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Passengers arriving to Detroit should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00pm.
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
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Is This Trip Right for You?
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The guided tour of the USS Edson DD-946 requires going up and down ladders. We recommend comfortable walking shoes for this activity.
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8 Day Michigan's Lakes & Mackinac Island with Chicago
DAY 1, Friday - Arrive in Detroit, Transfer to Dearborn Arrive in Detroit. Transfer to your hotel in Dearborn, birthplace of Henry Ford and Motown, where automobile manufacturing, green beltways and fields of flowers live side by side. Time to settle in at your hotel before tonight's Welcome Drink and briefing with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible Overnight: Detroit (Dearborn)
DAY 2, Saturday – Henry Ford Museum, Frankenmuth, Travel to Bay City Begin with a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, a National Historic Landmark that commemorates the achievements of American inventors. Here, see historic trains, automobiles and airplanes that clearly define the innovation from 1800 to 1950. This inspirational collection contains rare exhibits, including Kennedy’s, Reagan’s and Roosevelt's Presidential Limousines, Abraham Lincoln's chair from the Ford Theatre, a replica of Thomas Edison's laboratory and the Wright Brothers workshop. Afterwards, a delightful visit to the picturesque "Little Bavarian" village of Frankenmuth, founded in the 1840s by German immigrants. See the Holz Brucke, a replica of an authentic 19th century covered bridge and view the enchanting horse-drawn carriages. Continue to Bay City. This evening's Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival Overnight: Bay City Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3, Sunday - Ferry to Mackinac Island This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Mackinaw City. After lunch on your own, a ferry ride transports you back in time as you arrive at delightful Mackinac Island where you can only get around by foot, bicycle or horse; no cars are permitted on the island! This jewel of an island, dominated by Mackinac State Park, is a wooded paradise encircled by the pristine waters of Lake Huron. Enjoy dinner together and the remaining evening at leisure on this quaint island town Overnight: Mackinac Island Meals: Breakfast, Dinner*
DAY 4, Monday - Island Carriage Tour, Fort Mackinac A morning sightseeing tour of this peaceful island by horse-drawn carriage reveals the impressive historic homes and grand Victorian cottages. Stop at Fort Mackinac, built by the British to guard the Straits of Mackinac during the American Revolution. History comes alive at this great fortress on the bluff! After, enjoy lunch before a lecture by a local historian at the Grand Hotel. Later, opt to stroll in the downtown area; be sure to try the island's famous fudge. Dinner at your hotel Overnight: Mackinac Island Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner*
DAY 5, Tuesday - Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Travel to Traverse City Depart by ferry to Mackinaw City. Before leaving, visit the historic Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse**, a guiding beacon since 1889 that helped passing ships navigate the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac. In the authentically restored quarters, exhibits include the original lens of the lighthouse and an audiovisual glimpse into its past history. Continue to Traverse City. Visit Music House Museum, on the site of a historic farm, view a rare collection of antique musical instruments and music-making machines from 1870 to 1930. At the press of a button the nickelodeons, music boxes and pipe organs come alive! Then, it's on to charming Traverse City for an evening at leisure to independently explore the area Overnight: Traverse City Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6, Wednesday - Travel to Chicago, Gardens & Sculpture Park Depart Traverse City for the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. One of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, Meijer Gardens includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory and works of art from renown artists like Dale Chihuly, Joan Miro, and Augustin Rodin. Spend part of the day exploring the indoor and outdoor exhibits before departing for Chicago. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by some of the city's most impressive architecture along the Lake Michigan waterfront. Tonight, the options are endless for nightlife and fine cuisine in this "foodie" capital of the Midwest Overnight: Chicago Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7, Thursday - The Rookery Light Court, Millennium Park, Observatory Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, the Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic interior compositions. Enjoy a guided tour of the Wright-designed Rookery lobby as well as the Burnham Library, where architects met to discuss the preliminary building plans for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Continue to Millennium Park and see the elaborate city skyline with one of Chicago's most popular outdoor sculptures. Created by a seamless series of highly polished steel plates, it has been nicknamed "The Bean" by locals who think it looks like a giant chrome bean. A panoramic tour of the city, by bus, takes you along sights and sounds of the city's signature lakefront before a lunch a leisure. Afterwards, continue to Hancock Observatory that soars 1,000 feet above the city's majestic skyline with breathtaking views of downtown, the lakefront and four neighboring states. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner to share wonderful stories of your journey with newfound friends Overnight: Chicago Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8, Friday - Return Home Transfer to the airport for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast
*Evening wear is required in all areas of the Grand Hotel after 6PM
**Please note the visit to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is subject to change based on the seasonal opening and closing
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Detroit - Dearborn, Detroit, MI
This tourist class hotel is about a ten minute drive from the Henry Ford Museum.