Did you know, Michigan has the longest freshwater coast of any US state?
Four of the Great Lakes frame Michigan and provide an incredible holiday backdrop. Not only will you discover life on the lakes, but the lush Michigan countryside and the incredible sand dunes stretching along the shores of Lake Michigan. Add in some tall ships, lighthouses, wineries, locally sourced mid-west produce and just enough city life and you'll wonder what took you so long to discover Michigan.
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You might be surprised to learn that Michigan's western coast is a land of vineyards and sandy beaches as well as really impressive sand dunes. This morning 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 colour from the palest champagne to vibrant sienna, the constantly shifting dunes can be as high as 400 feet!
This afternoon, board the 114-foot schooner Manitou for a private tall ship cruise on the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. Wind up a great day with a winery tour and wine-pairing dinner at Chateau Chantal Winery on the Old Mission Peninsula in Grand Traverse Bay.
On your first stop today, music fills the air at the Music House Museum, displaying rare antique musical instruments and music-making machines from between 1870 and 1930. Then wind your way along the shoreline of beautiful Grand Traverse Bay as your 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 of centuries ago.
Stop in quaint Petoskey for lunch en route to Mackinaw City, from which a ferry carries you across the strategically important straits to historic Mackinac Island, where no cars are allowed... so you'll ride a horse-drawn carriage to your accommodation at the world-famous Grand Hotel, one of the most famous hotels in the USA. This stately hotel's front porch, reputed to be the longest of its kind when it was built in 1887, and a popular place to gather on the rocking chairs for a glass of wine as you watch the sunset.
The tiny gem known as Mackinac Island remains much as it was when the first Europeans settled the island centuries ago. Here you can explore by horse, bicycle only as cars are strictly not allowed. Which adds to its charm! Here too the horse population is nearly as high as the humans. On your horse-drawn sightseeing tour you’ll learn about this magical island. 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 get to tour your celebrated hotel lead by a local historian who will share fascinating tales and anecdotes about this legendary landmark and its famous guests. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the island as you please.
Founded in the 1840s by German pioneers, you’ll probably think you’ve landed in Bavaria in the charming village of Frankenmuth. Here you’ll have time for a stroll around the quaint boutiques and a spot of lunch in one of the cosy cafes. We continue onto Dearborn, a city instrumental in America's automobile culture, where a guided visit to The Henry Ford is a fascinating, "must-do" experience..
Historic trains, automobiles, airplanes and more help illustrate the American experience of progress and innovation between 1800 and 1950 – along with Dymaxion House, and the homes and workplaces of ground-breaking innovators such as Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Harvey Firestone.
Your stay for the next two nights is at The Dearborn Inn on the Ford Motor Company grounds. We’ve a treat in store for you here at dinner tonight, a private Motown musical performance by a local band.
Begin the day with a stroll around the automotive manufacturing facility at the impressive Ford Rouge Factory in Dearborn, here the innovation of the past connects with the technology of the present and future.
It’s off next to ‘Motor City’, Detroit; where you’ll enjoy a leisurely city tour which includes visits to the Renaissance Center, Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers), the Fox Theatre and more. Return to Dearborn, with an afternoon at leisure to explore the living history and Americana of Greenfield Village.
In the evening join your group for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.
Your tour ends today with a transfer to Detroit Airport.
Not ready to go home? All Bon Voyage holidays are tailor-made, so it doesn't have to stop here. Extend your time through the Great Lakes, add in a train journey out west or down south. Ask your Bon Voyage consultant to chat through your options.