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JEWELS of the GREAT LAKES
Enchanting Islands, Historic Cities and Niagara Falls. 
October 11-18, 2024

On the luxurious Le Champlain

For millennia before Europeans arrived and transformed the Great Lakes into thoroughfares for timber, copper, and iron ore, indigenous tribes relied on them for food and trade. During this week-long journey, you will see the engineering marvels of the Welland Canal and the Soo Locks, and you will witness the natural marvels of Niagara Falls and Georgian Bay. You will encounter First Nation culture on Manitoulin Island and enjoy the Victorian ambience of Mackinac Island. At Georgian Bay, on Manitoulin Island, and in Sault Ste. Marie you will have opportunities to experience the natural beauty of the lakes up close on hikes and walks. Also at Sault Ste. Marie, you will learn of the sailors who risked life and limb to keep the great freighters of the lakes on schedule.

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HIGHLIGHTS:
• The voyage is specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers, and includes discussions with Smithsonian Journeys Experts, including geologist Scott Burns.
• Learn about the history of indigenous Americans including their age-old trade and traditions.
• Transfers before and after your journey on the program dates,
• Excursions in each port of call are included.
• Explore all five of North America’s Great Lakes: Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario.
• Sail along the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Georgian Bay.
• View picturesque landscapes, from meandering coastlines to the bustling skylines of metropolises such as Toronto.

• Wander the charming island of Mackinac, known for its car-less streets and preserved Victorian architecture.
• Witness the astonishing natural phenomenon on an excursion to Niagara Falls.

Day 1: Friday 10/11: Embark from Milwaukee, WI

Day 2: Saturday 10/12: Lake Michigan to Mackinac Island
Your excursion on Mackinac Island includes the landmark Grand Hotel and a tour in an iconic horse-drawn carriages.

Day 3: Sunday 10/13: Sault Ste. Marie & the Soo Locks
Travel from Superior to Huron through the Soo Locks.  Travel to Tahquamenon Falls State Park for a stroll through the woodlands, and tour the Shipwreck Museum. 

Day 4: Monday 10/14: Little Current, Manitouin Island
Manitoulin Island is home to the thriving community of the M’Chigeeng First Nation. Learn about the history and traditions of this community on a visit to the museum and art gallery of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. And other options. 

Day 5: Tuesday 10/15: Parry Sound, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron
Discover this region of “thirty thousand islands” from the water, aboard a specially constructed vessel. Or choose a walk through Killbear Provincial Park. Whichever option you choose, you will understand why Georgian Bay has earned a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve designation.

Day 6: Wednesday 10/16: Lake Huron to Lake Erie
Sail through Detroit, taking in views of the Motor City and Ambassador Bridge on the the St. Clair River.

Day 7: Thursday, 10/17: Lake Erie & Port Colborne
Special expedition to Niagara Falls.

Day 8: Friday 10/18L Disembark in Toronto, ONT

Call Taunya for reservations! Phone (408) 252-4910 or
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Starting at $6,900 per person double occupancy

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