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

Program Number: 21006RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/27/2013 - 10/8/2013;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $3,399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture
Meals: 27; 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

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.




Highlights

• 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 Particulars

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.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Chicago

From charming old neighborhoods to late-night music clubs and a bustling pier on Lake Michigan, Chicago has a tempo that lures visitors and permanent residents alike. Home to the northern blues and jazz scene, world-class art collections, a renowned symphony orchestra and fine cuisine, Chicago has a bit of everything for everyone.



Milwaukee

This large, friendly Lake Michigan city has long been known for its revered brewing and manufacturing industries, but today it boasts attractive modern touches such as the sculpture-lined Riverwalk and the stunning new “winged” pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava.



Mackinac Island

With a vibrant Native American and European history, this island in Lake Huron is an amalgam of natural beauty and Victorian architecture. Michilimackinac, or Land of the Great Turtle, forbids automobiles in favor of carriages or bicycles.



Door County

Comprising the peninsula at Wisconsin’s northeast tip dividing Green Bay from Lake Michigan, Door County is blessed with more than 300 miles of shoreline, numerous parks, many arts organizations, and year round activities amid the natural beauty of changing seasons.



Accommodations
Well-located full service hotels, comfortable motel, convenient airport hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt Regency O'Hare
  Rosemont, IL 1 night
   Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
  Milwaukee, WI 1 night
   Pine Grove Resort
  Door County, WI 2 nights
   Hyatt on Main Green Bay
  Green Bay, WI 1 night
   Island House Hotel
  Mackinac Island, MI 2 nights
   Park Place Hotel
  Traverse City, MI 2 nights
   Hyatt Regency O'Hare
  Rosemont, IL 1 night
 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Hyatt Regency O’Hare is a recently renovated premier hotel, located within easy walking distance of restaurants, entertainment and the CTA train into downtown Chicago.
  Contact info: 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018 USA
phone: 847-696-1234
web: www.ohare.hyatt.com
  Room amenities: 1096 rooms with air-conditioning, data port for High-Speed Internet access, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access for Road Scholars, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, in-room safe, mini-bar, daily newspaper, bathrobe, slippers, private bathroom with shower, hairdryer. A limited number of smoking rooms are available.
  Facility amenities: O'H American Grill, Red Bar sushi bar, Perks Coffee and Gift Shop, Complimentary 24-hour StayFit Gym, Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, nightly turn-down service, laundry service, complimentary and continuous airport shuttle service, complimentary shuttle service to Rivers Casino.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for Info Price varies by program date and seasonality.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for Info Price varies by program date and seasonality.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The newly renovated Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is a contemporary hotel located in the heart of Milwaukee, within easy walking distance of the city’s main attractions.
  Contact info: 333 West Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 USA
phone: 414-276-1234
web: milwaukee.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-milwaukee/
  Room amenities: 483 rooms with air-conditioning, data port for High-Speed Internet access, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access for Road Scholars, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, iHome stereo with iPod® docking station and alarm clock, iron and ironing board, room service, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer. Non-smoking rooms available.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, gift shop, nightly laundry service, Hyatt Stay Fit fitness center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Pine Grove Resort
Type: Motel
  Description: Pine Grove Motel is a casual waterfront property with private beach offer the best sunset viewing in Door County.
  Contact info: 10080 Water Street
Ephraim, WI 54211 USA
phone: 800-292-9494
web: pinegrovedoorcounty.com/index.html
  Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, cable TV, wireless internet, individual climate controls and complimentary popcorn and bottled water. Please note requests for ground floor rooms on your Personal Information Form.
  Facility amenities: Private beach, free Wi-Fi Internet access, self-service laundry, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, whirlpool, complimentary all-day coffee and tea in lobby, pastries, coffee, fruit and juice served each morning.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hyatt on Main Green Bay
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hyatt on Main Green Bay is an all-suite style hotel, with modern amenities, situated in the heart of Green Bay, next to the convention center.
  Contact info: 333 Main Street
Green Bay, WI 54301 USA
phone: 920-432-1234
web: www.greenbay.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-greenbay/index.jsp?null&hyattprop=yes
  Room amenities: 241 suites with air-conditioning, data port for High-Speed Internet access, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, iron and ironing board, room service, microwave, mini-fridge, daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, Bistro Market shop, laundry service, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, whirlpool, sauna.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Island House Hotel
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Contact info: 6966 Main Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 USA
web: www.theislandhouse.com/
  Smoking allowed: No

