Mid-American Coaches
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Motor Coach Tour

Mackinac Island

Sunday, August 12 - Saturday, August 18, 2018

Highlights:   (Subject to change)

 • National Park fee for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and tour of Pierce Stocking Drive

 • Admission and tour of Castle Farms

 • Guided tour of Charlevoix, MI

 • Ferry to and from Mackinac Island

 • Carriage Tour of Mackinac Island

 • Guided tour across the Mackinac Bridge

 • Visit to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland

 • Tour of Frankenmuth, MI

 • Admission to and Tour of the Ford Rouge Factory

 • Admission to the Henry Ford, Museum

 • Tour of Kellogg Manor

 • Visit to the Silver Beach Carousel Museum and a ride on the Carousel

 • 6 Nights Lodging

 • 12 Meals  (6 Breakfasts - 2 Lunches - 4 Dinners)

 • Luggage handling

 • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation 

 • Tour Protection Coverage Available Upon Request

Featured Cities:

- Mackinac Island, MI         - Frankenmuth, MI        - Dearborn, MI

- Charlevoix, MI                 - Empire, MI                 - Hickory Corners, MI


- Mid-American Coaches, Washington, MO - Depart: 7:00 AM / Return 6:00 PM

- Lowe’s, Kirkwood, MO - Depart 8:00 AM / Return 5:00 PM

Sunday, August 12 - Depart Missouri and begin your journey northward for Mackinac Island.  Dinner is included tonight at Pietro’s Italian Restaurant.  Accommodations tonight are at the Comfort Inn, Grand Rapids, MI.   (D)

Monday, August 13 - Continue northward today to Empire, MI. This afternoon we arrive at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park.  Here we will visit the Philip A Hart Visitor Center.  Enjoy a short film before taking a guided ride along the Pierce Stocking Drive. World-class vistas will give you a view of Michigan that is simply spectacular! It is no wonder that in 2011 Good Morning America’s Viewers voted Sleeping Bear Dunes “The Most Beautiful Place in America”.  Accommodations tonight are in Charlevoix, MI at the Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites.  Dinner is included at Weathervane Restaurant.      (B/D)

Tuesday, August 14 - Depart this morning for beautiful Castle Farms.  Enjoy a tram tour of the picturesque grounds and a walking tour through buildings that showcase the grandeur of the French Chateaux styled buildings. Your tour guide will delight your group with the rich history of Castle Farms, from its original construction 1918 as the Loeb Farm, to the Van Haver art studio and gallery period, as well as the music concert era, and through the extensive restoration process from 2001 to present. The completed buildings and landscaped gardens are breathtaking. This tour concludes with an included lunch before departing for an included step-on guided tour of Charlevoix.  This picturesque city is located on three bodies of water:  Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix and Round Lake.  Your local guide will show you the architectural diversity of this lovely city.  Highlighted are the more than thirty homes designed by local architect Earl Young.  Dating from 1921 to the 1950's, these unique, “mushroom houses” are built out of native stone and sport cedar shake roofs. Next, depart for Mackinaw City where you will board the ferry to Mackinac Island.  As you step upon the island you will feel like you have stepped back in time.  Horse drawn vehicles transport everything from supplies for the business on the island to passengers.  Motorized vehicles are not allowed.  Accommodations tonight are at the Bicycle Street Inn & Suites, located on Main Street in the center of downtown & in the heart of this historic village.  Bicycle Street Inn & Suites blends perfectly with the Victorian character of Main Street, while offering all the modern interior touches you desire for a heightened travel experience.     (B/L)

Wednesday, August 15 - The day begins with a Tour of the Island. For anyone who has seen the movie “Somewhere in Time” there will be moments of déjà vu as a horse drawn carriage takes you on a tour of this picturesque island.  The Carriage tour ends with an included Lunch Buffet at the Grand Hotel.  The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the island at your leisure. Don’t forget to stop at some of Mackinac Island’s famous fudge.  (B/L)

Thursday, August 16 - This morning we depart Mackinac Island for St. Ignace. Arrive on the mainland meet your Guide for a fascinating ride across the “Mighty Mac”, Mackinac Bridge. At one time, this was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Hear the dramatic tales of the brave iron workers who built this massive structure. Your guide will provide more than hearsay – in many cases these are eyewitness accounts of local history. This afternoon we arrive in picturesque Frankenmuth, Michigan—Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Time will be allowed to explore the many shops lining Main Street. Take time to visit the 50 foot Glockenspiel Tower. It houses a magnificent 35-bell carillon, 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. Next, stop will be made at Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland. Nowhere is Christmas displayed with such exuberance! Christmas Lane, Bronner’s own thoroughfare is 1⁄2 mile long and is illuminated with over 100,000 Christmas lights. When Wally Bronner painted his first sign over 50 years ago, little did he dream that his small business would one day become the world's largest Christmas store. It is a 2.2 acre shopper's dream! Bigger than 1 1/2 football fields, it features over 50,000 trims, gifts, and collectibles. Of the more than 6000 styles of ornaments which Bronner's carries, half of the glass ornaments are Bronner's exclusive designs. Inside and out, Christmas lights abound. Bronner’s electric bill averages $1250 per day. After an included Dinner at the Bavarian Inn, we will depart for an evening tour of Frankenmuth.  Accommodations tonight are at the Comfort Inn in Grand Blanc, MI.       (B/D)

