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French Canada and Great Lakes

French Canada and Great Lakes

Save up to 68% per person on select French Canada and Great Lakes sailings when booked by June 30, 2019. Offer available for new bookings only and availible until cabin availibility filled up. Call for details.

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At a glance

Duration: 10 days

Coverage: Montréal, Québec to Detroit, MI

From: $6,389

Season: May - October

Activities: History, Sightseeing

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Victory Cruise Line

Enjoy the best of the borderlands between Canada and the USA. Survey two of the most European cities in North America, the French Canadian ports of Montreal and Quebec, then the Ontario metropolis of Toronto. We’ll transit the Welland Canal, and take in the majesty of Niagara Falls, and take in the blossoming renaissance of Cleveland and Detroit.

Witness the splendor of the French-Canadian countryside as we sail on the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Enjoy an idyllic drive into the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains to see the towering Montmorency Falls cascading down a 272-foot cliff. From a thrilling visit to spectacular Niagara Falls to a tour of Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, each day of this itinerary is filled with magic.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Embark in Montreal, Québec

Upon your arrival, settle into your stateroom before joining fellow guests for a welcome reception followed by dinner, with free-flowing non-premium beer, wine and cocktails.

Day 2: Montreal, Québec

We will depart the ship for a half-day city tour, including top attractions and historical sites, such as Notre-Dame Basilica, with its wonderful stained-glass windows. Then, we’ll drive through of the downtown business district and to the top of Mount Royal for a commanding view of the city and the St. Lawrence River. We will also visit Montreal Botanical Gardens, which is among the world’s largest. Guests are encouraged to explore Montreal on their own during leisure time in the afternoon.

Day 3: Québec City, Québec

Québec City is the only walled community in North America, and is deeply engaged in preserving its history and its unique place in Canada. Our motorcoaches will take you to the Plains of Abraham at the point where the battle between the invading English forces and the defenders took place as they stormed Upper Town and captured the city. Then we’ll travel onward to pretty Place-Royale in Lower Town, which in 1759 was bombarded from across the river as fireships were dispatched toward the port. We will then drive out of the city to see the historical and majestic Montmorency Falls.

Day 4: Québec City, Québec

Guests are encouraged to stroll on their own out of the port, which is close to Old Québec, visit the Petit Champlain and take the funicular railway to the Château Frontenac Hotel to experience the magnificent Terrasse Dufferin.

Day 5: Scenic Sailing on the St. Lawrence River

Serving as a partial boundary between the United States and Canada, the St. Lawrence River is an important route for trade and travel. It is fed by the world’s largest source of freshwater – the Great Lakes – beginning at the outflow of Lake Ontario near Kingston, and flowing northeast to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean. The river spans 744 miles, and widens significantly near Québec City to become the St. Lawrence estuary.

Day 6: Kingston, Ontario

Kingston, a former capital of the United Province of Canada and a center of culture and higher education, is now a modern small city along the shore of Lake Ontario at the start of the St. Lawrence River. From the pier, your excursion will include a historical overview of the city. You will also visit Bellevue House, which was built in the 1840s by a successful grocer, and was later home to Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald. See the campus of Queen’s University, one of Canada’s foremost universities, founded in 1841 by the Church of Scotland and by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. With more than 23,000 students, the university is organized into 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional faculties and schools. It was also the first university west of the Canadian Maritime provinces to allow women to study. We drive past the Gothic-styled St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, built in 1826 with limestone quarried on the spot. It features rib-like buttresses along the east and west outer walls. St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, built in 1825, provides another glimpse into Kingston’s history. This cathedral is used by cadets and other members of the Royal Military College for worship and other special occasions.

Day 7: Toronto, Ontario

Upon our arrival in Toronto, guests will disembark the M/V Victory II on a half-day city tour that includes the Theatre District, the downtown business district and the Distillery District. Prominently situated facing the sparkling waters of Lake Ontario, this vibrant, multicultural, entertaining city is Canada’s largest. Originally inhabited by indigenous First Nations, the area was settled by the British in 1793, being renamed York. During the War of 1812, York suffered great damage. The town was renamed Toronto in 1834, and is now the capital of Ontario. Our walking tour will include historic St. Lawrence Market and Berczy Park. Stroll by the former Gooderham & Worts Distillery. After lunch onboard, guests will have the option of taking a guided tour of either the Art Gallery of Ontario or the Royal Ontario Museum. Or guests may choose to explore Toronto on their own.

Day 8: Port Weller/Niagara Falls

After a leisurely morning onboard, we’ll disembark at Port Colborne on the southern end of the Welland Canal for a tour of Niagara Falls. The original Welland Canal opened in 1829, and was extended to reach Lake Erie in 1833. The current canal was completed in 1932, and boasts eight locks. At Niagara Falls, we’ll embark on the famous Hornblower Voyage to the Falls for a cruise into the misty spray of Horseshoe Falls. Back ashore, we’ll drive along the scenic Niagara Parkway through the Niagara Wine Region, home to 25 vineyards and over 50 wineries, to the charming Château des Charmes for lunch and wine tasting. After lunch, we’ll continue to Niagara-on-the-Lake to explore the shops and galleries before rejoining the ship at Port Weller.

Day 9: Cleveland, Ohio

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland represents the heartland of American life and history. Industrial landmarks from its days as a lakeside manufacturing town still stand in testament to Cleveland’s roots. But the city of today is also filled with beautiful urban spaces and is home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. There, you’ll discover more than just a museum of music memorabilia. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the evolution of the genre that shaped a generation, and track its cultural impact. Among the exhibits are Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche and Michael Jackson’s famous glove.

Day 10: Detroit, Michigan

Today we arrive in Detroit, signaling the end of our journey. End your experience with breakfast before disembarking the M/V Victory II.

French Canada and Great Lakes itinerary map

Dates & Rates

Save up to 68% per person on select French Canada and Great Lakes sailings when booked by June 30, 2019. Offer available for new bookings only and availible until cabin availibility filled up. Call for details.

Special Offer
Dates Direction E D C B A AA OS
May 28, 2019 Montreal to Detroit $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999
Jun 6, 2019 Detroit to Montreal $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999
Jul 12, 2019 Montreal to Detroit $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999
Jul 21, 2019 Detroit to Montreal $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999
Jul 30, 2019 Montreal to Detroit $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999
Aug 8, 2019 Detroit to Montreal $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999
Aug 17, 2019 Montreal to Detroit $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999
Aug 26, 2019 Detroit to Montreal $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999
Oct 1, 2019 Montreal to Detroit $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999
Oct 10, 2019 Detroit to Montreal $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Not Included: Air & Transfer costs. 2018 Port Charges of $399pp and $15pp per day onboard gratuities. 2019 Port Charges of $429pp and $15.50pp per day onboard gratuities. Standard terms and conditions apply.

Ships

Victory II

Victory IIThe intimate 202-passenger M/V Victory II is a small and agile coastal cruising ship that can easily navigate canals, locks and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. The M/V Victory II will take you on these journeys in style and grace, while you enjoy exquisite culinary delights, like regionally inspired dishes, created especially for you by our acclaimed chef, free-flowing non-premium wine and beer and an open bar with house spirits to enjoy throughout your cruise. View ship details...

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