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  • Michigan is a spectacular state if you love being outdoors enjoying recreational pursuits or simply just the beautiful scenery.

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    The northern state of Michigan consists of two peninsulas that are divided by Lake Michigan and linked by one of the longest suspension bridges in the world stretching across the Straits of Mackinac. The state’s long freshwater shoreline extending for 3,000 miles comprises Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie.

    In Michigan you are never more than 6 miles from a river or stream and never more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes. Most of the state is well forested, the Upper Peninsula being home to a variety of wildlife, and boasting many trout fishing lodges and winter ski resorts. The main characteristic of the southern part of the Lower Peninsula is rural farmlands and the west coast offers several popular beach resorts.

    Mackinaw City, has become Michigan's most popular vacation destination, offering many attractions and acting as a gateway to the scenic Upper Peninsula with its hiking trails, state parks and recreation areas, and sandy beaches. The city itself has a rich history, having been first settled after French explorer Jean Nicolet negotiated with the local tribes in 1634. Today it is a shopping Mecca offering many unique stores and restaurants lining its main street. Regular ferry services connect the city with historic Mackinac Island just offshore. Visitors to Mackinaw City will enjoy the Mackinaw Trolley which offers 2.5 hour tours of the city, pointing out attractions and narrating its history. Shepler’s Ferry carries passengers to and from the island in little over 15 minutes.

    Detroit is another main attraction of the state. Renowned as the birthplace of the motor car, the legendary names of the original automobile manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet still resound loudly, offering visitors a number of attractions paying homage to the motor car. The city is also famous for the Motown record label, founded by former autoworker Berry Gordy Jr, which has introduced the world to stars such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Temptations and Diana Ross, to name but a few.

    Despite being the spot where the development of Michigan began back in 1701 when it was founded as a trading post, Detroit is not the capital. The attractive Victorian State Capital stands in Lansing, chosen in 1879 for its location in the centre of the Lower Peninsula which made it less vulnerable to invasion by British forces from Canada. Back then Lansing was a sawmill settlement, but today it vies with Detroit to be the superior Michigan city.

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  • Journey The Great Lakes

    Begins in and ends in Chicago, Illinois

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May to October

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
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    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Enjoy Chicago’s restaurants, stroll along the shore of Lake Michigan or sample live music at a jazz or blues club.

    Hotel: Palmer House Hilton

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    Chicago

    Take one of the elevators up Willis Tower for a bird's eye view of the amazing skyscrapers, and wander along the beautiful lakefront. Michigan Avenue, also known as the Magnificent Mile promises some of the east coasts best shopping opportunities.

    Hotel: Palmer House Hilton

    142Mi/229Km

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    Saugatuck

    Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, Saugatuck is a place of serene beauty, which also boasts unique shops and fine dining. Travel 20 minutes north and experience the Dutch heritage in Holland, boasting Dutch architecture, culture, tulip and windmill gardens and even a wooden shoe factory.

    Hotel: Beachway Resort & Hotel

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    Mackinac Island

    Leaving your car at Mackinaw City, the ferry carries you to Mackinac Island. An island of under four square miles, horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are the delightful modes of transport. Enjoy a self-guided tour by bike or on foot and see the varied sights which include Arch Rock, Skull Cave, British Landing and Devil’s Kitchen.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel

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    Marquette

    Leaving Mackinac Island behind, collect your car from Mackinaw City and enjoy a scenic drive to Marquette, which is the largest city on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After spending an afternoon exploring the city, we suggest sampling the European and Scandinavian cuisines for dinner.

    Hotel: Landmark Inn

    207Mi/333Km

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    Bayfield

    The Upper Peninsula is encased to the north by Lake Superior, to the east by the St. Mary’s River, to the southeast by both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and to the southwest by Wisconsin. Its extensive coastline on the Great Lakes, state and national forests, cedar swamps, and more than 150 waterfalls make it a hub for boating, fishing and hiking. A small town with plenty to see and do, Bayfield serves as the gateway to the Apostle Island National Lakeshore, a National Park that includes 21 beautiful islands and over 12 miles of scenic peninsula shoreline.

    Hotel: Rittenhouse Inn

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    Madison

    A scenic drive across Wisconsin brings you to the state capital, Madison. Visit the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, which is one of the finest botanical gardens in the country. Also take time to visit the State Capitol building.

    Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Madison West

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    Ephraim & Door County

    Leaving Madison behind, travel to Door County; a 75-mile long peninsula with over 300 miles of shoreline, five state parks and ten lighthouses. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in Ephraim; a quaint village where shops and galleries are set in century-old barns, rustic log cabins and vintage homes. Charter a boat for a fishing expedition, enjoy a sailboat tour, take out a kayak, have fun on a jet ski or how about a scuba dive!

    Hotel: Eagle Harbor Inn

    181Mi/291Km

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    Milwaukee

    It’s back to the bright lights of the city, as you wind your way to Milwaukee. Why not start by exploring the beautiful Milwaukee Riverwalk, Milwaukee Art Museum and the Harley Davidson Museum? A brewery tour is a great way to sample the many different beers in the place known as ‘Brew City’.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

    79Mi/127Km

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    Journey home

    Enjoy your last morning in Milwaukee before making the short journey back to Chicago for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2159 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Michigan's Lakes & Mackinac Island

    Begins in Traverse City, Michigan and ends in Detroit, Michigan

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
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    Arrive Traverse City

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Traverse City. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, a beautiful resort set on 900 acres. Join your tour director and travelling companions for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner this evening.

    Hotel: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (Dinner included)

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    Great Lake Dunes

    Today, visit the Music House Museum, home to antique musical instruments and music-making machines, then journey along the west coast, passing through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You'll enjoy great views of the protected 35 mile-long shoreline which has an amazing palette, ranging from pale champagne to burnt sienna, and dunes which spike up to 400ft! The season's fruits from the vine are samped in a private wine tasting tour at Black Star Farms. This evening, enjoy a private winery dinner.

    Hotel: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Straits of Mackinac

    Your scenic journey continues to the Straits of Mackinac, where visits to Petoskey and the historic Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse will be enjoyed. In the afternoon, you take the ferry to Mackinac Island, which is only accessible by water or air. On arrival, a horse-drawn carriage awaits and transports you back in time to the Victorian era of the late 1800s. Your two night stay is at the most celebrated hotel in America.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Mackinac Island

    First inhabited by the Europeans more than three centuries ago, Mackinac Island measures just two miles by three miles and remains an unspoilt treasure. Motorised vehicles are not allowed, so all visitors and residents travel by foot, bicycle and carriage; in this spirit, your private tour of the island is by horse-drawn carriage. Visit Fort Mackinac which has stood watch over the Straits of Mackinac for over 200 years, then the remainder of the day is free for exploration.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Bay City

    This morning you visit Midland for a tour of the architect Alden B. Dow's home. The home is a National Historic landmark. You'll spend tonight on the east bank of Saginaw River, in the heart of historic downtown Bay City.

    Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Bay City Riverfront (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Frankenmuth

    Now it's out onto the water! You'll take a narrated cruise aboard a 'Tall Ship' schooner up the Saginaw River to Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron. Your next stop is at the Bavarian inspired town of Frankenmuth for lunch and some additional time at your leisure. 

    Hotel: The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Dearborn

    Your final full day includes a private guided visit this morning. Journey through living history exhibits dedicated to the American Experience, including Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. There's even a ride on a Model T! Enjoy a leisurely afternoon before your farewell reception and dinner with your new-found friends.

    Hotel: The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    There's time this morning for a spot of shopping before returning to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2549 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.