Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes (NM)

8 days from Detroit to Chicago

2019 Tour Details

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 spend two nights 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. Also, marvel at breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with its miles of sand beach, lush forests, and high dunes.

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. In 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!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

DETROIT
Explore the Henry Ford Museum

FRANKENMUTH
[LF] Traditional Bavarian dinner with wine tasting; visit to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland

MACKINAC ISLAND
Carriage tour

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

SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE
Sightseeing

GRAND RAPIDS
Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum

CHICAGO
City sightseeing; farewell dinner including a [LF] private presentation

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners including a speacial farewell dinner in Chicago

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive in Detroit. Welcome to the Motor City! At 6 pm, meet your fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming journey.

Day 2

Detroit–Frankenmuth. 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, the Rosa Parks Bus, the Lincoln chair, and much more. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

Frankenmuth–Mackinac Island. This morning, visit BRONNER’S CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND, a one-stop shop for everything Christmas. Later, journey north to Mackinac Island. Since the Civil War, it 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. This evening, you may want to stroll Main Street, shop for souvenirs, or sample some of the delicious, freshly made fudge, an island tradition.
Breakfast Breakfast

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the next two nights at the elegant Grand Hotel. Enjoy its magnificent Victorian-style architecture and decor. The hotel has appeared in several movies and served as a summer getaway for celebrities such as Mark Twain, Jimmy Durante, Christopher Reeve, and five U.S. presidents since its inception in 1887.

Day 4

Mackinac Island. This morning, 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. Here, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Huron. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps rent a bicycle to explore more on your own, visit Fort Mackinac, or enjoy a cool drink and admire your surroundings. This evening, enjoy dinner in the Main Dining Room, overlooking the Straits of Mackinac.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

Mackinac Island–Tunnel Of Trees–Charlevoix–Petoskey. Depart by ferry from Mackinac Island, crossing through northern Michigan. 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 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

Petoskey–Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore–Grand Rapids. 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! Continue to SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE, where you’ll discover amazing views of these great sand dunes and Lake Michigan. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Grand Rapids–Chicago. Depart this morning and travel through the northern tip of 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!
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.

Day 8

Chicago. Your Great Lakes tour ends this morning, with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Chicago O’Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

HILLARY JOHNSON

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"During a summer in Ireland when I was 12, I was bitten by the "travel bug." I lived in Europe and became a Tour Director after graduating with a degree in European Languages. I am never as alive as when I am on the road. The haunting echo of a saxophone on a New Orleans street, the heady evening perfume of Jasmine in bloom, the sweet taste of a beignet, and the joyous "AA-eeeee!" of a Cajun dancer all need to be experienced... observing them from afar is not enough."

Tour Director -  HILLARY JOHNSON

 Accommodations

CHICAGO

PALMER HOUSE HILTON CHICAGO

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Built in 1871, the luxurious Palmer House Hilton is steeped in history, hosting prominent figures including Charles Dickens, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and numerous U.S. presidents. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Chicago, within walking distance of Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Michigan Avenue.

DETROIT

DETROIT MARRIOTT AT THE RENAISSANCE CENTER

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

FRANKENMUTH

BAVARIAN INN LODGE & CONFERENCE CENTER

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

GRAND RAPIDS

AMWAY GRAND PLAZA HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Situated on the Grand River, this striking 29-story hotel balances historic charm and modern amenities, and features spectacular views of the surrounding area. With a section of the hotel dating to 1913 and a newer modern tower, rooms are designed to reflect the era in which they were built, featuring historic accents and modern furnishings.

MACKINAC ISLAND

ISLAND HOUSE HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PETOSKEY

STAFFORD\'S PERRY HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

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