Great Lakes holidays
The Great Lakes of the USA and Canada sit on the US-Canadian border and form the largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet. Out of the five – Lake Superior, Erie, Ontario, Michigan and Huron – our Great Lakes escorted tours shine the spotlight on two: Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario, giving you a wonderful opportunity to absorb their enormity and beauty.
Some of our Great Lakes tours call at the animated ‘Windy City’ of Chicago, sitting on Lake Michigan’s southwestern tip. Absorb the sweeping views from the iconic Willis Tower, stroll the lovely park-lined waterfront, take one of the Great Lakes cruises or relax over dinner on the restaurant-filled Navy Pier overlooking the moonlit waters. These Great Lakes escorted tours then travel further south, delving into the fascinating musical heartlands of Memphis and colourful New Orleans. Some even sign off with Great Lakes cruises, with laid-back cruise journeys around the palm-fringed beaches of the Bahamas, Cozumel and Florida’s romantic Key West.
Other Great Lakes tours focus on Lake Ontario, which is bordered by Canada to the north and the USA to the south. Meaning ‘Lake of Shining Waters’, this dramatic expanse of water packs a scenic punch, with sandy beaches, thick forests and wildlife-rich wetlands lining its shores. Its star turn, though, is the vibrant Canadian city of Toronto. Ride to the top of its 1,700-feet CN Tower, where one of the world’s highest observation decks commands breathtaking views over the glimmering lake. Take a city tour, shop in buzzing St. Lawrence Market or walk along the picturesque waterfront. And head for nearby Niagara Falls, driving around Lake Ontario’s ‘Golden Horseshoe’ of lush farmlands to view this epic waterfall from a Maid of the Mist boat – the experience will remain with you forever.
There’s much more to discover on our Great Lakes escorted tours, too. Spread your wings with Great Lakes tours that call at the delightful cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec, or which whisk you to electrifying New York, Washington DC and historic Boston. The world is truly your oyster when you book with us.
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Dixieland & Rhythms + New Orleans
+ 2 extra nights from £6 per person
Staying at Holiday Inn French Quarter
Another chance to experience this fascinating city. New Orleans' location makes it a perfect spot for seafood. Fresh fish, shrimp, crab, oysters and crayfish abound. Enjoy a wealth of fabulous restaurants and be sure to stop by at the famous Café du Monde to savour a breakfast of beignets and café au lait. To hear traditional jazz at its best visit Bourbon Street or Preservation Hall, where musicians play every evening. On day 12 continue your stay at your New Orleans hotel for the next two nights. On day 14, an included transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
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Eastern USA & Canada Discovery + New York
+ 2 extra nights from £290 per person
Stay a little longer in the 'Big Apple' and discover the sights this amazing city has to offer - from the Statue of Liberty and Broadway to the Empire State Building and Macy's. On day 13 transfer to your New York hotel for the next two nights, before transferring to the airport at the end of the stay for your overnight flight to the UK.