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Single Day Trips

  • Taste of Geneva—Geneva, IL

    Spend the day with About Tours in the picture-postcard village of Geneva, located in the Fox River Valley west of Chicago. With a village full of historic Victorian homes and buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, unique shops and community spirit, Geneva will charm you. Your day includes a tour highlighting the history and architecture of Geneva by a local expert with a stop at the Geneva History Museum. Other stops along the way will include Graham’s Chocolates, one of Oprah’s favorites, where you can watch candy being made; The Spice House, with a presentation on the spices available: and a wine tasting at the Galena Cellars Winery. Lunch will be a real treat at picturesque Villa Verona. No tour to Geneva would be complete without some time to browse at The Little Traveler, where many small boutiques are located within one historic house.


  • Singin' in the Rain—Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, WI

    The greatest movie musical of all time is now live and on The Fireside stage in the lightning paced, toe-tapping, rib-tickling Broadway version of the Gene Kelly masterpiece. It’s a fun-filled, high stepping spoof of the days when Hollywood first learned to talk. Featuring a stellar cast of some of the country’s most talented young Broadway and regional singers and dancers, Singin’ In the Rain is filled with great songs such as "Good Morning," "Make `Em Laugh," "You Are My Lucky Star," "Fit As A Fiddle And Ready For Love," and "Broadway Melody." Of course, the unforgettable title song "Singin' in the Rain" is the featured number, complete with our hero dancing his way through a real rain storm! The delicious featured meal is included.


  • Brew & Boat—Milwaukee, WI

    Cruise the Milwaukee River, experience Milwaukee’s architecture, and learn the history of its waterways. Learn about the historic Pabst brand from its enthusiastic current owner and from an onsite Best Place guided walking tour. Samples are included. Enjoy a delicious lunch (included) at a historic Milwaukee landmark restaurant.


  • Swedish Day—Chicago

    Discover the rich cultural heritage of Chicago’s Swedish community during this tour to one of the most concentrated Swedish neighborhoods in America. Visit the Swedish-American Museum for a guided tour and learn about Swedish history and folklore as you travel with immigrants from Sweden to America. Special exhibits feature prominent Swedish-Americans and there is a gift store which sells Dala horses, books and crafts. Stop at the recently restored “Swedish Cathedral” dating from 1892, where generations of Swedish-Americans have worshiped and some services are still conducted in Swedish. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in the neighborhood and stock up on many varieties of baked goods at the Swedish Bakery.


  • Amish Adventure—Kingston Area, WI

    Experience the fascinating Wisconsin Amish Culture in the Kingston area. Learn from a local step-on-guide, visit an Amish school and enjoy some shopping for Amish goodies too. A catered buffet lunch at a local community center is included.


  • Million Dollar Quartet—Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, WI

    The Tony Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Fever”, “Walk the Line”, “Sixteen Tons”, “Who Do You Love?”, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Hound Dog”, and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame...at Million Dollar Quartet! A delicious brunch is included.


  • Beautiful Shrines, Featuring Holy Hill—Milwaukee and Hubertus, WI

    Marvel at Milwaukee’s architectural replica of the Taj Mahal, a unique landmark since 1928. Dine onsite (included) and enjoy a guided tour, learn the background and what the Shrines stand for. Embrace the beauty and the breath-taking view of the Southern Kettle Moraine countryside at “Holy Hill,” The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians. Wear comfortable walking shoes to walk the grounds and/or climb the 178 steps to the top of the observation tower. On the way home we’ll stop at the Elegant Farmer to purchase seasonal goodies, such as their famous apple pie in a bag.


  • Chicago Ghost Tour—Chicago

    Chicago is considered one of the most haunted spots on earth, and many ghost hunters feel it is because of Chicago’s brief but extremely violent past, closeness to water, and the ever-present influence of those most spiritual people—the Native Americans. Following the Eastland and Iroquois Theater disasters, people started noticing apparitions and unusual sensations in alleys and along the riverfront. Events at the historic Hull House led to a series of horrific spiritual manifestations. The building boom in the late 1800’s along Chicago’s second Gold Coast generated a number of post Ft Dearborn Massacre sightings. Also, the story of a scantily clad young girl standing in the snow out near the cemeteries southwest of the city have fed the saga of Resurrection Mary. These and other stories will be shared on this tour. Bring a camera—you never know what or who will make its presence known! Before the tour begins, enjoy a delicious dinner in Greektown (included).


