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Trips & Tours

Day Trips

Travel and explore with Sauk Valley Community College’s Community Education Department.


Mrs. Doubtfire: The New Musical Comedy

Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is headed to Chicago! Rob McClure will reprise his tony-nominated Broadway performance on tour alongside co-star (and real wife!) Maggie Lakis in this internationally acclaimed hit musical critics call “wonderful, heartwarming, and laugh-out-loud funny” (Manchester Evening News) and “a feel-good, family-friendly comedy that delivers” (The Hollywood Reporter). Based on the beloved film and directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks, Mrs. Doubtfire tells the hysterical and heartfelt story of an out-of-work actor who will do anything for his kids. It’s “the lovable, big-hearted musical comedy we need right now,” raves the Chicago Tribune – one that proves we’re better together.

All ticket sales are final; however, a substitute may be sent in your place. The show is a 1:00 p.m. matinee and the tickets are located in the balcony. Travelers will have time to shop and/or eat lunch once we arrive in Chicago. There are places to shop and eat near the theater. Trip is limited to 50 participants. Trip includes transportation, driver gratuity, musical ticket, and bus snacks. Lunch in Chicago and dinner at Portillo’s will be on your own. (Ages 16 & Up)

Bus departs SVCC North Parking lot promptly at 8:30 a.m., arriving in Chicago at approximately 10:45 a.m. Bus departs Chicago after the show at approximately 3:45 p.m. and will stop at Portillo’s for dinner and arrive back at SVCC at approximately 7:30 p.m.


Experience Wine Country & Galena

Our first stop will be the Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery in Hanover. Travelers will be able to enjoy a wine flight (three wines) of their enjoyable wines. Travelers are able to walk around the vineyard and estate while enjoying a glass of wine. We will then travel to downtown Galena where travelers can truly experience the essence of Galena and enjoy a relaxing day on your own schedule. Come for the sights, wine, shopping, and food. Trip is limited to 50 participants. Trip includes wine tasting, travel snacks, transportation, and gratuities. (Ages 21 & Up)

Bus will depart the SVCC North Parking lot promptly at 9:30 a.m., arriving at Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery at approximately 11:00 a.m. Bus will depart Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery at 12:30 p.m. and will arrive in Galena at 1:15 p.m. and drop off on Green Street. The bus will depart Galena at 5:30 p.m. and arrive back at SVCC at 7:00 p.m.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – CALL 815.835.6212 FOR TICKETS

IT’S TIME TO BELIEVE IN MAGIC
Broadway’s Spellbinding Sensation Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Chicago on its first-ever North American Tour. Join the next adventure and experience the wizarding world like never before at this record-breaking, Tony Award-winning hit, hailed as “one of the most defining pop culture events of the decade” (Forbes).

When Harry Potter’s head-strong son Albus befriends the son of his fiercest rival, Draco Malfoy, it sparks an unbelievable new journey for them all – with the power to change the past and future forever. Prepare for a mind-blowing race through time, spectacular spells, and an epic battle, all brought to life with the most astonishing theatrical magic ever seen on stage. It’s a “marvel of imagination” (The New York Times) that will “leave you wondering ‘how’d they do that?’ for days to come” (People Magazine).

All ticket sales are final; however, a substitute may be sent in your place. The show is a 1:00 p.m. matinee and the tickets are located in the balcony. The run time of the show is 3 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission. Travelers will have time to shop and/or eat lunch once we arrive in Chicago. There are places to shop and eat near the theater. Trip is limited to 50 participants and includes transportation, driver gratuity, show ticket, and bus snacks. Lunch in Chicago and dinner at Portillo’s will be on your own. (Ages 10 & Up)

Bus departs SVCC North Parking lot promptly at 8:30 a.m., arriving in Chicago at approximately 10:45 a.m. Bus departs Chicago after the show at approximately 5:45 p.m. and will stop at Portillo’s for dinner and arrive back at SVCC at approximately 8:30 p.m.



Past trips:
Hamilton: An American Musical
Beetlejuice: The Musical
Explore Wine Country & Galena
WICKED: The untold true story of the Witches of Oz
Holy Cow! Wrigley Field Tour
Beauty & The Beast at Fireside Theatre
Brewery Trip to Hairy Cow Brewery & New Glarus (Cancelled - 2020)
Milwaukee Art & Architecture Tour (Cancelled - 2020)
Dear Evan Hansen Musical (Chicago) (Cancelled - 2020)
Frozen: The Musical (Chicago) (Cancelled - 2020)
Chicago Blackhawks vs. St Louis Blues Hockey Game at United Center (Chicago)
Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field (Chicago)
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field (Chicago)
Chicago Self-Guided (annually on the second Saturday in December)
Explore Galena
Field Museum (Chicago)
Galena Wine Tasting
Hamilton: An American Musical (Chicago)
Monsters of the Midway: Tour Soldier Field (Chicago)
Mystic Blue Lunch Cruise & Navy Pier (Chicago)
Northwest Illinois Brewery & Distillery Trip
Odyssey River Lunch Cruise & Navy Pier (Chicago)
Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)
Taste & Toast Milwaukee Tour

If you have suggestions or ideas where we should travel, please contact Brenda Helms at Brenda.helms@svcc.edu.


 

Extended Trips

Stop dreaming and start doing! Join Sauk Valley Community College on an upcoming trip through our travel partner Collette. Begin your adventure today! For more information about trip previews or to request a detailed trip itinerary, contact Brenda Helms at 815.835.6212.

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Extended Trip Preview
Join us for a preview of the amazing upcoming extended trip to Iceland. A SVCC representative will showcase the trip and answer questions. Call 815.835.6212 to RSVP or register below.

Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

Experience the “land of fire and ice” and chase the aurora borealis across an ethereal wonderland. In the dark of the night, search for the northern lights as you drift along on an evening starlit cruise. Travel the “Golden Circle,” home to renowned natural wonders, and spend time at Thingvellir National Park, gaze at Gullfoss waterfall, and see the explosive geothermal fields at Geysir. Explore Skógar Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon. Spend your days surrounded by natural wonders and your nights in search of the elusive dancing lights. Travelers can view the itinerary and purchase their tickets online at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1191721. For more information call 815.835.6212. (14 seats remaining)

Trip dates (7 days): Monday, November 11 – Sunday, November 17, 2024
Cost: $3,699 (double/per person); $4,299 (single person); $3,649 (triple)
11 meals included (6 breakfasts, 5 dinners)
Included in price: Round trip air from O’Hare Intl Airport, Air Taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel reservations.
Not included in price: Cancellation waiver and insurance is an additional $449 per person.
Deposit of $698 per person is due upon reservation.
Prices go up $250 per person after May 12, 2024
Final payment due September 12, 2024


Coming Summer 2025: Alaska Discover Land & Cruise
featuring a 7-night Holland America Cruise

Highlights include: Fairbanks • Sternwheeler Discovery • Music of Denali Dinner Theater • Denali National Park • Tundra Wilderness Tour • Luxury Domed Rail • Anchorage • Hubbard Glacier • Glacier Bay • Skagway • Juneau • Ketchikan • Inside Passage
Dates will be announced in April 2024 for this amazing trip.


Past trips:
New Mexico: Explore the Land of Enchantment (March 2018)
Canyon Country (March 2019)
Tuscany Italy (November 2019)