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Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes

Offer

Price per person
from £2,648

Price based on
London Heathrow
8th Sep 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

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  • 9 days

  • USA

  • Steady pace

  • Globus escorted tours

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 favourite summer retreats. Here, bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the only means of transportation. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island and have lunch 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 sandy beach, lush forests, and high dunes.

Outside of Detroit, visit the Henry Ford Museum, with innovations and artefacts 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 favourite 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 holiday!

At a glance

Detroit: Explore the Henry Ford Museum

Frankenmuth: Traditional Bavarian dinner with wine tasting; visit to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland

Mackinac Island: Carriage tour; lunch at the Grand Hotel

Tunnel of Trees: Visit historic Legs Inn and enjoy local specialities; sightseeing

Charlevoix: Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit a local orchard for a wagon ride and treat

Grand Rapids: Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum

Chicago: Sightseeing; farewell dinner including a private presentation

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Overview

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 favourite summer retreats. Here, bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the only means of transportation. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island and have lunch 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 sandy beach, lush forests, and high dunes.

Outside of Detroit, visit the Henry Ford Museum, with innovations and artefacts 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 favourite 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 holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

UK - Detroit

Day
1

Fly to Detroit where you will transfer to your hotel.

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

Detroit – Frankenmuth

Day
2

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 BAVARIAN DINNER. Experience fine German cuisine and a wine tasting.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Frankenmuth – Mackinac Island

Day
3

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 favoured 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.

Note: The July 22 departure has you on Mackinac Island during the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. “The Mac” is the longest annual freshwater race in the world.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mackinac Island

Day
4

Morning is at leisure to explore the stunning waterfront or explore the historic charm of the village. Visit the elegant GRAND HOTEL which 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 where you will enjoy lunch before your 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 sample some of the island’s famous fudge.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Mackinac Island – Tunnel of Trees – Charlevoix – Petoskey

Day
5

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 LOCAL SPECIALITIES. 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Petoskey - Grand Rapids

Day
6

This morning, visit a local 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Grand Rapids – Chicago

Day
7

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 PRIVATE PRESENTATION to learn the history of the hotel and how one of America’s favourite desserts was created at the Palmer House Hilton. Then, enjoy a taste for yourself!

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Chicago

Day
8

Your Great Lakes tour ends this morning, with guests departing on individual schedules.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
9

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Detroit - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

This luxurious 73-story hotel with an 8-story atrium lobby is situated on the riverfront in the GM Renaissance Centre providing access to restaurants, sporting events and Hart Plaza. The hotel features contemporary and sophisticated décor and modern amenities throughout.

  • Location

    Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr W, Detroit, MI 48243, United States

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Frankenmuth - Bavarian Inn Lodge & Conference Center

Located in the heart of downtown Frankenmuth on the banks of the beautiful Cass River, the Bavarian Inn is a charming German-themed hotel including a Glockenspiel, Biergarten, and an on-site restaurant featuring traditional German cuisine.

  • Location

    1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Mackinac Island - Island House Hotel

The historic Island House Hotel features sweeping harbour views and a full complement of amenities, including two on-site restaurants, complimentary Wi-Fi, bike rentals, heated indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna.

  • Location

    6966 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Petoskey - Stafford's Perry Hotel

This three-story, turn-of-the-century hotel overlooks Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan. Guests can enjoy the Noggins Room Pub for a casual meal and live music, or the H.O. Rose Dining room for beautiful views and regional cuisine.

  • Location

    100 Lewis St, Petoskey, MI 49770, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Hairdryer

Grand Rapids - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Situated on the Grand River, this striking 29-story hotel balances historic charm and modern amenities with 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.

  • Location

    187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Chicago - Palmer House Hilton Chicago

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.

  • Location

    17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

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