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THE GREAT LAKES

14 days departing CHICAGO Jul-Aug from £2049

USA East | Hotels

 

The Great Lakes of North America form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth and each one offers something truly spectacular. With shorelines brimming with culture and adventure, your journey around the lakes will take you beyond the waters into some of America's hidden gems. You will explore some of the larger cities as well as some of the lesser visited areas for that in-depth experience. Feel the power of Niagara Falls on an included catamaran cruise, see how life used to be in the Amish community, enjoy a spot of wine tasting and then don those hiking boots for some hiking in incredible surroundings.

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Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

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Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1: Chicago, Milwaukee & Green Bay

Leave Chicago behind and head to Milwaukee, the home of the Harley-Davidson and a place made famous for its legendary German brewers. Whether it's on tap, in bottles, cans or kegs, you'll find some great places to kick back and enjoy your beer of choice. You'll then continue north to Green Bay. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 2: Green Bay, Door Country & Green Bay

Sport lovers will be in their absolute element here in Green Bay and with an extremely successful NFL team, the Green Bay Packers, there is no surprise this city is sports mad. With beautiful botanical gardens which inspire many visiting artists and delicious local wines, there is something for everyone here. Take a trip to Door County; a place offering visitors 250 miles of rugged coastline and history. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 3: Marquette Drive through the stunning forests of Wisconsin and Michigan before arriving in Marquette. A major port on the shores of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, life travels at a different pace here and with lots of walking trails in the area, nature is right on your doorstep. Due to the location of Marquette there are lots of delicious cafes and restaurants serving up some great fresh seafood, if that doesn't get your taste buds tingling then try the local meat-and-veggie pie a speciality at Jean Kay's Pastries and Subs. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 4: Mackinac Island & Traverse City

Once you step on to Mackinac Island you will feel you like you have been transported back to Victorian times. Cars are prohibited from the island and with the exception of bikes, horse drawn carts are the only way to get around. From the island you will have a great view of the Mackinac Bridge, which is the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world, with a total span of approximately 5 miles. Then it is on to Traverse City, the perfect destination for people who love the great outdoors. Autumn is the perfect time to visit Traverse City as the fall foliage really adds to the beauty of the place. There are over 180 miles of beaches, picturesque lighthouses and glacier sculpted hillsides in the area, so there is more than enough adventure to be had. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 5: Traverse City

Located just south of Traverse City is the incredibly beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted the `Most Beautiful Place in America'. The lakeshore offers superb views of Lake Michigan and whatever the season you visit you will have an unlimited amount of activities to enjoy. In the summer hit the water in a canoe, kayak on the popular Crystal and Platte Rivers, and in the winter make the most of the white stuff and try snowshoeing, downhill skiing or simply venture into the wilderness along the many hiking trails. The area is also rich in history and culture, so make sure you spend some time in the museums or take the tour around Port Oneida. Thanks to a unique microclimate, this area of Michigan state is fast becoming known for the clean, fresh taste of its wines, particularly white wines. Wineries are located in the Leelanau Peninsula and the Old Mission Peninsula and there are lots of opportunities for tastings and tours. With an included wine tasting vineyard visit you can sample some of Michigan's best! Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 6-7: Detroit

Detroit is packed with stunning architectural gems that reflect the unique history of the place, from art deco skyscrapers from the 1920's to the powerful Renaissance Centre. Music runs through the heart of Detroit, so make sure you visit Studio `A' where the likes of Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, the Four Tops and Diana Ross recorded their top hits. Detroit has recently been declared bankrupt and although a lot of the buildings are now empty, the city is quickly being regenerated and these empty spaces are being converted into museums and hotels by America's arty types and there is a great edgy urban vibe here. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 8-9: Toronto

Toronto is the perfect city for exploring, experience the vertigo inducing EdgeWalk at the top of the famous CN Tower or stroll the harbour front with its many art galleries. One of the most multicultural diverse cities on the planet, there are over 140 languages spoken in Toronto and this definitely comes out in the cities sights, sounds and flavours. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 10: Niagara Falls, Ontario

Today you leave the urban vibes behind and head to one of America's most epic natural wonders, the mighty Niagara Falls. Get up close to the falls on an included catamaran tour and witness the sheer volume of the falls, where more than a million bath tubs of water plummet downward every second. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 11: Erie, Pennsylvania

Named after the lake and the Native American tribe that used to live on the edge of the lake, Erie is the states fourth largest city. Visit the wineries in the region or try some more outdoor pursuits on Presque Isle, a protected state forest which remains an oasis of wildlife, sparkling lakes and solitude where you can go hiking or biking. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 12: Erie & Cleveland

Further along the Lake Erie shoreline you will stop at Cleveland. Visit Millionaires' Row where John D Rockefeller made his fortunes by restoring old mansions. But, no visit to Cleveland would be complete without a trip to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 13: Nappanee, Indiana

Today you will visit the Amish way of life and experience a simpler way of life as you leave the modern world behind. More than 3,500 Old Order Amish make their homes here and everywhere you look you will see back road dotted with pristine white farmhouses and grazing cattle. Visit the farm and homestead of Amish Acres and opt for a themed dinner at the Round Barn Theatre. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 14: Chicago

As you make your way back into the modern world and the exciting city of Chicago where you tour of the Great Lakes comes to end, make sure you leave some room for a tasty Chicago Deep Dish pizza, you won't believe how good they are.

Included Highlights

Included wine tasting in Michigan

Tour of Toronto, Chicago & Detroit

Catamaran cruise at Niagara Falls on the Canadian side

Two nights at Green Bay

Visit the Amish town on Nappanee

Live blues music in Chicago

Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Swimming and hiking opportunities

High speed ferry to Mackinac Island

Optional Activities (paid locally)

CN Tower in Toronto CAD$28

Willis Tower in Chicago US$20

Chicago - Baseball Game from US$20

Classical & Jazz music venues US$various prices

Museum of Science & Industry Chicago - US$18

Milwaukee Art Museum US$14

Green Bay Botanical Gardens US$9

Bicycle rental - Marquette US$20-30

Cruising - Marquette US$25

Kayak rental - Marquette US$60 (8 hours)

Fishing - Marquette US$varies

CN Tower EdgeWalk CAD$175

Theme dinner show at the Round Barn - Nappanee US$80-$130

Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland US$22

A 10% deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from £807 per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.

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