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Mackinac Island and the North Shore of Lake Huron by Land and Sea

Program Number: 21497RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/11/2014 - 9/24/2014; 9/21/2015 - 10/4/2015; 9/25/2015 - 10/8/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Price starting at: $4,795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture; Native American Studies
Meals: 34; 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 12 Dinners    

Mackinac Island and the northern shore of Lake Huron boast some of the most picturesque landscapes in North America, and this matchless natural beauty is the setting for a fascinating loop around the third-largest freshwater lake on the planet. Depart from historic Detroit to car-free Mackinac Island for a sojourn back to a simpler time. Then set off to savor the quaint, historic and culturally rich islands and small towns along the north shore of Lake Huron. Stay a night or two at Sault Ste. Marie, Manitoulin Island, Tobermory and Collingwood, journeying from each charming locale to the next as you learn about the First Nations peoples who occupied the Canadian wilderness and the European pioneers who came west to tame this land. Conclude your journey with two nights in the world-class city of Toronto.




Highlights

• Local interpreters help you discover the charming communities of Little Current, South Baymouth, Tobermory and Collingwood, as you hop from port to port.
• History comes alive in a stay at the Grand Hotel on historic Mackinac Island, where you explore by horse-drawn carriage as you study island architecture and history, concluding at Fort Mackinac.
• Board the Agawa Canyon Train for a scenic, 114-mile trek through the rugged Canadian wildernessand explore Lake Huron and Georgian Bay by boat on excursions from Little Current and Tobermory.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Detroit, Mich., 2 nights; coach to Mackinac Island, 2 nights; coach to Sault Ste. Marie, 2 nights; boat to Little Current, Ontario, 2 nights; boat to Tobermory, 1 night; boat to Collingwood, 2 nights; coach to Toronto, 2 nights; departure.



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Detroit

Detroit



Accommodations
Comfortable, centrally located hotels.
Meals and Lodgings
   Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
  Detroit, MI 2 nights
   Grand Hotel
  Mackinac Island, MI 2 nights
   Quality Inn Sault Ste Marie
  Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 2 nights
   Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre
  Little Current, Ontario 2 nights
   Harborside Motel
  Tobermory, Ontario 1 night
   Blue Mountain Inn
  Collingwood, Ontario 2 nights
   Eaton Chelsea
  Toronto, Ontario 2 nights
 Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 30559 Flynn Drive
Romulus, MI 48174 USA
phone: 734-729-7555
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dtwrm-detroit-metro-airport-marriott
  Facility amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi Indoor Swimming Pool 24-Hour Fitness Center 24-Hour Business Center On-Site Dining Facility Airport Shuttle
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar directly for information on booking pre nights. (617) 521-5373.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Grand Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 286 Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 286
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 USA
phone: 800-334-7263
web: www.grandhotel.com
  Facility amenities: Wi-Fi Fitness Room Pool Library
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Quality Inn Sault Ste Marie
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 180 Bay Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A6S2 Canada
phone: 800-567-4421
web: www.qualityinnssm.com
  Facility amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi Complimentary Hot Buffet Breakfast Hot Tub Sauna Fitness Center Indoor Pool Free Ample Bus Parking
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 66 Meredith Street E
Little Current, ON P0P1K0 Canada
phone: 705-368-9966
web: www.circletrail.com/accomodations
  Facility amenities: Wi-Fi Pool Fitness Center (in building next door)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Harborside Motel
Type: Motel
  Contact info: 24 Carlton Street
Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0 Canada
phone: 855-596-2999
web: www.blueheronco.com/tobermory-accommodations/tobermory-motel.html
  Smoking allowed: No

