Mackinac Island & The Great Lakes Tour - Globus®

Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes (NM)

8 Day Tour from Detroit to Chicago

2017 Tour Details

Charming and historic hotels, beautiful Lake Michigan, fun experiences, and beautiful scenery…all of this and more await you on this Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes Tour.

A highlight of this tour is the time you’ll spend on Mackinac Island, one of the country’s favorite summer retreats. Here, bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the only means of transportation. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island and spend two nights at the elegant Grand Hotel, with its Victorian-style architecture. Witness amazing views as you sit in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch. Behold more amazing views on your drive in northern Michigan’s famed Tunnel of Trees, a narrow, winding highway with rolling hills following the shores of Lake Michigan. Also, marvel at breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with its miles of sand beach, lush forests, and high dunes.

Outside of Detroit, visit the Henry Ford Museum, with innovations and artifacts from America’s past, including the Rosa Parks Bus, the world’s premier automotive collection, the JFK Presidential limousine, and much more. In Grand Rapids, visit the Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the lives of President and Mrs. Ford. To make this tour unique, Globus also has included some out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Enjoy a Bavarian dinner and wine tasting in Frankenmuth, a small Bavarian town founded in 1845. In Petoskey, visit an orchard for a wagon ride and cherry pie. In Chicago, a private presentation at the historic and elegant Palmer House Hilton—where you’ll stay for the night—lets you learn about the hotel’s history and how one of America’s favorite desserts was created here.

From the vibrant cities and small towns to the scenic beauty and fun-filled experiences, this Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes tour is a charming vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

DETROIT
Explore the Henry Ford Museum
FRANKENMUTH
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Traditional Bavarian dinner with wine tasting; visit to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
MACKINAC ISLAND
Carriage tour
TUNNEL OF TREES
Visit historic Legs Inn and enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local specialties; sightseeing
CHARLEVOIX
Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local orchard for a wagon ride and treat
SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE
Sightseeing
GRAND RAPIDS
Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum
CHICAGO
City sightseeing; farewell dinner including a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private presentation

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners including a speacial farewell dinner in Chicago

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Detroit

Welcome to the Motor City! At 6 pm, meet your fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming journey.

Day 2 Detroit–Frankenmuth

This morning, visit the HENRY FORD MUSEUM, the ultimate place to experience America’s past and present. See the world’s premier automotive exhibition, the JFK Presidential Limousine, an original camp bed used by George Washington, the Rosa Parks Bus, the Lincoln chair, and much more. Afterward, we continue to the little Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, founded by German immigrants in 1845. This evening, enjoy an authentic Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BAVARIAN DINNER. Experience fine German cuisine and a wine tasting.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 Frankenmuth–Mackinac Island

This morning, visit BRONNER’S CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND, a one-stop shop for everything Christmas. Later, journey north to Mackinac Island. Since the Civil War, it has been one of the nation’s most favored summer resorts. Enjoy this special place with its air of 19th-century gentility and where bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the only means of transportation. This evening, you may want to stroll Main Street, shop for souvenirs, or sample some of the delicious, freshly made fudge, an island tradition.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the next two nights at the elegant Grand Hotel. Enjoy its magnificent Victorian-style architecture and decor. The hotel has appeared in several movies and served as a summer getaway for celebrities such as Mark Twain, Jimmy Durante, Christopher Reeve, and five U.S. presidents since its inception in 1887.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Mackinac Island

This morning, enjoy a horse-drawn CARRIAGE TOUR of this celebrated island. See the Avenue of Flags, the Governor’s Mansion, and enjoy a stop at Arch Rock, one of the most photographed spots on the island. Here, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Huron. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps rent a bicycle to explore more on your own, visit Fort Mackinac, or enjoy a cool drink and admire your surroundings. This evening, enjoy dinner in the Main Dining Room, overlooking the Straits of Mackinac.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 5 Mackinac Island–Tunnel Of Trees–Charlevoix–Petoskey

