Arrive in Chicago and board the Yorktown for your Great Lakes cruise. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.
Originally home to the Native American tribes of Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe, Manitowoc's tranquil coastal locale later attracted fur traders who set up poses by the late 1700s. Becoming a center for the region's fishing and sailing ship building industries, Manitowoc earned the nick name Clipper City. Explore the town, including the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, where rich exhibits chronicle the maritime history of the Great Lakes; the Pinecrest Historical Village, an ensemble of more than 20 historic buildings set in beautiful grounds; and the Rahr-West Art Museum, with its collections of 19th and 20th century American and international art. Also enjoy time at leisure to explore the beautiful natural areas that surround Manitowoc.
Sail into Manistique, a small town on the Garden Peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan. Explore Big Spring, located in the scenic Palms Book State Park. The area features crystal clear waters which stretch 200 feet across. Also visit Fayette, the center of a large 19th smelting operation which has now become an evocative industrial ghost town.
Arrive on beautiful Mackinac Island, a Victorian-era haven where cars are forbidden and bicycles share the road with horse-drawn carriages. See the ancient limestone formations which were considered sacred by the Straits Indians, as well as the impressive Fort Mackinac and the landmark Victorian Grand Hotel.
View the Soo Locks from the viewing platform in town and visit a 1917 Great Lakes freighter, which is now a museum. Alternatively, take a full-day tour by train travels inland through the magnificent scenery of the Agawa Canyon.
Spend the day exploring nearby Pukaskwa National Park, known for its boreal forest and its breathtaking views of Lake Superior.
Choose between excursions that will take you exploring the Ouimet Canyon, Eagle Canyon, and the mighty Nipigon River.
Land at Thunder Bay, which was first settled by the French in 1679. Shortly after the American Revolution, the British established a settlement, Fort William, which flourished on the booming fur trade. Visit Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, home to Mute Swan, Pacific Loon, and Bald Eagle among many other species of birds.
Along Minnesota’s untamed Lake Superior coastline, known as the North Shore, are superb wilderness areas that are rated among the finest in the country. The forested coast borders the Sawtooth Mountains, where glacial lakes, rivers, falls, and wildlife abound. From the small town of Grand Marais, explore this beautiful region, which offering options of activities including hiking along scenic trails, kayaking and visiting historic sites, such as the Grand Portage National Monument, a reconstructed 18th century trading center.
In the morning, disembark in Duluth and transfer to the airport for your connecting flights home.