Admire magnificent coastal scenery and discover nearly 2 centuries of North American innovation and maritime history on this one-of-a-kind cruise itinerary from Toronto to Milwaukee—featuring all 5 Great Lakes. Experience the thunderous force of Niagara Falls; the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation in Detroit; the historical charm of Mackinac Island; and transit the Welland Canal and Soo Locks, among the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. Extend your Great Lakes immersion with the Toronto Pre‑Program and/or Milwaukee Post-Program Options.
Itinerary – 8 Days
1 Depart home city/Toronto, Canada/Embark Le Bellot or Le Champlain/
Lake Ontario/Welland Canal
2 Niagara Falls/Lake Erie
3 Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
4 Detroit/Lake Huron
5 Tobermory, Canada/Lake Huron
6 Soo Locks/Lake Superior/Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, U.S.
7 Mackinac Island/Lake Michigan
8 Milwaukee, Wisconsin/Return to home city
- In Toronto, cruise through 8 locks of the Welland Canal, one of North America’s most important economic lifelines, linking Lake Ontario to Lake Erie.
- Full-day excursion to Niagara Falls, with a cruise to Horseshoe Falls and lunch overlooking the falls.
- Take the Hornblower Cruise Funicular down the 19-story rock walls of the Great Gorge.
- Discover the Sir Adam Beck Power Station, the world’s first large‑scale hydroelectric generation project, and Niagara’s famous Floral Clock, intricately filled with 20,000 plants and flowers.
- Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts and see Diego Rivera’s monumental Detroit Industry mural, as well as master works by Auguste Rodin; Michelangelo; Vincent van Gogh; Edgar Degas; and Paul Cézanne.
- Explore the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Mansion.
- Private, glass-bottom boat cruise through Big and Little Tub Harbors and around Flowerpot Island in Tobermory, Ontario.
- Visit the SS Valley Camp, a retired lake freighter that is now a museum featuring exhibits of
faithfully restored living quarters.
- Transit the Soo Locks from Lake Huron to Lake Superior.
- Watch colossal freighters lower 21 feet from Lake Superior to enter Lake Huron at the Soo Locks Interpretation Center.
- Horse-drawn carriage tour of Victorian Mackinac Island and clifftop Fort Mackinac with lunch
at the historic Grand Hotel.
- Transfers and luggage handling abroad if you made your air arrangements through
Gohagan & Company. (If you made your own air arrangements, transfers and luggage
handling are not included.)
- Experienced, English-speaking local guides for included excursions.
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
- Hospitality desk.
- Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing. Gohagan & Company reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees, promotions, and surcharges at any time.
Le Bellot or Le Champlain
5-Star, Small Ship
- Only 92 suites and staterooms, each with a private balcony.
- All meals included on board the ship, as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise.
- State-of-the-art theater ideal for enriching educational lectures.
Toronto Pre-Program Option
Begin your Great Lakes journey with 2 nights in cosmopolitan Toronto, featuring visits to the lively Distillery District, Fort York, stunning Casa Loma, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. You will enjoy lunch in the CN Tower’s famous revolving restaurant. Accommodations are in a historical, ideally located luxury hotel.
Milwaukee Post-Program Option
Conclude your tour with a 2-night stay in Milwaukee with an itinerary that includes tours of its North Point neighborhood, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the striking Pabst Mansion—built in Flemish style by Pabst Brewing Company president Frederick Pabst. Accommodations are in a historical luxury hotel in the heart of the city.
The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your