MACKINAC ISLAND & THE GREAT LAKES - 2017
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Discover the beauty of the Great Lakes and the Mid-west on this holiday. Your Great Lakes tour begins in Detroit and ends in Chicago with overnights also in Frankenmuth, Mackinac Island, Petoskey, and Grand Rapids. As you travel to each destination, you’ll witness beautiful landscapes along the way.
Step back in time as you overnight on Mackinac Island and the world famous Grand Hotel. Enjoy the hotel’s old world charm and spectacular views of the Straits of Mackinac or perhaps enjoy a game of croquet on the front lawn or a dip in the swimming pool.
Tour highlights include a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, a special Bavarian dinner arranged especially by Globus, a visit to a local orchard with a special treat, and time to explore Sleeping Dunes National Lakeshore where you can witness incredible sand dunes and stunning views of Lake Michigan.
Visit vibrant Chicago where city sightseeing will show you the best of “the Windy City”. Spend the evening at the historic Palmer House Hilton, whose former guests include Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, and Liberace. Over dinner, you’ll learn more about this hotel along with learn insider secrets including how one of America’s favourite desserts was created here – another special experience arranged by Globus for you.
This is an excellent choice of holiday if you want to experience the majestic Great Lakes, Mackinac Island, vibrant Chicago and more!
Traditional Bavarian dinner with wine tasting
Enjoy some local specialties at the historic Legs Inn
Visit a local orchard for a wagon ride and treat
Private presentation about history of the Palmer House Hilton, dessert tasting
Explore the Henry Ford Museum.
Traditional Bavarian dinner with wine tasting; visit to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland.
- MACKINAC ISLAND
- TUNNEL OF TREES
Visit historic Legs Inn and enjoy local specialties; sightseeing.
Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit a local orchard for a wagon ride and treat.
- SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE
- GRAND RAPIDS
Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum.
City sightseeing; farewell dinner including a private presentation.
- FREE WI-FI
Available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.
- INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.
Breakfast (B) daily, 3 three-course dinners (D) including a special farewell dinner in Chicago.
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN DETROIT.
Welcome to the Motor City! At 6 pm, meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming journey.
This morning, visit the HENRY FORD MUSEUM, the ultimate place to experience America's past and present. See the world's premier automotive exhibition, the JFK Presidential Limousine, an original camp bed used by George Washington, the Rosa Parks Bus, the Lincoln chair, and much more. Afterward, we continue to the little Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, founded by German immigrants in 1845. This evening, enjoy an authentic BAVARIAN DINNER. Experience fine German cuisine and a wine tasting. (B,D)
This morning, visit BRONNER'S CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND, a one-stop shop for everything Christmas. Later, journey north to Mackinac Island. Since the Civil War, it has been one of the nation's most favoured summer resorts. Enjoy this special place with its air of 19th-century gentility and where bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the only means of transportation. This evening, you may want to stroll Main Street, shop for souvenirs, or sample some of the delicious, freshly made fudge, an island tradition. (B)
SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the next two nights at the elegant Grand Hotel. Enjoy its magnificent Victorian-style architecture and decor. The hotel has appeared in several movies and served as a summer getaway for celebrities such as Mark Twain, Jimmy Durante, Christopher Reeve, and five U.S. presidents since its inception in 1887.
This morning, enjoy a horse-drawn CARRIAGE TOUR of this celebrated island. See the Avenue of Flags, the Governor's Mansion, and enjoy a stop at Arch Rock, one of the most photographed spots on the island. Here, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Huron. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps rent a bicycle to explore more on your own, visit Fort Mackinac, or enjoy a cool drink and admire your surroundings. This evening, enjoy dinner in the Main Dining Room, overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. (B,D)
MACKINAC ISLAND-TUNNEL OF TREES-CHARLEVOIX- PETOSKEY.
Depart by ferry from Mackinac Island, crossing through northern Michigan. Stop at the historic Legs Inn for incredible views of Lake Michigan. Learn about the inn's fascinating history and enjoy some LOCAL SPECIALTIES. Later, journey through the famed TUNNEL OF TREES, one of the most scenic roads in Michigan. Continue to Charlevoix, where a sightseeing TOUR introduces you to the city's Victorian summer resorts and renowned "Mushroom Houses." Later, arrive at your historic hotel, perched high on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. (B)
PETOSKEY-SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE-GRAND RAPIDS.
This morning, visit a local ORCHARD, where you'll be treated to a wagon ride and a delicious slice of cherry pie. After all, this is the country's premier cherry-producing centre! Continue to SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE, where you'll discover amazing views of these great sand dunes and Lake Michigan. Next, on to Grand Rapids and a visit to the GERALD FORD PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM. The museum lets you participate in history while learning about the lives of President and Mrs. Ford. (B)
Depart this morning and travel through the northern tip of Indiana to Chicago for a sightseeing tour of the "Windy City." Tonight, join your Tour Director and travel companions for a festive farewell dinner. During dinner, enjoy a PRIVATE PRESENTATION to learn the history of the hotel and how one of America's favourite desserts was created at the Palmer House Hilton. Then, enjoy a taste for yourself! (B,D)
SPECIAL FEATURE: Accommodations for this evening are at the historic and elegant Palmer House Hilton. Learn the interesting story of the hotel, from the Great Chicago Fire to celebrity guests like Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and more.
Your Great Lakes tour ends this morning, with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Chicago O'Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport. (B)
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