Day One — Arrive in Chicago Chicago is America’s third largest city and boasts a friendly, Midwest atmosphere. You may wish to arrive early and visit one of Chicago’s great museums or stroll along the “Magnificent Mile.” Meet your Tour Manager in the hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m. for suggestions on dining this evening.
Day Two — Chicago to Michigan After breakfast, we begin with a panoramic tour of downtown Chicago with a local guide. Later, we depart for Michigan and arrive in Holland at the height of their annual Tulip Festival. We visit Veldheer-DeKlomp Tulip Gardens, Holland’s only tulip farm ablaze with acres of tulips in brilliant color in a Dutch setting of windmills, drawbridges and canals. You may also wish to shop for Delftware, the famous Dutch pottery or be fitted for a pair of wooden shoes. Breakfast and dinner Day Three — Holland Tulip Festival This morning we return to Holland and visit famous Windmill Island to see “De Zwaan,” a 240-year-old working windmill. We also visit a miniature Netherlands Village, a candle-making shop and an antique carousel with hand carved wooden horses and beautiful paintings. You will have time available to explore Holland on your own. This afternoon we have reserved seating at the Muziekparade (Music Parade), where local and national marching bands, floats, giant helium balloons, Dutch dancers and more participate to the delight of young and old alike. Breakfast Day Four — Mackinac Island Today we ferry to Mackinac Island, a picturesque spot in Lake Huron that still preserves the charm of a bygone era. No automobiles are permitted and nothing intrudes on the serenity and natural beauty of the Island. Upon arrival, we tour via horse-drawn carriage. Take a step back in time as you enjoy the atmosphere of this unique treasure. At the end of the tour, the carriage brings us to the crown jewel of Mackinac Island, The Grand Hotel. The world’s largest summer hotel, it was built in 1897 and is our home for the next two nights. Breakfast and dinner Day Five — Explore Mackinac Island You will have the entire day at leisure on Mackinac Island. Browse the many shops, visit historic Fort Mackinac or rent bikes and pedal 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 afternoon tea. Don’t forget to sample some world-famous Mackinac Island fudge! Breakfast and dinner Day Six — A Bavarian Welcome Raise a stein of good cheer in Frankenmuth, also known as Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.” Stroll over Holz-Brucke, a 239-foot replica of an authentic 19th-century covered bridge, and visit the charming Bavarian-style shops that line the streets. A trip to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store, is a Michigan must see. Breakfast and dinner Day Seven — Journey Home Our journey ends with a transfer to the airport in Chicago for flights home after 5:00 p.m. Breakfast
Day One Embassy Suites Lakefront, Chicago, Illinois
Days Two and Three Hilton Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan Days Four and Five The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan Day Six Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth, Michigan
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2017 Rooms for the night before the tour are available. Cost for a room in Chicago is $389, tax included.
2018 Rooms for the night before the tour are available. Cost for a room in Chicago is $299, tax included.