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Magical Lake Michigan

8 Days, 7 Nights | Price Starting at $2,369.00

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Discover the natural and cultural treasures of the Midwest on a scenic journey along the shores of Lake Michigan, the only Great Lake located entirely within the United States. Over the course of 8 days exploring “America’s Third Coast,” you will see spectacular sunrises, cerulean waters and white sand beaches, all within a day’s sail of historically and culturally rich cities like Chicago and Milwaukee. To begin your trip, you will set sail from Chicago for Holland, Michigan. As its name suggests, this serene village on the lake’s eastern shore is known for preserving the heritage of its Dutch founders, including the only authentic Dutch windmill in the United States and a tulip festival that draws over 1 million visitors every year. Your journey also includes a stop at Mackinac Island, a registered National Historical Landmark and one of the most beautiful hidden treasures in the entire Great Lakes region. Walk through the historically preserved downtown to the stunning Victorian-era Grand Hotel or take a horse-drawn carriage ride to admire the island’s pristine natural surroundings and unique geological formations. The Magical Lake Michigan itinerary also features a stop in Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee, with ample time to delve into the city’s impressive history, rich foodie culture and vibrant brewery scene. Finish your cruise back in Chicago, docked within walking distance of almost every major cultural attraction the city has to offer.

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ADVENTURE DAY-BY-DAY

Onboard Early Arrival

Enjoy an extra night of exploration and leisure in the Windy City. The “Early Arrival” option affords guests the opportunity to board the ship one day early, settle into their private cabin, and explore downtown Chicago at their leisure. For just $150 per person, passengers may board the vessel at 5 pm and enjoy a dinner prepared by the chef, as well as a hot breakfast the following morning.

Chicago, IL

Your voyage begins in Chicago, one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the country. Chicago is a vibrant city known for its amazing architecture, cutting edge cultural offerings and rich historical import as the shining metropolis of middle America.

Holland, MI

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Founded in 1847, Holland is a quaint village with well-preserved Dutch roots. A complimentary shuttle service from the ship will take passengers to explore downtown Holland and visit Windmill Island, home to the only authentic working Dutch windmill in the United States. You can also visit New Holland Brewing Company or sign up for an optional bus ride to Grand Rapids to enjoy a guided tour of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Gerald Ford Museum & Grand Rapids, MI

“Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.” wrote Gerald Ford, the 38th US President. Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the museum dedicated to President and Mrs. Ford in Grand Rapids, MI. Your coach will pick you up from the ship and travel the 30 minutes to Grand Rapids, where you will be dropped off and be taken on a docent led tour of the museum. You will then have about an hour and a half to continue visiting the museum on your own. Or you may choose to go across the street to the Grand Rapids Public Museum or go into downtown Grand Rapids. *Admission to the Public Museum is not included*.

Beaver Island, MI

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The largest island on Lake Michigan boasts an incredibly rich history. Perhaps most intriguingly, the island was a self-declared Mormon kingdom for 6 years in the 1850’s. Later, the island became populated by so many Irish immigrants that daily church services were in Gaelic and it became known as “America’s Emerald Isle.” Today, Beaver Island is known for its natural beaches and forests.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Island Tour 

This tour focuses on the northern end of the island and the harbor area. View the picturesque village of St. James including its lighthouse on Whiskey Point, shops, museums and churches. The tour then proceeds to the west side of the island to see spectacular Donegal Bay with views of High, Whiskey, Trout and Garden Islands. Finally, you will visit Protar's home and tomb and hear the intriguing history of this fascinating man.

Mackinac Island, MI

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Mackinac Island sits astride the straits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, just east of the mighty Mackinac Bridge. The old town embodies the grace of the Victorian era with beautifully preserved historic homes and horse-drawn carriages, and the natural surroundings are pristine. An optional carriage tour of the island includes entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Surrey Hill Square Carriage Museum. A second excursion invites you to the Grand Hotel for a traditional afternoon tea. You can also explore the island’s 140 miles of trails, many of which lead to unique limestone formations and secluded beaches.
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.

Afternoon Tea in “Grand Style”
What an experience! You’ll feel as though you are royalty! In keeping with more than 100 years of tradition, indulge in Afternoon Tea in the Grand Hotel’s Parlor. You will not only enjoy this specially brewed traditional tea but you can also enjoy sherry and champagne, as well as delightful petite finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and an array of pastries, accompanied by a chamber music recital. Time permitting, you may also want to do a self-guided tour of the public places of this historic hotel, as well as enjoy the wonderful scenery that surrounds it.

