Explore all five Great Lakes during this scenic cruise. 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

8 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Explore all five Great Lakes during this scenic cruise. 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

Overview

Pre-Program Extension: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rich with architectural treasures and world-class institutions that reflect its storied history, vibrant Milwaukee is the perfect prelude to your Great Lakes cruise. Enjoy a downtown walking tour where shimmering steel and glass high-rises share the skyline with 19th-century buildings from Milwaukee’s early heritage, discover the meticulous architectural preservation of the historic North Point neighborhood, tour the impressive Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by Santiago Calatrava and located on the shores of Lake Michigan, and visit the Neo-Renaissance Saint Josaphat Basilica. 

Post-Program Option: Toronto, Ontario

A major center of Great Lakes history, culture, and commerce, Toronto is one of North America’s most cosmopolitan cities. Enjoy walking tours of the historic St. Lawrence District and the Distillery District. Visit Fort York, home to seven original War of 1812 buildings, and Casa Loma, a spectacular Gothic Revival mansion. Take in panoramic views during a specially arranged lunch at CN Tower’s 360-degree revolving restaurant and tour the Art Gallery of Ontario, noted for its superb Canadian Collection and masterpieces of European Art. 

*The October 7-14 program will operate in the reverse direction from Toronto to Milwaukee. Extensions will be a Toronto Pre-Program and Milwaukee Post-Program. 

Itinerary - Toronto to Milwaukee (October 7, 2021 Departure)

Day 1 — Depart home city/Arrive in Toronto, Canada/Embark Le Dumont-d’Urville/Cruising Lake Ontario

Dynamic Toronto is Canada’s largest and most welcoming city and offers outstanding museums, galleries and restaurants which speak to its remarkable diversity. Arrive in Toronto and embark the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Dumont-d’Urville. Cruise through eight locks of the Welland Canal, one of North America’s most important economic lifelines. Constructed in the early 19th century, the canal links Lake Ontario to Lake Erie and was instrumental in opening the Great Lakes to commerce and prosperity—the canal carries nearly 40 million tons of cargo per year. (R,D) 

Day 2 — Port Colborne, Ontario, for Niagara Falls/Cruising Lake Erie/Detroit, Michigan

One of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural phenomenon, Niagara Falls never fails to impress. Cruise toward the mist-enshrouded base of Horseshoe Falls and experience firsthand the sheer force of this geological wonder. See the 410-million‑year-old rock layers of the Niagara Gorge and the formidable Whirlpool Rapids, among the world’s most extreme rapids. Enjoy a specially arranged lunch with spectacular falls views. See the Sir Adam Beck Power Station, the world’s first large‑scale hydroelectric generation project, and admire Niagara’s famous Floral Clock, intricately filled with 20,000 plants and flowers. (B,L,D) 

Day 3 — Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Chart Detroit’s rise to the apex of American idealism. Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the nation’s most significant collections of art, housed in a magnificent Beaux Arts building. See Diego Rivera’s monumental Detroit Industry mural which captures the city’s blue-collar history, as well as masterworks by Auguste Rodin, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas and Paul Cézanne.

Discover the rich architectural legacy of the Gilded Age at Grosse Point, where grand mansions replete with lavish period furnishings reflect Detroit’s 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 manor was designed by Detroit’s preeminent architect, Albert Kahn, to resemble Cotswold village cottages and showcases an Art Deco design with rooms filled with ancient, Renaissance and 18th‑century art—including presciently acquired works by Van Gogh, Cézanne and Rivera.

This evening, enjoy a specially arranged Motown performance on board the ship. (B,L,D)

 

Day 4 — Detroit for Dearborn/Cruising Lake Huron

In Dearborn, visit the acclaimed Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, which spotlights the creative genius of American inventors and innovators from baseball to vintage cars and airplanes to civil rights heroes and artifacts that represent defining moments in American history.

Enjoy cruising the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Tobermory, Ontario/Cruising Lake Huron

Cruise the coastline of Bruce Peninsula National Park, a protected area and part of the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In the traditional harbor village of Tobermory, 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 remains of the schooner Sweepstakes—submerged in only 20 feet of water with its hull almost completely intact. Observe picturesque Big Tub Lighthouse which has been guiding ships since 1885, and the charm of Flower Pot Island, famous for its natural “flowerpot” rock pillars, sea stacks and wave‑carved caverns. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan / Whitefish Point/Sault Sainte Marie/Soo Locks

Known to Native Americans as the “Gathering Place,” Michigan’s oldest town of Sault Saint Marie played a vital role in the Great Lakes’ economy following the construction of the National Historic Landmark Soo Locks, one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of the 19th century.  

Maritime history is evocatively presented at SS Valley Camp, a retired lake freighter built in 1917, featuring exhibits that depict the faithfully restored living quarters of Great Lakes sailors and the tragic loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Cruise into Lake Superior—the deepest of the Great Lakes—to Whitefish Point, the eastern end of the 50-mile Skeleton Coast. Named for the nautical remains of over 300 shipwrecks, including the famed Edmund Fitzgerald, it offers breathtaking views of the Lake Superior shoreline. Transit the impressive locks, tour the Soo Locks Interpretation Center and watch as colossal freighters lower 21 feet from Lake Superior to enter Lake Huron. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Mackinac Island, Michigan

Located in Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, Mackinac Island was a lucrative port in the North American fur trade. With white-sand beaches, forested parklands and charming streets lined with genteel Victorian homes, art galleries and quaint fudge shops, few places capture a bygone era more graciously than automobile-free Mackinac Island. Delight in a horse-drawn carriage ride to the Grand Hotel, a treasured landmark for over 130 years. Known as “The Lady on the Hill,” its gleaming white Colonial façade is complemented by over 2,000 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 dramatic limestone Arch Rock, a portal to the spirit world according to Native American legend, and tour Fort Mackinac, built by the British in 1779 and garrisoned until 1875. (B,L,R,D)

Day 8 — Cruising Lake Michigan/Milwaukee, Wisconsin/Return to Home City

Disembark continue onto the Milwaukee 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)

Itinerary - Milwaukee to Toronto (September 30, 2021 Departure)

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

Arrive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and embark the ship. (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 for Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.

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 6 — Detroit/Lake Erie

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 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 eight 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)