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Montreal, QC to Detroit, MI

Montreal - Detroit - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Navigator
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Board the Ocean Navigator to join this 11-day expedition cruise along the Saint Lawrence River and the eastern Great Lakes. Sail between Montreal, Quebec, and Detroit, Michigan, cruising to explore beautiful islands, wander through historic port cities, and discover the culture, history, and natural beauty of the eastern Great Lakes region. Immerse yourself in the French-influenced culture of Quebec City; explore energetic, artistic Toronto, Ontario; marvel at the thundering Niagara Falls, where Lake Erie drains into Lake Ontario; and discover hidden treasures in historic, up-and-coming Detroit. On this unforgettable cruise, you'll get a taste of the variety of cultures and incredibly rich history of the eastern Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
Explore beautiful and historic MontrealExplore beautiful MontrealQuebec City historical sitesSee the mighty Niagara FallsVisit Cleveland, OhioExplore the historic city of DetroitExplore TorontoStroll by the river running through Quebec City
Highlights
  • Experience the history and culture of Montreal
  • Discover the old-world charm of Quebec
  • Explore the uniqueness and beauty of Toronto
  • Visit Detroit, Michigan, once the automotive capital of the world
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Hotel Stay in Montreal, Quebec

Enjoy a complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening allows time to become acquainted with the city. For your convenience, our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about the upcoming voyage to reservation of premium experiences. Representatives will be available to provide suggestions for dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

In considering metropolitan sophistication, Montreal comes immediately to mind. As a geography is as diverse as its population. More than 120 cultural communities make up the multilingual population center. A city tour showcases some of the city’s true delights – attractions that are urban wonders, yet steeped in history. For the remainder of the day, guests roam the city at their leisure, free to explore museums, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and more. Every traveler is sure to find something to love in this sensational destination. 

Day 2: Montreal, Quebec | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
The St. Lawrence Seaway abuts land where old Europe meets contemporary design – in Montreal. Feel the pulse of this diverse and vibrant city on an optional pre-cruise premium experience. On a half-day driving tour, survey the splendor of the view from the Mount Royal Overlook, then slip beneath the metropolitan surface to explore Underground City and its dazzling array of shops, art venues, theaters and cafés. The medieval ambiance of the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica enchants all. Throughout the city, ornate edifices and alluring locations hint at Montreal’s wealth of cultural treasures. 

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS: Montreal Included Tour
Mont Royal Overlook  
Travel up Mont Royal, to the most spectacular vantage point of Montreal. From here, enjoy a breathtaking view of Montreal and the St. Lawrence River.     

Montreal Underground  
As you travel the city streets of Montreal, you would never guess that beneath the city's surface lies an incredible underground pedestrian network and shopping mall. The Underground is Montreal's answer to the cold winter winds but also provides convenient walkways for pedestrians and amazing shopping opportunities year-round.
    
Notre Dame Basilica  
View the wonderful stained-glass windows at the Notre Dame Basilica, one of Montreal's most iconic historical buildings. This cathedral of Montreal is the first church of the Gothic Revival style in Canada. Its historical and artistic heritage makes it a significant symbol of Quebec.
 

Day 3: Montreal, Quebec

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In considering metropolitan sophistication, Montreal comes immediately to mind. As geography is as diverse as its population. More than 120 cultural communities make up the multilingual population center. A city tour showcases some of the city’s true delights – attractions that are urban wonders, yet steeped in history. For the remainder of the day, guests roam the city at their leisure, free to explore museums, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and more. Every traveler is sure to find something to love in this sensational destination. 

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS: Montreal Included Tour
Mont Royal Overlook  
Travel up Mont Royal, to the most spectacular vantage point of Montreal. From here, enjoy a breathtaking view of Montreal and the St. Lawrence River.     

Montreal Underground  
As you travel the city streets of Montreal, you would never guess that beneath the city's surface lies an incredible underground pedestrian network and shopping mall. The Underground is Montreal's answer to the cold winter winds but also provides convenient walkways for pedestrians and amazing shopping opportunities year-round.
    
Notre Dame Basilica  
View the wonderful stained-glass windows at the Notre Dame Basilica, one of Montreal's most iconic historical buildings. This cathedral of Montreal is the first church of the Gothic Revival style in Canada. Its historical and artistic heritage makes it a significant symbol of Quebec.
 

Day 4-5: Québec City, QC

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The old-world charm of this ramparted enclave beckons visitors from around the globe. She is a French fille at heart – a glittering jewel brightening the banks of the St. Lawrence River. From a raised mound of earth, Château Frontenac towers toward the heavens over Upper Town, evoking the grandeur of a country estate. Traces of the city’s English heritage bloom in the mixed borders of the living artwork within Joan of Arc Garden. Just moments in the sleek gentility of this marvelous destination, and you’ll feel as if you were whisked across the Atlantic for a whirlwind European getaway. 

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS: Quebec City Included Tour
The capital city of Canada’s Quebec province is deeply engaged in its history and its unique place in Canadian culture. Most of the city’s population is French speaking. This coupled with its unique architectural styles radiate an air of European atmosphere in North America. During your visit, you will explore the beauty of the city in the vibrant landscape of Joan of Arc Gardens. For a glimpse into Quebec City’s rich history, visit the Plains of Abraham where the British and French battled for control of the region and see the stunning architecture of Notre-Dame-des-Victories Church. 

Joan of Arc Gardens 
Explore this vibrant garden featuring a mixture of French and English flowers. As you walk through the lush landscape, appreciate the diverse flowerbeds where over 150 species of flora bloom and encompass the garden’s centerpiece, a statue of Joan of Arc.  

