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27 Day Great Lakes of North America
Start Date May 22, 2025
End Date Jun 17, 2025
4 Other Dates
 

Starts: Buffalo, NY Ends: Chicago, IL

Experience our Great Lakes of North America guided RV tour with guaranteed campground reservations. Visit all five great lakes, Niagara Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Mackinac Island, Lambeau Field, and more!
  • 26 Camping Nights
  • 50 Events & Meals
  • Highlights & Map
  • Daily Itinerary
  • Price & What's Included
  • Activity Level
  • Trip Extensions
  • Customer Reviews
  • Travel Insurance
  • FAQs

Highlights & Map

  • 26 Camping Nights
  • 50 Events & Meals

Highlights


Visit all 5 Great Lakes

Niagara Falls: Hornblower Cruise & Journey Behind the Falls

Lake, Canal and Lock Cruises

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Toronto Harbor Boat Tour

Mackinac Island Ferry, Carriage Tour & Historic Grand Hotel

Tour Wrigley, Lambeau & Soldier Fields

Lake Michigan Dinner Cruise

Locks of Sault Ste Marie

Sand Point Lighthouse Tour

Beer Tasting in Milwaukee

Guided Tours of Major Cities




Tour Map

  • 1249 Driving Miles
  • 125 Avg Miles Per Travel Day

Daily Itinerary

  • 1249 Driving Miles
  • 125 Avg Miles Per Travel Day
 

  • Orientation & Get Acquainted Social – meet your Ambassadors and fellow guests
  • Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurant
  • Private Motorcoach Transportation to Activities
  • Robert B Moses Power Plant Tour – a hydroelectric facility on the St. Lawrence River, providing clean energy for New York
  • View the American Side of the Falls – an up-close view of the second largest of the three waterfalls with optional access to the base of the waterfall
  • Lunch at Anchor Bar – the legendary birthplace of Buffalo wings, serving up world-famous tangy and spicy wings since 1964
  • Cruise on the Buffalo River and Erie Canal – hear the captivating tales of the Erie Canal, Buffalo's legacy as a prominent grain port & witness the nation's largest collection of standing grain elevators from just a few feet away

  • OPTIONAL: Butterfly Conservancy, Winery Tour
  • Private Motorcoach Transportation to Activities
  • Niagara's Floral Clock – see the famous 40 ft. clock made of over 16,000 plants & colorful annuals
  • Whirlpool Aero Cable Car Ride – ride across the Niagara Gorge on the historic aero car over the teal waters of the Niagara Whirlpool
  • Lunch atop Skylon Tower – a revolving restaurant that offers 360-degree sweeping views of Niagara Falls
  • Journey Behind the Falls – descend 125 ft. and explore historic tunnels before arriving at the observation deck at the base of Horseshoe Falls… the view doesn’t get better than this!
  • Hornblower Boat Tour of Niagara Falls – enjoy spectacular views of the Niagara Gorge, American Falls & Bridal Veil Falls, then come face-to-face with the famous Canadian Horseshoe Falls
  • Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake – a quaint town on the shores of Lake Ontario with historic sites, shops & galleries

  • Campground Cookout – food, fun and friends!
  • Private Motorcoach Transportation to Activities
  • Casa Loma Castle Tour – explore the Gothic Revival castle-style mansion showcasing stunning architecture, lavish interiors & a fascinating glimpse into history
  • Lunch at Casa Loma Castle
  • Cruise through Toronto Harbor – enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline, picturesque islands & iconic landmarks along the tranquil waters

  • Enjoy an overnight stop with lake views & a host of outdoor recreational opportunities

  • Bushplane Heritage Center Guided Tour – learn about the remarkable history and impact of bushplanes through interactive exhibits and vintage aircraft
  • Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site Tour – step back in time and explore the 19th century buildings that offer a glimpse into the region's history and the lives of the Ermatinger & Clergue families
  • Lunch at Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site
  • Museum Ship Valley Camp Tour – a fascinating maritime museum featuring a retired Great Lakes freighter with exhibits showcasing the region's maritime heritage
  • The Tower of History – view Sault Ste. Marie from this 210-foot-tall observation tower and see panoramic views of the world’s busiest inland shipping channel
  • Soo Locks Boat Tour – witness the incredible engineering marvel of the Soo Locks and get a firsthand look at the operation of the locks as they rise and lower ships

