Tour Overview

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. View extraordinary flowers in bloom at Holland’s Tulip Time Festival. Visit 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.

Highlights

  • iconVisit quaint Frankenmuth, home to the world's largest Christmas store.
  • iconSpend two nights at the glorious Victorian-era resort, the Grand Hotel.
  • iconDine at the Grand Hotel where "every meal is an event."
  • iconVisit the Henry Ford Museum and explore Greenfield Village.
  • iconView extraordinary flowers in bloom at Holland’s Tulip Time Festival.
  • iconClimb aboard your horse-drawn carriage for an island tour.
  • iconEnjoy a guided tour of Chicago's unique and remarkable landmarks.

Places You'll See

Countries:
USA

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Chicago, Illinois - Tour Begins

Location: Chicago, IL

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency

Get ready for a relaxing journey through the tranquil beauty of Mackinac Island and the Great Lakes region. This stunning landscape comes alive amid old-fashioned traditions.

icon Day 2 : Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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," but no matter what you call it, you’re sure to fall in love. 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.

icon Day 3 : Chicago - Holland, Michigan - Grand Rapids

Location: Chicago, IL

Accommodation: Canopy by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Depart for Holland, Michigan. All year long, this quaint village evokes the essence of spring with its vibrant floral display. Today, get a taste of Holland’s annual Tulip Time Festival! Enjoy lunch before a visit to Veldheer Gardens, showcasing millions of tulips.* Then, visit the Windmill Island Gardens and discover a palette of color that spreads across 36 acres of manicured gardens, dikes and canals. See the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States. Later, arrive in the city of Grand Rapids.

icon Day 4 : Grand Rapids - Charlevoix - Mackinac Island

Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Accommodation: Grand Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s first stop is the historic city of Charlevoix, surrounded by four bodies of water, including Lake Michigan. A local guide will take you through the intriguing history of the area, and you’ll view the fairy-tale mushroom houses built by 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 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 woodland 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.

icon Day 5 : Mackinac Island

Location: Mackinac Island, MI

Accommodation: Grand Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 à 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.

icon Day 6 : Mackinac Island - Bay City

Location: Mackinac Island, MI

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City - Riverfront

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, enjoy some leisure time at the Grand Hotel before departing for your riverfront accommodations in Bay City. This evening is at leisure. Perhaps you will take to the river walk where you can explore the downtown on your own.

icon Day 7 : Bay City - Frankenmuth - Southfield

Location: Bay City, MI

Accommodation: Westin Hotel Southfield Detroit

Meals: Breakfast

Today, explore the architectural artistry of Alden B. Dow’s home & studio during a guided tour. This legendary 20th century architect designed his home to be the peak of Mid-Twentieth Century Modern Architecture, and since it’s construction has been declared a National Historic Landmark. This afternoon, we visit 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.

icon Day 8 : Southfield - Dearborn - Southfield

Location: Southfield, MI

Accommodation: Westin Hotel Southfield Detroit

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we visit 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.

icon Day 9 : Southfield - Tour Ends

Location: Southfield, MI

Meals: Breakfast

Your tour ends today, leaving you with a bounty of happy memories from your visit to America’s heartland.

Experiences

  • Visit the Henry Ford Museum and explore Greenfield Village.
  • Climb aboard your horse-drawn carriage for an island tour.
  • Visit quaint Frankenmuth, home to the world's largest Christmas store.

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Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Monday May 02, 2022

Nights

9

Available

7

$2949.00