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North American Waterways: St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes - 2023

Montréal • 12-night Great Lakes small ship cruise with Kingston, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Cleveland, Detroit, Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinac Island, Lake Michigan • Chicago
  • Ocean Explorer Product Carousel Atrium and Main Staircase
    CRUISE ON THE 5-STAR OCEAN EXPLORER, AN AGILE AND STATE-OF-THE-ART EXPEDITION VESSEL THAT CAN NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Montreal to Chicago | North American Waterways: St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes
    TAKE A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE TOUR OF HISTORIC MACKINAC ISLAND, WHICH REMAINS CAR-FREE
  • FLOAT PAST MORE THAN 50 ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS AND ENJOY THEM FROM A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON THE CHICAGO RIVER
  • SAIL INTO THE MISTS ON A NIAGARA FALLS CRUISE ABOARD THE HORNBLOWER
  • DISCOVER THE ARCHITECTURAL HIGHLIGHTS AND INVIGORATING CITYSCAPES OF MONTRÉAL
  • ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO CHICAGO
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  • 17
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  • 26
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What to Expect

Activity Level

Takes into consideration the physical requirements for each of the trips, walking, hiking, climbing in and out of safari vehicles etc.
           Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Pacing

Takes into consideration the length of bus rides, flights, number of destinations in the number of days
           Moderately Easy

Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motorcoach travel.

PACING
  • This is a moderately-paced Great Lakes adventure
  • Look forward to 2 Canadian provinces and 3 U.S. states in 17 days, with 12 nights aboard the 5-star Ocean Explorer, plus 2 nights each in both Montreal and Chicago 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Walking is easy on flat, often paved surfaces

TERRAIN & TRANSPORTATION
  • Most onshore sightseeing during your North American river and lake cruise will be on air-conditioned coaches with guides, along with a sightseeing boat tour at Niagara Falls, Architectural boat tour of Chicago, and a horse-drawn carriage ride on Mackinac Island
  • The beautiful terrain here is on flat, often paved surfaces

CLIMATE
  • We suggest warm, casual clothing with good walking shoes
  • Weather is never predictable, so be sure to be prepared for just about anything
  • You'll want to take along a sweater or jacket for cool evenings, even in the summer months. It's a good idea to dress in layers, which will allow you to adjust to changes in temperature with the changes in elevation
  • You may also wish to wear your own rain jacket for your voyage into the mist at Niagara Falls. Pack accordingly
  • Since the weather is unpredictable, please check weather sites online for 10-day forecasts closer to your departure date to plan your packing accordingly

Please Note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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