As the largest surface of fresh water on Earth and the gateway between the Eastern Seaboard and the Midwest, the Great Lakes are ideal for exploring North America's rich maritime history, passion for invention, and sublime natural wonders. This expertly created program cruises all five of the Great Lakes--Ontario, Erie, Superior, Huron, and Michigan.
Journey from cosmopolitan Toronto to Milwaukee during early autumn, when the region's foliage begins to put on its breathtaking, vibrant show. Cruise for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star Le Bellot, featuring only 92 suites and staterooms, each with a private balcony. Call at smaller ports and discover some of North America's most alluring towns, visionary cities, and magnificent coastal scenery. Enjoy a nostalgic horse-drawn carriage ride along the picturesque streets of quaint Mackinac Island--unchanged over 100 years--to the Grant Hotel. Cruise the protected waters near Tobermory, Ontario, Canada, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Transit the historic Soo Locks at Sault Sainte Marie and the Welland Canal near Niagara Falls, two of the world's most celebrated 19th-century engineering feats and major catalysts for industrial growth and innovation.
An archetype for 20th-century urban growth and the birthplace of Motown, Detroit is currently undergoing a renaissance. Experience the Motor City's fascinating cultural legacy at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Mansion, and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. This journey through the Great Lakes' history and natural splendor culminates with a visit to awe-inspiring Niagara Falls, where a thunderous cascade of crashing water summons one of life's most mesmerizing spectacles.
Optional Pre-Tour: Toronto
Day 1: Depart / Toronto, Canada / Embark Ship / Lake Ontario / Welland Canal
Day 2: Niagara Falls / Lake Erie
Day 3: Detroit, Michigan, US
Day 4: Detroit / Lake Huron
Day 5: Tobermory, Canada / Lake Huron
Day 6: Soo Locks / Lake Superior / Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, US
Day 7: Mackinac Island / Lake Michigan
Day 8: Milwaukee, Wisconsin / Return to Home City
Optional Post-Tour: Milwaukee