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10 days

Aboard the Elegant mv Victory II

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Our Exclusive Small Ship Discoveries

+ Our overnight stays in the heart of Montreal and Quebec City allow for expertly guided shore excursions and ample free time to experience their charms at your own pace.
+ Experience the traditions and modern-day life of the Huron-Wendat Nation on a self-governing First Nations Territory near Quebec City.
+ Visit the Rideau Canal; with its 185-year-old structures still intact and its locks still worked by hand, this is the oldest, continuously operated canal in North America.
+ Explore Toronto’s Distillery District where historic Victorian-era industrial buildings have been splendidly restored to attract the city’s leading artists, cultural pioneers and entrepreneurs.
+ Sit down to lunch at the Fort Henry National Historic Site; our period-authentic 3-course meal features dishes that would have been served to garrisoned officers in the 1800’s.
+ Taste the fine wines of the Niagara Peninsula at the esteemed Chateux des Charmes Winery.
+ Please note: we carry more than 16 guests on this cruise

Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

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Day
1

Welcome to Detroit – Embark Our Ship

MV Victory II

Our private chauffeured transfer takes you from the airport to the pier where the elegant and intimate mv Victory II awaits. Settle in to your outside stateroom before joining your fellow guests for dinner accompanied by free-flowing wines, cocktails and beverages. Meals D

Day
2

Discover Cleveland + The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Encompassing humor, fascinating facts and colorful historic anecdotes, this morning’s tour is a terrific way to explore the landmarks and colorful stories of Cleveland. Taking you from the historic warehouse district to Playhouse Square, you’ll also drive past the ornate mansions of Millionaire’s Row - described by Baedeker’s at the turn-of-the-century as the Showplace of America. Our sightseeing also includes a stop at the Cleveland Museum of Art; opened a century ago, it continues to be one of the city’s leading cultural institutions. At the historic Lakeview Cemetery, we’ll see Wade Memorial Chapel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the chapel features one of the few interiors left in the world that was totally designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studio. 
 
After lunch onboard, enjoy your complimentary admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Set in a striking lakefront structure designed by I. M. Pei, you’ll discover more than a museum of rock and roll memorabilia. Perusing its exhibits at your own pace, you’ll explore the evolution of the musical genre that shaped a generation and track its cultural impact. Among the exhibits are Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche, Michael Jackson’s famous glove, and scribbled lyrics that became 20th-century classics!  Meals B+L+D

Day
3

Into the Heart of Niagara Falls

We’ll step off ship this morning near the historic Welland Canal which opened in 1829 - and still plays a vital role in Great Lakes Shipping. Travel through the lovely vineyard-laced landscapes of the Niagara Peninsula, and embark on a thrilling Hornblower Cruise that will take you through the Great Niagara Gorge and past Bridal Veil Falls into the heart of Horseshoe Falls The adventurous can take in the view – and feel the spray of the Falls! – from the outdoor observation deck!
 
After this exciting adventure cruise, we’ll travel along the picturesque Niagara Parkway to Château des Charmes. Founded in 1978 by a fifth-generation French winegrower this picturesque vineyard estate is renowned for its crisp whites and delicious ice wines. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch here before we continue to Niagara-on-the-Lake. You’ll have some free time to explore the shops and galleries of this inviting community before we reboard our ship.  Meals B+L+D

Day
4

Delving into History + Culture in Toronto

After breakfast, we’ll go ashore to explore one of Canada’s most alluring cities. Traveling through downtown and the bustling business district, we’ll learn about the city’s First Nations settlers and the arrival of the British in 1793. Now a diverse and multi-cultural metropolis, we’ll gain insight into the Toronto’s lively 21st-century spirit as we continue past the Distillery District and colorful St. Lawrence Market, a city landmark with a 200-year history. Various stops throughout our tour offer a chance to experience city sites up close.

After lunch onboard, a complimentary shuttle can take you from the pier to the Distillery District where you can explore at your own pace. Recognized as a National Historic Site, the district is home to Victorian-era industrial buildings that once belonged to the Gooderham & Worts Distillery. Splendidly restored, these landmark buildings now house one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, studios, theaters and restaurants; it’s a vibrant district buzzing with the collective talents, ideas and passions of the city’s leading artists, entrepreneurs and cultural innovators. Meals B+L+D

Day
5

Getting to Know Kingston, Ontario

Situated on the northeastern shores of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the oldest city in the province. Its rich history encompasses First Nations communities including the Iroquois and Ojibwe and later settlement by the British. Setting out after breakfast, our expertly guided tour will show us Kingston’s most significant landmarks including the fine Georgian architecture of Bellevue House and the campus of Queen’s University, founded in 1841 by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. We’ll see Market Square, the lively heart of Kingston, and drive past the Gothic-styled St. Mary’s Cathedral, built in 1826 from limestone quarried on the spot. Our last stop of the morning will be the Kingston Mill Locks on the Rideau Canal c, the oldest continuously operated canal in North America. Built in the first half of the 19th century and stretching 125 miles from Kingston all the way to Ottawa, its original structures are still intact and most of its locks are still operated by hand.
 