Plains of Abraham 
This historic site was the location of the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham which took place between the British and French. It was after this battle that the British took control of Quebec, and after the war, were granted control of Canada. 

Notre-Dame-des-Victories Church 
Built in 1723, this small stone church is one of the oldest in North America. The church is classified as a historic monument. After its destruction during the Siege of Quebec, the church was reconstructed and today remains a significant landmark and place of worship in Quebec City. 

Day 6: Cornwall (St. Lawrence)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Revel in the fetch of the gentle waves and another unhurried day of exploring the decks, taking in the view from different perspectives and sharing time with friends. 

Day 7: Gananoque,ON

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gananoque, in the heart of the thousand Islands, is recognized as one of Eastern Ontario's most stunning waterfront communities. Enjoy breathtaking views from all angles and discover the warmth and hospitality of the people that call this place home. Whether you are artsy with a twist of outdoorsy or a bucket list traveler in need of a dash of adrenaline, there is never a shortage of things to do, places to visit, and memories to make.

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS: Gananoque Included
Embark on a tranquil journey through the 1000 Islands. This intimate cruise will bring you closer than any other to the beautiful group of over 1,800 islands on the St. Lawrence River. As you travel the narrow channels of the Admiralty and Navy islands, see sights that radiate the rich history of the region, from its legends of pirates, titans of industry, and the extravagant cottages of today. 

Day 8: Toronto, ON

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ever-expanding Toronto is a gift to the senses. It’s become a canvas for the many artisans who’ve made it home and taken every opportunity to captivate uniqueness and beauty throughout its core. A quirky amalgam of culture flows freely through every inch of adventure throughout the metropolis. From freshness in farmers’ markers to boldness of cityscape, each visitor will certainly fall in love with a little piece of this smashing destination. 

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS: Toronto Included Tour
CN Tower:  
Enjoy a photo opportunity with this marvel in engineering that stands at 1,815 feet tall. The tower is not only the focal point of the Toronto city skyline but is also one of Canada’s most recognizable landmarks.

Berczy Park Dog Fountain:  
This small park in downtown Toronto is home to a majestic fountain that pays homage to none other than man’s best friend. The cheerful design features multiple breeds of our four-legged friends who all have their eyes on the prize—a bone situated at the top of the fountain!

Distillery District:  
The former Gooderham & Worts Distillery District was a derelict collection of 47 Victorian industrial buildings until 2003 when it had been restored. Today, the district houses an array of art studios, cafes, and micro-breweries."

Day 9: Niagara Falls (Port Colborne), ON

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your day in breathtaking Niagara Falls, which attracts millions of visitors each year. An optional pre-cruise premium experience takes you to the heart of its splendor for a Hornblower catamaran ride into the mist. Afterward, take lunch for a spin in the rotating Skylon Tower, followed by a tasting at local winery and shopping at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Deluxe motorcoaches will transport guests a short distance to the ship in Port Colborne. 

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS: Niagara Falls Included Tour
Hornblower Boat Ride:  Put on your provided poncho and hop aboard the famous Hornblower catamaran! This exhilarating experience will bring you closer to the falls than you ever imagined. Stand on the upper deck or around the outside of the lower deck of the vessel to feel the spray of the falls as we make our approach. Those who wish to stay dry can still see the natural beauty of the falls on the lower level of the boat behind safety glass!
 

Day 10: Cleveland, OH

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step off the ship onto what some call America’s “North Coast” and discover why Clevelanders are so fiercely proud of their home. The reinvented city reverberates with vitality and a cool new atmosphere. Expand your mind at the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art, with over 45,000 works to explore. You can also feel the backbeat at the museum devoted to one of America’s finest gifts to the world – the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. An optional premium experience to Geauga County offers a glimpse into a simpler way of life with a visit to an Amish home for a traditional wedding feast. 

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS: Cleveland Included Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
The Cleveland Museum of Art   
Comparable to the art museums of Europe, this multi-gallery museum presents both past and present-day art inside a historic building from 1916. Discover dynamic collections from all over the world at this cultural and intellectual focal point.   

Cleveland History Center 
This center truly has something for everyone. Explore a collection of automobiles, wander through a millionaire's mansion, or take a ride on a restored carousel.  
 
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  
Learn the history behind rock legends as you make your way up the pyramid of rock and roll history. With seven floors of exhibits, explore this complex and learn about the world's greatest musicians and how they made musical history.    

The Arcade  
Hop off in downtown across from the famous 4th Street to don some Cleveland apparel or do some shopping at the historic Arcade shopping center.     

Old Stone Church  
Located in the heart of downtown, this historic landmark overlooks the plot founded by Moses Cleveland. Discover the beauty of the oldest building on Cleveland's Public Square. Also nearby is the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, which commemorates the American Civil War.

Day 11: Detroit, MI | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
As your American Queen Voyages journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town -- whether it's an optional premier post-cruise experience or a quick transfer to the airport for your final trip home -- your AQV team can pre-arrange everything for you.

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  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Beverages
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • One Night Pre-Cruise Hotel
  • Open Bars and Lounges
  • All-Day In-Room Dining
  • Bicycles & Hiking Sticks equipment if needed
  • Live, Daily Onboard Entertainment & Enrichment
  • Unlimited Included Expedition Adventures by Zodiac or Kayak (For Expedition Cruises Only)
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • Port Fees
  • Optional Premium Shore Excursions - highly recommend booking these in advance. If interested, ask us for a detailed list of premium excursions for your cruise as these vary depending on your departure date.
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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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