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Into the Heartland of North America: The St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes

Program Number: 20426RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/21/2013 - 7/4/2013;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Quebec/Ontario/Michigan/Illinois
Price starting at: $6,235.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 38; 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

From Canada to the U.S., across Great Lakes, through the canals and locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Welland Canal — embark on a nautical journey through North America’s “inland seas” encompassing amazing natural beauty, diverse cultures, historic small villages to soaring metropolises.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day and standing for up to four hours per day. Mobility is essential as small boats are sometimes used for disembarkation and re-embarkation.



The Aug 17 departure runs from Chicago to Montreal; all ports remain the same.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Montreal (Canada), 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 11 nights; Chicago, Ill., 1 night.



Days 1-2: Arrival Montreal (Canada) / embark Yorktown:

Get a taste of Europe in North America as you stroll Montreal’s streets with a local expert. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 3: St. Lawrence Seaway:

Navigate this engineering marvel of lakes, canals and locks that provides a deepwater passage from the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario.



Day 4: Kingston:

Explore one of Canada’s best preserved historic cities and enjoy a visit to the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes.



Day 5: Welland Canal / Niagara Falls:

Make the dramatic passage from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie via the locks of the Welland Canal. If you wish, disembark for an excursion to Niagara Falls.



Days 6-7: Sailing Lake Erie / Detroit, Mich.:

An expert-led excursion brings you to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village and Ford’s state-of-the-art Rouge River factory.



Day 8: Alpena:

Discover the lovely town of Alpena, home to an outstanding maritime museum with displays on Great Lakes maritime history.



Day 9: Sault Ste. Marie:

The scenic waterways of the North Channel lead to Sault Ste. Marie, where a train trek takes you inland through Ontario’s magnificent Agawa Canyon.



Day 10: Mackinac Island:

Discover this Victorian-era haven where cars are forbidden and bicycles share the road with horse-drawn carriages.



Day 11: Charlevoix:

Go ashore in Michigan’s scenic northwest, a region blanketed with maple and spruce. Explore lovely Charlevoix and the old port town of Harbor Springs.



Day 12: Saugatuck:

Learn about the fascinating history of this former lumber town that was a prime summer destination for Chicago urbanites at the turn of the century.



Days 13-14: Chicago, Ill. / disembark / departure:

A field trip in Chicago includes the renowned Art Institute of Chicago. Lodging: Iconic downtown hotel.



Yorktown

Built and registered in America and staffed by American officers and crew, the Yorktown is the perfect vessel for exploring America’s great coastal waterways. With a draft of only nine feet, it can sail where larger vessels cannot go, and its American registry allows it to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. Passengers enjoy an informal onboard atmosphere and tend to spend much of their time underway enjoying lectures and concerts in the lounge or reading and relaxing on the sun deck.


Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt Regency Montreal
  Montreal 1 night
   Yorktown
  Yorktown - At Sea 11 nights
   Palmer Hilton House
  Chicago, Illinois 1 night
 Hyatt Regency Montreal
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Discover this dynamic city from the perfectly situated Hyatt Regency Montreal hotel. Offering direct underground access to the Palais des Congrès (Montreal Convention Centre), as well as Chinatown, Old Montréal, Place des Arts (Performing Arts Centre) and the Metro transport system, Hyatt Regency Montreal is a top choice for business and leisure travelers alike. This downtown Montreal hotel has long been known as the "hotel of the festivals." Old Montreal holds centuries of history, fabulous restaurants and many festivals.
  Contact info: 1255 Jeanne-Mance
Montreal, Quebec, BC H5B 1E5 Canada
phone: 514-982-1234
web: www.montreal.hyatt.com
  Room amenities: Each room has satellite television, telephone, work desk, room service, air conditioning, coffee maker and WIFI Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, gym, indoor pool, sauna, safe box at reception, gift shop and WIFI Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: n/a To book additional nights, please call the Road Scholar Amherst office (413) 253-9736.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Yorktown
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 allowed: No

