21866
Ontario/Michigan/Illinois
The Best of All Five Great Lakes by Small Ship, Only With Road Scholar
Explore the pristine beauty of all five Great Lakes aboard an exclusively chartered ship, delving deep into the region’s heritage, history and natural wonders.
Rating (4.87)
Program No. 21866RJ
Length
12 days
Starts at
6,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE

At a Glance

Nearly 15,000 years ago, the last of the great glaciers retreated, leaving us the Great Lakes — Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. These vast bodies of water contain more than one-fifth of the planet’s fresh surface water. On a small ship exclusively chartered by Road Scholar, voyage to all five Great Lakes, discovering pristine natural beauty and learning the colorful stories of the people who’ve sailed and worked these waterways.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile per day; some uneven and hilly terrain. Mobility is essential, as small boats are sometimes used for disembarkation and re-embarkation.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Sail all five Great Lakes and storied waterways like the Soo Locks and Welland Canal on an exclusively chartered ship.
  • Discover Mackinac Island, a Victorian-era haven where cars are forbidden and horse-drawn carriages rule the roads.
  • Spend one night in Chicago, exploring the best of the city on expert-led excursions.

General Notes

Program limited to 200 participants, but divided into smaller groups of no more than 36 with their own Group Leader. You may be interested in a more leisurely version of this program, "Voyaging to All Five Great Lakes at a Slower Pace" (#22222).
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Michele Sigmon
Michele “Micki” Sigmon began her career in education, teaching outdoor education and recreation for 12 years. When an opportunity to work as a travel director fell into her lap, she knew she had found her calling. Micki has been working in the travel industry for about 20 years. She has owned her own travel company, worked on domestic river cruises and steamboats and led groups throughout Chicago and the Great Lakes region. Micki looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love of learning.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Michele Sigmon
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