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New York City Theatre - October 25-29, 2016

Join us for our 5th annual fabulous fall get-way to New York City!


​We’ll immerse ourselves in New York theatre and sightseeing for our fifth annual Broadway adventure with group leaders Patricia Kluetz and Kim O'Flaherty. The trip is designed for active, self-motivated travelers. Price includes 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 the total trip cost.
Call 715-346-3838 to be notified when registration opens.

2016 Tour de Mallorca
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The trip is designed for cyclists of all levels as well as those simply wishing to relax in beautiful surroundings while enjoying wonderful amenities. We'll stay in Puerto de Pollensa on the northeast coast for three (3) nights, in the mountains near Valldemossa for four (4) nights, and in centrally-located Sineu for four (4) nights. Sineu is remarkable for its medieval streets and historic quarter, ancestral homes, fascinating monuments and traditional market. Valldemossa and Puerto de Pollensa are picturesque hillside villages with magnificent seascapes. Outstanding cycling roads and hiking trails are abundant.

Adults of any age are welcome - providing good physical condition, and non-cyclists are encouraged to participate and explore the numerous walking paths, cultural sites and beautiful gardens.

Estimated cost of $2,299 (based on 12 participants minimum) includes:

  • Airport transfers at designated times
  • Eleven (11) nights lodging with breakfasts
  • Five (5) group dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Jersey
  • Map
  • Some museum entries

Airfare and bike rental NOT included in cost. Single room supplement is $500.

Registration must be accompanied by a Non-Refundable Deposit of $300. Early registration is advised as group size is limited! A payment schedule will be sent on receipt of application and deposit.

Kim O'Flaherty, Trip Leader and Program Manager in Continuing Education and Outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has led numerous hiking and cycling trips throughout Europe.



Email Kim O'Flaherty for more information. 




Mystery Writers 2016- Wales and Crimefest

May 11-23, 2016


This 12-day tour begins with a full week exploring southern and western Wales. We'll see the beautiful Welsh countryside with its stunning landscape, hear timeless Welch legends, discover the creative side of Wales with its literature, poetry, and performing arts, and learn about the industrial heritage of the Valleys. Following our tour of Wales, we transfer to Bristol to attend the 9th Annual CrimeFest International Crime Fiction Convention, one of the best annual gatherings of international crime writers and fans of crime fiction anywhere! Authors for both the Wales tour and CrimeFest will be announces as they are confirmed.

Participants will be met at Heathrow Airport on the morning of Wednesday, May 11, and transferred to Wales for the start of a delightful week.

The tentative itinerary includes:Wales Map.png

Cardiff. Here we experience highlights of the capital; the hub of Welsh culture, sports, and entertainment. Crime writers whose novels are set in Cardiff include Harry Bingham, whose series features Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths of the South Wales Police; Bill James, "a crime writer's crime writer", whose most recent series featuring David Craig is set around the Cardiff Docks; and John Williams, whose Cardiff Trilogy exposes Cardiff's dark side.

The South Wales Valleys. Britain's only mountainous coal mining area, the Valleys, has a strong industrial heritage set against the backdrop of the natural beauty of the area. Writer Roger Grandelli has several crime novels whose settings is the Valleys, and K.A.Watkins, who writes crime novels as K.A. John, has a historic series set in the Welsh Valleys in the period 1930-1950. Richard Llewellyn's 1939 novel How Green was My Valley tells the story of a family living and working in the gritty coal mining area of the Valleys.

South Wales and Gower Peninsula. Swansea in South Wales is a great literary center, and the Gower peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty used many times as setting and inspiration. Robert Lewis's noir crime novels take place in Swansea and Bristol, Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, and it houses the Dylan Thomas Centre, Tŷ Llên (the house of literature). Thomas loved the Gower Peninsula and had a fondness of the Mumbles, a stunning village dear to the heart of the Welsh.

West Wales. Here we find more beautiful landscape in an area steeped in Welsh legends, including the Arthurian legend (See Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniea, 1136, which contains the earliest known story of King Lear and introduced Welsh speakers to the legend of King Arthur). There are many literary and historical associations in this area, from pre-history onward. Crime writer Sally Spedding lives in Ammanford and sets Cold Remains in Carmarthenshire, where we find Merlin’s Hill. Mary Stewart’s Crystal Cave and Hollow Hill are set there as well. Dylan Thomas lived and wrote some of his major pieces in The Boathouse in Laugharne. Narbeth is prominent in Welsh mythology and is a key setting in the Mabigonion, the earliest known piece of prose literature in Britain.

Tour price includes:
Ø 12 nights’ lodging
Ø Blue Badge guide
Ø All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners, morning coffees and afternoon teas (TBD)
Ø Transport from and to Heathrow Airport, all entrance fees and transfers to sites
Ø Attendance at CrimeFest in Bristol, including the Gala dinner
Ø Tips to hotels and restaurants, including porterage for one bag each at hotels

Estimated cost: $3,899 based on double occupancy

  • Airport transfers at designated times
  • Eleven (11) nights lodging with breakfasts
  • Five (5) group dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Jersey
  • Map
  • Some museum entries

Single supplement estimate: $708

Program Leader: Kathy Ackley, Professor Emerita of English, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

REGISTRATION, DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS: Formal registration should be accompanied by an initial non-refundable deposit of $300. Early registration is strongly advised as the group size is limited. A payment schedule will be sent for the balance of the payment. Up to 120 days before departure, fees except the initial deposit will be refunded on withdrawal. After that, lodging and other cancellation charges will also be assessed. Price may fluctuate slightly due to currency exchange rates. Trip insurance is highly recommended. (715-346-3838


Old World Treasures and New World Wonders: 

Architecture & Culture in Vienna, Prague, and Berlin  


May 30 - June 12, 2016


Join us on our tour of Europe’s treasures!
Vienna’s imperial past combined with a vibrant modern culture provides an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur. We’ll visit magnificent palaces and imposing churches as well as traditional wine bars, markets, and museums of local art and design.
A former Habsburg city, Prague is an architectural jewel of Europe. Relatively undamaged during world War II, its Old Town is an architectural feast. We’ll see historic landmarks, unique parks, and explore a maze of medieval cobblestone streets.  In this enchanting “city of 100 spires,” we’ll learn about Gothic, baroque, Art Nouveau, and cubist architecture and design. We’ll discover ornate cafés and traditional pubs, stroll across the iconic Charles Bridge, and tour the ancient castle (one of the most extensive in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site).
Berlin is an exciting, eclectic mix of contemporary architecture, museums, history, and culture. We’ll explore many well-known landmarks of the reunited city such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag as well as the magnificent avenues and squares in the restored heart of the metropolis.
Estimated price: $2,449 (double occupancy) including all lodging with breakfasts, several dinners, coach transportation between Vienna and Prague & Prague and Berlin, museum entries, tours, and more. You will book your own flight and meet the group in Vienna.
Trip leaders: Patricia Kluetz and Kim O'Flaherty
Call 715-346-2426 to be notified when registration opens.
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  UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education can coordinate custom international tours for your group;email Kim O'Flaherty for more information or call 715-346-2426.