 Park Place Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Park Place Hotel is an historic property – and the tallest building in Traverse City. Its beacon light has served as a symbol of hospitality since the early 1900s. The hotel is located in the center of Traverse City, within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops and the Traverse City beachfront on Lake Michigan.
  Contact info: 300 East State Street
Traverse City, MI 49684 USA
phone: 231-946-5000
web: park-place-hotel.com/
  Room amenities: 140 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, room service, private bathroom with bathtub, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, gift shop, laundry service, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, hot tub, sauna.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3-4:30 p.m.: Program Registration. 5 p.m.: Welcome Orientation and Briefing. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency O'Hare that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on day 12. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency O'Hare the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. If you have a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass, please bring it with you.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary self-parking at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare for the duration of the Road Scholar program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rosemont, IL
  From End of Program
  Location: Rosemont, IL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3.25 miles

   

From the baggage claim area, follow the red signs to "Transportation Center" All hotel shuttles pick up from this one central location at O'Hare. It is outside of the terminal buildings. Make sure you take the shuttle from Door One for the Hyatt Regency O'Hare as there are two different Hyatt hotels in Rosemont. The shuttle is blue with white signage, is complimentary and runs continuously, every 15 minutes. You do not need to call ahead unless you arriving between 12:00 midnight and 6 a.m.

 

Chicago

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Amtrak
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies
Prices are subject to change.

   

Amtrak stations are located in Glen View, IL (7 miles from hotel - best to take a taxi from station to hotel) and Union Station, Chicago, which is 3 blocks from the Clinton CTA Blue Line stop.

 

Chicago

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
CTA Blue Line

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minute walk 

 

Distance:

 

.3 mile

   

The Rosemont stop on the CTA Blue Line is next door to the hotel. The CTA operates 24 hours, 7 days. Travel from downtown Chicago to Rosemont takes approximately 45 minutes.

 
Driving Directions
  From Points East Follow I-90 West toward Chicago. Merge onto I-90 Express West / I-94 Express West / Dan Ryan Expressway West via the exit on the left. This becomes I-90 West / I-94 West. Keep left to take I-90 West / Kennedy Expressway West via Exit 43B toward O'Hare / Rockford. Keep right to take I-190 West via Exit 78 toward O'Hare Int'l Airport / I-294 South / Indiana. Take the River Road Exit 1. Take the South River Road ramp, then merge onto North River Road. Turn left onto Bryn Mawr Avenue, proceed to hotel.
  From Points North Follow I-90 East via Exit 267A toward Janesville / Chicago. Merge onto I-190 West toward O'Hare, then merge onto US-12 East / US-45 South / Manheim Road via Exit 2B. Merge onto I-190 East toward Chicago, and take South River Road Exit 1B. Merge onto North River Road, turn left onto Bryn Mawr Avenue and proceed to hotel.
  From Points South Follow I-65 North toward Indianapolis, crossing into Indiana. Take Toll Road I-90 via Exit 262 toward Illinois / Ohio. Merge onto I-90 West toward Chicago. Merge onto I-90 Express West / I-94 Express West / Dan Ryan Expressway West via the exit on the left. This becomes I-90 West / I-94 West. Keep left to take I-90 West / Kennedy Expressway West via Exit 43B toward O'Hare / Rockford. Keep right to take I-190 West via Exit 78 toward O'Hare International Airport / I-294 South / Indiana. Take River Road EXIT 1, then take the South River Road ramp. Merge onto North River Road. Turn left onto Bryn Mawr Avenue, proceed to hotel.
  From Points West Follow I-80 E toward Davenport, Merge onto I-88 East via Exit 4B toward Sterling / Rock Falls. Merge onto I-294 North toward O'Hare/ Milwaukee. Take the North-West Tollway / I-90 West / Kennedy Expressway / I-90 East exit toward I-190 West / O'Hare / Chicago / Rockford / River Road. Take the I-190 West / River Road exit toward O'Hare, then take the River Road exit on the left. Turn right onto North River Road. Turn left onto Bryn Mawr Avenue, proceed to hotel.
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: Arrivals and Program Orientation
(Friday, September 27)
   
 Afternoon: 3-4:30 p.m.: Program Registration. 5 p.m.: Welcome Orientation and Briefing.
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Program welcome and orientation
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Milwaukee’s Heritage in History, Food, Art…and Harley Davidson!
(Saturday, September 28)

