This classic Midwestern tour features Illinois and Michigan. Visit Holland Michigan's yearly Tulip Festival. See the extraordinary flowers at the Veldheer Tulip Garden. Then visit the Windmill Island Gardens to experience a palette of color on the 36 acres of manicured gardens, dikes and canals and the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States. 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.
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2017
- 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 - Holland, Michigan - Grand Rapids: Depart for Holland, Michigan. All year long, this quaint village evokes the essence of spring with its vibrant floral display. Today, get a taste of Holland's annual Tulip Festival! Stop at the Veldheer Tulip Gardens* to view extraordinary flowers in bloom. Later, visit the Windmill Island Gardens and discover a palette of color that spreads across 36 acres of manicured gardens, dikes and canals. See the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States. Later, arrive in the bustling city of Grand Rapids. The evening is free to explore the city's energetic downtown full of shops, museums and restaurants.|
|Day 4||Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids - Mackinac Island: Enjoy a scenic drive to Mackinaw City where you will board the ferry that will take you back in time to a simpler era. Lake Huron offers up lovely views during your ferry ride to Mackinac Island. Upon arrival, discover how 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. 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 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 enjoy. Perhaps you'll take a leisurely stroll through the quaint village or relax on the Grand Hotel's famous porch.|
|Day 5||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 6||Mackinac Island||Mackinac Island - Frankenmuth: This morning, enjoy some leisure time at the Grand Hotel before departing for the quaint town of Frankenmuth. Upon arrival in Frankenmuth, 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 7||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. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a German wine tasting followed by a Bavarian-inspired feast; this is the perfect ending to a wonderful journey.|
|Day 8||Frankenmuth||Frankenmuth - 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
- Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids, United States
- Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Chicago, 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.