Board the M/V Victory II 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 incredible rich history of the eastern Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
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
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.
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.
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.
Azure skies watch waves absorb the sun as we set sail. Scenic sailing in the Thousand Islands invites cruisers to explore hidden coves and tiny island chains from the comfort of our discovery-designed vessels.
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.
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Toronto Included Tour
Visit the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario. Toronto's ideal location has allowed it to become an international trading epicenter, and houses many of Canada's financial and commercial businesses. Toronto is a melting pot of different cultures, which can be found on every corner of the lively streets downtown. This booming metropolis is known for the iconic skyline featuring the CN Tower and its exciting urban theaters, galleries and museums.
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.
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.
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Cleveland Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Majestically situated on the south shore of Lake Erie, just between the Welland Canal and Detroit, Cleveland offers visitors much to behold. Cleveland has often been underrated due to its colder climate and dissipated industry. However, the city is resilient just like its citizens and is filled with its own beauty, culture and charm that you will not find anywhere else.
There’s no better place than the Motor City to choose an optional premium experience to explore the captivating history of the automotive industry – and so much more – at The Henry Ford. Be astounded by the museum’s vast and varied artifacts of American heritage. The extraordinary exhibits chronicle the lifespan of a nation. All guests may choose the included excursion to the Detroit Institute of Arts and its 100-plus galleries, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the West Canfield Historic District and other city highlights.
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Detroit Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Detroit was once the automotive capital of the world, and today, the city is approaching the vibrancy of its past. Brim with renewed energy, Detroit is made up of unique cultural communities and architectural wonders. Discover the largest city in Michigan, one that without a doubt helped build America.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.