Journey Around Lake Michigan
featuring Shipwrecks, Sand Dunes and two Nights at The Grand Hotel
 9 Days • 13 Meals
Air Holiday
Embark on a journey around Lake Michigan to discover its giant sand dunes, quaint villages of Door County, shipwrecks of Lake Superior and the crown jewel of Mackinac Island, The Grand Hotel

 Highlights
  • 13 Meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners)
  • Free roundtrip airport transfers
  • Spend 1 night in downtown Chicago with a guided city tour
  • Spend 2 nights in Door County, Wisconsin, and attend an authentic Fish Boil dinner
  • Tour charming Door County with a local guide to see Egg Harbor, Fish Creek and Peninsula State Park with its Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
  • Have lunch at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant featuring tasty food and goats who live on the grass roof
  • Visit the Peshtigo Fire Museum commemorating the deadliest fire in US history
  • A local expert guide conducts an Anatomy of a Murder tour showcasing locations from the best-selling novel and critically acclaimed movie
  • Take a narrated Shipwreck Tour aboard a Glass Bottom Boat on Lake Superior
  • Visit Seul Choix Lighthouse, reputed to be one of the most haunted on the Great Lakes
  • Spend 2 nights at The Grand Hotel, the crown jewel of Mackinac Island
  • Explore the charm of a bygone era on Mackinac Island with a narrated horse-drawn carriage tour and learn of its history during a private lecture with a local historian
  • Drive Michigan’s Tunnel of Trees, ranked among the most scenic roads in the nation
  • Visit Charlevoix to see its unique collection of Mushroom Houses
  • Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Tour Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
  • $45 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Arrive in Chicago
Chicago is America’s third largest city and boasts a friendly, Midwest atmosphere. For those arriving early, your hotel is close to the Lake Michigan waterfront. Visit one of Chicago’s great museums or stroll along the “Magnificent Mile.” Your Tour Manager is available in the lobby at 6:00 p.m. to assist with check-in and can offer suggestions for dining this evening.
Day 2  Chicago to Wisconsin
This morning we begin with a panoramic tour of downtown Chicago with a local guide. See Millennium Park featuring the “Bean,” Michigan Avenue and views of Lake Michigan. We leave the big city behind for Wisconsin’s charming Door County. Our waterfront hotel offers outstanding views of Sturgeon Bay. Tonight, our Tour Manager hosts a Door County specialty, an authentic Fish Boil dinner that is as much fun to watch as it is to eat. Meals: B, D
Day 3  Exploring Door County
Today is filled with the charm of Door County. A local guide takes us to the quaint villages of Egg Harbor, Fish Creek and Sister Bay. We enjoy lunch at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, a unique Door County experience featuring tasty food and goats who live on the grass roof. Other highlights include a visit to a winery, a farm market and scenic Peninsula State Park with its Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Meals: B, L
Day 4  Peshtigo Fire Museum and Anatomy of a Murder Tour
This morning we come to the small town of Peshtigo where on October 8, 1871 a firestorm raged through the area killing over 2,000 people. We stop at the Peshtigo Fire Museum commemorating the deadliest fire in US history. We make our way north into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the town of Marquette. Here, a local expert guide joins us for a tour showcasing the best-selling novel and critically-acclaimed movie Anatomy of a Murder. See the Marquette County Courthouse, where the film was shot and hear stories of this 165-year-old harbor town. Meal: B
Day 5  Shipwrecks, Lighthouses and Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel
The day begins with a Shipwreck Tour aboard a Glass Bottom Boat on Lake Superior. See a rare, fully intact, pre-civil war wooden sailing ship in this unique underwater museum. Crossing back to Lake Michigan, we stop at Seul Choix Lighthouse, reputed to be one of the most haunted on the Great Lakes. We make our way to St. Ignace where our ferry to Mackinac Island awaits. Upon arrival, a horse-drawn carriage (no cars are allowed on the island) brings us to the crown jewel of Mackinac Island, The Grand Hotel, the world’s largest summer hotel, built in 1897, and our home for the next two nights. Meals: B, D
Day 6  Explore Mackinac Island and Private Lecture
A visit to Mackinac Island is a like a trip back in time. From its bluff cottages to its quaint horse-drawn carriages, this peaceful resort island offers a glimpse into life during a simpler and more genteel era. You will have the entire day at leisure on Mackinac Island. Browse the many shops, visit historic Fort Mackinac or rent bikes and peddle along the coast of Lake Huron. “The Grand” is a venerable island institution and the perfect place to enjoy a stroll in the beautifully landscaped gardens or enjoy afternoon tea. Don’t forget to sample the world-famous Mackinac Island fudge! During the day enjoy a private lecture with a local historian to learn the history of the island. Meals: B, D
Day 7  Michigan’s Tunnel of Trees and Charlevoix’s Mushroom Houses
After leaving Mackinac Island we take a drive along Michigan’s scenic Tunnel of Trees. Ranked among the most scenic road in the nation, the Tunnel of Trees is so named because the many hardwoods and evergreens form a ceiling over the road with their interwoven crowns. In the quint town of Charlevoix we see the architectural collection of self-taught builder Earl Young known as the Mushroom Houses. Each house is designed to blend in with its surrounding landscape and features wavy eaves, exposed rafter tails and cedar-shake roofs. Meal: B
Day 8  Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Frederick Meijer Gardens
We begin our day exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore that was named for an Indian legend. These expansive golden dunes stretch for more than 35 miles along the twinkling blue waters of Lake Michigan. Making our way south we come to the beautiful Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, where world-renowned sculpture and horticultural landscapes come together to provide an educational experience. Tonight, we gather for a farewell dinner hosted by our Tour Manager. Meals: B, D
Day 9  Journey Home
Our journey ends with a transfer to the airport in Chicago for flights out after 2:00 p.m. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 1  Hilton Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois
Days 2-3  Bridgeport Waterfront Resort, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Days 4  Country Inn, Marquette, Michigan
Days 5-6  The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Days 7  Country Inn, Traverse City, Michigan
Days 8  Doubletree Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Per Person Twin Room Single Room Availability
June 8, 2019 $3,198 add $1,269 Available
July 13, 2019 $3,198 add $1,269 Available
July 27, 2019 $3,198 add $1,269 Available
August 10, 2019 $3,198 add $1,269 Available
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Rooms for the night before the tour are available. Cost for a room in Chicago is $349, tax included.

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