In the waning days of summer as the air becomes crisp and the skies turn deep blue, a special beauty envelops the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Migratory birds begin their passage south, and the waters sparkle in the gentle breeze. Join us aboard Yorktown for a splendid voyage through Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River. After setting sail from Detroit, our first call is at Cleveland, where we will visit the Great Lakes Science Center as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or alternately, the art museum and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Pass through the complex Welland Canal, with its seven locks that will lower Yorktown into Lake Ontario. Travelers will thrill to the thundering of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most celebrated natural wonders. As we traverse through the resplendent Thousand Islands, take part in lectures and discussions with our onboard experts about the natural and cultural history of the places we visit. Navigate the historic St. Lawrence River en route to Montreal and Quebec City, each with their ineffable French influences. This is a voyage that promises to delight with its charming towns, fascinating feats of engineering, and vibrant cities.
North America's Enchanting Seaway itinerary:
Day 1- DETROIT, Michigan,USA
Fly to Detroit and transfer to the pier to embark Yorktown.
Day 2 - CLEVELAND, Ohio; LAKE ERIE
Sitting where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie, Cleveland is home to a monumental downtown and a rich cultural legacy. Over nine million people visit this city on the lake, founded on the wealth of steel and oil barons. Cleveland’s industrial foundation is very much in evidence, though downtown’s steel warehouses and tool-and-die factories now house smart restaurants, cafés, and shops, and its many bridges lead to revitalized neighborhoods. Our tour of the city will include the Great Lakes Science Center, with its excellent presentations of the ecology of the Great Lakes, and the striking I. M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located on the Lake Erie waterfront. Alternately, tour the superb Cleveland Museum of Art, noted for its collection of European paintings, as well as American, Asian, and African Art, and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. There will also be time to browse the historic West Side Market, the oldest operating indoor/outdoor market space in Cleveland, and now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Day 3 -WELLAND CANAL; NIAGARA FALLS; LAKE ONTARIO
Today Yorktown begins the dramatic passage from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario via the Welland Canal. A series of seven locks designed as a continuous flight of “stairs” lowers Yorktown 324 feet over a distance of 27 miles. From the decks of the ship witness the mechanics of this engineering marvel, which took over 100 years to complete. Stay on board for the entire transit or disembark for an excursion to Niagara Falls, one of North America’s most spectacular natural wonders, where we’ll see both the American Falls and Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls.
Day 4 - THOUSAND ISLANDS
Explore the renowned Thousand Islands, a popular vacation destination for more than a century. Visit the Antique Boat Museum, dedicated to the preservation of North American boats and artifacts whose collection includes over 100 historic and varied vessels. Later in the day visit the Boldt Castle, an emotional representation of a tragic loss. George C. Boldt began building the impressive castle for his beloved wife, but when she died suddenly he halted all construction on the site, leaving behind the unfinished structure for years to come. In 1977, after the Thousand Island Bridge Authority acquired the site, restoration and improvements have been made to the castle, and today we’ll have the opportunity to visit its several structures as well as its picturesque grounds.
Day 5- THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY
Navigate the St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of lakes, canals, and locks that provide a deepwater passage from the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario. We’ll begin our beguiling transit through its seven locks, whose history dates back as early as 1895 when the first commission was established to discuss the feasibility of creating such an ambitious and important seaway. It was finally realized in 1959 with the passage of the icebreaker “D’Iberville.” Our onboard experts will delve further into the history of this storied seaway as we make the beguiling transit through this modern feat of engineering.
Day 6 - MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada
The second-largest French-speaking city in the Western world after Paris, Montreal is one of North America’s most cosmopolitan cities, striking a dynamic balance between the avant-garde and Old World charms. Our tour includes a stroll through the cobblestoned streets of Vieux-Montreal (the old quarter); resplendent Notre Dame Basilica; and Mont-Royal Park, where the Iroquois established their original settlement. The afternoon is at leisure to further discover Montreal on your own.
Day 7 - QUEBEC CITY
Quebec City, built on the site of Iroquois village Stadacona, sits high above the narrowest point of the St. Lawrence River. With its old city walls, narrow cobblestoned lanes, country squares, copper gables, outdoor cafes and historic battlements, Quebec City remains one of the most romantic spots in North America. The authentic, undeveloped charm led UNESCO to designate it a World Heritage site in 1985. Discover the Upper and Lower Towns; the Citadel; the Plains of Abraham, where General Wolfe claimed the city for England in 1759; and the Place Royale.
Day 8 - QUEBEC CITY
Disembark in Quebec and transfer to the airport for return flights home.
LENGTH: 257 feet | BEAM: 43 feet | DRAFT: 8 feet | CABINS: 69 | FLAG: American
The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.