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Program #21180RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Aug 7 — Aug 19, 2013

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Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The cozy and comfortable character of “Hotel Normandy” remains, while guests enjoy the most current features and amenities. The hotel is conveniently located near downtown. All major banks, government offices and commercial buildings are an easy walk from the hotel, as are the Guthrie Theater, Orpheum Theater, the State Theater, The Pantages Theater, Orchestra Hall, and all downtown entertainment venues.

Contact info:
405 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404 USA
phone: 612-370-1400
web: www.bestwesternnormandy.com

Room amenities: All rooms feature large work desks with ergonomic chairs, comfortable upholstered chairs with ottomans, flat screen TV with high definition programming, luxurious “euro-style” bedding, free high-speed wireless Internet access, an alarm clock, coffee and tea making facilities, a hair dryer, free local calls, and long distance access.

Facility amenities: The hotel features a beautiful garden atrium with an in-door pool, whirlpool and sauna, a complete exercise studio, and free Internet. The Normandy Kitchen Cafe & Bar, established in 1941, is a popular Minneapolis eatery and bar serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The Normandy Kitchen features a menu of inspired comfort foods and desserts, all prepared from scratch. Room service is available, and there is a late night menu on weekends.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
To book additional nights, please call the Road Scholar Amherst office (413) 253-9736.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, August 07 - Welcome Orientation
Afternoon: Independent arrivals in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM in the Normandy Continental Room at the hotel.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner.

Evening: Musical Entertainment.

Lodging: Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Thursday, August 08 - Minneapolis, Minnesota / Embark Yorktown
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Take in a lecture about the Twin Cities before exploring the Mill City Museum, located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer via coach to Duluth. Embark the Yorktown at 4:00 PM. Late afternoon embarkation briefing, introduction of ship staff, and safety drill. Sail from Duluth in the late afternoon and enjoy a Road Scholar champagne toast.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Friday, August 09 - Houghton, Michigan / Keweenaw Peninsula
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Today Yorktown will navigate through the Portage Waterway, the narrow channel that separates Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula from the mainland, to call at quaint Houghton, built on a bluff facing the channel. Keweenaw witnessed the country’s first mineral rush, when vast deposits of copper were discovered in 1840. By the time the rush was over early in the 20th century, copper had generated enormous wealth, estimated to be ten times more than the money generated by the California Gold Rush. The legacy of the copper rush is still evident today in the abandoned mines, deserted settlements nestled in the forest, and the opulent buildings in the region’s towns.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Learn about the history of copper mining in Michigan during an afternoon excursion of Quincy Mine. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Saturday, August 10 - Marquette, Michigan / Pictured Rocks
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: This morning Yorktown calls in Marquette, a picturesque city on Lake Superior where you will have a choice of excursions. Option #1: Maritime Museum and Lighthouse: Enjoy a short walking excursion starting in Marquette’s Lower Harbor. Learn about the rich history of the harbor, then visit Marquette Maritime Museum and explore the historic Marquette Lighthouse. OR Option #2: Hiking in Presque Ile Park: Take a short drive to Presque Ile Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and considered to be “the finest natural city park in the world”. During a 1 – 2 mile hike, learn about the park’s history and see many of its natural attractions. Aside from a gradual incline at the start of the hike, the walking will be on a relatively flat surface for most of the hike.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Sail from Marquette around mid-day. Later this afternoon cruise along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, viewing its 40-mile stretch of natural wonders including sandstone cliffs, caves and other formations. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Sunday, August 11 - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Yorktown transits the Soo Locks, known as the busiest in the world, where some 12,000 ships pass annually. Dock at Sault Ste. Marie where you will have a choice of excursions. Option #1: Full Day Agawa Canyon Train Tour: Cross the border into Canada for an all day train ride (8:00am until 6:00pm) traveling over towering trestles, alongside pristine lakes and rivers and through awesome granite rock formations and a variety of forests of the Canadian Shield. The train makes an hour and a half stop at the floor of Agawa Canyon where there are walking trails for views of the canyon and several waterfalls. A box lunch will be provided. Retrace the route back to Sault Ste. Marie. OR Option #2: Morning excursion of Sault Ste. Marie; afternoon excursion to the Point Iroquois Lighthouse or time at leisure in Sault Ste. Marie. Spend the morning exploring Sault Ste. Marie, including visits to Soo Locks Park and its viewing platform over the locks, the Museum Ship Valley Camp, a 1917 Great Lakes freighter, now a museum, and the Tower of History which gives a panoramic view of the entire area including the Soo Locks, St. Mary’s River and the Canadian wilderness and also has exhibits on the history of the area. Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, drive approximately 30 minutes outside of Sault Ste. Marie to the Point Iroquois Lighthouse, resting on a bluff above Lake Superior. Climb the lighthouse for views of the entire coastline, see the lighthouse keeper’s memorabilia and walk on the boardwalk to the beach. Alternatively, spend the afternoon at leisure in Sault Ste. Marie with free time to browse the shops with Michigan made products.

Lunch: Lunch will depend on your choice of excursion.

