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M/V Victory I in Georgian Bay

Splendour of the Great Lakes - Chicago to Toronto

12-day tailor-made cruise from £5,495 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A tailor-made cruise amid the breathtaking natural scenery of the Great Lakes

Highlights

  • Travel in style onboard the M/V Victory I or II, with fine dining and drinks included
  • Explore the natural wonders of the Great Lakes, which together make up one fifth of the planet's fresh surface water
  • Visit historical sites such as Fort Mackinack and the Soo Locks, and modern marvels like the Henry Ford Museum
  • Come face-to-face with Niagara Falls in a premium shore excursion

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Chicago
  • 1 Night Lake Michigan
  • 1 Night Mackinac Island
  • 1 Night Sault Ste. Marie
  • 1 Night Little Current
  • 1 Night Lake Huron
  • 1 Night Detroit
  • 1 Night Cleveland
  • 1 Night Port Colborne (Optional Niagara Falls)

About

Recommended for:
Expedition cruise | River cruise

This luxury cruise takes in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Great Lakes along with visits to historical sites such as colonial Fort Mackinac, the magnificent Welland Canal and Manitoulin Island, home to the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America. And, complete your Great Lakes adventure with an optional visit to the spectacular Niagara Falls, site of the most powerful waterfall in North America. Traverse this unforgettable route onboard the M/V Victory I or II, enjoying multi-course fine dining, free-flowing drinks and unrivalled service, all included in your sailing.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Chicago

Start your journey in comfort and style with complimentary VIP lounge access before boarding your flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and spend the evening relaxing in the comfort of your room. Or, if you're feeling energised, perhaps head out for some authentic deep dish pizza and a night on the town. 

Stay: Hilton Chicago (Superior)

Day 2
Chicago

You'll have some time to explore the Windy City today, home to everything from the famous Art Institute and a thriving music scene (think jazz and blues), to a bold architectural skyline and views across the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan. Take a stroll through Millennium Park, browse the shops along the Magnificent Mile, or brave the skydeck at Willis Tower and view the city from 1,353 feet. Then, board the M/V Victory I or II and enjoy welcome cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as you set sail for your Great Lakes adventure.

Stay: M/V Victory I or II (Deluxe)

Meals: D

Day 3
Lake Michigan (scenic sailing)

Soak in your surrounds today as you enjoy a day of scenic sailing across the only Great Lake located entirely within the United States, spanning the west coast of Michigan's lower peninsula. With a surface area of more than 22,000 square miles, Lake Michigan is home to everything from trout and bass to water birds and even the elusive bald eagle. You'll also have a chance to get your bearings onboard, where you'll be pampered by the crew and make the most of all-inclusive dining and free-flowing beer, wine and spirits. After a scenic day of cruising, you’ll gather for a festive welcome reception as the sun sets onboard.

Stay: M/V Victory I or II (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Mackinac Island, Lake Michigan

You'll wake up to a view of the Straits of Mackinac, narrow waterways which connect Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. After breakfast, you’ll go ashore for a narrated horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island, during which you’ll have the chance to visit the historic Fort Mackinac, 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. You'll also enjoy a buffet luncheon at the Grand Hotel and perhaps some of Mackinac's signature fudge. After dinner onboard, the cocktail hour in the outdoor lounge features a captivating presentation by an onboard historian; or why not share a drink in the Seascape Tavern, modelled in a traditional English style.

Stay: M/V Victory I or II (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Today, you’ll transit the Soo Locks from Lake Huron into Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Take advantage of a narrated tour of local highlights, with a stop at the Soo Locks viewing platform and a walk through the visitor’s centre 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. Back on board, take advantage of the ship's amenities; perhaps dine at the Cliff Rock Bar & Grille, where fresh ingredients are cooked to perfection on 100% pure volcanic lava rock.

