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Mackinac Island & More

Mackinac Island & More

Come along with us in late summer and experience the tradition of the Grand Hotel, located on northern Michigan's Mackinac Island. The island truly is a world unto itself.

A Grand Mackinac Tour & More

Michigan & Wisconsin

 

August 31-September 6, 2020

 

Come along with us in late summer and experience the tradition of the Grand Hotel, located on northern Michigan’s Mackinac Island. The island truly is a world unto itself. With its Victorian-style setting, take in all the heritage and scenery while enjoying some of the many activities available that you wish. Enjoy some of the shopping at unique variety shops, rent a bicycle and explore the historic parks, indulge in a peaceful spa treatment or even tee off for a round of golf. In the evenings, enjoy the many entertainment options and attractions - from comedy shows to haunted theatre, there’s something for everyone! It’s a Grand Mackinac tour like none other. Even the travel route for this tour has changed from recent years with new overnight stops and sights to see along the way. We will even take the motorcoach across Lake Michigan via ferry, just one of the new experiences for everyone!

 

To view a complete day-by-day itinerary, click here!

 

Tour Includes:

• Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation

• Friendly On-board Host

• 6 Nights Hotel Accommodations including:

- Hampton Inn Holland

- Hamilton Inn Select Beachfront, Mackinac City

- Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

- Hampton Inn Big Rapids

- Holiday Inn Express, Janesville

• 13 Meals (6B/2L/5D)

• Ottawa Beach Tour

• Windmill Island Gardens

• Colonial Michilimackinac

• Shepler’s Ferry

• 2 Free Days on Mackinac Island

• Horse-drawn Carriage Tour of Mackinac Island

• Fort Mackinac

• Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum

• Castle Farms & Garden Tour

• Friske’s Farm Market

• SS Badger Lake Michigan Ferry

• "Cinderella" at Fireside Dinner Theatre

 

Tour Pricing:

$1625pp Double / $2050pp Single

Non-members add $50

 

 

Deposit & Final Payment:

A $250 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Payment is due in full by July 28, 2020.

No refunds will be issued after July 28, 2020. Travel protection is available; please call to inquire. We encourage the purchase of the travel

protection plan. You can protect your travel investment at a very affordable group rate when you travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1

Day 1: Monday, August 31, 2020
Board the motorcoach this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly on-board host, then sit back, relax, and get ready for a great Midwest getaway! Enjoy lunch en route this afternoon, on your own, as we make our way North. There will be rest and refresh breaks along the way today as well as before we arrive in Holland, Michigan for our overnight stay. Arrive at the Hampton Inn Holland, drop off your luggage and have time to refresh before heading to dinner. Enjoy an included dinner at Beechwood Grill this evening. The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy, on your own.

Day 2

After an included breakfast at the hotel this morning, depart for Windmill Island Gardens. This garden commemorates Holland’s Dutch heritage with DeZwaan (The Swan) Windmill, built in 1761. It was the last to leave the Netherlands in 1964. Take a tour of the windmill and see the Story of DeZwaan movie, and Amsterdam street organ, an antique children’s carousel, a miniature Little Netherlands and more.
Lunch will be on your own in Downtown Holland today where there are options available to fit everyone’s taste. We depart Holland after lunch and head for Mackinaw City for our overnight stay at Hamilton Inn Select Beachfront. Enjoy another included dinner this evening at the Lighthouse Restaurant. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure at the hotel pool, bar, etc. They will also have all the fixings for s’mores and firepits on the beach for us.

