Trips & Tours

Day Trips

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

Experience Wine Country & Galena

Our first stop will be the Massbach Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Elizabeth with a tasting 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 driver gratuity. (Ages 21 & Up)

Bus will depart the SVCC North Parking lot promptly at 10:00 a.m., arriving at Massbach Ridge Vineyard & Winery at approximately 11:00 a.m. Bus will depart Massbach Ridge 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 6:00 p.m. and arrive back at SVCC at 7:30 p.m.

2020 trips cancelled:
Brewery Trip to Hairy Cow Brewery & New Glarus: April 4 and October 3
Milwaukee Art & Architecture Tour: May 21
Dear Evan Hansen Musical (Chicago): August 5
Frozen: The Musical (Chicago): November 21
Chicago Self-Guided: December 12

Past trips:
WICKED: The untold true story of the Witches of Oz
Holy Cow! Wrigley Field Tour
Beauty & The Beast at Fireside Theatre
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


Extended Trips

Stop dreaming and start doing! Join Sauk Valley Community College on these amazing extended trips through Collette. Begin your adventure today!

Extended Trip Preview
Join us for a preview of the amazing upcoming extended trip to Ireland. A Collette representative will showcase the trip and answer questions.

Shades of Ireland - Experience the Magic of the Emerald Isle

From history-filled Dublin to the rolling green hills and dramatic coast, experience Ireland’s charms on a journey through the Emerald Isle. Choose how you explore the city of Dublin. Kiss the Blarney Stone at historic Blarney Castle. See Killarney from an Irish jaunting car. Pick from a selection of the best restaurants with our Diner’s Choice program. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration. Stand in awe at the top of the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. A vibrant blend of captivating culture and stunning nature, this is the Ireland you’ve always imagined.

Travelers will need a valid passport to attend. Travelers can view the itinerary and purchase their tickets online at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1139798. For more information call 815.835.6212. (Trip limited to 16 travelers)

Trip dates (10 days): Saturday, March 16 – Monday, March 25, 2024
Cost: $3,799 (double/per person); $4,499 (single person); $3,769 (triple)
13 meals included (8 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 $150 per person after September 17, 2023
Final payment due January 16, 2024

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2020 trip cancelled:
Shades of Ireland (April 2020)

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