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.