  • Roundtrip Ferry Ride to Mackinac Island – a unique destination known for its enchanting Victorian charm, horse-drawn carriages & lack of motorized vehicles, offering visitors a step back in time
  • Explore Mackinac Island State Park – a pristine island oasis boasting scenic trails, stunning rock formations & breathtaking views of Lake Huron
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour – embark on a delightful, narrated carriage ride that explores Mackinac Island's picturesque landscapes & historic sites
  • Fort Mackinac – explore this well-preserved 18th-century military outpost that played a strategic role during the American Revolutionary War & beyond
  • Fort Mackinac Tea Room – enjoy delightful teas and delectable treats amid historical surroundings on Mackinac Island
  • Free Day to Explore St. Ignace
  • Stroll the Lake Huron Boardwalk – wander along the scenic shoreline to enjoy panoramic lake views & quaint shops

  • Camp near Lake Superior – not only the largest of the Great Lakes, but is also the world’s largest freshwater lake by area
  • Campground Cookout – food, fun and friends!
  • Cruise to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – view brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, a 70 ft. waterfall, pristine beaches, all culminating in a stunning sunset painting the cliffs with golden hues

  • Explore Escanaba – there’s plenty to do in this Upper Peninsula jewel, including fishing, boating, golfing, shopping, hiking, biking & more!
  • Inventing the Outdoors & U.P. Military Museums – a tribute to the life & innovations of Webster Marble and a tribute to the veterans across the Upper Peninsula
  • Sand Point Lighthouse Tour – built in 1867, this historic beacon offers a glimpse into the area's maritime heritage & picturesque views of Lake Michigan

  • Rock N Roll Jukebox Dinner Show – a rockin’ musical performance of tunes from the 50s to the 80s, all while enjoying a family-style dinner
  • Lambeau Field Tour – go behind-the-scenes at the home of the Green Bay Packers and even go down to field level through the Player's Tunnel
  • Lunch at Lambeau Field
  • National Railroad Museum & Train Ride – learn the rich history of railroading through interactive exhibits & vintage locomotives, plus ride a diesel train along the Fox River
  • Free Day to Explore Green Bay
  • OPTIONAL: Explore Door County

  • EN-ROUTE: EAA Museum – discover a collection of more than 200 historic aircraft, interactive exhibits & inspiring stories of aviation innovation
  • Milwaukee Guided Motorcoach Tour – a private sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights
  • Pabst Mansion Tour – a house museum that honors the legacy of the Pabst family, showcasing their profound influence on the city's community, history & culture
  • Harley-Davidson Museum – an unrivaled collection of motorcycles & memorabilia, plus exhibits on motorcycle culture & immersive experiences that celebrate the brand's rich heritage
  • Lunch at Local Restaurant
  • Beer Tasting and Lunch at Pabst Brewing Company – enjoy a beer tasting & lunch, all while learning about the company’s history
  • Free Day to Explore Milwaukee

  • Private Motorcoach Transportation to Activities
  • Chicago Architecture Boat Tour – cruise the Chicago River through the city's iconic skyline, revealing the rich history and architectural marvels
  • World-Famous Chicago Pizza Lunch
  • 360 Observation Deck – experience breathtaking views of Chicago from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building
  • Shedd Aquarium – a world-class aquatic destination, home to diverse marine life, interactive exhibits & conservation efforts
  • Farewell Dinner Cruise – savor delicious cuisine while enjoying stunning views of Chicago’s iconic skyline
  • Goodbye Continental Breakfast – grab some food and coffee before we part ways



Price & What's Included

Price Includes

 
  • Professionally Planned Route & Itinerary
  • Guaranteed Campground Reservations
  • Expert Guides – WagonMasters & TailGunners*
  • Trip Log with Turn-by-Turn Directions
  • Transportation to/from Included Activities
  • Gratuities for Included Meals & Excursions

Pricing & Payment Options

Pay by check and receive a deep discount, or choose our 0% interest, affordable monthly payment plan!

$8,995

2 Guests in Rig

$7,195

1 Guest in Rig

Making Tours Affordable

Interest-Free, Monthly Payments
Budget your vacation and reserve your spot with our interest free payment plan - as low as $818/mo.
15% Deposit
Secure your spot with a 15% deposit and pay the rest by 01/22/2025.
Pay by Check Discount
No matter which payment option, if you pay by check you'll receive a discount according to this chart.

