Michigan – From Bavarian Villages to Mackinac Island

08-Maritime-MichaganJuly 8 – 15, 2017


Special Features

  • Tour of Fredrick Meijer Gardens with lunch
  • Tour of Frankenmuth, MI
  • Strudel making class
  • Shopping at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
  • 2 nights in Frankenmuth, MI
  • Ferry to Mackinac Island
  • Carriage Tour of Mackinac Island
  • Lunch at the Grand Hotel
  • 2 nights on Mackinac Island
  • Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • View Shipwrecks from Glass Bottom Boat
  • 1 night  Thunder Bay Resort
  • Carriage Ride through Elk Preserve with Dinner
  • Farewell Lunch

This leisurely tour of Michigan hits all the highlights! We will see historic sites, Bavarian Villages, Shipwrecks, Wildlife sightings, and of course, Mackinac Island. Take your time to drink in the beauty of Michigan on this fantastic tour


Double: $1,695/pp
Single: $2,175
Triple: $1,595/pp

Trip  Protection:  $178 – Double & Triple, $225 – Single

Early Booking

$100/pp if booked by April 28, 2017


Deposit:  $50/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due:  Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 1, Saturday, July 8, 2017

Today we travel to Hammond, IN. This evening we will get acquainted as we enjoy an informal meal in our hotel. (D)

Day 2, Sunday, July 9

Today we travel to the quaint Bavarian village of Frankenmuth, MI.  Along the way we will have tour and lunch at the beautiful Frederik Meijer Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. This amazing facility has become one of the most influential botanical gardens in the Nation and definitely a “must see” in Michigan! We then continue  to Frankenmuth where we will be treated to a scrumptious German dinner on the first of our 2 nights in our Bavarian lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 3, Monday, July 10

This morning we will enjoy a tour of the lovely city of Frankenmuth with a local guide. We end the morning learning to make strudel the traditional way…..of course we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor! The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the sights and shops. Don’t forget Bronner’s; the Ultimate Christmas Shop experience! We will gather together for dinner at the renowned Bavarian Inn.  (B, D)

Day 4, Tuesday, July 11

We leave “little Bavaria” this morning and head north toward Mackinac Island. Since no cars are allowed on the Island we have horse drawn taxis to take us to the Grand Hotel for a simply jaw dropping, buffet lunch. Following our meal, we are then taken by carriage on a tour of Mackinac Island. After the tour, we can all check in to our downtown hotel for the first of 2 nights.  (B,D)

Day 5, Wednesday, July 12

After a busy day getting acquainted with this bustling island, you now have an entire day to explore at your leisure. You may want to rent a bicycle and conquer the 8 ½ mile road circling the island, or perhaps you wish to visit the butterfly pavilion or the 19th century British and American Military outpost of Fort Mackinac. You could spend the entire day sampling fudge at all the different candy shops on Main Street! (B)

Day 6, Thursday, July 13

We say goodbye to Mackinac this morning for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Here we will get an introduction to the important part Thunder Bay has played in maritime history from 1679 to the present as well as a glass bottom boat tour.  Even though the bay is beautiful, the open waters of Lake Huron are very treacherous.  Over 100 shipwrecks have been found in the bay and we will be able to explore a few and never have to get wet!   This evening we are treated to a carriage ride through an elk preserve to the Elk Antler Cabin. Here you will be greeted by a warm fire, enchanting aromas, and indulge in a delicious 5-course meal prepared in the hearth of 100-year-old wood cook stoves. (B.D)

Day 7, Friday, July 14

With great memories in mind we begin our journey towards home and our evenings stay in Springfield, IL. (B)

Day 8, Sunday, June 21

With a farewell lunch along the way we should return to Springfield by 4 pm. (B,L)

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