 Blue Mountain Inn
Type: Resort
  Contact info: 108 Jozo Weider Boulevard
Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Z2 Canada
phone: 705-445-0231
web: www.bluemountain.ca
  Facility amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi Fitness Room Indoor Pool Outdoor/Indoor Hot Tubs Indoor access to dining rooms Onsite amenity spa (charges extra)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Eaton Chelsea
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 33 Gerrard Street
West Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4 Canada
phone: 416-595-1975
web: www.chelsea.eatonhotels.com
  Facility amenities: Centrally located and within walking distance to the city's subway as well as thriving business and shopping districts, Eaton Chelsea, Toronto offers guests efficient and comfortable accommodation in the heart of the city. Eaton Chelsea offers an indoor pool, well-equipped fitness center and a spa on-site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBD Please contact Road Scholar directly for information about booking a post night. (617) 521-5373.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00pm You will be staying at Detroit Metro Airport Marriott that night.
  End of Program:
Airport Transfers at 9:30 and 11:45 AM You will be staying at Eaton Chelsea the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary parking at the Detroit Metro Airport Marriott. 30559 Flynn Drive Romulus, MI 48174
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Detroit, MI
  From End of Program
  Location:  Toronto, Ontario
Travel Details
 

Detroit Metro Airport Marriott

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Marriott Shuttle

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

24/7, Runs every 20 minutes 

   

From SMITH Terminal: Exiting the terminal, walk across the skywalk and take the elevator down. Go to "Ground Transportation" for hotel shuttle pick-up. From NORTH Terminal: Go to "Ground Transportation" located on Level 4 for hotel shuttle pick-up. Agents are available at each terminal to assist participants. The Marriott Shuttle is red and white.

 

Detroit Metro Airport Marriott

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $15
Prices are subject to change.

   

Taxis are readily available at the "Ground Transportation" level at the Detroit Airport.

 

Eaton Chelsea

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $50 CAD
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-45 min 

 

Distance:

 

30 km

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/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Detroit, Michigan.
 Afternoon: Registration desk will be set up in the hotel lobby starting at 4pm.
 Dinner: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner and Orientation at the hotel. Mingle with fellow participants and receive an overview of your educational adventure.
   
Accommodations: Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village/Ford Rouge Factory/Detroit Greektown
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board a coach to travel to nearby Dearborn, Michigan to explore the Henry Ford Museum. Delve into the history and influence the automobile has had on American culture in the "Driving America" interactive exhibit, an astounding collection of historic artifacts, automobiles, and personal accounts.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at one of The Henry Ford Museum's themed dining areas with a lunch voucher.
 Afternoon: Navigate the replica historic Greenfield Village with unlimited access on any of the Village's historic transportation - Model T, Model AA Bus, horsedrawn Omnibus Shuttle, aboard a train pulled by steam or diesel locomotives, or even a 1913 Herschell-Spillman Carousel - and learn about Ford's humble beginnings before visiting the Ford Rouge Factory, where you can view the "green" manufacturing initiatives that are in place during the final assembly process of the Ford F-150.
 Dinner: Enjoy a group dinner in Greek Town.
   
