A trip to the peaceful, scenic Mackinac Island is always a treat, but this time it is an extra special treat as we are staying at the famed Grand Hotel!
A trip to the peaceful, scenic Mackinac Island is always a treat, but this time it is an extra special treat as we are staying at the famed Grand Hotel! Perched atop a hilltop with the largest front porch youve ever seen, the view from their rocking chairs is amazing. Although Mackinac Island and the Grand are the main destination for this tour, you are in for several other delightful stops making it most definitely a "Grand" tour! Explore the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, take a Detroit Music City Tour with a stop at the Motown Museum, and spend a night at Thunder Bay Resort complete with an elk viewing and journey aboard a horse drawn carriage led by massive draft horses! On the way back home, explore Castle Farms and take a memorable ferry ride with the motorcoach across Lake Michigan! We end with a fabulous meal and show at the Fireside Dinner Theatre in Wisconsin. Do not miss out on this Grand Adventure, it is sure to fill up quickly!
Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
7 Nights Hotel Accommodations Including:
- Thunder Bay Resort
- The Grand Hotel
16 Meals Including:
- Ford's Garage
- Meadow Brook - Hall D
- Detroit Lunch with Live Entertainment
- Elk Antler Cabin Five-Course Gourmet Dinner & Wine Tasting
- Salle a Manger Dining Room Grand Hotel
- Castle Farms Catered Meal
- S.S. Badger Lunch
- Fireside Dinner Theatre
The Henry Ford
- Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
- Greenfield Village
- Giant Screen Experience
Ford Rouge Factory Tour
Detoit Music City Tour
- Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum
- Motown Museum
Thunder Bay Resort
- Elk Viewing Journey
- Elk Antler Cabin
Free Time in Mackinaw City
Mackinaw City Trolley Tour
Narrated Carriage Tour of Mackinac Island
- Surrey Hills Carriage Museum
- Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory
- Arch Rock
Friskes Farm Market
S.S. Badger Carferry
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Fireside Dinner Theatre
Anderson Japanese Gardens
$2300 per person Double / $2800 per person Single
Non-members add $50
Activity level - Travelers may be required to walk on uneven surfaces and for up to an hour at a time at a moderate to gentle pace.
Deposit & Final Payment:
A $300 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Must be paid in full by July 9, 2022. No refunds will be issued after June 15, 2022.
Day 1: Thursday, September 9, 2022
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly onboard Trailways host, and then settle in and get comfortable as we head north to Detroit, Michigan today. Arrive at Ford’s Garage in Dearborn this evening just in time for dinner. Enjoy an included buffet with the vibe of being in a 1920’s service station and prohibition bar with old style brick, dark colors, rich wood and hand-hammered copper bar top and many other unique features. Your menu this evening includes Ford’s Homemade Garage Meatloaf, Chicken Henry, Grilled Salmon, Classic Fresh Garden Salad, Green Beans, and Mashed Potatoes. Included drinks of iced tea, lemonade, coffee and soda are offered. A full-service bar is also available at your own expense.
After dinner, arrive at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Detroit where you’ll be greeted with a warm cookie welcome and get settled in for a great night of rest – tomorrow is a big day!
Day 2: Friday, September 10, 2022
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing for the Henry Ford Museum. At the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, you will step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, the Henry Ford 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 and you can even see the famous Oscar Mayer Wienermobile! Put yourself in the place of the movers and shakers who blazed the trail to where we stand today.
Experience firsthand the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s fascinating formation, where over 80 acres brim with resourcefulness and ingenuity at the Greenfield Village. Here, 300 years of American perseverance serve as a living reminder that anything is possible. Step foot in the actual lab where Thomas Edison had his lightbulb moment or the workshop where the Wright brothers taught us to reach for the sky. 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! Take a ride in a real Model T, walk through four working farms, and check out how the roundhouse operates moving train cars. All rides are included today with your All-Access Ticket. You’ll find that the rides at Greenfield Village not only transport you – they hold stories, even mysteries, about America’s past. Whether you’re a passenger on the Weiser Railroad, pulled by one of the oldest steam engines around, or taking a spin on the carousel atop the giant green frog, famous for its red pants, get ready to discover all of the different historical rides available to you.
Be sure to take a rest and watch a show at the Giant Screen Experience, the NEW state-of-the-art 4k digital projection with a screen size of 80 feet by 44 feet making it the largest screen in Michigan! Also, take time to have lunch, on your own, while at the museum today.
