This classic Midwestern tour features Illinois and Michigan. See quaint Charlevoix's unique stone 'mushroom houses.' Savor two incredible nights amid the luxury of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Enjoy a horse and buggy tour of Mackinac Island. Explore the wonderful city of Chicago with a local guide. Spend a night in the Bavarian-influenced town of Frankenmuth. In Dearborn, experience the inspirational Henry Ford Museum and view historic homes at Greenfield Village including the famous American workshops of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Robert Frost.
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2020
- 8 Days
|Day 1||Chicago||Chicago, Illinois - Tour Begins: Get ready for a relaxing journey. The tranquil beauty of Mackinac Island and the Great Lakes region comes alive amid old-fashioned traditions.|
|Day 2||Chicago||Chicago: Begin your day with a locally guided tour of Chicago's remarkable and impressive architecture. This dynamic city goes by many names including "Second City" and 'The Windy City." No matter what you call it, you are sure to love it! Highlights of your tour include famous Michigan Avenue, the 'Magnificent Mile,' the Wrigley Building, the Loop, the Lakefront, and a walking tour through Millennium Park. The remainder of your day is at leisure. You may want to visit one of Chicago's many museums, relax during a scenic boat ride across the Chicago River, or visit the Chicago Cultural Center. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.|
|Day 3||Chicago||Chicago - Traverse City, Michigan: Travel north to the shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. Here we find Traverse City, the cherry capital of the United States. It may come as a surprise to you that the state's western coast boasts the perfect climate for cultivating grapes and is considered the land of vineyards.|
|Day 4||Traverse City||Traverse City - Charlevoix - Mackinac Island: Today's first stop is the historic city of Charlevoix which is surrounded by four bodies of water, including Lake Michigan. A local guide will provide some interesting history and you'll view the fairy-tale mushroom houses built by the famous architect Earl Young. Then, enjoy a scenic drive before boarding the ferry that will take you back to a simpler time on Mackinac Island. Upon arrival, listen for how the neighs and clip-clops of horses replace the roar of engines. Your home for the next two nights is the glorious Victorian-era resort, the Grand Hotel.* Both your hotel and the island itself are National Historic Landmarks. The island is a natural gem with over eighty percent of its land preserved by Mackinac State Park, a wooded paradise accented with limestone formations and ringed by Lake Huron. After dinner at your hotel, the evening is yours to enjoy. Perhaps you'll take a leisurely stroll through the quaint village or relax on the Grand Hotel's famous porch.|
|Day 5||Mackinac Island||Mackinac Island: Climb aboard your horse-drawn carriage for an island tour that includes stops at the Surrey Hills Carriage Museum and Arch Rock. Following your tour, savor some time to enjoy all of Mackinac Island's quiet pleasures. Enjoy brilliant views while sitting on the front porch of the Grand Hotel or take a walk downtown to visit the shops and buy some fudge, a favorite item on the island. Later, choose from a menu of tasty delicacies when you dine at the elegant Salle a Manger. After dinner, enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to the refined sounds of the Grand Hotel's orchestra. If you crave a secluded hideaway, retreat to the charming Cupola Bar.|
|Day 6||Mackinac Island||Mackinac Island - Frankenmuth: This morning, enjoy some leisure time at the Grand Hotel before departing for the quaint town of Frankenmuth, or as the locals call it, "Little Bavaria," because of its Franconian-style architecture. Upon arrival, visit the largest Christmas store in the world - Bronner's.|
|Day 7||Frankenmuth||Frankenmuth - Dearborn - Southfield: This morning we'll travel south to Dearborn, home town of Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company. Visit the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village for an experience in living history. Learn how the automobile forever changed American life and society as you explore the Henry Ford Museum. At Greenfield Village, take in the historic homes and see the workshops where famous American icons like the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Robert Frost were once inspired. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening, toasting the end of your wonderful journey.|
|Day 8||Southfield||Southfield - Tour Ends: Your tour ends today, leaving you with a bounty of happy memories from your visit to America's heartland.|
- Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, United States
- Bavarian Inn Lodge Frankenmuth, United States
- Westin Hotel Southfield Detroit Southfield, United States
- Courtyard Downtown Magnificent Mile Chicago, United States
- Bayshore Resort Traverse City, United States
- Park Place Hotel Traverse City, United States
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Detroit-Dearborn Detroit, United States
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.