Great Lakes Drive. 13 days/ 12 nights. Start: Chicago - End: Chicago.
After arrival, pick up the rental car and drive to the hotel. Leisure time to explore the city.
A full day to discover this impressive city: the highest sky scrapers in the world, wonderful luxurious boutiques along Magnificent Mile, endless parks - such as the Millenium Park - and beaches along Michigan Lake, famous Jazz & Blues bars and many more.
You leave the city and travel north to the state of Wisconsin, to stop at Madison for a quick visit at the State Capitol. As being the capital, Madisons situation is wonderful, between the 4 lakes. Afterwards, travel to Spring Green to visit the famous "House on the Rock" with "The Attraction, the Inn and the Resort", A unique experience and the Taliesin Fellowship, probably the source of inspiration for all of Frank Lloyd Wrights designs.
Today, you will reach Minneapolis via the wonderful panoramic route along the Mississippi. This dynamic city offers an impressive amout of theaters, musea, parks, shopping malls and exquisite restaurants. Highlights are definitely: the Institute of Arts, the Sculpture Garden, Nicollet Mall, the Guthrie Theater, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum and much more. If you like shopping, make sure to visit Bloomington with the Mall of Americas, one of the worlds biggest shopping malls.
Start the day with a relaxing ride along the "Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway", a range of routes and paths of about 80 km around the city. Afterwards, along the shores of Lake Superior to Duluth. Being one of the biggest inner harbours in America, there is a lot of vibrant life around and on the lake. You can visit the Great Lakes Aquarium, the Marine Museum and take a boat tour or dinner cruise in the harbour.
This morning, you discover the area of the 'Apostle Island National Lakeshore'. it's the perfect area to hike, walk, ride a bike, sail, sun and enjoy the wonderful nature. Further to Ashland, a cosy town from where you can visit the picturesque Madeline Island.
Via the shores of Lake Superior you reach the border with the state of Michigan and the Keweenaw Peninsula. The 'Brockway Mountain Drive' connects the picturesque towns of Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor and make you enjoy the surrounding forests. Bring a visit to Fort Wilkinds Historic State Park with one of the lighthouses at Lake Superior. Further to Marquette where you can not miss the Presque Isle Park.
From the city, you follow route 28 to Munising, were you van make a nice boat trip to Pictures Rocks. This strip of about 25 km along the lake offers you high cliffs, water falls and sandy dunes in a colourful decor. Afterwards to the Tahquamenon Falls Park with the Upper and Lower Falls, easily to be reached by foot. Via St. Ignace, where you leave the car and with the ferry to Mackinac Island.
On ths wonderful island, cars are forbidden and all transportation is done by horse, bike, buggy or by foot. At arrival, you will feel you travelled back in time to a Victorian village. You can visit the historical Fort Mackinac, Governor’s Mansion, the Surrey Hills Museum and do not forget to walk in the wonderful Grand Hotel. It once purposed as decor for the movie "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.
Ferry back to St. Ignace and then south to Petoskey, a wonderful town at Lake Michigan with a cozy ols city center. After this stop, travel to Traverse City and the beautiful natural park "Sleeping Bear Dunes". In the area, you can take the ferry to the islands North & South Manitou. North of Traverse City, ther is the Ols Mission Lighthouse and the city's harbour. Boat trips with replicas of historical 18th and 19th century ships are possible.
You travel futher south to Holland, but make sure to stop once in a while along the way for a relaxing walk along the lake. The charming city of Holland can be recommended. Following the tradition, tulips are grown here and the yearly festival is a highlight for everyone. You will also find a wooden shoe factory, a real windmill from The Netherlands, wonderful old houses, but aslo trendy boutiques and nice restaurants.
Something competely different is planned for today. You will encounter the Amish of Northern Indiana. Experience this unique culture and simple way of living and discover their hospiltality. Lodgings are planned in Nappanee, where many of the old houses in the city center are listed on the protected National Historic Places List. You can find antique shops, cozy restaurants and old craftmanships here.
|Rooms||18.08.23 - 10.10.23|
|2X DOUBLE ROOMS + 1 RENTALCAR (K2X2D)||2050|
|DOUBLE ROOM 1 BED (K21)||2253|
|QUADRUPLE ROOM 2 BEDS (K42)||1240|
|TRIPLE ROOM 2 BEDS (K32)||1593|
|SINGLE ROOM (K11)||4406|
|per child in parents room 2 - 12 (DACHD12)||26|
|per childr in parents room 13 - 18 (DACHD18)||192|
|Alamo Suppl. Gold - per car (DALGOLD)||143|
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