- Breathtaking VistasExperience the natural wonders of the Great Lakes
- All - Inclusive
- Niagara Falls
- Mackinac Island, Victoria - era charm
- Parry Sound, Bobby Orr Hometown Museum
- 10 Days
- Victory 1
Great Lakes Grand Adventure
The Great Lakes make up the largest body of freshwater in the world. Set sail from Toronto, Ontario to spectacular Niagara Falls, tour the famous Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, and visit the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame in Parry Sound. Cruise on scenic Lake Huron, home to more than 30,000 Islands in pretty Georgian Bay. Experience an authentic Indian Pow- Wow with the Ojibwe tribe of Indians in Little Current, Manitoulin Island. Transit the Soo Locks into massive Lake Superior, the largest of the five lakes to Sault Ste. Marie. Step back in time to charming Mackinac Island, home to the world famous Grand Hotel where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed. Conclude your journey in the beautiful city of Chicago.
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. With a population of 2,731,571, Toronto is the fourth most populous city in North America after Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles. Toronto is the centre of the Greater Toronto Area, the most populous metropolitan area in Canada, and anchors the Golden Horseshoe, a heavily urbanized region that is home to 8.7 million people, or around 26% of the population of Canada. A global city, Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and widely recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Your cruise vacation begins this afternoon in beautiful Toronto, Ontario where you’ll board the M/V Victory I and gather for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we prepare to set sail on our Great Lakes journey.
After a leisurely morning on board, we’ll disembark the ship at Port Weller on the Eastern end of the Welland Canal. The original Welland Canal was opened in 1829 and was extended to reach Lake Erie in 1833. The current canal was completed in 1932 and boasts eight locks. As the M/V Victory I awaits its turn to transit the locks, we’ll drive through the Niagara Wine Region, home to 25 vineyards and over 50 wineries. At Niagara Falls, we’ll embark on the famous Hornblower “Voyage of the Falls” for a cruise into the misty spray of Horseshoe Falls. Back on shore, we’ll drive along scenic Niagara Parkway to a charming local restaurant followed by a special visit to a local winery for a fabulous tasting before rejoining the ship at Port Colbourne.
Sailing from Lake Erie to Lake Huron, the M/V Victory I will call on Windsor, Ontario, known as The City of Roses. Here, we’ll board a motorcoach and head to Detroit either via the Ambassador Bridge or tunnel. The Ambassador Bridge is a privately owned suspension bridge that connects Windsor with Detroit, Michigan. This bridge is the busiest international trade crossing in North America, supporting $13 billion (USD) in annual production. Just outside of Detroit, we’ll visit the Henry Ford Museum which was created to document the genius of ordinary people. Housed in a sweeping, nine-acre, single-floor space with soaring 40-foot ceilings the museum is dedicated to showcasing the finest collection of its kind. The sheer scope and design of the museum is as grand as the vision that inspired it. It’s impossible not to feel a sense of awe as your mind adjusts to the collection’s scale. Local expert docents will escort guests to see the museum’s highlights that include: the limousine that carried President John F. Kennedy on that fateful day in Texas, the bus in which Rosa Parks stood her ground and sparked the Civil Rights movement, and the chair from the Ford Theatre in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot. After our tour, we’ll return to the ship and set sail northbound up the Detroit River to our next destination, Lake Huron.
Lake Huron is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. Hydrologically, it comprises the easterly portion of Lake Michigan–Huron, having the same surface elevation as its westerly counterpart, to which it is connected by the 5-mile-wide, 20-fathom-deep Straits of Mackinac. It is shared on the north and east by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the south and west by the state of Michigan in the United States. The name of the lake is derived from early French explorers who named it for the Huron people inhabiting the region. The Huronian glaciation was named due to evidence collected from Lake Huron region. The northern parts of the lake include the North Channel and Georgian Bay. Across the lake to the southwest is Saginaw Bay. The main inlet is the St. Marys River and the main outlet is the St. Clair.
Parry Sound, a town in the seat of Parry Sound district, southeastern Ontario , Canada. It lies on the eastern shore of Georgian Bay of Lake Huron at the mouth of the Seguin River, 120 miles (190 km) north of Toronto. Named in honour of the Arctic explorer Sir William Parry, the town was founded in the mid-19th century by W.H. Beatty, a British land surveyor. Its deepwater harbour on landlocked Parry Sound and its position on two transcontinental railroads and the Trans - Canada Highway have fostered the town’s development as a merchandising, distributing, and shipping centre for the surrounding lumbering and mining region. A gateway to the Thirty Thousand dIslands of Giorgian Bay. Parry Sound is a popular summer resort. In 1980 the township of McDougall was merged with Parry Sound.
This morning, we’ll cruise though the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay, sometimes called the sixth Great Lake. Our destination is Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island and home of the Ojibwa people, part of the First Nation of Anishinaabe. Also known by the anglicized name Chippewa, the Ojibwe are the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America. They speak the Anishinaabe language and live mostly in the Great Lakes region of Canada. They are known for their birch bark canoes, their cultivation of wild rice, the creation of dreamcatchers, and their historic use of pictographic birch bark scrolls.
Today, we’ll transit the Soo Locks from Lake Huron into Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Our guided excursion includes a tour of the Valley Camp Museum Ship, a stop at the Soo Locks viewing platform, and a walk through the visitor’s center to learn about the four parallel locks – MacArthur (1943), Poe (1895), Davis (1914), and Sabin (1919) – which pass an average of 10,000 ships per year.
This morning we’ll awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. After breakfast, we’ll go ashore for a narrated horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island, including the Victorian-era Grand Hotel, where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed. During our tour, we’ll visit Fort Mackinac, which was constructed by the British in 1780, taken by the Americans in 1796, and reclaimed by the British at the start of the War of 1812. This evening, cocktail hour in the outdoor lounge features a captivating presentation by our onboard historian.
Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely within the United States. The other four Great Lakes are shared by the U.S. and Canada. It is the second-largest of the Great Lakes by volume and the third-largest by surface area, after Lake Superior and Lake Huron. To the east, its basin is conjoined with that of Lake Huron through the wide Straits of Mackinac, giving it the same surface elevation as its easterly counterpart; the two are technically a single lake. Lake Michigan is shared, from west to east, by the U.S. states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Ports along its shores include Chicago; Milwaukee; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Gary, Indiana; and Benton Harbor, Michigan. The word "Michigan" originally referred to the lake itself, and is believed to come from the Ojibwa word mishigami meaning "great water". In the earliest European maps of the region, the name of Lake Illinois has been found in addition to that of "Michigan
This morning, we’ll awaken at the port in Chicago, Illinois. After breakfast, you’ll disembark the M/V Victory I and make your way to the airport for your flight home.