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Great Lakes - Masterpieces of Nature

Milwaukee to Toronto - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Hanseatic Inspiration
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Embark on a 14- day cruise encompassing all five lakes, through vast shores and wild forests. Witness the locks in action as the Hanseatic Inspiration navigates through with flying colors. Experience the spirit of discovery and great freedom within the wildly romantic nature of North America. Explore a rich cultural tapestry—from the indigenous people, the First Nations, to the settlers, and the modern-day architecture that narrates stories. Encounter contrasts ranging from Victorian villas to skyscrapers.
A view of the Toronto skyline from Lake Ontario, Canada.Sleeping Giant - Thunder Bay, Ontario, CanadaViews on Mackinac IslandMilwaukee SkylineExplore the rocky shores and clear waters of Lake Superior
Highlights
  • Explore North Americas great five lakes – an adventure of vast shores and wild forests
  • Experience the locks on board as it passes through with flying colors
  • Feel the spirit of discovery and freedom amidst the wildly romantic nature of North America
  • Explore culture from the indigenous people, the First Nations, to the settlers and the modern day
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Milwaukee | Lake Michigan | Embark

Welcome to Milwaukee!

Overnight on board and enjoy the luxuries of the Hanseatic. 

Day 2: Milwaukee | Lake Michigan, USA

Amid the masterfully painted lake landscapes of North America, the HANSEATIC inspiration seamlessly integrates lush nature, vivid settler stories, and exciting lock experiences. The Great Lakes, like an eighth ocean, span between the USA and Canada, surrounded by magnificent nature, welcoming coastal towns, and living cultural history. This cruise amalgamates all five lakes into one magnificent experience, commencing on Lake Michigan. Milwaukee, once a brewing hub, now boasts a vibrant cultural scene. At the Harley-Davidson Museum*, discover the origin of this iconic vehicle that has become an integral part of the American way of life and gained worldwide fame. Alternatively, explore the architectural marvel of Chicago* on the shores of Lake Michigan, either with our optional pre-cruise program or as a day excursion from Milwaukee.

*The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are discussed in the planning stage. Subject to change.

Day 3: Fayette

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fayette drove industrialization with one of the region's most productive iron smelters at the time. Journey back in time to discover what it was like to work at the blast furnaces and live in the historic wooden buildings.

Day 4: Mackinac Island | Lake Huron

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Back on board, head for a true gem in Lake Huron: Mackinac Island. Explore the car-free island at your own pace by bicycle, horse-drawn carriage, or on foot before delving into the fascinating history of the American Revolutionary War at Fort Mackinac.

Day 5: Cruising on Lake Superior

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise on Lake Superior, absorbing the serene views and acquiring insights.

Day 6: Duluth | Lake Superior

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Soo Locks near Sault Sainte Marie separate the USA and Canada, opening a gateway for your exploration of the destinations of Lake Superior. On the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake, the American city of Duluth awaits. A city tour* provides insights into a living picture book of times gone by, and the fascinating details of the history of European immigrants come to life at the old rail depot. Revel in the scenery at Gooseberry Falls and the Split Rock Lighthouse* – as water cascades down the stony steps of the Gooseberry River, the lighthouse built in 1910 keeps watch from the cliff.

*The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are discussed in the planning stage. Subject to change.

Day 7: Thunder Bay | Lake Superior |Canada

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Carry the impressions in your mind as you arrive at the enchanting coastal landscapes of Canadian Thunder Bay. Embark on a hiking adventure in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, climbing the local landmark composed of a flat-topped mountain ridge with dramatic granite cliffs. Observe the elemental force of water in action at the "Niagara Falls of the north" while visiting historic Fort William and Kakabeka Falls, where water plunges nearly 40 meters (131 feet) into the Kaministiquia River—an amazing natural spectacle.

Day 8: Cruising on Lake Superior and Lake Huron

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise on Lake Superior, taking in the relaxing views or gaining insights into First Nations history from your on-board experts. Continue by passing through the Soo Locks near Sault Sainte Marie.

Day 9: Killarney | Lake Huron

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the Irish roots of the small coastal municipality of Killarney reflected in its name. Access the "emerald isle" of George Island via ferry, where its colorful side shines in autumn. Uncover the uninhabited island as just one of the many outdoor activities available for your enjoyment here.

Day 10: Parry Sound

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Experience the irresistible sense of freedom that adds charm to the Parry Sound area. Capture the beauty through a boat trip among the Thirty Thousand Islands.

Day 11: Tobermory

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Find the fishing village of Tobermory in a small bay on Lake Huron. Experience the tranquil idyll that envelops it as you pass the time in the shops around the picturesque harbor.

Day 12: Windsor | Detroit River

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Embark on a hike through the forests, making your way to the rocky coastline on the Bruce Trail. In Windsor, the small city with an overshadowed industrial history, the Motor City on the American side of the Detroit River steals the spotlight. Detroit's skyline unfolds exciting insights into the rise, fall, and reinvention of the legendary car-making city. Trace Henry Ford's footsteps at the museum bearing his name, witnessing masterpieces of the road and rails from days gone by. Alternatively, explore the city's many faces and history firsthand on an active and sustainable bicycle tour of Detroit, passing Belle Isle Park and visiting Eastern Market.

Day 13: Cruising on Lake Erie

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise across Lake Erie, concluding your journey as you navigate through the Welland Canal. Maneuver through eight locks, pass approximately 20 bridges, and experience a change in height of 100 meters (328 feet). Your memories of the Great Lakes will mirror the untamed magic you've encountered.

