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Discover the Great Lakes + St. Lawrence

13 days

13 DAYS + FROM $5,799 + On-board the Stylish m/v Victory I

Our Distinctive A+R Style

  • Immerse in the Victorian-era ambiance of Mackinac Island as you explore by horse-drawn carriage and visit historic Fort Mackinac.
  • Sail into beautiful Georgian Bay and step ashore on Manitoulin Island to learn the ways of the Ojibwe Tribe.
  • Delve into fascinating chapters of music history at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, designed by I.M. Pei, and visit the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art.
  • Cruise through the Great Niagara Gorge to feel the spray and mighty roar of Horseshoe Falls.
  • Delight in the beauty of the 1000 Islands, as we navigate through this enchanting archipelago of 1,800 forested islands, tranquil bays and remote islets.
  • With a pre-cruise stay at our deluxe hotel in Chicago; 11 nights in your choice of outside stateroom; Open Bar; 33 meals with free-flowing wine at lunch and dinner; a complete program of shore excursions; and chauffeured airport transfers

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On arrival, you’ll be met and chauffeured to our deluxe city-center hotel for your pre-cruise stay in Chicago. The balance of this day and evening are yours to relax and enjoy as you wish here in this exciting city.

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Enjoy Chicago + Embark the mv Victory I

The Deluxe mv Victory I

After breakfast and a leisurely morning to enjoy as you wish, we’ll take you to the pier where the intimate and stylish mv Victory I awaits. Settle in to your outside stateroom and then join your fellow travelers for an elegant dinner with wines, cocktails and beverages.  Meals B+D

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Cruising Lake Michigan

The Deluxe mv Victory I

Enjoy this delightful day of cruising as the mv Victory I navigates northward across Lake Michigan. As the day unfolds, you can join our shipboard experts for an enriching talk or gather with your fellow passengers for congenial conversation. Fine dining in two distinct venues and our Open Bar enhance this day. Meals B+L+D

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Mackinac Island with Lunch at the Grand Hotel

The Deluxe mv Victory I

With no cars allowed on the island, your horse-drawn carriage tour is a great way to experience the Victorian ambience of this National Historic Landmark. Learn about the island's history and see spectacular turn-of-the-century summer homes built by early captains of American industry. High atop a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, your tour of Fort Mackinac delves into its strategic importance during the War of 1812.

Your sightseeing tour ends at the Grand Hotel, famed for its colonnaded verandah. Opened in 1887, it’s still the longest front porch in the world. As you take in the breathtaking views from this hilltop setting and walk through the Grand’s elegant interior spaces, you may recognize them from Somewhere in Time, the 1980 film starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour that was filmed here. Sit down to the hotel’s renowned Grand Luncheon Buffet and then return to ship as our cruise continues. Meals B+L+D

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5

The Soo Locks + Sault Ste. Marie

The Deluxe mv Victory I

You might wish to arise early this morning as the mv Victory I transits through the historic Soo Locks where freighters, barges and tugboats traverse the 21-foot drop of the St. Mary’s River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The first lock here was built in 1855 and the canal was navigated by 27 vessels during its first year of operation. Today, more than 10,000 ships hauling 86 million tons of cargo pass through these historic parallel locks each year, even though they’re closed during the winter when ice shuts down shipping on the upper Great Lakes!

Stepping off here in Sault Ste. Marie, you can join your fellow passengers for flexible Hop-on Hop-off touring. Exploring at your own pace, you’ll be able to visit a number of the town’s highlights including the Valley Camp Museum. Here in the enormous hold of a cargo ship that plied the Great Lakes from 1917 through 1966, you’ll find fascinating exhibits that trace the rich maritime history of the Great Lakes. Other sightseeing stops afford the chance to visit the River of History Museum, to see the historic homes of Water Street, and to marvel at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, one of the oldest churches in the United States. Meals B+L+D

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Ashore on Manitoulin Island, Ontario

The Deluxe mv Victory I

Sail into beautiful Georgian Bay and step ashore on Manitoulin Island to visit the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. With its art galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits, this heritage museum is a great place to learn about the region's First Nations people. You can even participate in a smudging ceremony - an ancient ritual that uses smoke from cedar, sage, sweet grass and other plants regarded for their healing powers. A drum and dance performance offers further insight into Ojibwe culture.

You’ll also make a stop at the Immaculate Conception Church. With its unique in-the-round architectural style that evokes a teepee and the circle of life, this church is the spiritual focal point of the local community and brings together the beliefs and customs of the native Ojibwe culture and the Catholic Church. Meals B+L+D

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7

Cruising Lake Huron

The Deluxe mv Victory I

Enjoy this day of cruising – enriched by our shipboard experts, fine dining, congenial camaraderie with your fellow passengers and our Open Bar. Meals B+L+D

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Surprising Detroit

The Deluxe mv Victory I

America’s source of industrial innovation and creativity, Detroit has figured both in the development of the automobile and in the “Motown” sound during the 20th Century. Today’s included excursion includes all entry fees to the Detroit Institute of Art and its many galleries, the Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum and the West Canfield Historic District. You can also choose the optional premium experience at the expansive Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village. Meals B+L+D

