Great Lakes Explorer - Toronto To Chicago (2022)

Sailing between Toronto to Chicago this voyage encompasses all five of the Great Lakes - revealing their rich maritime history, indigenous cultures and captivating natural beauty. Aboard the elegant 202-guest mv Victory I, this deluxe cruise includes fine dining with free-flowing wine, enriching shipboard talks, a complete program of shore excursions with engaging local guides, an open bar and chauffeured airport transfers.

Our prices start from

$4,399 LAND ONLY

12 Days • GUIDED • 28 Meals

Great Lakes Explorer - Toronto To Chicago (1)Operated Tour

The Details

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Port charges of $559 per person are not included.
  • Services of a trip leader
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners


Engaging ExperiencesThese special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Toronto Hilton

Upon arrival in Toronto, guests will be met at the airport and escorted to the hotel to enjoy their complimentary extra pre-journey night in the heart of this vibrant city.

On the June 6 and July 19 sailings, we travel from Chicago to Toronto. Enjoy a free pre-cruise overnight at the Chicago Hilton.

Toronto Hilton

Breakfast Included

After breakfast, guests have this entire day to enjoy as they wish. Take advantage of our hotel's location to experience all that Toronto has to offer from world class museums to shopping dining. Our other guests will be arriving today.

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Dinner Included

After breakfast, guests have this morning at leisure to discover the sights and charms of Toronto at their own pace. Later this afternoon, we'll take you to the pier where the intimate and stylish mv Victory I awaits. Settle in to your outside stateroom and then join your fellow travelers for an elegant dinner with wines, cocktails and beverages.

Sit down to a delightful lunch 775 feet above Niagara Falls. You'll have breathtaking aerial views of all three of Niagara's Canadian and American cascades. And on a clear day, the view stretches for 80 miles to encompass the city skylines of Buffalo and Toronto.

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

A thrilling Hornblower Cruise will take you through the Great Niagara Gorge and past Bridal Veil Falls into the very heart of Horseshoe Falls - where the mighty spray and thundering roar of Niagara will virtually envelope you! Enjoy lunch at Queens landing, a lovely Georgian mansion overlooking the Niagara River, After a tasting at a local winery, you'll have time to explore the galleries and boutiques in the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Behold the bold and striking vision of I.M. Pei, the renowned architect who designed the famous Pyramid-inspired entry to the Louvre Museum.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Today's excursion begins at the Cleveland Museum of Art. With more than 61,000 works spanning 6,000 years, it's a fascinating and broad look at human artistic achievement - from ancient Greek sculptors and Monet's soothing Water Lilies to Andy Warhol's vibrant and colorful take on Marilyn Monroe. At the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, set in a striking lakefront structure designed by the renowned architect I.M. Pei, you'll discover more than just a collection of Rock & Roll memorabilia. Indeed, its well-curated and thoughtfully presented exhibits trace the evolution of this musical genre and explore its cultural impact upon generations of Americans. Among the items in the collection are Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche, Michael Jackson's famous glove, and scribbled lyrics that became 20th-century classics!

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

America's source of industrial innovation and creativity, Detroit has figured both in the development of the automobile and in the "Motown" sound during the 20th Century. Today's included excursion includes all entry fees to the Detroit Institute of Art and its many galleries, the Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum and the West Canfield Historic District. You can also choose the optional premium experience at the expansive Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village.

Also known by the anglicized name "Chippewa," the Ojibwe are the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America. Today's touring on the largest freshwater island on the planet explores the enduring traditions of this community.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

You'll also make a stop at the Immaculate Conception Church. With its unique in-the-round architectural style that evokes a teepee and the circle of life, this church is the spiritual focal point of the local community and brings together the beliefs and customs of the native Ojibwe culture and the Catholic Church.

Today your ship will be one of the more than 10,000 vessels, hauling 86 million tons of cargo, that pass through the Soo Locks each year, even though they're closed during the winter when ice shuts down shipping on the upper Great Lakes!

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Today you can join your fellow passengers for flexible Hop-on Hop-off touring. Exploring at your own pace, you'll be able to visit a number of the town's highlights including the Valley Camp Museum. Here in the enormous hold of a cargo ship that plied the Great Lakes from 1917 through 1966, you'll find fascinating exhibits that trace the rich maritime history of the Great Lakes. Other sightseeing stops afford the chance to visit the River of History Museum, to see the historic homes of Water Street, and to marvel at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, one of the oldest churches in the United States.

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Your sightseeing tour ends at the Grand Hotel, famed for its colonnaded verandah. Opened in 1887, it's still the longest front porch in the world. As you take in the breathtaking views from this hilltop setting and walk through the Grand's elegant interior spaces, you may recognize them from "Somewhere in Time," the 1980 film starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour that was filmed here. Sit down to the hotel's renowned Grand Luncheon Buffet and then return to ship as our cruise continues.

Cruise: mv Victory I

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Delight in another day of cruising as we navigate south toward Chicago. Take in the scenery from the expansive Observation Deck, enjoy congenial conversation in the Lounge, or join a final talk with our engaging Great Lakes experts. Elegant dining in two distinct venues – the Coastal Dining Room and the casual al fresco Grill - and our open bar enhance your day at sea.

Breakfast Included

After a final breakfast onboard, you'll step off the ship in Chicago and be chauffeured to the airport for your homeward flight.

Based on Category E outside stateroom on Deck 1. Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on May 28, 2022 travel date. Single supplement from $4,900. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Jun 6 and Jul 19 sailings are in the reverse direction from Chicago to Toronto. Save an extra $600 or more per couple ($300 or more solo) when you pay in full at booking..

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