Chicago, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Mackinac Island, Frankenmuth, Dearborn
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. Spend a night in 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.
Our prices start from2,799 LAND ONLY
8 Days • GUIDED • 11 MealsOperated Tour
- 7 nights accommodation
- On some dates additional accommodations may be used.
- Services of a tour manager
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
- 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Day 1 - Chicago, Illinois - Tour Begins
Get ready for a relaxing journey. The tranquil beauty of Mackinac Island and the Great Lakes region comes alive amid old-fashioned traditions.
Day 2 - 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. 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. An optional excursion to the John Hancock Building Observatory Deck offers 360-degree views and the opportunity to experience a local lunch – Chicago deep-dish pizza. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Day 3 - Chicago - Traverse City, Michigan
Travel north to the shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. Here we find Traverse City, the cherry capital of the United States. 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.
Day 4 - Traverse City - Charlevoix - Mackinac Island
Today's first stop is the historic city of Charlevoix, which is surrounded by four bodies of water, including Lake Michigan. A local guide will provide some interesting history and you'll view the fairy-tale mushroom houses built by the 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 the neighs and clip-clops of horses that have replaced 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 80 percent of its land preserved by Mackinac State Park, a wooded 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.
*The Grand Hotel experience includes dressing up for dinner. After 6:30 p.m., ladies should wear a dress, skirt and blouse, or pantsuit; and gentlemen are required to wear a coat and necktie. Evening wear is required in all areas of the hotel except the Cupola Bar, where casual dress is acceptable.
Day 5 - 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 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.
Day 6 - Mackinac Island - Frankenmuth
This morning, enjoy some leisure time at the Grand Hotel before departing for 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.
Day 7 - Frankenmuth - Dearborn - Southfield
This morning we'll travel south to 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.
Day 8 - Dearborn - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today, leaving you with a bounty of happy memories from your visit to America's heartland.
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on October 2, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $1,000. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021- April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used. Rates do not include the on-tour flights..
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