1Embark in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Welcome aboard the Viking Octantis!
2Thunder Bay, Ontario
There'll be many ways to explore today! Take a hike on the trails of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, offering grand views of nearby mountains and granite cliffs while keeping a look out for wildlife. Enjoy a RIB cruise to Thompson Island, a tiny island surrounded by the waters of Lake Superior. And don't miss the "Niagara of the North", Ontario's largest waterfall, the jaw dropping Kakabeka Falls. And there will be another cultural opportunity to connect with the people of the Anishinaabe First Nations, to learn songs, traditional fishing techniques and about local plants.
Many ways to discover Duluth today! Ride on a vintage steam locomotive for a scenic train ride, and a tour of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum at Union Depot.
At the downtown waterfront you can tour the William A. Irvin steam freighter for a lesson is the region's maritime history, as well as the option to explore the Great Lakes Aquarium.
If you'd prefer a walk in the Gilded Age, venture to the Glensheen Historic Estate sitting on 12 acres of English-style gardens, with a tour of the elaborate 39 room mansion.
If you're up to the challenge, a guided canoe tour awaits, you'll learn about fur trapping in the area and other Duluth history while paddling through the blue waters.
And the final option for the day is a visit to the hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, a seasonal favorite of birders.
4Apostle Islands, WI
The Apostle archipelago is made of 22 islands with bogs and lagoons to explore and is the perfect place to spot a bald eagle.
The area is up for exploration today, by hiking on land, taking a small boat out to the Devils and Stockton Islands, kayaking to the sea caves, or join an experienced captain who will take you out on a sail boat.
You'll fall in love with the well-preserved brick buildings of the downtown and its landmarks such as the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. If geology piques your interest, you'll be excited for the Keweenaw National Historic Park to see the history of copper mining in the area and the Quincy Mine for a a descent into the 7th level of the mine.
If you'd like to spend the day in nature you'll have the option to explore the Bete Grise Preserve or to hike to the Hungarian Falls.
6Scenic Cruising: Soo Locks Transit
Today will be spent cruising, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of activities! You'll want to watch from the Explorer's Lounge as the ship transits the Soo Locks, it'll be quite the sight! During the day, head to the Aula, a beautiful entertainment room that will be showing a documentary about the Great Lakes. Listen to a lecture on the theories about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a freighter that now lies at the bottom of Lake Superior. In the evening you'll want to head to an outside deck for out-of-this-world stargazing.
7Mackinac Island, MI
Your cruise starts off with a destination favorite of passengers- Mackinac Island! This old-fashioned island is car free, creating an intriguing atmosphere with bicycles and horse drawn carriages. You won't want to miss the Mackinac Island Tour, which is on a horse drawn carriage and takes passengers to the Revolutionary War fortress: Fort Mackinac. Walk through the downtown streets with a guide to answer your questions and then delight in lunch at the Grand Hotel.
8Disembark in Milwaukee, WI
Disembark and return home on your flight, or consider extending your stay with post cruise stay in Chicago.