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Trips & Tours

Day Trips

 

Check out svcc.edu/trips for upcoming experiences. All trips will be rain, snow or shine. No refunds will be given two weeks before the scheduled trip; however, a substitute may be sent in your place.

If you are a customer at either Sauk Valley Bank or The First National Bank in Amboy you will receive a $5 discount on the day trips. Please register over the phone by calling 815.835.6212 and let us know that you are a customer of the banks. Community Education will verify with the banks prior to processing the trip payment.

 

Self-Guided Chicago Bus Trip

Travel with us to enjoy the sights, sounds, and holiday lighting of Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. Explore the city’s museums, shops and eateries. This self-guided trip allows you and your friends to enjoy the city without bothersome schedules, stressful driving and parking hassles.

Bus departs SVCC North parking lot promptly at 8:00 a.m., arriving at Water Tower Place (north side of building) at 10:30 a.m. Bus departs Chicago at 5:00 p.m. and will arrive back at SVCC at 7:30 p.m.

CRN:30706
(1 session), Saturday, December 8; 8:00AM-8:00PM
Chicago, IL
Coordinator-Brenda Helms
$39 per person

 

Hamilton: An American Musical

Hamilton is a sung and rapped through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. Incorporating hip-hop, R&B, pop, soul, and traditional-style show tunes has achieved both critical acclaim and box office success. All ticket sales are final; however, a substitute may be sent in your place. The show is a 1:30 p.m. Matinee. Participants will have time to shop and/or eat lunch once we arrive in Chicago. There are places to shop and eat lunch near the theater. Trip is limited to 48 participants. Trip includes transportation, driver tip, 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 9:00 a.m., arriving in Chicago at approximately 11:00 a.m. Bus departs Chicago after the show at approximately 5:00 p.m. and will stop at Portillo’s for dinner and arrive back at SVCC at approximately 8:00 p.m.

CRN:60658
Wednesday, March 6; 9:00AM-8:00PM
Chicago, IL
Coordinator-Brenda Helms
$159 per person

 

Experience Downtown Galena

Truly experience the essence of Galena by traveling downtown where you can enjoy a relaxing day on your own schedule. Come for the sights, wine, shopping, and food. Trip is limited to 55 participants. Trip includes, transportation, tips, and snacks (All Ages)

Bus departs SVCC North Parking lot promptly at 9:00 a.m., arriving in Galena at approximately 11:00 a.m. Bus departs Galena at 5:30 p.m. and will arrive back at SVCC at 7:30 p.m.

CRN:TBD
Saturday, April 13; 9:00AM-7:30PM
Galena, IL
Coordinator-Brenda Helms
$36 per person

 

Taste of Milwaukee

“Sample” your way through Milwaukee enjoying local and ethnic fare. Shopping and samples will incude chees, chocolate, sausage, spices, bakery, famous Milwaukee custard, beer/soda, and plenty more. Bring your appetite! Travelers will receive a Milwaukee gift bag of goodies. Lunch is on your own at the Milwaukee Public Market. Trip is limited to 54 participants. Trip includes transportation, driver tip, tour guide, trip ticket, samples and bus snacks. (Ages 18 & Up)

Bus departs SVCC North Parking lot promptly at 7:30 a.m., arriving in Milwaukee at approximately 10:00 a.m. Bus departs Milwaukee at 4:00 p.m. and will arrive back at SVCC at 6:30 p.m.

CRN:60659
Thursday, May 30; 7:30AM-6:30PM
Milwaukee, WI Coordinator-Brenda Helms
$79 per person

 

Odyssey Chicago River Cruise

Come set sail with us on the Chicago River in the new glitzy 140-foot glass enclosed glass-topped vessel. This tour will be a full service meal and entertainment cruise along the river. The interior is climate-controlled, amenities include a professional DJ, and a three course plated lunch. After the 2-hour river lunch cruise, participants are able to explore Navy Pier on their own. Trip is limited to 54 participants. Trip includes transportation, cruise ticket, lunch, driver tip, and bus snacks. (Ages 10 & Up)

Bus departs SVCC North Parking lot promptly at 9:15 a.m., arriving at Navy Pier at approximately at 11:30 a.m. Boarding for the Odyssey Chicago River Cruise will begin at 12:00 p.m. Bus departs Navy Pier at 4:00 p.m. and will arrive back at SVCC at approximately 6:30 p.m.

CRN:TBD
Friday, August 2; 9:00AM-6:30PM
Chicago, IL Coordinator-Brenda Helms
$112

 

Extended Trips

Stop dreaming and start doing! Join Sauk Valley Community College on these amazing extended trips through 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.

Canyon Country - Deserts, Canyons, and Cities

Canyon CountryA journey through Canyon Country brings you into a colorful world of stunning southwestern vistas and the unique topography of three national parks: Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon. Delve into the region’s Native American history during a chat with a local tribe member. Take time to shop in Sedona's marketplace and travel through Kaibab National Forest. Spend a night on the South Rim of the magnificent Grand Canyon. Luxuriate at the Lake Powell Resort for two nights. Personalize your Arizona travel by choosing to either take in the stark beauty of Monument Valley on a narrated ride or take a cruise through the canyons for a different perspective on the spectacular scenery. Then it’s off to the neon-lit spectacle of Las Vegas. (Trip limited to 14 participants)

Trip dates (8 days): Friday, March 8 – Friday, March 15, 2019
Cost: $3,169 (double); $3,919 (single); 10 meals included (6 breakfasts, 4 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 $275 per person.
Deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation.
$100 discount if reservation made before September 8, 2018
Final payment due January 7, 2019

Spotlight on Tuscany - It’s Vintage Italy

TuscanyThe rolling hills of Tuscany are home to sprawling vineyards, charming medieval hill towns and enchanting cities steeped in history, culture and legend. Discover them for yourself on this relaxing sojourn into the Italian countryside. Visit Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano. Sample cheese at the farm where it is made. Partake in a Tuscan cooking class. Savor a seven-night stay in Montecatini Terme, the famous resort and spa town. Enjoy free time to explore the cultural treasures of Florence, including Michelangelo’s “David.” Discover the charming town of Lucca, Italy’s best-kept secret. Learn about the heroic deeds of WWII at remains of the Gothic Line and visit the Museum of Liberation. Enjoy fabulous local wines and the region’s famous cuisine. This is Tuscany as you always imagined it. Travelers will need a valid passport to attend. (Trip limited to 14 participants)

Trip dates (9 days): Saturday, November 2 – Sunday, November 10, 2019
Cost: $3,199 (double); $3,499 (single); 10 Meals included (7 breakfasts, 3 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 $315 per person.
Deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation.
$150 discount per person if reservation made before May 2, 2019
Final payment due September 3, 2019

Shades of Ireland - Experience the Magic of the Emerald Isle

IrelandFrom vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of Ireland’s charm on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Choose from a selection of Killarney’s best restaurants with our Diner’s Choice program. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. See sheepdogs in action on a working farm. Explore Dublin with a local guide – either by foot or on a panoramic city tour – it’s your choice! See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone! Travelers will need a valid passport to attend. (Trip limited to 21 participants)

Trip dates (10 days): Wednesday, April 29 – Friday, May 8, 2020
Cost: $3,699 (double); $4,249 (single); 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 $315 per person.
Deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation.
$200 discount per person if reservation made before October 30, 2019
Final payment due February 29, 2020