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.
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Program No. 22385RJ
6 days
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4.67 Average

This program covers most every site of interest and significance in the Burlington area and, in doing so requires significant walking and standing throughout full days.


Burlington is a fascinating place with progressive ideas that have actually been enacted. Lake Champlain, with the Adirondack mountains on the other side, was mesmerizingly beautiful. I saw some spectacular sunsets on the waterfront. I enjoyed the tour of the islands, which are connected by causeways. The visit to Shelburne Farms was inspirational. All the educational programs were good, and I learned a lot about Vermont. However, I found staying in a chain hotel depressing. Most of us had views of the parking lot instead of the lake, which was very disappointing to me. The food at the hotel was mediocre. This part of the program was not a good value at all, considering what we paid. The leader did not compare favorably with other leaders I have experienced on Road Scholar trips. She did not do a good job of bringing the group together and gave off a feeling of constant rush. I am glad I went on the program because of all I learned about Burlington and Vermont, but it had some shortcomings which made it not my best Road Scholar experience.


This is a great program but I think people should realize that it involves a lot more walking than two miles a day. We easily walked three to five miles nearly every day.

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