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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Lake Superior and Georgian Bay Archipelagos

This unique 9-night all-inclusive cruise on board Victory II showcases the stunning Lake Superior, rugged beauty of Georgian Bay and contrasting cities of Marquette, Houghton and Duluth, with guided shore excursions and expert guest lecturers

Small Ship Holiday
  • Detroit
  • Lake Huron

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Join Victory II on this all-inclusive cruise with highlights including picturesque Lake Superior, car-free Mackinac Island and stunning Georgian Bay, often called the sixth Great Lake.

Explore Manitoulin Island, home to the Ojibwa people who produce impressive birch bark canoes and pretty dreamcatchers, before cruising to the two Sault Ste Maries located on the opposite shores of St Mary's River. The Straits of Mackinac connect Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Step ashore on car-free Mackinac Island and see the sights during a horse-drawn carriage tour. Learn about the role that Fort Mackinac played during the War of 1812 and enjoy a delicious lunch at the magnificent Grand Hotel.

Enjoy a day of sailing on the beautiful Lake Superior, before arriving in the city of Marquette on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Visit the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, the Maritime Museum and Lighthouse, plus see the Great Lakes freighters being loaded at the busy harbour. The next port of call is Houghton on the Keewenaw Peninsula, which jets out into Lake Superior. The city is renowned for its high-grade copper and you can learn how miners extracted this valuable resource at the Quincy Copper Mine.

Nestled in verdant hills overlooking Lake Superior is Duluth. This historic city has a lot to offer and you'll see the replica Viking Ship at Leif Erikson Park and trains and carriages from years gone by at "The Depot".

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Forward Itinerary

Day 1 - Detroit (USA)

Arrive in Detroit and embark your ship, Victory II. Join your fellow guests for a Welcome Reception followed by dinner.

Day 2 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea.

Day 3 - Little Current

This morning, discover the outstanding natural beauty of Georgian Bay, often called the sixth Great Lake. Arrive at Manitoulin Island which is the largest freshwater island in the world and home to the Ojibwa people. They are the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America and speak the Anishinaabe language. They are renowned for their impressive birch bark canoes and producing beautiful dreamcatchers.

Day 4 - Sault Saint Marie

The two Sault Ste Maries or two Soos are situated on the opposite shores of St Mary's River, whose rapids connect Lake Superior with Lake Huron. The area relied heavily on fishing which was a major food source for the North American fur trade. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario has the oldest stone house west of Toronto, which was built by Charles Ermatinger. Sault Ste Marie, Michigan is where you'll find the Operational Facility for the Soo Locks.

Day 5 - Mackinac Island

You'll wake up in the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. No cars are allowed on Mackinac Island so you will see the sights on a horse-drawn carriage tour. Soak up the Victorian ambience and learn about the island's history, including the importance of Fort Mackinac during the War of 1812. Continue and take in the incredible scenery from the Grand Hotel's verandah, the longest in the world, before enjoying a delicious Grand Luncheon Buffet. Back in town, you'll have time to wander around the galleries and boutiques. Before setting sail, the Grand Hotel's resident historian Bob Tagatz will step aboard and deliver a talk on the history of Mackinac Island and its famous hotel.

Day 6 - Soo Locks - Lake Superior

The twin "Soo's" of Sault Ste are located at the mouth of the St Mary's River. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste Marie, Michigan were initially established as one settlement in the 17th century by Jesuit missionaires. They remained as one until the war of 1812. The locks on the American Soo side bypass the St Mary's Rapids which connect Lake Superior and Lake Huron, plus the lower lakes. The locks are the busiest in the world and you'll traverse them for a day of sailing on Lake Superior.

Day 7 - Marquette

Located on Michigan's Upper Peninsula is Marquette. It became a major Great Lakes port in 1844 when iron ore was discovered. In the late 19th century, it was popular with passenger steamships in the summer months and the guests would fill the hotels and resorts. Today's shore excursion includes a visit to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and the working harbour to see the loading of Great Lakes freighters. The tour concludes with a visit to the Maritime Museum and Lighthouse.

Day 8 - Houghton

The Keewenaw Peninsula jets out into Lake Superior and where you'll find Houghton, renowned for its high-grade copper. The ship will transit the Hancock Houghton Canal, a convenient shortcut to the next port of call, Duluth. The canal once thrived as freighters arrived with supplies and left with copper. Enjoy a visit to the Quincy Copper Mine and learn how miners extracted this valuable resource. After lunch, head to the A.E Seaman Mineral Museum which houses an extraordinary collection of minerals.

