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Paint in Provence: June 12-22, 2015
Through the Eyes of Van Gogh and Cezanne

The vibrant colors of the Provençal landscape have attracted artists for generations. We'll learn to capture the patterns in nature: sunlight and shadows on olive groves, vineyards, and orchards. We’ll explore mountain vistas and village streets. We’ll also visit Cezanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence and St Paul de Mausole in St Remy (where Van Gogh lived and painted).
Jane Barnard, painting instructor, is an experienced artist and teacher with a degree from Marquette University and a Certificat Annuel in French Arts& Humanities from the Sorbonne in Paris. ( ) She will provide a welcoming atmosphere for painters of all levels including demonstrations and friendly feedback on your work. She’ll help you capture the beauty in the Provence landscape, learning from the styles of Van Gogh and Cezanne while creating your own personal artistic quality.
We'll stay five nights in Aix-en-Provence and four nights in St Remy. Included:
  • All lodging (9 nights) and breakfasts
  • Several group dinners
  • Airport transfers at designated times (Marseille airport)
  • Transfer from Aix-en-Provence to St Remy
  • Day trips and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Painting instruction
We will provide a list of suggestions for portable painting supplies to bring along. Please note: Some walking will be required carrying your painting materials.
There will be some free time for exploration (on your own or with the group) shopping, museums, spas, etc.
Registration Is Open! Download and print registration form.

British Mystery Writers in Scotland: September 9 - 23, 2015
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Trip Leader: Kathy Ackley, Professor Emerita of English, taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 24 years before retirement. She and her husband twice led UWSP’s London Semester Abroad program, and she has led over a dozen summer Mystery and Crime Writers programs in the UK. She has made more than 30 trips to England.

This tour begins with 5 days in Stirling to attend the Bloody Scotland Festival, featuring talks and sessions by Scottish and international mystery & crime writers as well as other special events. The Festival will be followed by a 6-day tour of eastern Scotland, ending in Edinburgh for 3 nights.

Included in the program price: 14 nights' lodging, Blue Badge Guide throughout the tour, all admissions fees & speakers, all breakfasts, 7 dinners, 7 lunches, transport from and to Glasgow airport at designated times, and conference fees.
Registration is open! Download and print registration form.
"Professor Ackley is a knowledgeable leader. The itinerary was great and all of the speakers were EXCELLENT. The places at which we stayed, as well as the meals, were outstanding. I certainly would recommend this program to anyone but particularly to an avid reader of crime fiction." Jan D., 2013 participant


New York City Theatre - October 27 - 31, 2015

Join us for our 4th annual fabulous fall get-away to New York City!  


We’ll immerse ourselves in New York theatre and sightseeing for our fourth annual Broadway adventure with group leader Patricia Kluetz. The trip is designed for active, self-motivated travelers. Price includes your round-trip flight (Milwaukee/New York, with coach transfers between Stevens Point and Milwaukee), airport shuttle to/from hotel, lodging (double occupancy) with full breakfasts at the Hampton Inn-Times Square North, and FOUR Broadway shows. Shows will be determined after the Tony awards are announced this spring. We will also do a city sightseeing tour, and another tour, based on group interest (Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Walk, 9/11 Memorial--just a few ideas!)

A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required with your registration as we must book non-refundable airfare, hotel rooms, and theatre tickets. The estimated price for the trip is $2,299 (dependent on number of registrants, airfare, and Broadway ticket prices). Your deposit will be applied to your total trip cost.
Registration opens December 1st!  Register Online Now!


Walk Italy's Cinque Terre: 2015 trip postponed...check back soon for new dates!


The five picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre on the Riviera di Levante are connected by ancient 
stone paths that twist along spectacular coastlines and through uniquely terraced vineyards. Brightly colored buildings cling to cliffs while the pure Mediterranean waves crash below.
We'll walk between multihued villages, fishing ports, and unique harbors on the coastal trail (Sentiero Azzurro), and venture inland on the higher trails. We'll visit Palmaria Island, a natural park, to visit untouched beaches and ragged cliffs.
  • 7 nights lodging B & B (5 nights in Monterosso and 2 nights in Portovenere)
  • 4 group dinners
  • Boat transfer from Monterosso to Portovenere
  • Day hikes and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Train from Genoa to Monterosso on arrival
  • Shuttle from Portovenere to La Spezia train station on departure
Estimated price: $1,959 (single room supplement $400)

Trip Leader: Kim O'Flaherty, Program Manager in Continuing Education & Outreach at UWSP. Kim has led numerous hiking and cycling trips throughout Europe, including several in Italy.

Registration Is Open! Download and print registration form. 

Email Kim O'Flaherty for more information. 



UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education can coordinate custom international tours for your group; please email Kim O'Flaherty for details or call 715-346-2426.