Discovering Michigan’s European Heritage

Dates:  July 9 – 17, 2019


Special Features

    • 2 nights in Frankenmuth
    • 2 nights in Holland
    • 2 nights on Mackinac Island
    • Bake pretzels & taste Bavarian wines
    • Explore old Fort Mackinac and Colonial Michilimackinac
    • Sail on a Tall Ship in Traverse Bay and ferry across Lake Michigan
    • Dine on European cuisine and lunch at the Grand Hotel
    • Visit picturesque gardens and stark but beautiful coastlines
    • Enjoy guided tours and shopping opportunitiesHarbor #1





This tour is part of our Discovery in Depth series.

Welcome back to one of Sunnyland’s favorite summertime adventures Michigan.  This year, as part of our Discovery in Depth series, explore the heritage of this state that was built on the backs of European immigrants. Dive into Old Bavaria at Frankenmuth. Study the history of the English and French settlers and sailors of the Great Lakes at Mackinac Island. Absorb Dutch culture and cuisine in Holland. Surely you will return home with a fresh appreciation of the dedication and sacrifice of these early Americans. And enjoy a cooler climate during the hot dry month of July!



Double: $1,895/pp
Single: $2,765/pp
Triple: $1,625/pp
Trip Protection:   $172.50/pp – Double & Triple, $258/pp – Single

Deposit:  $50/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due:  May 24, 2019

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Day 1 – Tuesday, July 9

Departing from Springfield, head northeast to the Indianapolis suburb of Anderson. Dinner is provided so enjoy a restful evening in preparation for the busy week ahead. (D)

Day 2 – Wednesday,  July 10

After breakfast at the hotel, board the coach. Our next stop: Michigan! On the way to the first village on our tour, spend time with us at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. Stroll through aisles and aisles of delightful, whimsical Christmas decorations and ornaments, and grab lunch-on-your-own at the café. Only a short journey up the road is Michigan’s Bavarian_Inn_Lodge1-web2Bavarian capitol: Frankenmuth. Accommodations for the next two nights is one of the area’s classic Bavarian lodges. Dinner tonight is a characteristic menu of German/Austrian cuisine. Then spend the evening strolling through Main Street of this quaint National Heritage Site. (B,D)Bavarian Inn Lodge

Day 3 – Thursday,  July 11

Breakfast is served at the Lodge and then cross the wooden bridge to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant for a lesson in pretzel-rolling. After baking (and devouring) this delicious hot salty snack, board the coach for a quick guided tour of the Village. A costumed citizen of Frankenmuth will share the history, culture and personalities of this Bavarian settlement. The afternoon is free for exploring and window-shopping. Wine-tasting is on the itinerary before dinner and don’t miss the 6:00 pm Glockenspiel experience. Dinner consists of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s world-famous fried chicken, while the evening is free for you to relax and finish any shopping left undone. (B,D)

Day 4 – Friday, July 12

This morning bid farewell to Bavaria and travel farther north to Mackinaw City. Walk through the historically-important Colonial Michilimackac, or the first settlement in this part of Michigan. After boarding a jet-boat, ferry across the Strait between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron to Mackinac Island. This small isle just a dot between Michigans Upper and Lower peninsulas – played an enormous role in the tug-of-war between Native Americans and the French and English explorers and settlers. We’ll be met at the dock for carriage tours of the island and enjoy two nights at our hotel with Grand Hotelwonderful lake or island views. Dinner tonight is conveniently served at the restaurant inside the hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 – Saturday, July 13

Our hotel is the location for breakfast the next two mornings. Today is a great day for exploring this scenic island. Tickets are provided for admission to Fort Mackinac and up to four horse-drawn taxi rides. Join the group at the Grand Hotel for the spectacular buffet luncheon. Then return to “town” for a free afternoon and evening. MackinacIslandCarriageDinner tonight is on-your-own, so now’s the time to try one of the fabulous restaurants that populate Main Street. (B,L)

Day 6 – Sunday, July 14

Board the Coach for our trip to Holland…but first, experience the thrill of sailing Lake Michigan’s Traverse Bay. Become part of the crew of the Tall Ship Manitou, a replica of the vessels that brought explorers and settlers to the Great Lakes and established trade routes between Canadians and American colonies. Be sure to dress for the cruise since it can be several Coverimage MNdegrees cooler on the water. A box lunch will be provided along with a cash bar, if you’re so inclined. Once we are back on land, it’s off to the land of the Dutch. Again, with two nights in Holland, you have plenty of time to absorb Northern European culture. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Monday, July 15

Sit back and enjoy a quick tour of Holland. Learn where you can tour a windmill, walk through lovely gardens, see how wooden shoes are made, and view historic homes and museum artifacts. Hear stories of the Dutch settlers and the day-to-day trials and tribulations of early colonial life. Admission to the Windmill Gardens, Holland Museum and Nellis’ Dutch Village are included. Dinner will be on-your-own at a local restaurant. Back at the hotel, carefully pack away your purchased treasures and those lasting memories of your European visit, and join your fellow travelers for a little evening snack. (B)

Day 8 – Tuesday, July 16

Our last day in Michigan begins with the early morning drive just up the Coast to Ludington to board the car ferry SS Badger and cross Lake Michigan to Manitowac, WI. Aboard the Badger, you’ll have a chance to walk around the ship, sit in comfortable lounges or deck seating and eat lunch. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and water vistas as we take the “shortcut” across the Lake. Once we land in Wisconsin, it is only 3 hours to our hotel for the evening. And we’ll celebrate our successful visit to Michigan with a farewell dinner. It’s Sunnyland’s way to show you how much we appreciate having you with us. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Wednesday, July 17

One last breakfast and load up for home. Expected arrival is about dinner time. Be sure that you check out our tour schedule for the rest of the year; we’re sure to have something that you’d like. See you again soon! (B)


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