Mackinac Island: Back in Time

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Magical…Magnificent… and, Marvelous - are three words that encapsulate the charm of Mackinac Island, the jewel of the Great Lakes. Crowned as “one of the world’s friendliest islands” get ready to experience a slower,
more genteel time as you take a carriage ride through a “living” Victorian village,
have lunch at the Grand Hotel and visit Fort Mackinac that dates to the 1700s.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Home - Erie, Pennsylvania

We depart this morning for Erie, PA where overnight lodging will be provided at the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn of Erie.

Day 2 - Erie - Dearborn, MI

Breakfast is included this morning before we follow the shores of Lake Erie to Cleveland, Ohio and a visit to the famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Located in a striking pyramid shaped building on the shores of Lake Erie, you’ll enjoy a morning with the legends of Rock & Roll. It’s a real trip down memory lane. This afternoon brings us to Dearborn, Michigan, for 2 nights at the Best Western Inn, with dinner.

Day 3 - Dearborn

After a full breakfast this morning, head just up the street is one of America’s great Museums. Enter the world of Henry Ford, with admission provided to both Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum. At Greenfield Village we travel back in time to America of the mid-1800s, a living history museum far removed from today’s fast paced society. Next door is the Ford Museum, where Henry Ford stored his vast private collection. He was a man who collected just about everything. This afternoon we visit Cranbrook House, the home of Detroit newspaper publisher and philanthropist George Booth. Dinner is included this evening. 

Day 4 - Dearborn - Mackinac Island

This morning depart after breakfast for Northern Michigan, the legendary home of Hiawatha. In Mackinaw City we’ll transfer to a high speed island ferry for the short trip across Lake Huron to beautiful Mackinac Island. Our hotel is the lovely Island House located on the Main Street amidst all the historic attractions and shops. The Island House is a National Historic Landmark that has welcomed guests to Mackinac for over 150 years. Dinner is included off the menu at the hotel. 

Day 5 - Mackinac Island

Breakfast is included this morning at the Island House and then we will set out to explore the town. Everyone on Mackinac either walks or rides in horse drawn carriages, and today our sightseeing will be by horse drawn carriage in the true Mackinac tradition. Featured today will be the famous Grand Buffet LUNCH at the Grand Hotel. With its magnificent wrap around porch and beautiful gardens, this is one of the great hotels of North America. Enjoy the Grand Hotel and an afternoon to visit the shops and  explore the Island. Dinner is on your own, and on Mackinac Island  there are many wonderful restaurants to choose from.  

Day 6 - Mackinac Island - Frankenmuth

After breakfast we’ll board the ferry to the lake port of St. Ignace and cross the famous suspension bridge over the Straits of Mackinac with Lake Huron on one side and Lake Michigan on the other. Continue on to Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Bavarian Village. For over 150 years Frankenmuth has been the center of German Culture in the Upper Midwest. Enjoy sightseeing and shop at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland where they make beautiful glass ornaments. After checking into our hotel in Frankenmuth we will enjoy a true Bavarian Chicken Dinner.

Day 7 - Frankenmuth - Niagara Falls, Canada

Enjoy breakfast in Bavarian Frankenmuth and dinner in world famous Niagara Falls. Our hotel in Niagara Falls is the beautiful Hilton Niagara Falls on the Canadian side of the falls. Dinner is included in the Skylon Tower high above the Falls. What a view and what a dinner! See Niagara Falls illuminated after dark and try your luck at the big Casino near our hotel.

Day 8 - Niagara Falls - Home

Breakfast and a visit to the popular Duty Free Shop where there are great bargains on the fine gifts, perfumes, liquor, and fancy candies. Next we’ll cross the Rainbow Bridge back into the USA.  Along the way we will stop off in Geneva, New York in the famous Finger Lakes. At Ventosa Vineyards overlooking scenic Lake Seneca we’ll enjoy a wine tasting and Lunch. Return home this evening filed with Michigan and Mackinac memories.


Tour Details

Hotel / Lodging

7-Nights Hotel Accommodations

The Hilton Garden Inn of Erie

Erie, PA

The Island House

Mackinac Island

Holiday Inn Express Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, MI

Best Western Greenfield Inn

Dearborn, MI

Hilton Niagara Falls

Rooms overlooking both the American and Canadian Falls, and connected to Fallsview Casino Resort, Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel is the perfect Niagara Falls getaway destination.

Transportation

Roundtrip Motor-coach
Ferry
Horse-drawn Carriage

Food

14 Meals: 7 Breakfasts / 2 Lunches / 5 Dinners
Lunch at the Grand Hotel

Features

Niagara Falls, Canada
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
Cranbrook House & Gardens
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Duty Free
Mackinac Island Horse Tour
The Grand Hotel
Lake Huron Ferry
Finger Lakes & Ventosa Vineyards Wine Tasting


Upcoming Departures

Tour DatesAvailableDeparture Points Subject to Change
Sun August 16, 2020 - Sun August 23, 2020
8/16/2020 - 8/23/2020
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  • West Springfield, MA
  • Middletown, CT
  • Danbury, CT
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
  • Hartford International Airport

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  • Monica D., Clinton, MA
    “A special world of thanks to our tour guide, he was just so professional, and nothing was too much trouble.”
  • Anne K., New England
    “It was a great trip!! Mackinac was absolutely beautiful! We really enjoyed all the places we visited. Henry was great and our driver was also wonderful. The hotels were very nice, but we were especially spoiled in Mackinac and Niagara Falls.”

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