Trace nearly two centuries of North American innovation, admire magnificent coastal scenery and visit islands and towns rich in maritime history during this seven-night, exclusively chartered cruise featuring all five Great Lakes. Cruise from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Toronto, Ontario, aboard the Five-Star, small ship LE CHAMPLAIN, featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony. Experience the historical charm of Mackinac Island and the biodiversity of Ontario’s UNESCO-inscribed Niagara Escarpment, including a visit to quaint Tobermory. Transit the Soo Locks and Welland Canal—Victorian-era engineering marvels—and visit the Museum Ship SS Valley Camp in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan’s oldest city. Enjoy guided tours of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Feel the awe-inspiring force of Niagara Falls during a full-day excursion, featuring an unforgettable cruise toward the base of powerful Horseshoe Falls. Extend your journey with the Milwaukee Pre-Program and Toronto Post-Program Options.
- Day 1: Depart home city/Arrive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin/Embark Le Champlain/
Cruising Lake Michigan
- Day 2: Mackinac Island, Michigan/Cruising Lake Huron
- Day 3: Cruising Lake Superior/Whitefish Point/Sault Sainte Marie
- Day 4: Cruising Lake Huron/Tobermory, Ontario
- Day 5: Detroit, Michigan
- Day 6: Detroit/Cruising Lake Erie
- Day 7: Port Colborne, Ontario, for Niagara Falls/Welland Canal/Cruising Lake Ontario
- Day 8: Toronto/ Return to home city
- Cruise in each of the five Great Lakes from Milwaukee to Toronto, visiting fascinating islands and quaint towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor.
- An excursion included in each port and specially arranged lectures on board.
- Delight in the Victorian charm of Mackinac Island, with a horse-drawn carriage ride and lunch at the iconic Grand Hotel.
- Transit Sault Sainte Marie’s mighty Soo Locks, an engineering marvel, between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
- Discover the cultural treasures of vibrant Detroit.
- Experience the thunderous power of phenomenal Niagara Falls on a specially arranged cruise.
- Transit the Welland Canal, possible only by small ship.
- Milwaukee Pre-Program and Toronto Post-Program Options.
Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Le Champlain
Luxury Small Ship, Innovative Design
Le Champlain, launched in 2018, ushers in a new generation of Five-Star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.
Respect for the Environment
The newest addition to the Ponant “Clean Ship” fleet, an important distinction among ocean-cruising vessels, Le Champlain is energy efficient and eco-friendly, protecting fragile ecosystems.
Blue Eye—The World’s First Luxury Underwater Observatory
Experience the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge. View the beauty of freshwater lake life* through the large, subaquatic windows and integrated digital screens providing live images from underwater cameras and enjoy the sensory experience of listening to the Great Lakes’s unique underwater universe in the comfort of the exclusive Blue Eye lounge.
*Freshwater lake life viewing varies by location.
Chic and Casual Dining
Dine indoors or alfresco on fresh, regional cuisine served in the stylish, spacious indoor-outdoor restaurant, at the casual pool deck grill or from 24-hour room service. Daily meals include continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and four-course dinner.
Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Private Balconies
Each of the 92 Five-Star Staterooms and Suites (up to 484 square feet) feature a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, individual climate control, private bathroom with shower and luxury hotel-style amenities.
Life on Board
Enjoy sweeping views from the lounges—which open to the outdoors—and educational lectures, cultural performances or film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. Relax in the spa and sauna or the Sun Deck’s infinity-style swimming pool. The ship has a beauty salon, fitness room and three elevators. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available (conditions permitting).
The highly trained crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has a medical center staffed with a doctor and a nurse.
On Board the Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Small Ship Le Champlain
- Seven-night cruise from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, featuring all five Great Lakes—Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
- Elegantly appointed Five-Star Suite or Stateroom.
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
- Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise.
- All meals aboard ship.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi (conditions permitting).
- Blue Eye—the world’s first luxury, multisensory underwater Observation Lounge.
- Excursion on Mackinac Island, including a horse‑drawn carriage ride to the historic Grand Hotel and a guided tour of Fort Mackinac.
- Specially arranged lunch in the Grand Hotel, the “Grand Dame” of Mackinac Island.
- Cruise of Whitefish Point, the eastern cape of Lake Superior’s legendary Skeleton Coast.
- Transit of the impressive Soo Locks.
- Visit to the Soo Locks Interpretation Center and Observation Decks.
- Tour of the SS Valley Camp Ship Museum, a former lake freighter and fascinating repository of Great Lakes maritime history.
- Visit to the harbor town of Tobermory, part of the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
- Glass-bottom boat cruise to Big Tub Harbor and around Flowerpot Island.
- City tour of revitalized Detroit, including guided visits to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Point.
- Guided tour of the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation or visit Greenfield Village, the largest indoor-outdoor museum complex in the U.S.
- Excursion to Niagara Falls, including a cruise toward the base of Horseshoe Falls and viewing of the Whirlpool Rapids.
- Specially arranged lunch with spectacular views of Niagara Falls.
- Panoramic tour of the Niagara Falls area, featuring the Sir Adam Beck Power Station and the beloved Floral Clock.
- Transit the seven locks of the historic Welland Canal.
- Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
- All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with experienced local guides.
- Experienced local guides for included excursions.
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
- Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom aboard ship and on excursions.
- Hospitality desk in the hotel and aboard ship.
- Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
- Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.
Milwaukee: Pride and Preservation
Rich in architectural treasures and world‑class institutions that reflect its storied history, vibrant Milwaukee is the perfect introduction to your Great Lakes cruise. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the historical North Point neighborhood—home to one of the finest collections of Victorian mansions in the Midwest—and tour the expansive Milwaukee Art Museum, an impressive addition to Milwaukee’s revitalized waterfront, with more than 25,000 pieces of art. Enjoy a downtown walking tour where modern high-rises share the skyline with meticulously preserved 19th-century buildings fashioned from the city’s signature cream-colored local brick. Visit the striking Pabst Mansion, built in Flemish style by Pabst Brewing Company president Frederick Pabst. Accommodations for two nights are in the deluxe, centrally located The Pfister Hotel.
Toronto: Cultural Mosaic
Conclude your Great Lakes voyage in cosmopolitan Toronto, one of North America’s most celebrated cultural melting pots. Enjoy a walking tour of the Distillery District, Canada’s premier arts, culture and entertainment destination, and visit Fort York, built in 1793 on the shores of Lake Ontario. Enjoy a specially arranged lunch at the top of the CN Tower’s 360-degree revolving restaurant. Visit Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival mansion and garden, built in the style of a European castle by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Tour the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto’s crowning jewel. Housed in a visionary building designed by renowned native son, architect Frank Gehry, the renowned museum features over 80,000 works, including the world’s largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures, Accommodations for two nights are in the historical, deluxe Fairmont Royal York.