Trips and Tours

Trips and Tours

Trips and Tours Parking Instructions

Motor Coach Pickup/Dropoff

The motor coach pickup is located in Parking Lot D – accessible by entering at College Entrance Number 1, traffic light entrance. Maps and directions available.


The Trips and Tours Program is a non-membership based program and is open to everyone in and around the community.

Join McHenry County College for great destinations. MCC provides cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities via day tours and extended trips.

Note: There is no senior citizen discount given for trips and tours and no refunds on day trips.

Register early, trips fill quickly!

Single Day Trips

The Last Ship, Bank of America Theatre, Chicago

THE LAST SHIP is a new musical with an original score by 16-time Grammy Award winner Sting. Inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences, this World Premiere production features direction by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) and choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once).

THE LAST SHIP is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men who construct magnificent vessels with tremendous pride.

THE LAST SHIP is a portrait of a community so bound together by passion, faith and tradition. They’ll stop at nothing to preserve the only life they’ve ever known. Lunch is on your own before the 2 p.m. matinee.

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Italian Day, Featuring Eataly Chicago

Spend the day focusing on all things Italian in Chicago. Explore Eataly Chicago, an extraordinary market with 23 eateries. It’s a 63,000-square-foot food wonderland, making mozzarella twice an hour, offering fresh and dried pasta, extra virgin olive oil from the north to the south of Italy, meats, fish, cheeses, cookbooks and gifts and so much more. Enjoy lunch on your own as you make your way through the market shopping for goodies to take home. The ultimate goal of Eataly is to encourage you to assemble an Italian meal at home with the finest and freshest ingredients. Next tour the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, which celebrates the contributions of Italian American athletes from all over the US. Housed in the heart of Little Italy, you will be impressed with the scope of the collection. Also visit The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, a neighborhood church that was the centerpiece of family life and learn about its history. You may bring a cooler for your purchases.

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Polish Day, Chicago

Visit the Polish Museum of America, one of the largest and oldest ethnic museums in the United States. With more than one million people, Chicago has the largest Polish community outside of Warsaw. Exhibits include Polonia stained glass, folk costumes, remarkably decorated eggs, paintings and sculptures. The museum shop sells a wide variety of Polish arts and crafts. A delicious, hearty lunch buffet (included) featuring traditional Polish specialties will be served at Red Apple, a restaurant where you hear Polish spoken by many of the patrons. Also visit St. Hyacinth’s, the beautiful basilica where Polish immigrants attend Mass, which is still celebrated in Polish. Stop at a bakery to stock up on delicious Polish baked goods before heading home.

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The Bennett-Curtis House with Personal Psychic Reading

Join us and experience unique and elegant dining at The Bennett-Curtis House in Grant Park. This Turn-of-the Century, 18-room mansion was built in 1900 by George M. Bennett and then purchased by Illinois Senator Edward C. Curtis in 1919. The House is set on spacious grounds shaded by 100 year old maples, sweeping lawns and lovely flowers. The interior is beautifully decorated featuring crown molding, oak trims inlay wood floors, moray cloth covered walls, stained glass, velvet drapery, and more. While dining, enjoy a five minute personal psychic reading. Bring a photo or item, have an open mind and ask questions. En route home, we’ll stop at Edward’s Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove for a chance to purchase some autumn goodies. (Lunch and psychic reading included in fee.)

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A Fireside Christmas

Named one of the country’s finest attractions by the American Bus Association, The Fireside’s Christmas show has become a must see tradition for tens of thousands of people throughout the nation. Each holiday season, The Fireside produces a show that will re-kindle the true Christmas spirit in all of us. Through songs, stories, and dances – both traditional and original – The Fireside captures the very heart and essence of the holiday season. Each show is new and exciting, with beautiful new costumes and settings, glorious singing and breath-taking dancing, and new ways to tell the familiar stories of the season. What never changes is their faithfulness to the traditions and memories of this most joyous of seasons. A delicious brunch is included.

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Holiday “Nuts” About Music

Join us for this exclusive invitation for a groups only tour to a Christmas concert at the magnificent Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois. We’ll begin with a brunch, including wine, in the beautiful Carousel Pavilion, followed by a concert in the Sanfilippo residence. The concert will feature an Organist (TBA) on the Mighty Sanfilippo Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Come see the Estate decorated for the holidays, hear Christmas music on the antique music machines, and experience an unforgettable organ concert on the world’s largest theater organ. After the concert, you’ll have an opportunity to take a short walk-through the home to view the amazing collection.

