Scheduled flight from Germany to Toronto
Overnight stay on board
With a total area of around 244,000 km2 (94,209 mi.2), the Great Lakes dominate the North American wilderness. Feel the pull of the pioneering spirit that once drew settlers into this natural world. Your cruise begins with nautical challenges that are beyond the reach of most ships. 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.
Toronto, departure 1.00 hrs
Windsor/Detroit River, from 7.30 to 19.00 hrs
The route is clear, and before you lies vast Lake Erie and the impressive passage to the industrial city of Windsor on the Detroit River. You’ll then continue to Detroit,* to the roots of American automotive history and the historic architecture of this city that is once again on the up. Follow in the footsteps of Henry Ford* at the museum that bears his name and see former masterpieces of the road and rails.
Tobermory/Lake Huron, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs
Parry Sound, from 7.00 to 21.00 hrs
Parry Sound commemorates the famous polar explorer William E. Parry and this wonderful place is ideal for exploring the lake’s shore on foot. Look forward to spellbinding views on the boat trip to the Thirty Thousand Islands* as narrow channels lead past imposing limestone cliffs to hidden natural treasures. The scenic flight over the island world* provides a stirring view of the landscape.
Killarney, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs
Cruising on Lake Huron
The island-studded scenery around Killarney welcomes you with unspoilt nature that harks back to the time of the first trappers. The small coastal municipality is still an El Dorado for outdoor activities.
Sault Sainte Marie/St. Marys River, from 7.00 to 12.00 hrs
Mackinac Island/Lake Huron/USA, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
Traverse City/Lake Michigan, arrival 7.00 hrs
Traverse City awaits you in one of Lake Michigan’s bays. Surrender to the charms of the “jewel of the north” as you stroll through the old town or along the coast. The HANSEATIC inspiration will spend a day and a half here to give you plenty of time to explore at your own pace or enjoy excursions. The Sleeping Bear Dunes* form an amazing natural spectacle, towering up to 140 m (459 ft). On the Old Mission Peninsula on Michigan’s wine coast*, the fertile ground produces exquisite Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and lays the foundations for an excursion to savour. Marvel at the impressive scale of the wine-growing region with a scenic flight to see the Michigan coastline from above*.
Traverse City, departure 13.00 hrs
Fayette, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs
Gain an insight into what it was like to live and work in the late 19th century at Fayette Historic State Park. On the shores of a bay, restored wooden buildings and blast furnaces bear witness to what was once one of the region’s most productive iron-smelting operations. Alternatively, an independent walk along the idyllic lake shore with its overgrown limestone cliffs will spark the interest of nature lovers.
Milwaukee, from 8.00 to 20.00 hrs
Milwaukee has evolved from being a centre of brewing to boasting a vibrant museum scene, which a city tour with a visit to Milwaukee Art Museum* will prove. One particular brand that was founded here has had an impact on the American way of life like no other – find out more at the Harley-Davidson Museum*. Its vehicles symbolise a feeling of great freedom in magnificent nature – just like the feeling you will experience during this cruise into the green heart of North America on board the HANSEATIC inspiration.
Chicago/Lake Michigan/USA, arrival 6.00 hrs
Scheduled flight from Chicago to Germany
Arrival in Germany
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
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.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.
Our travel concierge would be happy to put together travel arrangements tailored to your very own preferences. Whether you’re interested in boutique hotels, luxurious beach resorts, theatre-ticket reservations or restaurant recommendations in the most exciting cities, you can find exclusive tips here and by visiting www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Our travel concierge will be at your service before the cruise and when on board, of course.