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8 Day Sample Cruise aboard Yorktown
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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Chicago, Illinois / Embark
Day 2 : Saugatuck, Michigan
Day 3 : Charlevoix
Day 4 : Mackinac Island, Michigan
Day 5 : Cruising Lake Huron and Lake Erie
Day 6 : Cleveland, Ohio
Day 7 : Port Weller / Niagara Falls
Day 8 : Toronto, Ontario, Canada / Disembark

Ship

Yorktown

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Chicago, Illinois / Embark

Fly to Chicago, one of America’s most vibrant and historic cities, and embark Yorktown in the afternoon. Sail in the early evening.

Day 2 Saugatuck, Michigan

Arrive this morning 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 3 Charlevoix

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.

Day 4 Mackinac Island, Michigan

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 ginger-bread- rimmed buildings and browse in the charming shops.

Day 5 Cruising Lake Huron and Lake Erie

Enjoy a day at sea as Yorktown navigates from Lake Huron through the St. Clair River into Lake St. Clair and on to the Detroit River. Pass by the glittering city of Detroit with its beautifully renovated International Riverfront with its attractive waterfront parks and the Renaissance Center, home of General Motors world headquarters on your way to Lake Erie.

Day 6 Cleveland, Ohio

Sitting where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie, Cleveland is home to a monumental downtown and a rich cultural legacy. Over nine million people visit this city on the lake, founded on the wealth of steel and oil barons. Cleveland’s industrial foundation is very much in evidence, though downtown’s steel warehouses and tool-and-die factories now house smart restaurants, cafés, and shops, and its many bridges lead to revitalized neighborhoods. Your tour of the city will include the striking I. M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located on the Lake Erie waterfront. Also tour the superb Cleveland Museum of Art, noted for its collection of European paintings, as well as American, Asian, and African Art, and the Cleveland botanical Garden.

Day 7 Port Weller / Niagara Falls

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
you’ll see both the American Falls and Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls.

Day 8 Toronto, Ontario, Canada / Disembark

Disembark in Toronto and transfer to the airport for return flights home.

Yorktown

Per person starting at
Yorktown's Category E Cabin.
E
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two portholes, private shower & toilet. Cabins M11-M17
Yorktown's Category C and D Cabins.
D
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L43-48
Yorktown's Category C and D Cabins.
C
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins P49-P76
Yorktown's Category A and B Cabin.
B
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins M18-M26
Yorktown's Category A and B Cabin.
A
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L29-L42
Yorktown's Category AA Cabins.
AA
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds (converts to queen), two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L27-28, P59-60
Yorktown's Category S Cabin.
S
$0
Superior outside cabins with walk-out balcony, queen bed, private shower & toilet. Cabins S77-S80

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

Please note: Cruise fare does not include fuel surcharges.

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
- 7-night cruise aboard the 138-guest Yorktown
- Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
- All meals aboard ship
- Complete program of tours and excursions
- Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying guest lecturer
- Professional tour staff
- Complete pre-departure materials
- Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival date
- Port and embarkation taxes
- Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers
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