At the Fort Henry National Historic Site, set high above Kingston harbor, we’ll learn about the strategic role that this British fortress played in the War of 1812. Then we’ll sit down to a very unique dining experience. With attentive service from wait-staff dressed in authentic period garb, we’ll enjoy a 3-course lunch of historically-accurate dishes that would have been served to the Fort’s garrisoned officers in the 19th century. After lunch, you’ll have free time to explore and shop on your own or to visit the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. Founded in 1975 and offering complimentary admission, the Museum’s exhibits explore the maritime history of Kingston and the Great Lakes.   Meals B+L+D

Day
6

Cruising the St. Lawrence

Delight in this leisurely day as we cruise down the picturesque St. Lawrence Seaway. Enjoy the fresh air from the Observation Deck, take advantage of our Open Bar, enjoy convivial conversation with fellow passengers in one of the inviting lounges, or join a talk with our shipboard experts. Delicious meals will be served in the elegant Victory Dining Room and al fresco at the Lighthouse Grille. As always, enjoy free-flowing wine at lunch and dinner.  Meals B+L+D

Day
7

Bienvenue à Québec City

With our expert Québécois guide, this morning’s sightseeing tour includes the Plains of Abraham. It was here that the British won a decisive 1759 battle against the French, thereby changing the fate of North America! In Place Royale, one of the oldest settlements on the Continent, our narrated walking tour reveals a fine ensemble of 17th and 18th-century buildings. Before returning to our ship for lunch, we’ll also visit Montmorency Falls and take in the panoramic views from a lookout near the Citadel.

In the afternoon, a complimentary shuttle service has been arranged to transport our guests the short distance from the pier to Lower Town in Old Québec c. From here, a funicular can take you up to the historic Château Frontenac where you might stroll along the Dufferin Terrace overlooking the St. Lawrence. You can also take this time to explore the charming cobblestone streets of the Petit Champlain Quarter - where stately stone buildings and centuries-old fur trading posts are now home to boutiques and cafes. After dinner, if you wish, you can easily step ashore to enjoy an evening stroll along the St. Lawrence. Lower Old Town is just a 15-minute walk from where the Victory II will be docked for the night.  Meals B+L+D

Day
8

Visit a First Nation Village + Cruising the St. Lawrence

This morning’s excursion takes us to Wendake, a self-governing territory of the Huron-Wendat Nation just outside of the city. In the engaging company of our First Nation guide, we’ll learn about the history of this community and gain insight into their old ways and modern life as we visit an authentic long-house and see traditional dwellings. Wendake is also home to a thriving community of artists and artisans, and we’ll have time to browse in the region’s largest and most complete center for aboriginal arts and crafts.

Following lunch onboard, the mv Victory II will resume its voyage as we chart an upstream course along the St. Lawrence. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy our ship’s Open Bar and the congenial camaraderie of our fellow passengers.  Meals B+L+D

Day
9

Discover Montreal

Today’s excursion explores one of Canada’s most cosmopolitan cities. In the engaging company of our local guide, we’ll experience Montreal’s rich heritage and its vibrant modern spirit as we see its many fine landmarks. We’ll also drive to the top of Mount Royal for a commanding view over the city and St. Lawrence River. In the heart of Old Montreal, we’ll tour the Notre Dame Basilica. Built in the early 19th century, its grand Gothic Revival interior is graced by stained glass depictions of Montreal’s religious history.  On our guided tour through the Montreal Botanical Garden, you’ll discover one of the world’s preeminent gardens with 22,000 different plant species that provide habitat for 200 unique birds.

After lunch onboard, you’ll have time this afternoon to go ashore again. Stroll along the riverfront and explore more of Old Montreal at your own pace. Or take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service that will take you directly to Marché Bonsecours. Situated in the city’s historic district across from the Old Port, this 19th-century landmark building is now home to galleries and boutiques specializing in fine made-in-Quebec products like clothing, art and jewelry. We’re docked overnight within walking distance of Old Montreal, so after dinner it’s easy to experience more of this vibrant and historic city at your own pace.   Meals B+L+D

Day
10

Disembark in Montreal

Upon disembarking the mv Victory II in Montreal, a chauffeured private car will take you to the airport for your homeward flight.  Meals B

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+ Private Chauffeured Transfers
+ All Shipboard Gratuities
+ Open Bar
+ Free WiFi
+ Outside Stateroom
+ All Shore Excursions
+ Shipboard Experts
+ Fine Dining in Two Unique Venues
+ Free-Flowing Wine

   


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    2019
DepartureReturnFromAvailabilityDeparture Note
10 October 201919 October 2019$3,350Sold Out
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Class Cabin E$3,350Sold Out
Class Cabin D$3,750Sold Out
Class Cabin C$4,050Sold Out
Class Cabin B$4,250Sold Out
Class Cabin AA$4,550Sold Out
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