Accommodations: Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Frankenmuth/Mackinac Island/Historic Grand Hotel
(Saturday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board a coach and travel 90-minutes north to the quaint city of Frankenmuth, which was settled in the mid-19th century by Lutheran immigrants and is known locally as "Little Bavaria." Delight in old-time simple treasures, from covered bridges to the world's largest Christmas store. This alpine-, or chalet-, style store is also the site of a replica of the Austrian "Silent Night Memorial Chapel," with permission to build said replica granted by the Austrian government.
 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Bavarian family-style lunch at Zehnder's Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Board a coach and travel north to the ferry transfer to Mackinac Island. Upon arrival, step back in time and travel by horse-and-carriage to Grand Hotel. Learn about the history and character of the hotel in an overview by the hotel historian, Bob Tagatz. Bob has over 29 years of civic experience and historic preservation, assembled the hotel's first archives, and has published both a book and a DVD on the history of Grand Hotel.
 Dinner: Enjoy a stately five-course dinner in the main dining room with views of the Straits of Mackinac. Evening wear is required: a coat and tie for gentlemen, and a dress or pantsuit for ladies.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: History of Mackinac Island via Horse and Carriage and Fort Mackinac/Free Time - Itinerary Reversed for Half of Group
(Sunday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel back in time and explore the historic setting of Mackinac Island on a 1.5 hour carriage ride. Learn about the architecture, history, notable residents, and the sailing races that originated on the island. The ride concludes at Fort Mackinac, which traces its roots to the American Revolutionary War, and remained under British control until 1793. Explore the historic exhibits and re-enactments at the Fort on your own before traveling back to the Grand Hotel via carriage.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at the Grand Hotel or other locations on the island.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Mackinac Island on your own.
 Dinner: Enjoy a stately five-course dinner in the main dining room with views of the Straits of Mackinac. Even wear is required: a coat and tie for gentlemen, and a dress or pantsuit for ladies.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Transfer to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan/Sault Locks/Valley Camp Museum Ship/Transfer to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
(Monday, September 15)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Bid farewell to the picturesque island and its ban on motor vehicles, and transfer via ferry back to Mackinac City to board a coach for the 1 hour drive to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (pronounced "Soo" Ste. Marie). Along the way, cross the famous Mackinac Bridge, which connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan and crosses the Straights of Mackinac with views of Lake Michigan. Arrive in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
 Afternoon: View the Sault Locks, also known as the Soo Locks or the gateway to the American Midwest, a set of parallel locks that connect Lake Superior with the lower Great Lakes and allow about 10,000 ships per year to travel among the Lakes. Then explore the museum ship Valley Camp, which was built in 1917 and sailed under various owners until it was pruchased by Le Sault de Sainte Marie Historical Sites, Inc. in 1968. Delve into the maritime history and exhibits contained in the ship's cargo hold, and even view the aquatic life native to the Great Lakes region in the four aquariums on board. Afterwards, cross into Canada and arrive at the hotel in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Delight in an evening lecture.
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn Sault Ste Marie
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Agawa Canyon Train/Evening Lecture
(Tuesday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After a short shuttle trip, board the Agawa Canyon Train for a 114-mile trek through the rugged Canadian wilderness. Cross over towering tresses and delight in magnificent vistas of pristine lakes, and rivers, granite rock formations and vast forests. While onboard, engage with Michael Burtch, former Director-Curator of the Art Gallery of Algoma, adjunct professor, much-acclaimed local artist, and researcher as he discusses the Group of Seven landscape artists. See first-hand the views that inspired the Group of Seven landscape artists through the train's large windows, and even enjoy the conductor's view from cameras mounted on the engine. Descend into the Agawa Canyon Park before the train comes to a stop at Mile 114.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch onboard the train.
 Afternoon: Travel back out of the Agawa Canyon and along the tracks as you view the scenery from a return-bound vantage point.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn Sault Ste Marie
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cruise the North Channel/History of Great Lakes Shipping
(Wednesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel by coach for a morning transfer to the Port of Little Current on Manitoulin Island. Learn about the history of Great Lakes shipping from Bruce O'Hare. Bruce is a Little Current local who has sailed extensively across the Great Lakes region and is a local expert on Maritime Ontario.
 Lunch: Lunch at the new Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Center
 Afternoon: After lunch, we will take a short transfer to the municipal pier for a private charter on-board the Grand Heron day passenger boat, into the famous North Channel. After enjoying a spectacular sunset from the boat, cross the street for dinner.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the historic Anchor Inn Hotel.
   
Accommodations: Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Church of the Immaculate Conception/Ojibwe Reservation and Cultural Center
(Thursday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board a coach to the M'Chigeeng First Nation reserve, part of the Ojibwe First Nation. On the reserve sits the Church of the Immaculate Conception, a unique, round church that encapsulates both traditional Ojibwe traditions and Catholic beliefs. The church contains traditional carvings that represent Jesus Christ and the Great Spirit Kitche Manitou, and paintings in the eastern woodland style by local artist Leland Bell that depict the stations of the cross.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch.
 Afternoon: Across the street from the church, explore the Ojibwe cultural center. Learn about the culture and traditions of one of the largest groups of Native Americans-First Nations people north of Mexico, and the second largest group in Canada, and enjoy a mini powwow demonstration.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner.
 Evening: Delight in a lecture given by John Albers, a local Manitoulin Island resident and astronomer. John is a guide at the Island's Dark Sky Preserve, and a member of the Dark Sky Association, which lobbys to reduce the amount of light pollution in the area.
   