Day 3

Day 3: Wednesday, September 3, 2020
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we depart for Colonial Michilimackinac. Treasures from the past come to life at this 18th-century fort and fur trading village. As you walk through the site, you are stepping back in time to 1776, as the American Revolution spread. Reconstructed based on historic maps and more than 60 years of archaeological excavations that continue today, Colonial Michilimackinac offers a one-of-a-kind experience from cannon and musket firings to hearth cooking and crafts.
From here, enjoy stunning views of the Mackinac Bridge, the straits, and the Upper Peninsula. Arrive at the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse later this morning. For 65 years, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City helped passing ships navigate the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac. Visit the lighthouse grounds, tour the authentically restored keeper’s quarters, climb the tower and gain a whole new perspective of the Great Lakes and the Straits of Mackinac.
After, board the ferry to Mackinac Island. Automobiles were banned on the Island in 1898 creating a unique, charming and historic ambiance. Visitors travel by foot power, either walking or pedaling (bicycle rentals are available). Did you know that Mackinac Island was Michigan’s first state park established in 1895? Did you also know that 20 years before that, it had been Mackinac National Park, the United States’ second national park? Your luggage will be taken directly to the hotel and delivered to your room at the Grand Hotel once it is ready. In the meantime, enjoy lunch, on your own, at one of the restaurants and/or pubs located downtown.
The Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center, located at the foot of Fort Street and across from Marquette Park, is a great place to start your afternoon explorations. Here, talk to friendly staff who will answer your questions and be able to provide you with helpful suggestions. You will find that many of the prominent sites are less than a mile from the Visitor’s Center. Start your exploration of the Island’s many shops, fudgeries, and more!
Later this afternoon, board a horse drawn carriage that will deliver you to the Grand Hotel. (Please note: This is not an island tour; this is your transportation to take you to the Grand Hotel.) Check in to your room and begin to explore all that the Grand Hotel has to offer. During the day, casual resort clothing is appropriate. Prior to 6:30pm please no midriff baring tops, sweatpants or cut-off shorts for ladies. For gentleman, no sleeveless shirts, sweatpants, or cut-off shorts. Take time to dress appropriately for dinner this evening.
Since every evening at the Grand Hotel is a special occasion, after 6:30pm dresses, skirts, blouses, dress sweaters and dress slacks for ladies are preferred, while gentleman are required to wear a suit coat, necktie and dress pants, no denim or shorts. This applies for all areas inside the hotel with the exception of the Cupola Bar.
Dinner will be served this evening in the Main Dining Room of the Grand. Few dining locations are more picturesque than the 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. The dinner menu here is renowned for its range and excellence. Each meal begins with an appetizer followed by soup, salad, entrée, and dessert. Note: As a part of your “Modified Meal Plan” (which includes a full breakfast and dinner each day,) you can also enjoy a more casual atmosphere 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. Tipping is expected at these offsite Grand Hotel restaurants though.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening, on your own. A live band is generally available each evening for you to listen or dance to.

