Educational Travel & Tours

Travel - Experience - Discover 

From day trips to week-long excursions UW-SheboyganContinuing Education tours focus on literature, performing arts, theatre, visual arts, food, theology, history, and more. Our trips offer exceptional and enriching travel experiences with no planning needed from you! We build in plenty of free time for you to enjoy the destination, its shopping, its restaurants, or pursue your own interests at your leisure.

We’re working on some fabulous trips for 2015!

Domestic Travel


Savannah Music Festival
Sampling Savannah: Music, History & Literature
March 25-29, 2015

Ladies pack your hats and gentlemen your bow ties: you are heading to the gem of the South: Savannah, Georgia!  During the nights, you will be attending the world-class Savannah Music Festival; during the day, you will see why Savannah is rated as one of the ten best walking cities in America. While the flowers are in bloom, you will pass ante-bellum mansions and sites described in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, tour the childhood home of Flannery O’Connor, learn of Savannah’s rich and diversified religious heritage, visit the Farmers’ Market, learn about Gullah-Geechee culture, and simply relax in the many “squares” filled with majestic Live Oaks.  Sample the peach cobbler and other Southern treats in the city’s many quality restaurants; shopping is plentiful—from high-end to touristy—and the wheel boats offer trips down the lovely Savannah River. Relax, learn, listen, and smile.  So call your friends and  join us; the welcoming sights and sounds of Savannah await you!

Price $1999*/per person based on double occupancy. Price includes round trip airfare from Milwaukee, four nights lodging at the Staybridge Suites in the heart of the Historic District, three evening concerts at the Savannah Music Festival, one lecture, tours, hot daily breakfast, an extraordinary dining experience at the Olde Pink House, and all transfers.

*subject to change in case of airfare increases beyond our control, or if flying into Savannah from another location other than the departure city of Milwaukee.


Savannah Music Festival Itineary

For lodging information visit Staybridge Suites Savannah Historic District

For performance information visit 

For city of Savannah information visit 

For trip information contact: Teri Mattek, 920.459.6685 or

A New England Primer:
The Literature, History, and Theology of Boston and Concord, Massachusetts
June 15-21, 2015

From Colonial Times until the American Civil War, Boston and Concord were the epicenters of American history, literature, and theology. Join our small group of travelers June 15-21, 2015 as we rediscover the importance of these two cities—one large, one small—and their connections to the Puritan founders, the Revolutionary War, and the Transcendentalists. Some of the planned activities include: walking the Freedom Trail with local historian Charlie Bahne; discovering Margaret Fuller’s and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s connections to Boston and Cambridge; enjoying an exclusive lecture by Dr. Robert Gross, a national authority on Concord, the Minutemen, and the Transcendentalists; and visiting such literary sites as Hawthorne’s The Old Manse, Emerson’s home, Alcott’s Orchard House, and Thoreau’s Walden Pond. Learn of the shifts in nineteenth-century Protestant theology as you visit Concord’s First Parish Church and Trinitarian Congregational Church, and travel to Fruitlands, the site of a nineteenth-century utopian society. We have also set aside plenty of time for you to explore Boston and Concord on your own, enjoy the cuisine, and simply relax in these historic locales.

Duration: Seven days, six nights, space is limited to 16 travelers
Cost estimate: $2,295*/person Double occupancy
*subject to change in case of airfare increases beyond our control, or if flying into Boston from another location other than the departure city of Milwaukee.

Cost includes round-trip airfare; lodging- 3 nights at the Colonial Inn, Concord, and 3 nights at the Hilton Boston Downtown/Fanueil Hall; ground transportation while in Massachusetts; tour admissions; expert tour guides & guest lecturers; grab-n-go daily breakfast while in Concord; and some delightful culinary experiences (three lunches and a dinner). Students can earn three (3) credits Independent Study, contact Teri Mattek for information.