After exploring the Henry Ford and Greenfield Village, we depart for the Ford Rouge Factory tour. Pop open the hood on game-changing technology, sustainable design, and sheer American grit at America’s greatest manufacturing experience. Get an inside look at the making of America’s most iconic truck, the Ford F-150, and immerse yourself in modern manufacturing’s most progressive concepts. Experience the awe-inspiring scale of a real factory floor as you walk around with a birds-eye view from the catwalk as these trucks are being assembled right before your eyes. Visit the Manufacturing Innovation Theater with a multi-sensory film experience – complete with vibrating seats, gusts of wind, 3D projection mapping and winking robots! See the Legacy Gallery where you can view historic vehicles that were made at the rouge, including the groundbreaking V-8, the classic Thunderbird and the Mustang. And, don’t miss the living roof spanning 454,000 square feet (or 10.4 acres) planted with a drought-resistant groundcover of sedum. This living roof is one of the largest in the world!
Return back to the hotel for some time to rest and freshen up before your included dinner this evening at Meadow Brook in Rochester. Enjoy dinner this evening at a National Historic Landmark. Meadow Brook is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929 for $4 million, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America.
Day 3: September 11, 2022
Thunder Bay Resort
Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning before checking out. We’ll depart the hotel with a local guide and arrive in Detroit for a Detroit Music City Tour which includes:
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum – Birthplace of the Model T. In 1998, the president of the Henry Ford Heritage Association (HFHA), Richard Folsom, arranged a tour of the Piquette Avenue Plant as the association’s spring field trip. During the tour, attendees discovered that the owner intended to raze the building and replace it with a steel warehouse. He planned to do so because he would gain a 12-year tax abatement since the plant was within the boundaries of the local federal “Empowerment Zone,” which had been established the previous year. Today the plant is doing business as the “Ford Piquette Avenue Plant” (FPAP). FPAP is dedicated to preserving the building and providing a unique experience of early automotive history and Detroit innovation.
Motown Museum – Be transported into an era of musical magic. From the second you walk through the door, you will be greeted with the voices of Motown and a profound sense of history and significance. Motown Museum is the beating heart of the extraordinary Motown legacy – a destination that brings together people and ideas from different generations and celebrates the past while simultaneously building a bridge to the future.
A lunch with live entertainment will also be included in today’s tour.
After the tour, we depart Detroit and head for Thunder Bay Resort. Check in to one of Northern Michigan’s most unique destinations, known for its award-winning Elk viewing with a carriage ride, gourmet dinner and wine tasting event. Take some time to get settled in and do some exploring before our elk viewing and dinner this evening.
Board a horse-drawn carriage led by massive draft horses and be whisked “over the river and through the woods” to the resort’s elk preserve. Here you will view Rocky Mountain elk in their natural habitat.
At the Elk Antler Cabin, you will be greeted with a warm fire and an enchanting aroma where culinary artist Spencer has prepared a five-course gourmet dinner for us on 125-year-old wood cookstoves. During dinner, experience up to six wines from the Sunrise Side and be entertained with storytelling from our hosts. The menu will include: Pear & Apple Dumpling, Shrimp Cocktail, Spencer’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, Thunder Bay Sweet Napa Salad and Croissant, Crown Roast of Pork with Roasted Red Skin Potatoes. Dessert will be White Chocolate Mousse filled Pizzelles with Fresh Raspberries. You are on your own after dinner to do a bit more exploration or retire to your room for the night.
Day 4: Monday, September 12, 2022
Have breakfast at the hotel this morning before another day of adventure! Arrive in Mackinaw City and enjoy free time and lunch, on your own, in this village on the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula where Great Lakes Huron and Michigan meet.
After lunch, enjoy a Mackinaw City Trolley Tour. Mackinaw bears some of the best destinations that make you fall in love instantly with this city. Take a ride on the Mackinac Old Time Trolley and experience everything that the Mackinaw City and Mackinac Area have to offer. With a narrated historical tour, you’ll see Mackinaw’s timeless historical sites, including the Mackinac Bridge, Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and the Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw.
Mid-afternoon, board Shepler’s Ferry for a five-mile ride across the Straits of Mackinac lasting about 15-20 minutes. As a crossroads between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, the Straits of Mackinac was once of great strategic importance for the French, British and American forces that fought in the Midwest during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Upon arrival on Mackinac Island, we will be met by a horse-drawn carriage to take us to the Grand Hotel. Arrive, get checked in, and settle into your room where your luggage will be delivered to you. You will have time to freshen up and do a bit of exploration before dinner this evening. Please Note: There is a dress code for evenings and dinner at the Grand Hotel.
Few dining locations are more picturesque than Grand Hotel’s Main Dining Room. It overlooks the world’s longest porch displaying the hotel’s many American flags, as well as the glistening Straits of Mackinac. Sit down for dinner and you may catch a glimpse of the bellmen taking down the flags for the day – an evening sunset tradition while enjoying music by the Grand Hotel Orchestra.