Afternoon: Continue the excursion of your choice. Sail from Sault Ste. Marie in the early evening. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Monday, August 12 - Manistique, Michigan
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Spend the morning sailing into Lake Michigan to call at Manistique, a small town on the bucolic Garden Peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Disembark for an excursion to Palms Brook State Park for a view of Kitch-Iti-Kipi or Big Spring and Fayette State Park, once the center of a large smelting operation and now a restored historic site.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Tuesday, August 13 - Mackinac Island, Michigan
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Arrive in beautiful Mackinac Island, a Victorian-era haven where cars are forbidden and bicycles share the road with horse-drawn carriages. You will have a choice of morning excursions. Option #1: Tour of Mackinac including Fort Mackinac. View the sights of Mackinac including Arch Rock during a horse and carriage ride and visit the Grand Hotel and Fort Mackinac. OR Option #2: Kayaking. After a kayak safety and paddling introduction, board kayaks for a scenic 1 ½ to 2 hour paddle around the harbor and, weather permitting, past the east breakwall and on to Arch Rock. All equipment will be provided and this ride is suitable for beginners. (limited participation)

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: This afternoon learn about the history of the famous Grand Hotel on a Road Scholar field trip with lecture and self-guided tour. Then enjoy some free time to stroll along streets lined with ginger-bread trimmed buildings and browse in the charming shops. Sail from Mackinac Island in the late afternoon. Please note that the timing for the Road Scholar visit of the Grand Hotel may be subject to change.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Wednesday, August 14 - Alpena, Michigan / Presque Isle
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Arrive in Thunder Bay to call at the lovely town of Alpena, home to an outstanding maritime museum with displays on Great Lakes maritime history. You will have a choice of morning excursions. Option #1: Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. Follow the Thunder Bay River and walk along the Maritime Heritage Trail to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. Through its exhibits and expert guides, learn about the history of the region as it relates to shipping on the lakes and see the archaeological conservation lab and shipwreck artifact gallery. OR Option #2: Presque Isle Lighthouses. Drive approximately 30 minutes from Alpena to Presque Isle to view the Old Presque Isle lighthouse, built in 1840 and one of the oldest surviving lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Continue to the New Presque Isle Light Station, built in 1870. Explore this lighthouse and the museum housed in the lighthouse keeper’s residence. Also walk the lovely grounds and nature trails and watch for birds.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Sail from Alpena in the early afternoon and cruise Lake Huron enroute to Detroit. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Thursday, August 15 - Detroit, Michigan
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Early in the morning Yorktown navigates the St. Clair River and enters Lake St. Clair to reach the city of Detroit in the late morning.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will have a choice of excursions. Option #1: The Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. After an overview excursion of Detroit, continue to The Henry Ford Museum, which originated with Ford’s personal collection of historic objects and his desire to preserve them and to portray the Industrial Revolution. Also visit the adjacent Greenfield Village, a collection of 83 authentic and historic structures from American’s past. Explore these museums on your own. Return to the ship in the late afternoon. OR Option #2: Ford Rouge Plant Tour & The Henry Ford Museum. After an overview excursion of Detroit, travel to the Ford Rouge Factory for a self-guided tour. Learn about the history of the plant and the making of automobiles through short films that include rarely seen historic footage. Then transfer a short distance to the Henry Ford Museum which originated with Ford’s personal collection of historic objects and his desire to preserve them and to portray the Industrial Revolution. Explore the museum on your own. Return to the ship in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Sail from Detroit in the late evening.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Friday, August 16 - Cruising Lake Erie
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: At sea. Take in the beautiful views of these freshwater seas. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: At sea. Relax on deck. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Saturday, August 17 - Welland Canal / Niagara Falls, New York
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Arrive this morning at Port Colborne. Disembark for a morning excursion to Niagara Falls including a thrilling Maid of the Mist boat ride to the base of the falls.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Yorktown begins the dramatic passage from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario via the Welland Canal. A series of seven locks designed as a continuous flight of “stairs” lowers Yorktown 324 feet over a distance of 27 miles. From the decks of the ship witness the mechanics of this engineering marvel, which took over 100 years to complete. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Westin Harbour Castle is located on the vibrant waterfront of Lake Ontario in downtown Toronto near the Air Canada Center and CN Tower. Canada's largest city, Toronto is the cultural, financial and entertainment capital of Canada. The Westin Harbour Castle is a green hotel where they pride themselves on their eco-friendly initiatives.

Contact info:
1 Harbour Square
Toronto, ON M5J 1A6 Canada
phone: 416-869-1600
web: www.westinharbourcastletoronto.com

Room amenities: Each room has cable television, telephone, air conditioning, climate control, safe, and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, a bar, air conditioning, pool, spa, gym and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
To book additional nights, please call the Road Scholar Amherst office (413) 253-9736.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Sunday, August 18 - Disembark / Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Disembark Yorktown in Toronto, Ontario at 9 AM. Enjoy a guided, coach excursion of Toronto which includes Trendy Yorkville, the financial district, Chinatown, the Queen's Park Harbourfront, the St-Lawrence Market, the Old and New City Hall, and Casa Loma.

Lunch: Lunch at Joe Badali’s Italian restaurant.

Afternoon: Check in to your hotel room (scheduled at around 4:00 pm) and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner. Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 PM to depart for the CN Tower and dinner in the 360 degree revolving restaurant!

Lodging: The Westin Harbour Castle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Monday, August 19 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Independent departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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