Day 14: Toronto | Lake Ontario | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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Hanseatic Inspiration

Hanseatic Inspiration (Hapag-Lloyd)

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Category 1: Outside
Heated bathroom walls, a refreshing rain shower, a complimentary mini-bar with soft drinks, a convenient coffee machine, separable beds, extensive infotainment, binoculars, Nordic Walking poles, 24-hour cabin service. Dimension: 22/237 ft²
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Category 2: Panoramic
Heated bathroom walls, a refreshing rain shower, a complimentary mini-bar with soft drinks, a convenient coffee machine, separable beds, extensive infotainment, binoculars, Nordic Walking poles, 24-hour cabin service. Dimension: 21/226 ft²
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Category 3: French Balcony
Heated bathroom walls, a refreshing rain shower, complimentary mini-bar with soft drinks, a convenient coffee machine, separable beds, extensive infotainment, binoculars, Nordic Walking poles, 24-hour cabin service Dimension: 21/23m²
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Category 4: Balcony
Modern and luxurious rooms with heated bathroom walls, a refreshing rain shower, a complimentary mini-bar with soft drinks, a convenient coffee machine, separable beds, extensive infotainment, binoculars, Nordic Walking poles, 24-hour cabin service, and a fully accessible layout in cabin and equipment Dimension: 27 m²/291 ft², including private balcony (5 m²/54 ft²)
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Category 5: French Balcony
Heated bathroom walls, a refreshing rain shower, complimentary mini bar with soft drinks, a convenient coffee machine, separable beds, extensive infotainment, binoculars, Nordic Walking poles, 24-hour cabin service Dimension: 21/23m²
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Category 6: Balcony
Modern and luxurious rooms with heated bathroom walls, a refreshing rain shower, a complimentary mini-bar with soft drinks, a convenient coffee machine, separable beds, extensive infotainment, binoculars, Nordic Walking poles, 24-hour cabin service, and a fully accessible layout in cabin and equipment Dimension: 27 m²/291 ft², including private balcony (5 m²/54 ft²)
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Category 7: Balcony
Modern and luxurious rooms with heated bathroom walls, a refreshing rain shower, a complimentary mini-bar with soft drinks, a convenient coffee machine, separable beds, extensive infotainment, binoculars, Nordic Walking poles, 24-hour cabin service, and a fully accessible layout in cabin and equipment Dimension: 27 m²/291 ft², including private balcony (5 m²/54 ft²)
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Category 8: Balcony
Modern and luxurious rooms with heated bathroom walls, a refreshing rain shower, a complimentary mini-bar with soft drinks, a convenient coffee machine, separable beds, extensive infotainment, binoculars, Nordic Walking poles, 24-hour cabin service, and a fully accessible layout in cabin and equipment Dimension: 27 m²/291 ft², including private balcony (5 m²/54 ft²)
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Category 9: Junior Suite
The cabin boasts a separate living/sleeping area, a distinct dining area, panoramic views from the sleeping space, separable beds, TVs in both living and sleeping areas, a bathroom with two sinks and a rain shower, a separate toilet, a steam sauna in the shower area, a heated wall for towels, a free mini bar, a coffee machine, extensive infotainment, binoculars, Nordic walking poles, 24-hour cabin service, and the convenience of a table reservation in the main restaurant along with personalized butler service. Dimension: 42 m²/452 ft², including private balcony (6 m²/65 ft²)
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Category 10: Grand Suite
The cabin features a separate living/sleeping area, dining space, panoramic sleeping views, separable beds, dual TVs, a veranda with space heaters, a daylight bathroom with two sinks, free-standing bath, rain shower, and veranda access, along with amenities like a steam sauna, heated bathroom wall, separate toilet, free mini bar, coffee machine, extensive infotainment, binoculars, Nordic walking poles, 24-hour cabin service, butler service, and the convenience of a table reservation in the main restaurant, plus the freedom to choose a Zodiac group for your excursions. Dimensions: 71 m²/ 764 ft², including private veranda (16 m²/ 172 ft²)
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Onboard gratuities
  • International gourmet cuisine – full board
  • All landings and rides in the ship’s own Zodiacs (Use of the Zodiacs depends on the destination and on official permits)
  • Experienced experts from various disciplines accompany every cruise
  • Use of the interactive Ocean Academy with individual knowledge formats
  • Extensive sports program: fitness area with ocean view, course program, additional sports activities onshore depending on the destination
  • Equipment for loan: one pair of binoculars and two sets of Nordic Walking poles in the cabin itself, furthermore warm parkas, rubber boots, snorkeling equipment
  • OCEAN SPA with Finnish sauna with an ocean view, steam sauna, indoor and outdoor relaxation area
  • Welcome champagne, mini bar restocked daily with a selection of soft drinks coffee machine, 24-hour cabin service
  • Internet free of charge for one hour per guest and day; service depends on satellite positioning, especially in polar regions)
  • Comprehensive pre-cruise information
  • Harbour and airport fees
  • Cancellation fee insurance
  • German- and English-speaking ship and expedition management as well as mostly German- and English-speaking service crew
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Additional selection of spirits in the Junior and Grand Suites
  • Spa treatments and Hairdresser
  • Personal training for sports program
  • The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are discussed in the planning stage. Subject to change.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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