You will order from the dinner menu this evening. The menu at the Grand is renowned for its range and excellence. Each meal begins with an appetizer followed by soup, salad, entrée, and dessert. Seating is open from 6:30-8:30 pm. For those that wish to enjoy a more casual atmosphere, you may do so at The Jockey Club at the Grand Strand, Woods Restaurant, or The Gate House. At these venues, you will receive a $20 per adult credit towards the food portion of your dinner bill.
Day 5: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure this morning at the hotel. You may have the buffet or order from the menu this morning.
After breakfast, enjoy a narrated carriage tour of Mackinac Island. Experience the history and charm of Mackinac in the most enjoyable and authentic way. Your tour includes the following stops:
Surry Hills Carriage Museum
Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory: Stroll among hundreds of butterflies dancing and chasing each other in this climate-controlled conservatory filled with lush flowers.
Arch Rock: View the beautiful natural limestone formation which is one of the most photographed spots on the island, with breathtaking views of Lake Huron.
Return to the Grand Hotel with the rest of the day on your own to explore the island, do a little shopping, perhaps rent a bicycle, or check out all of the fudge and salt-water taffy shops! It might be nice to just sit out on the front porch for a bit and take in the views. Dinner this evening will be in Salle a Manger dining room. You may order from the menu and seating is open from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Day 6: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Enjoy one last breakfast at The Grand Hotel before checking out this morning and departing by horse drawn carriage to the ferry dock. Board Shepler’s Ferry and find your seat for your ride back to the mainland where our Burlington Trailways motorcoach and driver will be waiting.
Our first adventure this morning will be at Castle Farms which will also include a lunch. Built in 1918, take a tour of this beautiful French Renaissance castle with its soaring towers, stone buildings, and sweeping gardens inspired by European design. Vintage museum quality collections of castles, toys, and WWI artifacts are displayed throughout the buildings, along with royal family memorabilia. The Castle’s Outdoor Model Railroad (seasonal), with more than 70 G-scale trains operating on 2,500 feet of track, is the largest in the state of Michigan. Dine in style with a catered meal on site, savoring a custom menu just for us.
After, depart for Friske’s Farm Market. Enjoy a stop at this third-generation family-owned and run true Michigan farm market. Here you will not only find freshly-picked apples, but also several Michigan cherry products – from pie filling, jams and jellies to great chocolate covered dried cherries! Visit the bakery for a dessert, or take home a pie, cake, or a few cookies or donuts for tomorrow! It’s the season for farm markets, and we want you to be able to take home a taste of Michigan when you return home!
We arrive in Big Rapids, Michigan this evening for our overnight stay at the Hampton Inn. Check in and freshen up before having dinner, on your own, at one of the nearby restaurants.
Day 7: Thursday, September 15, 2022
Fireside Dinner Theatre
Have an early breakfast at the hotel before departing this morning for a ride on the S.S. Badger. It’s an experience you soon won’t forget – set sail aboard this ship as we cross Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. During your 4-hour cruise, enjoy the spacious outside decks to soak up some sunshine and fresh air, play Badger Bingo, or shop in the Badger “boutique” with lunch included for you at one of the two restaurants on board. There is plenty to see and do as you cross this Great Lake.
After disembarking, we head for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan. Yes, this art center is related to the nation’s leading plumbing ware manufacture, Kohler Co. The public washrooms here epitomize the achievements of Arts/Industry, the decades-long collaboration between art and industry conceived by Director Ruth Kohler. It is only appropriately fitting that they have “world-famous” bathrooms. Be sure to check out the current temporary exhibits while you are here.
This evening, we arrive at our Fort Atkinson hotel with time to check in and freshen up for dinner and a show at the Fireside Dinner Theatre.
Begin your Fireside experience by browsing through the spectacular gift shops or relaxing in the lounge with a refreshing treat from their menu of regular and alcohol-free specialty drinks. Then, be treated to a superb dining experience in one of the lovely dining rooms. Finally, enjoy a live professional show in this intimate theatre-in-the-round. Hopefully your visit is an unforgettable adventure filled with more wonder, imagination and inspiration than you’d ever expect!
Day 8: Friday, September 16, 2022
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we start the venture back home today. We will have one last adventure this morning, with a stop at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. Recognized as one of the premier Japanese gardens in North America by Sukya Living Magazine since 2004 and inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12-acre award-winning landscape is comprised of koi-filled ponds, winding paths, gentle streams, cascading waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully trained pines, and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th-century traditional architecture is found throughout the garden. Depart the gardens to have lunch, on your own, as we continue on our journey home. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed. We’ll arrive home this evening with wonderful memories of your time spent in Michigan and Wisconsin!
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, IA CASI|| 1035 W Kimberly Road |
Center for Active Seniors
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
|Departure Date||Pick-up Time||Drop-off Time|