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2019265 Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel

2019265 Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel

Relax and enjoy the carefree lifestyle of Mackinac Island and refel in your overnight stays at the crown jewel-The Grand Hotel

0919/2019-09/27/2019    Trip  #2019265

 

 

 

Highlights

  • 12 Meals (7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners)

  • Free round trip airport transfers

  • Spend 1 night in downtown Chicago with a guided city tour

  • Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

  • Visit the Music House Museum with its one-of-a-kind collection of rare antique musical instruments

  • Embark on a narrated rail excursion through scenic Agawa Canyon during autumn foliage time

  • Spend 2 nights at The Grand Hotel, the crown jewel of Mackinac Island

  • Explore the charm of a bygone era on Mackinac Island and learn of its history during a private lecture with a local historian

  • Tour Mackinac Island via a horse-drawn carriage en route to the hotel

  • Take the River Rouge Ford Factory Tour to see the F150 pickup truck being built

  • Have the choice of visiting either the Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village

  • $45 in Mayflower Money

  • Land only pricing call for air prices and other optional dates and availability.

Day 1

Chicago is America’s third largest city and boasts a friendly, Midwest atmosphere. For those arriving early, your hotel is close to the Lake Michigan waterfront. Visit one of Chicago’s great museums or stroll along the “Magnificent Mile.” Your Tour Manager is available in the lobby at 6:00 p.m. to assist with check-in and can offer suggestions for dining this evening

Day 2

This morning we begin with a panoramic tour of downtown Chicago with a local guide. Leave the big city behind for charming Traverse City, Michigan, known for its sparkling beaches, unique shops and cherry orchards. Meal: D

D

Day 3

We begin our day exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore that was named for an Indian legend. These expansive golden dunes stretch for more than 35 miles along the twinkling blue waters of Lake Michigan. A local guide tells the history and lore of the area including the peninsula and lighthouse. We are treated to a one-of-a-kind collection of rare antique musical instruments and music-making machines, from 1870 through 1930 at the Music House Museum. Nickelodeons, music boxes, pipe organs and a Belgian dance organ come alive. Meal: B

B

Day 4

Today we cross the border into Canada to board the Algoma Central Railway for a spectacular train ride through scenic Agawa Canyon during autumn foliage time. This all-day adventure takes us past massive rock formations, through thick forests of maple and birch and over pristine streams and lakes as we wind our way to Agawa Canyon. Explore the Agawa River and its waterfalls on the valley floor before returning to Sault Ste. Marie. Meals: B, L

B, L

Day 5

A trip to Mackinac Island is a like a trip back in time. From its bluff cottages to its quaint horse-drawn carriages (no cars are allowed on the island), this peaceful resort island offers a glimpse into life during a simpler and more genteel era. Upon arrival, we tour the Island via horse-drawn carriage and step back in time as you enjoy the atmosphere of this unique treasure. At the end of the tour, the carriage brings us to the crown jewel of Mackinac Island, The Grand Hotel, the world’s largest summer hotel, built in 1897, and our home for the next two nights. Meals: B, D

B, D

Day 6

You will have the entire day at leisure on Mackinac Island. Browse the many shops, visit historic Fort Mackinac or rent bikes and peddle along the coast of Lake Huron. “The Grand” is a venerable island institution and the perfect place to enjoy a stroll in the beautifully landscaped gardens or enjoy afternoon tea. Don’t forget to sample the world-famous Mackinac Island fudge! During the day enjoy a private lecture with a local historian to learn the history of the island. Meals: B, D

B, D

Day 7

Leaving Mackinac Island today and travel through the Great Lakes State. Michigan has the unique distinction of being surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes. Your destination is Dearborn, the heartland of the Ford Motor Company. Meal: B

B

Day 8

This morning, you go behind the scenes at the world’s largest automotive complex as you watch the Ford F150 pickup truck being built on a Ford Motor Company factory tour. This afternoon you have the choice of visiting the Henry Ford Museum, often called “the attic” or Greenfield Village, also known as “America’s Hometown.” Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. Meals: B, D

B, D

Day 9

Your journey ends with a group transfer to Detroit Metropolitan Airport for flights out after 10:00 a.m. or Chicago O’Hare Airport for flights after 5:00 p.m. Meal: B

B

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Accommodations

Days 1  Hilton Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois

Days 2  Country Inn, Traverse City, Michigan

Days 3-4  Holiday Inn Express, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Days 5-6  The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Days 7-8  DoubleTree Hotel, Dearborn, Michigan

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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