What a way to welcome in the beauty of Spring than to attend a Tulip Festival in Holland…Michigan and enjoy some relaxation on Mackinac Island!
What a way to welcome in the beauty of Spring than to attend a Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan! This is the largest Tulip Festival in the nation boasting over 5 million tulips throughout the city and in area attractions. Hundreds of klompen dancers in authentic garb perform traditional street dances. Street-scrubbing, parades, visual arts exhibits, a 10k run, fireworks, markets, shows featuring both local and national talent, and ever-popular food wagons round out this wonderful Spring celebration. Continue on to the peaceful tranquility of Mackinac Island. While the Summer months are the most popular here, you might find that you like Spring on the island just as much, if not more! Experience how the island bursts forth with new life as it sheds its winter coat. Plus, theres even more in store for you on this tour as you cross a Great Lake with the motorcoach on a ferry and end with more spring beauty at Bookworm Gardens and a visit to John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin before returning back home.
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
6 Nights Hotel Accommodations with Luggage Handling
13 Meals including
- Boatwerks Restaurant
- Fort Mackinac Tea Room
- Horseshoe Bay Restaurant
- The Hook Lakeside Grill
- Castle Farms Tour
- Memories Dinner Theatre
Holland Tulip Festival Tour
Veldheer - Deklomp Farm
Trolley Tour of Mackinaw City
Narrated Carriage Tour of Mackinac Island
Fort Mackinac Tour
Friskes Farm Market
S.S. Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Memories Dinner Theatre
Kringle Bakery Tour
MARS Cheese Castle
$1755 per person Double
$2210 per person Single
Non-members add $25
This tour requires average physical activity. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly on uneven ground or unpaved trails.
Deposit & Final Payment: A $250 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Payment is due, in full, by March 18, 2021. No refunds will be issued after March 18, 2021.
Day 1: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Join us from the available departure location of your choice this morning, meet your friendly on-board Trailways host, and then get settled in as we make our way north to Michigan today. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own, before arriving in Holland this afternoon.
Check in for a two-night stay and take some time to freshen up a bit before this evening’s group meal. Dinner this evening is a twist on tradition, a four-course meal putting a spin on Dutch cuisine at Boatwerks Restaurant. Each course will be presented by your host offering insight into their twist on the traditional recipe. A cash bar will be available.
Day 2: Monday, May 3, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing for the day. Enjoy an inside look at Holland and the Tulip Festival. For over 90 years, millions of people have gathered to participate in this fun festival. Drawing more than 500,000 people annually, Tulip Time offers a nine-day experience of Holland and its traditions. With over five million tulips blooming throughout the city and hundreds of klompen dancers, Tulip Time has been heralded as the nation’s Best Flower Festival, America’s Best Small-Town Festival and even received the 2017-2018 Tulip Festival of the Year designation!
From Dutch traditional garb and dance to nationally renowned entertainment, Tulip Time celebrates both culture and community. This festival offers you so much – parades, carnival rides, wooden shoes, dancing, elephant ears, fireworks and, of course, tulips!
Have lunch with some great entertainment before getting ready to hit the Marktplaats for some shopping! Enjoy some free time, on your own, to explore all the different offerings available to you including vendors, live entertainment and seminars with a master tulip gardener, wooden shoe carving, and if you saved room from lunch, many sweet treats and other food offerings.
Depart mid-afternoon for the Veldheer-Deklomp Farm. It all began in 1950 when Vern Veldheer planted a couple hundred tulip bulbs as a hobby. Now, Veldheer’s plants around five million tulip bulbs each year! In addition to tulips, there are several other imported flowers and perennials for you to enjoy and even purchase for your own garden. Several varieties of lilies bloom throughout the spring and summer, and you can enjoy the beautiful perennial gardens through mid-October. Veldheers is a must visit for garden and floral enthusiasts!
Return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening, and dinner, on your own. The motorcoach will be available to take you to dinner at Applebee’s or I-Hop that are located right next to each other. We will return after the meal.
Day 3: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
After breakfast at the hotel this morning we depart for Mackinaw City. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch, on your own, while in this village on the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Where the Great Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, Mackinac Bridge crosses the Straits of Mackinac to the Upper Peninsula. Colonial Michilimackinac is a reconstructed 18th-century fort and fur-trading post. Founded in 1889, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse has restored quarters and views from the top. Wilderness State Park includes stretches of Lake Michigan shoreline, trails and campsites.
Take a ride on the Mackinac Old Time Trolley and experience everything that Mackinaw City and the Mackinac area have to offer. This narrated historical tour is just right for everyone looking to see Mackinaw’s timeless historical sites, including the Mackinac Bridge, Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and the Coast Guard’s Icebreaker Mackinaw.
Check in to the Hamilton Inn Select Beachfront in Mackinaw City this evening. Have some time to explore the hotel and beach a bit, get settled in and freshen up before departing for this evening’s dinner.
Arrive at Horseshoe Bay Restaurant at Kewadin Casino and enjoy dinner overlooking Lake Huron. After dinner have some time to try your luck at the casino or explore the property. The remainder of the evening, back at the hotel, will be for you to enjoy as you wish.
Day 4: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Breakfast is at your leisure at the hotel from the buffet or off the menu before departing on the Ferry to Mackinac Island. The five-mile ride across the Straits of Mackinac takes around 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. Fort Mackinac, located on Mackinac Island, was a stronghold for both the British and Americans, while Fort Michillimackinac in Mackinaw City was first a French trading post, and then a British fort. Both forts are now operated as museums open to the public. A third fort, Fort Holmes, was built by the British during the War of 1812 at the highest point on the island (just one mile north of Main Street). Fort Holmes was recently renovated and is now open to the public.
