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Splendor of the Great Lakes on Ocean Voyager™

Splendor of the Great Lakes on Ocean Voyager™

Join Perkiomen Tours as we travel to Toronto to cruise on the Great Lakes to Chicago. American Queen Voyages – Great Lakes Cruises is the first choice for immersive and all-inclusive coastal cruising. Shore excursions are led by knowledgeable local guides and provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history and fascinating cultures of the Great Lakes.

Dive into North America’s maritime legacy on board the Ocean Voyager™. Your vacation begins as we prepare to set sail on a Great Lakes adventure, stopping at Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinac Island and other intoxicating ports along the way. We invite you to indulge in relaxation, engage in experience and cultivate the soul on this unforgettable journey.

 

  • Valid Passport Required

  • Escorted (Motorcoach portion)

  • Toronto, ON

  • American Queen Voyages cruising from Toronto, ON to Chicago, IL

  • Niagara Falls (Port Colborne), ON

  • Cleveland, OH

  • Detroit, MI

  • Scenic sailing on Lake Huron

  • Little Current/Manitoulin Island, ON

  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI

  • Mackinac Island, MI

  • Scenic sailing on Lake Michigan

  • Chicago, IL

  • 27 Meals Included

  • Motorcoach Transportation

  • Hotel Accommodations

 

Day 1

Today we depart for Toronto on our 12-day adventure to cruise on the Great Lakes. Enjoy a complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening allows time to become acquainted with the city. For your convenience, a Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel and the friendly staff can assist you with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reservation of premium experiences. Representatives will be available to provide suggestions for dining, entertainment, and sightseeing options to maximize your time in Toronto.

Day 2

This morning you can enjoy the city at your leisure. Later this afternoon, we will board the Ocean Voyager™, our home for the next 9 nights. Classic private staterooms and elegant public spaces make the Ocean Voyager™ feel like home away from home. Find comfort and peace of mind with electronic safes and individual climate control in each cabin. It's easy to unwind in provided robes and slippers, premium mattresses, and 100% Egyptian cotton bedding. Keep up to date - or just entertained - with your in-room flat-screen television. Personal service and daily housekeeping cater to your preferences. Meals in the Coastal Dining Room are not to be missed! Stellar service enriches the flavors of each region and season, from a delicate smoked trout rillette to a succulent rack of lamb to some of the best soups you've ever savored. Or, you can enjoy a buffet style meal in The Grille. Make sure to visit The Tavern and Compass Lounge while you are on board.

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Day 3

Today we begin in breathtaking Niagara Falls, which attracts millions of visitors each year. An optional pre-cruise premium experience (at an additional expense) takes you to the heart of its splendor for a Hornblower catamaran ride into the mist. Afterward, take lunch for a spin in the rotating Skylon Tower, followed by a tasting at a local winery and shopping at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Deluxe motorcoaches will transport you a short distance to the ship in Port Colborne.

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Day 4

Step off the ship onto what some call America's "North Coast" and discover why Clevelanders are so fiercely proud of their home. The reinvented city reverberates with vitality and a cool new atmosphere. Expand your mind at the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art, with over 45,000 works to explore. You can also feel the backbeat at the museum devoted to one of America's finest gifts to the world - the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. An optional premium experience (at an additional expense) to Geauga County offers a glimpse into a simpler way of life with a visit to an Amish home for a traditional wedding feast.

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Day 5

There's no better place than the Motor City to choose an optional premium experience to explore the captivating history of the automotive industry - and so much more - at The Henry Ford. Be astounded by the museum's vast and varied artifacts of American heritage. The extraordinary exhibits chronicle the lifespan of a nation. All guests may choose the included excursions to the Detroit Institute of Arts and its 100-plus galleries, the West Canfield Historic District, and other city highlights.

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Day 6

Sailing on Lake Huron - Today we slip our moorings to survey the sapphire canvas of a boundless empire. Scenic sailing invites you to navigate the day as we cruise through the second-largest arena of inland sea in America's Great Lakes. Engage in laissez faire, and curl up with a nautical novel on the deck as the rhythmic slap of spray keeps pace.

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Day 7

The raw beauty of Georgian Bay leads to the world's largest freshwater island - Manitoulin - featuring picturesque granite outcrops and rolling farmland. In its largest town, Little Current, indigenous life and legend meld with European history, with Immaculate Conception Church and its distinctive tepee-like architecture as a symbol. Venerated rhythms of the ages come to life in the talented hands and feet of Native drummers and dancers on an island considered sacred by the native Anishinaabe people.

