Mackinac Island & The Grand Hotel
The Midwest is bursting with fall colors! This brilliant 9-day tour shows off the best of Michigan's autumn colors including a visit to one of its most treasured locations, beautiful Mackinac Island.
The Midwest is bursting with fall colors! This brilliant 9-day tour shows off the best of Michigan's autumn colors including a visit to one of its most treasured locations, beautiful Mackinac Island. A special highlight of this trip is a scenic rail journey aboard the Agawa Canyon Autumn Foliage Train across the border in Canada.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Embark on a full-day narrated scenic rail excursion through beautiful Agawa Canyon during autumn foliage time
- Spend 2 nights at The Grand Hotel, the crown jewel of Mackinac Island
- 12 Meals (4 dinners, 1 lunch and 7 breakfasts)
- Round trip airport transfers
- Spend 1 night in downtown Chicago with a guided sightseeing tour of the “Windy City”
- Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
- Visit the Music House Museum with its one-of-a-kind collection of rare antique musical instruments
- Explore the charm of a bygone era on Mackinac Island and learn of its history during a private lecture with a local historian
- Tour Mackinac Island via a horse-drawn carriage en route to the hotel
- Take the River Rouge Ford Factory Tour to see the F150 pickup truck being built
- Have the choice of visiting either the Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village
Day 1 - Chicago, the Windy City
Your fall tour begins in America's third largest city, Chicago. Your centrally-located downtown hotel is close to both of the city's airports as well as historic Union Station. Today is at your leisure to explore Chicago's many offerings. Visit one of its renowned museums or shop along the Magnificent Mile. Meet your tour manager in the hotel lobby at 6:00 pm, where you can receive dining suggestions. You'll surely have many choices as Chicago is well-known for its impressive restaurants and delicious global cuisine. Overnight Hilton Palmer House.
Day 2 - Chicago Sightseeing/Journey into Michigan
Begin your day with a guided sightseeing tour of downtown Chicago. Later today, board your motorcoach and depart the big city for your journey into Michigan. Your destination will be Traverse City, known for its sparkling beaches, unique shops and cherry orchards. Overnight Country Inn. (D)
Day 3 - Traverse City
Embark on a visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The golden dunes stretch along the shores of Lake Michigan for more than 35 miles. On your tour, you will learn about the history and Indian lore of the area. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to the Music House Museum, where you will see a collection of rare antique musical instruments circa 1870 to 1930. The day ends in Sault Ste. Marie, where the group will overnight. Overnight Holiday Inn Express. (B)
Day 4 - Agawa Canyon Autumn Foliage Train
Today's full-day excursion takes you into Canada (passport required) for a scenic rail excursion through Agawa Canyon aboard the Algoma Central Railroad. The journey is especially stunning during autumn foliage season! Be awed by massive rock formations, colorful forests, and peaceful streams and lakes as you wind through the Canyon. Explore the Agawa River and its waterfalls before returning to Sault Ste. Marie. Overnight Holiday Inn Express. (B, L)
Day 5 - Mackinac Island
Step back in time as you journey to Mackinac Island, the car-free island with a summer holiday heritage. Upon arrival tour the island by horse-drawn carriage, ending at The Grand Hotel. Built in 1897, it is the world's largest summer hotel. Overnight The Grand Hotel. (B, D)
Day 6 - Mackinac Island at Your Leisure
The day is yours to explore the quaint shops and beautiful coastline of this lovely island steeped in history. You may wish to visit Fort Mackinac, rent bikes for a ride around the island, sample some of the island's world-famous fudge, or stroll through the impeccably landscaped gardens of your hotel. Overnight The Grand Hotel. (B, D)
Day 7 - Travelling in The Great Lake State
We leave Mackinac Island today and travel through the Great Lakes State. Michigan has the unique distinction of being surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes. Our destination is Dearborn, the heartland of the Ford Motor Company. Overnight DoubleTree Hotel. (B)
Day 8 - Ford River Rouge Factory Tour & The Henry Ford Museum
This morning, you go behind the scenes at the world’s largest automotive complex as you watch the Ford F150 pickup truck being built on a Ford Motor Company factory tour. This afternoon you have the choice of visiting the Henry Ford Museum, often called “the attic” or Greenfield Village, also known as “America’s Hometown.” Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. Overnight DoubleTree Hotel. (B, D)
Day 8 - Return to Chicago
Our journey ends with a group transfer to Detroit Metropolitan Airport for flights out after 10:00 a.m. or Chicago Airport for flights after 5:00 p.m. (B)
Rail Your Way
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Chicago's Hilton Palmer House, Traverse Country Inn, Sault Ste. Marie Holiday Inn Express, The Grand Hotel, and Dearborn DoubleTree Hotel.
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: Departs 25th September 2019 ($2,899), 3rd October 2019 ($2,899)
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