Autumn Along Lake Michigan Tour

October 1, 2024 thru October 8, 2024

Discover the enchanting beauty of Lake Michigan in autumn with our ‘Autumn Along Lake Michigan’ tour. Over eight days, journey from the vibrant cityscapes of Grand Rapids to the serene shores of Mackinac Island. Explore historical landmarks like the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, experience the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes, and savor the charm of Charlevoix. Indulge in the elegance of the Grand Hotel, embrace the maritime heritage of Green Bay, and immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Door County. Cap your adventure with an excursion to Washington Island and a serene ferry ride back, culminating in a departure from Milwaukee, rich in memories of Midwest beauty and historical treasures.


Transportation

Roundtrip Air Transportation from ABQ

Transportation

Motorcoach

Duration

8 days, 7 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

13 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Gratuities

Tour director, driver & local guide tips included


Tour Highlights

  • Enchanting Fall Colors
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Overlook
  • Guided Tour of Charlevoix
  • Mackinaw Island Carriage Tour
  • Luncheon at the Grand Hotel
  • Sandpoint Delta Historical Society Lighthouse & Museum Tour
  • Cave Point & Door Country
  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Docent Presentation
  • Traditional Door Country Fish Boil
  • Washington Island
  • Stave Chapel
  • West Harbor & Farm Museum

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • 7 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
  • Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
  • 13 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) included
  • Admission to all listed attractions
  • Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
  • All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Day 1 – Arrival in Grand Rapids

Welcome to the vibrant city of Grand Rapids, the starting point of your ‘Autumn Along Lake Michigan’ tour. Upon arrival at Grand Rapids International Airport, you’ll be transported to Drury Inn and Suites, where you can settle in and relax after your journey.

Enjoy the hotel’s own ‘Kickback’ experience, a casual and cozy affair perfect for unwinding, or choose to dine independently.

Day 2 – Exploring Grand Rapids & Natural Wonders

Fuel up at the hotel with an included breakfast. Your first stop is the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, where you’ll delve into the life and legacy of America’s 38th president. Enjoy some free time in Grand Rapids for an independent lunch.

The journey continues with a break at the Lake Cadillac Party Store, a quaint spot perfect for grabbing snacks and souvenirs. The highlight of the day is a visit to the breathtaking Sleeping Bear Dunes Overlook. Here, witness the stunning beauty of the dunes against the backdrop of Lake Michigan’s sparkling waters – a truly memorable sight in the crisp autumn air.

Conclude your day with check-in at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. This evening, savor a delicious dinner at Minerva’s.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 3 – Charlevoix Charm & Journey to Mackinac Island

Begin your day with a breakfast at the Park Place Hotel. After checking out, embark on a guided tour of Charlevoix, a picturesque town known for its captivating architecture and charming waterfront. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to experience the unique character of Northern Michigan.

Following the tour, enjoy some free time in Charlevoix for an independent lunch. Next, your adventure takes you to Mackinaw City, the gateway to Mackinac Island. From here, board the Star Line Ferry for a scenic journey across the waters to the island. Upon arrival, check into The Murray Hotel, your accommodation on Mackinac Island.

The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy independently. Mackinac Island offers a step back in time with its car-free streets, historic sites, and stunning natural beauty. Explore at your leisure, and choose from a variety of dining options for your independent dinner.

Meals included: (B)

Day 4 – Mackinac Island Carriage Tour & Grand Hotel Luncheon

Begin with breakfast in the Garden Room. Embark on a charming carriage tour of Mackinac Island. This leisurely ride offers a unique way to discover the island’s historical landmarks, lush landscapes, and breathtaking views, all while immersed in the tranquility of this car-free haven.

The highlight of the day is a luncheon at the iconic Grand Hotel. Known for its grandeur and refined atmosphere, the hotel provides an exquisite dining experience with spectacular views of the island and Lake Michigan.

The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy independently. Take advantage of this free time to delve deeper into the island’s beauty, visit its quaint shops, or simply relax and soak in the serene environment. Dinner is on your own, allowing you to choose from the island’s array of charming eateries.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 5 – From Mackinac Island to Green Bay via Escanaba

Start with another enjoyable breakfast in the Garden Room. After, check out from The Murray Hotel and take the Star Line Ferry back to Mackinaw City, bidding farewell to the enchanting Mackinac Island.

