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Great Lakes & Waterfronts: Chicago to Toronto - 2022

Chicago • 9-night Great Lakes small ship cruise with Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Detroit, Cleveland, Niagara Falls • Toronto
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    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?
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  • ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO CHICAGO
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Chicago, Illinois (Pre-Trip)

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Toronto, Canada (Pre-Trip)

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Chicago, Illinois (Pre-Trip)

FROM $999 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $333 PER DAY

Say hello to the Windy City on this fantastic extension that lets you explore the delicious food, stunning architecture and even local music scene on a deep level. Dubbed "a city in a garden," you will have the opportunity to not only enjoy Chicago's modern locations, but also admire it's impressive outdoor spaces and design. You'll see the greenery nestled among the great works of architect Frank Lloyd Wright on an interactive tour, complete with Chicago-style lunch. Then, take the rest of your time to check out Millennium Park, the scenic Navy Pier, or even just to grab a slice of deep-dish pizza. Whatever you choose, your thirst for Chicago will be quenched.

Your Price Includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at the Superior Swissotel (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Included features: Docent-led tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, and of Unity Temple; Included lunch featuring traditional Chicago roast beef sandwiches.
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 1:

Fly to Chicago

Upon arrival, if you purchased Vantage air, you’ll be transferred to your centrally located hotel from the airport. After settling in, enjoy free time before a Welcome Dinner tonight.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 2:

Explore the great works of Frank Lloyd Wright

This morning, you'll have the opportunity to see some of the incredible works of Frank Lloyd Wright, in a city that holds many of his best masterpieces. Start with a professor-led tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, and of Unity Temple. Then, you will enjoy a walking tour of the neighborhood that hold several residential homes created by Wright, including The William H. Copeland House, The Nathan Moore House, The Arthur B. Heurtley House, The Edward R Hills House, The Peter A. Beachy House, The Frank W. Thomas House and The Laura Gale House. Later, we'll have a Chicago-classic lunch, featuring traditional Chicago roast beef sandwiches. Your afternoon is free for more exploration!

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 3:

Enjoy a free day in Chicago

Enjoy a day of leisure to explore this beloved metropolis and its offerings — from its famous comedy scene to its legendary hotdogs and deep-dish pizza. Chicago is also considered one of the country’s most walkable cities, so take some time to explore the city’s iconic skyscrapers, renowned museums, waterfront, and pristine parks.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Toronto, Canada (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $433 PER DAY

A melting pot of culture and cosmopolitan sights, the city of Toronto has much for you to discover. Get a great overview off all that's on offer with a half-day tour through its major highlights, topped off with a visit to a popular food market with plenty of opportunities to sample the staples. You will also visit the stunning Art Gallery on Ontario and spend the rest of the day exploring on your own, perhaps dicing deeper into the Toronto foodie scene. Or, enjoy a stroll along the beaches and waterfront that will give you a taste of the Great Lakes. Delight in Toronto's diversity on this rich extension.

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at the Superior Sheraton Centre (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Included features: Half-day tour of Toronto and tasting lunch, besides a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario guided visit
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 1:

Welcome to Toronto!

Today you'll fly into Toronto, Ontario to begin your city adventure. You'll have the day to settle into your downtown hotel. Later, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner and reception.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 2:

Explore Toronto on tour with a tasting

It's time to see what Toronto's all about. This half-day tour will begin at Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival style mansion and garden that's a popular spot for history and scenic strolling. Next, you'll Visit the lively St. Lawrence Market public market and the Distillery District, where you'll sample some delicacies and possibly take home some edible souvenirs. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 3:

Tour the Art Gallery on Ontario and enjoy some free time

After breakfast, start the day with a short, guided visit to the PATH, Toronto's underground city and mall. Next, you'll have a guided tour at the Art Gallery of Ontario, viewing some of the most interesting key pieces and collections. After some free time at the museum, you can take advantage of the afternoon to explore more of Toronto on your own. Later, you'll join the base tour for to begin your Great Lakes adventure.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Toronto, Canada (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $433 PER DAY

A melting pot of culture and cosmopolitan sights, the city of Toronto has much for you to discover. Get a great overview off all that's on offer with a half-day tour through its major highlights, topped off with a visit to a popular food market with plenty of opportunities to sample the staples. You will also visit the stunning Art Gallery on Ontario and spend the rest of the day exploring on your own, perhaps dicing deeper into the Toronto foodie scene. Or, enjoy a stroll along the beaches and waterfront that will give you a taste of the Great Lakes. Delight in Toronto's diversity on this rich extension.

