June 22-July 3, 2013 (Montreal to Chicago) Waitlist Only
August 26-September 6, 2013 (Chicago to Montreal) Waitlist Only
This is a voyage to some of the most magnificent wonders of North America, a voyage on which you'll discover vibrant towns and vast expanses of natural splendor. Starting from Montreal, Yorktown sails through the St. Lawrence Seaway, one of the world's greatest technological and engineering achievements, cruising through the scenic Thousand Islands to reach Lake Ontario. Spend a day visiting Kingston's many cultural sites before witnessing the dramatic manmade marvel of the Welland Canal, where its seven locks will lift our ship 320 feet and our gateway to nearby Niagara Falls. Savor the sunsets upon Lake Huron; enjoy a train ride through the dramatic scenery of the Agawa Canyon, and explore beautiful Mackinac Island, a Victorian-era haven at the entrance to Lake Michigan, before sailing its shores to magnificent Chicago.
|Day 1||Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Embark
Fly to Montreal and transfer to the pier to embark Yorktown.
|Day 2||The St. Lawrence Seaway
Navigate the St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of lakes, canals, and locks that provide a deepwater passage from the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario—and a fascinating glimpse of North America's heartland.
|Day 3||Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Located at a strategic location, the junction of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Kingston was founded in the 17th century by the French as a fur-trading settlement, becoming later an important British military post. Today, Kingston is one of Canada's most charming and bestpreserved cities, justly known for its many historic 19thy-century buildings. Our exploration of the city will include its major landmarks, such as the Fort Henry National Historic Site, built in 1832; the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, whose exhibits highlight the maritime history of the Great Lakes, and the Bellevue House, with its beautiful gardens. You will also have time to enjoy and explore beautiful Kingston on your own.
|Day 4||Port Weller; Welland Canal; Niagara Falls; Lake Erie
Arrive this morning at Port Weller, from where Yorktown begins the dramatic passage from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie via the Welland Canal. A series of seven locks designed as a continuous flight of "stairs" lifts Yorktown 324 feet over a distance of 27 miles. From the decks of the ship witness the mechanics of this engineering marvel, which took over 100 years to complete. Stay on board for the entire transit or disembark for an excursion to Niagara Falls, one of North America's most spectacular natural wonders, where we'll see both the American Falls and Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls.
|Day 5||Cruising Lake Erie; Detroit, Michigan
Spend the day enjoying the lectures aboard and amenities of Yorktown as we sail to Detroit. Upon arrival in the evening, explore the city on your own before our tour of Detroit's sites tomorrow.
|Day 6||Detroit; Cruising Lake Huron
In the morning, tour the Henry Ford Museum, a National Historic Landmark, the property houses a vast array of famous homes, machinery, exhibits, and Americana. In the afternoon, sail through Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron to Alpena.
|Day 7||Alpena, Michigan; Presque Isle
Arrive in Thunder Bay to call at the lovely town of Alpena, home to an outstanding maritime museum with displays on Great Lakes maritime history. There is also the opportunity to travel north to the small peninsula of Presque Isle, an untouched place of great beauty with two historic lighthouses. Pristine forests, numerous inland lakes and 72 miles of Lake Huron shoreline on the central flyway make Presque Isle a birder's paradise.
|Day 8||Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA; Agawa Canyon, Ontario, Canada
Enter the scenic waterways of the North Channel, which lead to Sault Ste. Marie. Our full-day tour by train travels inland through the magnificent scenery of the Agawa Canyon.
|Day 9||Mackinac Island
Arrive in beautiful Mackinac Island, a Victorian-era haven where cars are forbidden and bicycles share the road with horse-drawn carriages. Explore this idyllic island and see the ancient limestone formations that were considered sacred by the Straits Indians; the impressive Fort Mackinac, built atop a high cliff by the British in 1780; and the landmark Victorian Grand Hotel. Also enjoy free time to stroll along streets lined with gingerbread-trimmed buildings and browse in the charming shops.
The tumbling hills of Michigan's scenic northwest are blanketed with maple and spruce. From lovely Charlevoix, explore the old port town of Harbor Springs, with its panoramic views of the bay.
Arrive in Saugatuck, nestled off the shores of Lake Michigan and Kalamazoo Lake. Originally a lumber town, Saugatuck eventually became known for its fruit production, especially its peaches. In the early 1900s Saugatuck was a prime summer destination for Chicago urbanites. Today, it is known for its historic buildings and churches, unique shops, and many art galleries, several of which you will have the opportunity to visit.
|Day 12||Chicago, Illinois; Disembark
Disembark in Chicago and transfer to the airport for return flights home.