WISCONSIN & MICHIGAN 

October 9th – October 16th, 2017

(Fall Foliage, Coastlines, Lighthouses, Shipwreck Coast, Somewhere in Time “Mackinaw Island”)

 

 

 

 

 

 Day 1:  Our journey begins today as we travel through the mountains of North Carolina & Tennessee, on through the bluegrass state of Kentucky and into the Hoosier state of Indiana.  We will overnight in Indianapolis. (D)

 

Day 2:  Our adventure continues today through the Prairie State of Illinois and cross over into America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin.  We will stop for lunch in Milwaukee.  After lunch, our step-on guide will meet us for a for a guided sightseeing tour of the city including neighborhoods & major attractions in town. This afternoon, we travel to Green Bay, our home for 2 nights.  You will have a food voucher for dinner. Free time tonight to relax or visit the casino. (B, Lunch, Food Voucher)

 

Day 3:  We travel over to Door County today and meet our guide at Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay for a guided tour of the 20,000 square ft. museum where you will explore the rich maritime history of the county.  Then on to the Chicago Fireboat Tour for a narrated 1 ½ hour tour that will either take you on a cruise through the Sturgeon Bay Canal or Sherwood Point Lighthouse.  Which direction we go will depend on the wind. Both tours are breathtaking. (Please bring a warm coat) After the boat tour, lunch will be @ Sonny’s Pizzeria.  Then, no tour to Door County is complete without a stop at Bjorklunden Stave Chapel.  This little gem is patterned after the Stave Chapel in Lillehammer, Norway and is filled with 41 Fresco paintings and beautiful wood carvings.  We will have a guided tour to learn of the dedication and history of the people who built this little gem during WWII.  Then, we will ride up to the Peninsula State Park, one of the largest State Parks.  You can experience the beauty of the shores and bluffs on our way to Eagle Lighthouse.  Built in 1868; you will step back into history as our tour guide tells us about the living quarters and learn how the family lived during this time.  The lighthouse played a crucial role in guiding ships through the narrow treacherous east channel leading to the city of Green Bay.  Afterwards, we will to Founder Square in Fish Creek to do some shopping in some of the neatest shops on the Peninsula.  You will enjoy the famous Fish Boils at The Log Den watching the boilover with the technique and cooking process of the traditional Door County Fish Boil.  After a busy, exciting day exploring Door County, we will return to the hotel for a good night’s rest. (B, L) 

 

Day 4:  This morning you will enjoy a guided tour of Green Bay with a visit to Lambeau Field Stadium, home of the Green Bay Packers (if permitted). After our tour, we will continue to the coastal route to Mackinac City, MI with stops along the way.  Late afternoon, we arrive in Mackinac City for 3 night stay.  (B, D) 

 

Day 5:  Our trip north begins with our journey across the Mackinac Bridge, one of the largest suspension bridges in the world.  After an informative and entertaining trip 170 feet above the Straits of Mackinac, we’ll soon be on a colorful route to the Hiawatha National Forest, through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Common sights at various points of this journey include eagles, deer, and occasionally moose at one favorite watering hole.  When & where the bears will appear is always a surprise!  At Tahquamenon Falls your guide will take you down a 10 minute paved trail to the Upper Falls, the largest American waterfall east of the Mississippi River besides Niagara.  The trip is easily accessible for all groups of people.  There are 3 different observation points that can give you varying views of the Falls.  Walkers can also descend a stairway to get great photos alongside the thunder and rainbows of this 48-foot drop of rushing river.  We will have lunch here.  Next, it’s on to Whitefish Point, where a windswept lighthouse guards the entrance to Lake Superior from Whitefish Bay.  Tour the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, the lightkeepers quarters, check out the large observation deck and see the big lake called “Gitchegumee” by the Chippewa hundreds of years ago. The Whitefish Point Lighthouse has been in use since 1849, making it the oldest active lighthouse on Lake Superior.  Inspect the Shipwreck Museum, where hundreds of artifacts have been retrieved from the “Graveyard of the Great Lakes,” Superior’s Shipwreck Coast.  Always a favorite among groups, the museum has relics from the region’s first shipwrecks to the haunting ship’s bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank just 16 miles away in the November gale of 1975.  This is a day that you will always remember!  (B, D) 

 

Day 6:  We arrive @  the docks & board the ferry this morning & visit Mackinaw Island. Our guide will join us & provide interesting insights of Mackinaw Island. The stories will come alive about Skull Cave, Arch Rock, the Governor’s Mansion, the Biddle House, the Beaumont Museum and Lilac Lane with first hand knowledge of a true local.  You will enjoy a delicious buffet in the Grand Hotel Dining Room.  There will be time for shopping & browsing in the shops. This afternoon, we will board the ferry & return to the hotel to relax & get ready for dinner & an evening of entertainment.  “Whispers of the North – The GORDON LIGHTFOOT Tribute” replicates the songs and styles of a Gordon Lightfoot concert.  Featuring:  The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzerald, Sundown, Rainy Day People, Beautiful, IF You Could Read My Mind, Carefree Highway, Canadian Railroad Trilogy and many more. (B, L, D) 

 

Day 7:  We say goodbye to the Upper Peninsula & begin our journey south with a stop in Michigan’s Little Bavaria, Frankenmuth to explore the shops, see the 35-bell glockenspiel that tells the story of the Pied Piper  & have lunch. There will be a stop @ Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the largest Christmas store in the world.  This afternoon, we will journey on to Middletown, Ohio to overnight.  (B,L, Snack Supper)

 

Day 8:  We travel home today with our minds vivid with the colors of fall & all the adventures we will always remember in the Upper Peninsula. (B)

 

Cost includes: 7 Night Accommodations, Roundtrip Motor Coach Transportation – Admission Tickets as stated in Itinerary – Meals (7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 2 Vouchers for Dinner, 4 Dinners, 1 Drury Snack Dinner)

 

 

Cost Per Person: Double Triple Quad Single
   $1,880    $1,790  $1,700  $2,310

 

 

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