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at the Superior Sheraton Centre (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Included features: Half-day tour of Toronto and tasting lunch, besides a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario guided visit
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 14:

Explore Toronto on tour with a tasting

It's time to see what Toronto's all about. This half-day tour will begin at Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival style mansion and garden that's a popular spot for history and scenic strolling. Next, you'll Visit the lively St. Lawrence Market public market and the Distillery District, where you'll sample some delicacies and possibly take home some edible souvenirs. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Included meals:

Lunch

DAY 15:

Tour the Art Gallery on Ontario and enjoy some free time

After breakfast, start the day with a short, guided visit to the PATH, Toronto's underground city and mall. Next, you'll have a guided tour at the Art Gallery of Ontario, viewing some of the most interesting key pieces and collections. After some free time at the museum, you can take advantage of the afternoon to explore more of Toronto on your own.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 16:

Today you'll leave Toronto and head back home.

After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport and fly home.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Chicago, Illinois (Post-Trip)

FROM $999 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $333 PER DAY

Say hello to the Windy City on this fantastic extension that lets you explore the delicious food, stunning architecture and even local music scene on a deep level. Dubbed "a city in a garden," you will have the opportunity to not only enjoy Chicago's modern locations, but also admire it's impressive outdoor spaces and design. You'll see the greenery nestled among the great works of architect Frank Lloyd Wright on an interactive tour, complete with Chicago-style lunch. Then, take the rest of your time to check out Millennium Park, the scenic Navy Pier, or even just to grab a slice of deep-dish pizza. Whatever you choose, your thirst for Chicago will be quenched.

Your Price Includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at the Superior Swissotel (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Included features: Docent-led tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, and of Unity Temple; Included lunch featuring traditional Chicago roast beef sandwiches
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
View Extension Details
Expand All

DAY 14:

Explore the great works of Frank Lloyd Wright

This morning, you'll have the opportunity to see some of the incredible works of Frank Lloyd Wright, in a city that holds many of his best masterpieces. Start with a professor-led tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, and of Unity Temple. Then, you will enjoy a walking tour of the neighborhood that hold several residential homes created by Wright, including The William H. Copeland House, The Nathan Moore House, The Arthur B. Heurtley House, The Edward R Hills House, The Peter A. Beachy House, The Frank W. Thomas House and The Laura Gale House. Later, we'll have a Chicago-classic lunch, featuring traditional Chicago roast beef sandwiches. Your afternoon is free for more exploration!

Included meals:

Lunch

DAY 15:

Enjoy a free day in Chicago

Enjoy a day of leisure to explore this beloved metropolis and its offerings — from its famous comedy scene to its legendary hotdogs and deep-dish pizza. Chicago is also considered one of the country’s most walkable cities, so take some time to explore the city’s iconic skyscrapers, renowned museums, waterfront, and pristine parks.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 16:

Depart for home

Today you'll leave Chicago and head back home.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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Journey Great Lakes & Waterfronts: Chicago to Toronto A Voyage along the Great Lakes – with Smithsonian Journeys
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Included Tours and Special Features 21 included features and Cultural Discoveries

Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: Georgian Bay

The services of a Cruise Director, plus shipboard commentary, regional experts, and private motorcoach for excursions 

10 Included Tours

A program of onboard enrichment provided by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts – American Maritime Historian Frederick Stonehouse and Geologist Kirt Kempter
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Meals 34 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 11 dinners, with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks during dinner on board
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