Note: Travel 80 miles from Rosemont to Milwaukee. Multiple visits in Milwaukee, by private motorcoach. Walking and standing in museums for up to one hour at a time. Many options within walking distance of less than one mile from the hotel to Historic Third Ward.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for Milwaukee via coach. Upon arrival, take in the "Streets of Milwaukee" exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum - An excellent introduction to the history of the city
 Lunch: Savor the flavors of Milwaukee's German heritage at an iconic restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy exploring the unique, private collection "Men at Work" at Milwaukee School of Engineering's Grohmann Museum, illustrating industry through the ages. Then, learn about the history of motorcycles at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Check in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare. Stroll the Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District, offering an array of restaurants, theaters, galleries and boutiques in a historic warehouse setting. The neighborhood is also home to the award-winning Third Ward Riverwalk and the Milwaukee Public Market.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Lake Michigan Maritime Heritage
(Sunday, September 29)

Note: Drive from Milwaukee to Sturgeon Bay: 154 miles. Walking and standing in the museum for up to one hour. To visit the Tugboat John Purves, there are unavoidable stairs. Drive Sturgeon Bay to Ephraim: 35 miles. The Pine Grove Resort does not have an elevator. Ground Floor rooms are available. There are a few steps into the main lobby area.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Complete your survey of Milwaukee with a scenic overview, ending at the opening of the wings of the Burke Brise Soleil over the roof of the art museum. Depart to Door County.
 Lunch: Box lunch at the Door County Maritime Museum.
 Afternoon: In Sturgeon Bay, learn about the area’s rich maritime roots at the Door County Maritime Museum. Explore the John Purves, an immaculately restored 1960s era Great Lakes tugboat. Continue through the rural landscapes of Door County, to Ephraim, on the northern shore of the peninsula.
 Dinner: Delight in a local Door County tradition, a Fish Boil!
 Evening: Enjoy a sunset stroll along the shores of Lake Michigan.
   
Accommodations: Pine Grove Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Door County Lighthouses and Natural History
(Monday, September 30)

Note: Full day private motorcoach visit of Door County, with multiple stops en route.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast items are available in the hotel's pantry area, for you to enjoy from your room's water view balcony.
 Morning: A full-day exploration of Door County’s scenery, lighthouses and history with naturalist Paul Regnier takes in Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and a short nature walk in Peninsula State Park.
 Lunch: Savor traditional Swedish fare at Door County's most famous venue, Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the views around Cana Island Lighthouse and Baileys Harbor Lights and stop at a local farmstand, where you might sample seasonal produce.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore the local fare
   
Accommodations: Pine Grove Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Green Bay Highlights: The National Railroad Museum and Lambeau Field
(Tuesday, October 1)

Note: The drive from Door County to Green Bay is approximately 1.5 hours. Access to the rolling stock exhibits in the National Railroad Museum requires going up and down steps, but these visits are at your discretion. The train ride is accessible. The visit of Lambeau Field Stadium is one hour, with walking over flat ground over .5 mile, with 15-20 steps. The museum has an elevator. The Hall of Fame visit is self-guided.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast items are available in the hotel's pantry area, for you to enjoy from your room's water view balcony.
 Morning: Depart to Green Bay, and upon arrival explore the National Railroad Museum. Learn about the Union Pacific Big Boy, one of the world's largest steam locomotives.
 Lunch: At the National Railroad Museum, dine like a real rail rider with a "Hobo" (boxed) lunch
 Afternoon: Take some time to explore the museum exhibits at your own pace, then board the museum’s restored Silver Spirit lounge-observation car for a rolling discussion on railroad dining. The Silver Spirit was built for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad in 1939. During your trip around the museum grounds, sample deserts created from authentic railroad dining car recipes. Continue to Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers. Take a guided walk through the stadium then view the team memorabilia in the Hall of Fame museum.
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Discussion with a Green Bay local on their community-owned franchised football team and its impact on local life and economy
   
Accommodations: Hyatt on Main Green Bay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: From Lake Michigan’s Shores to Lake Huron and Mackinac Island
(Wednesday, October 2)

