Day Trips & Travel Programs

From trips to theatre productions to tours of California wine country to international travel, there's a variety of opportunities to explore the world with day trips and travel programs at the WSU Retiree Center.

You do not need to be a Winona State retiree to enjoy our day trips and travel opportunities. These experiences are open to all adults who are interested!

Greece and Its Islands: October 2023

This 9-day trip will depart on October 9, 2023. The cost is $5879 pp double. 
Trip Highlights:
  •  Discover the magnificent ruins of Ancient Greece and bask in the brilliance of the Mediterranean. This comprehensive journey explores Greece's most important ancient monuments, including the famed Temple of Zeus, the archeological site of Olympia and ancient artifacts of Delphi. 
  • Explore Athens on a comprehensive tour of the incredible Arcopolis. 
  • Visit a local farm in the countryside to see how olive oil and wine are produced.
  •  Learn how to cook traditional Mediterranean cuisine during a cooking demonstration. 
  • Wander the winding streets, vineyards, marketplaces and beaches of Mykonos and Santorini.
  •  Explore the excavations of the ancient city of Akoritri the most important prehistoric settlement found anywhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. 
  • Learn the history of this fascinating country from local experts on guided tours of the Athens, Meteor, Delphi, and Olympia. 
  • Throughout your journey, experience the iconic sights of Greece's Classical age with ample time to explore your own.

The cost is $3979 pp double. This 7-day trip will depart on August 15, 2023
Trip Highlights:
  •  Ice Fields, rushing waterfalls, glacial peak, and towering summits are just a few of the wonders awaiting you in the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park.
  •  Visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world's oldest, best persevered buffalo jumps. 
  • Ride aboard a Jammer (open-air touring car) during a visit to Glacier National Park. Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway.
  •  Stop at Athabasca Glacier and choose to ride across this mass of glacier ice or take a walk on the glass bottom platform at the Glacier Skywalk. 
  • Explore Bow Falls and Surprise Corner. Visit the incomparable Lake Louise. 
  • Get ready for an adventure that brings together the expanse of the prairies, the majesty of the Canadian Rockies, and Montana's Glacier National Park. 

Beetlejuice: Day Trip

September 2023 


To Kill a Mockingbird: Day Trip

February 2023


Hamilton: Day Trip

April 25, 2023

Past Events

Cuba Discovery

Oct. 17-23 2022

Trip Highlights:

  • 5 nights in Havana
  • Museum of the Revolution
  • Old Havana Walking Tour
  • Artist Jose Fuster
  • Cigar Factory Tour
  • Colon Cemetery
  • Havana Club Rum Museum
  • Hemingway’s Farm
  • Habana Compass Dance Group Performance
  • Old Style Classic Car Club
  • Nacional Hotel Tour
  • Pinar Del Rio & Vinales Valley
  • Tobacco Farm & Farmhouse Visit

View the Cuba Trip Itinerary and Reservation Details. (PDF)

Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations Event

July 10, 2022

Trip Itinerary

  • 8:45am – Board bus at Phillips Bus Company parking lot (12th and Main)
  • 11:00am – Arrive in Minneapolis
  • 11:15am – Lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery
  • 1:00pm – Showtime (plan to arrive by 12:30pm to find your seats)
  • 3:45pm - Board the bus for Winona 
  • 6:00pm – Arrive at the Phillips Bus Company parking lot
 
The cost of the trip is $110/person and includes your ticket to the play, dinner at Rock Bottom Brewery (not including alcoholic beverages), the bus ride (including snacks and water) and tip for the bus driver.  

Moulin Rouge!: The Musical Day Trip

May 19 2022

Trip Itinerary

  • 8:45am – Board bus at Phillips Bus Company parking lot (12th and Main)
  • 11:00am – Arrive in Minneapolis
  • 11:15am – Lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery
  • 1:00pm – Showtime (plan to arrive by 12:30pm to find your seats)
  • 3:45pm - Board the bus for Winona
  • 6:00pm – Arrive at the Phillips Bus Company parking lot
 
The cost of the trip is $150/person and includes your ticket to the play, dinner at Rock Bottom Brewery (not including alcoholic beverages), the bus ride (including snacks and water) and tip for the bus driver.  

