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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

Customer Reviews

allan j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is a must for 1st timers to Chicago.
Wonderful tour on the river - learned so much about Chicago.

Also got to see where the Obama's live in South Chicago!

Michelle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour - Manny and Captian Ed were very knowledgeable.

Claire A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great friendly service and really interesting history enjoyed learning about Chicago, seeing the sights and sunning up on the boat. I would definitely recommend

Mootaz Salman United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very good tour that gives you a good flavor to the city. The river cruise was nice with free refreshments, it will give you a good understanding for the city's architecture

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.

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