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Pure Michigan: Mackinac and the UP – Isn't it Grand?

Overview

Come discover the history and scenery of The Great Lakes. You’ll see three of them – Superior, Michigan and Huron – plus stay on picturesque Mackinac Island. It is without a doubt one of the best adventures of 2018!

Details

  • 2 nights at Mackinac’s famous Grand Hotel, tours by horse and carriage
  • 2 nights in Houghton, gateway to the Keweenaw Peninsula, the country’s Copper Capital
  • 2 nights Marquette on the shores of Lake Superior
  • 1 night Green Bay – Go Packers!
  • Keweenaw Nat’l Historic Park tour – Meet the monks at Jampot Bakery, hear the stories of George Gipp (remember “win one for the Gipper?”) and the Copper Kings
  • Shipwreck cruise on Lake Superior by glass bottom boat
  • Tour the Music House, filled with one-of-a-kind musical instruments

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Fly away to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Home of the football powerhouse Packers, you’ll be amazed with this community – small in size, but huge in spirit. Hampton Inn Downtown (D)

SunsetDay 2

Start the day with a tour of hallowed Lambeau Field and the Packers Hall of Fame before heading north to the UP – Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. History and scenery abound, along with the opportunity to meet some of the hardy people who call the UP home. In fact, the residents of the region are called “yoopers” (u-pers) and you’ll enjoy honorary status for the next few days. A luncheon of local favorites, pasties, is served high atop the ski run at Iron Mountain. Then there’s a brief stop at scenic Bond Falls before making the final push into Houghton. Country Inn & Suites – 2 nights (B,L)

LighthouseDay 3

Unknown to most people outside the region, the Keweenaw Peninsula was where most of the country’s copper once came out of the ground. The scenery is memorable, lighthouses abound, the people and their stories fascinating – their unique history is all around you. Here people braved extreme weather and hazardous conditions to bring copper out of the ground. Magnificent churches, many over a century old, dot the landscape, giving the miners and their families a sense of community. Today, you meet Father Basil, one of the monks who runs the Jampot Bakery. We’ll stop in for treats and enjoy the waterfall next door. The entire day is a history lesson, told by the people who live here. Awesome. (B,L,D)

LandscapeDay 4

Time to travel. Our motorcoach leaves the Keweenaw and heads east to Marquette along the shores of Lake Superior. On the way meet Sister Maria at the Shrine of Bishop Baraga. This wonderful lady is working to start a new order in a most remote destination. We must pause at “Da Yoopers Tourist Trap,” because after all, we are tourists. It’s an “attraction” unlike any other. Your accommodations are the best in town, right down by the lake, affording every traveler a great view of the water (and the sunrise). Hampton Inn – 2 nights (B,L,D)

Day 5

Just an hour from Marquette is the small lakeside village of Munising. We’ve included a most interesting lake cruise to see shipwrecks through the glass bottom of the boat! A fascinating adventure. Tonight, dine in the UP’s finest steak house. (B,D)

MackinawDay 6

Push east this afternoon, through to St. Ignace where you’ll board the ferry for the 20-minute ride to Mackinac Island. Prepare to fall in love at first sight with its historic buildings, quaint shops and “no motor vehicles allowed” policy. It’s a short horsedrawn carriage ride to the top of the hill and Mackinac’s iconic landmark – the Grand Hotel. Built in 1887, the Grand is prepared to satisfy your every desire this evening starting with a formal dinner and ending with live music and dancing. Best of all, you get to do it all over again tomorrow! Grand Hotel – 2 nights (B,L,D)

MackinacDay 7

Discover Mackinac Island’s natural beauty on a morning horse-drawn wagon tour. Free time is allowed midday to explore the lakeside village. Don’t forget to buy some fudge – an island staple – for the trip home. Before long you’ll be ready for a little pick-me-up, so return to the Grand to explore and relax. The filming location of Somewhere in Time, don’t miss the historical exhibits (yes, there IS a framed portrait of Jane Seymour), art gallery, horse stables, Cupola Bar and have a sit on the front porch which, at 660 feet long, is the biggest in the world! (FB,D)

Lake MichiganDay 8

Take the ferry back to the mainland and travel along the scenic east shore of Lake Michigan on the LP (Lower Peninsula) with lunch served in the quaint community of Petoskey. In nearby Acme, you’ll discover an incredible collection of mechanical instruments and antique phonographs at The Music House. The centerpiece of the museum, a huge Belgian pipe organ, is simply amazing, and all instruments are in perfect working order as you’ll see… and hear! The short drive to Traverse City is where your return flight awaits. (FB,L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Departures

Thursday, September 6, 2018 to Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018 to Thursday, September 13, 2018
Begins in 45 days.
8 Days, 18 Meals

Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

$ 3975
p.p./dbl.occ.
$ 4570
single

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