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Featuring Two Nights on Mackinac Island, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Indiana Amish Country

Tour Dates: May 20 - 27, 2018

8 Day Package
14 Meals Included

$2399 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$3249 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Imagine it now…as your ferry approaches the shore of the incredible Mackinac Island you can see your home for the next two nights – the glorious Victorian-era Grand Hotel. You disembark the ferry and board a horse-drawn carriage for the ride through town to the hotel. This spectacular itinerary not only includes a two-night stay at the famed Grand Hotel but so much more…explore two centuries of American history and innovation at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn...explore the Frederik Meijer Garden...stroll amongst the Bavarian Village of Frankenmuth...tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s home...and discover the unique city scape and the impressive architecture that makes Chicago so remarkable.

Tour Highlights: 

  • Stay two nights at Chicago’s iconic Palmer House Hilton centrally located in the heart of Chicago’s “Loop” while touring with a local guide including the “Magnificent Mile,” the lakefront, the “Gold Coast,” Millennium Park, an architectural cruise on the Chicago River, and an afternoon on own to explore the Field Museum and Art Institute 
  • Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio in charming Oak Park
  • Stay two nights at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island with 5-course dinners in the dining room and a horse-drawn carriage tour of the Island
  • In Dearborn, explore The Henry Ford indoor museum as well as the outdoor Greenfield Village, and visit a Ford Factory assembly line
  • In Grand Rapids, visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and the Meijer Sculpture Park
  • Unique Michigan experiences including a guided tour of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, dinner at The Whitney, the charming Bavarian Village of Frankenmuth and Charlevoix’s unique mushroom-shaped stone houses

