800-556-7450 Brochure | E-Mail Newsletter

Great American Waterways

16 Day, 15 Night | Price Starting at $4,999.00

Call Us Today 800-556-7450

Four stunning Great Lakes and the historic Erie Canal merge to create one amazing adventure. This journey will capture your imagination, leaving you lost in the peacefulness of this beautiful escape and its ever-changing panoramas. The Great Lakes, collectively considered the largest body of fresh water on Earth, were carved by retreating ice sheets and filled with the meltwater from ancient glaciers. The indigo-blue waters of the Lakes are cloaked by forest-green pines, with classic lighthouses dotting the rocky cliffs. Your cruise stretches across Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario; taking you from vibrant Chicago all the way to the New York City. Four stunning Great Lakes and the historic Erie Canal merge to create one amazing adventure.

2018 PROMOTION - CALL FOR DETAILS

Ports Visited

Waterways Navigated


ADVENTURE DAY-BY-DAY

Chicago, IL

Day 1

Chicago, IL

View More
Welcome to the architecturally renowned Chicago skyline, juxtaposed against Lake Michigan to create a fusion of serene vistas and exciting cityscapes.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Chicago Skyline Architectural Cruise
A ride into downtown will bring you to Navy Pier, where you will be dropped off at the Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises boarding area. Here you will board one of their boats and set sail for a unique and exciting experience. Their expert guides will share an insider’s glimpse into the buildings, architecture, and engineering that made Chicago famous as the birthplace of the skyscraper and home of modern American architecture. Nothing is more impressive than this world-renowned architecture as seen from the Chicago River on an architecture tour! Discover hidden architectural gems as well the city’s most renowned landmarks along all three branches of the Chicago River while you relax and enjoy a drink from their cash bar.
Manitowoc, WI

Day 2

Manitowoc, WI

View More
Known as Wisconsin’s Marine Capital, Manitowoc is the home to Wisconsin’s Maritime Museum, which captures the riveting history of the entire great lakes area, including the building of 28 submarines for WWII. Don’t miss out on the Rahr-West Art Museum which hosts pieces from Picasso, Miro, Dali, and many others.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Explore the nation’s most completely restored WWII submarine and stroll the streets of a 19th century shipbuilding town as you experience a self-guided tour (or docent guided tour based on their set schedule) of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Learn about the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes and view various art and artifacts in the galleries. Tour the USS Cobia submarine from top to bottom and get a feel for life aboard a sub. See the bunks where men slept above torpedoes and learn about the important role that US Navy submarines played in World War II, and how Manitowoc came to build 28 submarines during the war.
Mackinac Island, MI

Day 3

Mackinac Island, MI

View More

Arrive in Mackinac Island and step back in time to enjoy horse-drawn carriages and the island's old-world charm. Admire the architecture during an optional carriage tour of the island, including entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Surrey Hills Antique Carriage Museum with a working Blacksmith shop. Conclude your tour at the Grande Hotel, for a traditional afternoon tea.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Mackinac Island Carriage Tour
Step back in time on Mackinac Island where beauty and history have been preserved by allowing only horse-drawn carriages instead of motorized vehicles. This nostalgic carriage ride will showcase the highlights of this picturesque island along with a visit inside the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory. With weekly butterfly shipments, and over 200 different species represented, there is always an abundant array of colorful butterflies to experience. Also enjoy a visit to the Surrey Hills Carriage Museum, an antique carriage museum complete with a working blacksmith shop. Your tour ends at the majestic Grand Hotel. 


Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Explore the nation’s most completely restored WWII submarine and stroll the streets of a 19th century shipbuilding town as you experience a self-guided tour (or docent guided tour based on their set schedule) of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Learn about the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes and view various art and artifacts in the galleries. Tour the USS Cobia submarine from top to bottom and get a feel for life aboard a sub. See the bunks where men slept above torpedoes and learn about the important role that US Navy submarines played in World War II, and how Manitowoc came to build 28 submarines during the war.
Cruise Lake Huron

