The Great Lakes + Canada: Chicago To Toronto, Ottawa And Montréal

Chicago, Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Soo Locks, Manitoulin Island, Detroit, Cleveland, Niagara Falls, Toronto Ontario, Ottawa, Montréal

It's an exclusive combination you won't find any place else. Our all-inclusive fully-hosted Great Lakes voyage aboard the stylish, 202-guest MV Victory I combined with the French and English charms of Canada. Enjoy the finest accommodations on land and water, extensive sightseeing and shore excursions, elegant shipboard dining, an open bar throughout your cruise, and all shipboard and shore excursion gratuities.

Our prices start from

$ 8,699 LAND ONLY

15 Days • GUIDED • 33 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Including 9 nights in an outside stateroom aboard the mv Victory I
  • Accompanied onboard by an A+R Host
  • Services of a trip leader
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • All gratuities for shipboard staff are included
  • Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
  • 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Welcome to Chicago

InterContinental Chicago

Guests arrive in Chicago today and will be met at the airport and chauffeured to our city-center hotel to enjoy their additional pre-journey overnight in this cosmopolitan city.

Day 2 - Enjoy this Full Day Free in Chicago

InterContinental Chicago

Breakfast Included

Guests have this entire day at leisure to enjoy as they wish here in Chicago. Take advantage of our hotel's privileged city-center location on the Magnificent Mile to explore the many nearby shops, restaurants and cultural attractions. Our other travelers will be arriving today.

Day 3 - Enjoy a Free Morning in Chicago + Embark the mV Victory I

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Dinner Included

After breakfast, this morning is at leisure to enjoy and explore as you wish here in Chicago. In the afternoon, you'll be escorted to the pier to board the stylish 202-guest mv Victory I. Settle in to your outside stateroom before an elegant dinner with wines, cocktails and beverages.

Day 4 - Cruising Lake Michigan

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Delight in this day of cruising as we navigate northward along Lake Michigan. Take in the scenery from the expansive Observation Deck, enjoy congenial conversation in the Lounge, or join our engaging Great Lakes experts for an enriching talk. Elegant dining in two distinct venues – the Coastal Dining Room and the casual al fresco Grill - and our open bar enhance your day at sea.

Day 5 - Mackinac Island

Opened in 1887, the Grand Hotel still boasts the longest front porch in the world. As you take in the views and walk through the hotel's elegant spaces, you may recognize them from Somewhere in Time, the 1980 movie that was filmed here.

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

With no cars allowed on the island, your horse-drawn carriage tour is a great way to experience the Victorian ambiance of this National Historic Landmark. Learn about the island's history and see spectacular turn-of-the-century summer homes built by early captains of American industry. High atop a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, your tour of Fort Mackinac delves into its strategic importance during the War of 1812. Then take in the views from the Grand Hotel's verandah and enjoy the hotel's Grand Luncheon Buffet.

Day 6 - Soo Locks and Sault Ste. Marie

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

This morning, the mv Victory I transits through the historic Soo Locks where freighters, barges and tugboats traverse the 21-foot drop of the St. Mary's River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The first lock here was built in 1855 and the canal was navigated by 27 vessels during its first year of operation. Today, more than 10,000 ships hauling 86 million tons of cargo pass through these historic parallel locks each year, even though they're closed during the winter when ice shuts down shipping on the upper Great Lakes! Today you can also join your fellow passengers for flexible Hop-on Hop-off touring. Exploring at your own pace, you'll be able to visit a number of the town's highlights including the Valley Camp Museum. Here in the enormous hold of a cargo ship that plied the Great Lakes from 1917 through 1966, you'll find fascinating exhibits that trace the rich maritime history of the Great Lakes. Other sightseeing stops afford the chance to visit the River of History Museum, to see the historic homes of Water Street, and to marvel at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, one of the oldest churches in the United States.

Day 7 - Manitoulin Island, Ontario

A drum and dance performance offers further insight into Ojibwe culture.

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Sail into beautiful Georgian Bay and step ashore on Manitoulin Island to visit the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. With its art galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits, this heritage museum is a great place to learn about the region's First Nations people. You can even participate in a smudging ceremony - an ancient ritual that uses smoke from cedar, sage, sweet grass and other plants regarded for their healing powers. You'll also make a stop at the Immaculate Conception Church. With its unique in-the-round architectural style that evokes a teepee and the circle of life, this church is the spiritual focal point of the local community and brings together the beliefs and customs of the native Ojibwe culture and the Catholic Church.

Day 8 - Cruising Lake Huron

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Enjoy this day of cruising – enriched by our shipboard experts, fine dining, congenial camaraderie with your fellow passengers and our open bar. Your host is on-hand throughout to ensure a more rewarding and completely carefree experience.

