Splendor of the Great Lakes | Victory II Cruise

Chicago to Toronto

(Victory Cruise Lines)

Set sail on the Great Lakes aboard the Victory II! Relax in the tranquility of Mackinac Island, take in the view from the Soo Locks observation deck, and discover the sacred island of the native Anishinaabe people. Motor City and the birthplace of rock and roll also await!

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Package inclusions:

  • 1 night’s accommodations on land and a 9-night cruise
  • All onboard meals
  • Porter service of one bag per person at hotel
  • Taxes and gratuities for included services
  • Unlimited beverage package on board the ship
  • 4 shore excursions
  • Professional tour manager
  • 1 single occupancy comp
    (based on 25 full-fare passengers; airfare not included)
  • Travel show
  • Pre-departure meeting
  • 100 brochures/marketing materials
  • Complete document packet for each traveler
  • Special surprises

All tours are completely customizable. Contact us to discuss your group’s unique interests and needs!

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Day 1

Travel to Chicago, IL, by air or motorcoach to begin our Great Lakes adventure. Upon arrival we’ll settle into our overnight accommodations and enjoy an evening at leisure to get acquainted with the city.

Note: The airport location and airline will be confirmed no sooner than nine months before departure.

Day 2

The morning is at your leisure to explore Chicago! Bold, brazen and distinctly American, Chicago has personality to spare. From Navy Pier to towering skyscrapers to regional cuisine and a quirky dialect, this city represents the heart and soul of the Midwest. 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. We’ll then transfer to Navy Pier to board the Victory II for the next nine nights. This small ship is both luxurious and comfortable, with masterfully crafted meals, immersive shore excursions, and amazing entertainment. We will indulge in relaxation, engage in experience, and cultivate the soul on this unforgettable journey.

(Dinner included)

Day 3

These waters are home to a vast variety of wildlife – trout, salmon, walleye, smallmouth bass, crawfish, freshwater sponges, and sea lamprey, to name a few. Keep your eyes to the sky for a glimpse of hawks or bald eagles and on the water for ducks, swans, and geese. Relax and enjoy the view on your own time on this peaceful lake cruising day. Sip a midmorning consommé, breathe in the fresh lake air on the upper deck, share convivial conversation with other guests, or delve into a captivating book as you look forward to yet another astounding sunset on the water.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 4

Trapped in time and surrounded by staggeringly beautiful landscapes, Mackinac Island centers the spirit and soothes the soul. Settle into the tranquil pace of this treasured destination on a tour by horse-drawn carriage. Choose to fill up on fresh, local flavor with a lunch to remember at the island’s legendary Grand Hotel before admiring the stunning vistas from its colossal porch – the world’s largest. Or set out to discover the lighthouses of Mackinac Island!

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 5

A city divided presents duality in experience; Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and ON, bridged together by name and commerce, are diverse waterfront communities that harbor a flood of opportunity. Culture beats through street veins that connect these harbors to the distinctly different North American countryside beyond each border. Join the included hop-on, hop-off tour and admire the view from the Soo Locks observation deck, or peer into the past in the preserved fur traders’ settlement homes on Water Street. Drink in the atmosphere, and encounter life in Sault Ste. Marie. On the optional premium excursion, discover a bush plane collection, watch a 3-D movie about fighting forest fires, and sit in a flight simulator.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 6

The raw beauty of Georgian Bay leads to the world’s largest freshwater island – Manitoulin – featuring picturesque granite outcrops and rolling farmland. In its largest town, Little Current, indigenous life and legend meld with European history, with Immaculate Conception Church and its distinctive tepee-like architecture as a symbol. Venerated rhythms of the ages come to life in the talented hands and feet of Native drummers and dancers on an island considered sacred by the native Anishinaabe people. No excursions are offered today, so the day is yours to explore the island.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 7

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.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 8

There’s no better place than the Motor City to choose an optional premium experience to explore the captivating history of the automotive industry – and so much more – at The Henry Ford Museum. Be astounded by the museum’s vast and varied artifacts of American heritage. The extraordinary exhibits chronicle the lifespan of a nation. Choose the included hop-on, hop-off tour and visit many of Detroit’s landmarks, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and its 100-plus galleries, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the West Canfield Historic District, and other city highlights.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 9

Step off the ship 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. Hop off the motorcoach to expand your mind at the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art, with over 45,000 works to explore. Or feel the backbeat at the museum devoted to one of America’s finest gifts 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.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 10

Begin your day in breathtaking Niagara Falls, which attracts millions of visitors each year. There’s no included tour today, so consider an optional premium experience that takes you to the heart of its splendor for a Hornblower catamaran ride into the mist. Afterward, take lunch for a spin in the rotating Skylon Tower, followed by a tasting at local winery and shopping at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Deluxe motorcoaches will transport guests a short distance to the ship in Port Colborne.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 11

We will disembark the ship in Toronto and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

(Breakfast included)