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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Day 1 - Welcome to Toronto
    On arrival, you’ll be met and chauffeured to General Tours deluxe city-center hotel for your pre-cruise stay in Toronto. The balance of this day and evening are yours to relax and enjoy as you wish in this cosmopolitan city.
  2. Day 2
    Day 2 - Enjoy Toronto + Embark the mv Victory I
    After breakfast, A+R guests have this morning at leisure to discover the sights and charms of Toronto at their own pace. Later this afternoon, we’ll take you to the pier where the intimate and stylish mv Victory I awaits. Settle in to your outside stateroom and then join your fellow travelers for an elegant dinner with wines, cocktails and beverages.  Meals B+D
  3. Day 3
    Day 3 - Thrill to Niagara Falls
    Delight in today's Premium Excursion into the lovely vineyard landscapes of the Niagara Peninsula. A thrilling Hornblower Cruise will take you through the Great Niagara Gorge and past Bridal Veil Falls into the very heart of Horseshoe Falls - where the mighty spray and thundering roar of Niagara will virtually envelope you! Then sit down to lunch atop the Skylon Tower - 775 feet above Niagara Falls! From here, you’ll have breathtaking aerial views of all three of Niagara's Canadian and American cascades. And on a clear day, the view stretches for 80 miles to encompass the city skylines of Buffalo and Toronto. Before returning to ship, you’ll have time to explore the galleries and boutiques in the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Meals B+L+D
  4. Day 4
    Day 4 - Fine Art + Rock & Roll
    Today's excursion begins at the Cleveland Museum of Art. With more than 61,000 works spanning 6,000 years, it's a fascinating and broad look at human artistic achievement - from ancient Greek sculptors and Monet's soothing Water Lilies to Andy Warhol's vibrant and colorful take on Marilyn Monroe. At the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, set in a striking lakefront structure designed by the renowned architect I. M. Pei, you'll discover more than just a collection of Rock & Roll memorabilia. Indeed, its well-curated and thoughtfully presented exhibits trace the evolution of this musical genre and explore its cultural impact upon generations of Americans. Among the items in the collection are Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche, Michael Jackson's famous glove, and scribbled lyrics that became 20th-century classics!  Meals B+L+D
  5. Day 5
    Day 5 - Henry Ford Museum + Greenfield Village
    A+R guests enjoy today’s Premium Excursion to the Henry Ford Museum. More than just a showcase of the auto industry, this museum explores 300 years of history and innovation. Among the highlights are the limousine that transported John F. Kennedy through Dallas on November 22, 1963, the bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in 1955, and even an artfully deconstructed, amazingly displayed Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman.
     
    You’ll also tour Greenfield Village; encompassing 80 acres of interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits, the seven historic districts that make up Greenfield Village offer an inspiring look into American ingenuity and resourcefulness, showing how we've lived, worked and played over the past 300 years.  Meals B+L+D
  6. Day 6
    Day 6 - Cruising Lake Huron

    Enjoy this day of cruising – enriched by General Tours shipboard experts, fine dining, congenial camaraderie with your fellow passengers and General Tours Open Bar. Your A+R Host is on-hand throughout to ensure a more rewarding and completely carefree experience.  Meals B+L+D

  7. Day 7
    Day 7 - Ashore on Manitoulin Island, Ontario

    Sail into beautiful Georgian Bay and step ashore on Manitoulin Island to visit the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. With its art galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits, this heritage museum is a great place to learn about the region's First Nations people. You can even participate in a smudging ceremony - an ancient ritual that uses smoke from cedar, sage, sweet grass and other plants regarded for their healing powers. A drum and dance performance offers further insight into Ojibwe culture.

    You’ll also make a stop at the Immaculate Conception Church. With its unique in-the-round architectural style that evokes a teepee and the circle of life, this church is the spiritual focal point of the local community and brings together the beliefs and customs of the native Ojibwe culture and the Catholic Church.  Meals B+L+D

  8. Day 8
    Day 8 - The Soo Locks + Sault Ste. Marie

    You might wish to arise early this morning as the mv Victory I transits through the historic Soo Locks where freighters, barges and tugboats traverse the 21-foot drop of the St. Mary’s River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The first lock here was built in 1855 and the canal was navigated by 27 vessels during its first year of operation. Today, more than 10,000 ships hauling 86 million tons of cargo pass through these historic parallel locks each year, even though they’re closed during the winter when ice shuts down shipping on the upper Great Lakes

