Explore all five Great Lakes during this seven-night, exclusively chartered cruise. Admire magnificent coastal scenery and discover North America’s passion for nearly two centuries of North American innovation and rich maritime history from Milwaukee to Toronto. Cruise aboard the five-star, small ship Le Dumont-d’Urville, featuring only 92 suites and staterooms. Experience the historical charm of Mackinac Island, the unspoiled beauty of the UNESCO-inscribed Niagara Escarpment, the cultural largesse of Detroit, and the thunderous force of Niagara Falls. Transit the Welland Canal and Soo Locks, among the world’s greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. Extend your journey with our exclusive Milwaukee Pre-Program and Toronto Post-Program Options.
- Cruise in each of the five Great Lakes from Milwaukee to Toronto, visiting fascinating islands and quaint towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor.
- An excursion included in each port and specially arranged lectures on board.
- Delight in the Victorian charm of Mackinac Island, with a horse-drawn carriage ride and lunch at the iconic Grand Hotel.
- Transit Sault Sainte Marie’s mighty Soo Locks, an engineering marvel, between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
- Discover the cultural treasures of vibrant Detroit.
- Experience the thunderous power of phenomenal Niagara Falls on a specially arranged cruise.
- Transit the Welland Canal, possible only by small ship.
- Milwaukee Pre-Program and Toronto Post-Program Options.
Day 1 - Depart Home City / Arrive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin / Embark Le Dumont-d’Urville
Day 2 - Cruising Lake Michigan / Mackinac Island, Michigan / Cruising Lake Huron
Day 3 - Cruising Lake Superior / Sault Sainte Marie
Day 4 - Cruising Lake Huron / Tobermory, Ontario
Day 5 - Detroit, Michigan
Day 6 - Detroit / Cruising Lake Erie
Day 7 - Port Colborne, Ontario for Niagara Falls / Welland Canal / Cruising Lake Ontario
Day 8 - Toronto / Return to Home City
Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Luxury Small Ship
Le Dumont-d’Urville, launched in 2019, ushers in a new generation of five-star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.
Pre-Program Option Milwaukee: Pride and Preservation
Rich in architectural treasures and world-class institutions that reflect its storied history, vibrant Milwaukee is the perfect introduction to your Great Lakes cruise. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the historical North Point neighborhood—home to one of the finest collections of Victorian mansions in the Midwest—and tour the expansive Milwaukee Art Museum, an impressive addition to Milwaukee’s revitalized waterfront, with more than 25,000 pieces of art. Enjoy a downtown walking tour where modern high-rises share the skyline with meticulously preserved 19th-century buildings fashioned from the city’s signature cream-colored local brick. Visit the striking Pabst Mansion, built in Flemish style by Pabst Brewing Company president Frederick Pabst. Accommodations for two nights are in the deluxe, centrally located The Pfister Hotel.
Post-Program Option Toronto: Cultural Mosaic
Conclude your Great Lakes voyage in cosmopolitan Toronto, one of North America’s most celebrated cultural melting pots. Enjoy a walking tour of the Distillery District, Canada’s premier arts, culture, and entertainment destination, and visit Fort York, built in 1793 on the shores of Lake Ontario. Enjoy a specially arranged lunch at the top of the CN Tower’s 360-degree revolving restaurant. Visit Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival mansion and garden, built in the style of a European castle by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Tour the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto’s crowning jewel. Housed in a visionary building designed by renowned native son, architect Frank Gehry, the renowned museum features over 80,000 works, including the world’s largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures. Accommodations for two nights are in the historical, deluxe Fairmont Royal York.
The Pre-Program and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
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