Day 9 - Henry Ford Museum + Greenfield Village

Encompassing 80 acres of interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits, the 7 historic districts that makeup Greenfield Village offer an inspiring look into American resourcefulness and ingenuity, showing how we've lived, worked and played over the past 300 years.

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Guests enjoy today's Premium Excursion to the Henry Ford Museum. More than just a showcase of the auto industry, this museum explores 300 years of history and innovation. Among the highlights are the limousine that transported John F. Kennedy through Dallas on November 22, 1963, the bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in 1955, and even an artfully deconstructed, amazingly displayed Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. Then tour Greenfield Village where seven Historic Districts plumb the lives of Americans at work and play across the centuries.

Day 10 - Fine Art and Rock & Roll in Cleveland

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Today's excursion begins at the Cleveland Museum of Art. With more than 61,000 works spanning 6,000 years, it's a fascinating and broad look at human artistic achievement - from ancient Greek sculptors and Monet's soothing Water Lilies to Andy Warhol's vibrant and colorful take on Marilyn Monroe. At the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, set in a striking lakefront structure designed by the renowned architect I. M. Pei, you'll discover more than just a collection of Rock & Roll memorabilia. Indeed, its well-curated and thoughtfully presented exhibits trace the evolution of this musical genre and explore its cultural impact upon generations of Americans. Among the items in the collection are Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche, Michael Jackson's famous glove, and scribbled lyrics that became 20th-century classics!

Day 11 - Niagara Falls

Sit down to a delightful lunch 775 feet above Niagara Falls. You'll have breathtaking aerial views of all three of Niagara's Canadian and American cascades. And on a clear day, the view stretches for 80 miles to encompass the city skylines of Buffalo and Toronto.

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Delight in today's Premium Excursion into the lovely vineyard landscapes of the Niagara Peninsula. A thrilling Hornblower Cruise will take you through the Great Niagara Gorge and past Bridal Veil Falls into the very heart of Horseshoe Falls - where the mighty spray and thundering roar of Niagara will virtually envelope you! After lunch atop the Skylon Tower, visit a local winery for a tasting of their fine vintages, Then explore the galleries and boutiques in the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to the ship.

Day 12 - Disembark in Toronto + Travel to Ottawa

Cruise a lovely archipelago of 1,800 forested islands, tranquil bays and remote islets. Once patrolled by Prohibition-era bootleggers, the 1,000 Islands is a breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful haven between northern New York and Ontario.

Lord Elgin Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch Included

After breakfast and disembarkation in Toronto, you'll be met by our engaging and experienced Canadian guide. Leaving the city behind, you'll journey along Lake Ontario to Kingston for a luncheon cruise through the 1000 Islands. Back on land, we'll continue through the rolling farmland, following the rivers and lakes of the historic Rideau Waterway to Ottawa where we'll spend the night at our historic city-center hotel.

Day 13 - Discover Ottawa + Travel to Montréal

The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

Breakfast, Lunch Included

This morning's sightseeing begins at the National Gallery of Canada. Originally founded in the late 19th century, Canada's premier art gallery is now housed in a striking contemporary structure of glass and granite. In addition to the country's finest assemblage of European masterpieces, the National Gallery houses the world's most complete collection of Canadian art. Continue with the city's most important landmarks including the residence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the home of the Governor General – the Queen's representative in Canada. On Parliament Hill, overlooking the river and downtown, you'll admire the Parliament Buildings of Canada with their impressive Neo-Gothic façade and towers. After the city tour, we'll depart Ottawa for Montréal. Delight in the forested hills and deep valleys of the beautiful Laurentian Mountains. The region is rich in flora and provides sanctuary for moose, deer, beavers and foxes. On arrival in Montreal, check in to the hotel. This evening is yours to explore, relax and dine as you wish.

Day 14 - A Taste of Montréal

Engage with the friendly merchants at the Jean Talon Market, founded in 1933. You can mingle with city residents and sample some local Quebecois specialties – perhaps some artisanal cheeses or freshly baked pastries.

The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

Breakfast Included

With our expert Canadian guide, this morning's city tour focuses on historic Old Montréal landmarks like the Notre Dame Basilica, a grand Gothic Revival landmark built in the early 19th century and graced with magnificent stained glass depictions of Montreal's religious heritage. You'll also experience the youthful vitality of the Latin Quarter and see the handsome campus of McGill University. Then delight in the lively sights and sounds of the historic Jean Talon Market before returning to our hotel where the rest of your afternoon is at leisure. This evening, gather for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 15 - Au Revoir, Montréal

Breakfast Included

After breakfast, you'll be chauffeured to the airport for your homeward flight.

2021 Tour Dates

June
13
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$8,699

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on June 13, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $3,900. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Rate based on Cat E Outside Stateroom. Port charges $459 per person not included. Save an extra $600 or more per couple ($300 or more solo) when you pay in full at booking..

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