Day 1 – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Our coach heads north into the “Great Lakes State” of Michigan to overnight in Grand Rapids.
Day 2 – Frederik Meijer Gardens – Sleeping Bear Dunes – After an included breakfast, we visit Frederik Meijer Gardens, a five-story glass enclosure housing exotic plants from around the world. Also featured
are over 70 bronze sculptures by international artists, including Leonardo da Vinci’s 24-foot horse. Next, we visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, an area with 480-foot high lake bluffs and mountain-sized sand dunes. We overnight in Traverse City, Michigan.
Day 3 – Tip of the Mitt – Mushroom Houses – Lavender Hill Farm – After an included breakfast we travel to Charlevoix in Northern Michigan. We meet our local step on guide for a “Tip of the Mitt Tour.” Our tour takes us through the city of Charlevoix past the famous mushroom houses built by architect Earl Young. These fairy tale gnome-like houses are known world-wide and can only be seen in town of Charlevoix. Next, we visit Lavender Hill Farm. Relax and explore the tranquil fields with a variety of lavender plants and visit the gift shop. Here you can purchase a variety of lavender products from lotion and bath products and essential oils to lavender ice cream and jelly.
Day 4 – Mackinac Island – We begin our morning with an included breakfast, then catch the ferry to Mackinac where we take a step back “somewhere in time.” Upon arrival, we take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the island. Our carriage takes us through the narrow streets, past the pastel cottages and to some of the scenic areas of the island. We will have time for shopping, lunch on our own, and exploring before catching our return ferry back to the mainland. Overnight in St. Ignace, Michigan.
Day 5 – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Cruise – Gaylord, Michigan – After an included breakfast, we will take a breathtaking cruise along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Pictured Rocks is one of the most spectacular coastlines in America. The crystal clear waters of Lake Superior have eroded the sandstone cliffs into colorful masterpieces of rock formations. We overnight in Gaylord, Michigan
Day 6 – Home – After an included breakfast, we begin our journey home with fond memories of Michigan and the surrounding land and seascapes that we shared. Meals: 5B