Ways to Save

Take advantage of these special offers to maximize the value of your next RV adventure!

Payment Options
We have various payment options, some of which offer deep discounts. Plus, we offer an interest-free, monthly payment plan to help you budget your vacation. Read More>>
Exclusive Travel Partners
We’re proud to be the official travel partner of some of the largest RV clubs and manufacturers in the world, which allow us to offer discounts to their members and customers. Read More>>
Frequent Traveler Credits
We appreciate you traveling with us, so we want to reward you with instant credit back on every tour you take. The more you travel, the greater the rewards! Read More>>
Refer & Earn
Receive future travel credits for each new customer you refer to us. Plus, learn how referrals can also increase your Lifetime Loyalty Rewards! Read More>>
Special Offers
By joining our email list, you’ll stay up to date on the latest tours and offers. Be in the know for any additional discounts to help you save even more! Read More>>
Exclusive Price Guarantee
Once you make your deposit, we guarantee the price! If our suppliers increase their prices, you won’t be stuck with any additional costs for your trip. Read More>>

Activity Level - MODERATE

Group Size

  • This trip has a group size up to 23 rigs plus WagonMasters & TailGunners* exclusive to 27 Day Great Lakes of North America

Pacing

  • 1249 Driving Miles
  • 125 Average Daily Miles
  • 27 days, with 26 camping nights including 50 events & meals

Physical Requirements

  • Moderate walking distance (30 to 45 minutes); some excursions may include gradually graded ramps, hills and/or stairs.



    Tours require that you are responsible for yourself and your ability to get on and off all Transportation Services.



    Activity Ratings are intended to provide information for those who do not use mobility devices.



    If you require a mobility device, please be aware that guests must travel with a companion that is responsible for loading, unloading and securing their device on all excursions.



    Guests with mobility challenges and walking limitations may not be able to participate in all activities.

*TailGunners only on Caravans with 14 or more guest rigs

Trip Extensions

More than ever, our guests are spending more time on the road and are excited to make the most out of their vacation. By choosing from the 140 pre- and post-trip extensions that we offer, or adding on optional activities to the itinerary, there are many ways you can personalize your experience to make it the vacation of your dreams.

Many Guests Choose Pre- or Post-Trip Extensions

Chances are, you’re traveling quite far to join us on one of our tours. Why not make the most of it with pre- and post-trip extensions? By adding on another tour, it will give you the opportunity to extend your vacation and maximize your time in the geographical region. On this 27 Day Great Lakes of North America trip, you will have no pre- or post trip extensions; however, we have 140 trips we offer that do.

Maximize Your Time in the Area

Consider building in extra time for yourself in Buffalo, NY (Rally Point) or Chicago, IL (End Place) to relax and get adjusted or give yourself time to explore on your own before or after your 27 Day Great Lakes of North America trip. Extending the length of your stay can truly make your trip everything you’ve ever dreamed about and give you the opportunity to enjoy more of what each destination has to offer.

Even though there’s an itinerary and planned route, we want you to enjoy your vacation to the greatest extent. With their unmatched understanding of the area and commitment to enriching your travel experiences, your WagonMasters will be there to help you choose and schedule the best optional activities that aren’t included in the itinerary. Here’s a sampling of the optional activities offered on the 27 Day Great Lakes of North America trip:


    • On Day 3: Butterfly Conservancy, Winery Tour

    • On Day 5Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake – a quaint town on the shores of Lake Ontario with historic sites, shops & galleries

    • On Day 20: Explore Door County




Customer Reviews

There’s no better way to learn what a trip is like than from the firsthand experiences of your fellow travelers. Our Traveler Reviews are the real deal—unbiased and unedited—giving you an honest appraisal of the experiences that await you on this trip.

 
 

Protect Your Travel Investment with Trip Cancellation Insurance

 

RV travel is fun and exciting, but the unexpected can happen. Losing the cost of a trip due to cancellation or an unexpected medical emergency during your trip can add the expense of physicians, hospitalization, or a medical evacuation, all of which can be overwhelming.

Travelers want to move about with confidence and peace of mind that comes from protecting both their health and finances. There are NO infectious disease exclusions - meaning that COVID-19 is covered as any other illness.