Accommodations: Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cruise along Landsdowne Channel/Village of South Baymouth/Flowerpot Island/Arrival in Tobermory
(Friday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board the coach for a short transfer to the Village of South Baymouth. On the way we will stop at Ten Mile Point, one of Canada’s premier locations. Browse First Nations art and crafts, as well as enjoy the wonderful photo-op of the North Channel. In South Baymouth we will board the MS Chi- Cheemaun ferry for a two hour water transfer to the Village of Tobermory, on the Bruce Peninsula.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served on-board the ship. Participants will have the option to attend a lecture lighthouses and shipwrecks of Lake Huron
 Afternoon: After our ferry arrives in the Port of Tobermory, we will board the Blue Heron for a narrated 90 minute scenic sail past Flowerpot Island, famed for its sea stacks (the flowerpots) and caves, and view underwater ship wrecks of the Fathom Five National Underwater Park. Enjoy a lecture by Bill Caesar on the Maritime History of Lake Huron during an afternoon cocktail hour, and disembark in Tobermory and check in to the Harborside Motel.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Princess Hotel.
   
Accommodations: Harborside Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Health and water levels on the Great Lakes and Great Lakes Lecture
(Saturday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Re-board our coach for the short transfer to Collingwood, Ontario. On the way we stop off at the beautiful Cobble Stone Lodge for a presentation on health and water levels on the Great Lakes.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at the Cobble Stone Resort overlooking the beautiful fall vistas of Georgian Bay
 Afternoon: After lunch we continue our short transfer to Village of Blue Mountain. Learn about the preservation and protection of the Great Lakes from Marcus Firman, a driving force on the Great Lakes Commission, and dispel the myths surrounding the varied water levels of the Lakes.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Blue Mountain Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Morning Lecture/Free Afternoon
(Sunday, September 21)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Discover the history of Collingwood with Christine Cowley, author of "Butchers, Bakers and Building the Lakers: Voices of Collingwood." The book details the 150 years of history of Collingwood and the people who have called it home over the years.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in the Village of Blue Mountain.
 Afternoon: Explore the Village of Blue Mountain and its many attractions on your own during a free afternoon.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own to explore one of the many loacal eateries in Collingwood.
   
Accommodations: Blue Mountain Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12: Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons/S.S. Keewatin/Transfer to Toronto
(Monday, September 22)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board a coach and depart for Midland, Ontario. Enjoy a scenic drive from the Town of Blue Mountains through Wasaga Beach, North America’s longest fresh-water beach, before reaching Midland. Arrive at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, a recreation of the original Jesuit settlement established in 1639. Explore the recreated 17th century French Jesuit Mission headquarters and experience the interaction between the French and the Wendat (Ouendat) Huron First Nation people. Watch a short film before following in the footsteps of the first Europeans in Ontario as you learn how these early Canadian pioneers lived from both a living museum and the on-site museum displays.
 Lunch: Board the coach for a 10-minute drive the town of Port McNicholl. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and a welcome and introduction to the S.S. Keewatin by a past crew member and waiter, Eric Conroy.
 Afternoon: After lunch, board the S.S. Keewatin in groups of 10-15. Built in 1907, this former Canadian Pacific Great Lakes steam ship carried passengers and cargo between across Lake Superior and Lake Huron, and along with her sister ship was the first to have radar on the great lakes. Join Eric Conroy, a Friend of Keewatin and former crew member onboard the SS Keewatin, for an expert-led tour of the ship and its engine room to explore the 350-foot long vessel. Afterwards, board the coach to depart from Port McNicholl for the 2-hour drive to your hotel in downtown Toronto.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Eaton Chelsea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Toronto
(Tuesday, September 23)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Meet your local Toronto guide in the lobby. Delight in a downtown exploration Toronto as you discover its variety of experiences including Chinatown, Kensington Market, Theatre District, the downtown business district, and a stop at the St. Lawrence Market or the Provincial Legistative Buildings. Continue to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) for a one-hour guided tour of the highlights and exhibits. The AGO is one of North America's largest art galleries, and houses the largest collection of Canadian art, and an impressive collection of photography and works from the 1st century through the present day.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in downtown Toronto.
 Afternoon: Afterwards, return to the hotel or stay at the Art Gallery and return independently at your leisure.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: After dinner, discover Toronto's theater nightlife with a popular theatrical production.
   
Accommodations: Eaton Chelsea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departures
(Wednesday, September 24)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart after breakfast. Road Scholar will provide two transfers to the Toronto Pearson Airport. The first one will depart the hotel at 9:30 AM and the second will depart the hotel at 11:45 AM
   
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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