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Miners' Castle in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Great Lakes Grand Discovery

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Yorktown
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Join the Yorktown on a voyage to explore the vast inland seas of the Great Lakes. A legacy left by retreating glaciers, these lakes comprise one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water. Explore the best natural, historical, and cultural treasures of the Great Lakes as you trace a sweeping route between two greatand historic American cities, Buffalo and Duluth.
The Round Island Lighthouse in the  Straits of Mackinac.
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Buffalo, NY / Embark

Arrive in Buffalo and transfer to the pier to embark the Yorktown. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.

Day 2: Buffalo / Niagara Falls, New York

This morning visit Niagara Falls, one of North America’s most spectacular wonders. Enjoy a thrilling Maid of the Mist boat ride beneath the falls. Return to Yorktown for lunch and then take a tour of Buffalo, a city experiencing a vibrant
renaissance. Our tour will showcase Buffalo’s architectural gems and include a visit to the famed Albright-Knox Museum

Day 3: Cruising Lake Erie / Detroit, Michigan

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

Day 4: Detroit, Michigan

In the morning, tour the Henry Ford Museum and enjoy free time in the adjacent Greenfield Village, an indoor/outdoor history museum complex housing a wide array of historical buildings, machinery, exhibits, and Americana. In the afternoon, sail through Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron en route to Alpena.

Day 5: Alpena / Presque Isle, Michigan

Arrive in Thunder Bay to call at the lovely town of Alpena, home to an outstanding maritime museum with displays on Great Lakes maritime history. There is also the opportunity to travel north to the small peninsula of Presque Isle, an untouched place of great beauty with two historic lighthouses. Pristine forests, numerous inland lakes and 72 miles of Lake Huron shoreline on the central flyway make Presque Isle a birder’s paradise.

Day 6: 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 gingerbread trimmed buildings and browse in the charming shops.

Day 7: Manistique, Michigan

Sail into Lake Michigan to call at Manistique, a small town on the bucolic Garden Peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan. Explore this scenic and peaceful area, including the Big Spring, in Palms Book State Park, its crystal clear waters stretching 200 feet across; and Fayette, the center of a large smelting operation in the 19th century, now one of the country’s most evocative industrial ghost towns, protected as a state park site.

Day 8: Sault St Marie, Michigan

Dock at Sault Ste. Marie where you will have a choice of excursions. In Sault Ste. Marie see the Soo Locks from the viewing platform in town and visit a 1917 Great Lakes freighter, now a museum. Alternatively, take a drive outside the city to the Point Iroquois Lighthouse for views of the entire coastline and to see the lighthouse keeper's memorabilia. Walk on the boardwalk to the beach before returning to Sault Ste. Marie and your ship. Leaving port Yorktown transits the Soo Locks, often called the busiest in the world, where roughly 10,000 ships pass annually.

Day 9: Pictured Rocks / Marquette, Michigan

Spend the morning at sea sailing along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a 40-mile stretch of pristine natural wonders along Lake Superior’s southern coast. The colorful sandstone cliffs are of particular interest, having created beautiful arches, caves, and other formations over time. In the afternoon call in Marquette. Explore this picturesque city on Lake Superior, including a visit to the Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse.

Day 10: Houghton / Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

Today Yorktown navigates through the Portage Waterway, the narrow channel that separates Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula from the mainland, to call at quaint Houghton, built on a bluff facing the channel. Keweenaw witnessed the country’s first mineral rush, when vast deposits of copper were discovered in 1840. By the time the rush was over early in the 20th century, copper had generated enormous wealth, estimated to be ten times more than the money generated by the California Gold Rush. The legacy of the copper rush is still evident today in the abandoned mines, deserted settlements nestled in the forest, and the opulent buildings in the region’s towns. Explore this historic region, including a visit to a copper mine.

Day 11: Duluth, Minnesota / Diembark

Following breakfast aboard, disembark Yorktown in Duluth, Minnesota and transfer to the pier to embark the Yorktown.

Photo Gallery

Miners' Castle in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The Round Island Lighthouse in the  Straits of Mackinac. View of the incredible Agawa Canyon. Mackinac Island located in Lake Huron. Enjoy the beauty of Niagara Falls.




Dates & Prices

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Yorktown's Category E Cabin.
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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two portholes, private shower & toilet. Cabins M11-M17
Yorktown's Category C and D Cabins.
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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L43-48
Yorktown's Category C and D Cabins.
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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins P49-P76
Yorktown's Category A and B Cabin.
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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins M18-M26
Yorktown's Category A and B Cabin.
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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L29-L42
Yorktown's Category AA Cabins.
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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.
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Superior outside cabins with walk-out balcony, queen bed, private shower & toilet. Cabins S77-S80


Please note: Cruise fare does not include fuel surcharges.

- 10-night cruise aboard the 130-guest Yorktown
- Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
- All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Complete program of tours and excursions
- Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying guest lecturer
- Professional tour staff
- Complete pre-departure materials
- Gratuities to guides, and drivers

A limited number of cabins are available for solo travelers between categories C-A at $1,295.


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