For lodging information visit Colonial Inn in Concord and the Hilton in downtown Boston

For trip information contact: Teri Mattek, 920.459.6685 or

New England Itinerary

New England Registration Form

New England Primer Tour Leader Bios


Day Trips




Chicago Food Tasting, Cultural Walking Tour - Fall 2014

"Gold Coast & Old Town"


One-of-a-Kind Food Tastings – Our guided Gold Coast and Old Town Food Tour visits seven Chicago food tasting locations within the epicurean hot-spot Near North area. Mouth-watering food samplings, enough for a hearty lunch, are served from “mom and pop” specialty food stores and one-of-a-kind ethnic eateries. Stops include Chicago’s first sushi and sake cafe, an authentic Polish bakery and Chicago’s top rated Chicago-style Deep Dish pizzeria. All food tastings are included in the ticket price. See all Tasting Locations to the right.

Historic & Cultural Experience – Between tastings, you’ll experience the life of a Chicagoan as you stroll the bustling tree-lined streets of Chicago’s celebrated Near North neighborhoods of the Gold Coast and Old Town. Our enthusiastic, local guides share their knowledge and recommendations of architectural gems, beautiful gardens, historic mansions, backdoor venues, hidden parks and exciting local attractions and restaurants.

(Departs UW-Manitowoc campus, stop at UW-Sheboygan, and then off to Chicago)

When your tour is over, the remaining time is on your own to shop and explore the area.  Note: There is a lot of walking on this tour but all fitness levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Tours take place rain or shine.

Date:  Thursday, October 16, 2014

Time: Departs UW-Manitowoc campus at 7:15am, return at approximately 9:30pm

Fee: To be announced. Includes transportation and guided taste tour. Group size is
limited so register early to be placed on the waiting list!

Group leader:  Suzanne Lawrence, Director of Continuing Education, UW-Manitowoc and 

Delicious food specialties are served on the Gold Coast & Old Town Food Tour (subject to change):

  • Lou Malnati's: Iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizzeria, lounge and sit-down restaurant (established 1971)
  • Delightful Pastries: Authentic Polish-European bakery serving pastries, pierogies and pies (established 1998)
  • Kamehachi Old Town: Chicago's first Japanese-style restaurant, sake cafe and sushi bar (established 1967)
  • The Fudge Pot: Chicago's oldest chocolate confectioner, butter toffee & home-made fudge shop (est. 1963)
  • The Spice House: World-famous merchant of hand-prepared spices, blends and artisan seasonings (established 1957)
  • Old Town Oil: America's premiere supplier of aged balsamic vinegars and 100% extra-virgin olive oils (established 2007)
  • Tea Gschwendner: Chicago's leading specialty loose Green, Black, Oolong and White teas merchant (est. 1978)
  • La Fournette: Authentic French Bakery owned by Master Baker and World Baking Champion (est. 2009)

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival!

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Make Your 2014 Holidays Magnificent

Plan to join us to kick off the holiday season and create some SPECTACULAR memories on The Magnificent Mile! The 23rd annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 with a full day of:

  • Family friendly activities in Lights Festival Lane!
  • Rockin’ concerts by top musical artists on the BMO Harris Bank Stage!
  • The best holiday shopping!
  • A grand Tree-Lighting Parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, last year’s parade was aired in over 75% of the United States!!
  • Fireworks Spectacular show over the Chicago River

The day is nothing short of magical! Motorcoach transportation including coffee and breakfasty breads & pastries on the way to Chicago and refreshments and tasty treats on the way home!

Tour Fee: $69.00 

For more information on UW-SheboyganTravel Experiences and upcoming tours, please contact Teri Mattek at


Explore the World with UW Colleges

2014-15 Study Abroad Programs: Costa Rica - Nicaragua - Belize  -  Argentina -  Ghana - Germany 
Looking for something more than just a trip? We welcome community members like you to join our educational adventures. Our short-term programs are led by experienced professors and facilitators with expertise and passion for the subject. Make your next trip the learning experience of a lifetime with UW Colleges. All programs include round-trip airfare, lodging, ground transportation while overseas, admissions, tour guides, health insurance, several breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
For a complete list of travel opportunities, registration forms, and the most up-to-date information, please visit the UW Colleges Study Abroad website.