Enjoy a tour through great American history and beautiful landscapes with this unique trip. Pay tribute to American innovators at the Henry Ford Museum, discover tributes to the Old Country built by nineteenth-century immigrants, and enjoy a stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, the historic resort island which still relies on foot, bike, or horses to get around. Discover fantastic art collections and tour Chicago, including a river cruise and architecture tour. Click the Itinerary tab to learn more, then book online or call a destination specialist at 1-888-937-8474.
Escorted Package Includes
Flights Newark-Detroit, Chicago-Newark
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Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
8 nights accommodations
1 night Detroit
1 night Frankenmuth
2 nights Mackinac Island
1 night Traverse City
3 nights Chicago
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
14 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Tour the Henry Ford Museum that commemorates the achievements of American inventors
A delightful visit to the "Little Bavarian" village of Frankenmuth founded in the 1800s
Mackinac Island, a wooded paradise encircled by pristine waters
Sightseeing tour of peaceful Mackinac by horse-drawn carriage reveals grand Victorian cottages
Visit Fort Mackinac, built by the British to guard the Straits during the American Revolution
In Traverse City, tour the Music House Museum’s rare collection of antique musical instruments
Stop at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences
Dune ride through the wild and untamed dunes of Michigan's western shores
Chicago, a sensational city boasting some of the world’s best architecture and museums
Gaze at the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome inside the Chicago Cultural Center
A sensational visit to the 360 Chicago, formerly Hancock Observatory, that soars 1,000 feet above the skyline
9 Day Michigan's Lakes & Mackinac Island with Chicago
*Not Included: Optional tours, transfers and gratuities.
Passengers arriving in Detroit should select flights that arrive no later than 5 PM.
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.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information,
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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. Passengers interested in going to the Lighthouse Tower in Mackinaw City, during their free time, at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse should be prepared to walk up 4 flights of stairs with narrow steps. They will then encounter a 11-rung, 8 foot ladder through a narrow hatchway. Persons with heart conditions, physical ailments, fear of confined space or heights, should not climb the tower. Mackinac Island has no vehicle transportation. Please wear comfortable shoes during your stay on the island. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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9 Day Michigan's Lakes & Mackinac Island with Chicago
DAY 1, Friday - Arrive in Detroit Arrive in Detroit. Transfer independently to the hotel. Time to settle in 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 7 PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive at your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible Overnight: Detroit
DAY 2, Saturday - Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, City Tour of Detroit, Travel to Frankenmuth This morning, visit the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 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, Reagan 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. After, depart for a city tour of Downtown Detroit. Driving past the major sites, see a combination of theaters, a thriving cultural art district and live entertainment venues that showcase artistic genius and diverse history of this unique city. Continue to "Michigan's Little Bavaria," 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. This evening's Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival Overnight: Frankenmuth Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3, Sunday - Travel to Mackinaw City, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Ferry to Mackinac Island This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Mackinaw City. 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. After lunch on your own, a ferry transports you back in time as you arrive at delightful Mackinac Island where no cars are permitted on the island! Dominated by Mackinac State Park, Mackinac Island is a wooded paradise encircled by the pristine waters of Lake Huron. Dinner together at the hotel **The visit to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is subject to change based on the seasonal opening and closing Overnight: Mackinac Island Meals: Breakfast, Dinner*
DAY 4, Monday - Mackinac Island Carriage Tour This morning, a horse-drawn carriage tour reveals the history and beauty of this peaceful island. Enjoy a leisurely visit to Surrey Hills Carriage Museum displaying historic carriages. Stop at Arch Rock, natural limestone formation set against striking views of Lake Huron. See the sights and sounds of living history preserved at Fort Mackinac Avenue of Flags. Continue to Fort Mackinac, the oldest building in Michigan, with 13 other historical structures and exhibits explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort. Afternoon at leisure to explore the island and Downtown, brimming with unique specialty shops and art galleries. Dinner together at the hotel The 15 Jun departure could be affected by the Lilac Festival activities on Mackinac Island. Details to be advised locally Overnight: Mackinac Island Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner*
DAY 5, Tuesday - Travel to Traverse City, Charlevoix's Mushroom Houses, Music House Museum Early morning departure from Mackinac Island by ferry. Travel to Charlevoix. Enjoy a guided tour of renowned Earl Young's Mushroom Houses. Each of Young’s houses is unique and was designed to blend in with its surrounding landscape, and feature indigenous materials, like stones found along the shores of Lake Michigan and hand-selected by Young. Continue past the stunning Victorian summer resorts, across the famous drawbridge, and into the heart of the bustling community. Lunch at leisure before departing for the 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! Arrive in Traverse City for an evening at leisure to independently explore the area Overnight: Traverse City Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6, Wednesday - Travel to Chicago, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Dune Ride 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. Continue to Saugatuck for a dune ride. Enjoy history and nature while cruising through the sand dunes in an open-air vehicle. After, depart for Chicago. 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 - Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center, 360 Chicago Journey 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. Cross over Michigan Avenue, known as the Magnificent Mile, and enter the Chicago Cultural Center. Gaze at the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome, as well as beautifully ornate multicolored mosaics, marble, and molding. Continue on a panoramic tour of the city, by bus, that takes you along sights and sounds of the city's signature lakefront before a lunch a leisure. Afterward, continue to 360 Chicago, formerly Hancock Observatory, that soars 1,000 feet above the city's majestic skyline with breathtaking views of downtown, the lakefront and four neighboring states (on a clear day). Tonight, a Farewell Dinner to share wonderful stories of your journey with new found friends Overnight: Chicago Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8, Friday - Architecture River Cruise This morning, embark on a cruise along the Chicago River. See a insider’s glimpse into the buildings, architecture, and engineering that made Chicago famous as the birthplace of the skyscraper and home of modern American architecture. Disembark and continue to the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Beginning at river level and spiraling five stories up, enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridge house. Remainder of the day is at leisure Overnight: Chicago Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9, Saturday - Return Home Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast
*Please be aware, that evening wear is required in all areas of the Grand Hotel after 6 PM
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