  • A Fireside Christmas— Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, WI

    This season Fireside returns to the tradition that has made The Fireside Dinner Theatre the number one choice for Christmas entertainment for hundreds of thousands of people from around the nation and around the world as they present an all new edition of A Fireside Christmas. It’s their mission each holiday season to bring you a show that will rekindle the true Christmas spirit in all of us. Through songs, stories, and dances—both traditional and original—they commit themselves to capturing the very heart and essence of the holiday season. Each show is new and exciting, with gorgeous new costumes and sets, new songs and dancing, and new ways to tell the familiar stories of the season. What never changes is our faithfulness to the traditions and memories of this most joyous of seasons. A delicious brunch is included.


  • Lake Park Holiday in Milwaukee

    Experience Milwaukee’s Lake Park Bistro, a beautiful French Bistro that sits within a historic park pavilion overlooking Lake Michigan. You’ll love the gorgeous setting with stunning views of the lake while you dine on a delicious lunch. Then visit Historic Pabst Mansion for a self-guided walking tour including three floors, all beautifully decorated for the Holiday. Enjoy a short narrated driving tour of Milwaukee’s highlights and a special stop en route home. Tour and lunch are included in the tour fee.


  • Phantom of the Opera, Cadillac Palace Theatre—Chicago

    Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera will make its highly anticipated return to Chicago this December. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score—with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade”—will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour. Lunch on your own before the 2 p.m. matinee. Register early, tickets are limited.


  • Saturday Night Fever—Drury Lane Theatre

    Grab your bell-bottoms and take a trip back in time with Saturday Night Fever. Based on the 1977 hit film, Saturday Night Fever follows Brooklyn teen, Tony Manero, in his attempt to escape his tribulations by spending weekends at the local discotheque. Watch as Tony tries to win the admiration of the crowd as well as his heartthrob, Stephanie Mangano, with his electric moves. Featuring your favorite Bee Gees songs from the movie such as “Stayin’ Alive” and “More Than a Woman,” Saturday Night Fever is a nostalgic classic that will have you dancing in the aisle. A delicious champagne brunch is included.


  • Mamma Mia!—Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, WI

    Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with this sensational musical. Featuring the music of ABBA, the show has just completed a 14-year run on Broadway and is still playing to sold out houses in the West End of London. The Fireside is the very first area theatre to bring to life the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia the ultimate feel-good show! A mother, a daughter, a Greek island paradise, a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget, and the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A delicious brunch is included.


  • South Pacific—Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, WI

    One of the most celebrated of all shows by the most celebrated of all musical teams, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific is a story of love, of heroism, of courage, of optimism, of America. Set during World War II this epic tale is told with humor, passion, beauty, action, and one of Broadway’s most impressive musical scores featuring such unforgettable songs as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” “There Is Nothing Like a Dame,” “I’m in Love With A Wonderful Guy,” and the beautifully haunting “Bali Hai.” This is one of the very few musicals to have earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Fireside is proud to present this timeless classic in an all new sumptuous production. A delicious brunch is included.


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 Tours

  • 2016 Downton Abbey and English Castles

    8-day tour | 12 meals

    Optional trip cancellation/interruption Insurance—$491
    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 the last two years and will sell out quickly for the 2016 date.

    Highlights:

    • Home Pickup in Chicagoland area
    • Round trip 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, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.


  • Autumn in the Finger Lakes—Motor Coach Tour

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    5-day tour | 8 meals

    Optional trip cancellation/interruption Insurance—$107

    See the beautiful autumn colors in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where you’ll experience wonderful activities and fabulous sites.

    Highlights:

    • Home Pickup in and return
    • 8 meals (3 Deluxe Continental Breakfasts, 1 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners)
    • Lucy Desi Center for Comedy
    • Corning Museum of Glass
    • Chemung Valley History Museum
    • Step on guided tour of Mark Twain exhibit and area
    • Captain Bill’s Seneca Lake Cruise
    • Glenora Wine Cellar Tour and Tasting
    • Belhurst Castle dinner
    • Niagara Adventure Theater
    • Maid of the Mist Boat Cruise at Niagara Falls
    • No passport needed!
    • $25 in Fancy-Free Holidays Travel Rewards

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


  • Arkansas Autumn Foliage featuring Hot Springs and Branson Motor Coach Tour

    6 Days | 9 Meals

    Optional Cancellation Fee Waiver—$60

    See two great shows, cruise two historic riverboats, ride the rails through the mountains and soak in the thermal waters of the Ozarks while taking in the changing of the leaves.

