Explore all five Great Lakes during this new cruise itinerary! Admire magnificent coastal scenery and discover North America’s passion for innovation and rich maritime history from Milwaukee to Toronto. 

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 Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls  Horse-drawn transportation on Mackinac Island  Arch Rock on Mackinac Island  <i>Valley Camp</i> Ship Museum, Sault Saint Marie  Tobermory Lighthouse, Ontario, Canada  Boat tour of Flowerpot Island near Tobermory  Exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum, Detroit  The Diego Rivera Court, Detroit Institute of Arts. Credit: Detroit Institute of Arts  Bruegel's <i>The Wedding Dance</i>, Detroit Institute of Arts. Credit: Detroit Institute of Arts  Niagara Falls  Entering the Welland Canal  Lock in the Welland Canal  The skyline of Toronto

Great Lakes Grand Voyage

From Milwaukee to Toronto Aboard the 180-guest Le Champlain

8 days from $4,995

Explore all five Great Lakes during this new cruise itinerary! Admire magnificent coastal scenery and discover North America’s passion for innovation and rich maritime history from Milwaukee to Toronto. 

or Call 855-330-1542

SPECIAL OFFER

Save $1,000 per person when you book by February 24, 2020!

Overview

The Great Lakes region is one of the most magnificent and historic inland waterways of the world. Join us on this popular cruise, which features a new itinerary that showcases the American spirit of invention and culture, rich maritime history, and Victorian-era engineering marvels, in addition to the region's magnificent coastal scenery and powerful Niagara Falls.

Highlights Include:

  • Lake Michigan: Enjoy a leisurely cruise of Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island. The picturesque town is preserved in the Victorian era with no automobiles and is now a national historic landmark. A horse-drawn carriage takes you to the famous Grand Hotel where you’ll enjoy lunch overlooking the iconic porch, festooned with flags and geraniums. Afterward, continue to the sacred Ojibwe site of Arch Rock, then tour Fort Mackinac, a British fort during the War of 1812.
  • Lake Superior: Cruise to Whitefish Point and observe part of the 50-mile Skeleton Coast, so named for its many historic shipwrecks. In Sault Ste. Marie, stop at the SS Valley Camp Ship Museum to learn more about the area’s maritime history, including the fate of the Edmund Fitzgerald. You’ll also transit the historic Soo Locks, a 19th-century engineering marvel where colossal freighters make the 21-foot drop from Lake Superior to Lake Huron.
  • Lake Huron: Ply the waters of Georgian Bay, stopping in Tobermory to take a glass-bottom boat cruise around Flowerpot Island. Then continue cruising Lake Huron.
  • Lake Erie: Cross the strait to Detroit, where you’ll enjoy time for in-depth exploration of the industrial and cultural high points of this important American city. In nearby Dearborn, take a special tour of the Henry Ford Museum, a national historic landmark. View the important automobile collection and exhibits that showcase the history and cultural impact of the car on American society, as well as other industrial, agricultural, and cultural collections. Discover the rich architectural legacy of the Gilded Age at Grosse Point and tour the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Mansion, a window on the aesthetic lives of America’s industrial aristocracy. Plus, enjoy an in-depth tour of the renowned Detroit Institute of Arts, with its renowned American and international collections. Cruise the length of Lake Erie.
  • Lake Ontario: Feel the power of spectacular Niagara Falls during a boat ride to the mist-shrouded base of Horseshoe Falls. then enjoy another view of the waterfalls during lunch from the 33rd floor of a nearby restaurant. Return to your ship and transit the seven locks of the historic Welland Canal, which opened the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast, fostering American industry, commerce, and prosperity. Enjoy a farewell dinner as your ship cruises Lake Ontario for Toronto.
  • Small Ship Experience: Enjoy cruising aboard Le Champlain, an upscale small ship that features sophisticated staterooms and public spaces, superb amenities, excellent cuisine, and an informal ambiance. See more ship information on the Tour Details page. This voyage will also host other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Home City/Milwaukee, Wisconsin/Lake Michigan

Arrive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and embark the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Champlain. (R,D)

Day 2 - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise on Lake Michigan—the only Great Lake located entirely in the U.S.—to Mackinac Island, a prized port in the North American fur trade and a strategic battleground between the British and Americans. Home to white-sand beaches, forested parklands and quaint streets lined with genteel Victorian homes, art galleries and quaint fudge shops—Mackinac Island is one of few places to graciously capture that feeling of a bygone era. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride to the Grand Hotel, the “Lady on the Hill,” a cherished institution for over 130 years with a gleaming white Colonial facade, over 2000 trademark red geraniums and a procession of American flags. Enjoy lunch overlooking the world’s longest porch, as romantic today as it was during the 1800s when it was dubbed “Flirtation Walk.” Stop at the dramatic Arch Rock where, according to Ojibwe legend, the soaring limestone arch was formed when the Great Creator blew the breath of life into the Earth. Step back in time to the War of 1812 with a tour of Fort Mackinac, built by the British in 1779. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Lake Superior/Soo Locks Transit/Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan/Lake Huron