Friday, August 17 -  This morning we will Tour the Ford Rouge Factory. Put yourself at the center of sheer manufacturing might. Beyond the awe-inspiring sweep, scale and action of the real-life factory floor where the new military grade aluminum-alloy body Ford F-150 is made, get set for some eye-opening encounters with the technology of tomorrow — today. 

Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a self-guided five-part experience that includes: 

• Legacy Theater: Learn about the triumphs and tragedies surrounding the Rouge, much of it told through rare, never-before-seen historic footage.

• Manufacturing Innovation Theater: A multisensory exploration of the manufacturing experience, from concept to highway. Filled with jaw-dropping special effects, from “floating” 3D laser projection mapping and high-energy audio to a breathtaking behind-the-wheel finale.

• Observation Deck Tour: View the ground-breaking living roof from our 80-foot-high Observation Deck.

• Assembly Plant Walking Tour: See where the new military grade aluminum-alloy body Ford F-150s are assembled in a lean and flexible manufacturing plant. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the final assembly process from an elevated walkway.

• Legacy Gallery: View five historic vehicles made at the Rouge, hop in a new F-150, and visit our Factory Store. 

Next, we will tour the Henry Ford Museum. Explore its many exhibits:

• Driving America: The World’s Premier Automotive Exhibition. Centered around an unparalleled collection of historically significant vehicles, this remarkable mix of authentic artifacts, digital media, interactive play and personal accounts focuses on the enormous influence the automobile has had on American culture.

• Presidential Limousines: Among the nationally renowned artifacts of the Museum are the vehicles in which 20th- century American presidents traveled. You'll find this unique exhibit thoroughly fascinating and truly unforgettable.

• Made in America: Manufacturing and Power are the two sections of this exhibit that explores the legacy of American innovators from the 18th to 20th centuries who made America a manufacturing superpower! Hundreds of artifacts, including operating steam engines, help tell their stories. 

Next, we will tour the Kellogg Manor House. Kellogg Manor is the former estate to cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg and his wife Dr. Carrie Staines Kellogg, the Manor House was built on the highest point overlooking Gull Lake in 1925-1926. The Manor was restored to its original grandeur in 2000. And is now open for tours and private dinners. The gardens surrounding the house have also been restored and the house is once again a beautiful and stately residence in a lovely lakeside setting. The site also includes a carriage house with chauffeur's residence, a greenhouse with potting shed, a caretaker's cottage, a boathouse, an authentic Dutch windmill, and a lakeside pagoda. Following the tour, dinner is included in the Manor. Accommodations tonight are at the McCamly Plaza Hotel,  Battle Creek, MI.     (B/D)

Saturday, August 18 - Your rest stop this morning is at the Silver Beach Carousel Museum. The horses, the tigers, the hippocampus, the panda, the clown fish – in all, 48 unique carousel figures and two chariots – are whirling with excitement to see you. Come pick your favorite and ride beneath 1000 twinkling lights as the band organ’s music happily soars and dips with the gears. Each figure is beautifully hand-carved and hand-painted by the artisans at The Carousel Works. Around the top of the carousel you can learn about our local history – told as no one else in the world has told it on a carousel – using historic photographs. As you gaze at those 18 rounding boards, you’ll become part of our story, too. Carousel voucher included. Then it’s homeward bound with memories of your Mackinac Island adventure.  (B)

Tour Cost:

$1,555.00 per person - Double Room

$2,080.00 per person - Single Room

$1,485.00 per person - Triple Room

Deposit of $200.00 due upon reserving  

Balance due by July 3, 2018     

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Cancellation Policy/Refunds

If you must cancel on a 1 day tour and it is within 10 days of departure, refunds will be based on deposits returned to Mid-American Coaches prior to trip departure.  We do however, allow you to get another person to fill your seat.   If  we have a wait list, we will try to fill the seat from our wait list.  If we do not have a standby list, you will not receive a refund.
Once final payment (30days prior) is made on multi day trips 2 or more days,  cancellation of passengers will have to be filed on the cancellation insurance that is available  for all multi-day tours.  No insurance is sold on 2 day trips.
If you have elected to not purchase the insurance, Mid-American Coaches has the right to retain any monies paid by customer.  If this seat is resold, then at that point you may receive a refund.
Any fly/international/rail/cruise tours will have exceptions that will be covered at the time of booking.
If you are forced to leave a tour anytime after departure, refunds will be based on monies that are recoverable.  Refunds cannot be made for unused motorcoach transportation.