Cruise & Stay 12 nights with MV Victory II on a small ship journey from Chicago to Montreal on North America`s Great Lakes.
11 Night Cruise sailing from Chicago to Montreal aboard Victory II. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Chicago. Day 1: Hotel Stay in Chicago Enjoy a complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening allows time to become acquainted with the city. For your convenience, our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about the upcoming voyage to reservation of premium experiences. Representatives will be available to provide suggestions for dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here. Day 2: Chicago Welcome to Chicago! This uncommon ground is blooming with gourmet dogs, baseball crowds, supper clubs and, of course, the Bean. There are plenty of sights to be seen in this city of global commerce and culture. Chicago invites you to stroll through its canyons of glass and steel, embrace hustle and go anywhere the wind blows. Day 3: Scenic Sailing on Lake Michigan These waters are home to a vast variety of wildlife – trout, salmon, walleye, smallmouth bass, crawfish, freshwater sponges and sea lamprey, to name a few. That buffet attracts raptors such as hawks and bald eagles and waterfowl such as duck, swans and geese. Relax and enjoy the view on your own time on this peaceful river cruising day. Sip a mid-morning consommé, breathe in the fresh lake air on the upper deck, share convivial conversation with other guests or just nibble on snacks as you look forward to yet another astounding sunset on the water. Day 4: Mackinac Island Vacationers adore this unique American destination. Its devotees long for the time they can return to their beloved island retreat and truly disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle. Clip-clop rhythms of horse hooves soothe the soul, with not a car in sight. The rich aroma of Mackinac’s signature treat – its famous fudge – permeates charming shops. The view from America’s longest front porch at the Grand Hotel stretches for miles. Day 5: Sault St. Marie “The Saults” – international twin cities – are neighbors on either side of St. Marys River on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in Southern Ontario. Soak in the culture of the area on a narrated tour showcasing local highlights such as the retired lake freighter SS Valley Camp – now a museum – and an insider’s look at the engineering spectacle of the Soo Locks, the world’s busiest canal in terms of tonnage. Day 6: Little Current/Manitoulin Island Breathe the clean air and find solace in the sacred atmosphere of the world’s largest freshwater island. Generations have nurtured a close and cherished relationship with the land, the forest, the waters and the sky in this treasured place, and you are invited to share its beauty and splendor. Reflect on island heritage on an included excursion to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation for a welcome ceremony and interpretive tour, along with stops at other attractions of note. Those opting for a premium experience can saddle up to feel the gentle sway of an ambling horseback trail ride amid the breathtaking scenery of Honora Bay. Day 7: Scenic Sailing on Lake Huron Today the M/V Victory II transforms into a self-contained universe ripe for exploration. Craft your experience as you choose: Kick back on deck to embrace the calmness and spirituality of Lake Huron, or take some time to connect with friends in the many public spaces aboard the ship. This day on the lake is all yours. Day 8: Detroit There’s no better place than the Motor City to choose an optional premium experience to explore the captivating history of the automotive industry – and so much more – at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Be astounded by its vast and varied artifacts of American heritage. The extraordinary exhibits chronicle the lifespan of a nation. All guests may choose an included excursion to the Detroit Institute of Arts and its 100-plus galleries, the Motown Museum, the West Canfield Historic District and other city highlights. Day 9: Cleveland Majestically situated on the south shore of Lake Erie between the Welland Canal and Detroit/Windsor, Cleveland offers much to behold. Choose a tour-de-force optional premium experience focused through the lens of famous films shot in Cleveland, including a visit to the home where “A Christmas Story” unfolded, to reminisce about secret decoder pins, Ovaltine and the infamous Red Ryder BB gun. Day 10: Port Colborne (Niagara Falls) Port Colborne’s rich maritime history and stunning beachfront point up the beauty of the region. See Earth’s raw power on full display during an unforgettable encounter with a natural wonder of the world. Thoughts swirl in the surreal roar of rushing water as it crashes into the jade-green lake below. Day 11: Toronto Considered Canada’s premier metropolitan center, diverse Toronto provides options for any taste. The flavor of the city comes alive in historic St. Lawrence Market, a source of authentic artisan foods and crafts – and community – for more than 200 years. A visit to this modern metropolis with 19th-century flair becomes a cultural kaleidoscope that emerges as a singular and unique experience. Day 12: Scenic Sailing on Lake Ontario The lower reaches of the St. Lawrence give way to unspeakable splendor at Thousand Islands, the glorious corridor leading us onto the lake. Search the intricate maze of lichen-cloaked mounds for glimpses of their bounty of wildlife. Day 13: Disembark in Montreal As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town.
GREAT LAKES GRAND DISCOVERY CRUISE: City skylines ebb into lazy lake shores as we sail beneath empyrean ether. Marvel at the singular beauty of Michigan`s Upper Peninsula and the southern Canadian coast. Mackinac Island tenders a peace rarely found on the mainland. Niagara Falls inspires awe at every visit. These bounties and more await when you step aboard. _______________ SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 12 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 25 August 2022 – hotel in Chicago, USA Cruise Begins: 26 August 2022 – embark, Chicago, USA Cruise Ends: 6 September 2022 – disembark, Montreal, Canada Ship: Victory II Region: USA & Canadian Great Lakes _______________ INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Chicago, USA • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 11 night small ship cruise aboard Victory II from Chicago to Montreal • All onboard meals • Complimentary range of included shore excursions • Complimentary free flowing house wine, beer, and spirits during entire cruise • Complimentary cocktail hour prior to dinner each evening • Complimentary coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and filtered water • Free Internet & WiFi available onboard (speeds may vary) • Port charges of USD $559 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $193 per person _______________ DISCOUNTS: The fares shown here are full brochure fare. This cruise may also have discounts applicable for Australian residents. Please contact us for your best offer. All rates in USD – U.S Dollars.