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Alverno Travel Courses

Telesis Daytrips & Travel

Alverno Travel Courses

If you are interested in joining one of these travel courses as a community student (not for credit), please contact Judeen Schulte in the International & Intercultural Center at 414-382-6099 for paperwork.


Class Dates: Every other Wednesday starting January 28, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Travel Dates: May 30 -June 13, 2015

Led by Amy Shapiro and Sue DaBaco

Trip Cost: estimated $4,990
Please visit for itinerary and more details.



Class Dates: Mondays, 4:10 – 7:00 p.m., February 3, March 3, March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5, and one post-trip class, date TBD
Travel dates:
 May 25 -June 7, 2015
Led by Daniel Leister and Elizabeth Siercks

Trip Cost: Estimated $3,700
More details: Art and Religion in Asia




Trips & Travel

Embark on day-long journeys to explore regional destinations and hidden treasures.

Appleton's Hometown Boy: Houdini Museum and Appleton Historic Sites Daytrip

Milwaukee's Hidden Gems

Oriental Institute & Chinatown Chicago Daytrip

Tour Information Meeting

Zen Morning in Milwaukee



Saturday, February 28
10:00 a.m. – noon
Clare Hall, Room 105

Meet Charlene and Oswald Lettrari of Sunflower Journeys, experienced tour planners and guides for Telesis since 1997! Learn about exciting travel opportunities and upcoming booking deadlines or contact Sunflower Journeys for a brochure at 414-761-5848, 2015 trips coming up: Charleston, Savannah, and Jekyll Island (April 22 – 29); A “Grand” Getaway On Mackinac Island including two nights at the Grand Hotel and a cruise aboard the SS Badger Ferry (August 17 – 20); Autumn Adventure in Germany & Switzerland: Cologne, Rhine Valley, Baden-Baden, Lucerne, and much more (September 21 – October 1); and Built to Impress: Columbus, Indiana & Brown County Artists’ Colony, including one of the best displays of modern architecture with a blend of small-city hospitality, private tours of Cummins Diesel Plant and Cummins CEO home and gardens, and the county's artisan shops and cafes (October 18 – 21).


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Saturday, March 21

Visit the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, offering a glimpse into the beginnings of civilization with its world-class collection of artifacts from the ancient Middle East (10,000 BC – AD 650). These lands were called the “orient” at the turn of the last century because they were located on the continent of Asia. Many of the artifacts were excavated by Oriental Institute archaeologists, eager to unearth the past and preserve these treasures from Egypt, Turkey, Persia, Syro-Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and Nubia. Stop at The Suq (museum shop) for books about the ancient world and gifts from today’s Middle East. Nearby on the University of Chicago campus are the Rockefeller Chapel and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. Then it’s on to Chicago’s bustling Chinatown to enjoy lunch on your own and a stroll among the specialty shops on Wentworth Avenue before returning to Milwaukee.

Tour Guides: Charlene Faiola-Lettrari and Oswald Lettrari, Sunflower Journeys

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m./$75

(Includes admission to the Oriental Institute and private motorcoach transportation.)
Note: No cancellations after March 13 unless substitute is found.


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Saturday, April 18

Though he claimed Appleton as his birthplace, legendary magician Harry Houdini was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1874. Learn why the Fox Valley is known as the Paper Valley and see where celebrities such as Houdini, Edna Ferber, and Joseph McCarthy called home. A step-on guide from the Museum at the Castle will give historical background of some of the people, places, and events that shaped Appleton today. After the 1.5 hour tour you will visit the History Museum at the Castle where interactive stations of some of Houdini’s magic (shaking free of shackles or escaping from a straitjacket) can be explored. Then enjoy a delicious lunch at Pullman’s Restaurant at Trolley Square, offering a view of the river along with a choice of sandwiches, sides, and beverage. There will be time to browse some of the “shops on the Avenue” before returning to Milwaukee.

Tour Guides: Charlene Faiola-Lettrari and Oswald Lettrari, Sunflower Journeys

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m./$89

(Includes private motorcoach, step-on guide, admission to the History Museum at the Castle, and lunch with tax & tip.)
Note: No cancellations after April 9 unless substitute is found.


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Friday, May 29

Originally considered “gardens of the poor,” parks were designed to offer the joys of nature and beauty to those who could not afford the manicured gardens of the wealthy. Eminent architect Frederick Law Olmsted was commissioned to design Milwaukee’s Lake Park in the style of the great parks in Europe. Join us to learn more about the history and features of Lake Park with a docent/historian from the Friends of Lake Park.

Guiding ships on Lake Michigan for more than 140 years, the Northpoint Lighthouse was decommissioned by the US Coast Guard in 1994; in 2007 it was opened to the public as a Maritime Museum and placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Enjoy a guided tour of the restored lighthouse and a box lunch from Sendik’s Tres Bon Catering. Please indicate meat or vegetarian choice of sandwich at the time of registration. Lunch will also include fruit, chips, and beverage.

Finally, step back in time to the 1920s when the Italian Renaissance Villa & Garden was the home of AO Smith President and CEO Lloyd Smith and his family. Today Villa Terrace is a Decorative Arts Museum overlooking Lake Michigan. You will be guided through the fine and decorative arts of the former home and its restored Renaissance Garden.

Tour Guides: Charlene Faiola-Lettrari and Oswald Lettrari, Sunflower Journeys

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m./Limit 10/$59

(Includes transportation, tours of Northpoint Lighthouse and Villa Terrace, donation to Friends of Lake Park, and box lunch. Hidden Gems Daytrips travel in a passenger van and are limited to 10 persons.)
Note: No cancellations after May 13 unless a substitute is found.


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