Cruising the Great Lakes aboard Le Champlain

Cruising the Great Lakes aboard Le Champlain



Explore the vast breadth of the Great Lakes during this eight‑day travel program. Enjoy a seven-night, exclusively chartered cruise through all five Great Lakes from Milwaukee to Toronto, visiting fascinating islands and quaint towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor. Delight in the Victorian character of automobile-free Mackinac Island. Tour the historic towns of Sault Ste. Marie on both the Michigan and Ontario sides of St. Marys River, including visits to the Museum Ship Valley Camp and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center. See Sault Ste. Marie’s mighty Soo Locks and experience the thunderous power of Niagara Falls, two sites exemplifying the economic might and natural beauty of the Great Lakes region. Enjoy a guided tour of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, to admire an impressive, historical collection of American automobiles.

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Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
Departure Dates
Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 19, 2020


Milwaukee Pride and Preservation Pre-Program Option*
Rich in architectural treasures and world‑class institutions that reflect its storied history, vibrant Milwaukee is the perfect introduction to your Great Lakes cruise. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the historic North Point neighborhood—home to one of the finest collections of Victorian mansions in the Midwest—and tour the expansive Milwaukee Art Museum, an impressive addition to Milwaukee’s revitalized waterfront, with more than 25,000 pieces of art. Enjoy a downtown walking tour where modern high-rises share the skyline with meticulously preserved 19th-century buildings fashioned from the city’s signature cream-colored local brick. Visit the striking Pabst Mansion, built in Flemish style by Pabst Brewing Company president Frederick Pabst. Accommodations for two nights are in the deluxe, centrally located The Pfister Hotel.

Toronto Cultural Mosaic Post-Program Option*
Conclude your Great Lakes voyage in cosmopolitan Toronto, one of North America’s most celebrated cultural melting pots. Enjoy a walking tour of the Distillery District, Canada’s premier arts, culture and entertainment destination, and visit Fort York, built in 1793 on the shores of Lake Ontario. Enjoy a specially arranged lunch at the top of the CN Tower’s 360-degree revolving restaurant. Visit Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival mansion and garden, built in the style of a European castle by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Tour the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto’s crowning jewel with a collection of over 80,000 works, including the world’s largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures, housed in a visionary building designed by renowned native son, architect Frank Gehry. Accommodations for two nights are in the historic Five-Star Fairmont Royal York.


  • Grace Gary

    Grace Gary

    > Grace Gary’s relationship with the National Trust began when, while in graduate school, she was chosen as a National Trust Maritime Intern.  She’s hard to pin down on how many years ago that was, but she admits to having served as a lecturer on more-than fifty Trust tours over a span of more-than thirty years.  She is also the author of two titles in the Trust’s “Information” series and served as director of the Trust’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office.  She also served as executive director of Preservation Pennsylvania, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg’s Tourism Leadership Program, and Nemours Mansion and Gardens.  While at Nemours she oversaw an $80 million restoration program, which received the highest award from the AIA ever bestowed on a restoration project.  She and fellow National Trust Tours lecturer Dwight Young also co-authored “Nemours: A Portrait of Alfred I. DuPont’s Home,” which was published by Rizzoli.  She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and has a Master’s in architectural history from the University of Virginia, where she had the privilege of living on the Range in one of the original, Thomas Jefferson-designed rooms.


Great Lakes map


  • day 1

    September 12

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

  • day 2

    September 13

    Lake Michigan/Lake Huron – Mackinac Island, Michigan

  • day 3

    September 14

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

  • day 4

    September 15

    Tobermory, Ontario, Canada/Lake Huron

  • day 5

    September 16

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

  • day 6

    September 17

    Detroit for Dearborn, Michigan/Cruising Lake Erie

  • day 7

    September 18

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

  • day 8

    September 19

    Lake Ontario/Toronto/Return to home city

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