    Trip Preview Friday, July 12, 2016 3 to 4 p.m. in A102 RSVP: (815) 455-8782

    Highlights:

    • Free home or local pickup and return
    • 9 Meals (4 dinners and 5 breakfasts)
    • Spend 2 nights in Hot Springs known for its mineral baths and spas
    • Enjoy a Sunset Dinner Cruise aboard the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat
    • Tour a Hot Springs National Park including Bathhouse Row
    • Visit the Gangster Museum of America
    • Ride the Arkansas-Missouri Scenic Railroad
    • Spend 2 nights in Branson, America’s Entertainment Capital
    • Enjoy dinner and entertainment aboard the Showboat Branson Belle
    • See 2 of the following Branson shows:
    • Clay Cooper’s Music Express
    • Dublin’s Irish Tenors
    • Million Dollar Quartet
    • The Brett Family
    • $30 in Mayflower Money

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


  • A Blue Christmas with Elvis featuring Elvis Holiday Tribute Show and Private Graceland Tour

    5 Days | 9 Meals

    Optional Cancellation Fee Waiver—$60

    Put some blue in your Christmas with a trip to Memphis where you’ll visit a blues club, a blues museum and be treated to an Elvis tribute artist’s Blue Christmas.

    Trip Preview Friday, July 12, 2016 4 to 5 p.m. in A102 RSVP: (815) 455-8782

    Highlights:

    • Free home or local pickup and return
    • 9 Meals (4 dinners, 1 lunch and 4 breakfasts)
    • Take a “musical tour” of Memphis with a local musician guide to see Beale Street, Cotton Row and the Lorraine Motel
    • Enjoy a private dinner of sumptuous Southern cuisine at the Daisy Theater followed by the Elvis Holiday Tribute Show performed by one of the nation’s top tribute artists
    • Visit the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas
    • Included lunch and live blues music at Ground Zero Blues Club, founded by Morgan Freeman
    • Tour the Delta Blues Museum to learn the history of the blues culture which has existed here since the 1920s
    • Private evening tour of Elvis’ Graceland mansion including the living rooms, music room and “jungle” den all decorated for the holiday season along with his gold record, awards and costumes
    • Exclusive Memphis barbeque buffet dinner and private touring in Elvis’ museum complex including the Automobile Museum, Chrome Grill, Rockabilly Diner while Elvis himself plays on the big screen
    • Evening driving tour of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows annual Way of Lights Christmas Illumination Display
    • Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a state-of-the-art facility which documents the life of our nation’s 16th President
    • $25 in Mayflower Money

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


  • 2016 New Year’s in Nashville

    5 Days | 9 Meals

    Optional Cancellation Fee Waiver—$200

    The Opryland Hotel is recognized for its extraordinary service, luxurious rooms and first-class entertainment. You’ll be surrounded by nine acres of lush, indoor gardens, winding rivers and sparkling waterfalls, all under a glass atrium that is 70 degrees year-round! In between day tours and exciting attractions including the newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and the Johnny Cash Museum, you can unwind, shop and explore to your heart’s delight! Most meals are included along with the fabulous New Year’s Eve Dinner Party on the General Jackson Showboat!

    Trip Preview Wednesday, September 7, 2016 5 to 6 p.m. in E217 RSVP: (815) 455-8782

    Highlights:

    • Free home or local pickup and return
    • Roundtrip air from Chicago
    • 7 Meals (4 dinners, 1 brunch and 3 breakfasts)
    • 4 nights at the beautiful Opryland Hotel
    • Franklin Plantations tour
    • The Parthenon, replica of the original in Athens
    • New Year’s Eve party on the General Jackson Showboat
    • Studio B Recording Studio
    • Country Music Hall of Fame
    • Johnny Cash Museum
    • Farewell dinner at The Wild Horse Saloon
    • $25 Fancy-Free Holidays Travel Rewards

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


  • New Orleans by Train

    7 Days | 9 Meals

    Optional Cancellation Fee Waiver—$164

    Stay 2 nights in fabulous New Orleans and experience the excitement of Pre-Mardi Gras. Enjoy reserved seating for the Pre-Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans and a second Pre-Mardi Gras Parade in Lafayette.

    Trip Preview Wednesday, September 7, 2016 3 to 4 p.m. in E217 RSVP: (815) 455-8782

    Highlights:

    • Free home or local pickup and return
    • 9 Meals (4 dinners, 1 lunch, 2 deluxe continental breakfasts and 2 breakfasts)
    • Roundtrip Amtrak (roomette upgrades available)
    • 2 nights in New Orleans
    • New Orleans guided tour
    • Mardi Gras World Museum guided tour
    • New Orleans World War II Museum
    • Beyond All Boundaries 4-D Movie
    • Pre-Mardi Gras Parades
    • Greenwood Gator Farm guided tour and swamp cruise
    • Tabasco plant tour
    • Lafayette Pre-Mardi Gras Parade
    • Cajun dance lessons
    • Houmas House Plantation guided tour and lunch
    • Nottoway Plantation guided tour
    • Overnight at Nottoway Plantation Resort
    • $35 Fancy-Free Holidays Travel Rewards

