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French Canada and Great Lakes

French Canada and Great Lakes

At a glance

Duration: 10 days

Coverage: Detroit, MI to Montréal, Québec

From: $3,100

Season: July - August, October

Activities: History, Sightseeing

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Victory Cruise Line

Enjoy The Best Of The Borderlands Between Canada And The USA.

Enjoy the best of the borderlands between Canada and the USA. Survey two of the most European cities in North America, the French Canadian ports of Montreal and Quebec, then the Ontario metropolis of Toronto. We’ll transit the Welland Canal, and take in the majesty of Niagara Falls, and take in the blossoming renaissance of Cleveland and Detroit.

Witness the splendor of the French-Canadian countryside as we sail through the St. Lawrence Seaway, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Enjoy an idyllic drive into the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains to see the towering Montmorency Falls cascading down a 272-foot cliff. Navigate the 1,000 Islands corridor and tour Kingston’s preserved gothic cathedrals, historic monuments and the fascinating Penitentiary Museum. From a thrilling visit to spectacular Niagara Falls to a tour of Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum, each day of this itinerary is filled with magic.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Embark in Montreal, Quebec

Upon your arrival to Victory II settle into your outside stateroom before joining your fellow guests for a Welcome Reception followed by dinner with free flowing house wines and cocktails.

Day 2: Montreal, Quebec

This morning, we will depart the ship for a halfday city tour of Montreal including many of the city’s top attractions and historical sites which includes a visit to the Notre Dame Basilica with its wonderful stained-glass windows along a focal point of Montreal’s history since the 19th century and earlier. Then, a drive-through of the downtown business district and up to the top of Mont Royal for a commanding view of the city and The St. Lawrence River. We also visit one of the world’s largest and most important Botanical Gardens in downtown Montreal.

Guests are encouraged to explore Montreal on their own during your time at leisure in the afternoon. For your convenience, we will provide a shuttle between the ship and the eastern side of Old Montreal at the Marché Bonsecours.

Day 3: Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec City is the only walled community in North America and is deeply engaged in preserving its history and its unique place in Canada. In the morning, our coaches depart for the Plains of Abraham at the point where the battle between the invading English forces and the defenders took place as they stormed the upper city and captured the town. Then onward to pretty Place Royale in the lower-town, which in 1759 was bombarded from across the river, as fire ships were dispatched towards the port. We then drive out of Quebec City to see the historical and majestic Montmorency Falls including a cable car ride to the top where you will have magnificent views across to the Ile d’Orléans.

Day 4: Quebec City, Quebec

This morning guests are encouraged to stroll on their own out of the port, which is located close to Old Quebec and visit the Petit Champlain and take the funicular railway to the Château Frontenac to stroll the magnificent Dufferin Terrace. Or, guests may choose to explore Old Quebec on their own. For your convenience, a shuttle will be available between the ship and the lower town of Old Quebec.

Day 5: Scenic Sailing of The Gulf of St. Lawrence

Serving as a partial boundary between the U.S. and Canada, The St. Lawrence River is an important route for trade and travel. The waterway is fed by the world’s largest source of freshwater – The Great Lakes, beginning at the outflow of Lake Ontario near Kingston and flowing northeast to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean. The river spans 744 miles and widens significantly near Quebec City to become the St. Lawrence estuary.

Day 6: Kingston, Ontario

Kingston, a former capital of Upper Canada and a center of culture and highereducation, is now a modern small city along the shore of Lake Ontario at the start of the St. Lawrence River. From the pier, your private tour will include an historical overview of the city. See Bellevue House, traditional Georgian architecture built in the 1840’s by a successful grocer and later home to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A MacDonald. See the campus of Queen’s University, one of Canada’s foremost universities, founded in 1841 by the Church of Scotland and by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. With more than 23,000 students, the university is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate, and professional faculties and schools. It was also the first university west of the Maritime provinces to allow women to study. Drive past St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral built in the Gothic style in 1826, with limestone quarried on the spot. It features rib-like buttresses along the east and west outer walls. See St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, built in 1825 and elevated to cathedral status in 1862, this cathedral is used by cadets and other members of the Royal Military College for worship and other special occasions. You may also choose to visit the Penitentiary Museum, dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the fascinating history of Canada’s federal penitentiary system. The visit provides a unique window into Canada’s history.