    Today you can join your fellow passengers for flexible Hop-on Hop-off touring. Exploring at your own pace, you’ll be able to visit a number of the town’s highlights including the Valley Camp Museum. Here in the enormous hold of a cargo ship that plied the Great Lakes from 1917 through 1966, you’ll find fascinating exhibits that trace the rich maritime history of the Great Lakes. Other sightseeing stops afford the chance to visit the River of History Museum, to see the historic homes of Water Street, and to marvel at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, one of the oldest churches in the United States.  Meals B+L+D

  9. Day 9
    Day 9 - Mackinac Island with Lunch at the Grand Hotel
    With no cars allowed on the island, your horse-drawn carriage tour is a great way to experience the Victorian ambience of this National Historic Landmark. Learn about the island's history and see spectacular turn-of-the-century summer homes built by early captains of American industry. High atop a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, your tour of Fort Mackinac delves into its strategic importance during the War of 1812.
     
    Your sightseeing tour ends at the Grand Hotel, famed for its colonnaded verandah. Opened in 1887, it’s still the longest front porch in the world. As you take in the breathtaking views from this hilltop setting and walk through the Grand’s elegant interior spaces, you may recognize them from Somewhere in Time, the 1980 film starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour that was filmed here. Sit down to the hotel’s renowned Grand Luncheon Buffet and then return to ship as General Tours cruise continues.  Meals B+L+D
  10. Day 10
    Day 10 - Cruising on Lake Michigan

    Delight in another day of cruising as General Tours navigate south toward Chicago. Take in the scenery from the expansive Observation Deck, enjoy congenial conversation in the Lounge, or join a final talk with General Tours engaging Great Lakes experts. Elegant dining in two distinct venues – the Coastal Dining Room and the casual al fresco Grill - and General Tours Open Bar enhance your day at sea.  Meals B+L+D

  11. Day 11
    Day 11 - Step off in Chicago
    After a final breakfast onboard, you’ll step off ship in the heart of Chicago at Navy Pier, one of the city’s premier downtown attractions and home to restaurants, shops, the iconic Centennial Wheel, and an inviting beer garden overlooking Lake Michigan. The mv Victory I is the only cruise ship to dock here and it promises the perfect welcome to this vibrant, cosmopolitan city. You’ll be met here at the Pier and chauffeured to the airport for your onward flight.  Meals B

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Inclusions

Additional Packages Available
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  • Cabin Class D
  • Cabin Class C
  • Cabin Class B
  • Cabin Class AA
  • Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Alexander Roberts Tours

    Committed to Your Well Being While You’re With Alexander Roberts

    • All Alexander Roberts' staff will maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times, so expect a warm and genuine greeting but not a handshake or a hug!
    • All high-touch surfaces in coaches and private cars – like door handles, railings, arm rests, and window controls – will be sanitized each morning and regularly throughout the day.
    • Alexander Roberts' expert guides and drivers will don face masks whenever in proximity to guests.
    • Alexander Roberts staff have been trained on Extra Care procedures – and how to respond to issues that may arise as you travel.
    • Complimentary face masks and hand sanitizer will be available in all vehicles while touring.
    More Space + Extra Care While Touring
    • Larger luxury motorcoaches so each traveler will have two seats to themselves while touring.
    • Private airport transfers with a spacious luxury vehicle when you come and go for every tour
    • Regular and frequent sanitizing of all high-touch vehicle surfaces.
    • Prearranged entry for all sightseeing minimizes standing in line with other travelers.
    • Whisper Headsets for groups of 5 or more allow for proper physical distancing while sightseeing, except for certain nature activities in remote areas like the Amazon.
    More Space + Extra Care While Dining
    • Alexander Roberts carefully selects restaurants to avoid crowded high-capacity venues; Alexander Roberts emphasizes fine farm-to-table dining with attentive and efficient service – and the choice to dine al fresco whenever available.
    • No large-group dining; enjoy more spacious dining settings and smaller, well-spaced tables for included meals.
    • Restaurant staff will follow the guidance of local health authorities and WHO protocols which may include facial coverings.
    Extra Care at Luxury Hotels
    • Alexander Roberts' hotels are always selected for their outstanding locations, evocative ambiance, impeccable service – and cleanliness.
    • OAlexander Roberts' partners include the most respected luxury brands – like Belmond, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Kempinski and JW Marriott; they are now leading the industry with their sophisticated hygiene standards and protocols to ensure the well being of all their guests.
    • Hotels will be continuously and rigorously vetted to ensure that they are following established WHO guidelines including social distancing and sanitizing procedures of guestrooms and public spaces.
    • Hotel breakfasts will usually feature à la carte service and group seating will be replaced by smaller, appropriately distanced tables.
    And Always... Alexander Roberts' Distinctive Style

