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Great Lakes

Great Lakes Cruise

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Duration: 12/11 Days, 11/10 Nights

Coverage: Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL

From: $4,980

Season: August

Activities: History, Sightseeing

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The beautiful and clear waters of the Great Lakes are home to charming towns and villages that delight in having guests come and visit. The rugged beauty of the area combined with the incredible August weather makes this 8-day cruise unforgettable. Sail among the Thirty Thousand Islands and visit the many remarkable destinations along the way.

Trip Highlights

  • Wind down with the slow-paced lifestyle of Mackinac Island, an island where visitors and residents must travel by bicycle, horse-drawn carriage, or on foot. (no cars allowed)
  • On your way to Parry Sound, Ontario, marvel at the unique geologic formations and untouched wilderness that lines the shores of Georgian Bay.
  • Indulge in a little shopping on Queen Street West in Toronto, where a variety of shops, including clothing, bead, and fabric supply stores await you.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Chicago, IL

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, located at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan. With its many attractions, it draws approximately 33 million visitors a year. One can find upscale shopping along the Magnificent Mile. The 3,000 foot long Navy Pier is home to retail shops, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls, and auditoriums. Other museums and galleries in Chicago include The Museum of Science and Industry, The Oriental Institute (part of the University of Chicago, with an extensive collection of Egyptian and Near Eastern artifacts), The Chicago History Museum, and Hyde Park Art Center – among many more. Chicago is also a sports town, named “Best Sports City in the United States” by The Sporting News in 2006. It is also well known for its gritty urban blues music.

Day 2 - Muskegon / Holland, MI

Muskegon boasts a rich history coupled with an inviting lakeshore culture. Referred to as “The Riviera of the Midwest,” Muskegon has grown from a fur trading and lumbering town to a vacationer’s paradise. The town preserves reminders of its industrious history through museums such as the USS Silversides Submarine Museum and the Muskegon Museum of Art. One of the most exciting landmarks in town is Heritage Landing, where the boardwalk hosts musical performances and dazzling fireworks shows. From historic ships and lighthouses to the restored mansions built by Muskegon’s most famous lumber barons, the history and scenery of this quaint Michigan town is nothing short of impressive.

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Holland is a delightful town you cannot help but fall in love with. Hundreds of Dutch immigrants settled throughout the region in the 1800s in hopes of escaping religious and economic oppression. The genuine Dutch culture in Holland is a unique, vibrant, and exciting experience for all who visit.

Day 3 - Mackinac Island, MI

Located in the Straits of Mackinac, where the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan meet, Mackinac Island is a living Victorian town. Personal motorized vehicles are prohibited – all those visiting or living on the island travel by horse or horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, or on foot. While Mackinac Island is known for its opulent Victorian homes and hotels, it has a long history. Anishinaabe-Ojibwe tradition holds that the island was a sacred place populated by the first people and was home to the Great Spirit Gitchie Manitou. Because of its location, it was a Native American gathering place. Since then it has been the site of French missionary churches, a center for the fur trade, and later the fishing industry, before becoming dependent on tourism to fuel the local economy.

Day 4 - Sault Sainte Marie, ON

Located at the mouth of Saint Mary’s River, Sault Saint Marie was originally established by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century. Saint Mary’s River connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron and has provided trade access between the United States and Canada for hundreds of years. The combination of the native Ojibwa with the French and English settlers paints a unique and diverse cultural portrait for visitors.

Day 5 - Little Current, ON

Little Current is a community in the town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands. The main town is on the northeast side of Manitoulin Island, a large island located at the northern end of Lake Huron and northwest of Georgian Bay. Manitoulin is the world’s largest freshwater lake island. Little Current is known for its swing bridge, a one-lane bridge and the only vehicular access to Manitoulin Island except for a daily passenger-vehicle ferry that runs from late spring to October.

Day 6 - Parry Sound, ON

Parry Sound is located on the eastern shore of Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. It is the world’s deepest natural freshwater port. The body of water that gives the town its name was so-called after the Arctic explorer Sir William Edward Parry. The modern town site was established in 1857, and in the late 19th century, rail service reached Parry Sound making it an important depot along the rail lines to Western Canada. The town was important during the First and Second World Wars with its explosives and munitions factory. The birthplace of hockey legend Bobby Orr, the town also is known for its annual sailing regatta and performing arts festival.

Day 7 - Midland, ON

Midland is the main town and economic center of the area located at the southern end of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands. Points of interest in or near Midland include the Jesuit mission of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, a living museum depicting 17th century missionary life. Also, one can visit the Huronia Museum and the adjacent Indian Village. For bird lovers, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre is a habitat for Trumpeter Swans, Black Terns, and Least Bitterns. By the harbor, there is a large statue of the trumpeter swan, considered the symbol of Midland.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ship G H K L R S (Single)
Aug 12, 2017 Pearl Mist $4,980 $5,340 $5,775 $5,820 $6,630 $6,880
Aug 19, 2017 Pearl Mist $4,980 $5,340 $5,775 $5,820 $6,630 $6,880
Aug 18, 2018 Pearl Mist $4,980 $5,340 $5,775 $5,820 $6,630 $6,880
Aug 25, 2018 Pearl Mist $4,980 $5,340 $5,775 $5,820 $6,630 $6,880

*Reverse itinerary. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

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Pearl Mist

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