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Michigan’s Lakes & Mackinac Island

 

 

8 days from $2,790

Get set for a Michigan tour through beautiful countryside and along panoramic beaches with sand dunes stretching along Lake Michigan. Take a private sail on a "Tall Ship" up the Saginaw River and a private horse-drawn carriage tour on Mackinac Island; spend two nights at the famed Grand Hotel, where a historian shares unique anecdotes about this historic landmark. Explore two centuries of American history and innovation at The Henry Ford in Greenfield Village – with a ride on a Model T... discover fine Michigan wines at a private tasting and dinner at Black Star Farms... enjoy "Tower" rooms at the Grand Traverse Resort, and much more on this merry Michigan tour!

Lake Michigan

 

 

  1. Private wine tasting and dinner at Black Star Farms, where some of the best Michigan wines and spirits are produced
    • Private horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island
    • A historic presentation by a local historian who shares unique anecdotes during two nights at the Grand Hotel
    • Private sail on a “Tall Ship” schooner for a narrated cruise up the Saginaw River to Saginaw Bay with a maritime lecture
  2. Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  3. Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
    • Services of a professional, fully trained tour director
    • 17 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners); service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

 

Day 1 - Welcome to Michigan
Your marvelous Michigan tour begins at 5:30 pm at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. A transfer is included from the Cherry Capital Airport to the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City. During your two nights at this great resort, named among the top 50 domestic destinations by Condé Nast Traveler, you'll be in the midst of a charming town with a lively arts scene and lots of wineries. Please join us this evening and meet your fellow travelers at our welcome cocktail reception and dinner. (D)

Day 2 - Wine, Music and Dunes
You might be surprised to learn on your Michigan tour that the state's western coast is a land of vineyards and sandy beaches as well as really impressive sand dunes... and music, which fills the air at the Music House Museum, displaying rare antique musical instruments and music-making machines from between 1870 and 1930... feel free to hum along during your visit. You’ll see some of the spectacular Lake Michigan shoreline as you travel along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; ranging in color from the palest champagne to vibrant sienna, the constantly shifting dunes can be as high as 400 feet! This afternoon's private wine tasting at Black Star Farms reveals the high quality of Michigan's vines and wines, which you'll explore further during a private winery dinner. (B, D)

Day 3 - The Straits of Mackinac
Wind your way along the shoreline of beautiful Grand Traverse Bay as your Michigan tour continues toward the historic Straits of Mackinac. This strip of water connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron saw both booming commerce and some pretty spirited conflicts during the active fur-trading era. Stop in quaint Petoskey en route to Fort Michilimackinac, an 18th-century French – and later, British – trading post and fort on the southern shore of the strategically important straits. Today, the fort recreates life here in colonial times. This afternoon, a ferry carries you onward to Mackinac Island, where no cars are allowed... so you'll ride a horse-drawn carriage to your accommodation at the world-famous Grand Hotel, among the most celebrated hotels in America! This stately hotel's front porch, reputed to be the longest of its kind when it was built in 1887, is still a very popular gathering place for guests and local residents alike. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Magical Mackinac Island
This tiny treasure remains much as it was when the first Europeans settled the island centuries ago. Folks get around here by foot, by bicycle or by horse because motorized vehicles are not permitted on the island. Although the year-round human population is only about 600 residents, the horse population can be as high as 500 during the summer months! A sightseeing tour by horse-drawn carriage reveals all that is magical about Mackinac Island and is sure to be a highlight of your Michigan tour. You'll see Fort Mackinac, built by the British to guard the Straits of Mackinac during the American Revolution, as well as "downtown" Mackinac Island with many historic homes and grand Victorian cottages. You'll also learn more about your celebrated hotel at a presentation by a local resident historian who shares unique anecdotes about this famous landmark. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the island as you please; you're bound to discover things that capture your interest. (B, D)

Day 5- Midland
Leaving peaceful Mackinac Island behind via ferry to the mainland, your Michigan tour continues on to Midland, where you’ll explore the home and studio of noted 20th-century architect Alden B. Dow, son of the founder of the Dow Chemical Company, who was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Dow's innovative use of geometric planes, angles and landscaping elements to integrate his home into its natural surroundings has earned the home the designation as a National Historic Landmark. Overnight in historic Bay City on the Saginaw River. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - A “tall ship” adventure / Frankenmuth
French missionary priest Father Jacques Marquette was the first European to visit Saginaw Bay in the early 1600s, and the bay has a long history of travel by sailing ship. You'll do just that today on your Michigan tour as you board a tall ship for a private sail in the bay and up the Saginaw River on your own voyage of discovery. Later, you'll think that you've landed in Bavaria when you visit the little village of Frankenmuth, founded by German pioneers in the 1840s, for lunch and some free time to poke around. Continue on to Dearborn, a city instrumental in America's automobile culture, for a two-night stay on the Ford Motor Company grounds. (B, L, D)

Day 7- The Henry Ford and a test drive
A visit to The Henry Ford is a fascinating, "must-do" experience on any Michigan tour. Historic trains, automobiles, airplanes and more help illustrate the American experience of progress and innovation between 1800 and 1950 – along with living history exhibits including Greenfield Village; Dymaxion House, created by R. Buckminster Fuller; and the homes and workplaces of ground-breaking innovators such as Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Harvey Firestone. When you take a spin in a Model T, you won't have to pay for the gas! The afternoon is free for your own further exploration and discovery. Please join us at our farewell cocktail reception and dinner this evening, and enjoy the opportunity to share your memories of your Michigan tour with those who shared the adventure with you. (B, D)

Day 8- Homeward Bound
Your comprehensive Michigan tour ends in Detroit. Fly home anytime. A transfer from The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel to the Detroit Airport is included. Please allow two hours for flight check-in formalities. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey home. (B)



 

Traverse City: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Mackinac Island: The Grand Hotel
Bay City: Doubletree Hotel Bay City – Riverfront
Dearborn: The Dearborn Inn

 

 

 

Departure Date Twin Single Triple
June 8, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629
June 15, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629
July 6, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629
July 13, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629
July 27, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629
August 3, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629
August 31, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629
September 7, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629
September 14, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629
September 28, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629
October 5, 2013 $2,790 $3,434 $2,629

 

Additional Information

 

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

CB = Continental Breakfast, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner