Voyaging to all Five Great Lakes at a Slower Pace
Walk the car-free streets of Mackinac Island, learn of the Welland Canal and explore the vibrant cities of Toronto and Chicago as you voyage the Great Lakes at your own pace.
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Program No. 22222RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

From the masterpieces of Chicago’s Art Institute to the marvels of all five Great Lakes, this gently-paced voyage blends enriching educational discoveries with unparalleled natural scenery. On a small ship chartered exclusively by Road Scholar, 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 be easy. Requires walking only short distances. Small boats may be used for disembarkation and re-embarkation. 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 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 and one night in Toronto, exploring the best of both cities on expert-led excursions.

General Notes

Maximum of 180 participants, divided into smaller groups for activities.You may be interested in a more active version of this program, "The Best of All Five Great Lakes by Small Ship, Only With Road Scholar" (#21866).
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Marlene Brice
Marlene Brice was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Payson, AZ with her husband, where they built, owned and operated an award-winning KOA campground. They spent time traveling the world after her husband retired — their passion was cruising. Marlene and her husband settled in Branson, Mo in the beautiful Ozarks, enjoying the nature and beauty of the mountain range. Marlene enjoyed assisting her husband in building two homebuilt airplanes. They love visiting privately owned airports, supporting their businesses and visiting with the owners.

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

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