Travel with PBS Wisconsin

Travel with PBS Wisconsin

Traveling with PBS Wisconsin and Holiday Vacations means enjoying rich cultural context and a worry-free experience. The result: a true trip of a lifetime.

Just as PBS Wisconsin’s programming shares the world with viewers, these trips extend the station’s mission – often making connections with programs travelers know and love. If our programs are a window to the world, travel is a wide-open door to walk through.

What PBS Wisconsin Travelers are Saying

“Our trip was beautifully planned with just the right amount of planned vs. free time and provided meals vs. meals on our own. Our British guide was fabulous and our PBS Wisconsin host was delightful!”

“It’s time—and money—well spent. Holiday Vacations is a quality tour organizer and adding PBS Wisconsin only enhances the experience.”

“The trip was well planned. Everything was taken care of. I especially liked the fact that I did not need to worry about transportation to the airport. All our accommodations were excellent.”

Why Travel with PBS Wisconsin

  • Travel with the best. Wisconsin-based Holiday Vacations has built an unparalleled reputation for excellence since 1973.
  • See the world with other public television supporters who are eager to learn, grow and revel in history and culture.
  • Experience real-life travel links to PBS Wisconsin programming.
  • Stay connected to fellow trip participants and PBS Wisconsin’s wider community of travelers with invitations to special PBS Wisconsin events and travel reunions.

Ready to Join Us? Pick Your Trip Below:

Lush green coastal landscape with grazing sheep in the foreground, a sandy beach with distinct rocky formations, and a village nestled between rolling hills overlooking the deep blue sea.

Scotland & Northern Ireland
May 7-17, 2024

Join host Eric Greiling, Friends of PBS Wisconsin Executive Director

Discover the gorgeous scenery, interesting folklore, and friendly people of Scotland & Northern Ireland. We begin our adventure with a tour of Glasgow, Scotland’s most vibrant city, before traveling to Edinburgh with time in medieval Old Town, the Royal Yacht Britannia, and Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy a visit to Inverary Castle and a picturesque Loch Lomond cruise, then take an impressive Superferry ride to Northern Ireland, where we begin exploring Belfast’s top sights, including the award-winning Titanic Belfast Museum. Soak up in breathtaking coastal views during our journey to the geological wonder of Giant’s Causeway and uncover rich history in the walled city of Derry. We also stroll through the castle gardens in Glenveagh National Park, learn how whiskey is made, and observe the skilled craftsmanship at Belleek Pottery. Our tour concludes with an immersive experience at Taylors Three Rock Dinner and Show, featuring incredible cuisine, music, and Irish dancing.

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Serene alpine lake reflecting towering forested mountains and distant snow-capped peaks, with scattered clouds overhead.

Canadian Rockies, Vancouver, Victoria
June 18 – 27, 2024

Join host Dulce Maria Vlisides, PBS Wisconsin Associate Director of Community Engagement & Impact

Discover the Canadian Rockies and vibrant cities of Western Canada, featuring two breathtaking national parks and one overnight scenic rail journey. Begin in Calgary, just east of the Rockies, and explore its art, history, and culture. Visit Banff for a guided tour of the city and national park, before enjoying a savory lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel. Travel along Icefields Parkway and feel the powerful beauty of Athabasca Glacier up-close at the Columbia Icefield. Next, we board VIA Rail’s Canadian train for phenomenal mountain views and decadent onboard service as we travel in comfortable Sleeper Plus cars for a top-class experience. Arrive in Vancouver and find your adventurous side with a thrilling walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge! The next day, take a ferry to Vancouver Island and visit the remarkable Butchart Gardens® with time to roam independently. Then spend two evenings in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, to witness the rich culture and British atmosphere during a guided tour and time at leisure. Our adventure concludes with a ferry ride to Washington State, where we drive along the Olympic Peninsula and arrive in Seattle for a wonderful Farewell Dinner.

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Panoramic view of Barcelona from Park Güell, showcasing Gaudí's architectural designs in the foreground, with the city skyline stretching out to the sea in the background.

Sunny Spain & Portugal
Sept 24-Oct. 4, 2024

Join host Aimee Granger, PBS Wisconsin Managing Director of Legacy Giving

Discover the fascinating history, vibrant cities, and breathtaking beauty of Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, featuring Portugal and Spain’s top highlights with ample time at leisure throughout. Arrive in the charming city of Lisbon for a guided tour, then travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of romantic Sintra and visit Pena Palace. Explore the well-preserved city of Evora and admire its medieval wall enclosure prior to crossing the border into Seville, Spain to marvel at the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Journey into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to experience Moorish culture in Granada while viewing spectacular palaces dating back to the ninth century. Immerse yourself in ancient Toledo’s three distinct cultures, medieval Arab, Hebrew, and Christian followed by two evenings in Spain’s vibrant capital city of Madrid. Learn about centuries of Spanish history on a guided tour that includes the Royal Palace of Madrid, the largest palace in Western Europe. Embark on a delightful train ride to cosmopolitan Barcelona and enjoy two full days of soaking up the city’s exceptional attractions before concluding our unforgettable trip with a special Farewell Dinner.

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