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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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
This is a unique itinerary to an outstanding wildlife, landscape, and cultural destination! Three nights on the Ndutu plains amidst the great wildebeest migration as they calve and defend their young; two nights in the remotely austere Lake Natron region enjoying outdoor activities and beautiful landscapes; and two nights in West Kilimanjaro visiting the Maasi and taking walking safaris in the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Feb 1-11, 2017 $6,799
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
You’ve heard about these places for all of your life: Tian’anmen Square; the Great Wall; the Forbidden City; the Chang Tomb; the Temple of Heaven; the Longmen Grottoes; the Shaolin Temple; the Terracotta Warriors; the Xianyang Museum; the Muslim Quarter; Pingyao Ancient Town. These renowned sites are now on our schedule as we proudly announce our first trip to China!
Apr 29-May 13, 2017 $5,999
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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