Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes


  • 8 days

  • Eastern USA

  • Steady pace

tour : NM

From

£2,055pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Overview

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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 favorite 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.

Outside of Detroit, visit the Henry Ford Museum, with innovations and artifacts 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. Near 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 favorite 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 vacation!

Highlights

DEARBORN
Explore the Henry Ford Museum
FRANKENMUTH LF Traditional Bavarian dinner with wine tasting; visit to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
MACKINAC ISLAND Carriage tour; lunch at the Grand Hotel
MACKINAC CITYVisit the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
TUNNEL OF TREES Visit historic Legs Inn and enjoy LF local specialties; sightseeing
CHARLEVOIX Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit a LF local orchard for a wagon ride and treat
GRAND RAPIDS Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum
CHICAGO Sightseeing; farewell dinner including a LF private presentation

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

ARRIVE IN DETROIT/DEARBORN

Day
1

Welcome to the Michigan! At 6 pm, meet your fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming journey. Spend tonight at the historic Dearborn Inn. Built by Henry Ford in 1931, this luxury Inn is situated on 23 acres of landscaped countryside.

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, and the Rosa Parks Bus. Afterward, we continue to the little Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, founded by German immigrants in 1845. This evening, enjoy an authentic LF 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. Leave the motorcoach behind and FERRY to Mackinac Island where a horse-drawn carriage transfers you to the hotel. Since the Civil War, the island has been one of the nation’s most favored 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.

NOTE:
The July 12 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MACKINAC ISLAND

Day
4

This morning is at leisure. Rent a bicycle to explore on your own, visit Fort Mackinac, or sample some of the island’s famous fudge. Then, travel by horse and carriage for 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 opening in 1887. 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

MACKINAC ISLAND–TUNNEL OF TREES–CHARLEVOIX–PETOSKEY

Day
5

. Depart by ferry from Mackinac Island, crossing through northern Michigan. Visit OLD MACKINAC POINT LIGHTHOUSE STATE PARK, a guiding beacon for ships since 1889. Then, stop at the historic Legs Inn for incredible views of Lake Michigan. Learn about the inn’s fascinating history and enjoy some LF 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 with a Local Guide 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 LF 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 center! 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

This morning, travel through the 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 LF PRIVATE PRESENTATION to learn the history of the hotel and how one of America’s favorite 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

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