Trips and Tours

Travel to far-away destinations or make new discoveries close to home


Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service with these
three amazing tours!

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Traverse City

Discover miles of sugar-sand beaches and sky-high dunes at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – voted the “most beautiful place in America.” On this two-night adventure to northern Michigan, you’ll enjoy views of the park along with shopping, tours (Frederik Meijer Gardens and more) and dining in charming Traverse City and surrounding areas. Conditions permitting, witness the amazing seas of breathtaking white blossoms from acre-upon-rolling acre of cherry trees. Lodging at the delightful Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City.   

May 22-24, 2016
Depart WCC: May 22 at 6:30 a.m.
Return WCC: May 24 at 9:00 p.m.
$429 per person, double (registration begins March 7, 2016)

Yellowstone Photography Trek
Mike's Photography Treks

Experience the majesty of Yellowstone National Park on this amazing hands-on photography adventure. Professional landscape and wildlife photographer Mike Smith instructs and leads this six-day trek into Yellowstone. Each day is packed with opportunities to experience the beauty of nature from both sides of the lens. Due to the high level of individualized photography instruction provided this trip is limited to six participants. Find more details and register at

September 10 – 17, 2016
$2,850 - $2,995 per person, double

Pullman National Monument and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Discover the story of American opportunity at the newly designated Pullman National Monument, a planned utopian community famed for its urban design and architecture. Then, it’s on to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, featuring rugged dunes, wetlands, prairies, meandering rivers and peaceful forests along with the original 1933 Century of Progress homes built for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Includes ranger led lectures and the (rare) opportunity to tour a Craftsman Cottage (or similar) at Pullman and one of the Century of Progress homes at Indiana Dunes.  

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Depart WCC: 7:15 a.m.
Arrive WCC: 6:30 p.m.
$99 (registration begins May 2, 2016)


Legends in Concert at the Fireside Theatre

“Legends in Concert” presents dynamic and talented performers re-creating the unforgettable concert appearances of iconic superstars including Carrie Underwood, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Buddy Holly, Whitney Houston and Elvis Presley.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Gems Around the Grove

Grab your "white bag" and fill it with goodies during this unique excursion to Funks Grove, Illinois. Tour the Funk Prairie Home and the gem and mineral collection featuring strange and exotic minerals. A stop at the Funks Grove Church features treasures built from local timber. Conditions permitting, enjoy the sweet benefits of native maple trees at the Funks Grove Maple Sirup Camp. Enjoy lunch at The Palms Grill Café in Atlanta.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Downton Abbey, Glamour and Glitz

Downton Abbey fans will delight in the Driehaus Museum exhibit featuring more than 35 costumes from the popular British television series. Then, experience the elegant lifestyles of the Chicago elite. Stops include the glamour of a country club; an elegant grand hotel that has welcomed dignitaries, presidents and celebrities for over 80 years; a house of worship created by the Who's Who of the Gold Coast. Enjoy Lunch at Pazzo's Grill.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
7:45 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sister Act at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse

Based on the hit 1992 film featuring Whoopi Goldberg, this rousing production of “Sister Act” will have you jumping to your feet! Don’t miss the area premiere of this feel-good musical filled with powerful music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Feel the Warmth of the Florida Keys
Mayflower Tours

Shed that winter coat and curl your toes in the warm sand of the Sunshine State. Shimmering waters, powdery beaches, history, culture and nature await you in this delightful Florida get-away.

January 30 – February 12, 2016
From $2,998 per person, double

Gulf Shore Breezes – Value Tour
Mayflower Tours

Feel the warm breezes of Gulf Shore from the comfort of your beachfront hotel. Tap your toes in Nashville – “The Music City” - and visit maritime museums and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. This Value Tour wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the French Quarter shopping district.

March 5-12, 2016
From $1.498 per person, double

Panama Canal Cruise
Mayflower Tours

This sixteen-day cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines Pearl takes you through the Panama Canal – an engineering marvel and the world’s greatest shortcut! Stops in Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico’s Riviera highlight this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

April 13-30, 2016
From $2,299 per person, double (includes round-trip air from Chicago)

Gardens and Mansions
Premier World Discovery

Imagine yourself in the “Big Easy” when the flowers are in full bloom and the Antebellum Mansions glimmer in the sun. Languid nights in the French quarter, Cajun cuisine and a steamboat cruise highlight your magical journey.

May 15-21, 2016
From $2,315 per person, double (includes round-trip air from Chicago)

Downton Abbey and English Castles
Fancy Free Vacations

Highclere Castle - set amidst acres of spectacular parkland is one of England's most beautiful Victorian castles and the filming location for the popular series “Downton Abbey”.  This grand tour also includes visits to The British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and other amazing historical landmarks.

August 6-13, 2016
From $4,577 per person, double (includes round-trip air from Chicago)

Small Ship Cruising on America's Great Lakes
Mayflower Tours

See all five Great Lakes on an11-day journey aboard the luxurious MS Saint Laurent. Tour Toronto and area wineries. Experience the majesty of the Niagara Falls aboard the new Hornblower cruise vessel. A full day on beautiful Mackinac Island top off this magical cruise!

August 12 - 23, 2016
From $4,769 per person, double

Nova Scotia and Canada’s Maritimes
Featuring Halifax, the Cabot Trail and Prince Edward Island
Mayflower Tours

Home to the world’s highest tides, breathtaking beaches and forests, historic harbors and the freshest seafood, Nova Scotia is where memories are made.

September 9-17, 2016
From $2,698 per person, double (includes round-trip air from Chicago)

Fall Colors of New England, Quebec and Montreal
Vacations by Rail

Dramatic rail excursions, grand hotel stays and brilliant autumn scenery highlight this fall foliage adventure

October 2-12, 2016
From $2,699 per person, double

For more information on trips and tours, please call our travel specialist
at (630) 466-2360


To register for day trips:

1. Download and complete the Day Trip Reservation Form.

2. Mail, FAX or return the completed form to the location indicated.

To register for extended tours:

Please call our travel specialist Barb Jachna at (630) 466-2360
for complete details.