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Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Step back in time onto this enchanting island where bluff cottages, horse-drawn carriages, and historical treasures await you.

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Trip Duration: 7 Days

Meals Included: 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches

Tour Director: Yes 

Activity Level: Easy 

 

Mackinac Island Ferry

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry zips you safely to Mackinac Island in just 16 minutes! You may choose from the cushioned seats and wide aisles of the main deck lounge, or experience a spectacular panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac from the open-air top-deck seating area.

 

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Since motor vehicles are not permitted to intrude on the natural beauty of Mackinac Island, there is no better way to visit this historic isle and see the legendary points of interest than by horse drawn carriages. You'll be taken to areas you may not discover on bicycle or on foot. Your tour will be expertly narrated and you'll travel in comfortable, charming carriages "with the fringe on top." You'll see Surrey Hill, Arch Rock, Fort Mackinac and the renowned Grand Hotel. See historic Market Street, Skull Cave, and the Governor's Mansion. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

Mackinac Island Butterfly House

The Mackinac Island Butterfly House is 1800 square feet of tropical gardens filled with hundreds of live butterflies from around the world.

Visit this fairy tale garden where beautiful butterflies of every imaginable size and color "dance" to classical music and the sound of falling water, fluttering and lighting on fragrant blossoms and the marvelous stone waterfall that centers the garden.

 

Frankenmuth, MI

Frankenmuth, "Michigan's Little Bavaria," delights over 3 million visitors annually with its flower-lined streets and Bavarian hospitality. Come experience another world with unique attractions, shopping, restaurants, and family fun!

 

Lunch at Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn

Established in 1888 and known for its famous all-you-can-eat Frankenmuth-style chicken dinners and German specialties, the Inn boasts seven dining rooms and a Roof Garden. Mini Village of shops is located in the lower level.

 

The restaurant is the home of Frankenmuth's Glockenspiel tower. Bavarian Inn's Glockenspiel Tower houses a magnificent 35-bell carillon, a beautiful figurine movement and an illuminated clock, all imported from Germany! Before striking the hour, and on each quarter hour, the clock sounds the 5-bell Westminster chime.

 

Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

Visit the Largest Christmas Store in the World with thousands of shimmering lights, sparkling ornaments, hundreds of whimsical animated figures and a worldwide selection of over 50,000 trims and gifts, displayed in a European marketplace atmosphere.

 

Take time to visit Bronner's replica of Oberndorf, Austria's Silent Night Memorial Chapel. Also, see an 18 minute multi-image presentation, "World of Bronners," a delight of sights and sounds highlighting the design and production of Bronner's worldwide selection.

 

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation allows you to experience the strides of America's greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand by taking a seat. Play pilot as you explore flight innovations, starting with the Wright brothers' achievements, or make yourself at home inside Buckminster Fuller's circular Dymaxion House. Put yourself in the place of the movers and shakers who blazed the trail to where we stand today.

 

Need to Know:

The bus used for this trip has expanded leg room for your comfort.

 

This tour may not be for everyone.

 

Main Street is level, however the island itself is very hilly and steep. This would present a challenge for people using wheelchairs.

 

Horse drawn carriage ride -

Getting into and out of the horse drawn carriage is difficult. There is a high climb to get into the carriage and sometimes the horses sway, making it difficult to get in.

A wheelchair accessible carriage is available with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice. There are no step stools to assist guests in carriage. The carriage driver & ticket office will assist guests who may need help getting up into the carriage.

 

Inn on Mackinac does not have wheelchair accessible rooms but a wheelchair can fit into the rooms depending on size. All rooms have a shower/tub combo. No grab bars are available. A room with shower stall can be requested. Hotel has an elevator.

 

Ferry Ride - Passengers confined to wheelchairs or motorized scooters must sit in the Aft deck of the ferry. This is the area where luggage is stowed. If there is a person traveling with them, they will put a chair for them in the area.

 

Eyre has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

 

Tentative Pick ups:

Tentative Departure Times:
7:30am Ellicott City @ Long Gate Park & Ride
8:15am Silver Spring/Rockville @ Georgia Avenue Park & Ride
8:30am Silver Spring @ Leisure World Clubhouse II

Day 1:

Travel to Elyria, OH
Lunch on own in route
Check in for (1) overnight at the Country Inn & Suites, Elyria, OH
Dinner on own

Day 2:

Breakfast at hotel
Check out of hotel
Travel to Frankenmuth, Michigan
Lunch included at the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Free time on own in Frankenmuth
Visit Bronner's Chrsitmas Wonderland
Check in for 1 (overnight) at the Drury Inn, Frankenmuth
Dinner on own

Day 3:

Breakfast at hotel
Check out of hotel
Travel to Mackinaw City, Michigan
Lunch on own
Board Ferry for passage to Mackinac Island
Horse Drawn taxi service transport from the main dock to hotel
Check in for (2) overnights at The Inn on Mackinac
Complimentary Welcome Reception
Admission to the Mackinac Island Butterfly House
Dinner on own

Day 4:

Breakfast at hotel
One hour horse drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island
Lunch Buffet included at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
Return to hotel
Dinner on own

Day 5:

Breakfast at hotel
Check out of hotel
Horse drawn taxi service from hotel to main dock
Ferry back to to Mackinaw City
Travel to Indian River, MI
Visit the National Shrine of The Cross In the Woods, Indian River, MI
Travel to Troy, MI
Check into hotel for (1) overnight at Drury Inn & Suites, Troy, MI
Dinner on own

Day 6:

Breakfast at Hotel
Check out of hotel
Travel to Dearborn, MI
Admission to the Henry Ford Museum and Ford Rogue Factory, Dearborn, MI
Lunch on own
Travel to Elyria, OH
Check in for (1) overnight at the County Inn & Suites, Elyria, OH
Dinner on own

Day 7:

Breakfast at hotel
Check out of hotel
Travel home
Lunch on own en route

Tentative Drop off:

Tentative Return Times:
5:00pm Silver Spring/Rockville @ Georgia Avenue Park & Ride
5:15pm Silver Spring @ Leisure World Clubhouse II
6:00pm Ellicott City @ Long Gate Park & Ride

Accommodations Day 1 and Day 6: Country Inn & Suites Elyria Hotel near Cleveland

 

The hotel features an indoor pool, hot tub, and Fitness Center. Guestrooms include refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron/board, and hair dryer.

 

Accommodations Day 2: Drury Inn, Frankenmuth, MI

 

The Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth, with its Bavarian style architecture, makes an ideal place to stay. Each guest room includes a hair dryer, iron/board, coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator. The hotel also has an indoor pool & whirlpool.

 

Accommodations Day 3 & 4: Inn on Mackinac, Mackinac Island, MI

 

This Victorian bed and breakfast was built in 1867 and has retained its quaint, old fashioned charm. The Inn's facilities have been updated to meet the needs of the modern traveler while preserving its colorful history. Today, completely remodeled and redecorated, this beautiful Victorian Inn opens its doors as a bed and breakfast.

All rooms are air conditioned and equipped with a private bath and color TV. There is a seasonal pool with a sundeck on the Inn's property.

 

Accommodations Day 5: Drury Inn & Suites, Troy, MI

 

The hotel features an indoor pool, whirlpool, and Fitness Center. Guestrooms include microwave, refrigerator, iron/board, hair dryer, and coffee maker.

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Ellicott City Long Gate Park and Ride
Meadowbrook Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Leisure World Leisure World - Club House II (Residents ONLY)
3300 N Leisure World Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
Silver Spg/Rockville, MD Georgia Ave Park & Ride
16000 Georgia Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
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