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Michigan's Lakes & Mackinac Island - A Tauck Escorted Tour
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, where you'll spend two nights at the famed Grand Hotel. 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 Tauck's merry Michigan tour.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Traverse City/home Detroit
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
7 nights accommodation in sought after locations
EXCLUSIVE - Private live Motown band performance during dimmer in Dearborn
Wine pairing dinner at Chateau Chantal winery on the Old Mission Peninsula
Private horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island
A private presentation by a local historian
Ford Rouge Factory Tour of state-of-the-art production facilities
Private sail on a Tall Ship on Grand Traverse Bay
A ride aboard a vintage Model T and visit to the Henry Ford in Dearborn
17 meals (7 breakfast, 3 lunches, 7 dinners) service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Mackinac Island and Straits of Mackinac
Midland, Bavaria and The Henry Ford
Tour Departure Dates 2018:
June 9th, 23rd
July 7th, 14th, 28th
August 11th, 18th
September 8th, 17th, 22nd, 29th
Please phone Bon Voyage for the most up-to-date departures for this itinerary
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.
Meals: Dinner Hotel: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Day 2 : Great Lakes Dunes, A Scooner & Wines
Enjoy the shoreline views as you travel along the enchanting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A private cruise aboard the tall ship Manitou, a replica of an 1800s cargo schooner similar to those that once sailed the Great Lakes, introduces you to Grand Traverse Bay, followed by a tour and private dinner and win pairing at the Chateau Chantal winery.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner Hotel: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Day 3 : Petoskey and on to Mackinac Island
Visit the Music House Museum, filled with antique musical instruments and music-making machines. A scenic drive along Lake Michigan takes you back in time, beginning with a visit to Petoskey for lunch at a century-old inn overlooking Little Traverse Bay. 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.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner Hotel: Grand Hotel
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. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the island as you please; you're bound to discover things that capture your interest.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner Hotel: Grand Hotel
Day 5 : An architectural gem in 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. This evening dine at your hotel located in downtown Midland.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner Hotel: The H Hotel*
*NB Tour of 11th August will stay at Doubletree Bay City Riverfront in Bay City
Day 6 : Frankenmuth, Ford & A Motown Band
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. A live Motown band perfoms exclusively for Tauck guests during dinner at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner Hotel:The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel
Day 7 : Ford Rouge Factory and a test drive
A visit to The Ford Rouge factory 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. An orientation tour of Detroit, the "Motor City", shows you the Renaissance Center, Comerica Park, the Fox Theatre and more. Go for a spin in a vintage Model T and enjoy an afternoon exploring American ingenuity and traditions at your own pace in Greenfield Village. This evening, join us for a farewell reception followed by dinner.
Meals: Breakfast & dinner Hotel: The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel
Day 8 : Homeward bound
Tauck's comprehensive Michigan tour ends in Detroit. Fly home anytime. A transfer from The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel to the Detroit Airport is included. This may be your last day of your tour, however, your adventure doesn't have to end here. Perhaps you may want to extend your stay and head over to New York City for a few days shopping and sightseeing.
Call the USA travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Michigan's Lakes and Mackinac Island tour.
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