Day 9 - Duluth

Duluth is nestled in verdant hills overlooking Lake Superior. Your tour starts with a drive past the Aerial Lift Bridge and along the North Shore Scenic Drive for stunning views of the city. You'll then climb Hawk Ridge to the raptor flight path where these hunting birds take rest on their Arctic migration. Later, enjoy a scenic walk to Leif Erikson Park to see the replica Viking Ship, then continue to "The Depot" which houses trains and carriages from years gone by. This afternoon is free to explore Canal Park, where you can learn about Duluth's history.

Day 10 - Thunder Bay

This morning, you'll arrive at Thunder Bay. Disembark Victory II after breakfast.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Reverse Itinerary

Day 1 - Thunder Bay (USA)

Embark Victory II in Thunder Bay and join your fellow passengers for dinner.

Day 2 - Duluth

Duluth is nestled in verdant hills overlooking Lake Superior. Your tour starts with a drive past the Aerial Lift Bridge and along the North Shore Scenic Drive for stunning views of the city. You'll then climb Hawk Ridge to the raptor flight path where these hunting birds take rest on their Arctic migration. Later, enjoy a scenic walk to Leif Erikson Park to see the replica Viking Ship, then continue to "The Depot" which houses trains and carriages from years gone by. This afternoon is free to explore Canal Park, where you can learn about Duluth's history.

Day 3 - Houghton

The Keewenaw Peninsula jets out into Lake Superior and where you'll find Houghton, renowned for its high-grade copper. The ship will transit the Hancock Houghton Canal, a convenient shortcut to the next port of call, Duluth. The canal once thrived as freighters arrived with supplies and left with copper. Enjoy a visit to the Quincy Copper Mine and learn how miners extracted this valuable resource. After lunch, head to the A.E Seaman Mineral Museum which houses an extraordinary collection of minerals.

Day 4 - Marquette

Located on Michigan's Upper Peninsula is Marquette. It became a major Great Lakes port in 1844 when iron ore was discovered. In the late 19th century, it was popular with passenger steamships in the summer months and the guests would fill the hotels and resorts. Today's shore excursion includes a visit to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and the working harbour to see the loading of Great Lakes freighters. The tour concludes with a visit to the Maritime Museum and Lighthouse.

Day 5 - Soo Locks - Lake Superior

The twin "Soo's" of Sault Ste are located at the mouth of the St Mary's River. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste Marie, Michigan were initially established as one settlement in the 17th century by Jesuit missionaires. They remained as one until the war of 1812. The locks on the American Soo side bypass the St Mary's Rapids which connect Lake Superior and Lake Huron, plus the lower lakes. The locks are the busiest in the world and you'll traverse them for a day of sailing on Lake Superior.

Day 6 - Mackinac Island

You'll wake up in the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. No cars are allowed on Mackinac Island so you will see the sights on a horse-drawn carriage tour. Soak up the Victorian ambience and learn about the island's history, including the importance of Fort Mackinac during the War of 1812. Continue and take in the incredible scenery from the Grand Hotel's verandah, the longest in the world, before enjoying a delicious Grand Luncheon Buffet. Back in town, you'll have time to wander around the galleries and boutiques. Before setting sail, the Grand Hotel's resident historian Bob Tagatz will step aboard and deliver a talk on the history of Mackinac Island and its famous hotel.

Day 7 - Little Current

This morning, discover the outstanding natural beauty of Georgian Bay, often called the sixth Great Lake. Arrive at Manitoulin Island which is the largest freshwater island in the world and home to the Ojibwa people. They are the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America and speak the Anishinaabe language. They are renowned for their impressive birch bark canoes and producing beautiful dreamcatchers.

Day 8 - Parry Sound

Victory II will traverse Georgian Bay and dock in the beautiful town of Parry Sound. Its beaches, parks and trails fall within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The area has several Provincial Parks, perfect for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Parry Sound is the birthplace of hockey legend Bobby Orr.

Day 9 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea.

Day 10 - Detroit

Disembark Victory II in Detroit.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 9-night all-inclusive cruise on Victory II
  • Complimentary drinks throughout including house wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and filtered water
  • Three themed afternoon teas and daily cocktail hour
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Lecture programme with expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Price Does Not Include

  • Return flights from the UK - we can arrange these for you, please contact us
  • Port charges
  • Onboard gratuities
NO PRICES
Map for Lake Superior and Georgian Bay Archipelagos