Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes

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Price per person
from £2,547

Price based on
London Heathrow
2nd Jun 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 9 days

  • Western USA

  • Steady pace

  • Globus escorted tours

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Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

Charming and historic hotels, beautiful Lake Michigan, fun experiences, and beautiful scenery…all of this and more await you on this Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes Tour.

A highlight of this tour is the time you’ll spend on Mackinac Island, one of the country’s favourite summer retreats. Here, bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the only means of transportation. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island and have lunch at the elegant Grand Hotel, with its Victorian-style architecture. Witness amazing views as you sit in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch. Behold more amazing views on your drive in northern Michigan’s famed Tunnel of Trees, a narrow, winding highway with rolling hills following the shores of Lake Michigan. Also, marvel at breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with its miles of sand beach, lush forests, and high dunes.

Outside of Detroit, visit the Henry Ford Museum, with innovations and artefacts from America’s past, including the Rosa Parks Bus, the world’s premier automotive collection, the JFK Presidential limousine, and much more. In Grand Rapids, visit the Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the lives of President and Mrs. Ford. To make this tour unique, Globus also has included some out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Enjoy a Bavarian dinner and wine tasting in Frankenmuth, a small Bavarian town founded in 1845. In Petoskey, visit an orchard for a wagon ride and cherry pie. In Chicago, a private presentation at the historic and elegant Palmer House Hilton—where you’ll stay for the night—lets you learn about the hotel’s history and how one of America’s favourite desserts was created here.

From the vibrant cities and small towns to the scenic beauty and fun-filled experiences, this Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes tour is a charming holiday!

At a glance

  • Detroit: Henry Ford Museum
  • Frankenmuth: Bavarian dinner
  • Mackinac Island: Carriage Tour
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Grand Rapids: Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum
  • Chicago: City Sightseeing

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

Charming and historic hotels, beautiful Lake Michigan, fun experiences, and beautiful scenery…all of this and more await you on this Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes Tour.

A highlight of this tour is the time you’ll spend on Mackinac Island, one of the country’s favourite summer retreats. Here, bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the only means of transportation. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island and have lunch at the elegant Grand Hotel, with its Victorian-style architecture. Witness amazing views as you sit in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch. Behold more amazing views on your drive in northern Michigan’s famed Tunnel of Trees, a narrow, winding highway with rolling hills following the shores of Lake Michigan. Also, marvel at breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with its miles of sand beach, lush forests, and high dunes.

Outside of Detroit, visit the Henry Ford Museum, with innovations and artefacts from America’s past, including the Rosa Parks Bus, the world’s premier automotive collection, the JFK Presidential limousine, and much more. In Grand Rapids, visit the Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the lives of President and Mrs. Ford. To make this tour unique, Globus also has included some out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Enjoy a Bavarian dinner and wine tasting in Frankenmuth, a small Bavarian town founded in 1845. In Petoskey, visit an orchard for a wagon ride and cherry pie. In Chicago, a private presentation at the historic and elegant Palmer House Hilton—where you’ll stay for the night—lets you learn about the hotel’s history and how one of America’s favourite desserts was created here.

From the vibrant cities and small towns to the scenic beauty and fun-filled experiences, this Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes tour is a charming holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

UK - Arrive in Detroit

Day
1

Fly to Detroit and transfer to your hotel. 

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.

Detroit–Frankenmuth

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Frankenmuth–Mackinac Island

Day
3

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. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mackinac Island

Day
4

This morning is at leisure. Perhaps rent a bicycle to explore more on your own, visit Fort Mackinac, or sample some of the island’s famous fudge. Later, 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. Enjoy lunch at the elegant GRAND HOTEL, which 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Mackinac Island–Tunnel of Trees–Charlevoix–Petoskey

Day
5

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 SPECIALITIES. 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. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Petoskey–Grand Rapids

Day
6

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! 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Grand Rapids–Chicago

Day
7

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! 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Chicago

Day
8

Your Great Lakes tour ends this morning, with guests departing on individual schedules.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
9

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Note: The July 21 departure has you on Mackinac Island during the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. “The Mac” is the longest annual freshwater race in the world.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Detroit - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is ideally situated on the RiverWalk and next to Hart Plaza which also provides convenient access to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Floor-to-ceiling windows and dramatic views highlight our hotel rooms, while a reinvented lobby boasts functional seating and business friendly amenities in a trendy setting.

  • Location

    Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr W, Detroit, MI 48243, United States

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Room service available
    • Fitness Centre

Frankenmuth - Bavarian Inn Lodge

Bavarian Inn is the perfect place to relax with its own water park including 2 hot tubs and 3 pools that are open for customers along with the 4 onsite outdoor tennis courts. Each room at the Bavarian Inn is named after a local family and come with a pack of photos and stories out this family for you to read through during your stay.

  • Location

    1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Hot tubs

Mackinac Island - Island House Hotel

Enjoy the indoor heated pool and sauna facilities whilst staying at the Island House Hotel. Rest and relax in your room with private bathroom and flast screen cable TV with air conditioning through out the hotel.

  • Location

    6966 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Outdoor pool
    • Hot tub

Petoskey - Stafford's Perry Hotel

With many rooms overlooking the Little Traverse Bay waters and all rooms having their own private bathrooms as well as cable televisions for a choice of channel and programs.

  • Location

    100 Lewis St, Petoskey, MI 49770, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Fitness Centre

Grand Rapids - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Curio by Hilton

Explore the classical architechure of this Hotel and why not relax in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotels spa centre where treatments are available or have a dip in the indoor heated pool. Every room has flat screen televisions and wifi connection available to keep you occupied during your stay.

  • Location

    187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Spa and hot tub

Chicago - Palmer House Hilton

Palmer House is located in Manchester Center and offers scenic countryside views from many of the hotels bedroom windows. This hotel reflects a hip and historic blend of modern nuances and Chicago cultural significance. They have plush top mattresses with crisp liens and the bathrooms are stocked up with Peter Thomas Roth products. There are a variety of amenities such as a flat screen HD tv in every bed room of this hotel.

  • Location

    17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Room service available
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Spa
    • Fitness Centre

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