Magical Lake Michigan
At a glance
Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
Coverage: Roundtrip Chicago, IL
Season: July - August
Activities: History, Sightseeing
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The natural splendor of Lake Michigan is undeni- able. The fifth largest lake in the world and the only Great Lake contained entirely within the United States, Lake Michigan is lovingly referred to as America’s Third Coast. Your cruise combines the folklore and charm of heritage destinations like Mackinac Island with a backdrop of gentle waves stretching past the horizon, and bordered by miles of pristine coastline and white sand beaches. Cruising waters that change color with the seasons, from brilliant aquamarine to inky sapphire to icy white; your Blount adventure sets sail through this national treasure, into the welcoming small towns, and bustling cities that line its shores.
Your voyage begins in the vibrant metropolis of Chicago, IL known for its amazing architecture, wind and waters. With the Windy City’s towering skyline behind you, cruise toward serene Holland, MI, a charming Dutch-inspired village. Admire the cobblestone sidewalks and an authentic 275 year-old working windmill. on Victorian-era Mackinac Island, relive a time gone by. An oasis renowned for its artfully and conscientiously- preserved homes, horse-drawn carriages are the only form of transportation. In Wisconsin’s spectacular Door County, visit idyllic Sturgeon Bay, a shipbuilding port where historic lighthouses and luxury yachts create a striking maritime seascape. Discover the rich history, stately archi- tecture, and inviting riverside cafes and brewpubs of Milwaukee, WI.
As you lose yourself in the vastness of this Great Lake, you will find yourself connecting with locals and fellow passengers alike across history, time and friendships.
- Day 1 - Chicago, IL
Your voyage begins in the vibrant metropolis of Chicago, IL known for its amazing architecture, wind and waters.
- Day 2 - Holland, MI
Founded in 1847, Holland is a quaint dutch-inspired village. A complimentary shuttle service from the vessel will take you downtown to explore, with options to visit the New Holland Brewing Company and Windmill Island, home to the only authentic working Dutch windmill in the United States. Or, you may join an optional bus ride to Grand Rapids, MI and enjoy a docent led tour of the President Gerald Ford Museum.
- Day 3 - Beaver Island, MI
The largest island on Lake Michigan, Beaver Island boasts a rich history of Native American, French, and Irish cultures, and was the epicenter of the region’s freshwater fishing industry in the 19th century. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation, or explore the island’s scenic beaches, majestic state forest, the well-loved island Toy Museum or Old Mormon print shop.
- Day 4 - Mackinac Island, MI
Lovely Mackinac Island embodies the grace of the Victorian era with beautifully preserved historic homes and horse-drawn carriages – its only form of transportation! An optional carriage tour of the island includes entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Surrey Hill Square Carriage Museum. A second excursion invites you to the historic Grand Hotel for a traditional Afternoon Tea.
- Day 5 - Sturgeon Bay, WI
In Wisconsin’s Door County, visit idyllic Sturgeon Bay, a shipbuilding port where historic lighthouses and yachts create a striking seascape. An optional morning tour of this coastal community begins with a local wine tasting, and continues to the Door County Maritime Museum, where you can board a 1930s tugboat or a steamship from 1907. This afternoon sail toward riverside Manitowoc, WI.
- Day 6 - Milwaukee, WI
A leisurely morning sail brings you to Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city. Join an optional narrated bus tour and see the city's meticulously preserved historical buildings and famous city landmarks. Tour the Milwaukee Art Museum, concluding the day with a delightful cheese and beer tasting. Or, spend your day at the Harley Davidson Museum, celebrating the more than 100 year history of Harley Davidson motorcycles.
- Day 7 - Chicago, IL
A morning cruise on majestic Lake Michigan carries you back to bustling Chicago, IL. After lunch, get to know this iconic American city during an optional Grand Tour beginning in the South Side, home to the Chicago White Sox. Discover the beauty of the North Side and the Magnificent Mile, a world-renowned shopping district. Tonight, celebrate the conclusion of your adventure with a farewell dinner.
- Day 8 - Chicago, IL
Disembark this morning at Chicago’s Navy Pier.
Dates & Rates
|Aug 7, 2017||Grand Mariner||$1,999||$3,199||$3,499||$3,699|
|Aug 16, 2017||Grand Mariner||$1,999||$3,199||$3,499||$3,699|
|Aug 25, 2017||Grand Mariner||$1,999||$3,199||$3,499||$3,699|
All itineraries including ports, activities, and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions. Port Charges: $165.
Commissioned and built by Blount Boats in 1998, the Grande Mariner makes her way up to Montreal, just in time for fall foliage season. She was refurbished in 2010, with totally new cabin configurations including new décor, new washrooms, new furniture in the staterooms, and a renovated lounge, including a state-of-the-art audio-visual system, new décor, and brand new furniture. So if you want to take in a few rays on the sun deck, relax and enjoy the vista-view lounge, or just have a few quiet moments in your cabin as the sea drifts past your open picture window, the Grande Mariner is ready. View ship details...