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Magical Lake Michigan

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

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The breathtaking Lake Michigan is a scenic journey filled with natural beauty. Its coastline is met by picturesque lighthouses on white sand beaches, charming small towns rich in history, and the buzz of glowing city life. Passengers of the Magical Lake Michigan cruise will be able to experience the best of these environments over the course of 8 days. Guided tours are offered along the way, taking you through the unspoiled ports that dot the United States’ ‘Third Coast.' Museums, nature hikes and optimal relaxation on sandy beaches will all be available. To begin your trip, you will set sail for Holland, Michigan, a serene Dutch-inspired village known for housing the only authentic Dutch windmill in the United States. This journey also includes a stop on the beautiful, Victorian era-inspired Mackinac Island. Here, you will be able to travel the island by foot or by horse-drawn carriage and see all that this pristine island has to offer, including the stunning and ornate Grand Hotel. This itinerary also calls for a stop in Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee, inviting you to delve into its impressive history by exploring famous landmarks, breweries, and more. Leisurely strolls, fast-paced metropolises, ever-sparkling waters, and much more await you on this cherished itinerary.

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Onboard Early Arrival

Enjoy an extra night of exploration and leisure in the Windy City with Blount Small Ship Adventures. This affordable “Early Arrival” option invites guests to board the ship one day early, settle into their private cabin, and explore the city at their leisure. For just $150 per person, passengers may board the vessel at 5 p.m. Included with the option is a chef prepared dinner and breakfast the following morning.

Chicago, IL

Your voyage begins in he vibrant metropolis of Chicago, IL known for its amazing architecture, wind and waters.

Holland, MI

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Founded in 1847, Holland is a quaint dutch-inspired village. A complimentary shuttle service from the vessel will take you downtown to explore, with options to visit the New Holland Brewing Company and Windmill Island, home to the only authentic working Dutch windmill in the United States. Or, you may join an optional bus ride to Grand Rapids, MI and enjoy a docent led tour of the President Gerald Ford 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, Beaver Island boasts a rich history of Native American, French, and Irish cultures, and was the epicenter of the region’s freshwater fishing industry in the 19th century. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation, or explore the island’s scenic beaches, majestic state forest, the well-loved island Toy Museum or Old Mormon print shop.
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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Lovely Mackinac Island embodies the grace of the Victorian era with beautifully preserved historic homes and horse-drawn carriages – its only form of transportation! 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 historic Grand 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.

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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In Wisconsin’s Door County, visit idyllic Sturgeon Bay, a shipbuilding port where historic lighthouses and yachts create a striking seascape. Enjoy an optional morning tour of the Door County Maritime Museum, where you can board a 1930s tugboat or a steamship from 1907. This afternoon sail toward riverside 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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“Wisconsin’s Maritime Capital” is nestled at the mouth of the Manitowoc River.
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 an optional narrated bus tour and see the city's meticulously preserved historical buildings and famous city landmarks. Tour the Milwaukee Art Museum, concluding the day with a delightful cheese and beer tasting. Or, spend your day at the Harley Davidson Museum, celebrating the more than 100 year history of Harley Davidson motorcycles.
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 on majestic Lake Michigan carries you back to bustling Chicago, IL. After lunch, get to know this iconic American city during an optional Grand Tour beginning in the South Side, home to the Chicago White Sox. Discover the beauty of the North Side and the Magnificent Mile, a world-renowned shopping district. Tonight, celebrate the conclusion of your adventure with a farewell dinner.

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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


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.


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