Cruising the Great Lakes aboard Le Champlain

Cruising the Great Lakes aboard Le Champlain



Explore all five Great Lakes to admire magnificent scenery and discover North America’s passion for nearly two
centuries of North American innovation and maritime history from Milwaukee to Toronto. Cruise aboard the
Five-Star, small ship Le Champlain and experience the historical charm of Mackinac Island, the unspoiled beauty of the UNESCO-inscribed Niagara Escarpment, the cultural largesse of Detroit and the thunderous Niagara Falls. Transit the Welland Canal and Soo Locks, among the world’s greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. John Meffert will be the study leader on the Sept. 30, 2021 departure.

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SAVE up to $2,000 per cabin if reserved early!

Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
Departure Dates
Sep 30, 2021 - Oct 7, 2021
Oct 14, 2021 - Oct 21, 2021


Optional pre- and post-cruise extensions to Milwaukee and Toronto are also planned.


  • John Meffert

    John Meffert

    John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office from and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.


Cancellations for all or any part of the program including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure; from 119 through 95 days prior to departure, $800 per person; cancellations 94 days or less prior to departure, a no‑show or early return from the program will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.

Ponant Health Protection Measures


Great Lakes map


  • day 1

    September 30

    Depart home city/Arrive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin/Embark Le Champlain/Cruising Lake Michigan

  • day 2

    October 1

    Lake Michigan/Lake Huron – Mackinac Island, Michigan

  • day 3

    October 2

    Lake Superior/Sault Sainte Marie/Transit the Soo Locks between
    Lake Superior and Lake Huron

  • day 4

    October 3

    Tobermory, Ontario, Canada/Lake Huron

  • day 5

    October 4

    Lake Huron/St. Clair River/Lake St. Clair/Detroit, Michigan

  • day 6

    October 5

    Detroit for Dearborn, Michigan/Cruising Lake Erie

  • day 7

    October 6

    Port Colborne, Ontario, (Welland Canal) for Niagara Falls/Cruising Lake Ontario

  • day 8

    October 7

    Lake Ontario/Toronto/Return to home city

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