2014 Cruise Dates:
June 30-July 10, 2014 (Duluth to Buffalo)
July 10-20, 2014 (Buffalo to Duluth)
July 20-30, 2014 (Duluth to Buffalo)
July 30-August 9, 2014 (Buffalo to Duluth)
Nearly fifteen thousand years ago, the last of the great glaciers retreated, leaving us with the legacy of the Great Lakes. Although they are called lakes, they are in reality vast inland seas that comprise one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water. Our voyage explores the best of the Great Lakes as we discover natural, historical and cultural treasures along a sweeping route framed by two great American cities—Buffalo and Duluth—each of which enjoyed great prosperity in the 19th and early 20th centuries and is undergoing a renaissance.
In Buffalo, located only a short drive from mighty Niagara Falls, view some of the finest examples of urban architecture in America including works by Louis Sullivan, Henry Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright. Then sail through Lake Erie to reach reawakening Detroit to tour the fascinating Henry Ford Museum, then on to Lake Huron to explore pristine Presque Ile and beautiful Mackinac Island, a Victorian-era haven.
In Lake Michigan discover the scenic Garden Peninsula near Manistique, then explore via rail the dramatic Agawa Canyon in Ontario, Canada before navigating the Soo Locks and entering vast Lake Superior, the largest and deepest of the Great Lakes. Sail along impressive Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and revel in the pristine beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula before reaching historic Duluth.
|Day 1||Buffalo, New York, USA; Embark
Arrive in Buffalo and transfer to the dock, just minutes from downtown, to embark Yorktown.
This morning visit Niagara Falls, one of North America's most spectacular wonders. Enjoy a thrilling Maid of the Mist boat ride beneath the falls. Return to Yorktown for lunch and then take a tour of Buffalo, a city experiencing a vibrant renaissance. Our tour will showcase Buffalo's architectural gems and include a visit to the famed Albright-Knox Museum.
|Day 3||Cruising Lake Erie; Detroit, Michigan, USA
Enjoy a day at sea as Yorktown navigates through Lake Erie and into the Detroit River.
In the morning, tour the Henry Ford Museum, a National Historic Landmark. In the afternoon, sail through Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron to Alpena.
|Day 5||Alpena; Presque Isle
Pristine forests, numerous inland lakes, and 72 miles of Lake Huron shoreline on the central flyway make Presque Isle a birder's paradise.
|Day 6||Mackinac Island
Arrive in beautiful Mackinac Island. Visit the impressive Fort Mackinac; and the landmark Victorian Grand Hotel.
Explore the scenic Garden Peninsula including the Big Spring, in Palms Book State Park; and Fayette, one of the country's most evocative industrial ghost towns
|Day 8||Sault Ste. Marie; Agawa Canyon, Ontario, Canada
See the Soo Locks from the viewing platform and visit a 1917 Great Lakes freighter, now a museum. Alternatively, take a full-day tour by train through the magnificent scenery of the Agawa Canyon.
|Day 9||Pictured Rocks; Marquette, Michigan, USA
Sail along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along Lake Superior's southern coast. Explore Marquette, including a visit to the Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse.
|Day 10||Houghton; Keweenaw Peninsula
Navigate the Portage Waterway calling at Houghton. A 19th-Century copper rush is still evident today in the abandoned mines, deserted settlements and the opulent buildings in this region. Our exploration includes a visit to a copper mine.
|Day 11||Duluth, Minnesota; Disembark
In 1869 Duluth was the fastest growing city in the country. Today, much of downtown is preserved as a Natural Historic Register District.