Day 4

Cruise Lake Huron

This morning the vessel departs from Mackinac Island, en route for Wyandotte, MI. Admire the beautiful views of Lake Huron. Cruise past freighters or “Lakers” as they are called by many, while transiting the Detroit and St. Clair River System; a major throughway for vessels traveling between the western and eastern Great Lakes. This river system serves as the border between the U.S. and Canada as it flows through Detroit, under the ambassador bridge, the busiest border crossing in the U.S. and Canada and into Lake Erie.
Wyandotte, MI

Day 5

Wyandotte, MI

View More
Spend a full day in Wyandotte, Michigan, nestled on the Detroit River. An optional tour in nearby Dearborn begins at the Henry Ford Museum, home to President John F. Kennedy’s limousine and the Rosa Parks bus. Continue your tour to Greenfield Village, where nearly 100 historical buildings have been relocated to create a demonstration of American life from the founding of the country through modern times.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

American Ingenuity Tour
Start the day with a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory, home of the assembly line for the Ford F-150. Experience the past, present and future of American automotive manufacturing. Next, you will travel to the Henry Ford Museum. With a rich and diverse offering of exhibits, demonstrations, programs and reenactments, The Henry Ford Museum celebrates yesterday’s traditions as well as today’s innovations. Housing one of the largest collections of its kind ever assembled, Henry Ford Museum showcases the people and ideas that have fired our imaginations and changed our lives. The museum has grown into the ultimate place to explore what Americans past and present have imagined and invented, and truly brings American ideas and innovations to life. Feel a sense of awe as your mind adjusts to a bigger sense of scale. The expansive, single-floor space with soaring 40-foot ceilings covers nine acres dedicated to showcasing the finest collection of its kind. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Greenfield Village. Spread over more than 90-acres, this living history attraction comes alive with the unforgettable sights, sounds and settings of America’s past. Entering the village is like stepping into a time machine thanks to its 83 authentic historic structures, from Noah Webster’s home, where he wrote the first American dictionary, to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. You can ride in a genuine Model T or “pull” glass with world-class artisans. Watch an 1867 baseball game or ride a train with a 19th century steam engine. Spend a quiet moment pondering the home and workshop where the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Greenfield Village is a celebration of people, whose unbridled optimism and ingenuity came to define modern-day America. A minimum of 25 passengers is required to operate this excursion. Transportation is exclusive to
Cleveland, OH

Day 6

Cleveland, OH

View More
Sail through Lake Erie for an introduction to the legendary American city of Cleveland, OH, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Explore this Great Lakes metropolis during an optional panoramic city tour via trolley. Don’t miss the Great Lakes Science Center and educational facility on the shores of Cleveland Harbor, along with the Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Authentic Cleveland Tour
This special Tour of Cleveland will combine culture, history and heritage, to give you a unique view of the rich tapestry that make Cleveland, “The Best Location in the Nation.” Cleveland offers a unique sightseeing adventure, combining the elegance of its golden age, along with new developments, attractions and sights. Here is your chance to indulge yourself into some of the attractions that showcase the best of what Cleveland has to offer. As we depart the ship, we’ll head for the nearby Warehouse district, once the largest garment district between Chicago and New York. Next, arrive in Public Square, the heart of downtown. We’ll have a short walking tour of Terminal Tower and the Tower City complex (the tallest US building outside of NYC, when it opened in 1929) and one of the filming locations of the classic movie, “A Christmas Story!” Cross the street for a short walking tour of Public Square, seeing the statue of Moses Cleveland, before we tour the “Soldiers and Sailors Monument” of 1893, a tribute to the American Civil War. This monument is impressive from the stained-glass windows to the symbolic elements that show the struggle of America’s greatest conflict. A short drive will take us to The Old Arcade of 1891, Cleveland’s Crystal Cathedral and now part of a Hyatt Hotel. Our walking tour will also include the E. 4th street entertainment district and one of the major symbols of Cleveland’s dramatic turnaround. You will see the three major sports stadiums. Travel along Euclid Ave, once “Millionaire’s Row” hosting 40 major mansions in the late 1800’s, when over 50% of all US Millionaire’s lived in Cleveland. See the vestiges that remain from that time – Mather Mansion, Trinity Cathedral, Masonic Auditorium, East Mt. Zion Baptist – along with the tremendous development of the Cleveland Clinic Main campus, a village of its’ own. Arrive at University Circle, the greatest cultural concentration in the US. And our driving tour will include seeing Severance Hall home of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Botanical Garden (and its Glass House,) and many more assets. Stop at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where you will have a short amount of free time at this world-class attraction. On our return downtown, we’ll enjoy a short stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that sits majestically overlooking the water with a chance to take wonderful skyline pictures of Cleveland.