Disney’s Frozen the Musical Day Trip

October 19, 2021

Trip Itinerary:

2pm – Board bus at Phillips Bus Company parking lot (12th and Main)
4:30pm – Arrive in Minneapolis
5pm – Early dinner at Rock Bottom Brewery
7:30pm – Showtime (plan to arrive at 7:00pm to find your seats)
9:45pm - Board the bus for Winona
Midnight – Arrive at the Phillips Bus Company parking lot

The cost of the trip is $110/person and includes your ticket to the play, dinner at Rock Bottom Brewery (not including alcoholic beverages), the bus ride (including snacks and water) and tip for the bus driver.

Vikings Game Day Trip

September 26, 2021

Trip Itinerary:

  • Leave Philips Bus Parking Lot: 11:45 a.m.
  • Arrive at U.S. Bank Stadium: Approximately 2:30 p.m.
  • Game Time: 3:30 - approximately 6:30 p.m.
  • Board bus back to Winona: 7:00 p.m.
  • Arrive at Phillips Bus Parking Lot: Approximately 9:30 p.m.

The cost for this trip will be $110.00.  This price includes your ticket to the game, the bus ride (snacks/water included). and a tip for the driver.  Our tickets are located in Section 321 of U.S. Bank Stadium and are in rows 14-18.

New England Rails and Trails

Oct. 3-11, 2020

Multi-night stays in North Conway, NH, Burlington, VT & Portland, ME

Trip Highlights:

  • 2 Rail Journeys (Conway Scenic Railroad & Mt. Washington Cog Rail)
  • Boston City Tour & Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Billings Farm & Museum
  • Woodstock
  • Maple Sugar Farm
  • Ben & Jerry’s Factory
  • Shelburne Museum
  • Casco Bay Cruise
  • Kancamangus Highway
  • Quechee Gorge
  • Cold Hollow Cider Mill
  • Portland Lighthouse
  • Lobster Farewell Dinner

View the New England Trip Itinerary and Reservation Details. (PDF)


Nova Scotia & the Canadian Maritimes Trip

September 9, 2021

The cost is $3379 pp double.

Some of the trip highlights are:

  • Halifax City Tour
  • Peggy’s Cove
  • Alexander Graham Bell Museum
  • Baddeck
  • Cabot Trail
  • Cape Breton National Park
  • Prince Edward Island Tour
  • Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
  • Green Gables Farmhouse
  • Hopewell Rocks
  • Bay of Fundy
  • Lunenburg Walking Tour
  • College of Piping
  • Multi-Night Stays in Baddeck, Charlottetown & Halifax

View the Nova Scotia & the Canadian Maritimes Trip flyer (PDF).

Treasures of Ireland Trip

Oct. 15-25, 2019

Highlights

  • 2 Nights in Belfast
  • 2 Nights in Dublin
  • 2 Nights in Killarney
  • Dublin City Tour
  • Trinity College - Book of Kells
  • Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery
  • Giants Causeway
  • Belfast City Tour & Titanic Belfast
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Medieval Banquet
  • Glendalough & St. Kevin’s
  • Killarney & Jaunting Car Ride
  • Limerick & Galway
  • Blarney Castle & Woolen Mills
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Adare & Foynes

View the Ireland Trip Itinerary and Reservation Details (PDF).


Steel Magnolias Day Trip

November 3, 2019

Trip Itinerary:

8:15am – Board bus at Phillips Bus Company parking lot (12th and Main)
10:45am – Brunch at Granite City
1pm – Showtime (we will plan to arrive by 12:30 to give everyone ample time to find seats)
4pm - Board the bus for Winona
6:30pm – Arrive at the Phillips Bus Company parking lot

The cost of the trip is $115 per person and includes your ticket to the play, brunch at Granite City Food & Brewery (not including alcoholic beverages), the bus ride (including snacks and water) and tip for the bus driver.

Disney's Frozen Musical Day Trip
Nova Scotia Trip
Bell Museum Day Trip
Tour of Minneapolis Institute of Arts & Walker Center
Great Trains & Grand Canyons
Dear Evan Hansen Day Trip
Treasures Ireland 
Steel Magnolias

California Rail Discovery Trip

MN Vikings Football Game

Munich's Oktoberfest & Danube River Cruise

Beautiful Day Trip - Carole King

State Capitol Tour

Wicked - Theater Production

Cape Cod Trip