Sturgeon Bay, WI

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Sturgeon Bay is a shipbuilding port in Wisconsin’s Door County. The landscape features a shoreline dotted by historic lighthouses and locally built boats, and Sturgeon Bay itself opens out into Green Bay. In fact, the town is only a 45 minute cab ride from Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Enjoy an optional morning tour of the Door County Maritime Museum, which has four galleries that feature lighthouses, model ships, shipwrecks of the Great Lakes and the many shipbuilding companies located in Door County. In the afternoon, sail to Manitowoc, WI.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Door County Maritime Museum
Throughout history, the waterways of Door County have played a significant role in the development of local and inter-state commerce and culture. Founded by commercial fishermen in 1969, the museum salutes the lighthouses, shipwrecks, shipbuilders and fishermen who have contributed to the nautical history of this area. Be sure to wear your BSSA nametag so that the museum knows not to charge you admission. In addition, the museum’s newest in-water exhibit, the 149-ft. tug*

Manitowoc, WI

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Manitowoc is known as Wisconsin’s Maritime Capital. Nestled at the mouth of the Manitowoc River, it is home to several notable American companies, including the crane manufacturer of the same name. Manitowoc also has excellent museums, including an art museum housed in a Victorian mansion and the Wisconsin Nautical Museum, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian and features tours of a World War II era submarine. Manitowoc is only 25 minutes away from famed golf course Whistling Straits, so if you feel more like relaxing, unwind over some cheese curds while watching the PGA Tour at the historical Courthouse Pub.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum-USS Cobia
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.

Milwaukee, WI

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A leisurely morning sail brings you to Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city. Join a narrated bus tour and see the city's meticulously preserved historical buildings and famous landmarks. Explore the visually stunning and world-renowned Milwaukee Art Museum, or go next door to Discovery World, a large science museum known for its aquariums and interactive exhibits. Alternatively, spend your day at the Harley Davidson Museum, or wander the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Grohmann Museum, which boasts the world's most comprehensive art collection dedicated exclusively to the evolution of human work. Finish the day with a paired beer and cheese tasting.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Milwaukee’s Best! History! Culture! Art! Beer!

One way to appreciate Milwaukee is to weave through its colorful neighborhoods by motor-coach. On this narrated tour, you will see the city’s meticulously preserved historical buildings rich with a variety of architecture. You will view City Hall, the Milwaukee River walk, historic brew houses, and Cathedral Square. You will pass such landmarks as Miller Park, the Domes, Allen Bradley Clock Tower and several magnificent churches. Step inside and witness an engineering marvel at the Milwaukee Art Museum (noted as the city’s “masterpiece on the lakefront” and designed by Santiago Calatrava), as the magnificent Brise Soleil* opens over the lake (please note, viewing the galleries is not included). Along the lakefront, you’ll pass by the marinas, War Memorial, beaches and parks, before viewing the Water Tower District with its turn-of-the century mansions. After all these marvelous sites, cap your trip off with a cheese and beer tasting at one of Milwaukee’s famed breweries.

Chicago, IL

A morning cruise carries you back to Chicago. As you approach port, get out on deck and admire the breathtaking views of the city skyline gleaming under the morning sun. After lunch, take a grand tour that begins in the south side before moving through the cosmopolitan North Side to the Magnificent Mile, a renowned shopping district. Alternatively, the beach on Lakeshore Drive, “the tilt” skyline experience at the Hancock building, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium are all within walking distance from the ship. In the evening, celebrate the last night of your adventure with a special farewell dinner.

Pricing Per Person

Category I
$2,369.00
Category II
$3,299.00
Category III
$3,599.00
Category IV
$3,809.00
Category III Singles
$4,529.00
Port Charges
$195.00

 

Departure Dates

Embark: Chicago, IL
Aug 15, 2019
Disembark: Chicago, IL
Aug 22, 2019
Embark: Chicago, IL
Aug 24, 2019
Disembark: Chicago, IL
Aug 31, 2019

TERMS & CONDITIONS 

Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost. All itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.

 

The Grande Mariner

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

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

 

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