Great Lakes – National Trust 75th Anniversary Cruise

Great Lakes – National Trust 75th Anniversary Cruise



In honor of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 75th anniversary, National Trust Tours invites you to embark on a celebratory seven-night cruise from Milwaukee to Toronto that touches all five of the glorious Great Lakes. This region’s rich maritime history, dynamic urban and coastal architecture, and sublime natural wonders are, in short, a perfect backdrop for this festive milestone. In addition, our small-ship voyage will forge a link between those who support historic preservation and the National Trust as a cause, lifestyle and passion with the people who work tirelessly to tell the stories of places that matter. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate!


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Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
Departure Dates
Sep 29, 2024 - Oct 6, 2024


September 27 to 29, 2024 (Pre-Tour Begins: September 27)
Rich in architectural treasures and world‑class institutions, vibrant Milwaukee is the perfect extension 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. Visit the striking Pabst Mansion, built in Flemish style by Pabst Brewing Company president Frederick Pabst.
Accommodations for two nights are in the centrally located Pfister Hotel, a member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America program.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $985
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,315

October 6 to 8, 2024 (Post-Tour Ends: October 8)
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 lunch in 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.
Accommodations for two nights are in the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel, a member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America program
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,315
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,535


Economy airfare included!

New York (JFK) Washington-Dulles (IAD)
Chicago (ORD)
Detroit (DTW)
Minneapolis (MSP)
Boston (BOS)
Newark (EWR)
Philadelphia (PHL)
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW)
Houston (IAH)
Atlanta (ATL)
Miami (MIA)
Denver (DEN)
Phoenix (PHX)
Los Angeles (LAX)
San Francisco (SFO) Seattle (SEA)


Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.


  • Linda Harper

    Linda Harper

    Linda was on the NTHP National Main Street program’s management team working with over 200 communities.  As the director for Exchange Programs for the Countryside Institute she provided oversight for communities in 3 counties to implement sustainable environmental and economic programs. Her time as the Board Chair and Executive Director of Historic Congressional Cemetery saw the property go from being listed on the NT’s 11 Most Endangered to being listed as a National Landmark with a $4M endowment. Most recently she served as the CEO for Cultural Tourism for Washington, DC promoting the embassies, monuments, arts and neighborhoods as an integral part of the city’s economic development plan.  Her background in historic preservation, cultural tourism and community engagement will help each traveler better understand the flavor and significance of our stops along the way.


A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply




  • day 1

    Depart Home City Milwaukee, WI Embark

    Arrive in Milwaukee and embark the ship in the afternoon. Tonight, gather with new friends for the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner on board.

  • day 2

    Lake Michigan Mackinac Island Lake Huron

    Cruise Lake Michigan this morning before arriving at quaint Mackinac Island. Set off on a nostalgic horse‑drawn carriage ride around the island with a photo stop at the famed Arch Rock. Enjoy lunch at the Grand Hotel, a longtime member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America program. The hotel’s elegant dining room overlooks the world’s longest porch displaying the hotel’s many American flags, as well as the glistening Straits of Mackinac. Continue to Fort Mackinac for a guided visit. Back on board, enjoy dinner while cruising Lake Huron.

  • day 3

    Soo Locks Lake Superior Sault Ste. Marie, MI

    This morning, transit the Soo Locks from Lake Huron to Lake Superior and back. Arrive in Sault Ste. Marie and explore the SS Valley Camp, a retired lake freighter that is now a museum featuring exhibits of faithfully restored living quarters and the tragic loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Continue to the Soo Locks Interpretation Center and watch colossal freighters lower 21 feet from Lake Superior to enter Lake Huron. Later tonight, watch a First Nations dance performance on the ship.

  • day 4

    Tobermory, Canada Lake Huron

    Venture out to explore beautiful Tobermory, located at the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Board a glass‑bottom boat and cruise atop crystal‑clear waters from Little Tub Harbor to Big Tub Harbor. Along the way, look for Big Tub Lighthouse, Flowerpot Island and the remains of the schooner Sweepstakes, which sank in 1885. Enjoy time at leisure to savor local gelato, sip craft beer or browse art galleries. Prepare for more stunning views tonight as your cruise continues.

  • day 5

    Detroit, MI

    Get to know Detroit on an orientation tour, followed by a visit to the historic Fisher Building, decorated with sumptuous mosaics, marble and bronze accents. Next, join your guide for a tour of the acclaimed Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, which spotlights the creative genius of American inventors and innovators that represent defining moments in U.S. history. See Kennedy’s presidential limo, the chair where Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater and the bus where Rosa Parks refused to vacate her seat. Detroit is known as the birthplace of Motown and tonight’s entertainment features the soulful tunes of legendary singer-songwriter Tee Turner of the Motown group, The Miracles.

  • day 6

    Port Colborne for Niagara Falls Lake Ontario

    Drive to Niagara Falls, a natural phenomenon formed by three waterfalls: American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Get up close to the amazing landmark and experience the sheer force of this geological wonder during a Hornblower Cruise to the base of Horseshoe Falls. After a specially arranged lunch, visit the landmark Niagara Parks Power Station, filled with immersive exhibits and artifacts. Then pause at a scenic overlook to witness the 410 million‑year‑old layers of the Niagara Gorge and the raging Whirlpool Rapids. Pass by the Sir Adam Beck Power Station, the world’s first large‑scale hydroelectric generation project, and see Niagara’s famous Floral Clock, intricately filled with 20,000 plants and flowers. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception while cruising Lake Ontario.

  • day 7

    Toronto/Disembark Return to Home City

    Following breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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