Buffalo, NY

Day 7

Buffalo, NY

View More
Located at the head of the Niagara River, Buffalo, NY is known for its sports, snow, and special sauce. Admire breathtaking views of world-famous Niagara Falls during an optional tour, including visits to the Whirlpool Overlook, the Table Rock area, and a boat ride on the Hornblower (passport required). Just steps away from where the vessel is docked, visit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, home to 3 naval vessels, tanks, jets and other historical exhibits.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Niagara Falls Tour
A day of spectacular scenery is planned for you today on your journey to magnificent Niagara Falls! After crossing the border into Canada, we’ll head upriver to view the Upper Rapids and make a stop at the iconic Table Rock, the most famous viewing point to see the falls and the point where most of the daredevils have taken their plunge over the brink. Next stop is at the Whirlpool overlook, where the falls were located over 6000 years ago. From there you will see the beautiful Niagara Gorge, the Lower Rapids, the Spanish Aero Car, and the only whirlpool in America that changes direction twice a day. Then it’s off to view the Floral Clock and to stop to eat (box lunch provided). After eating, we travel back up to the falls area to board the Maid of the Mist (raincoats provided), the boat ride that takes you past the American and Bridal Veil Falls and right up to the base of the Horseshoe Falls.
Cruise the Welland Canal

Day 8

Cruise the Welland Canal

Today, cruise the magnificent Welland Canal, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Located in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, learn how ships travel through the locks of this gravity-flow canal. Transit through 8 locks which will lower the vessel 320 feet as you bypass the Niagara Escarpment and Niagara Falls.
Rochester, NY

Day 9

Rochester, NY

View More
This morning explore Rochester, located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Ontario. It sits at the middle of what has been called the 100 must-see miles of the Erie Canal. An optional tour offers stunning views of towering High Falls on the Genesee River and showcases the city's most notable landmarks. Arrive this evening in Oswego, NY.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Cultural and Historical Tour of Rochester
Rochester, located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Ontario, is an important historic, educational and cultural American city. It sits at the middle of what has been called the 100 must-see miles of the Erie Canal. Learn of its economic evolution from “Flour to Flowers”, and of its famous inhabitants, such as Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass and George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company and the International Museum of Photography. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of his home on the tour on 6/15. If your tour is 8/6, you will the opportunity to tour the Memorial Art Gallery. Visit the 96-feet high falls in the High Falls/Brown’s Race Historical District, which powered Rochester for over 100 years, when it was the center of the flour milling industry. Your tour continues through historic and beautiful neighborhoods; the Maplewood Rose Gardens, Highland Park and Mt. Hope Cemetery District.
Oswego, NY

Day 10

Oswego, NY

View More
Departing from Oswego harbor, enter Lock #8 of the Oswego Canal. One of 4 branches of the NY State Barge Canal System. Cruise the Oswego Canal and then begin your journey on the Erie Canal. After dinner this evening, disembark the vessel to explore Sylvan Beach, NY.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Oswego Historical Walking Tour
Experience the port city of Oswego, located on the oldest fresh water port on the Great Lakes. While traveling along the beautiful Oswego River with your knowledgeable local guide, you will pass through the city’s historic downtown shopping district. You will then cross the Harbor Rail Trail, a reconstructed walkway that follows the original 1880’s train bridge in Oswego. The trail spans the Oswego River and features an enclosed concourse that provides breathtaking views of the city, the harbor and the river. Your tour will conclude with a visit to one of the most preserved homes in New York State, the Richardson-Bates Museum. This home & museum features an extensive archival collection and exhibit space documenting the history of Oswego County. The museum is also home to the Oswego County Historical Society.


