Great Lakes Cruising
Masterpieces of the Great Lakes with Victory Cruises
9 Days | October 11-19, 2020
Starting At $3999.00
Answer the call to adventure, and embark on a quest from Chicago to Hamilton. Take the journey of a lifetime as you discover the soothing seaways of North America aboard the M/V Victory I. Marvel in the sand-swept shores of Muskegon, explore the depths of Mackinac Island and dive into downtown Detroit on this 9 Day itinerary.
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Day 1: Hotel Stay Chicago
Enjoy a complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening allows time to become acquainted with the city. For your convenience, our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about the upcoming voyage to reservation of premium experiences. Representatives will be available to provide suggestions for dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.
Day 2: Embarkation Chicago
Bold, brazen and distinctly American, Chicago has personality to spare. From towering skyscrapers to regional cuisine and a quirky dialect, this city represents the heart and soul of the Midwest. Chicagoans are easy to recognize and quick with a smile and a lighthearted quip. Shopping on the Magnificent Mile is an adventure to remember, and the locals know the hidden mom-and-pop gems serving the best deep-dish pizza, Italian beef and signature Chicago dogs.
Day 3: Muskegon
This outdoor lovers’ haven on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore offers multiple state parks and trails, two paddle sport rivers, 26 miles of beaches and a winter sports park. Maritime history lovers gravitate here to tour the USS LST (Landing Ship, Tank) 393 Veterans Museum and USS Silversides Submarine Museum – America’s most decorated surviving submarine. An optional premium experience finds guests traveling by motorcoach to Grand Rapids to visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum to learn about the life of America’s 38th president and pay respects at his burial site.
Day 4: Mackinac Island
Vacationers adore this unique American destination. Its devotees long for the time they can return to their beloved island retreat and truly disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle. Clip-clop rhythms of horse hooves soothe the soul, with not a car in sight. The rich aroma of Mackinac’s signature treat – its famous fudge – permeates charming shops. This peaceful port draws visitors back year after year. Tour the island by carriage and visit Fort Mackinac. Afterward, marvel at myriad magnificent selections on the Grand Hotel luncheon buffet for an included mid-day meal to treasure. And the view at the hotel from America’s longest front porch stretches for miles.
Day 5: Scenic Sailing on Lake Huron
Today we slip our moorings to survey the sapphire canvas of a boundless empire. Scenic sailing invites visitors to navigate the day as we cruise through the second-largest arena of inland sea in America’s Great Lakes. Engage in laissez faire, and curl up with a nautical novel on the deck as the rhythmic slap of spray keeps pace. Grab some fresh fare, behold the natural wonders and indulge in the delicacy of sailing.
Day 6: Detroit
This strong, resilient city is synonymous with automotive innovation, musical genius and winning sports teams. The grit and determination of this storied metropolis reflect true American can-do spirit. Scout city gems from the Detroit Institute of Arts – ranked among the top five collections in America – to melodies of the Motown Museum and the bustling Campus Martius, affectionately known as Detroit’s gathering place.
Day 7: Cleveland
Step off the M/V Victory I onto what some call America’s “North Coast” and discover why Clevelanders are so fiercely proud of their home. The reinvented city reverberates with vitality and a cool new atmosphere. Expand your mind at the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art, with over 45,000 works to explore. You’ll also feel the backbeat at the museum devoted to one of America’s finest gift to the world – the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. An optional premium experience to Geauga County offers a glimpse into a simpler way of life with a visit to an Amish home for a traditional wedding feast.
Day 8: Port Colborne (Niagara Falls)
A short motorcoach ride from Port Colborne is Niagara Falls, which attracts millions of visitors each year. At the site, Horseshoe Falls inspires awe. How many shimmering rainbows can you spot in the refreshing spray? The rumbling din of cascading waters forms a serene frequency. A narrated driving tour reveals popular attractions such as Whirlpool Rapids, the Floral Clock and Table Rock Park, with a stop downtown.
Day 9: Disembarkation Hamilton, Ontario
As the journey concludes, you may wish to consider a post-cruise premium experience with airport transfer for your group.