Stay: M/V Victory I or II (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Little Current, Manitoulin Islands (Georgian Bay)

This morning, you’ll cruise though the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay, sometimes referred to as the sixth Great Lake. Your 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 as Chippewa, the Ojibwe are the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America, known for their birch bark canoes, their cultivation of wild rice, the creation of dreamcatchers, and their historic use of pictographic birch bark scrolls. Discover their sacred culture, view the many beautiful lighthouses on the island, or take a hike to spot native floral and fauna. Those who opt for a premium excursion can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Honora Bay by horseback.

Stay: M/V Victory I or II (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Lake Huron (scenic sailing)

Enjoy a day onboard with a scenic cruise across the second largest of the Great Lakes. Lake Huron, like the other Great Lakes, was formed at the end of the last ice age as the glaciers retreated, and boasts a surface area of 23,000 square miles. This day is yours, so if you feel like being pampered, visit the onboard Latitude Salon & Spa, where a choice of massages, oil treatments, manicures and pedicures will leave you feeling blissfully relaxed. After a scenic day of cruising, you’ll gather in the ship’s main dining room for a gourmet multi-course dinner.

Stay: M/V Victory I or II (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Detroit

You'll head next to Detroit, Michigan, known as the “Motor City”. Just outside the city centre, an optional premium experience will see you visit the Henry Ford Museum, created to document the genius of ordinary people and showcase ingenuity and innovation. Housed in a sweeping single-floor space with soaring 40-foot ceilings, the museum’s highlights include the limousine that carried President John F. Kennedy on that fateful day in Texas and the bus in which Rosa Parks stood her ground and sparked the Civil Rights movement. All guests can also choose from included excursions to the Motown Museum, the West Canfield Historical District, or the famed Detroit Institute of Arts.

Stay: M/V Victory I or II (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Cleveland, Ohio

Today you'll have the chance to explore Cleveland, located on the southern shore of Lake Erie. Cleveland’s landmarks date back to its days as a turn-of-the-20th-century manufacturing centre, and a highlight is the Steamship William G. Mather, on display as part of the Great Lakes Science Center. Book a premium tour to Geauga County to immerse yourself in the simple lifestyle of the Amish community. Or, simply wander through the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, immerse yourself in musical history in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum or take a stroll through the West Side Market, which hosts a million visitors a year. Return to the ship and enjoy a cocktail on deck or relax for the evening in the Compass Lounge.

Stay: M/V Victory I or II (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Port Colborne (Niagara Falls)

After a leisurely morning onboard, you’ll disembark the ship at Port Colborne on the southern end of the Welland Canal. The original Welland Canal was opened in 1829 and has since been extended to reach Lake Erie, now boasting eight locks facilitating the passage of thousands of ships each year. As the ship awaits its turn to transit the locks, make the most of the day with an optional premium excursion to the iconic Niagara Falls, where you’ll embark on the famous Hornblower catamaran for a cruise into the mystical spray of Horseshoe Falls. Back on shore, you’ll traverse the scenic Niagara Parkway to a charming local restaurant and shop for souvenirs before your return to the ship.

Stay: M/V Victory I or II (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 11-12
Toronto/UK

This morning, you’ll awaken at the port in Toronto, Ontario. After one last delicious breakfast, you’ll disembark the ship and head to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. If you prefer, extend your stay in Toronto. Please contact one of our consultants for further information and prices.

Meals: B

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Pricing

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

Accommodation rating: Superior

12-day tailor-made cruise on board Victory I (Victory Cruise Lines) from £5,495 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £5,495 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £6,095 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Chicago and Toronto to London
  • 10 nights aboard the M/V Victory I on a full-board basis (Outside Stateroom, Deck 1)
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and non-premium alcohol with dinner, coffee, tea, soft drinks aboard the cruise
  • Entertainment each evening, shared shore excursions, afternoon tea service and daily Cocktail hour aboard the cruise
  • 1 night accommodation at Chicago Hyatt Hotel prior to the cruise
  • Road transfer from Chicago Hyatt Hotel to cruise terminal

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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