The Majestic Great Lakes

11 Days, August 16 - 26, 2021

From $5,658 from Toronto, Canada

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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 Canada at the Hilton Toronto, followed by a tour of Ontario's cosmopolitan capital before boarding the M/V Victory I for our voyage across Lake Ontario. We'll witness the thundering beauty of Niagara Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, before cruising along Lake Erie to Cleveland. Here we'll experience the city's remarkable renaissance along with several cultural sites, including the magnificent Cleveland Museum of Art. Popular cultural history comes vividly to life in Detroit at the Motown Museum, or you may choose to explore the chic boutiques and cafés of Canfield Street. Later, on Lake Huron's Manitoulin Island, we'll discover ancient native traditions amidst the island's lush scenery.

The oldest city in the Midwest, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is located at the intersection of three of the Great Lakes — Huron, Superior and Michigan. Here, we can observe the action at the Soo Locks, one of the world's largest and busiest set of locks. Before our voyage ends in Chicago, 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.

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 Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Analysis at Washington and Lee University. 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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