9 Day Michigans Lakes and Mackinac Island with Chicago

2 Dearborn, 1 Bay City, 2 Mackinac Island, 1 Traverse City, 2 Chicago
Round trip airfare, 8 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing

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Price 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
  • Hotel porterage
  • 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

Special Features

  • 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
Day By Day Itinerary

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 - City Tour of Detroit, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Travel to Frankenmuth
This morning depart for a city tour of downtown Detroit. Driving past the major sites, see a combination of theatres, a thriving cultural art district and live entertainment venues that showcase the artistic genius and diverse history of this unique city. This afternoon, 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, 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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Notes :
  • 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.
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