Activities and Travel - Trips - Southwestern Illinois College

Yanks and Confederates

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Joan Huisinga tells us the stories behind the stories and what roll St Louis played. Hear stories about the Armory and Jefferson Barracks, visit White Haven and learn about the romance between Grant and Julia, discover the Civil War Museum, and more! Cost is $111 per person and includes admissions, lunch, and more! Deadline for reservations is July 21.

Amelia Island, St. Augustine & Jacksonville, FL

September 16 – 23, 2023

This one we added a whole free day at the beach and nights lodging, including five consecutive nights in Florida, 12 meals, a visit to the Fountain of Youth ( who couldn’t use that?), narrated cruise on the St. Johns River, guided tours of Amelia Island, St. Augustine and Jacksonville. Plus, lots of beach time! Price is $859 per person for double, $1,158 for single room.

The Hill

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Spend the morning learning stories from the English, French, Bosnian and Italian groups who have lived on “The Hill” as told by a “Native”. During the afternoon we shop at a bakery and learn how other Italian specialty items are made. Lunch of Sicilian Chicken at Favazza’s. Cost is 97 per person which includes admissions, lunch, and more.
Deadline for reservations is September 12.

Almost Heaven in West Virginia!

Oct. 28 to Nov. 2, 2023

In conjunction with the SWIC Foundation Department. Highlights include the New River Gorge; tour a coal mine; 2 nights at the Greenbrier Resort; Monticello; and Skyline Drive! Call or e-mail Nancy for pricing and a brochure.

Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains show trip

November 13 – 17, 2023

We love the trips that we get there in one day! Trip includes four nights lodging in the Smokies, eight meals, four shows including a Christmas Show, magic show ( its incredible!) Motown and Country! And free time in Gatlinburg to explore the many shops, enjoy scenery and decorations and maybe even a gondola ride to the top of the Smokies. Cost is $705 per person for double room, $854 for single.

Christmas in Kansas City

November 28 – December 1, 2023

Travel to Kansas City by Amtrak to be immersed in the festive traditions and dazzling displays of Christmas cheer in “the Heart of America!” Marvel at the millions of lights that adorn the city, discover the history of Hallmark, do some holiday shopping, and saver some famous KC barbecue! Pricing begins at $1,599 per person, double. Final payment due on/before October 1, 2023. Call Nancy for a flyer.


Feb. 4-13, 2024

Trip limited to 16 people! 3 islands. Highlights include: Pearl Harbor; Iolani Palace; a river cruise; and the Maui Tropical Plantation. Pricing has just been finalized. Call or e-mail Nancy for a brochure.

Alpine Swiss Villages & Rails

July 2 – 10, 2024

In conjunction with the SWIC Foundation Department. Highlights include: 6 nights at one hotel, small cities and parks, glaciers and waterfalls, several train rides, a cruise, a cable car ride, a walking tour of Lucerne, and much more. Price begins at $5369 per person. Air from STL and 12 meals are included. Call or e-mail Nancy for a brochure.

In the Works:

For more information on any of these trips, call Nancy at 618-234-4410, ext. 7020 or 314-436-3128, ext. 7020 or email Nancy Bauer at

PSOP trip reservation form

All day trip fees include escort, motor coach, entrance fees, taxes and gratuities. Confirmation letters will be mailed about a week prior to the event. If cancellation is received seven working days or less to the start of the trip, and a replacement is found, then a full refund less a $5 processing fee will be given.