an unforgettable journey to the mystical land of Peru, and experience the best that this amazing country has to offer. From the colonial capital of Lima to the freshwater splendor of Lake Titicaca; the heights of the Andes Mountains to the depths of the Amazon Basin, you will experience archaeological and ecological wonders at every turn.
Mar 1-16, 2015 $7,499 (includes airfare)
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. Come with us on an extraordinary educational journey through this part of our nation's history. You will be joined by expert guides and historians who will bring these events to life as you walk the grounds and experience firsthand the ebb and flow of the brutal battles that were waged between the Union and the Confederacy.
Apr 17-23, 2015 $1,999
Join UW-Madison for a wonderful 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 3 weeks every summer for Spoleto Festival and we’ll be there for an entire weekend of the best that the festival has to offer!
May 29–June 1, 2015 $1,549
Cuba [Full]
Cuba will charm you with rich cultural offerings, multicultural history, and biologically diverse landscapes. You'll meet artists, performers, farmers, film makers, teachers, and Cuba's new entrepreneurs. People-to-People exchanges allow U.S. citizens to have meaningful interactions with Cubans. Available through a special collaboration with the Wisconsin Alumni Association, we can now offer you this Cuba experience. Maximum of 25 travelers.
Full; registration closed
From the foothills of Kilimanjaro to the plains of the Serengeti, take in all the wonders of Tanzania. We visit Arusha, Tarangire, the great Serengeti National Park for a 4-night bush-camp experience, Olduvai Gorge, and finally, the amazing Ngorongoro Crater. Join us!
June 17-30, 2015 $8,599 (includes airfare)
Future trips at a glance

China Fall 2015 $TBD

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

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