 Palmer Hilton House
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: An iconic downtown Chicago hotel, the Palmer Hilton House offers its guests the opportunity to relish in the grandeur of tradition while experiencing an infusion of modern elegance. The hotel is located in the lakeshore city of Chicago, known for breathtaking architecture, destination shopping, decadent dining and a diverse selection of world famous attractions. With its stunning interior design and stories of legendary guests, experience Chicago the way that Potter Palmer lived it.
  Contact info: 17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 312-726-7500
web: www.palmerhousehiltonhotel.com
  Room amenities: Each room features a plush top mattress with fine European style linens, easy to set alarm clock with radio and MP3 connectivity, individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, standard desk and lamp, television with premium television channels and movies, a telephone, and high speed Internet access (for a fee).
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, lobby bar, beauty salon, laundry service, safe and High-Speed Internet access (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A To book additional nights, please call the Road Scholar Amherst office (413) 253-9736.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Montreal, Canada. Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 PM to coach to a local restaurant for Welcome Orientation and Dinner. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency Montreal that night.
  End of Program:
Chicago, Illinois. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Palmer Hilton House the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The TDI Traveler Information Form is required. All participants are required to have a passport in order to embark the Yorktown. TDI requires that participants submit a photocopy of their passport with their Traveler Information Form.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreal
  From End of Program
  Location:  Chicago, Illinois
Travel Details
 

From the Trudeau International Airport to the hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
L-Aerobus

   

"L'Aerobus" is the shuttle service from the airport to the Montreal Central Bus Station. The shuttle will stop at 3 hotels before reaching the Bus Station. From there, a complimentary shuttle service is available to bring you to our hotel. CAD 13-one way CAD 22.75-round trip. The shuttle operates 4:00am-11:30pm.

 

From the Trudeau International Airport to the hotel

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

Take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. It costs approximately 38 CAD.

 

From the Palmer Hilton House to Chicago O'Hare Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

Take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. It will cost approximately $45.00.

 

From the Palmer Hilton House to the Chicago O'Hare Airport via public transportation

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

   

Take the Blue Line from the Monroe Station to the O'Hare station at the end of the line. It will cost $2.25 and will take approximately 1 hour.

