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’re off! So far in 2015 we've visited Peru, the Spoleto Festival, northern Tanzania (this week!), and a Civil War tour. To close out the year our first, and only, trip to Patagonia occurs in November. Life is good!

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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Spectacular landscapes, dramatic maritime passage, and urban sophistication—this is a rare opportunity to visit an extraordinary destination. Visit the museums of Buenos Aires, then fly to Ushuaia for a 4-day cruise through the Straits of Magellan to Punta Arenas and travel overland to explore the awesome glaciers and icebergs of Parque Nacionale Los Glaciares.
Oct 2015 Full; registration closed
Walk through 500-year-old Caribbean cities, dance to Afro-Cuban music, taste chocolate grown in Cuban house lots, and hike in parks among a wealth of biological diversity. Join us on this 9-day educational tour of the cultural and natural riches of Cuba’s Oriente province, the eastern part of this tropical Caribbean island.
Nov 4-13, 2015 $3,499
Your weekend of music, history and art includes an evening at the jazz club, Birdland; the Frank Stella Retrospective exhibition at the new Whitney Museum of American Art; the New York Philharmonic performing works by Mozart and Respighi; Verdi's opera, Il Trovatore, at the Metropolitan Opera House; and a guided visit of the fascinating Tenement Museum.
Feb 4-7, 2016 1,799
Join us for a journey to the fascinating Kingdom of Morocco and a 3-night visit to Paris! Beginning in Casablanca, we travel to the cities of Meknès and Fez before venturing into the eastern desert to see the oases and kasbahs of Erfoud, Zagora, and Ouarzazate, ending in the famed city of Marrakech.
Mar 1-17, 2016 $5,499
Part 2 of our Civil War Trilogy! Begin with a free day in Nashville, then visit the battlefields of Franklin, Nashville, and Shiloh before moving south into Mississippi to the grounds of Corinth, Brice's Crossroads, Tupelo, and the siege of Vicksburg. Accompanied by expert historians, the ebb and flow of this seminal American conflict comes alive in a manner that you will never forget.
April 11-18, 2016 $2,399
In museums, temples, palaces, shrines, markets, gardens, and historic neighborhoods you'll be dazzled by the energy, and subdued by the serenity, of this unique island nation. You'll gaze upon Fuji, learn to make sushi, sleep in a ryokan, bathe in an onsen, lunch with Sumo, enjoy a Tea Ceremony, dine with Geisha. Tokyo, Hakone, Suwa, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Nara and Kyoto. Traditional Japan. Join us.
May 9-24, 2016 $9,599
Future trips at a glance

China TBD

Japan May 9-24, 2016

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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