Toronto, Ontario, Canada / EmbarkFly to Toronto and transfer to the pier to embark the Yorktown.
Welland Canal / Niagara FallsArrive 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 ďstairsĒ 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 Americaís most spectacular natural wonders, where youíll see both the American Falls and Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls.
Cruising Lake Erie / DetroitEnjoy a day at sea as Yorktown navigates through Lake Erie and into the Detroit River. Pass by the glittering city of Detroit with its beautifully renovated International Riverfront, attractive waterfront parks, and the Renaissance Center, home of General Motors world headquarters. Enter Lake St. Clair and navigate through the St. Clair River, a component of the Great Lakes Waterway, to Lake Huron.
DetroitIn the morning, tour the Henry Ford Museum and enjoy free time in Greenfield Village, an indoor/outdoor history museum complex housing a wide array of historical buildings, machinery, exhibits, and Americana. In the afternoon, visit the Ford Rouge Factory to see how environmental innovation meets industrial production at this state-of-the-art facility.
Alpena, Michigan / Presque IsleArrive 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 birderís paradise.
Mackinac IslandArrive 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 ginger-bread trimmed buildings and browse in the charming shops.
ManistiqueSail into Lake Michigan to call at Manistique, a small town on the bucolic Garden Peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan. Explore this scenic and peaceful area, including the Big Spring, in Palms Book State Park, its crystal clear waters stretching 200 feet across; and Fayette, the center of a large smelting operation in the 19th century, now one of the countryís most evocative industrial ghost towns, protected as a state park site.
Sault St Marie, Michigan / Agawa Canyon, OntarioDock at Sault Ste. Marie where you will have a choice of excursions. In Sault Ste. Marie see the Soo Locks from the viewing platform in town and visit a 1917 Great Lakes freighter, now a museum. Alternatively, take a full-day tour by train travels inland through the magnificent scenery of the Agawa Canyon. After leaving Sault St. Marie, Yorktown transits the Soo Locks, known as the busiest in the world, where some 12,000 ships pass annually.
Pictured Rocks / MarquetteSpend the morning at sea sailing along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a 40-mile stretch of pristine natural wonders along Lake Superiorís southern coast. The colorful sandstone cliffs are of particular interest, having created beautiful arches, caves, and other formations over time. In the afternoon call in Marquette. Explore this picturesque city on Lake Superior, including a visit to the Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse.
Houghton, Keweenaw PeninsulaToday Yorktown will navigate through the Portage Waterway, the narrow channel that separates Michiganís Keweenaw Peninsula from the mainland, to call at quaint Houghton, built on a bluff facing the channel. Keweenaw witnessed the countryís first mineral rush, when vast deposits of copper were discovered in 1840. By the time the rush was over early in the 20th century, copper had generated enormous wealth, estimated to be ten times more than the money generated by the California Gold Rush. The legacy of the copper rush is still evident today in the abandoned mines, deserted settlements nestled in the forest, and the opulent buildings in the regionís towns. Explore this historic region, including a visit to a copper mine.
Duluth, MinnesotaFly to Duluth, Minnesota and transfer to the pier to embark the Yorktown.