Cruising the Great Lakes aboard Le Dumont D’Urville

Cruising the Great Lakes aboard Le Dumont D’Urville



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 Dumont D’Urville or Le Bellot 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.

  • The Sept 17. and Oct. 9 departures operates Milwaukee to Toronto.
  • The Sept 24. departure will operate in the reverse direction from Toronto to Milwaukee.
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Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
Departure Dates
Sep 17, 2022 - Sep 24, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 1, 2022
Oct 9, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022


Pre-Program Option Milwaukee: Pride and Preservation – September 15-17 or October 7-9, 2022

Sept 15/Oct 7 – Depart Home City/Arrive Milwaukee

Sept 16/Oct 8 – Milwaukee

Sept 17/Oct 9 – Milwaukee/ Embark the ship

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 historical 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.

$845 pp double occupancy

$1095 single


Post-Program Option Toronto: Cultural Mosaic Sept 24-26 or October 16-18, 2022

Sept 24/Oct 16 – Disembark ship in Toronto

Sept 25/Oct 17 – Toronto

Sept 26/Oct 18 – Depart for flights home

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. Housed in a visionary building designed by renowned native son, architect Frank Gehry, the renowned museum features over 80,000 works, including the world’s largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures, Accommodations for two nights are in the historical, deluxe Fairmont Royal York.

$1095 pp double occupancy

$1295 single


The trip operates in the reverse direction for the 5.26 departure so extension dates for that middle program are as follows:

Pre-Program Option Toronto: Cultural Mosaic – Sept 22-24, 2022


Post-Program Option Milwaukee: Pride and Preservation –October 1-3, 2022


  • 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.

  • Mary Werner DeNadai

    Mary Werner DeNadai

    Mary Werner DeNadai, FAIA, is a nationally recognized architect and Trustee Emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her career spans four decades in the fields of historic preservation and classical architectural design and she has had personal involvement with projects that include the full spectrum of architectural styles, periods and building types. Mary has recently lectured on trips to the Rhine River, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Peru, Eastern Europe, Cuba, the Canary Islands and Morocco. She has been acknowledged and awarded for her achievements by the American Institute of Architects, as well as by other National, State and Local organizations.



CANCELLATION FEES: Final payment due at least 95 days prior to departure. Cancellation fees and penalties apply as follows:


96 days or more prior*

95-61 days prior

60-45 days prior

44-0 days prior


Full refund

50% of program price

75% of program price

100% of program price

*In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply. Click here for more information.


Great Lakes map


  • day 1

    Depart home city/Arrive in Toronto, Canada/ Embark Le Dumont-d’Urville/ Cruising Lake Ontario/Welland Canal 2

    The Sept 17. and Oct. 9 departures operates Milwaukee to Toronto.
    The Sept 24. departure will operate in the reverse direction from Toronto to Milwaukee.

  • day 2

    Port Colborne, Ontario, for Niagara Falls

  • day 3

    Cruising Lake Erie/Detroit, Michigan

  • day 4


  • day 5

    Tobermory, Ontario/Cruising Lake Huron

  • day 6

    Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan/Cruising Lake Superior/ Whitefish Point

  • day 7

    Mackinac Island/Cruising Lake Michigan

  • day 8

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin/Return to home city

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