Enjoy a narrated carriage tour of Mackinac Island apon arrival and experience the history and charm of Mackinac in the most enjoyable and authentic way. Your tour will include the following stops:
Surrey Hills Carriage Museum – An antique carriage museum that features a working blacksmith shop where you can explore and learn about the carriages.
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.
After your tour, enjoy an included lunch at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room and Fort, with the most scenic views of Mackinac Island. Take a tour of the Fort after lunch. More than just a military outpost, Fort Mackinac served as a home for soldiers and their families and eventually the headquarters for Mackinac National Park, where tourists to the island visited the great fortress on the bluff, much like they do today.
Enjoy some free time, on your own, this afternoon to do some further exploration, check out the shops, test out the many kinds of fudge or relax by the shore.
Catch the departing ferry to go back to the Mainland for dinner and the rest of the evening. Dinner this evening will be at The Hook Lakeside Grill. Gather with your Trailways Traveler friends for dinner at this great lakeside restaurant, with balcony, offering stunning views of the Mackinaw City Harbor. Return to the hotel with the remainder of the evening free to do as you wish.
Day 5: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Enjoy another breakfast at the hotel before boarding our motorcoach this morning. Our first stop is Castle Farms in Charlevoix.
Step back in time with this visit to one of Michigan’s premier historical attractions. Located in the beautiful resort community of Charlevoix, Castle Farms offers you the chance to explore acres of gardens, discover dragons and experience Michigan’s largest outdoor model railroad.
Constructed in 1918 by Albert Loeb, Vice President of Sears, Roebuck and Company, Castle Farms was built as a ‘model farm’ to showcase livestock in addition to new farm equipment that was sold by his company. It also established a premium-quality mail-order business in butter, syrup, honey, poultry, eggs and other products.
This afternoon, enjoy a visit to Friske’s Farm Market. This has long been a pleasant stop for everyone! With the orchard, scratch bakery, café and extensive shopping you can pick up some of your favorite Michigan items to take back home to enjoy later. Michigan is famous for its cherries – don’t forget to get a jar of cherry pie filling and the cherry salsa is a hit too, not to mention the chocolate covered dried cherries!
We arrive in Big Rapids and check in for an overnight stay with the rest of the evening, and dinner, on your own at a nearby restaurant.
Day 6: Friday, May 7, 2021
After breakfast this morning, we depart for the S.S. Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry. In service since 1953, the ship shuttles between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin (a distance of 62 miles) and connecting Highway 10 between those two cities. Offering the largest cross-lake passenger service on the Great Lakes this will provide you with a great steamship experience. Relax on this four-hour cruise as it transports passengers, autos, RVs, motorcoaches, motorcycles, bicycles and commercial trucks across Lake Michigan. Enjoy an included lunch in the buffet restaurant or deli-style snack bar.
After docking in Manitowoc, we make our way to Bookworm Gardens. Once upon a time there was an idea. Like most ideas, it started with a question: what if you could bring your favorite children’s book to life? Meet the three bears? Create your own world with Harold and a purple crayon? Over fifteen years ago, a woman in Sheboygan, Wisconsin named Sandy Livermore had an idea - she wanted to bring books to life one garden at a time. The idea took root and became Bookworm Gardens now featuring over 70 different gardens each inspired by a favorite children’s book.
Next, visit John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Yes, this art center is related to the nation’s leading plumbing ware manufacturer, Kohler Co. The public washrooms here epitomize the achievements of Arts/Industry, the decades-long collaboration between art and industry conceived by Director Tuh Kohler. It is only appropriately fitting that they have “world-famous” bathrooms. There will be three new temporary exhibits at the time of our visit - The Shallow Act of Seeing; My Crops are Dying but My Body Persists; Bernard Langlais: Live and Let Live.
After spending the afternoon in these beautiful gardens and amazing art center, we arrive at our hotel to check in for an overnight stay with a bit of time to freshen up before leaving for dinner and a show this evening at Memories Dinner Theatre.
Enjoy a Wisconsin Friday night meal tradition – All you can eat beer battered cod or broasted chicken with side options of baked potato, wild rice, steamed vegetable blend, spinach salad with hot bacon dressing, buttermilk biscuits and Memories’ famous fluff and Mississippi mud pie for dessert. “The Housekeeper” by James Prideaux will be the featured play this evening. This fast-paced play has lively wit and biting humor becoming funnier and funnier as it builds toward its unexpected and delightful conclusion.
Day 7: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing for a Kringle Bakery Tour. A Kringle is buttery, flaky and thoroughly delicious and is Wisconsin’s official state pastry. This distinctive oval-shaped treat has been a Racine County tradition since Danish immigrants brought it to Wisconsin in the mid-19th century.
An authentic Danish Kringle is 32 layers of flaky, buttery dough filled with a variety of fruits and nuts and baked until golden brown and then topped with a thin glaze. Kringle making is a time and labor-intensive process with bakers repeatedly folding together butter and flour and refrigerating the dough to produce a delicate, flaky texture. Kringle Bakery has been featured on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning and other national TV outlets.
Depart the Bakery for MARS Cheese Castle in Kenosha. You can’t be in Wisconsin and not make a stop for cheese! The Cheese Castle offers it all – cheeses, meats such as summer sausage and bratwurst, gift boxes, specialty popcorns, a bakery and even souvenirs. Lunch, on your own, will be here as well.
After lunch, we depart for home. There will be rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed, before arriving back home in Iowa this afternoon.
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
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