Strawberry Island Lighthouse, Lake Huron
Day 1 Buffalo, New York | Embark Arrive in Buffalo and transfer to the dock, just minutes from downtown, to embark Yorktown.
Day 2 Buffalo, 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, United States
Day 4 Detroit in the morning, tour the Henry Ford Museum, a National Historic Landmark. In the afternoon, sail through Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron to Alpena.
Day 5 Alpena | Presque Isle | Alpena 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 | Arrive in beautiful Mackinac Island. Visit the impressive Fort Mackinac; and the landmark Victorian Grand Hotel.
Day 7 Manistique | Explore the scenic Garden Peninsula including the Big Spring, in Palms Book State Park; and Fayette, one of the country’s most evocative industrial ghost towns.
Day 8 Sault Ste. Marie | Agawa Canyon, Ontario, Canada | Sault Ste. Marie See the Soo Locks from the viewing platform and visit a 1917 Great Lakes freighter, now a museum. Alternatively, take a full-day tour by train through the magnificent scenery of the Agawa Canyon.
Day 9 Pictured Rocks, Michigan, United States | Marquette Sail along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along Lake Superior’s southern coast. Explore Marquette, including a visit to the Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse.
Day 10 Houghton, Keweenaw Peninsula Navigate the Portage Waterway calling at Houghton. A19 copper rush is still evident today in the abandoned mines, deserted settlements and the opulent buildings in this region. Our exploration includes a visit to a copper mine.
Day 11 Duluth, Minnesota | Disembark In 1869 Duluth was the fastest growing city in the country. Today, much of downtown is preserved as a Natural Historic Register District.
Small Ship Cruising Value & Pricing
In an era of ever larger cruise ships, some carrying more than 5,000 passengers, a few small ships continue to meet the needs of travelers who seek intimate cultural and educational voyages away from the bustle of commercial cruises. These travelers are willing to pay a premium, because they understand that small ships – where operating costs are shared by fewer passengers and where there are no revenue-producing casinos, bars, shops, or optional extras – are considerably more expensive to operate, on a per person basis, than big ships. A small ship will cost us more, they reason, but the richness of the experience is well worth it.
We offer the best possible program at a fair price. Our rates include fine accommodations, all excursions and special shore events, superb meals, soft drinks throughout the cruise, and wine with meals. Our cruise directors and field staff are well known for their keen knowledge and professionalism, and the ship’s crew are of the highest caliber. Our guests find themselves among kindred spirits, and the distinguished study leaders who accompany them provide a first-class learning experience. This, we believe, is true value.
- Cruise aboard the 138-guest Yorktown
- Complete program of tours and excursions
- Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
- All meals aboard ship
- Soft drinks throughout the day as well as wine and beer with lunch and dinner aboard ship
- Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
- Professional tour staff
- Complete pre-departure materials
- Port and embarkation taxes
- Gratuities to guides and drivers