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Vermont
The Best of Burlington, Shelburne and the Champlain Islands
Experience Burlington’s walkability and history, enjoying visits to arts centers, city farmland and the new waterfront. Admire Americana in Shelburne and explore the Champlain Islands.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22385RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,199
Getting There
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At a Glance

With a population of just over 40,000, Vermont’s largest city is by no means a metropolis. But what Burlington lacks in population it makes up for in walkability, history, the arts and entrepreneurial pluckiness. Stroll Church Street Marketplace — a nationally recognized pedestrian walk lined with restaurants and shops, amid musicians, college students and street vendors — with a local historian. Go behind-the-scenes at several of the city’s arts organizations to learn the role they have played in cultural planning and discover Lake Champlain’s state-of-the-art science center. In Shelburne, admire a vast collection of Americana and folk art and learn about efforts to conserve local farmland. Experience centuries of history at a spiritual shrine and one of the oldest log cabins in the country on the Champlain Islands.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking approximately two miles per day over steep hills, uneven ground, cobblestone streets, brick and gravel paths.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover Burlington’s history as you explore it by foot on expert-led walks of its waterfront and its historic downtown, including Church Street Marketplace.
  • Enjoy a private exploration of The Intervale Center, whose mission is to steward farmland and strengthen community food systems.
  • Journey to Isle La Motte, North Hero and Grand Isle — the Champlain Islands — and enjoy lunch at an inn on the water.
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Gary De Carolis
Gary DeCarolis is a three-time former city councilor who has held political appointments in Vermont and high-level administrative positions in the federal government. A lifelong resident of Burlington, Gary is the author of “A View from the Balcony: Leadership Challenges in Systems of Care.”
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Gary De Carolis





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