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Fine Art + Rock & Roll

The Deluxe mv Victory I

Today's excursion begins at the Cleveland Museum of Art. With more than 61,000 works spanning 6,000 years, it's a fascinating and broad look at human artistic achievement - from ancient Greek sculptors and Monet's soothing Water Lilies to Andy Warhol's vibrant and colorful take on Marilyn Monroe. At the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, set in a striking lakefront structure designed by the renowned architect I. M. Pei, you'll discover more than just a collection of Rock & Roll memorabilia. Indeed, its well-curated and thoughtfully presented exhibits trace the evolution of this musical genre and explore its cultural impact upon generations of Americans. Among the items in the collection are Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche, Michael Jackson's famous glove, and scribbled lyrics that became 20th-century classics! Meals B+L+D

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10

Thrill to Niagara Falls

The Deluxe mv Victory I

A thrilling Hornblower Cruise will take you through the Great Niagara Gorge and past Bridal Veil Falls into the very heart of Horseshoe Falls - where the mighty spray and thundering roar of Niagara will virtually envelope you! Enjoy lunch at Queens landing, a lovely Georgian mansion overlooking the Niagara River,  After a tasting at a local winery, you’ll have time to explore the galleries and boutiques in the charming town of Niagara-on-theLake. Meals B+L+D

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Discover Toronto, Ontario

The Deluxe mv Victory I

Today you’ll go ashore to explore one of Canada’s most alluring cities. Traveling through the bustling downtown and theater districts, you’ll see iconic landmarks including the 1,815-foot tall CN Tower and the whimsical Berczy Park Dog Fountain that honors humankind’s best and most loyal friend.

A walking tour in the Distillery District reveals a National Historic Site where Victorian-era industrial buildings that once belonged to the Gooderham & Worts Distillery have been splendidly restored to house one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, studios, theaters and restaurants. Today, this vibrant district is buzzing with the collective talents, ideas and passions of the city’s leading artists, entrepreneurs and cultural innovators. We’ll be docked here until early this evening, so after sightseeing you’ll have time to experience more of Toronto’s sophisticated charms at your own pace. Meals B+L+D

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Cruising the 1000 Islands

The Deluxe mv Victory I

An unforgettable day unfolds as we leave Lake Ontario behind and navigate the headwaters of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Heralded as one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the world, the 1000 Islands is an enchanting archipelago of 1,800 forested islands, tranquil bays and remote islets. Once patrolled by Prohibition-era bootleggers, today it’s a breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful haven between northern New York and Ontario. Head to the expansive Sun Deck or relax by a window in the Lounge and take in the views! Final shipboard talks with our Great Lakes experts, fine dining with free-flowing wine, and our Open Bar enhance this day of cruising. Meals B+L+D

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Disembark in Montreal

After breakfast and disembarkation, we’ll chauffeur you to the airport for your homeward flight.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Discover Montreal After Your Cruise

3 Days from $2,599

Finish your journey on a high note with our perfectly planned post-cruise stay in Montreal. Spend 2 nights at our luxury city-center hotel and join our engaging resident Trip Leader and specialty guides to experience the history, culture and sophisticated allure of Canada’s largest French-speaking city.

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Bienvenue a Montreal

After breakfast this morning, you’ll meet your guide for a delightful and full day of sightseeing that will take you from the charming streets of Old Montreal and the vibrant Latin Quarter to the forested slopes of Mount Royal. See the Olympic Complex and drive past the beautiful campus of McGill University. On your guided tour of the Notre Dame Basilica, you’ll discover a Gothic Revival landmark built in the early 19th century and graced with magnificent stained glass depictions of Montreal’s religious heritage.
 
Then experience the lively sights and sounds of the historic Jean Talon Market, founded in 1933. Joined by our guest culinary guide, you’ll engage with the friendly merchants, mingle with city residents, and sample some local Quebecois specialties – perhaps some artisanal cheeses or freshly baked pastries. After sightseeing, you’ll check in to our luxury hotel in the heart of town. This evening is yours to dine where you wish.

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Tour the Botanical Garden

After a leisurely breakfast and a free morning to do as you wish, you’ll join your guide for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in town. Afterwards, enjoy a guided introduction to the Jardin Botanique de Montreal. With more than 22,000 different flowering plants, shrubs and trees, this beautifully landscaped garden, one of the largest in the world, encompasses a variety of themed gardens including the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Shade Garden, Lily Garden and unique First Nations Garden. Back at our luxury hotel, the evening is yours to enjoy as you wish. Meals B+L

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Depart Montreal

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your homeward flight. Meals B

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  • Private A+R transfers exclusively for our guests when they arrive and depart
  • More personal space for each guest with reduced capacity on our coaches for shore excursions and any shared transfers
  • High-touch surfaces on all private and shared vehicles sanitized frequently throughout the day
  • Rigorous health and safety protocols onboard our Victory ships in accordance with the mandates and guidelines of the CDC, US Coast Guard, and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
  • Face coverings and sanitizer always available complimentary for our guests
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25 August 202206 September 2022$5,799GuaranteedAboard the m/v Victory II
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Cabin Class E$5,799Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$6,199Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$6,499Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$6,799Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$8,899Guaranteed
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23 September 202205 October 2022$5,799Guaranteed
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Cabin Class E$5,799Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$6,199Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$6,499Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$6,799Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$8,899Guaranteed
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23 August 202304 September 2023$6,499GuaranteedAboard the m/v Victory II
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Cabin Class E$6,499Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$6,899Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$7,199Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$7,499Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$9,599Guaranteed
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Please note, we carry more than 16 guests on this program.

Port charges $559 per person are not included.

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