Cruise Lake Superior to Whitefish Point, the eastern end of the 50-mile Skeleton Coast, where Lake Superior’s power is evident in sculpted sandstone cliffs and in the nautical remnants of over 300 shipwrecks, including the renowned Edmund Fitzgerald, which in 1975 succumbed to an early November storm. Transit the historic Soo Locks, one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of the 19th century, tour the exhibits at the Soo Locks Interpretation Center and watch as colossal freighters transit the 21-foot drop from Lake Superior to Lake Huron. In the historic town of Sault Ste. Marie, one of the Great Lakes' most important strategic and economic axes following the construction of the Soo Locks, maritime history is evocatively presented at SS Valley Camp Ship Museum, known for its over 100 exhibits of maritime history, including a fascinating exhibit on the fated Edmund Fitzgerald. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Tobermory, Ontario, Canada, Lake Huron

Cruise the stunning coastline of Bruce Peninsula National Park, part of the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Arrive in the harbor village of Tobermory, famed for its unequaled concentration of native orchid species. Embark on a glass-bottom boat cruise from Little Tub Harbor to Big Tub Harbor, which preserves almost two dozen 19th-century shipwrecks. See the photogenic Big Tub Lighthouse, guiding ships since 1885; experience the whimsical charm of Flowerpot Island, famous for its natural “flowerpot” rock pillars, sea stacks and wave-carved caverns; and be mesmerized by its magical Grotto, carved from ancient limestone and filled with startlingly blue waters. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Uncover revitalized Detroit’s rich history as a crucible of invention on a panoramic tour. Enjoy a guided visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the nation’s largest and most significant collections of art, including Diego Rivera’s monumental Detroit Industry mural, as well as masterworks by Rodin, Caravaggio, van Gogh, Degas and Cézanne. Discover the rich architectural legacy of the Gilded Age at Grosse Point where grandiose mansions reflect Detroit’s much-lauded commitment to architectural preservation. Tour the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Mansion, a polished window on the grandeur and rich aesthetic lives of America’s industrial aristocracy—the Midwest manor was designed by Detroit’s preeminent architect, Albert Kahn, to resemble a cluster of Cotswold village cottages and showcases an Art Deco design with rooms full of ancient, Renaissance and 18th-century art, including presciently acquired works by van Gogh and Cézanne. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Detroit for Dearborn/Lake Erie

In Dearborn, Michigan, enjoy a specially arranged, guided tour of the National Historic Landmark Henry Ford Museum. Established in 1929, this extensive indoor-outdoor museum offers education and insight into the development of the world-changing automobile industry and one of America’s most instrumental corporations. The museum features hundreds of automobiles, industrial and agricultural technology displays, elements of popular culture and important historic artifacts, including the bus on which Rosa Parks made her historic stand against discrimination and an impressive railroad exhibit featuring one of the largest steam locomotives ever built, the Allegheny, designed for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in 1941. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Port Colborne, Ontario for Niagara Falls/Transit Welland Canal/Lake Ontario

One of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural phenomenon, Niagara Falls never fails to impress. Take the state-of-the-art Hornblower Cruise Funicular for panoramic views of the majestic curve of Horseshoe Falls and the thundering force of the American Falls. Cruise toward the mist-enshrouded base of Horseshoe Falls to experience first-hand the sheer force of this powerful geological wonder. See the formidable Whirlpool Rapids, among the world’s most extreme Class VI rapids, traveling at speeds of 30 miles per hour. Stop at the Sir Adam Beck Power Station, the first large-scale hydroelectric generation project in the world. Admire Niagara’s famous Floral Clock, intricately filled with up to 20,000 plants and flowers. Lunch will be served on the 33rd floor in a local restaurant with spectacular views of the falls. Depart Port Colborne and transit the seven locks of the Welland Canal, one of North America’s most important economic lifelines. Constructed in the early 19th century, the canal links Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and was instrumental in opening the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast fostering industry and commerce and increasing prosperity. (B,L,R,D)

Day 8 - Toronto, Ontario/Return to Home City

Disembark in Toronto and continue onto the Toronto Post-Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)