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Lake Champlain: History Beneath the Surface

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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Join local historians, archaeologists, museum staff and other experts to discover how beautiful Lake Champlain became the staging ground for pivotal moments in the history of Vermont, New York and Canada. From early encounters between Europeans and Native Americans to clashes of naval might during the Revolutionary War, this 125 mile-long lake has played a major role as a waterway, escape route and natural resource over the centuries. Explore Burlington — Vermont’s largest city — including the lakeside campus of the University of Vermont. Peek below the surface offshore from the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and discover shipwrecks with underwater cameras on a study cruise. Meet face-to-face with personalities out of the history books, learn on-site about the locks of the Champlain Canal, hear the fife and drums at historic Fort Ticonderoga and much more.


• What happened when Samuel de Champlain first encountered Native Americans? What was life like for a 19th-century female steamboat captain? Ask them yourself in talks with historical reenactors.
• Explore the many exhibits at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, including a full-sized working replica of the USS Philadelphia, a gunboat in Benedict Arnold’s fleet during the Revolutionary War.
• Expand your knowledge of this fascinating region in lectures led by the executive director of the Vermont Living History Association, the staff of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and others.

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Walks up to one mile over varied terrain.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips


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