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Niagara Falls

Great Lakes Discovery with Victory

15-day river cruise from £5,640 pp incl. flights

Exclusive offer: Exclusive tailor-made stay & cruise

Summary

Short description

From Toronto to Chicago, showcase the natural wonders and unique heritage of the Great Lakes

Highlights

  • Pause everywhere from colonial islands to city greats
  • Sail up to Niagara Falls
  • Enjoy a lecture series and included touring throughout
  • Indulge with all-inclusive drinks and fine dining
  • Bookend your cruise with stays in Toronto and Chicago

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Toronto
  • 1 Night Niagara Falls
  • 1 Night Cleveland
  • 1 Night Detroit
  • 1 Night Scenic Sailing
  • 1 Night Manitoulin Island
  • 1 Night Sault Ste. Marie
  • 1 Night Mackinac Island
  • 1 Night Scenic Sailing
  • 2 Nights Chicago

About

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River cruise

A hangover from the Ice Age’s retreating glaciers, the Great Lakes are a true geographic wonder. And, on this luxury cruise, you’ll explore all five, your boutique ship able to slip through centuries-old canals to showcase all of their highlights. Think historic lakeside cities, Niagara Falls and islands home to First Nations tribes and charming 19th-century towns.. It’s all brought to life by lectures and touring included throughout, from vineyard tastings to trips in horse-drawn carriages. Then, back onboard, you’ll be treated to such all-inclusive delights as afternoon teas, pianist-accompanied cocktails and indulgent fine dining. Either side of it all, you’ll enjoy hotel stays in two city greats – Toronto and Chicago.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
UK to Toronto, Ontario

After enjoying your complimentary airport lounge access, you’ll fly out to Toronto. Arriving the same day, you’ll be met at the airport by a private driver who’ll see you on to your central accommodation; from the pool and sun-deck you can even see the city’s iconic CN. Of course, for the best views, take your dinner in the half-kilometre-high revolving restaurant. You’ll then have two days to explore what is the world’s most multicultural city, something showcased across its vibrant markets, contemporary galleries and fantastic dining scene. Don’t also miss out on a trip to a theatre, or its Victorian districts and Gothic Revival castle.

Stay: Chelsea Hotel (Superior)

Day 3
Embarkation in Toronto

After some further time for exploration, you’ll be met again by a private driver today, who’ll see you aboard your boutique ship. Host to just 202 guests, it’s delightfully intimate, with staff serving up gourmet full-board dining and free-flowing drinks with typical American cheer. Each day, you’ll even be treated to pre-dinner canapés and cocktails, while the meal service ranges from regionally inspired classics to innovative hot-rock cooking, where dishes are prepared to perfection on pure volcanic lava rock. At the end of it all, settle into your plush stateroom to enjoy the ocean views and daily fresh fruit.

Stay: Victory I (Superior)

Meals: D

Day 4
Niagara Falls

Thanks to your ship’s intimate size, you’ll be able to sail the green-dappled Welland Canal, dipping through eight locks to arrive into Port Colborne. Here, you’ll disembark for the first of your included shore excursions, driving out through the vineyards of Niagara Wine Region to reach the falls themselves, where you’ll board the famous Hornblower Cruise. And, after sailing right under the misty spray, you’ll be treated to a scenic drive along Niagara Parkway, taking in a majestic overlook of the falls. It all culminates in a sumptuous lunch in a local restaurant followed by a special wine tasting in a nearby vineyard.

Stay: Victory I (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Cleveland, Ohio

You’ll be welcomed into America by Cleveland, where your included touring will showcase its turn-of-the-century golden age. Indeed, its manufacturing heritage is evidenced across the likes of the city’s oldest publicly owned market and the great William G. Mather steamship, now part of the Great Lakes Science Center. There’s also the chance to visit the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, or tap your feet at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

Stay: Victory I (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Detroit, Michigan

Sailing from Lake Erie to Lake Huron, you’ll call into either Detroit or Windsor, depending on port schedules. However, just across the river from one another, you’ll enjoy the same touring in both, taking in Detroit's superb Henry Ford Museum. Long a Wexas-specialist favourite, it’s much more than an exhibition on the country’s automotive history. An expert guide will lead you among nine acres of design heritage, with exhibits ranging from giant steam locomotives to a 1950s McDonald’s. Lincoln’s theatre chair, Rosa Parks’ bus and the limousine that carried JFK on that fateful day are all special highlights.

