Lake Michigan Circle Tour with Mackinac Island, the Grand Hotel and Door County
August 11, 2020 thru August 19, 2020
We have the perfect cool summer trip for you! Just imagine laying your eyes on beautiful green trees, lovely blue lakes and quaint towns as we circle Lake Michigan and fulfilling your dream of staying at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Along with three days on charming Mackinac, we’ll also experience historical sites, beautiful scenery, and unique destinations in Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin’s Door County and Milwaukee.
Roundtrip air included in price.*
8 days, 7 nights
Activity Level 3:
18 meals (8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners) included
Livery from/to home included
- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
- Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
- 3 nights at Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
- Mackinac Island Carriage Tour
- Historic Ft. Mackinac
- Washington Island
- Winery, Orchards & Lavender Farm
- Live concert in a historic schoolhouse
- Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant
- Traditional Door County Fish Boil
- Miller Brewery Tour
- Roundtrip air transportation*** – to Chicago
- All transfers and motorcoach transportation
- Pick-up/livery service
- 8 nights lodging
- 18 meals (8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners)
- Admissions as described
- Tours and local guides as described
- Ferries as described
- Baggage handling
- Bus refreshments
- Services of a tour director
- Local guide tips
- Driver tips
Day 1 - Home to Chicago
We will begin our journey to the Upper Midwest with a direct flight to Chicago for our one-night stay and welcome dinner – including a glass of wine – hosted by your Tour Director. (D)
Day 2 - Chicago to Grand Rapids
Today we skirt the coast of Lake Michigan as we travel through the northern coast of Indiana and southwest Michigan to Grand Rapids, where we visit the President Gerald R. Ford Museum for a fascinating guided tour of their permanent exhibits. We also visit the Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, which features the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection in the Midwest, indoor and outdoor gardens, and the largest tropical conservatory in the state. We work our way further north and lodge overnight at the Hampton Inn Big Rapids. (B,L)
Day 3 – Grand Rapids to Mackinac Island
This morning we travel to Mackinaw City and board a ferry to legendary Mackinac Island, which became one of the nation’s favored resort destinations during the Victorian Era. One of the most noticeable differences on Mackinac Island (which is accessible only by boat and plane) is the absence of automobiles. Visitors and residents travel by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. Upon arrival on the island, horse-drawn carriages will taxi us to the Grand Hotel for our 3-night stay. Since 1887, Grand Hotel beckons guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm. Experience the tradition of Afternoon Tea in the Parlor, dressing up for dinner, nightly dancing to the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra, and sitting in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch with views of the Straits of Mackinac. Dinner at leisure is included nightly while at the Grand Hotel. (B,D)
Day 4 – Mackinac Island
This morning we take a wonderful horse-drawn Carriage Tour – the most memorable and authentic way to see the island. This narrated tour will introduce you to the history and charm of Mackinac with stops at Arch Rock, the Surrey Hills Museum and the Avenue of Flags. We return to the hotel in time for lunch and afternoon at your leisure to explore the hotel, gardens and island. (B,D)
Day 5 – Mackinac Island
Along with leisure time to explore the Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island, today we take you to the Historic Fort Mackinac, where the 18th century comes to life with stunning views of the Mackinac Bridge, the straits and the Upper Peninsula; and to the Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House to see an array of beautiful butterflies at one of the oldest live exhibits in the country. (B,D)
Day 6 – Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Green Bay
Today we board a ferry to transfer to the mainland of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where we drive through small towns, beaches and parks and into scenic Wisconsin. We stop at the Delta County Historical Society and Sand Point Lighthouse – built in 1857 and welcomed visitors to Escanaba before trains could reach the area, to learn the history of this unique region. Tonight, we lodge at the Country Inn & Suites in Green Bay. (B,L)
Day 7 – Door County
Today we have a full-day tour with our expert local guide. Door County is affectionately known as Cape Cod of the Midwest because of the wonderful beaches, forests and communities that comprise this peninsula dividing Green Bay and Lake Michigan. We start with a visit to Cave Point and then to a historic schoolhouse in Sturgeon Bay to see a concert of old-time music, comedy and hymns with Dan Meunier, a famed Door County singer, composer and storyteller. Dan performs from a grand piano, an upright piano and an antique parlor organ. We have lunch at the landmark Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, where we see the famous goats grazing on the roof and further experience the Scandinavian influences in the region. Next we visit the Farm Market to sample Wisconsin’s famous cheddars, homemade jams and cherries. An afternoon drive through Peninsula State Park allows us to experience the beauty of the shores and bluffs on our way to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Built in 1868, the living quarters are completely furnished from that era. And then onto some shopping in some of the neatest shops on the Peninsula. After shopping, we stroll over to Pelletier’s for their famous Fish Boil dinner. Watch the boilover and enjoy the technique and cooking process of the Traditional Door County Fish Boil. Tonight, we check into the Bridgeport Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay for our 2-night stay. (B,L,D)
Day 8 – Door County & Washington Island
This morning we travel by ferry with our local guide through Death’s Doors to Washington Island. On the Island we see beautiful West Harbor and learn about logging in the 1800’s, and the Niagra Escarpment. We see the Norwegian Stave Chapel – patterned after the one in Borgund, Norway – as well as the Historic Island Dairy and Island Lavender fields, and the Island History Exhibit and the Type & Ink Art Gallery. After lunch we learn about life on an Island as we meet some of the Islanders before visiting Historic Washington Harbor and beautiful School House Beach, where we will have a “stone skipping contest.” Then step back into history at the farm museum and learn about Island life without electricity! On to Jackson Harbor to learn about Commercial fishing before finding our way across the back roads to the Ferry dock. Back on the mainland we visit Seaquist Orchards and Harbor Ridge Winery. Our farewell dinner tonight will be at The Log Den Restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 9 – Milwaukee, Chicago, Home
After an enchanting week in Michigan and Wisconsin, today we travel back to Chicago for our flight home. We make a stop to visit the Miller Brewery for an indoor/outdoor guided walking tour of over 160 years of brewing history visiting their famous underground caves and the historic Bavarian-Style Miller Inn. Tastings included! Then we continue to Chicago to catch our direct flight back home. (B)
***Please contact us for special pricing if you are joining the tour from outside of Tucson.
Lake Michigan is the third largest Great Lake by surface area.
It's the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world.
At 660 feet, Grand Hotel's Front Porch is the world's largest.
It's visible as you approach the Island from Lake Huron.
The Mackinac Bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan.
Opened in 1957, it's the longest (26,372-ft-long) suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.
Crowne Plaza O'Hare
Big Rapids, MI
Mackinac Island, MI
Country Inn & Suites
Green Bay, WI
Bridgeport Waterfront Resort
Sturgeon Bay, WI
$3,924 per person
$4,392 per person
Roundtrip air transportation*** - to Chicago
All transfers and motorcoach transportation
8 nights lodging
18 meals (8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners)
Admissions as described
Tours and local guides as described
Ferries as described
Services of a tour director
Local guide tips
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
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The Activity Level 3: Moderate.
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On American Airlines our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $30 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The average daytime high temperatures during our tour is typically in the middle 70’s and the average night-time temperature is usually lower 60’s. When we are on or close Lake Michigan those temperatures drop 5-10 degrees or more. Typically, the air is much more humid than in Tucson and we can expect some Summer storms. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.
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