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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: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (dates TBD)
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.

Appreciating Architecture… And Why It Matters

Buddhist Temple Tour of Milwaukee

Chicago Shopping and Christkindlmarket

Milwaukee's Hidden Gems

Tour Information Meeting



Wednesday, September 24
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Corona Hall, Room 120

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, On tap for 2015: Southern US coast including Charleston, Savannah, and Jekyll Island, April 22-29; A ‘Grand’ Getaway on Mackinac Island includes two nights at the Grand Hotel and cruise aboard the SS Badger Ferry to Michigan, August 17-20, 2015; Autumn Adventures: Germany and Switzerland, September 21-30, 2015. 


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Saturday, September 13 tour
Pre-Tour lecture Friday, September 12

How do you practice Buddhism? What does a Buddhist temple look like? Where is a good meditation center? Get answers to your questions on a Buddhist temple tour of Milwaukee in a first-hand introduction to names, places and faces. We will meet at the East Side to learn about Zen meditation at a Zen center. We’ll visit a Tibetan Buddhist site to learn about an esoteric form of Buddhism that is growing in popularity, and caravan to the south side to visit a Theravada Buddhist temple operated by the Lao community. Then we’ll visit a Mahayana temple operated by Vietnamese Buddhists. Finally we will examine Nichiren Buddhism at a Japanese Soka Gakkai center on the west side. Along the way we enjoy fellowship at a fine Asian restaurant while dining on delicious Asian cuisine. If you ever wished to explore Buddhist temples, meditation centers or Zendos near you, now is your chance. There is no pressure to join the religion, only an opportunity to expand your horizons. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Milwaukee. Talk to Buddhist masters. Enjoy insights into enlightenment. Bring a friend. Satisfy your spirit with a pub crawl through the Pure Land.

Tour Guide: Michael Mullooly, MA

Friday, September 12 lecture: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 13 tour: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$66 (lunch is on-your-own at the Maharaja Restaurant; participants will drive their own cars/carpool as desired)


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Grohmann Museum, St. Joan of Arc Chapel, The Ambassador Hotel
Friday, October 24 OR Friday, October 31

Sunflower Journeys is pleased to offer a new opportunity to explore those special hometown places that you know of, you would love to visit, but you dislike the hassle of driving and parking! Each semester we will offer a new “Milwaukee’s Hidden Gems” day trip.

For October, we’ll begin in the magnificent glass entryway at the Grohmann Museum where you are warmly welcomed with its floor mosaic, Man at Work. The Museum’s ceiling mural, stained glass, paintings, and bronze sculptures depict 400 years of the evolution of humans at work in its three floors plus rooftop sculpture garden. You will have a privately guided tour and time to explore the exhibition and gift shop on your own.

For more than five centuries the little Gothic chapel once known as Chapelle de St. Martin de Sayssuel was part of the French countryside near Lyon in the Rhone River valley. This medieval structure was later transported stone by numbered stone to the United States and in 1964 donated to Marquette University where it was dedicated to St. Joan of Arc. Our docent-guided tour will present the history of the chapel and its precious medieval artifacts.

Opened in 1928 the stylish Art Deco interior of the Ambassador Hotel has been fully restored. The lounge once presented West Allis piano player Walter Busterkeys, an early stage name of the renowned Liberace. In 1960 John F. Kennedy addressed a United Chemical Workers Convention in the hotel and in 1964 the Ambassador was home to the Beatles for a night.  Enjoy a brief tour of the hotel before enjoying lunch in its Envoy restaurant.

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

October 24: TPD-917-01
October 31: TPD-917-02
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m./Limit 10/$59

(Includes all admission fees and guided tours, lunch, and private 15-passenger van.)
Note: No cancellations after October 17 (for the October 24 tour) or October 24 (for the October 31 tour).


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Galena, IL, and Mineral Point, WI
Friday and Saturday, November 14 & 15

Take a mini holiday with an overnight in Galena! Enjoy the vintage charm and 19th century architecture of Galena’s one-of-a-kind antique and boutique shops, galleries, and cafes that line Main Street. Tour the home of Ulysses S. Grant where he and his family lived before he become president. Spend a relaxing overnight at the elegant Irish Cottage with indoor pool and spa. On Friday evening you’ll dine to Celtic music in Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub, hand-crafted in Ireland and shipped to Galena. Then start Saturday morning with a fresh-cooked Irish breakfast.

En route to Galena on Friday, you’ll visit historic Pendarvis and Mineral Point, where lead mining became a major frenzy before the Gold Rush. Begin with a private tour of the 100-year-old Opera House restored to its original grandeur. With time for lunch you might try a Cornish pasty or “figgyhobbin” dessert; you’ll still have time to browse the art galleries and fabric shops before leaving for Galena.  

This is a perfect girlfriends’ getaway! In fact, it’s perfect for couples, mothers and daughters, or anyone needing a short break from routine.

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

9:00 a.m. Friday – 6:30 p.m. Saturday/$399 per person, shared room (single supplement is $80)

(Includes private motorcoach transportation, one night’s lodging, dinner, breakfast, and Grant home tour.)
Note: No cancellations after November 7 unless substitute is found.


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Friday, December 5

Enjoy your time in Chicago as you’d like: visit Water Tower Place, the Art Institute (including its new Neapolitan Crèche), the shops and cafes along the Magnificent Mile, Macy’s famous Walnut Room (former Marshall Field’s flagship store) on State Street and Randolph, and the 19th Annual Outdoor Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza. Vendors from Europe present a traditional German American holiday market featuring handmade crafts, decorations and ornaments by Käthe Wohlfahrt, Black Forest hand-carved wood, cuckoo clocks, Bavarian crystal, table linens, shawls, strudel, German food specialties, a warming tent serving hot spiced wine, and more!

Board a private coach for a relaxing and hassle-free ride to Chicago. Stops will be made at the Art Institute’s New Modern Art Wing, State and Randolph (near Daley Plaza and the Christmas Market), and at Rush Street near Water Tower and North Michigan Avenue.  At the end of the day, it’s reassuring to know the bus is waiting at State and Randolph for the return trip to Milwaukee. Register soon—this trip fills quickly!

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

8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m./$69

(Includes private motorcoach transportation.)
Note: No cancellations after November 26 unless substitute is found.


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