Great Lakes & AVA Convention 2021

A Volkssport Tour

New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ontario (CANADA)

June/July 2021 • 15-17 Days • Price TBA

The 22nd AVA Convention will be hosted in Madison, WI in the summer of 2021 and this itinerary will take place around that convention, featuring the Great Lakes area.

Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this potential 2021 tour! An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!

Featuring:

  • Walks in New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ontario, CANADA.
  • Capital city walks in Lansing, MI and Madison, WI.
  • An excellent walk route featuring Niagara Falls which takes walkers to both side of the falls in USA and Canada.
  • Activities at all 5 of the Great Lakes, including a cruise over Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes and the world’s largest freshwater lake.
  • Visit to the Henry Ford Museum, a National Historic Landmark, in Dearborn, MI.
  • A cruise through Wisconsin Dells, a serpentine channel cut by the Wisconsin River into soft sandstone, which has created a geological phenomenon composed of sandstone cliffs and rock formations.
  • Walks and activities at the 22nd AVA Convention in Madison, WI.

And more! Check back for more details soon!

We are working on the itinerary for this new tour – updates will be available soon!

Including:

  • Tourist-class hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • AVA Credit for Walks
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • All tipping for local guides, coach drivers, and group meals
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy; single accommodations will be available for a fee.

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

35-40 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Tourist Class hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners.

Airfare

Not included. Travelers will fly into Buffalo, NY and fly home from Chicago, IL.

Transportation

Included. We use motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 40+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Itinerary

We are working on the itinerary for this new tour – updates will be available soon!

More Details

Click on each heading for more details.

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

Call or mail in your refundable Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! We’ll take 35-40 travelers on this tour, accompanied by 2 guides.

Early Bird deposits are refundable $50 deposits which serve to hold your spot on a tour until dates and pricing have been confirmed. Once all details on a tour have been finalized, travelers can then register with an additional $450 deposit to bring their total on a tour up to $500.

Traveler Rewards Program

No Traveler Rewards are available for this tour.

How Is Airfare Arranged?

Travelers will fly into Buffalo, NY and fly home from Chicago, IL. More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be made available after this tour has been finalized.

What's a Volkssport Tour?

WAI offers walking adventures all over the planet. Most of the walks featured on these tours are developed by WAI tour planners in cooperation with local walking guides. These itineraries are the result of extensive on-site planning by WAI staff. A volkssport tour, on the other hand, streamlines this process and focuses more on walks and less on sightseeing. The objective is to offer more walking, more volkssport stamps, and keep the price lower. There are four main differences:

  • All walks are club walks, offered by local clubs and not planned by WAI staff. Usually they are YREs (self-guided walks using club-provided maps and directions).
  • Though extensive work is done by in-office WAI planners, no on-site planning has been done by WAI tour planners.
  • We accept up to 40 walkers on the tour rather than our normal maximum of 28 travelers.
  • Traveler Rewards or Discounts are not available.

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

What happens next?

We are currently developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with an additional $450 deposit, bringing your total on the tour up to $500. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.