Mackinac Island “Somewhere in Time”

Featuring 2 Nights at the Grand Hotel

Day 1

TENNESSEE • KENTUCKY • INDIANA:

An exciting adventure begins this morning as we board our motorcoach and cross the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. After lunch we turn north, traveling through beautiful Kentucky en route to Indiana for our first night’s rest.
Day 2

SAUGATUCK • GERALD R. FORD MUSEUM • DINNER:

This morning we continue our journey north along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, home to scores of small, scenic towns. We’ll pause in Saugatuck to browse through its charming shops. Next we experience America’s most entertaining presidential museum. Step inside the Oval Office, see the original Watergate burglary tools, along with other Smithsonian caliber exhibits. Dinner is included this evening. We overnight in Grand Rapids. (D)
Day 3

TRAVERSE CITY “CHERRY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD” • SLEEPING BEAR DUNES:

Today we continue north to Traverse City, the “Cherry Capital of the World.” This region produces 125 million pounds of cherries each year. After lunch in Traverse City we head north along Grand Traverse Bay through Leelanau County. Enjoy the quaint villages, viewing lush green hills punctuated with forests. We’ll admire the world’s largest moving sand dunes, towering over the waters of Lake Michigan. We overnight in Traverse City.
Day 4

CHERRY FARM • BAY SHORE DRIVE • MACKINAC ISLAND • GRAND HOTEL • DINNER:

Our day begins with a visit to one of the cherry farms in the area. Here we see and learn about the growing of cherries and snack on one of their delicious cherry treats. We continue to hug the coastline as we move north to Petoskey, where Ernest Hemingway wrote A Farewell to Arms and where Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian, Bruce Catton, made his home. We enjoy a panoramic view of the bay as we travel. We stop in Petoskey for lunch on our own. From here we follow Bay Shore Drive, one of the most beautiful drives in all of Michigan. At Indian River Catholic Shrine we’ll stop and see the world’s largest Crucifix and outdoor shrine. A short distance north is Mackinac City, where we cross the Big Mac Bridge, a 100 million dollar structure completed in 1957 to span the Straits of Mackinac. The 8,344 feet between cable anchorages makes it one of the world’s largest suspension bridges. Three of the largest freshwater lakes on the face of the globe form the peninsula’s shoreline. We wrap up today’s adventures with a ferry ride to legendary Mackinac Island, where we have reservations for the next two nights at the elegant Grand Hotel. Horse and carriage will be waiting at the dock to transport us to the famous front porch of the hotel. The movie Somewhere in Time was filmed here. A delicious dinner is included tonight at the Grand Hotel. (D)
Day 5

BREAKFAST • ISLAND CARRIAGE TOUR • FREE TIME ON MACKINAC ISLAND • DINNER:

Begin our fabulous day on Mackinac Island with a steaming breakfast in the dining room of the Grand Hotel. Then we’re off for a horse and buggy tour of the island that allows no cars. The Indians looked at the profile of the island and poetically called it the “Great Turtle.” It’s a fitting name for a place where time seems to stand still. The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy the sweeping view of the Straits from the porch of the hotel, stroll the shops of Huron Street, or walk some of the endless nature trails on the island. Golfing, swimming, biking, and fudge-eating are four popular sports on Mackinac. Dinner is included tonight at the Grand Hotel. (B, D)
Day 6

FERRY TO MAINLAND • SOO LOCKS • FRANKENMUTH:

After our final breakfast at the Grand Hotel we are transported by carriage to the awaiting ferry for the cruise to St. Ignace, where we board our motorcoach. Just a short drive takes us to Sault St. Marie, Michigan, where we enjoy a boat cruise through the American Soo Locks. On this comfortable double-decked Soo Lock Tour Boat, the adventure of locking through the largest water traffic system on earth begins! We return to St. Ignace, where we cross the Mighty Mac Bridge and journey to Frankenmuth, Michigan, a small but quaint Bavarian type village. This evening we have an all-you-caneat family style dinner including delicious fried chicken. We overnight in the quaint village of Frankenmuth. (B, D)
Day 7

BRONNER’S CHRISTMAS SHOP • DINNER AT DER DUTCHMAN:

This morning enjoy the 35-bell glockenspiel that tells the story of the Pied Piper, then explore a nostalgic world of gift shops, craft shops, restaurants and bakeries along Main Street. Before leaving we visit Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the largest and best known Christmas decoration store in the world. This afternoon we drive south near Columbus where dinner is included at Der Dutchman, known for their Amish style meals. (D)
Day 8

HOME:

Christian Tours has certainly enjoyed hosting your Mackinac Island Tour. We return home late in the afternoon.
Mackinac Island “Somewhere in Time”
Departure Dates
8 Days
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(Pricing Per Person)
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MEALS INCLUDED
Continental Breakfasts: 5
Breakfasts: 2
Dinners: 5
NOTES
  • Cancellations made within 45 days of departure will incur penalties.
Activity Level: 3
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