Day 7: Toronto/Welland Canal

Upon our arrival in Toronto, guests will disembark the M/V Victory II on a halfday city tour which includes the Theatre District, the downtown business district, and the Distillery District. Prominently situated facing the sparkling waters of Lake Ontario, this vibrant, multi-cultural, and entertaining city is Canada’s largest. Originally settled by the indigenous First Nations people, the British later settled here in 1793, naming it York. During the War of 1812, York suffered great damage from the US. The town was later called Toronto in 1834 and is now the capital of the province of Ontario.

Our walking tour of Toronto will include the historic St. Lawrence Market and across the road to the newly famous ‘dog-statue’ in Berczy Park. Stroll by the former Gooderham & Worts distillery. After lunch on the M/V Victory II, guests will have the option of taking a guided tour of either The Art Gallery of Ontario or The Royal Ontario Museum. Or, guests may choose to explore Toronto on their own. For your convenience, a shuttle will be available to and from the ship.

Day 8: Port Colborne/Niagara Falls

After a leisurely morning on board, we’ll disembark the ship at Port Colbourne on the southern end of the Welland Canal. The original Welland Canal was opened in 1829 and was extended to reach Lake Erie in 1833. The current canal was completed in 1932 and boasts eight locks. At Niagara Falls, we’ll embark on the famous Hornblower “Voyage of the Falls” for a cruise into the misty spray of Horseshoe Falls. Back on shore, we’ll drive along the scenic Niagara Parkway, through the Niagara Wine Region, home to 25 vineyards and over 50 wineries to the charming Château des Charmes for lunch and wine-tasting. After lunch, we'll continue to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake to peruse the shops and galleries before rejoing the ship at Port Weller.

Day 9: Cleveland, Ohio

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland represents the heartland of American life and history. Industrial landmarks from its days as a lakeside manufacturing town still stands in testament to Cleveland’s roots. But the city of today is also filled with beautiful urban spaces and is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here in a striking structure designed by I. M. Pei, you’ll discover more than just a museum of rock and roll memorabilia. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the evolution of the musical genre that shaped a generation and track its cultural impact. Among the exhibits are Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche and Michael Jackson’s famous glove. You’ll also explore the wonderful West Side Market, set in a 1912 landmark and home to more than 100 vendors.

Day 10: Disembark in Detroit, Michigan

Sailing from Lake Huron to Lake Erie, we will call on Detroit, Michigan signaling the end of our journey. After breakfast, you’ll disembark the M/V Victory II and make your way to the airport for your flight home.

French Canada and Great Lakes itinerary map

Dates & Rates

Dates Direction E D C B A AA Owner's Suite
Jul 27, 2018 Detroit, MI to Montréal, Québec $3,100 $3,450 $3,749 $3,949 $4,049 $4,249 $4,999
Jun 6, 2019 Montréal, Québec to Detroit, MI $5,389 $6,609 $7,229 $7,639 $7,849 $8,259 $9,499
Jul 12, 2019 Detroit, MI to Montréal, Québec $5,389 $6,609 $7,229 $7,639 $7,849 $8,259 $9,499
Jul 21, 2019 Montréal, Québec to Detroit, MI $5,389 $6,609 $7,229 $7,639 $7,849 $8,259 $9,499
Jul 30, 2019 Detroit, MI to Montréal, Québec $5,389 $6,609 $7,229 $7,639 $7,849 $8,259 $9,499
Aug 26, 2019 Montréal, Québec to Detroit, MI $5,389 $6,609 $7,229 $7,639 $7,849 $8,259 $9,499
Oct 1, 2019 Detroit, MI to Montréal, Québec $5,389 $6,609 $7,229 $7,639 $7,849 $8,259 $9,499
Oct 10, 2019 Montréal, Québec to Detroit, MI $5,389 $6,609 $7,229 $7,639 $7,849 $8,259 $9,499

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Not Included: Air & Transfer costs. 2018 Port Charges of $399pp and $15pp per day onboard gratuities. 2019 Port Charges of $429pp and $15.50pp per day onboard gratuities. Standard terms and conditions apply.


Victory II

Victory IIThe intimate 202-passenger M/V Victory II is a small and agile coastal cruising ship that can easily navigate canals, locks and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. The M/V Victory II will take you on these journeys in style and grace, while you enjoy exquisite culinary delights, like regionally inspired dishes, created especially for you by our acclaimed chef, free-flowing non-premium wine and beer and an open bar with house spirits to enjoy throughout your cruise. View ship details...