Then, head to Hereford and Hops in Escanaba, Wisconsin, for an included lunch. Post-lunch, visit the Sandpoint Delta Historical Society Lighthouse and Museum. This tour provides an insightful look into the region’s maritime history and the significance of lighthouses on the Great Lakes. The day concludes in Green Bay, where you have the evening to enjoy an independent dinner.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 6 – Door County & Traditional Fish Boil Experience

Begin with breakfast, fueling you for an exciting exploration of Door County, a peninsula known for its stunning waterfronts and charming communities. First on the agenda is a visit to Cave Point, a natural wonder featuring limestone sea caves and crystal-clear waters. The beauty of this area, particularly in autumn, is a true feast for the eyes.

Continue to Baileys Harbor, where you’ll have the opportunity for an independent lunch. After lunch, experience the rich history of the region with a docent presentation at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. This informative session will deepen your appreciation for the area’s maritime heritage and the role of lighthouses on the Great Lakes.

The day’s journey leads to the Open Hearth Inn for check-in. In the evening, partake in a quintessential Door County tradition – a Fish Boil.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 7 – Washington Island Excursion

Preparing you for an adventurous day on Washington Island, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Board the ferry for a scenic ride to this serene island, a hidden gem in the heart of Lake Michigan.

Upon arrival, visit the Stavkirke, a stunning Stave Chapel inspired by medieval Norwegian architecture, nestled in a tranquil forest setting. This unique structure is not only a testament to craftsmanship but also a peaceful retreat.

Enjoy a convenient box lunch, perfect for a picnic amidst the island’s natural beauty. Then, continue to explore the island’s beauty at West Harbor, one of the most picturesque spots, ideal for relaxation and taking in the waterfront views. Next, step back in time at the Washington Island Farm Museum, where you’ll discover the island’s rich agricultural history and heritage through well-preserved buildings and artifacts.

Return to Door County by ferry and conclude your day with a delightful dinner at The Log Den. This restaurant, known for its cozy log cabin ambiance and yummy cuisine, offers the perfect setting to reflect on the day’s adventures.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Travel Home

On the final day of your tour, we have time to enjoy lunch. After, head to Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. Here, you’ll conclude your journey around Lake Michigan, filled with memories of stunning autumn landscapes, cultural insights, and the serene beauty of the Great Lakes region.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change.


Package Pricing

$3,585 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$4,285 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Final Payment Due:

June 25, 2024

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation ABQ (Not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 7 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 13 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) included
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Booking Policy

FULL PAYMENT DUE: June 25, 2024

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • None through June 25, 2024
  • $200 – June 26 – July 30, 2024
  • $2,100 – July 31 – August 27, 2024
  • 100% – After August 27, 2024

TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS AT $288


ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Level 4: Active

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel outside of the United States. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

In October, Michigan experiences the full splendor of fall with cooler temperatures and colorful foliage. Here's what you can typically expect:

Temperatures: Average daytime temperatures range from the mid-50s to low 60s °F (around 10°C to 16°C), though it can be warmer in early October and cooler towards the end of the month. Nighttime temperatures often drop to the 30s and 40s °F (around 1°C to 9°C), especially in northern parts of the state.

Precipitation: October is relatively dry, but rain is still possible. It's a good idea to prepare for occasional showers, especially if you plan outdoor activities.

Fall Foliage: This is a highlight of Michigan in October. The leaves typically reach peak colors in early to mid-October, depending on the region, with northern areas peaking earlier than southern ones.

Sunshine: There are many clear, sunny days, which are great for outdoor activities and enjoying the fall colors.

Lake Effect: Proximity to the Great Lakes can influence local weather. Areas near the lakes might experience milder temperatures and more cloud cover due to the lakes' moderating effect.

When visiting Michigan in October, it's advisable to pack layers, including warmer clothing for cooler mornings and evenings. Also, bring a raincoat or umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, and possibly a hat and gloves for chillier days. This month is ideal for enjoying outdoor fall activities like apple picking, hiking, and leaf-peeping.

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