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Iconic Lake Michigan: From Door County and Mackinac Island to Traverse City

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12 Days | 11 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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Circle the entirety of Lake Michigan, passing through four states and discovering the multiple personalities that spread over 1,100 miles of shoreline. Begin and end near Chicago and set off on a journey along the shores of the second-largest of the Great Lakes — the only one located entirely within the United States. Discover German architecture and Harley Davidson history in Milwaukee and the lighthouses of Door County, Lambeau Field and railroad history in Green Bay. Take in the charm and historical importance of Mackinac Island, walk the sandy shores of Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and soak up the artistic ambiance of charming SaugatuckRapids.


• In Milwaukee, discover the wealth of the Beer Barons, a unique private art collection and the history of Harley Davidson.
• Learn about nature, geology and maritime history in Door County, Wis., and about the unique island life of Mackinac Island, as well as its role in the War of 1812.
• Explore the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.

Activity Notes

Walking and standing up to two miles a day. Some unavoidable steps on ferry boat, on and off of horse carriages.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Chicago-O’Hare Area, Ill., 1 night; coach to Milwaukee, Wis., 1 night; coach to Door County, 2 nights; coach to Menominee, Michigan, 1 night; coach and ferry to Mackinac Island, 2 nights; ferry and coach to Traverse City, 2 nights; coach to Saugatuck, 1 night; coach to Chicago-O’Hare Area, 1 night; departure.

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11 nights of accommodations
27 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 6 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences


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