Note: Full day travel from Green Bay to Mackinaw City is 256 miles, with multiple stops en route. The ferry ride from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island is approximately sixteen minutes. The ferry has both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Mackinac Island has no motorized transportation. Horse carriages are used when transportation is needed. There is a step up onto horse carriages.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Today’s journey follows the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and then crosses into the state of Michigan at Escanaba, where we change to Eastern Standard Time.
 Lunch: Stop in Escanaba to pick up a local specialty: Cornish Pasties.
 Afternoon: Continue along the Upper Peninsula. The views of Lake Michigan often resemble the Caribbean on a sunny day! Cross the Mackinaw Bridge that links Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. In Mackinaw City, board the ferry for the short crossing to Mackinac Island. On the island, there are no motorized vehicles, so walking the main street is like stepping back in time.
 Dinner: In the hotel's 1852 Grill Room Restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Island House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Historic Mackinac Island and the Iconic Grand Hotel
(Thursday, October 3)

Note: Access onto horse-drawn carriages and taxis requires one or two steps. The visit of Fort Mackinac is self-guided and there are accessible walkways throughout the fort.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Horse carriage “taxis” take you from the hotel to Fort Mackinac, which houses the oldest building in Michigan, and exhibits that describe military training and family life within the fort. Learn about its founding during the American Revolution and the role it played in the War of 1812 and the fur trade. Board private livery carriages to view the island at a two-horse power pace.
 Lunch: Delight your eyes and your palate at the Grand Hotel's Grand Luncheon Buffet in the Main Dining Room, featuring seafood, salads, hot and cold entrees and a sumptuous selection of pastries. After dining, you are welcome to explore the public areas of the Grand Hotel on your own.
 Afternoon: At leisure to explore Mackinac Island independently.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore the local fare.
   
Accommodations: Island House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: The Music House Museum and Traverse City
(Friday, October 4)

Note: Mackinac Island has no motorized transportation. Horse carriages are used when transportation is needed. There is a step up onto horse carriages. The ferry ride from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City is approximately sixteen minutes. The ferry has both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Drive 105 miles from Mackinaw City to Traverse City, with stops en route.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Return to Mackinaw City via ferry, and then re-board our private motorcoach. Depart to Traverse City.
 Lunch: At a local farmstand cafe en route.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the wonders and music of one of the most extensive collections of rare automatic musical instruments and learn the evolution of radio and phonograph at the Music House Museum. Continue to Traverse City.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore the local fare
   
Accommodations: Park Place Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and the Leelanau Peninsula
(Saturday, October 5)

Note: Full day motorcoach field trip with multiple stops. Walking on sand and unpaved ground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park to viewpoints. Short nature walk of 25-30 minutes on a boardwalk.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: A full day field trip explores the Leelanau Peninsula and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Take a scenic drive with a park naturalist to enjoy sweeping views over the dunes and along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
 Lunch: In Leland’s historical district, known as Fishtown, where rustic shanties and docks are reminiscent of life and commercial fishing one hundred years ago.
 Afternoon: At the Inland Seas Education Center, learn about the role of wetlands, the ecology and conservation of Lake Michigan and its plants and organisms. Take a guided Wetlands walk and examine fish and plankton samples. Sample some local wine en route back to Traverse City.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore the local fare
   
Accommodations: Park Place Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: The Gerald Ford Presidential Museum and Library and Frederik Meijer Gardens
(Sunday, October 6)

Note: Travel 145 miles from Traverse City to Grand Rapids. Travel 40 miles from Grand Rapids to Saugatuck. The motel in Saugatuck does not have an elevator. Ground floor rooms are available.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Depart to Grand Rapids. At the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, enjoy the indoor and outdoor botanical gardens, nature trails and magnificent sculptures by renowned artists.
 Lunch: At the Frederik Meijer Gardens.
 Afternoon: At the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, view the memorabilia and collections of President Ford. Continue to Saugatuck, situated where the Kalamazoo River meets Lake Michigan. This former logging town, with its timeless charm is now known as the “art coast” of Michigan. Enjoy the sunset views over the sailboats and river.
 Dinner: In a local restaurant.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Chicago Architectural River Cruise
(Monday, October 7)

Note: The drive from Saugatuck to Chicago is 140 miles. There is a flight of steps from the street level to the river quay to board the river cruise boat. The river cruise is 90 minutes. Optimal viewing is on the open deck however indoor seating is also available. The drive from Chicago to Rosemont is 16 miles.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart to Chicago.
 Lunch: In the heart of Chicago, near the river.
 Afternoon: Take in the world renowned architecture of Chicago on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. Continue to Rosemont, near Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Your circuit of Lake Michigan is complete!
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Departures
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Independent departures. Check out by 12 noon.
   
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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