May 7: This morning we'll fly to Chicago, arriving in the early afternoon. We'll go into town and enjoy a stroll on the Magnificent Mile followed by some free time for lunch and browsing at Navy Pier. We'll then enjoy a one hour boat ride (departing from Navy Pier) on the Chicago River known as the Architectural Tour. It goes right through the middle of downtown Chicago and is a great way to see and learn about the city. We’ll visit Millennial and Grant Parks which are important parts of this vibrant city. We'll sleep in a Chicago suburb tonight. Tour to pay for boat ride.
May 8: This morning we'll work our way north along the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. We'll arrive in Holland by noon. A delicious Dutch lunch will be waiting for us. After lunch we'll be welcomed to town by the delightful Kinderparade or Volksparade (to be announced). Both are dressed in Dutch costumes and carrying colorful banners and signs depicting their heritage. In addition, high school bands in wooden shoes and other Dutch fun are part of the parade. We’ll then go to our EXCELLENT hotel and check in and relax before a fun evening out. We’ll have a delicious dinner followed by a unique show performed by Ah Men – playing FOUR grand pianos simultaneously (and other surprises). The dinner and the show are excellent. Tour to pay for breakfast, lunch, Parade seats, dinner and show.
May 9: This morning a costumed guide will join us to show us the area. We'll see the interesting Klompen Dancers with their wooden shoes, enjoy, if time permits, a visit to the famous lighthouse on Lake Michigan and much more. During lunch, we'll enjoy some time for browsing in Marketplaats with lots of local crafts. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy the two highest concentrations of tulips. One is called Windmill Island where we'll see 100,000 tulips, tour a 230 year old Dutch Windmill (the oldest known working windmill), a beautiful setting and more. Then we’ll visit the Veldher Tulip Gardens and the Delft Factory. The gardens include acre after acre of every different kind of tulip imaginable in a beautiful garden setting, with over 2.5 million tulips in one place (like being in the Netherlands)! And you can also take an optional tour (free) of the Delft Factory where the famous Delftware is made. After a rest, we’ll have a nice dinner followed by the headline entertainment for the Festival: The Texas Tenors! This popular group performs in Branson, Missouri and are making a visit to Holland this year. They are exceptional! Tour to pay for breakfast, tour, Veldhers, Windmill Island, dinner & show today.
May 10: This morning we'll drive through the interior of Michigan where you'll see some lovely countryside. We'll have some interesting stops along the way. By late afternoon, we'll arrive in Mackinac City where we'll board a ferry for an 18 minute ride over to Mackinac Island (pronounced Mak-i-naw). The island is simply one of the most unique, beautiful, and serene settings anywhere. There are no cars, no pollution, no noise, just a magnificent backdrop for our two nights here. We'll stay at the Island House which was built in 1852 (on the lakefront) and is on our country's historic registry. We'll have a delicious multi-course dinner in the acclaimed Governor's Dining Room overlooking Lake Huron. Tour to pay for breakfast, ferry, and dinner.
May 11: We'll spend all day on the island today. After breakfast, you'll be on your own until about 10:30. Lots to do within walking distance. You can browse in the shops, stroll along the lake, see the butterfly house or just relax. At 10:45, a local guide will show us some of the highlights of the island in our horse and carriage. In a matter of minutes, you go form seaside scenes to pine forests to breathtaking overlooks. Most of the island is a state park. The tour ends at the luxurious Grand Hotel where we'll enjoy the famous Grand Luncheon Buffet. The Grand Hotel was made famous by the movie Somewhere in Time, which was filmed on the island. This may be the most elegant lunch that you ever eat. After lunch, you can explore this hotel and gardens which comprise the largest summer resort hotel in America, with the largest front porch in the world. The views from the wrap-around verandah are breathtaking. You'll then have some free time to shop, visit Fort Maciknac or rest. There are many special places to visit in our country. Mackinac Island is certainly one of those places. You simply have to see it! Tour to pay for breakfast, lunch, and carriage tour.
May 12: This morning, we'll drive a couple of hours to the little town of Frankenmuth, a quaint Bavarian village in Central Michigan which was originally settled by a small group of Germans who came as Christian missionaries. After lunch, a local guide, dressed in German costume, will show us this unique little town for one hour. We'll have some time to browse and enjoy the setting. This is also home to Bronner's, the world's LARGEST Christmas Store! Our hotel is the delightful Bavarian Haus or Zenders. A lovely Chicken Dinner is included tonight. Tour pays for breakfast, dinner and guide.
May 13: Before we leave Frankenmuth, you'll have some time to browse on its very attractive Main Street with its famous covered bridge. Frankenmuth is Michigan's number one visitor attraction so you know it has to be charming (and it is). We're not far from the Detroit area which is the birthplace of mass production and the automobile. You’ll have a choice this afternoon: You can tour the famous Henry Ford Museum OR you can enjoy an interesting Ford Factory Tour (where they make the Ford F150 Truck). One or the other is included in the price. We'll then transfer to the airport for our flight home. Tour to pay for breakfast and Henry Ford Activities.
Price of tour includes:
- Round trip airfare from Salt Lake City (air can be arranged from other cities)
- All ground transportation aboard a luxury motor coach
- All lodging at excellent hotels including Mackinac's historic Island House, Hampton Inn Holland, and Zenders in Frankenmuth
- 11 delicious meals
- Chicago River Boat Tour
- All activities in Holland including:
Two great shows in Holland including the Texas Tenors and Ah Men
Windmill Island, Veldhers Gardens
Delft Factory, Wooden Shoe Factory
Local tour guide, Millions of tulips
Kinderparade, Klompen Dancers and more
- All activities in Mackinac Island including:
Ferry to and from the island
Horse carriage tours/transfers on island
Grand Buffet at the luxurious Grand Hotel
- Frankenmuth Tour
- Knowledgeable and caring tour directors
- All luggage handling
- DELIGHTFUL memories if a very interesting part of our country.