TME Travel Insurance provides a suite of insurance options for all styles of travel. Additional benefits are available when you purchase COMPREHENSIVE TRIP CANCELLATION, such as optional Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) coverage on the TME Elite Plan when purchased within 14 days of booking your tour. Plans cover both domestic and international travel.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General

Fantasy RV Tours offers two different types of RV vacations: Caravans and Rallies. An RV Caravan is a professionally-guided tour that travels from destination to destination on a pre-planned route. A Rally is also pre-planned and led by professional Travel Ambassadors, but explores one area or event, e.g. Rose Parade or Washington DC. To learn more, click here.

On each of our RV Tours, you’ll be led by professional leaders – WagonMasters and TailGunners – who are collectively known as Travel Ambassadors. To learn more and to meet our ambassadors, click here.

We often suggest scattered travel during a caravan with groups of 2 to 4 RVs traveling at a safe distance apart who may enjoy similar points of interest. Of course, you may travel independently at your own pace – enjoying sites and side trips. Your Travel Ambassadors are there to ensure safety for the entire group. It’s your vacation, so we offer options – we want you to enjoy safety, comfort and freedom. Typically, in Mexico, guests prefer to travel convoy style.

Yes. You’ll want to make reservations early to reserve your space. Reservations are prioritized in the order received. Most of our caravans are limited to 22 RVs, while rallies are determined individually.

Yes! Budget your vacation with our interest-free monthly payment program and reserve your spot with the first month’s payment. You can also secure your spot with just a 15% deposit and, no matter which payment option you choose, if you pay by check, you’ll receive a discount. For more details, click here or contact our Customer Support Team at 800-952-8496.

Yes. With every tour you take, it pays in savings! For each Rally, you’ll earn $50 in future travel credits. For each Caravan, you’ll earn $100 in future travel credits. You can also build your way up to different status levels that earn you additional benefits. For full program details, click here.

Yes. When a new customer is referred by you and completes their tour, you’ll receive $50 in future travel credits for a Rally and $100 in future travel credits for a Caravan. For full program details, click here.

Yes and no. Caravans require an RV; whether owned or rented. Some of our rallies have an option to stay in a cabin or hotel, which is indicated in the tour information. If traveling in an Overseas caravan, an RV rental will be provided.

 

Tour Reservations

Our tour prices include all RV site accommodations, meals, events and activities as listed on the itineraries. To see a full list of what’s included in all tours, click here.

No. The price listed (2 Person Price/Rig) is the total price for 2 people in 1 rig. The 1 person price/rig is the total price for 1 person in 1 rig. The Add’l Person Price/Rig is the price of each additional person beyond the 2 Person Price/Rig.

We have various payment options, some of which offer deep discounts. For more details, click here or contact our Customer Support Team at 800-952-8496.

Once you make your deposit, we guarantee the price! If our suppliers increase their prices, you will not be stuck with an additional cost for your trip. Beware of other tour companies that add a surcharge for tours purchased with a credit card or who reserve the right to raise their price after you make your initial reservation.

We reserve the right to substitute accommodations, transportation and/or itineraries when we deem it necessary or advisable.

If you need to switch your tour up to 150 days prior to departure, your tour monies will be transferred less a switch fee. To view the full details, click here.

If you need to cancel your reservation, please call us at 800-952-8496. To view the full details of our cancellation policy, click here.

We facilitate trip cancellation insurance on our website via TME Travel Insurance. To learn more, click here.

Our partnerships with Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), Good Sam Club, AIM Club & Winnebago allow us to offer exclusive discounts not available to the general public or any other tour company. Occasionally we offer additional discounts. Call 800-952-8496 for the latest offers.

 

Getting Ready for Your Tour

You will receive a pre-rally information packet approximately 90 days before the tour begins, which includes the detailed itinerary, a vehicle preparation checklist, travel tips, medical forms and the contact information for your WagonMasters.

Make sure your vehicle(s) is in top condition before you leave home. Have in your possession the warranty packet and information that came with your motorhome, fifth-wheel, or travel trailer. Know the name of the dealer and location of the original purchase, factory telephone numbers, warranty numbers, as well as year, make, and model in order to get parts delivered quickly, if necessary.

