Follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers like Lewis and Clark and Samuel de Champlain, the French navigator who sailed Lake Huron in 1615. Cruising the Great Lakes or venturing up the Columbia and Snake Rivers, our elegant Small Ship Journeys offer a fresh and intimate look into American history and culture.
Experience our unique view of the Great Lakes aboard the elegant 202-guest mv Victory I. Enhanced with enriching talks from our shipboard experts, you’ll step into the Victorian Age as you explore historic Mackinac Island by horse-drawn carriage. At the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you’ll encounter wonderful stories about American legends – from Rosa Parks and Henry Miller to the Beach Boys and Hank Williams. Then sail into magnificent Georgian Bay to learn about living Ojibwe traditions on Manitoulin Island and to explore Killbear Park with local naturalists and historians.
Our five prime-season cruises from Chicago to Toronto feature 9 nights in an outside stateroom, fine dining, all shore excursions, an open bar, airport transfers and shipboard gratuities.
On the other side of the Continent, Oregon and Washington are famed for their pioneering American cuisine, award-winning wines, and abundant natural beauty. New for 2017, Our Pacific Northwest is an 11-day journey designed for a congenial group of never more than 16 guess. With our well-versed resident guide, this trip begins with the bounty of Portland and continues to Newport and the vibrant university-town of Eugene. Along the way, you’ll discover Oregon’s spectacular coastal landscapes, sample the fine wines of the Willamette Valley, and sit down to congenial farm-to-table meals prepared by some of the Northwest’s most creative chefs.
Then board the deluxe American Empress for a one-week cruise into the pristine landscapes of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Enjoy fine regional dining, free-flowing wines at dinner, and lively discussions with shipboard experts. Our complete program of flexible shore excursions has been uniquely designed so you can pursue your own interests; these prepaid visits include the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, historic Bonneville Dam, and Sacajawea State Park - set on a picturesque spot where Lewis and Clark camped in October 1805.
Explore our other worldwide destinations on all seven continents! Choose from 134 Small Group Journeys with never more than 16 guests and Private Tours – or let our travel experts design a Custom Journey just for you.
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