Stay: Victory I (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Scenic Sailing of Lake Huron

You’ll enjoy a scenic sailing of Lake Huron today, dipping in and out of its 30,000-strong collection of islands. There’s plenty of opportunity to educate yourself with the complimentary talks by onboard experts. Of course, you’ll also be able to indulge with the included wines, beers and spirits – accompanied by the tinkling ivories of a grand piano.

Stay: Victory I (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Manitoulin Island, Ontario

This morning, we’ll cruise though the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay, sometimes called the sixth Great Lake. Your destination is Manitoulin – the world’s largest freshwater island and the home of the Ojibwa people. As the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America, it’s the chance to immerse yourself in a world of birch-bark canoes, wild-rice cultivation and pictographic bark scrolls.

Stay: Victory I (Superior)

Day 9
Sault Ste. Marie

Transiting the Soo Locks, you’ll dip into Lake Superior, where you’ll be welcomed to Sault Ste. Marie. A historic city split between Canada and America, it wears its heritage on its sleeve, its canal lined with red sandstone buildings. Your shore excursion here includes a visit to a museum on the Great Lakes’ seafaring past, housed on a historic freighter. You’ll also stop off at the Soo Locks viewing platform before learning about their historic importance at the visitor centre.

Stay: Victory I (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Mackinac Island, Michigan

It’s time for a true trip highlight today – Mackinac Island. All weatherboard houses and quaint churches, it’s a step back to 19th-century America. And, you’ll have to step – cars are banned from the island. Luckily, you’ll be treated to the most evocative way of seeing it all with a trip on a horse-drawn carriage, taking in the 18th-century Fort Mackinac and the Victorian-era Grand Hotel. It’s where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed.

Stay: Victory I (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Scenic Sailing in Lake Michigan

With a final day’s scenic sailing, you’ll explore Lake Michigan – the world’s sixth-largest lake. There’s also plenty of time to enjoy the complimentary afternoon teas, or simply soak up the rays on the sun deck with a good book. Perhaps also enjoy a treatment at the beauty salon and spa, or make use of the complimentary WiFi. It’s all capped off with a special captain’s reception.

Stay: Victory I (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 12-13
Chicago, Illinois

After a final breakfast onboard, you’ll end in Chicago. And, you’ll have two days to explore what is one of America’s city greats, staying in a central boutique hotel that’s host to designer rooms, a superb restaurant and one of the city’s finest rooftop bars. From here, you’ll have all of Chicago’s delights on your doorstep. Perhaps take a stroll in the next-door Lincoln Park, take in the superb Art Institute of Chicago or marvel at the iconic sculptures of Cloud Gate. Of course, the architectural high-flyers are truly special, from Frank Lloyd Wright’s great whimsies to the sky-scraping Willis Tower. Perhaps also consider catching a sports game.

Stay: Hotel Lincoln (Superior)

Days 14-15
Depart for UK

You’ll be met today by an included private transfer, bringing you to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

15-day river cruise on board Victory I (Victory Cruise Lines) from £5,640 incl. flights

Departure:

E Grade: £5,640

Exclusive tailor-made stay & cruise

Includes pre-cruise

  • Direct flights to Toronto
  • Private overseas transfers
  • 2-nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel

Includes on board

  • Intuitive and attentive service in casual yet elegant surroundings
  • All meals on board in The Shearwater Dining Room and Cliff Rock Bar & Grille
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and filtered water
  • Free flowing house wine, beer, and spirits during entire cruise
  • Onboard enrichment
  • Shore Excursions
  • Free Internet & WiFi available onboard
  • 100% Egyptian cotton bedding
  • Personal robes and slippers
  • Top of the line bath amenities that are environmentally sensitive
  • Premium mattresses
  • LCD flat screen television (satellite)
  • Daily housekeeping with nightly turndown
  • Onboard Salon & Spa

Includes post-cruise

  • 2-nights hotel accommodation in a 4-star hotel
  • Private transfer to airport
  • Return flight to UK

Rates based on May departures - Contact us for rates on other dates.

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