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Single Day Trip Details

  • Register for day trips through MCC’s Registration Office at (815) 455-8588, dial 0. (use Trip ID number when registering)
  • Day tours depart from MCC’s Lot D, accessible by entering at College Entrance Number 1, traffic light entrance. Maps and directions available.
  • For more information, please contact Claudia Terrones, (815) 455-8782.

Extended Mini Tours - 2014

Old Threshers Reunion

3-day tour

This is truly a trip for the whole family. The Thresher’s Reunion in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, has multiple working exhibits of how life used to be, and these things won’t be around forever. You can drive a tractor, go to a horse pull, visit a one room schoolhouse, and see all the elements of a simpler time. These large-boiler, old-style tractors are the featured attraction and watching them work is truly special. (Kids staying with parents or grandparents only $95 each.) Price includes transportation from Rock Valley College, Stenstrom Center, two nights lodging, and admission to the grounds, and two breakfasts. You’ll be on your own for lunch and dinner. This safari will include optional educational presentations, and, as always, some Adventure Safari surprises. Come prepared for fun at the premiere threshing show of the nation. Adventure Safari will contact trip participants, one week prior with trip details.

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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Shipshewana Amish

2-day tour

Shop the Midwest’s Largest Outdoor Flea Market with over 1000 vendors, and then relax In old-fashioned quality with all the modern conveniences at the Essenhaus In Middlebury Indiana. You’ll visit a variety of quaint shops, specialty retailers and beautiful quilt gardens. Enjoy inhome Amish dining while you converse with the family and are served a delicious Threshers Meal. Bring your appetite and good walking shoes and discover a culture that is right in your own backyard. Register early. Space is limited.

Highlights:

  • Three Meals: Box Lunch from the Bread Box Bakery,
  • Continental Breakfast and Threshers Meal
  • Overnight Accommodations at the Essenhaus Inn
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • Baggage Handling
  • Fully Escorted

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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Extended Tours - FAll 2014

The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruises

11-day air tour 23 meals

Optional trip cancellation/interruption insurance $399

Experience the beautiful Danube River aboard the exclusively chartered river vessel MS Amadeus Diamond. You’ll be impressed from the moment you step aboard this 148-passenger river ship that is nothing other than a floating luxury hotel with a classically elegant interior that immediately creates a pleasant atmosphere and a perfect holiday feeling.

Highlights:

  • Home pickup and return
  • Roundtrip Air from Chicago
  • Two night hotel stay and touring in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Visit Five Countries –Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic- while cruising the best of the Danube River including the beautiful Wachau Valley
  • Included shore excursions escorted by local, English-speaking guides in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein and Passau
  • Concert onboard by local artists in Bratislava
  • Schonbrunn Palace visit
  • Organ concert in the cathedral in Passau
  • All meals included onboard featuring local and international specialties served at one leisurely seating. All dinners are four courses and served with complimentary regional wines. Afternoon tea and late evening snack served daily in the lounge.
  • Spacious public areas with large picture windows in the lounge and bar
  • French balconies featured on the Strauss and Mozart Decks

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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AFRICA - Safari Network

Africa Adventure Safari Fall 2014
10-Day ‘Great Migration’ Adventure

Africa Adventure Safari Trip Preview
June 30, 2014, 5 to 6 p.m., A102. RSVP: (815) 455-8782

Highlights:

  • East Africa
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti National Park; Great Migration
  • Maasai Village Cultural Visit
  • Optional: Amboseli National Park, Kenya with great views of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Organ concert in the cathedral in Passau
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Serengeti
  • Zanzibar Beaches

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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South Africa 9-Day Adventure

Capetown, Including:

  • Sunset Cruise
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Table Mountain
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Penguin Colony at Simenstown
  • Winery

Kruger National Park

  • See Africa’s Big 5 and More on Your Game Drives
  • Spectacular Birds (There are 600 Species in Total) in South Africa
  • Optional: Victoria Falls

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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Christmas at the Galt House & Opryland Hotel, Featuring the Rockettes

Christmas at the Galt House & Opryland Hotel Preview
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 4 to 5 p.m., A102. RSVP: (815) 455-8782

4-day tour | 4 meals

Optional trip cancellation/interruption Insurance -$100

Join us on this amazing holiday tour which includes a one-night stay at the Galt House and a two-night stay at the Opryland Hotel. You’ll certainly get into the holiday spirit experiencing the fabulous KaLightoscope exhibition, touring the beautifully decorated Fontanel Mansion, attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes and more.