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Day 8

A city divided presents duality in experience; Sault Ste. Marie, MI and ON, bridged together by name and commerce, are diverse waterfront communities that harbor a flood of opportunity. Culture beats through street veins that connect these harbors to the distinctly different North American countryside beyond each border. Join the included tour and admire the view from Soo Locks observation deck, or peer into the past in the preserved fur traders' settlement homes on Water Street. Drink in the atmosphere and encounter life in Sault Ste. Marie.

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Day 9

Trapped in time and surrounded by staggeringly beautiful landscapes, Mackinac Island centers the spirit and soothes the soul. Settle into the tranquil pace of this treasured destination on a tour by horse-drawn carriage. Fill up on fresh, local flavor with a lunch to remember at the island's legendary Grand Hotel. Afterward, let your gaze lazily wander across the stunning vistas from its colossal porch - the world's largest!

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Day 10

As we traverse across the aqua, turquoise, and cerulean shades of Lake Michigan, watch dunes of sand slowly become lost in the horizon while sunlight plays upon the desk. You may choose to visit the fitness center for a workout, or pamper yourself with a soothing massage in the spa. Regardless of preference, embrace the relaxation that scenic sailing offers to you.

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Day 11

Our Great Lakes Cruise journey concludes today. After we disembark, we will be met by a step-on guide who will show us the highlights of Chicago before we depart for our lodging in Westlake, Ohio.

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Day 12

Today after breakfast at the hotel, we travel back home. Arrival home is scheduled for early evening.

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Please note


Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.

Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.

Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but cannot be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with your driver at the time of boarding. Historically, daily seat rotation was practiced on most multi-day tours. We have suspended this practice for a period of time. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort if reinstated.

Perkiomen Tours recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your tour. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website. www.perkiomentours.com

Please be aware that optional Travel Protection/Insurance offered by the cruise line may not cover transportation (airfare or Motorcoach) to and from the cruise terminal. If you would like coverage for this portion of your trip, please inquire with a Perkiomen tour reservationist.

CB=Continental Breakfast, B=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Payment Schedule:

A deposit of $1000.00 per person is due at time of booking in order to confirm a seat on this tour. $250 of that deposit is non-refundable upon reservation.

Final payment is due no later than May 5, 2023.

 

American Queen Cancellation Policy (if not buying Trip Insurance):

Prior to 5/23/2023 - $250 per person non-refundable

5/23/2023 - 91 Days Prior - 25% per person non-refundable

6/23/2023 - 61 Days Prior - 50% per person non-refundable

7/23/2023 - 31 Days Prior - 75% per person non-refundable

8/22/2023 - 0 Days Prior - 100% per person non-refundable

 

Tour Includes:

Shipboard Accommodations including:

  • Comprehensive, guided shore excursions in each port of call

  • All on board meals

  • Non-premium wine & beer with dinner

  • Enrichment & Broadway-caliber entertainment

Taxes, Fees & Port charges

Meals listed in the itinerary: Indicated by B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner)

 

Items Not Included:

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (including on-board premium dining)

  • Gratuities for Perkiomen drivers and escorts

  • Gratuities for American Queen Voyages staff. Gratuities of $157.50 per person will be automatically charged to your onboard account.

  • Items of a personal nature like: Phone Calls, Laundry & Medical Assistance

  • Fuel surcharge, fees, taxes, etc. are subject to change without notice & may result in additional charges

 

Cancellation\Interruption Protection:

Because of cancellation penalties that can be incurred, Perkiomen Tours strongly recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your vacation. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website. www.perkiomentours.com

 

Dining Venues:

All Dining assignments are subject to availability at time of reservation and will be allocated on a first come, first confirmed basis.

 

Bedding Options:

Bedding preferences must be requested at the time of booking.

  • Options are 2 twin beds or 1 queen bed.

Please note that some staterooms have fixed bedding and cannot convert between 2 twins and a queen.

 

Proof of Citizenship:

A current passport valid for at least six months beyond the return date of this tour is required. Travelers will be responsible to secure their own passport. Passport forms are available from your local post office or any passport office. 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Allentown - Motorcoach Calvary Temple Church
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
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Easton - Shuttle William Penn Hwy Park & Ride, near pole A-10
Rt 33, Easton, PA
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Montgomeryville - Shuttle Quality Inn
678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936
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Pennsburg - Motorcoach Perkiomen Tours Office
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
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Reading - Shuttle Homewood Suites
2801 Papermill Rd, Reading, PA 19610
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