MICHIGAN & THE UPPER PENINSULA

(October 10-16, 2021)

Explore museums dedicated to WWII gliders and Great Lakes shipwrecks. Tour charming Mackinac Island by horse-drawn carriage with time to explore on your own. On the island, enjoy an elegant lunch and overnight at the 4-star Grand Hotel! In Charlevoix, visit Castle Farms for a private tour, and take a thrilling dune ride in Saugatuck. This tour is full of discovery, adventure, and fun all rolled into one!

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  • $207 per person, Double
  • $280 per person, Single

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A $500 deposit per person is required with your registration form in order to reserve your spot. $100 is non-refundable after July 15, 2021.

Final payment is due August 20, 2021

what’s included

  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation from Cedar Rapids/Iowa City
  • 6 nights’ accommodations
  • 15 meals (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • Admission to attractions as stated on itinerary
  • Porter service of one bag per person at hotels
  • Taxes and gratuities for included services
  • Professional tour manager
Not included in the price of this tour:

Meals/beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, beverages other than tea or coffee with included meals, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, phone calls and faxes from hotels, travel protection plan, and any service not listed in the above inclusions.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, October 10, 2021

Today we depart from our designated pickup locations and head for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with stops for comfort and lunch on our own along the way. Upon our arrival in Iron Mountain, MI, we will check into our hotel and have time to freshen up before enjoying a nice welcome dinner together.

(Dinner included)

Day 2: Monday, October 11, 2021

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we will visit the World War II Glider and Military Museum, home to one of only seven fully-restored CG-4A gliders in the world. During the war, Ford Motor Company’s plant in neighboring Kingsford built more CG-4A gliders for the United States Army than any other company in the nation at a much lower cost. A local historian will lead us on a tour of the museum and share insight on the history of the military uniforms, Nazi artifacts, and vintage vehicles on display. After our tour, we will board the motorcoach for the journey to Munising with stops for lunch and a visit to the Big Spring along the way. Also known as Kitch-iti-Kipi, which means “big cold spring” in the Ojibwe language, Big Spring is Michigan’s largest freshwater spring at two hundred feet wide and forty feet deep. Ten thousand gallons of water gush from the underlying limestone every minute at a constant forty-five degree temperature year-round! We’ll then continue on to Munising where our overnight accommodations and dinner as a group await.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 3: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

We’ll begin our day with a delicious hotel breakfast before we embark on a boat cruise along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to admire some of Lake Superior’s most stunning shoreline. Our captain will provide narration on the history and facts of the region and point out points of interest as we sail past brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, and pristine beaches. Once back on land, we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then make our way to Sault Ste. Marie to check into our hotel for the next two nights. The evening is yours to explore downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Check out some of the thirteen bars located within three city blocks known as the BARmuda Triangle, take your pick from the wide variety of restaurants for dinner, browse the unique shops, or watch the freighters pass through the Soo Locks connecting Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 4: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Our day will start with a hearty breakfast at the hotel and continue with the drive northward to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The museum is located on Whitefish Point, a critical turning point for all ships entering or leaving the mighty Lake Superior. With more than two hundred shipwrecks lying in the immediate vicinity, the area is known as Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. We’ll have the opportunity to learn about some of these shipwrecks and the history of the area as we tour the Shipwreck Museum, the Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters, and the grounds around the museum and lighthouse. Lunch will be enjoyed as a group before we make our way to the Upper Tahquamenon Falls to take in the spectacular views. Spanning two hundred feet across with a drop of nearly fifty feet, the Upper Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Dinner will be enjoyed together this evening.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 5: Thursday, October 14, 2021

Today we will catch the ferry for the short ride to Mackinac Island where motorized vehicles are prohibited and the sounds of waves and horse clops reign. Once on the island, we’ll be met by horse-drawn carriages and set out on a tour of the island ending at the magnificent Grand Hotel for the legendary Grand Luncheon Buffet! This afternoon and evening are at our leisure to explore this authentic Victorian village. Browse the unique shops of Main Street, wander the peaceful lakefront perimeter, or venture to one of the island’s historic landmarks. We will overnight at the beautiful Grand Hotel!

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 6: Friday, October 15, 2021

We will say goodbye to Mackinac Island after breakfast and return to the mainland by ferry to meet our motorcoach. Then we’re off to Charlevoix, MI, to visit Castle Farms. Built as a dairy farm in 1918 by Albert Loeb, the acting president of Sears, Roebuck, and Co., the property boasts soaring towers, stone buildings, and sweeping gardens inspired by European design. Vintage, museum-quality collections of castles, toys, and WWII artifacts are displayed throughout the buildings along with royal family memorabilia. We’ll learn more about the beautiful estate’s one hundred years of history on a private tour that will include a tram ride through the gardens and estate property. A catered luncheon will follow our tour before we head south to Holland, MI, and our overnight accommodations. A delicious farewell dinner will cap off our day.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 7: Saturday, October 16, 2021

Following breakfast we will learn about the lost town of Singapore and check out the local wildlife during a Saugatuck dune buggy ride! After an entertaining ride through the dunes, we will head for home with stops for comfort and lunch on our own along the way.

(Breakfast included)