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-2: Drury Inn - Troy (Detroit), MI
  • Nights 3-4: Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, MI
  • Night 5: Hampton Inn - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Night 6-7: Palmer House Hilton - Chicago, IL
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 5/20/2018 - Arrive in Michigan
Our journey begins with optional transfers from home or our departure points this morning to the Los Angeles International Airport for our scheduled nonstop flight to Detroit, Michigan. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air should arrive at the Detroit International Airport by 5:00 p.m. if they want to be included on the complimentary transfer to the hotel, or plan to meet at the hotel. Upon  arrival we’ll board a  deluxe motorcoach and travel the short distance to our hotel.
Day 2
Monday, 5/21/2018 - Dearborn & Lake St. Clair
The auto industry remains central to Michigan’s economic and cultural identity and Dearborn is a city instrumental in America’s automobile culture. After an included breakfast we’ll tour the Ford Rouge Factory to better understand the industry’s rise and see how automobiles are assembled today. We’ll then visit The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village – and you’ll see why it is known as “America’s Greatest History Attraction” – it’s like stepping into a giant encyclopedia that is alive with three-dimensional storytelling. The American experience of progress and innovation comes to life before your eyes. Climb into the cab of the world’s largest steam locomotive. See the limousine that President Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated and the rocking chair Lincoln was sitting in at Ford’s Theatre. Sit in the very bus where Rosa Parks showed us what it meant to be a hero. Travel through time in the seven historic districts of Greenfield Village and enjoy an included lunch at the Eagle Tavern. Later we travel to the shores of Lake St. Clair to visit the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. This lake-front mansion which sits on 87 acres, displays the couple’s lifelong interest in art and architecture. On a docent-guided tour you’ll experience a bygone era and be awed by this historically acclaimed architectural masterpiece. This evening, enjoy an included dinner at The Whitney, the iconic turn-of-the-century, romanesque revival mansion that was the home of lumber baron, David Whitney Jr.
Day 3
Tuesday, 5/22/2018 - Frankenmuth & Grand Hotel
Following an included breakfast we’ll travel to Frankenmuth, also known as Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.” Founded by German pioneers in the 1840s, memories of the old world are still prevalent in the town’s buildings and ornaments.  Enjoy time to browse the Bavarian shops that line the streets and visit Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store (96,000 square feet) featuring more than 50,000 trims and gifts. We continue north this afternoon across the Mackinaw Bridge to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and board a ferry for the short ride across the Straits of Mackinac to Mackinac Island – where Michigan’s early traditions have been preserved. From the moment you step off the ferry dock, you will have entered a Victorian village and it seems, escaped from modern civilization. Limited to transportation by horse and buggy, bicycle, or foot, on Mackinac Island life itself seems to slow down. You’ll ride in a horse-drawn carriage to perhaps the most celebrated hotel in America, the majestic colonial-style Grand Hotel. Known as the world’s largest summer hotel, it was built in the late 19th century for the elite that traveled here to escape the heat of the Midwest summers. This stately hotel’s front porch is the longest of its kind at 600 feet and is still a very popular gathering place for guests and local residents alike. Enjoy an included five-course dinner with entertainment in the hotel’s dining room.
Day 4
Wednesday, 5/23/2018 - Mackinac Island
After an included breakfast at the hotel we’ll enjoy a guided horse-drawn carriage tour that will reveal all that is magical about Mackinac Island. The island is a natural gem, with over eighty percent preserved by the Mackinac State Park – a wooded paradise accented with limestone formations and ringed by Lake Huron. Visit “downtown” Mackinac Island with its many historic homes, grand Victorian cottages and fudge shops. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure at the hotel, stroll in the beautifully landscaped gardens or have afternoon tea. An included dinner with entertainment at the hotel this evening.
Day 5
Thursday, 5/24/2018 - Charlevoix & Grand Rapids
Following an included breakfast, we’ll return by ferry to Michigan’s mainland and continue south along the shores of Traverse Bay to Charlevoix. On a driving tour with a local guide we’ll see the unique mushroom-shaped stone houses designed by architect Earl Young. We continue to Grand Rapids. Enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite.
Day 6
Friday, 5/25/2018 - Grand Rapids & Indiana Amish
After an included breakfast, we’ll visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum which includes a full scale reproduction of his Oval Office and the original Watergate burglar tools amongst thousands of other pieces of history related to our 38th President and Mrs. Ford. Then, a visit to the Frederik Meijer Gardens – an indoor botanic garden and sculpture park, featuring 70 permanent bronze pieces. The 132-acre grounds feature Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; and at the garden entrance a three-story tall casting of Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse and a Dale Chihuly-designed 14-foot glass chandelier. We continue south to Indiana Amish Country and enjoy an Amish lunch feast in a charming country kitchen setting. Next, board a wagon for an Amish house and farm tour. This evening we arrive in Chicago and the historic luxury hotel, the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. This iconic Chicago hotel offers modern conveniences while maintaining its historical elegance and central location on State Street in “The Loop” – the historical center of downtown Chicago. 
Day 7
Saturday, 5/26/2018 - Chicago
After an included breakfast, we’ll learn about Chicago’s history, architecture, and culture while touring the city with a local guide. See the exquisite lakefront, the “Magnificent Mile,” the and the outdoor sculptures in historic “Loop.” We’ll take a guided walking tour of Millennium Park, Chicago’s “front yard” with the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion, the quirky Crown Fountain and The Bean, a unique sculpture by Anish Kapor. Later, take a narrated cruise down the Chicago River for the most unique views of the city’s architecture. This afternoon is at leisure for you to explore as you see fit. Transportation will be provided to both the Field Museum and the Art Institute. Enjoy an included farewell dinner this evening amongst the 17-foot marble fountain and Austrian chandeliers at the famous Walnut Room. This historic restaurant was the first restaurant in a department store and began when a salesperson at Marshall Field’s brought in her chicken pot pies for the customers to eat. 
Day 8
Sunday, 5/27/2018 - Chicago & Oak Park
Following an included breakfast, we’ll travel to the historic and charming town of Oak Park to visit the turn-of-the-century home and studio of America’s most renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. A docent-guided tour of the Wright Home and Studio will showcase its dramatic soaring spaces, colorful art glass and bold geometric forms. We continue to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for our scheduled nonstop return flight to Los Angeles. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air should plan to depart O’Hare Airport no earlier than 2 p.m. Those with included transfers will be returned to their respective drop-off locations. 
Tour Inclusions:  
  • 7 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 14 Meals: 5 dinners, 2 lunches, 7 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with local guides
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:    

  • Join this tour from home or one of the following departure points: CON, FV, LHS, SBL, or meet the group at LAX or in Chicago
  • A deposit of $300 p.p.+ airfare (if purchasing group air) is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60-90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p.
  • Optional LAX transfers available from $69 roundtrip (home pickup available call for a quote)
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: On-the-Go (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: High (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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