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Duluth's Canal Park District
Frankenmuth: The Little Bavaria of Michigan
Sea caves on Devils Island
Departs: July 30th, 2021 Tour Dates & Pricing
Get ready for the ultimate Great Lakes vacation with a tour along Lake Superior including delightful cruise excursions and two nights on Mackinac Island. Begin in Duluth, Minnesota, exploring the famous port city including Glensheen Mansion, the Canal Park district, and the Great Lakes Aquarium. At Duluth Harbor, board the Vista Star for a Sunset Dinner Cruise. Then travel into Wisconsin along the shorefront, stopping for an Apostle Islands cruise to view spectacular sea caves in gorgeous hues of rich brownstone and clear, turquoise cave water. In Michigan, go on a shipwreck cruise, witnessing a fully-intact pre-Civil-War sailing ship, viewing it just beneath the lake’s surface on a glass-bottom boat. The peak of our vacation includes two nights on Mackinac Island. We conclude our tour with an afternoon in Frankenmuth, the “Little Bavaria” of Michigan, and in the Detroit area, a visit to The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
Hosted By: Bonnie Lucas
Retired Co-Host of Van and Bonnie in the Morning
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Day 1 : Arrive in Duluth
Begin with a pleasant flight to the Lake Superior port city of Duluth, Minnesota where we check-in for a two-night stay.
Day 2 : Sunset Dinner Cruise
Appreciate the unique city of Duluth with its natural beauty, fascinating history and artsy local culture. Tour the Glensheen Mansion, a 20,000-square-foot historic house museum. The Jacobean-styled mansion includes 12 acres of property on the Lake Superior waterfront with 39 rooms that showcase premier Midwest design from the early 20th century.
Then, take time to explore, shop, and have lunch in Duluth’s charming Canal Park district, a recreation hub famously connected by the historic Aerial Lift Bridge.
Continue with a visit to the Great Lakes Aquarium and be fascinated with the volume and variety of freshwater ecosystems on display that include 205 species of different animals.
Freshen up before returning to Duluth Harbor for an enchanting Sunset Dinner Cruise aboard the Vista Star, savoring a delicious supper while enjoying narrated harbor highlights and the panoramic city skyline above the glistening water.
Day 3 : Apostle Islands Cruise
Arrive at the dock in lovely Bayfield, Wisconsin for a boat tour with Apostle Islands Cruises. Go on the popular Grand Tour and take in regionally unique natural wonder and history with sightings of storied lighthouses, phenomenal sea caves around Devils Island, and more.
Have leisure time and lunch on your own in downtown before transferring to Ashland, Wisconsin.
We stop at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center before checking-in to our overnight accommodations.
Day 4 : Shipwreck Cruise
Today we journey into Michigan, stopping first in Marquette.
Grab lunch on your own in this charming port city, the largest metro of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Then, arrive at the dock in Munising for an exciting shipwreck cruise. On this premier glass-bottom boat tour, go back in time with imagery beneath the water that reflects American shipping history during the industrial revolution, the highlight being Lake Superior’s rare “natural underwater museum” in the form of a fully intact sailing ship built prior to the Civil War with its wooden frame sitting just beneath the lake’s surface.
After, we transfer to Mackinaw City and take in sights of the phenomenal Mackinac Bridge before boarding a ferry to Mackinac Island where we check in to cozy accommodations on the island for a two-night stay.
Day 5 : Mackinac Island
The day is yours to explore this historic island, its shorelines dotted with docks and boats and the island town punctuated by a lack of motor vehicles substituted with an abundance of bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. Midday, we gather for an included luncheon at the luxurious Grand Hotel. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing and exploring this timeless gem of Midwest recreation.
Day 6 : Frankenmuth: The Little Bavaria of Michigan
Journey to Frankenmuth, Michigan. Considered the state’s “Little Bavaria,” this quaint town embodies timeless German heritage while maintaining a modern edge. Enjoy an ice-cold stein of beer or other beverage with lunch on your own and have time at leisure for exploring at the River Place Shops. Visit Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland to experience why TIME named Frankenmuth one of America’s “most Christmassy towns” with year-round Christmas magic.
This afternoon, board the Bavarian Belle, a restored stern-driven paddlewheel riverboat, for a cruise on the Cass River. Relax on the historic vessel’s open-air canopy upper deck and enclosed lower deck.
This evening, savor an included Bavarian-style breaded chicken dinner.
Tonight, we stay in Frankenmuth.
Day 7 : Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
Travel to Detroit today. We stop along the way in Dearborn, Michigan to witness true genius at The Henry Ford Museum. Offering exhibits that inspire, engage, and inform based on Mr. Ford’s incredible work, we discover the amazing technological breakthroughs of this incredible man. Also explore the historic Greenfield Village, spread over 80 acres. Ride in a Model T, travel the rails on a steam-powered locomotive, sit on the same bus where Rosa Parks made her stand, and enjoy lunch in an 1830s café.
This evening, join fellow travelers for a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner and overnight in Detroit.
Day 8 : Arrive Home
Enjoy breakfast before journeying home with fond memories from our Great Lakes getaway.
July 30th, 2021 - August 6th, 2021
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 05/31/2021
WHO Radio Pickup Locations:
Des Moines, IA - Des Moines Airport
Bonnie Lucas, co-host of Van and Bonnie In The Morning on WHO Radio for 25 years from 4:59 a.m. to 9 a.m. every weekday, is now retired.
Bonnie and Gene may be retired but they still love to travel with all the many friends they have made over the years and are looking forward to making more new ones!
Bonnie and Gene have a son, Joel. He and his wife, Shelli, have two children, Madison who is seventeen and Carter who is ten.
Bonnie and Gene have hosted Holiday Vacations tours all across the globe and are looking forward to spending a marvelous vacation with you.
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