The Majestic Great Lakes

11 Days, August 18 - 28, 2022 (*this trip is full)

From $4,699 from Chicago, Illinois

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On W&L's latest voyage across our nation's inland seas, we'll behold the dramatic shorelines and pine-forested islands of the Great Lakes, as well as many charming small towns and three major cities of America's heartland.

We begin with a one-night hotel stay in Chicago, followed by a tour of Chicago's many attractions before boarding the M/V Victory I at the city’s revitalized lakefront area.  Our cruise begins with a voyage north on Lake Michigan to the tip of Lake Huron.  With our first call, we'll spend an unforgettable day on Mackinac Island, where we'll ride a horse-drawn carriage, enjoy a luncheon at the iconic Grand Hotel and delight in the city's Victorian-era charm.  Our next call will be the oldest city in the Midwest, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at the intersection of three of the Great Lakes — Huron, Superior and Michigan. Here, at Whitefish Bay we’ll observe the action at the Soo Locks, one of the world's largest and busiest set of locks.  Thereafter, sailing further into Lake Huron, we’ll call at Manitoulin Island, where we'll discover ancient native traditions amidst the island's lush scenery. 

After a day of scenic sailing on Lake Huron we’ll call at one of America’s most vibrant cities, Detroit, Michigan, where popular cultural history comes vividly to life at the Motown Museum—or you may choose to explore the chic boutiques and cafés of Canfield Street.  Next, we’ll cruise along Lake Erie to Cleveland, Ohio, where we'll experience the city's remarkable renaissance along with several cultural sites, including the magnificent Cleveland Museum of Art.  Following a voyage across Lake Erie and passage through the Welland Canal, our cruise climaxes with a visit to the thundering beauty of Niagara Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Our tour concludes after a short voyage across Lake Ontario to beautiful Toronto, where we’ll the have the option of an extended post-cruise extension in one of Canada’s most fascinating capitals.

The M/V Victory I well expresses the grace of small-ship cruising. Featuring a tastefully appointed interior with only 101 staterooms, this newly refurbished ship will assure ultimate comfort on the Great Lakes. To enrich our travel experience, this voyage includes a stimulating variety of expert-led shore excursions. We hope you'll join us as we explore some of North America's most remarkable treasures.

Traveling With You

Tim Diette

Tim Diette serves as the Executive Director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty. Tim joined the Economics faculty in 2004. He teaches classes on public policy with a focus on education and health care policies, including a spring term course that travels to Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. He has published numerous articles, testified before a Canadian House of Commons committee on poverty reduction strategies, and has spent sabbaticals as a visiting research scholar at Duke University and at the University of Melbourne. 

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