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Lake Superior, Northern Great Lakes & The Georgian Bay Archipelagos

Lake Superior, Northern Great Lakes & The Georgian Bay Archipelagos

At a glance

Duration: 10 days

Coverage: Between Thunder Bay, Ontario & Detroit MI

From: $6,389

Season: August

Activities: History, Sightseeing

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Victory Cruise Line

A wonderful survey of the beautiful coastlines of Lake Superior and Lake Huron from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Detroit, Michigan. Price includes airfare from Toronto to Thunder Bay.

Georgian Bay, tucked into Ontario's Lake Huron, is a bit of a misnomer. At 5,792 square miles it's not that much smaller than Lake Ontario (7,320 square miles), earning it the nickname “the sixth Great Lake.” With more than 1,240 miles of grayish-pink granite shoreline, it is part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve and a summer freshwater playground for boaters, anglers, and kayakers.

Victory Cruise Lines – Great Lakes Cruises is your first choice for immersive and all-inclusive coastal cruising. Their shore excursions are led by knowledgeable local guides and provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history and fascinating cultures of the Great Lakes. Their remarkable itineraries include time to explore lovely towns in the Great Lakes area where you can enjoy shopping, stroll along the docks, or relax in waterfront parks. They go all out to give you the opportunity to see and experience the Great Lakes, at a pace that suits your needs and tastes.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Detroit, MI

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

Day 2 - At Sea

We spend a wonderful day at sea.

Day 3 - Little Current, Manitoulin Islands

This morning, we'll cruise though the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay, sometimes called the sixth Great Lake. Our destination is Manitoulin Island, the world's largest freshwater island and home of the Ojibwa people, part of the First Nation of Anishinaabe. Also known by the anglicized name Chippewa, the Ojibwe are the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America. They speak the Anishinaabe language and live mostly in the Great Lakes region of Canada. They are known for their birch bark canoes, their cultivation of wild rice, the creation of dreamcatchers, and their historic use of pictographic birch bark scrolls.

Day 4 - Sault Saint Marie

The two Sault Ste Maries (the "two Soos") are located on opposite shores of the St. Mary's River, whose rapids connect Lake Superior with Lake Huron. Both Soos are named after the French for "St. Mary's rapids" (sault de Sainte Marie). The area functioned as a fishery, whose produce provided a major food source for the vast North American fur trade. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario boasts the oldest stone house west of Toronto, built by Charles Ermatinger in 1814; while Sault Ste Marie, Michigan houses the Operational Facility for the Soo Locks.

Day 5 - Mackinac Island, Lake Michigan

We'll awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. With no cars allowed on the island, your horse-drawn carriage tour is a great way to experience the Victorian ambiance of this National Historic Landmark. Learn about the island's history and see turn of the century summer homes built by early captains of American industry. High atop a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, your tour of Fort Mackinac delves into its strategic importance during the War of 1812. Next, take in the views from the Grand Hotel's verandah, the longest in the world, and enjoy the hotel's famous Grand Luncheon Buffet. Back in town, you'll have time to browse galleries and boutiques. Before sailing this evening, the Grand hotel's resident historian Bob Tagatz will come aboard for a colorful talk on the history of Mackinac Island and its world-famous hotel.

Day 6 - Soo Locks / Scenic Sailing of Lake Superior

Located at the mouth of the St. Mary's river, the twin "Soo's" of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan were originally established as one settlement by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century, and remained so until the war of 1812. Today the locks on the American Soo side bypass the 20-foot fall of St Mary's Rapids that connect Lake Superior to Lake Huron and the lower lakes. The Soo locks are the busiest in the world in terms of tonnage, accommodating 1000 foot freighters. Travelling upstream and arriving from Mackinac Island, the ship will traverse the locks for a day of sailing on beautiful Lake Superior.

Day 7 - Marquette, MI

Marquette is located on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the southern border of Lake Superior. Named for the French Jesuit missionary who explored the region, Marquette became a major Great Lakes port when iron ore was discovered in 1844. In the late 19th century, during the height of iron mining, Marquette was a summer haven for passenger steamships, whose guests filled the city's hotels and resorts. On our shore excursion, we'll visit the Michigan Iron Industry Museum on the site of an original iron forge. Closer to town, we'll visit the working harbor to witness the loading of Great Lakes freighters along the impressive 1000-feet-long iron ore dock. Our exploration of Marquette concludes with a visit to the Maritime Museum and Lighthouse.

Day 8 - Houghton, MI

Houghton is located on the Keewenaw Peninsula, which jets out into Lake Superior and is known for its massive deposits of high-grade copper. The Hancock Houghton Canal-also called the Keewenaw Waterway-is a convenient shortcut for the M/V Victory II as it makes its way to and from Duluth, Minnesota. In its hayday, this canal was a hive of commerce as freighters arrived with supplies and departed full of copper. On our shore excursion, we'll visit the Quincy Copper Mine, which operated from 1846 to 1945, and explore how miners moved underground and extracted this valuable resource. After lunch, we'll visit the internationally-recognized A. E. Seamen Mineral Museum on the grounds of Michigan Technological University, which houses an extraordinary collection of minerals, including a fascinating set of phosphorescent deposits.

Day 9 - Duluth, MN

The city of Duluth is nestled in the hills overlooking Lake Superior. Originally settled by the Sioux and Chippewa, Duluth was claimed for France in 1679 by Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Lhut, the city's namesake. Our visit starts with a drive past the Aerial Lift Bridge, which guards the harbor, then along the North Shore Scenic Drive for an excellent view of city and its environs. We then climb Hawk Ridge to the "raptor flight path," where these extraordinary hunting birds take a rest on their Arctic migration. Enjoy a scenic walk along the waterfront to Leif Erikson Park, which houses a replica Viking Ship, and down to "The Depot" with its exceptional collection of trains and carriages from a bygone era. The afternoon is free to explore Canal Park, whose restored ships and exhibits showcase Duluth's history.

Day 10 - Thunder Bay, ON

This morning, we'll arrive at the Thunder Bay pier. After breakfast, you'll disembark the M/V Victory II and make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Midwest Majesty & Archipelagos of Georgian Bay itinerary map

Dates & Rates

Dates Direction E D C B A AA Owner's Suite
Aug 8, 2019 Detroit, MI to Thunder Bay, ON $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999
Aug 17, 2019 Thunder Bay, ON to Detroit, MI $6,389 $7,109 $7,729 $8,139 $8,349 $8,759 $9,999

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Not Included: Air & Transfer costs. 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...