 
Driving Directions
  From New York to the Hyatt Regency Montreal Highway 87 North becomes highway 15 North at the border.-Follow the signs to Champlain bridge.-After the bridge keep to the right and follow the signs for highway 10 (Centre-Ville).-Highway 10 becomes University Street.-Keep to the right on University Street, then turn right on Rene-Levesque Blvd.-Keep left and turn left on Jeanne-Mance Street. Our Montreal, QC accommodations are located on the right hand side of Jeanne-Mance Street and the corner of St. Catherine Street.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome Orientation
(Friday, June 21)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals in Montreal. Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 PM to coach to a local restaurant for Welcome Orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Montreal
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Montreal, Quebec, Canada / Embark Yorktown
(Saturday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Begin the day with a guided bus excursion of Montreal. See part of Montreal's vibrant downtown before heading up to Mont-Royal for a panoramic view of the city. Afterwards, explore the Olympic Tower and Biodome.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided excursion of the Basilica Notre-Dame before transferring to embark Yorktown at 4:00 PM. Late afternoon embarkation briefing, introduction of ship staff, and safety drill. Enjoy a Road Scholar champagne toast.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The St. Lawrence Seaway
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Spend the day on board enjoying the ship and attending lectures as Yorktown navigates the St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of locks, lakes and canals.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Continue sailing along the beautiful St. Lawrence Seaway. Attend shipboard guest lectures.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: This evening, arrive in Kingston, an historic city located at the junction of the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and the Rideau Canal.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: A morning excursion of Kingston includes its major landmarks, including Fort Henry National Historic Site, built in 1832, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, whose exhibits highlight the lakes’ maritime history, and Bellevue House, restored to its 1840’s period when it was home to Sir John A. Macdonald, who later became Canada’s first prime minister.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Sail from Kingston around mid-day as Yorktown cruises across Lake Ontario. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Port Weller, Ontario, Canada / Welland Canal / Niagara Falls / Lake Erie
(Tuesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Yorktown arrives at Port Weller this morning to begin the dramatic transit of the Welland Canal. Watch as the ship navigates Locks 1 through 7.
 Lunch: Early lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Disembark for an afternoon excursion to Niagara Falls including a thrilling Maid of the Mist boat ride to the base of the falls. Return to the ship in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cruising Lake Erie
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Spend the day enjoying the lectures aboard and amenities of Yorktown as we sail to Detroit.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Detroit, MI
(Thursday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: This morning, choose between two optional excursions. Option 1: 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. The permanent collection includes rare exhibits such as John F. Kennedy's presidential limousine, Abraham Lincoln's chair from Ford's Theatre, Thomas Edison's laboratory, the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop, and the Rosa Parks bus. The newly reopened Driving America permanent exhibit highlights the influence of the automobile on American culture and contains an unparalleled collection of historically significant vehicles and related artifacts. Other exhibits include antique machinery, pop culture items, locomotives, and aircraft. Option 2: After an overview excursion of Detroit, travel to the Ford Rouge Factory for a self-guided field trip. Learn about the history of the plant and the making of automobiles through short films that include rarely seen historic footage. Take a walking field trip of the Assembly Plant and see where new Ford F-150s are assembled. [Note: because production demands vary, production hours are inconsistent and we cannot guarantee you will see the assembly line in full action. However, you will be able to visit the assembly line area.] Also visit the Legacy Gallery where five historic vehicles are displayed.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Alpena, MI / Presque Isle
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: This morning, choose between two optional excursions. Option 1: 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. Option 2: Drive approximately 30 minutes from Alpena to Presque Isle to discover 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: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Sault Ste. Marie, MI / Agawa Canyon, Ontario, Canada
(Saturday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Today, choose between two optional excursions. Option 1: 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, 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. Reboard the train and retrace the route back to Sault Ste. Marie. Option 2: 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.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard or lunch on the train.
 Afternoon: Either continue your full day Agawa Canyon excursion or 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 or visit their small art museum.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Mackinac Island, MI
(Sunday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive at Mackinac Island in the morning. Enjoy a morning excursion of the island by horse and carriage and a visit to Fort Mackinac. Take in the beauty and grandeur of the Grand Hotel during a guided excursion before relaxing in a rocking chair on the world's longest porch.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to stroll along streets lined with ginger-bread-trimmed buildings and browse in the charming shops.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Charlevoix, MI
(Monday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive in Charlevoix in the morning. This morning's excursion of the area focuses on Charlevoix’s history, including local architect Earl Young’s “mushroom houses’ and a visit to Castle Farms, the former Sears & Roebuck model working farm.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Saugatuck, Michigan
(Tuesday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: This morning choose between two optional excursions. Option 1: This excursion includes a scenic ride through the dunes on specially designed dune schooners and a historical field trip of Saugatuck. Option 2: After a kayak safety and paddling introduction, board the kayaks for a scenic 1 ½ - 2 hour round trip paddle on the Kalamazoo River. All equipment will be provided and this excursion is suitable for beginners.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: This afternoon choose between three optional excursions. Option 1: This excursion features a culinary peek into the village food and village life of Saugatuck. Expanding on the local fruit farms and the once neighboring fishing village of Singapore, the area continues to be a food producing hub on the lakeshore. There will be several stops with tastes that include smoky meats, award-winning wines of the area, hints of spice, delightful oils, richly roasted coffee, and local fruit spreads. The excursion, which will last approximately 2 hours, is easy walking, covering a total of a half mile. Option 2: Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to explore Saugatuck and the neighboring town of Douglas. Known as Michigan’s “Art Coast,” the towns feature a wealth of art galleries and unique shops. Our ship is docked right in the center of Saugatuck and a shuttle bus will run between the pier, Douglas, and nearby Oval Beach on the Lake Michigan shore. Option 3: Enjoy a scenic ride through the dunes on specially designed dune schooners. (For participants not taking the morning dune ride)
 Dinner: Farewell dinner and reception with the Captain.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Chicago, Illinois / Disembark
(Wednesday, July 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark. Enjoy an architectural boat ride along the Chicago River before heading to the Art Institute.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Art Institute.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided excursion through the Art Institute before going to the hotel for check-in.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: Palmer Hilton House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departures
(Thursday, July 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Independent departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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The Long Ships Passing, The Story of the Great Lakes


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