Highlights:

  • Home Pickup & Return
  • 4 Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • KaLightoscope
  • Derby Dinner Theater “It’s A Wonderful Life”
  • Fontanel Mansion Guided Tour
  • 2 Nights at Opryland Hotel
  • Opryland Hotel Holiday Dinner Show
  • General Jackson Luncheon Cruise
  • Opryland’s “ICE” Display
  • Treasure for the Holidays
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes
  • $20 Fancy-Free Holidays Travel Rewards

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

Extended Tours - Spring 2015

Florida Beachfront Condo Getaway,
The #1 Beach in the South

Florida Beachfront Condo Getaway Preview
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 4 to 5 p.m., A115. RSVP: (815) 455-8782

10-day tour | 6 meals

Optional trip cancellation/interruption Insurance -$175

Remember the cold and snowy winter of 2014. Next winter get away to the sun and sand on this remarkable tour to Panama City Beach, Florida!

Highlights:

  • Home Pickup & Return
  • 6 Meals: 2 Deluxe Continental Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
  • 7 Night’s Accommodations Panama City Beach, Florida with Gulf View Rooms
  • Museum of Naval Aviation Guided Tour
  • Seacrest Wolf Preserve Guided Tour
  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park (Schedule
  • Permitting)
  • Narrated Dolphin Cruise
  • Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation
  • Fully Escorted
  • $50 Fancy-Free Holidays Travel Rewards

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.


Arizona’s Historic Trains, featuring The
Grand Canyon and Sedona

Arizona’s Historic Trains Preview
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4 to 5 p.m., A103. RSVP: (815) 455-8782

6-day tour | 8 meals

Optional trip cancellation/interruption Insurance -$150

Highlights:

  • Highlights
  • Home Pick-up and Return
  • Round Trip Air from Chicago
  • Round Trip Airport Transfers
  • Experience Two of Arizona’s Scenic Rail Excursions
    • Ride the Grand Canyon Railway to the Edge of the Awesome Grand Canyon
    • Journey Through Verde Canyon in First Class Comfort Aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad
  • Experience the Breathtaking Beauty of Grand Canyon National Park
  • Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, an Ancient Indian Dwelling Carved into a Limestone Cliff
  • Narrated Trolley Tour of Sedona
  • Enjoy Rip-roarin’ Entertainment and a Chuckwagon Supper at Blazin’ M Ranch and Western Stage Show
  • Relax with a Day at Leisure in Sedona for Shopping and Exploring on Your Own, or Take an Optional Jeep Tour
  • Visit the Old Mining Town of Jerome
  • $30 in Mayflower Money

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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Extended Tours - Spring 2015

2015 Downton Abbey & English Castles

2015 Downton Abbey & English Castles Preview
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 5 to 6 p.m., A115. RSVP: (815) 455-8782

8-day tour | 12 meals

Optional trip cancellation/interruption Insurance -$443
Pricing includes Air Taxes of $300 which are subject to change.

Back by Popular Demand of Downton Abbey Fans! Visit Downton Abbey Film sites and spend six nights in a Manor House. Come to the Trip Preview to learn more about this grand tour and/or book your reservations soon. This trip sold out quickly in 2014 and will sell out quickly for the 2015 date.

Highlights:

  • Home Pickup in Chicagoland Area
  • Roundtrip Air from Chicago
  • 12 Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights in a 4-Star Manor House Mansion Hotel
  • Fully Escorted
  • British Museum
  • Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Tower of London
  • Kew Palace and Gardens
  • Windsor Castle
  • Stonehenge
  • Buckingham Palace Tour
  • Cotswold Village of Bampton (Filmed in Downton Abbey)
  • Waddesdon Manor (the Fictional Haxby Park)
  • $40 Fancy-Free Holidays Travel Rewards

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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Extended Tours Details

  • For extended trip brochure and information, call Claudia Terrones, (815) 455-8782.
  • Registration is mail-in only.
  • Early registrations are accepted.
  • Refund policies for extended excursions vary and may be found in tour flyer or brochure.

Refund Policy - Refund policy varies per day tour. Please see individual tour descriptions for specific tour guidelines. All refund policies will be adhered to.

Rates are subject to change.

 

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