Chicago to Toronto – GREAT LAKES GRAND DISCOVERY

Mackinac Island

Depart from the great city of Chicago on a grand exploration of North America’s Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes are together the largest body of freshwater in the world. Sail across Lake Michigan to charming Mackinac Island. Transit the Soo Locks into massive Lake Superior, the largest of the five lakes. Spend a fascinating morning with the Ojibwe people at pretty Georgian Bay. Cruise for an entire day on scenic Lake Huron, home to more than 30,000 islands. Tour Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum and enjoy a thrilling visit to spectacular Niagara Falls.

DATES: 2017 – JUNE 27; JULY 15; SEPTEMBER 07; OCTOBER 13
2018 – JUNE 03; JULY 09; SEPTEMBER 01; OCTOBER 16

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DURATION: 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

EMBARK: CHICAGO, USA

DISEMBARK: TORONTO, CANADA

SHIP: VICTORY I

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HIGHLIGHTS:

• Toronto, Canada
• Niagara Falls
• Welland Canal
• Cleveland, OH
• Detroit, MI
• Parry Sound
• Manitoulin Island
• Mackinac Island
• Soo Locks
• Chicago

Chicago River

ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Embarkation in Chicago, Illinois
Your cruise vacation begins this afternoon in beautiful Chicago, Illinois where you’ll board the M/V Victory I and gather for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we prepare to set sail on our Great Lakes journey. Chicago’s waterfront location, upscale shopping along the Magnificent Mile & State Street, and robust nightlife are major draws.  (NOTE: Add a night or two before your cruise to enjoy Chicago!)

Day 2 – Day Cruising Lake Michigan
The only Great Lake located entirely within the United States, Lake Michigan has a surface area of more than 22,000 square miles, making it the fifth largest lake in the world. After a scenic day of cruising, we’ll gather for a festive welcome reception, followed by dinner in the ship’s main dining room.

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

Day 3 – Mackinac Island, Lake Michigan
This morning we’ll awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. After breakfast, we’ll go ashore for a narrated horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island, including the Victorian-era Grand Hotel, where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed. During our tour, we’ll visit Fort Mackinac, which was constructed by the British in 1780, taken by the Americans in 1796, and reclaimed by the British at the start of the War of 1812. This evening, cocktail hour in the outdoor lounge features a captivating presentation by our onboard historian.

Day 4 – Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (Whitefish Bay & Lake Superior)
Today, we’ll transit the Soo Locks from Lake Huron into Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Our guided excursion includes a tour of the Valley Camp Museum Ship, a stop at the Soo Locks viewing platform, and a walk through the visitor’s center to learn about the four parallel locks – MacArthur (1943), Poe (1895), Davis (1914), and Sabin (1919) – which pass an average of 10,000 ships per year.

Manitoulin-Little-Current

Day 5 – Little Current, Manitoulin – (Georgian Bay)
This morning, we’ll cruise though the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay, sometimes called the sixth Great Lake. Our destination is Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island and home of the Ojibwa people, part of the First Nation of Anishinaabe. Also known by the anglicized name Chippewa, the Ojibwe are the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America. They speak the Anishinaabe language and live mostly in the Great Lakes region of Canada. They are known for their birch bark canoes, their cultivation of wild rice, the creation of dreamcatchers, and their historic use of pictographic birch bark scrolls.

Day 6 – Scenic Sailing of Lake Huron
The second largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron boasts a surface area of 23,000 square miles. Like the other Great Lakes, it was formed at the end of the last ice age as the glaciers retreated. With over 30,000 islands, Lake Huron has more shoreline than any of the other Great Lakes. After a scenic day of cruising, we’ll gather in the ship’s main dining room for a gourmet dinner.

Ford Museum – Detroit

Day 7 – Windsor, Ontario
The M/V Victory I will call on Windsor, Ontario, known as The City of Roses. Here, we’ll board a motorcoach and head to Detroit either via the Ambassador bridge or tunnel. The Ambassador Bridge is a privately owned suspension bridge that connects Windsor with Detroit, Michigan. This bridge is the busiest international trade crossing in North America, supporting $13 billion (USD) in annual production. Just outside of Detroit, we’ll visit the Henry Ford Museum which was created to document the genius of ordinary people. Housed in a sweeping, nine-acre, single-floor space with soaring 40-foot ceilings the museum is dedicated to showcasing the finest collection of its kind. The sheer scope and design of the museum is as grand as the vision that inspired it. It’s impossible not to feel a sense of awe as your mind adjusts to the collection’s scale. Local expert docents will escort guests to see the museum’s highlights that include: the limousine that carried President John F. Kennedy on that fateful day in Texas, the bus in which Rosa Parks stood her ground and sparked the Civil Rights movement, and the chair from the Ford Theatre in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot. After our tour, we’ll return to the ship and set sail northbound up the Detroit River to our next destination, Lake Huron.

Day 8 – Cleveland, OH
Cleveland’s landmarks dating to its days as a turn-of-the-20th-century manufacturing center include the Steamship William G. Mather, now part of the Great Lakes Science Center. It’s also known for the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the I.M. Pei–designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and it’s famous West Side Market, Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market, with its origins dating back to 1840. The markethouse was dedicated and opened to the public in 1912. Its 137 foot clock tower has stood as a Cleveland landmark for over a century. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors of great ethnic diversity. Last year it is estimated that over a million people visited the market.

Niagara Falls

Day 9 Niagara Falls (Welland Canal)
After a leisurely morning on board, we’ll disembark the ship at Port Colbourne on the southern end of the Welland Canal. The original Welland Canal was opened in 1829 and was extended to reach Lake Erie in 1833. The current canal was completed in 1932 and boasts eight locks. As the M/V Victory I awaits its turn to transit the locks, we’ll drive through the Niagara Wine Region, home to 25 vineyards and over 50 wineries. At Niagara Falls, we’ll embark on the famous Hornblower “Voyage of the Falls” for a cruise into the misty spray of Horseshoe Falls. Back on shore, we’ll drive along scenic Niagara Parkway to a charming local restaurant followed by a special visit to a local winery for a fabulous tasting before rejoining the ship at Port Weller.

Day 10 – Disembarkation in Toronto, Canada
This morning, we’ll awaken at the port in Toronto, Ontario. After breakfast, you’ll disembark the M/V Victory I and make your way to the airport for your flight home, or let us show you more of eastern Canada – Montreal and Quebec City.

 

GREAT LAKES GRAND DISCOVERY - VICTORY I

CABIN CATEGORYPER PERSON DOUBLEPER PERSON SINGLE
E$6,598$10,317
D$7,298$11,437
C$7,897$12,396
B$8,297$13,036
A$8,497$13,356
AA$8,897$13,996
OWNER SUITE$9,487$14,940
SAVE $2,000 per COUPLE, or NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT on MAY 31 AND JULY 15, 2017 DEPARTURES - Single for Regular Double rate does not apply to Owners Suite or Cat A. May 31st in Cat C, B and AA; July 15th in Cat E and above.
Rates include $399 Port Charges
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