The wonders of endless lakes and lock adventures come together to create a grand expedition cruise in the USA and Canada – each a land of unlimited opportunities for exploring nature.
Scheduled flight from Germany to Toronto
Overnight stay on board
Toronto/Lake Ontario/Canada, departure 1.00 hrs
With a total area of around 244,000 km2 (94,209 mi.2), the Great Lakes dominate the North American landscape. Filled with the passionate spirit of exploration that once drew settlers to these parts, your adventures start here in Toronto. The lakes are connected by impressive locks. Your cruise will begin with these nautical masterpieces that most ships cannot navigate. Having been built as an expedition ship for such purposes, the HANSEATIC inspiration negotiates the Welland Canal with ease. Eight locks, around 20 bridges and a change in height of 100 m (328 ft): this route demands millimetre precision from the captain and crew. Watch the exciting manoeuvre from the many open deck spaces.
Windsor/Detroit River, from 7.30 to 19.00 hrs
Before you lies vast Lake Erie and the magnificent passage to the Canadian city of Windsor on the Detroit River. From the ship, you’ll have the best view of the skyline of America’s former “Motor City” on the other bank of the river. Visit Detroit* to discover the roots of American automotive history and the varied 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 19.30 hrs
A scenic approach through a small lagoon brings you to Parry Sound, which lies in a watery labyrinth with a distinctly Scandinavian feel. The marine walking trails are a great way to explore this town named after the polar explorer William E. Parry and the nearby lake shore. The spellbinding views on a boat trip of the Thirty Thousand Islands* illustrate why the town is known as the gateway to the archipelago, as narrow channels lead past imposing limestone cliffs to hidden natural treasures. Alternatively, immerse yourself in a panoramic picture in Killbear Provincial Park*, where the pink granite banks merge with the green forest.
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 Ste. Marie/Saint Marys River, from 7.00 to 12.00 hrs
To experience vibrant culture surrounded by magnificent nature, you’ll continue to Sault Ste. Marie. The city is divided not only by a river, but also by the border between Canada on one side and the USA on the other. Make the most of your time here with a walk to the historic locks or a visit to the bushplane museum.
Mackinac Island/Lake Huron/USA, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
Mackinac Island is a natural jewel of the Great Lakes and is one of the most beautiful islands in the USA. While Victorian villas and the Grand Hotel recall the 19th century, Fort Mackinac serves as a reminder of the American Revolutionary War. Discover the small tree-covered island independently by bicycle or with a carriage ride.
Relaxation at sea
Sturgeon Bay/Lake Michigan, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs
The Door Peninsula is an insider’s tip on the edge of Lake Michigan. Life is closely tied to the water for the people who live here – both for leisure pursuits such as hiking or kayaking, and for work in the most famous shipbuilding centre of Door County. This symbiosis is immediately evident as you arrive in Sturgeon Bay by tender boat, where this idyllic little city welcomes you with its charm. Head out from here to discover the enchanting Door Peninsula* with its historic brick lighthouses, small fishing villages and expansive fruit and wine-growing regions.
Milwaukee/Lake Michigan/USA, arrival 08.00 Uhr
Overnight stay on board
A vibrant cultural scene has developed in Milwaukee, which was once a centre of brewing. The city tour with a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum* sheds light on the influence of the German immigrants of days gone by. 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.
Journey to Chicago
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 itinerary depends on official approval. Please note that the use of Zodiacs is currently not permitted on the Great Lakes.
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. 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.