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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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    CRUISE ON THE 5-STAR OCEAN EXPLORER, AN AGILE AND STATE-OF-THE-ART VESSEL THAT CAN NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Chicago to Toronto | Great Lakes & Waterfronts: Chicago to Toronto
    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
  • ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO CHICAGO
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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 an moderately-paced Great Lakes adventure
  • Look forward to 2 Canadian provinces and 3 U.S. states in 14 days, with 9 nights aboard the 5-star Ocean Explorer, plus 2 nights in both Toronto 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 and a horse-drawn carriage ride on Mackinac Island and trolley tours in Cleveland
  • 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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Included Tours and Special Features 21 included features and Cultural Discoveries

Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: Georgian Bay

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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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