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New York City A `la Carte

New York

February 9-14, 2018

Led by Travel Coordinator Vic Passante

À la carte /ɑːləˈkɑːrt/ :  an English language phrase meaning "according to the menu." It was adopted from French in the early 19th century and refers to "food that can be ordered as separate items, rather than part of a set meal." 

Continuing Education is pleased to present a 5-day adventure in NYC, and YOU get to choose what you’d like to include on the tour!

The concept was born last year with our trip to NYC and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Our group was small, but diverse. We had dyed-in-the-wool dog people, people who simply loved dogs (who doesn't?!), and some folks who merely wanted to see Broadway shows. We were together about 50% of trip, but off on our own for the other 50%. Everyone LOVED the freedom, and C.E. LOVED the new model.  So much so that we are offering a trip with a few set attractions for everyone, but also a menu of activities for YOU to choose à la carte.

Since we’re going again in February, probably the most appealing among the choices…is the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Other menu items include additional Broadway musicals, cabaret nightclub acts, tours of New York’s most famous museums, Central Park, and Greenwich Village. You and the entire group will be part of a half-day “Bridges of New York” tour, followed by lunch and a matinee of a Broadway show. Your hotel in Times Square will make it easy to walk to everything in Midtown, including Madison Square Garden for the evening dog show. Allow UW-Colleges to help you create an engaging tour of the Big Apple. Trip includes one tour, one Broadway show, three meals, land and air transportation, and five nights in Time Square.

Pricing: $1,799/person based on double occupancy or $2,283 based on single occupancy

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Washington D.C.: Museums, Monuments, and More!

washington DC

March 19-25, 2018

Led by Travel Coordinator Vic Passante

Our nation’s capital attracts over 15 million visitors each year…and for good reason. Our Continuing Education is happy to add to that number in 2018 with our group of life-long learners.  You will travel on a comfortable coach bus and have the convenience of easy and safe transportation for our entire visit. During the day, you’ll tour the U.S. Capital, the Library of Congress, the new In the evening, view and tour shows at Ford’s Theater (The Wiz) and the Kennedy Center (In the Heights), and visit the monuments in all their glory, illuminated for their citizens and fans.

Continuing Education is very excited about traveling to Washington D.C. with history professor Dr. Tim Thering. Tim will offer three credits to university students and heighten our experience in the nation's capital. The blended group of university students and life-long learners will visit Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo (with a behind-the-scenes tour to visit Giant Pandas), view an optional play at Ford's Theater, visit Arlington Cemetary, monuments, and more! The tour includes professional D.C. step-on guides, ten meals, and five nights at The Westin in Crystal City.

Pricing: $2284/ person based on double occupancy or $2847/person based on single occupancy.

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Blues & Greens Asheville and Nashville: Culture and Cuisine


April 5-12, 2018

Led by Travel Coordinator Vic Passante

In the spirit of the past seven Blues and Greens foodie tours, UW-Colleges Southeast Region is proud to present our eighth entry, Asheville and Nashville: Culture and Cuisine. You will again experience the pair of music and art scene from two great cities with some of their most famous restaurants. You’ll have shrimp and grits and hot chicken (don’t worry) in Nashville and listen to the best music in the country. You’ll have farm-to-table creative dishes, and visit galleries and mansions in Asheville. Heck, you’ll spend three nights in the shadow of the Biltmore; the Vanderbilt mansion.  In Nashville, you’ll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Bicentennial Capital Mall, Gulch District, Parthenon, and more. You’ll see shows at the Grand Ole Opry or the Ryman Auditorium (artists TBD). In Asheville, you’ll visit the Antique Tobacco Barn and the River Arts District, the Pigsaw National Forest, the North Carolina Arboretum, Montford Area Historic District, and the Biltmore. In addition, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Biltmore Village.  On the way home, you’ll stop for a night in Cincinnati for a cooking class to learn how to make Cincinnati chili and enjoy a final delicious meal in The Banks District. Come join the well-fed Blues and Greens family and register for this tasty trip!

