Voyage to All Five Great Lakes: A Slower-Paced Adventure

Walk the car-free streets of Mackinac Island, learn of the Welland Canal and explore the vibrant city of Chicago as you voyage the Great Lakes at your own pace.
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Program No. 22222RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

This gently-paced voyage blends enriching educational discoveries with unparalleled natural scenery. On a small ship, experience the pristine beauty that receding glaciers left in their wake — Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. Designed especially for participants who prefer less walking, this program uses coaches to travel to daily destinations, introducing you to both scenic splendor and to the stories of those who have worked these extraordinary waterways.
Activity Level
Easy Going
This program is designed to go at a slower pace. Walking and standing for up to an hour at a time may be required during field trips. Embarking and disembarking from the boat up and down steep gangways. The elevator on board the ship serves Decks 1 to 4 but does not reach the Sun Deck/Observation lounge.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Sail all five Great Lakes and storied waterways like the Soo Locks and Welland Canal.
  • Discover Mackinac Island, a Victorian-era haven where cars are forbidden and horse-drawn carriages rule the roads.
  • Visit the Henry Ford Museum, with 26 million artifacts designed to showcase "the genius of the American people."

General Notes

Maximum of 180 participants, divided into smaller groups for activities.You may be interested in a more active version of this program, "Voyage to All Five Great Lakes: A Small Ship Adventure" (#21866).
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Sue Shoemaker
Sue Shoemaker grew up in a suburban, middle-class community near Detroit in the 1960's, the daughter of a Ford Motor Company employee and a stay-at-home mom. She has fond memories of visiting Detroit as a child. Sue has worked as a leader at Greenfield Village, an 8th grade English teacher and middle school guidance counselor. A passion for travel, learning and teaching has lead Sue to her current role facilitating Underground Railroad programs in Detroit and Ontario and group leading across the Great Lakes.

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

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