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See Chicago from a new perspective during this 4-hour combined bus and boat excursion covering some of the city's most iconic sights. First discover Windy City landmarks such as the skyscrapers of the Loop, Grant Park, Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field and the former stomping grounds of President Obama during a narrated coach tour. Then take a Chicago cruise aboard your state-of-the-art yacht, enjoying a cruise of the Chicago River that provides a unique look at the city's architecture from the water. This half-day Chicago exploration also includes hotel pickup.

Highlights

  • 4-hour tour of Chicago by land and water
  • Take a narrated coach tour of the South Side
  • See Grant Park, the Lake Point Towers, Navy Pier and more
  • Enjoy a shoreline yacht cruise on the Chicago River
  • Choice of two morning departure times
  • Pickup from selected downtown Chicago hotels

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What You Can Expect

Chicago City Tour and Chicago River Cruise

Navy Pier

Get a taste of Chicago's most iconic landmarks and famous neighborhoods during this combined 4-hour excursion with both a coach bus and yacht tour. You're sure to get more for your money during this combo trip, which offers a chance to see the top landmarks of this iconic Illinois city from both the water and the land.

Start your trip with pickup from your hotel around 11:30am. Please note that some pickups will begin prior to this time, so please confirm with the tour operator after your purchase. Then begin your first half of the day's excursion by bus. During your narrated coach tour, you'll first travel past Grant Park, a world-famous outdoor area that has played host to everything from rock concerts to food festivals. Just nearby you'll admire Soldier Field, home turf of the Chicago Bears, and the Art Institute of Chicago, which boasts a world-class collection of impressionist art. 

Then stop by Chicago's "museum campus," including the Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium, a favorite area for both locals and visitors alike. Continue past other landmarks including the 80-story Amoco Building and head to the South Side's University of Chicago area, where you'll explore the former neighborhood and home of President Obama. See below for a more detailed itinerary of sights included on the tour.

Finish the second half of your day by boarding a state-of-the-art Streamliner yacht for a cruise, along the Chicago River, offering photo-worthy views of Chicago's towering downtown buildings from below. Your excursion finishes back at the boat dock adjacent to Michigan Avenue.

Itinerary

South Side sights:

  • Grant Park
  • Soldier Field
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Joseph Petrillo outdoor band shell
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Orchestra Hall
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • South Commons
  • Jackson Park
  • University of Chicago
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Lake Point Towers
  • Navy Pier

Customer Reviews

Johan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Nice Tour!!!

Debra K W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is a great overall tour to see the city from land and water. We had a beautiful day to see it all that made it even better.

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very good bus tour. Excellent river cruise

Harold E B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I have previously submitted a detailed summary of our trip, but the essence of the comments: excellent trip.
Both the bus tour and the boat trip had narrators that really knew their information and were excellent representatives for their company.

Elaine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Would certainly recommend the bus tour and river cruise, took my friend who lives in Chicago and she thought excellent, very good value as a four hour trip.

Steven D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour guides were outstanding. This was our first time in the Chicago area, we walked away from the tours with a much better understanding of the area.

RONALD S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The bus tour guide was great. The boat tour was very enjoyable with lower lever views spectacular. The weather was perfect for such a tour

Joseph W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

excellent review of city history and architecture! Actually, we went on a second river cruise as we found it so interesting and loved the photo opportunities! Boarding so convenient to river hotels and eateries.

busboy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wir hatten bei der Abholung kleine Schwierigkeiten mit dem Verkehr kamen aber noch rechtzeitig zum klimatisierten großen Bus Die Busfahrerin chauffierte uns gut durch die sehenswerten Orte in Chicago und der Reiseleiter lies uns vieles von der Stadt wissen..
Es dauerte ca, 2 Std. Danach wurden wir zur Anlegestelle des Bootes gefahren,. Hier wurden wir von einer tollen Mannschaft empfangen, dazu gab es Limonade ohne Ende. Es hat Spaß gemacht unter den Wolkenkratzern zu fahren. Auch hier teilte uns unser Reiseleiter vieles mit. Wie ausgeschrieben muß man den Weg zum Hotel selbst organisieren.

Len H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was fantastic our driver was amazing, with all the traffic and construction she did a fantastic job. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable it was amazing all the things he knew about the city. The river tour was also very informative and again the tour guide was fantastic

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