    In a Small Group of Never More than 16 Guests or on a Privately Guided Tour for just your traveling party, their experienced guides have the flexibility to adjust your sightseeing based upon local conditions – to avoid times of heaviest traffic and crowding, for example. Alexander Roberts can dine in smaller authentic restaurants, minimize the time waiting in lines, and leave a lighter footprint. You’ll learn the history and stories behind the world’s most iconic landmarks, immerse more deeply in the wonders of the natural world, and delight in genuine cultural engagement not possible in a larger group. It’s travel without a crowd.

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    Accommodations

    Pricing is for package: Cabin Class E

    Hilton Chicago Downtown - Chicago, Illinois
    Situated on world-famous Michigan Avenue overlooking Grant Park in the heart of Chicago, General Tours deluxe hotel puts the best of the city right at your front door! Combining classical furnishings with cool modern style, all guestrooms feature Hilton’s signature Serenity Bed, a 55-inch HD television with premium channels, a well-stocked minibar and a coffee maker. For your dining pleasure, the Hilton’s offerings include the hearty pub-style fare of Kitty O’Sheas, the fresh seasonal menu at the 720 South Grill, or casual grab-and-go meals from Herb N’ Kitchen.

    Hilton Toronto - Toronto, Ontario - Canada
    In the heart of downtown, General Tours deluxe hotel is within walking distance of many of Toronto’s most popular dining, shopping and cultural venues including the highly-regarded Art Gallery of Ontario. Spacious guestrooms are stylishly furnished and generously appointed with Hilton’s signature Serenity Bed, a 50-inch HD television with premium channels, and coffee maker. On-site dining options include Level Two with its unique locally-sourced small-plate culinary experience, the Canadian-inspired menu of Tundra, or Ruth’s Chris – the classic North American steakhouse!

    Hilton Toronto - Toronto, Ontario - Canada
    In the heart of downtown, General Tours deluxe hotel is within walking distance of many of Toronto’s most popular dining, shopping and cultural venues including the highly-regarded Art Gallery of Ontario. Spacious guestrooms are stylishly furnished and generously appointed with Hilton’s signature Serenity Bed, a 50-inch HD television with premium channels, and coffee maker. On-site dining options include Level Two with its unique locally-sourced small-plate culinary experience, the Canadian-inspired menu of Tundra, or Ruth’s Chris – the classic North American steakhouse!

    Hilton Toronto - Toronto, Ontario - Canada
    In the heart of downtown, General Tours deluxe hotel is within walking distance of many of Toronto’s most popular dining, shopping and cultural venues including the highly-regarded Art Gallery of Ontario. Spacious guestrooms are stylishly furnished and generously appointed with Hilton’s signature Serenity Bed, a 50-inch HD television with premium channels, and coffee maker. On-site dining options include Level Two with its unique locally-sourced small-plate culinary experience, the Canadian-inspired menu of Tundra, or Ruth’s Chris – the classic North American steakhouse!

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.1
    Accommodations
    3
    Itinerary
    5
    Professional Staff
    5
    Repeat with Operator
    4
    Value for Money
    3.5

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    Ratings based off 4 reviews - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

    Our tour guide was great. Most of the excursions were very good.I would rather they include the gratuities for excursions in the price.

    Enjoyed the variety of excursions. Ship had a very comfortable traditional feel in the public areas. The small size of bathroom especially the shower could be an issue for large or physically challenged travelers. Our Alex-Roberts tour director was great. Service of ship personnel very good as was food and variety. Breakfast buffet was not as extensive as other ships of comparable size

    The trip was VERY GOOD from all aspects. I had a wonderful time and made some new friends. It was very informative and I learned a great deal about the Great Lakes. I will tell others about the trip and I to take another Alexander Roberts in the coming year.


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