from Toronto to Chicago
14 days (14 days cruise only)
The HANSEATIC inspiration is planned to launch in October 2019. The wind in your hair and the spray on your skin – become an explorer under an open sky. This is why our ships have more open deck space than any other expedition ship. Hear the ice crack as you stand on the bow. Or discover the dense mangrove forests of the Amazon from various perspectives as they pass by at arm’s length.
Scheduled flight from Germany to Toronto
Toronto/Lake Ontario/CanadaOvernight stay on board
Toronto/Lake Ontario/Canada, departure 1.00 hrs
Your expedition will begin with nautical masterpieces that most ships cannot navigate. The HANSEATIC inspiration, an expedition ship built for precisely this purpose, negotiates the eight locks of the Welland Canal with ease on the journey from Toronto via Lake Ontario.
Windsor/Detroit River, from 7.30 to 19.00 hrs
The route is clear, and before you lies vast Lake Erie as well as the impressive passage to the historic industrial city of Windsor. From here, you continue to Detroit, where classic vehicles such as the Ford Mustang were once produced. At the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village*, the historic structures of the car and open-air museum recall the era between the 18th and 20th centuries. On an excursion to Windsor and Willistead Manor*, the splendid manor house with 36 rooms invites you on a thrilling journey through time.
Tobermory/Lake Huron, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs
Maritime charm, rather than historic cultural heritage, awaits you on your cruise on Lake Huron to the fishing town of Tobermory in Georgian Bay. Your impressive hike along the picturesque bay culminates at the local lighthouse.
Parry Sound, from 7.00 to 21.00 hrs
Parry Sound commemorates the famous polar explorer William E. Parry – a wonderful place that is ideal for exploring the little beaches along the lake’s shore. Look forward to spellbinding views on the boat trip to the 30,000 islands*: passing imposing limestone cliffs, narrow channels lead to hidden natural treasures. The scenic flight over the 30,000 islands* opens up the landscape with great pathos.
Little Current, from 7.30 to 17.30 hrs
Your route continues to Manitoulin Island. Known as “Spirit Island”, it is home to the sailing town of Little Current, which – as everywhere on the island – is deeply rooted in the indigenous culture. Get to know the traditions, language and customs on an excursion: at a powwow in M’Chigeeng*, soak up the intensive atmosphere as dancers adorned with feather headdresses and war paint step in time to the resonating drums. A local guide will hold a very personal ceremony for you on a hike on the Cup and Saucer Trail*. The insights into the local flora are just as fascinating as the views over the North Channel.
Sault Ste. Marie, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs
Sault Ste. Marie enchants with its Ermatinger Old Stone House and American architecture from the early 19th century. Spectacular panoramas will be revealed on the scenic journey/train ride to Agawa Canyon*. As you pass picture-book sights such as pristine rivers, lakes and the Algoma Mountains, only one question remains: can there be any place more beautiful than this? Find the answer on a hike to Pancake Bay* and the hidden Chippewa Falls. Travelling along the rocky coast, this discovery tour reveals fine sandy beaches in little bays.
Cruising on Lake Superior
Thunder Bay, from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs
Through the seldom-travelled Lake Superior, your expedition takes you to Thunder Bay, where this enchanting section of coastline invites you on adventures in the surrounding area: on a scenic journey to Ouimet Canyon and Eagle Canyon*, experience dizzying moments as you walk across Canada’s longest suspension bridge. Historic Fort William and the Kakabeka Falls* draw you into the history of the fur trade and to breathtaking waterfalls.
Duluth/USA, from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs
Experience the Scandinavian feel of Duluth and the influence of the settlers on a city tour of Duluth*. In addition to this cultural heritage, look forward to stunning views of Gooseberry Falls and the Split Rock Lighthouse*.
Mackinac Island/Lake Huron, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
From Lake Superior, you will negotiate the Soo Lock on the way to Mackinac Island, which you can explore at your own pace on a bicycle or in a horse-drawn carriage.
Traverse City/Lake Michigan, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs
In Traverse City on Lake Michigan, surrender to the Victorian charm of the “jewel of the north”. The Sleeping Bear Dunes* are a unique natural spectacle, towering up to 140 m (459 ft). On the Old Mission Peninsula on Michigan’s wine coast*, the fertile ground produces the exquisite Chateau Chantal – the perfect end to this extraordinary journey into the green heart of North America.
Cruising on Lake Michigan
Chicago/Lake Michigan/USA, arrival 6.00 hrs
City tourScheduled flight from Chicago to Germany
Arrival in Germany
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
Our proven pre and post programs cover a wide range of excursions and experiences and are accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. For all travelers who like to share experiences in a group of like-minded people.
Our travel concierge will be pleased to tailor exclusive travel arrangements to your wishes. From trendy design hotels to luxury beach resorts to insider tips for the most exciting metropolises - exclusive recommendations can be found here and at www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Your travel concierge is available to you before traveling and on board.
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.Please note that the use of Zodiacs is not currently permitted on the Great Lakes.
In the HANSEATIC inspiration cabins and suites, curved lines, natural colours and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.
Here you see more information about the cabins & suites
Come with us on a culinary voyage of discovery around the globe: on board, three spacious first-class restaurants create a unique and indulgent combination of expedition spirit and international gourmet cuisine. Spend your days and evenings however you wish thanks to flexible mealtimes, a free choice of seating and attentive 24-hour cabin service.
A breathtaking Zodiac ride, a challenging hike, a day in the Arctic ice – then close your eyes, feel the heat and indulge your senses.
Your shore excursions and Zodiac rides will be accompanied by countless natural wonders that will leave you speechless. But to see the bigger picture, you need to understand the background. The HANSEATIC nature & HANSEATIC inspiration takes your expedition to the next level with fascinating presentations, personal studies in the Ocean Academy and the perfect equipment for the research trip of your life.
The cruise price (cruise only) includes the following
More travel information can be found here.