Use the Vehicle Preparation Checklist (provided in the pre-rally information packet) to assure your equipment is ready for the tour. Most people travel without ever having a breakdown. In fact, you will probably complete your tour and never have any kind of mechanical problem. Your Travel Ambassadors will do a basic vehicle inspection before the tour begins and advise you of any potential problems or recommended things to do to help preclude any damage to your vehicle.

On traveling caravans, we recommend a tow vehicle to maximize your freedom. Most caravans have free days to explore but ultimately, it is an individual preference to tow.

Passports are required for Canada, Mexico and Overseas tours. Please note: Some USA tours require passports if they travel into Canada.

You are required to have a Travelers Visa, but we’ll take care of obtaining and paying for the visa once we receive a copy of your passport. We’ll send this information to you a few months before the tour begins.

Yes. You must have a Mexico Liability policy for each motorized vehicle and we’ll provide you with information regarding purchasing the liability policy.

YES! We are a pet friendly company. However, it is your responsibility to care for your pet. During Polar Bear tours – you will be away from your pet 3 nights. Canadian Atlantic Province tours with an overnight ferry crossing – you will be away from your pet 1 night. There are pet accommodations available for those tours. Pet care fees are your responsibility. Canada and Mexico require proof of rabies vaccination.

On caravans with less than 25 rigs, your WagonMaster will make an introductory call to each guest on the tour after you receive your customer packet. On all other caravans and rallies, you will be contacted by email which will include direct contact information for your WagonMaster. 

No. Many of our guests enjoy arriving early or extending their trip once the Caravan is over, so we want to give you the freedom to do so. We’ve also found that guests prefer traveling on specific airlines, flying at certain times of the day or booking their flights with frequent traveler miles. We want to give you the ultimate freedom to fully maximize your vacation.

Any in-country flights that are listed on the itinerary are included in the price of the tour.

 

While on Tour

Before the tour begins, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive, up-to-date, field-researched Trip Log with turn-by-turn directions and popular landmarks.

Tips for meals, bus drivers and special guides are included in the tour price. Customers should feel free to tip any service providers they feel go ‘the extra mile’. Gratuities are certainly welcome, but not required for your WagonMaster and TailGunner – they strive to provide exemplary service, above and beyond the call of duty during your entire tour.

Typically, ferry fees are included unless stated otherwise on the itinerary.

If you have special dietary needs, notify your WagonMaster before the tour begins. Some of the vendors we use will be able to accommodate and some do not have the ability to do so. Be prepared with your own food substitution for situations in which your special food need cannot be accommodated.

To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable vacation, each tour has an Activity Rating, which is indicated in the tour information. Most tours include walking tours and guided excursions aboard buses, boats, trains, subways and planes. This scale will help you decide if you can participate in all activities included with each tour. Guests with mobility challenges and walking limitations may not be able to participate in all activities.

Activity Ratings are intended to provide information for those who do not use mobility devices. If you require a mobility device, please be aware that guests are responsible for loading, unloading and securing their device on all excursions. Some of our tours prohibit the use of Scooters, which is indicated in the tour information.

Certain tours are not scooter or wheelchair accessible, which is indicated in the tour information. On tours where all mobility devices are allowed, guests relying on the aid of walkers, crutches or other mobility devices must travel with a companion capable of assisting. Guests with mobility challenges may not be able to actively participate in all activities included in the tour itinerary.

We always strive to reserve as many 50 amp spaces as possible. However, some campgrounds will not have enough 50 amp spaces for everyone. At most campgrounds, 30/50 amp power is standard. Please note that some campgrounds in Alaska, Canada and Mexico may be more primitive than in the Lower 48. Be prepared to use limited power or dry camp on a few occasions.

On most days, WagonMasters hold nightly travel meetings to brief you on the next day’s activity schedule. In addition, the WagonMasters will have a whiteboard in the front window of their RV that has the daily schedule and any changes that may have occurred.

We use family radios and cell phones. Your WagonMaster will explain the best means of communication for the next day’s travel at the nightly travel meeting.

There may be opportunities in which you may want to enjoy side trips and optional tours that are not included in the price of the Caravan. Our WagonMasters & Tailgunners are available to assist you with suggestions of popular activities in the area to make the most of your vacation.

Our Travel Ambassadors are ready to help when a mechanical problem or medical emergency arises. However, if this prevents you from continuing the tour, you may receive a credit toward a future tour less any non-refundable expenses incurred by Fantasy RV Tours on your behalf.