August 15, 2022 - August 25, 2022

Sailing the Five Great Lakes


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Tour Description

Your package includes deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 15 meals.

Get ready! Pack your camera and prepare to cast off on this unforgettable voyage. Is there a better way to explore the Great Lakes than by boat? The answer is—of course—No! This will be an experience you don’t want to miss as we explore each of the Great Lakes, soaking in the beauty of the land and the water. The Lakes aren’t all you will be doing, though. We have all sorts of fascinating places to take you. One thing is for sure! This is—without a doubt—the best way to experience the Great Lakes!

Day 1:

Meals: Dinner

As we make our way northward, feel free to relax and meet your fellow travelers. We have a special treat in store for you this evening.  Making Memories invites you to sit back and be our guest at our welcome dinner, hosted by the multi-award-winning Machine Shed Restaurant. After a delicious meal, we will make our way to our hotel for the night in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Day 2:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We won’t be on the road long before we stop at the Eighth Wonder of the World: the SPAM Museum. Here, you’ll be tickled pink and meaty at this expansive collection of spiced-pork articles. This is a place you will want to get the t-shirt!  After this fun stop, we’ll load back onto the bus and conclude the evening at the Barker’s Island Resort.    

Day 3:

Meals: Breakfast

Be sure you remember to bring your camera today because we are driving to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, where we have an amazing experience set up for everyone. One you won’t soon forget! A cruise along Pictured Rocks Lakeshore takes us into and alongside the most visually stunning 40 miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes!  East Channel Lighthouse, Grand Island, Miner’s Castle, Painted Coves, Lover’s Leap and many more, each with its own history and unique beauty. These are just some of the remarkable landmarks you can bask in on this incredible voyage. After our cruise, our hotel in Munising, Mich. is waiting for us.  

Day 4:

Meals: Breakfast

Four days into our tour, we keep Making Memories by exploring, engaging and experiencing the USS Badger, which will begin our quest across Lake Michigan! On this ship, we are going to enjoy the Lake Michigan Crossing. After this lovely encounter, we will call it a day in Ludington, Michigan.  

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast

Today, we are going to take a ride on the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry. Once we unload from the ferry, we get a grand tour of the island and the chance to explore the island for ourselves!  As the day winds down, we will reboard our ferry and head back to the mainland and our hotel in Mackinaw City.    

Day 6:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We’ve arrived in a little town known as Frankenmuth, Mich., where we will stay for the evening. If you’re not familiar with this little town, you should know that Frankenmuth is called Little Bavaria, and it is truly a beautiful little town. Here we will have a tour of the city together to discover authentic Bavarian architecture and why they take pride in preserving their German heritage. You’re going to have multiple opportunities to make some memories on this fine day!

Day 7:

Meals: Breakfast

We continue our adventure together, and before long, we come to our first stop for the day. If you’re a car enthusiast, you’re going to love this. We will be visiting the Henry Ford Museum! And even if you’re not a car lover, you can’t help but be impressed by this amazing place. Henry Ford proclaimed that this museum, which opened in 1929, would show how the inventions of a few forever changed America. We leave here to continue our adventure, and we will be overnighting tonight in Brantford, Ontario.  

Day 8:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We get to experience one of the wonders of the world!  That’s right folks! We’re seeing the great Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. Have your camera ready and load up that memory card with this picturesque backdrop.  Departing here, we move on to our next picture stop at the famous Floral Clock.  For lunch today, you will all have a chance to explore the lovely town of Niagara on the Lake. Leaving here, we make our way to our hotel in Toronto. But before we hit the hay, we have one more exciting experience for the day. Tonight, we enjoy a dinner cruise on Lake Ontario as we cruise along the harbor and take in the city skyline.       

Day 9:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we begin the journey home; however, we aren’t done yet because—of course—there is still one more lake to discover. This evening, we have another spectacular dinner for you: a summer dinner cruise on Lake Erie!  See the red, yellow and orange tones of the fiery sunset reflected upon the verdant green, glass-like waters of Lake Erie. We know you’re going to have an amazing day.

Day 10:

Meals: Breakfast

All good things must come to an end.  We’ve had so many great days together cruising and exploring!

Day 11:

Meals: Breakfast

Life awaits us, but the memories will remain.  We can share stories, pictures and videos, forever cherishing our time with each other!