Oswego Kayak Adventure
If you are looking for a little more adventure in your port visit to Oswego, try the Oswego Kayak Adventure. This kayak tour of the port city will give you a new perspective of the oldest fresh water port on the Great Lakes. Depart from the Oswego Historic Maritime District and learn about the different roles the waterfront played has played throughout the years.
Amsterdam, NY

Day 11

Amsterdam, NY

View More
Cruise along the Erie Canal through historic towns and villages. Today, an optional excursion takes you to picturesque Cooperstown, NY, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Experience an optional tour to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmer’s Museum or Fennimore Art Museum. This evening, enjoy a quiet overnight stop in Amsterdam, NY at Lock #11 along the Erie Canal.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

National Baseball Hall Of Fame
A “Between Locks Optional Tour” takes you to Cooperstown, located at the foothills of the Catskills Mountains. The entire group will be bused to Downtown Cooperstown, where your ticket will grant you admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Baseball fan or not, you are sure to enjoy your visit with over 38,000 three-dimensional artifacts on display on three floors depicting the history of the game from its inception to the present. If baseball doesn’t interest you, you will have the option to stroll along Main Street to visit the many shops and galleries in this historical town.
Troy, NY

Day 12

Troy, NY

View More

The highlight of the Erie Canal, enjoy a leisurely sail to Troy, NY. 5 locks will lower the vessel 169’, by passing Cahoes Falls where the Mohawk River flows into the Hudson. Later, watch as the retractable pilot-house is raised back to its full height. Tonight, delight in the local culture during an onboard musical performance.


Kingston, NY

Day 13

Kingston, NY

View More
In Kingston, NY, dock in Rondout Creek just off the Hudson River. Included in your cruise is a visit to the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Next, you may join an optional visit to Hyde Park or the Vanderbilt Mansion (based on availability). The Hyde Park excursion includes a visit to “Springwood,” the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, now home to his presidential library and museum (tour available eastbound only).

West Point, NY*

Day 14

West Point, NY*

View More
Travel to West Point, NY, home of the prestigious United States Military Academy, where you may opt to take a tour of its magnificent campus and admire its famed Gothic Revival-style Chapel. *Ability to tour West Point is subject to availability, determined by the U.S. government.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

United States Military Academy
This unique tour brings you into “central area” where cadets live and attend classes. Enjoy the history and beauty of this section of the post. Visit the Parade Grounds where cadets of today drill and parade where George Washington drilled and organized the Continental Army. Tour Trophy Point, Battle Monument, and relics of wars dating back to the Revolution. Before the tour comes to an end, get ready for a “million-dollar view” of the scenic Hudson Valley.
New York, NY

Day 15

New York, NY

Take in the view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, and the Big Apple’s world-famous skyline. Docked in Chelsea Pier, explore the New York High Line and Chelsea Market. Later join an optional private bus tour of New York City, led by a professional guide. 
New York, NY

Day 16

New York, NY

Your 16-day journey concludes today in New York City.

Pricing

Category I
$4,999.00
Category II
$6,699.00
Category III
$6,999.00
Category IV
$7,599.00
Category III Singles
$8,799.00
Port Charges
$295.00

Departure Dates

Embark: New York, NY
Aug 01, 2018
Disembark: Chicago, IL
Aug 16, 2018
Embark: Chicago, IL
Sep 05, 2018
Disembark: New York, NY
Sep 20, 2018

The Ship Grande Caribe

Your small ship adventure is a personal and casual one- like cruising on a friend’s yacht.

Hover over the cabin to view the room layout

Deck Plans

Category I Cabin


Category II Cabin


Category III Cabin


Category IV Cabin


Cabin Bathroom

Includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryer, fresh towels daily

The Grande Mariner

Your small ship adventure is a personal and casual one- like cruising on a friend’s yacht.

Hover over the cabin to view the room layout

Deck Plans

Category I Cabin


Category II Cabin


Category III Cabin


Category IV Cabin

Cabin Bathroom

Includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryer, fresh towels daily

 

Contact Us

Contact Details
Go

Order Print Brochure

If you are a travel agent, please click here to order brochures
Salutation is required
First Name is required
Last Name is required
Street Address 1 is required
City is required
Country selection is required
State selection is required
Zip code is required
Reference is required

*If you are not in the United States or Canada, please see our brochure online.

Newsletter Signup

Salutation is required
First Name is required
Last Name is required
Valid email address is required
Reference is required
Submit
Contact Us | 800-556-7450