Mackinac Island & The Great State of Michigan – July 8th – 14th 2019

The State of Michigan is blessed with the riches of unspoiled nature: the world’s longest freshwater coastline, lakes that feel like oceans, miles and miles of cherry orchards, some of the highest freshwater sand dunes in the world, and more than 100 lighthouses. Mackinac Island is a truly “all natural” theme park of America. Its real Victorian image is preserved as you step back in time to a place where transportation is limited to horse and
buggy, bicycle, or foot. It has managed to escape the changes of time.

Click here for a flyer – Mackinac Island & the Great State of Michigan

Day 1 Monday July 8th – Home to Bay City
Welcome to Detroit, We’ll head to Bay city and our home for the night…  the Doubletree Riverfront Hotel… regarded as one of the finest hotels in Bay City, and located in the heart of downtown on the banks of the Saginaw River. Tonight enjoy a delicious dinner at The Riverfront Grill… it features spectacular views, and a variety of American and regional cuisine. Double Tree Riverfront (D)

Day 2 Tuesday July 9th – Bay City to Mackinac Island
Did you know Michigan has more lighthouse than any state in the US? We’ll make our way to Mackinac City where you’ll have some free time for lunch on your own before we embark on a Lighthouse Boat Cruise… take in five lighthouses and stunning coastline views of on this two and a half hour hallmark attraction. Next, we’ll depart for Mackinac Island; you’ll have a little time to wander in Mackinac City before we board Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry. Enjoy the scenery on our 20 minute ferry ride to Mackinac Island. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer via horse and carriage to our hotel for the next 2 nights, the Island House Hotel. With its handsome Victorian structure and family owned intimacy, Mackinac Island’s oldest hotel is a tradition not to be missed. Tonight, we’ll dine at the hotel in our private room.  The Island House Hotel (B, D)

Day 3 Wednesday July 10th – Mackinac Island – Local Touring
Today we’ll take a Horse-Drawn Carriage tour of the island… Since motor vehicles are not permitted to intrude on the natural beauty of Mackinac Island, there is no better way to visit this historic isle and see the legendary points of interest! Next Fort Mackinac, constructed by British soldiers during the American Revolution it served as a sentinel in the Straits of Mackinac for 115 years. Today, the original restored fort is a National Historic Landmark. Next, it’s lunch at the Grand Hotel, as rare and special as it was in 1887. You’ll fall in love with this wonderful place! “Somewhere in Time”, starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer, was filmed here in 1979. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore. Everything is within walking distance of the hotel. You can also rent bikes or take a taxi “carriage” around the island! The Island House Hotel (B, L)

Day 4 Thursday July 11th – Mackinac Island to Traverse City MI
After breakfast we’ll be whisked off to the ferry dock for another scenic crossing to Mackinac City where our bus will meet us. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery on our journey to Traverse City and The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. According to Chippewa legend, a bear and her two cubs swam across Lake Michigan to escape a fire on the other side. The mother reached the shore, exhausted, but was unable to save her cubs, who drowned within sight of shore. The Great Spirit Manitou transformed the mother into a huge sand dune (looking out toward the lake), and the cubs into islands. Enjoy a few stops and a picnic lunch here. Our home for the night is Park Place Hotel in Traverse City… a beautiful property in the heart of the Historic Downtown. Your evening is free to explore the quant town filled with shopping, dining, arts, attractions and recreational opportunities that make this area such a desirable destination. Park Place Hotel (B, L)

Day 5 Friday July 12th – Traverse City to Livonia
Fist stop today is the Music House Museum, featuring a one-of-a-kind collection of rare, antique musical instruments and music-making machines, dating back to the 1870’s through the 1930’s. A stroll through the Music House Museum is like a walk back in time! Lunch will be on your own today, in the small town of West Branch. There are a few restaurants to choose from. Next we’ll check into our home for the next two nights, the Marriott Livonia, an exceptional place to stay! Connected to Laurel Park Place Mall, the Hotel is just steps away from a variety of fine retailers, restaurants and the newly renovated Phoenix movie theatre! Later, we’ll enjoy dinner at Sweet Lorraines Café, in the hotel. Marriott, Livonia MI (B, D)

Day 6 Saturday July 13th – Detroit – Local Touring
Get ready for a great day! After breakfast we’re off to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Put yourself at the center of sheer manufacturing might. Beyond the awe-inspiring sweep, scale and action of the real-life factory floor where the new military grade aluminum-alloy body Ford F-150 is made, get set for some eye-opening encounters with the technology of tomorrow — today. Next stop… Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum.  The Village… over 80 acres brims with resourcefulness and ingenuity. Here, 300 years of American perseverance serve as a living reminder that anything is possible. Step foot in the lab where Thomas Edison had his lightbulb moment or the workshop where the Wright brothers taught us to reach for the sky. Take a ride in a real Model T or walk through four working farms. Rub shoulders with world-class artisans and explore the place where America’s can-do spirit inspires you to go out and get it done. Step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation allows you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand by taking a seat. Play pilot as you explore flight innovations, starting with the Wright brothers’ achievements, or make yourself at home inside Buckminster Fuller’s circular Dymaxion House. You’ll have some time to rest up before we head to to Michell’s Seafood Restaurant for our farewell dinner! Marriott, Livonia MI (B, L, D)

Day 7 Sunday, July 14th – Livonia MI Home
We’ll head home today with wonderful memories of the great state of Michigan. (B)

$2,768 Double  $3,114 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by April 4th, 2019