Depart by ferry from Mackinac Island, crossing through northern Michigan. Stop at the historic Legs Inn for incredible views of Lake Michigan. Learn about the inn’s fascinating history and enjoy some Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL SPECIALTIES. Later, journey through the famed TUNNEL OF TREES, one of the most scenic roads in Michigan. Continue to Charlevoix, where a sightseeing TOUR introduces you to the city’s Victorian summer resorts and renowned “Mushroom Houses.” Later, arrive at your historic hotel, perched high on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Petoskey–Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore–Grand Rapids

This morning, visit a local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ORCHARD, where you’ll be treated to a wagon ride and a delicious slice of cherry pie. After all, this is the country’s premier cherry-producing center! Continue to SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE, where you’ll discover amazing views of these great sand dunes and Lake Michigan. Next, on to Grand Rapids and a visit to the GERALD FORD PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM. The museum lets you participate in history while learning about the lives of President and Mrs. Ford.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Grand Rapids–Chicago

Depart this morning and travel through the northern tip of Indiana to Chicago for a sightseeing tour of the “Windy City.” Tonight, join your Tour Director and travel companions for a festive farewell dinner. During dinner, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite PRIVATE PRESENTATION to learn the history of the hotel and how one of America’s favorite desserts was created at the Palmer House Hilton. Then, enjoy a taste for yourself!

SPECIAL FEATURE: Accommodations for this evening are at the historic and elegant Palmer House Hilton. Learn the interesting story of the hotel, from the Great Chicago Fire to celebrity guests like Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and more.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 Chicago

Your Great Lakes tour ends this morning, with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Chicago O’Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

PATRICK NEILSON

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

An educator by trade, I hold post-graduate degrees in English Emersion and Tourism & Marketing. I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese. I use my training and experience to bring the history and culture of each place alive. I love to share my passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge with guests while providing a unique local perspective.

Tour Director - PATRICK NEILSON

 Accommodations

Detroit
Frankenmuth
Mackinac Island
Petoskey
Grand Rapids
Chicago

Detroit

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Superior First-Class

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI United States

400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI United States

This luxurious 73-story hotel with an 8-story atrium lobby is situated on the riverfront in the GM Renaissance Center providing access to restaurants, sporting events and Hart Plaza. The hotel features contemporary and sophisticated décor and modern amenities throughout.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Voicemail
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Phone

Frankenmuth

Bavarian Inn Lodge & Conference Center

Moderate First-Class

Bavarian Inn Lodge & Conference Center One Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI United States

One Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Located in the heart of downtown Frankenmuth on the banks of the beautiful Cass River, the Bavarian Inn is a charming German-themed hotel including a Glockenspiel, Biergarten, and on-site restaurant featuring traditional German cuisine.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Internet Access

Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel One Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI United States

One Grand Avenue
Mackinac Island, MI United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This historic hotel is located on Mackinac Island where cars are forbidden. Step back in time and enjoy the elegance of this incredible location. Guests can enjoy spectacular views from a rocking chair overlooking the Straits of Mackinac from the world's longest porch.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Hot Tub
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

Petoskey

Stafford's Perry Hotel

Moderate First-Class

Stafford

100 Lewis Street
Petoskey, MI United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This three-story, turn-of-the-century hotel overlooks Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan. Guests can enjoy the Noggins Room Pub for a casual meal and live music, or the H.O. Rose Dining room for beautiful views and regional cuisine.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Grand Rapids

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Deluxe

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel 187 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI United States

187 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, MI United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Situated on the Grand River, this striking 29-story hotel balances historic charm and modern amenities, and features spectacular views of the surrounding area. With a section of the hotel dating to 1913 and a newer modern tower, rooms are designed to reflect the era in which they were built, featuring historic accents and modern furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Television
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access

Chicago

Palmer House Hilton Chicago

Palmer House Hilton Chicago 17 E Monroe Street, Chicago, IL United States

17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL United States

Built in 1871, the luxurious Palmer House Hilton is steeped in history, hosting prominent figures including Charles Dickens, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and numerous U.S. presidents. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Chicago, within walking distance of Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Michigan Avenue.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Shoe Shine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Alarm Clock
  • Voicemail
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone

 Optional Excursions

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