Day 4

Day 4: Thursday, September 3, 2020
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Grand Hotel in the Main Dining Room this morning. Did you sleep in a little later than planned, or just didn’t feel like having a big breakfast so early? You can have a continental breakfast in the Geranium Bar, located just outside the Main Dining room from 9:30-11:00 am if you wish instead.
The day is yours to do as you wish while on Mackinac Island! Here are some ideas of things for you to do today, all on your own. (Please Note: Lunch today is on your own and is not included in your modified meal plan at the Grand Hotel. If you would like to have the buffet lunch at Grand Hotel, pricing for guests is $35 per person without tax and gratuity. The buffet features garden-fresh salads, savory cheeses, slow-roasted meats, seafood and a wide selection of fruits and fresh-baked desserts.)
-Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the island. Contact the Concierge desk to help you design a personalized route, including parts of the island unseen by many.
-Rent a bicycle and pedal around the 8-mile circumference of the Island.
-Feeling ambitious? You can always walk the 8 miles with scenic stops along the way to take a break.
-Just a thought…order your choice of five different box lunch options with the Maitre d’Hotel at the entrance of the Main Dining Room by 9:00pm the night before to take along on your bicycle ride or walking adventure.
-Play a round of golf at The Jewel, Grand Hotel’s 18-hole golf course.
-Play some lawn games such as croquet or bocce ball surrounded by the Grand Hotel Tea Garden. Also available is tennis and pickleball. No charge.
-Visit the Grand Stables near Surrey Hill. Home to 12 horses, you can see them up close in their own habitat and working stable. No charge. There is also an antique carriage museum with about 30 antique carriages and sleighs on display here as well.
-TODAY ONLY, visit Fort Mackinac, a National Historic Landmark and the sentinel of the Straits of Mackinac. See cannon and rifle firing demonstrations with guides in period costumes and explore the real history of Mackinac in 14 original buildings filled with period settings, exhibits and videos. Admittance is part of the ticket package from yesterday. You must provide your lanyard/name badge for admittance.
-Visit Fort Holmes sitting atop the highest elevation on Mackinac Island. Built by British Soldiers in 1814 during the War of 1812 to protect Fort Mackinac against an anticipated United States attack during the war. It was originally named Fort George in honor of King George III, but renamed after US soldiers peacefully reoccupied the island after the War of 1812. Admittance fee has NOT been paid, on your own.
-Stroll through one, or both, of the butterfly conservatories with a chance to see native and exotic species up close. Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory is located at Surrey Hill across from the Grand Hotel Stables. The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World is downtown.
-Explore the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum located just outside downtown and the historic Indian Dormitory. See exhibits featuring art inspired by Mackinac Island, from hand-beaded Native American garments to historic paintings, maps and photography from the mid-7th to mid-20th centuries. Admittance is part of the ticket package from yesterday. You must provide your lanyard/name badge for the admittance along with ticket.
-Explore more of Historic Downtown Mackinac Island featuring a variety of shops, restaurants, art galleries and world-famous fudge shops.
-Take a break and relax in one of the many rocking chairs located on the 660-foot Grand Hotel Front Porch – the world’s largest! It’s even visible as you approach the Island from Lake Huron!
Enjoy dinner located in the Main Dining Room of the Grand this evening. After dinner, why not stroll down the hall to the Terrace Room and enjoy dancing and live music from the Grand Hotel Orchestra and an after-dinner cocktail.
Head up to the Cupola Bar, located at the top of the hotel, and get a great view of the Mackinac Bridge at night…it’s a sight you won’t want to miss! Relax out on the great front porch before retiring for the night.

Day 5

Day 5 – Friday, September 4, 2020
Enjoy one last breakfast in the Main Dining Room before departing this morning. Meet and board the horse-drawn carriage to take you to the ferry dock where you’ll enjoy the ferry ride back to the Mainland. Depart Mackinac City mid-morning and head for Castle Farms for a Castle and Garden tour.
Step back in time with a tour of Castle Farms, one of Michigan’s premier historical attractions. Located in the beautiful resort community of Charlevoix, Castle Farms offers the chance to explore acres of beautiful gardens, discover dragons, and experience Michigan’s largest outdoor model railroad.
Enjoy lunch while at Castle Farms today before departing for Friske’s Farm Market in Ellsworth. Friske’s offers fresh, homemade Michigan products including jams, jellies, fresh apple gift boxes, fruit salsas, dried cherries, frozen Montmorency tart cherries and more!
Your overnight stay will be at Hampton Inn Big Rapids tonight where you will have dinner, on your own, at a nearby Ruby Tuesday.

Day 6

Day 6 – Saturday, September 5, 2020
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we make our way to the Ludington dock for the SS Badger Lake Michigan Ferry. Board and depart for Manitowoc, Wisconsin and enjoy lunch on board. The SS Badger offers the largest cross-lake passenger service on the Great Lakes and an authentic steamship experience. Enjoy the relaxing four-hour, 60-mile cruise and soak in the beautiful scenery along the way.
After arriving, make your way to the Holiday Inn Express in Janesville and have time to refresh before departing for the Fireside Dinner Theatre this evening for a meal and show. The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson is one of the Midwest’s most popular entertainment destinations and the only Actor’s Equity dinner theatre in Wisconsin.
You will be seeing “Cinderella” this evening while enjoying an amazing plated meal. Enjoy this live stage production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical adaptation of one of the world’s most enduring love stories. This is a show designed to delight the child in all of us. Whether you’re eight or eighty, you’ll be captivated by its humor, its romance, its beauty and it’s great, great music!

Day 7

Day 7 – Sunday, September 6, 2020
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, head for home! Enjoy rest and refresh breaks, as needed, along the way before arriving back home this afternoon with wonderful memories made on beautiful Mackinac Island!

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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