This classic Midwestern tour features Illinois and Michigan. 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. Spend two nights in the Bavarian-influenced town of Frankenmuth. In Dearborn the choice is yours - experience the inspirational Henry Ford Museum or view historic homes at Greenfield Village including the famous American workshops of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Robert Frost. Visit a Traverse City winery for a vineyard tour and wine tasting.
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- 8 Days
|Day 1||Chicago||Chicago, Illinois - Tour Begins: Get ready for a journey through the coastal regions of the Midwest. The tranquil beauty of Mackinac Island and the Great Lakes region comes alive amid old-fashioned traditions.|
|Day 2||Chicago||Chicago: 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." No matter what you call it, you are sure to love it! 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. Perhaps you'll visit one of its many museums, relax during a scenic boat ride across the Chicago River, or visit the Chicago Cultural Center which hosts the largest Tiffany dome in the world. Or, you might visit the Art Institute of Chicago and behold the most complete collection of Impressionist art outside of Paris. Perhaps you'll ride to the top of the Sears Tower for remarkable views of the city. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner to kick off the beginning of an exciting tour.|
|Day 3||Chicago||Chicago - Grand Rapids, Michigan - Frankenmuth: En route to Frankenmuth, enjoy a stop in the bustling city of Grand Rapids. Explore the city's energetic downtown full of shops, museums and restaurants. Arrive in the quaint town of Frankenmuth and enjoy a locally guided tour of the town. This evening, take advantage of some free time to explore its unique German shops or stroll along Main Street with its beautiful flowers and lovely buildings.|
|Day 4||Frankenmuth||Frankenmuth - Dearborn - Frankenmuth: Today, the choice is yours! Visit Greenfield Village or the Henry Ford Museum for an experience in living history! 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. Or, learn how the automobile forever changed American life and society as you explore the Henry Ford Museum. Upon returning to Frankenmuth, visit the largest Christmas store in the world - Bronner's.|
|Day 5||Frankenmuth||Frankenmuth - Mackinac Island: Your stay on stunning Mackinac Island begins. Board your Mackinac Island ferry and prepare for a ride back in time to a simpler era. As your ferry approaches the shore, your home for the next two nights comes into viewâ?¦the glorious Victorian-era resort, the Grand Hotel.* Both your hotel and the island itself are National Historic Landmarks. Upon arrival, listen as the neighs and clip-clops of horses replace the roar of engines. This quiet island of yesteryear evokes a nostalgia that truly inspires the senses. The island is a natural gem with over eighty percent of its land preserved by Mackinac State Park, a wooded paradise accented with limestone formations and ringed by Lake Huron. The evening is yours to relax. Perhaps you'll take a leisurely stroll through the quaint village or unwind on the Grand Hotel's famous porch.|
|Day 6||Mackinac Island||Mackinac Island: 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 a Manger. Chamber music and demitasse precede dancing to the refined sounds of the Grand Hotel's orchestra.** If you crave a secluded hideaway, retreat to the charming cupola.|
|Day 7||Mackinac Island||Mackinac Island - Traverse City: This morning, enjoy some leisure time at the Grand Hotel before departing for the cherry capital of the United States, Traverse City. En route, experience Michigan's picturesque coastline of Grand Traverse Bay. It may come as a surprise to you that the state's western coast boasts the perfect climate for cultivating grapes and is considered the land of vineyards. Before arriving at your beachside resort, visit the Music House Museum where you will hear the sounds of yesteryear produced by rare antique musical instruments and machines dating between back to 1870. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a private vineyard tour and wine tasting at a local winery on Leelanau Peninsula; this is followed by dinner, a perfect ending to a wonderful journey.|
|Day 8||Traverse City||Traverse City - Tour Ends: Your tour ends today, leaving you with a bounty of happy memories from your visit to America's heartland.|
- Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, United States
- Bavarian Inn Lodge Frankenmuth, United States
- Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Chicago, United States
- Bayshore Resort Traverse City, United States
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.