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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
Length
11 days
Starts at
7,299
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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.
Length
11 days
Starts at
7,299
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 22222 RJ
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DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside
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Accommodation Details
A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.
Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2021
Ship Outside 7,299
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities!

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Chicago and ends in Toronto

Jun 19 - Jun 29, 2021
Ship Outside 7,299
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities!

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Toronto and ends in Chicago

DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.
Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2021
Ship Outside 8,899
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities!

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Chicago and ends in Toronto

Jun 19 - Jun 29, 2021
Ship Outside 8,899
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities!

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Toronto and ends in Chicago

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 one to four 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."
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
North American Indian Tribes of the Great Lakes
by Michael G. Johnson
Heavily illustrated, this handy primer presents the Native American tribes of the upper Midwest, their cultures, religions, leaders and roles in the colonial wars and the fur trade.
The Great Lakes
by Wayne Grady
Wayne Grady showcases the nature and ecology of the Great Lakes, hub of industry and agriculture and home to 40 million people, in this illustrated portrait of the region, including its geological formation, conservation challenges, forests and resources. With hundreds of color photographs and illustrations by Emily Damstra.
Niagara, A History of the Falls
by Pierre Berton
Meticulously researched and entertaining, this history of Niagara Falls captures the sideshow atmosphere of the place with its honky-tonk attractions and daredevil feats. An engrossing social history.
Great Lakes Birds
by Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh
This fold-out reference illustrates almost 150 species in the Great Lakes region. Laminated and pocket-sized, it's a handy item to take along in the field.
Lake Superior Flavors, A Field Guide to Food and Drink Along the Circle Tour
by James Norton
In this review of Lake Superior cuisine, the authors focus on local artisans and important dishes from the four regions they visit: Minnesota’s North Shore, Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Shining Big Sea Water, The Story of Lake Superior
by Norman K. Risjord
A swift, illuminating history of Lake Superior, from its geological birth and native inhabitants to early explorers and industries, developers, cities and future challenges.
The Living Great Lakes
by Jerry Dennis
Jerry Dennis, known for his writing on fly-fishing and canoeing, interweaves observation, anecdote and history in this tale of the lakes and his month-long voyage aboard the schooner Malabar.
Mackinac Island
by Terry Phipps
Phipps captures the splendor of the architecture and gardens of Mackinac in this collection of photographs.
Inventing Niagara
by Ginger Strand
A witty, well-researched tale of the transformation of a natural wonder into an engineering feat, spectacle and monument.
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
by Frederick Stonehouse
Stonehouse presents the circumstances and evidence for the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, which disappeared during a heavy snow storm on Lake Superior in the early evening of November 10, 1975. With no evidence and no witnesses, the captain and crew of 28 are still listed as missing.
The Long Ships Passing, The Story of the Great Lakes
by Walter Havighurst
A vivid popular history of the Great Lakes, rich in anecdote, incident and drama. Havighurst recounts the early days of ships and shipping on the Great Lakes from the time of the early French voyageurs through the industrialization of the region at the turn of the century.
Shipwrecks and Lost Treasure Great Lakes, Legends and Lore, Pirates and More!
by Michael J. Varhola
Frederick Stonehouse provides the historical forward to these 21 riveting tales of ships that met their end in the treacherous waters of the Great Lakes, including the sinking of Civil War steamer Island Queen in 1864 and the tanker Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975.
The Middle Ground, Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815
by Richard White
White takes in the history of Daniel Boone, George Washington, Pontiac and Tecumseh in this scholarly history of relations between native peoples and Europeans in "pays d'en haut," the region around the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes for Sale, From Whitecaps to Bottlecaps
by Dave Dempsey
Dempsey calls for action to stop the diversion of water from the great lakes watershed.
Selected Stories
by Alice Munro
This collection of 28 short stories represents some of Munro's finest work. A powerful range of emotional, evocative tales set throughout the cities and rural towns of her native country.
The Devil in the White City, Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
by Erik Larson
This fascinating account of Chicago's 1893 World's Fair interweaves the true stories of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor, who terrorized its visitors.
Great Lakes Wildlife
by Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh
This laminated fold-out card illustrates almost 150 animals in the Great Lakes region.
The Song of Hiawatha
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This Everyman’s Library Classic of Longfellow’s epic narrative poem, set along the south shore of Lake Superior and loosely based on the legends of the Ojibwe and other Native Americans, includes an introduction and the latest scholarship on the classic
Unless
by Carol Shields
A middle aged mother of three daughters lives a contented life as a writer until her oldest child Norah quits college to panhandle on the streets of Toronto. Norah's only communication with the outside world appears to be a sign she wears around her neck that reads "Goodness."
Detroit City is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis
by Mark Binelli
Mark Binelli explores key events in Detroit's history along with his own experiences growing up in and reading about the Motor City throughout his youth. Key perspectives include how Detroit has been portrayed in Hollywood, the cataclysmic effect of the race riots in 1967, and the social unrest that has led to physical deterioration.
Pandora's Locks, The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway
by Jeff Alexander
This detailed history of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which opened in 1959, focuses on the engineering feat's often devastating environmental effects.
Great Lakes Water Wars
by Peter Annin
Annin weaves an intriguing tale of behind the scenes compromise and conflict among the states and provinces making a grab for a portion of the water in the Great Lakes.





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