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Ontario/Michigan/Illinois

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.
Rating (4.96)
Program No. 22222RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
6,699
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4.96 Average
Janet
(5)

Road Scholar is a great program for the single traveler interested in a safe group.

Carol
(5)

I really enjoyed this program. Having never been to this part of the country, I learned a lot and would highly recommend it. Looking forward to my next Road Scholar adventure!

Donna
(5)

Even an individual who has lived in Michigan and travelled Michigan all of there life would enjoy this program. The Best of All Five Great Lakes by Small Ship was wonderful. Going from Toronto to Chicago was the best.

Thomas
(4)

we enjoyed the trip, the staff and all, in spite of the cruise boat problems. Roger advised us on the ferry trips provided while the boat was getting repairs. We appreciated the advise very much.

Virginia
(5)

I never knew Chicago had such wonderful architecture, and Detroit and Cleveland were also wonderful and interesting cities. Mackinac Island of course is a delight, especially the Grand Hotel!

William
(5)

The Five Great Lakes learning trip by ship was well done and most meaningful. I do believe that the geographic area of the great lakes is most enjoyable in early or mid September when my wife and I traveled there.

Suzanne
(5)

Great program. Will recommend to others. This was my first trip with RX.

Donald
(5)

A wonderful program with the finest guides. Very friendly staff. The entire trip was fantastic!

Winnie
(5)

I didn't realize there were such different qualities among the lakes.

Grant
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

I attended this tour on the behest of my father, who required some ambulatory assistance; my opinion is of less value than those who independently selected and financed the tour. That being said, I enjoyed the time I spent with Dad, the tour team and the guests in the relaxed atmosphere at interesting locations. But, my primary interests lie elsewhere, and next month I am going on a holiday of my own making -- Himalayan trekking. Grant

Joseph
(5)

Wonderful experience, well plannedout

Alice
(5)

This Cruise on the Great Lakes program was even better than I had anticipated. Because of mobility problems I had previously not considered this cruise, but when they added a low activity option, I decided to give it a try. It was handled very well for our group, and I never felt rushed. The ship is lovely, food is excellent, and shore excursions are well organized. I highly recommend.

Susan
(5)

The Voyage to ALL Five Great Lakes will give you a great adventure onboard a Small Ship! Additionally, you will get to experience all the lakes, each with its unique geography, culture, and varied places of interest. The trip gave me a perspective of the area about which I knew very little. I now hope to explore parts of it again!

Joseph
(5)

This was our 14th Road Scholar program and we highly recommended it. There were great ship amenities, excellent food, outstanding port tours, informative on-board lectures, and entertainment. The only negative experience was the ship’s anemic guest Wi-Fi service. I will focus on our independent Toronto pre-trip. I used the DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Toronto book as my primary resource and we found several restaurants in the DK book. Road Scholar booked our flights and I booked the additional nights at Sheraton Centre Toronto. We arrived in Toronto on Friday. On Saturday, we had short walks to the nearby Textile Museum of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). We took a docent lead tour of the AGO. On Sunday, we took an Uber ride to the Aga Khan museum and arrived in time for a docent lead tour which was very helpful in understanding the scope and the importance of the collection. The AGO and the Aga Khan museums are closed on Monday. On Monday, we visited the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and then walked across the street to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) for lunch and a visit. We viewed one of the ROM Special Exhibits and some exhibits on the upper floors to avoid a possible duplication of the Road Scholar docent lead tour at the ROM planned for Tuesday (there was no duplication). After returning to the hotel, we joined the Road Scholar orientation meeting and dinner.

Ted
(5)

The tour of the great lakes was informative, enjoyable, easy going travelling, some great sunsets, and other picture taking opportunities.

Ron
(5)

Highly recommend this program. We had a wonderful time. This trip turned out to be more than we expected. Wonderful Group leaders, Road Scholar staff and ship staff were great. Very well organized program.

Denise
(5)

Had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the Road Scholar staff, very kind and helpful. Beautiful trip, we were sorry to say goodbye.

Theresa
(5)

I had a wonder time the Great Lakes bigger than I thought they were.

Connie
(5)

I feel that the Great Lakes tour was well organized and very educational.The boat accommodations were nice.

Donald
(5)

Quite an interesting experience.

Stephanie
(5)

A superb program that met every one of my hopes and expectations. This was my 17th program with Elderhostel/Road Scholar and without doubt the best I've participated in. Great places, great people, wonderful accommodations, wonderful cruise ship and crew, unbelievably great food! Go for it!

Howard
(5)

We ad difficulty with our room -- tbe windows were extremely "fogged" over and we could see absolutely nothing on the outside. Such a small space and no windows made it extremely uncomfortable and I was very dissatisfied with the whole thing. I thought I had really been sold a bad dream at a very expensive price. No one seemed to care. Then our group leader saw what we had and took action with the staff. The captain had our room changed to one of the better rooms with CLEAR WINDOWS and it made the whole trip much more favorable and enjoyable. They even moved all our personal items from their restung place in the old cabin to the exact same spot in the new cabin. Certainly very professional and pleasing.

Johnsie
(5)

We enjoyed our learning vacation: a great combination of cruising, visiting large cities and quaint island, viewing native Americans dances and modern art;. A great mix of activities and experiences. Highly recommend this tour!

Deanna
(5)

I have been on over twelve Road Scholar programs. The Great Lakes program is the best ever. The Leaders were outstanding and worked well, together and individually. The Victory I is a beautiful well appointed and comfortable ship, and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly.

Robert
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Not appropriate for the mobility challenged.

Carol
(5)

Expansive views of the Great Lakes and rewarding shore excursions






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