The Majestic Great Lakes

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JUL. 8-17, 2016 From $4,499
Montreal, Niagara Falls, Detroit, Manitoulin Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinac Island, Chicago
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The Majestic Great Lakes

JUL. 8-17, 2016
Montreal, Niagara Falls, Detroit, Manitoulin Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinac Island, Chicago
Aboard Saint Laurent

Picture yourself surrounded by pristine islands draped in verdant wilderness and rocky shores caressed by sparkling blue waters. From Montreal to Chicago, cruise all five Great Lakes and the scenic St. Lawrence River aboard the new 210-guest MS Saint Laurent. Treat yourself to elegant amenities and stunning vistas as this luxurious ship takes you to charming islands and lakeside towns steeped in intriguing maritime history. Encounter the voluminous grandeur of Niagara Falls from the thrilling perspective of a Hornblower vessel, and sail the shimmering waters of Georgian Bay, a striking setting with lush, pine-dotted islands. Explore the emerald jewel of Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island, rich with ancient native tradition. Witness the legendary Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, and discover the Victorian atmosphere on idyllic Mackinac Island.

Cost: From $4,499
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Activity Level: Mild Activity

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Jan Reiff
Department of History
Jan Reiff spent much of her life near the Great Lakes, having lived in Chicago and Cleveland and enjoyed summers in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The Great Lakes have also been a large part of her research and teaching agenda. A scholar of Chicago, located on the southwestern edge of Lake Michigan and the metropolis of the Great Lake region, she has studied the region's economy, population, and ecology. Her research as a co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Chicago engaged her with the Great Lakes from a variety of perspectives, both past and present. As a graduate student she participated in the preparation of the Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History. Most recently, her work on Chicago's role in a global economy has focused her attention on the Midwest as a transnational region with the Great Lakes at its center.



DAY 1 | July 8. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Embark on your cruise aboard the MS Saint Laurent in Montreal, a graceful city that blends North American charm with European charisma.

DAY 2 | July 9. Sailing the St. Lawrence River, The 1000 Islands & Lake Ontario

DAY 3 | July 10. Niagara Falls (Welland Canal) & Sailing Lake Erie
Disembark near the historic, 27-mile-long Welland Canal, first built in 1824. Next, traveling by deluxe motor coach, take in magnificent vistas as you pass through the area’s fertile agricultural vineyards. Then witness the thunderous power of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most astounding natural wonders. Board a state-of-the-art Hornblower cruise vessel and experience a thrilling, up-close perspective of the famous Horseshoe Falls, with its breathtaking misty spray. Afterwards, travel the scenic Niagara Parkway on the ridge overlooking the river. Enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant before returning to the ship.

DAY 4 | July 11. Detroit, Michigan & Windsor, Ontario
Stop at Windsor, the “City of Roses,” en route to Detroit. Then visit the vast Henry Ford Museum where highlights include: the limousine that carried President John F. Kennedy on that fateful day in Texas, Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair from Ford’s Theatre, and more.

DAY 5 | July 12. Scenic Sailing of Lake Huron

DAY 6 | July 13. Little Current, Manitoulin Island (Georgian Bay)
Delight in a scenic early morning cruise of Georgian Bay, whose verdant islands, rugged cliffs, and diamond-blue waters have inspired some of Canada’s most celebrated painters. Arrive at the small town of Little Current and set out on a tour of Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island and home of the Ojibwe people. Stop at the uniquely designed Immaculate Conception Church, attend a traditional smudging ceremony, and enjoy an interpretive tour of the local museum and art gallery. Back in Little Current, return to the ship or explore the community’s quaint downtown shops, docks, or waterfront parks at your leisure.

DAY 7 | July 14. Saulte Ste. Marie, Michigan (Whitefish Bay & Lake Superior)
Today, transit the Soo Locks from Lake Huron into Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Explore the oldest city in the Midwest on a guided excursion that features the New Fort Brady and the Valley Camp Museum Ship. Built by the American Shipbuilding Company in 1917, this former ship is now home to the world’s largest Great Lakes maritime museum. See the cargo’s rich collection of photography, shipwreck artifacts, and fascinating nautical exhibits. Then visit the mighty Soo Locks—one of the world’s largest and busiest locks—enabling ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.

DAY 8 | July 15. Mackinac Island (Lake Michigan)
Step back into the 19th century on Mackinac Island, a naturally resplendent island located at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. A national historic landmark steeped in Victorian-era charm, Mackinac Island has a no car policy and transportation is only by bicycle or horse and carriage. Embark on your excursion aboard a horse-drawn carriage and gain insight into the island’s compelling history at Michigan’s oldest building, Fort Mackinac. Behold the imposing stone walls and cannons of this impressive fort, built atop a soaring cliff by British soldiers in 1780. Next, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Grand Hotel, where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed. This evening, cocktail hour in the ship’s lounge features a captivating presentation by the Grand Hotel Resident Historian.

DAY 9 | July 16. Scenic Sailing of Lake Michigan

DAY 10 | July 17. Chicago, Illinois
Disembark the MS Saint Laurent in Chicago, Illinois, a magnetic cultural hub situated at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan. The third-largest city in the United States, the “Windy City” beckons visitors with its photogenic urban skyline, superb museums and art galleries, sprawling parks, and inventive culinary scene.

Note: Return flights should be scheduled to depart from Chicago after 12 p.m. Itinerary and sightseeing are subject to change.



Smartly designed and tastefully furnished, each stateroom features premium mattresses draped in high-thread-count bedding, pillow menus, bathrobes and slippers, L’Occitane® bath amenities, hair dryer, LCD flat-screen TV, safe, individual climate control, and nightly turndown service.



Pricing: $4,499-$8,799

Program Inclusions:

  • Scenic 10-day voyage aboard the 210-guest MS Saint Laurent Select complimentary expert-led shore excursions daily
  • All meals and beverages, including coffee, water, juice, soft drinks, beer, wine and cocktails (excluding premium brands)
  • Daily cocktail hour featuring cold canapés and bar snacks one hour prior to dinner
  • Private Go Next reception, including hot and cold canapés and beverages
  • Experienced onboard Go Next Program Managers
  • Smart-casual attire throughout your journey—no formal wear required
  • Attentive service from a caring staff of 85 to ensure a remarkable voyage
  • Informative and enriching lectures from carefully selected onboard speakers
  • Nightly entertainment in spacious air-conditioned lounge
  • Two hours of complimentary Internet access per guest
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
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  • Jan Reiff is an extraordinary lectuter and a great representative for UCLA Alumni Travel. Lessons learned will last a lifetime."
    Chris Wolfus ’67

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How to Book

Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $850 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Go Next. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.8 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
  • Jan Reiff is an extraordinary lectuter and a great representative for UCLA Alumni Travel. Lessons learned will last a lifetime."
    Chris Wolfus ’67