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


  • Backroads of Sunny Florida featuring three nights at Plantation Resort on Crystal River

    8 Days | 12 Meals

    Unwind in the warmth of Florida without the crowds and hassle. See a side of the Sunshine State made up of literary notables, abundant wildlife, great food and even better sunsets

    Trip Preview Tuesday, September 13, 2016 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in A117 RSVP: (815) 455-8782

    Highlights:

    • Free home or local pickup and return
    • Fully escorted with deluxe motorcoach transportation
    • 12 Meals (3 dinners, 2 lunches and 7 breakfasts)
    • At Marjorie Rawlings Historic State Park, step back in time to see how folks lived in 1930s Florida. Ms. Rawlings wrote The Yearling and other great works.
    • On our Crystal River stay, enjoy the many fun activities and lodging for three nights at the Plantation Resort. We’ll ride a boat into manatee country, The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, and enjoy these mammals close up. The more adventurous participants can even make arrangements to swim with the manatees.
    • Shuffleboard, fishing, golf, a spa,tennis, croquet, horseshoes, indoor and outdoor bar and grills, nature walks, or just relaxing at the great swimming pool with its sun-bathing facilities.
    • Homosassa State Park is just down the road. Here you may see West Indian manatees in the park’s underwater observatory. Other native wildlife is showcased including bears, bobcats, deer, alligators and river otters. Ride a boat to the park entrance.
    • Tarpon Springs on Florida’s “Nature Coast” awaits us. This famous Greek community features a taste of Greece right here in America. Visit their shops, enjoy the Sponge Factory, and have lunch at Hellas, Tarpon Springs’ most famous restaurant.
    • Farewell dinner and live show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse featuring top-notch entertainment.

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


  • Cape Cod and the 100th Birthday of President John F. Kennedy

    5 Days | 8 Meals

    Optional Cancellation Fee Waiver—$145

    Experience the favorite places of JFK. John F. Kennedy, our 35th President, was born on May 29, 1917. Cape Cod was his favorite retreat. “I come to the Cape when I have a tough decision to make.”–JFK

    Trip Preview Wednesday, September 7, 2016 2 to 3 p.m. in E217 RSVP: (815) 455-8782

    Highlights:

    • Roundtrip air from Chicago
    • Free home or local pickup and return in Chicago area
    • 8 Meals (4 dinners and 4 breakfasts) including
      • Lobster dinner
      • JFK birthday party dinner
    • Guided tour of Hyannis
    • JFK Museum
    • Hyannis Harbor Cruise
    • Cape Cod Maritime Museum
    • Touring along Scenic Route 6A
    • Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor’s Center
    • Whale watching cruise (weather permitting)
    • High-Speed Ferry to Nantucket Island
    • Guided tour of Nantucket
    • Panoramic tour of Boston
    • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
    • $25 Fancy-Free Holidays Travel Rewards

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


  • Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube River

    8 Days | 17 Meals

    Please add $75 per person for port charges

    2 for 1 Airfare from Chicago: was $1,700 per person, now $850 per person. Free airfare for solo travelers when paying single rate

    Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Danube, Europe’s most popular river. We travel onboard our exclusively chartered ship exploring the wonderful Christmas Markets of Germany and Austria.

    Trip Preview Tuesday, September 13, 2016 3 to 4:30 p.m. in A117 RSVP: (815) 455-8782

    Highlights:

    • 17 Meals (6 dinners, 5 lunches and 6 breakfasts)
    • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Tours
    • International Cruise Director and Mayflower Tours expert staff on board, plus local guides for shore excursions
    • Experience the Danube River aboard the exclusively chartered MV Emerald Dawn river ship on a six-night cruise
    • Once on board, unpack just once in your tastefully furnished river view stateroom with a window for panoramic viewing
    • Included shore excursions escorted by local, English-speaking guides in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and Vienna
    • Visit the festive atmosphere and Christmas markets in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz and Vienna
    • All meals included on board featuring local and international specialties served at one leisurely seating
    • All onboard dinners are four courses and served with complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks
    • Afternoon tea and late evening snack served daily in the lounge
    • Complimentary WiFi on board
    • Spacious public areas with large picture windows in the lounge, bar and dining room
    • Evening events and insights on board
    • Enhanced touring experience with the use of individual audio headsets
    • Walk-out balcony featured in the suites on Mozart Deck
    • Drop-down French balcony featured in the staterooms on the Mozart and Strauss Decks
    • $40 in Mayflower Money

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


Extended Tours Details

  • For extended trip brochure and information, call Claudia Terrones, (815) 455-8782.
  • Registration is mail-in only.
  • Students may also register in person Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Early registrations are accepted.
  • Refund policies for extended excursions vary and may be found in tour flyer or brochure.

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