Pricing: $2576/person based on double occupancy or $3486/person based on single occupancy

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Lincoln: People and Places in his Early Life

May 15-17, 2018

Led by Travel Coordinator Vic Passante and special guest Dr. Tom Woods 

Dr. Tom Woods, Executive Director Emeritus at Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, former director of Old World Wisconsin, and head of the Minnesota Historical Society’s Historic Sites Department, brings his thirty years of experience in living history museums and “making sense of place” to UW-Colleges’ educational travel program. Dr. Woods’ joins us on his C.E. first tour with us to Illinois to explore Abraham Lincoln’s early years in New Salem, Springfield, and his log cabin boyhood near Lerna.  Join UW Colleges and Tom for a two-night, three-day trip filled with the history, stories and song, and childhood of our sixteenth President. 

Pricing: $614/ person based on double occupancy or $709/ person based on single occupancy.

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Alaska Experience

Alaska experience

August 6-14, 2018

Led by Travel Coordinator Vic Passante

From August 6 – 14, UW Colleges SE Region Travel Coordinator, Vic Passante, will lead the Alaska Experience which includes Anchorage, Seward, Homer, and Denali. 

Your comfortable coach bus ride will begin in Anchorage and take the scenic journey to the Kenai Peninsula.  In Seward, you will have a 6-hour Kenai National Park Cruise. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to eat at the Saltry Restaurant in Halibut Cove and explore other excursions. While in Homer, you’ll go to the world-famous Homer spit and be offered optional excursions like kayaking and fishing. Then, it’s back to Anchorage for a day before you board the deluxe dome rail car for your picturesque journey to Denali. From Denali Village, you will travel deep into Denali for the Tundra Wilderness Tour.  

The package includes: roundtrip air from Milwaukee; three nights in Anchorage, one night in Seward, two nights in Homer, and two nights in Denali Park Village, fifteen meals, airport transfers in Anchorage, deluxe motor coach transfers throughout, luggage handling, sightseeing tours, and a Premier Alaska Tours tour director throughout the land tour. 

Pricing: $5129/ person based on double occupancy or $6108/ person based on single occupancy

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Return to the Driftless Region

September 18-19, 2018

Led by Travel Coordinator Vic Passante

UW-Colleges will return to one of its most popular destinations of 2017, The Driftless Region of Wisconsin! This year, you’ll head north of La Crosse to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha before visiting Trempealeau’s newest agricultural industry at Elmaro Vineyard.  We’ll enjoy another evening at The Charmant, La Crosse’s unique boutique hotel. The next morning, you’ll cross the Mississippi to La Crescent, MN and visit its apple orchards. Then, you’ll head south on the Great River Road to Prairie du Chien. Based on your feedback from last year, we can’t return to the Driftless without returning to The Driftless Café for dinner en route to Waukesha!  Limited to 25 people.

Pricing: $449/person based on double occupancy or $506/person based on single occupancy.

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Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta

October 9-13, 2018

April 17, 2018: Free Information Session

Led by Travel Coordinator Vic Passante

Based on your feedback, we want to take you back to ABQ and help you check off another destination from your Bucket List to see the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! With 500 plus balloons, the AIBF is the largest balloon festival in the world. You will be there for the spectacular Mass Ascension in the morning, and return at night to see the balloons illuminated by their propane burners at the Night Glow. For an additional fee, you can opt to take your own hot air balloon ride over the Rio Grande Valley with World Balloon. We’ve extended the trip by one day to include a visit to historic Santa Fe for a tour with a Georgia O’Keefe docent and lunch at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the many galleries and museums off the plaza. With daytrips to living pueblos and beautiful back country splendor, you’ll discover why New Mexico is the “Land of Enchantment.” Package includes admission to Chaser’s Club, an exclusive designated area at the AIBF, four nights at the Hyatt Place, daytrips, guided tours, five meals, and airfare.

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