Journey The Great Lakes

Begins in and ends in Chicago, Illinois

  • 15 Days / 14 Nights
  • May to October
  • Round trip scheduled flights
  • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
  • Accommodations as stated
  • Personalised Road Book

From £2389 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

Day 1

Arrive Chicago

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Enjoy Chicago’s restaurants, stroll along the shore of Lake Michigan or sample live music at a jazz or blues club.

Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel
Day 2

Chicago

Take one of the elevators up Willis Tower for a bird’s eye view of the amazing skyscrapers, and wander along the beautiful lakefront. Michigan Avenue, also known as the Magnificent Mile promises some of the east coasts best shopping opportunities.

Sightseeing in Chicago

Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel
Day 3, 4

Saugatuck

142mi / 229km

Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, Saugatuck is a place of serene beauty, which also boasts unique shops and fine dining. Travel 20 minutes north and experience the Dutch heritage in Holland, boasting Dutch architecture, culture, tulip and windmill gardens and even a wooden shoe factory.

Beachway Resort & Hotel

Day 5, 6

Mackinac Island

236mi / 380km

Leaving your car at Mackinaw City, the ferry carries you to Mackinac Island. An island of under four square miles, horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are the delightful modes of transport. Enjoy a self-guided tour by bike or on foot and see the varied sights which include Arch Rock, Skull Cave, British Landing and Devil’s Kitchen.

Grand Hotel

Day 7

Marquette

140mi / 225km

Leaving Mackinac Island behind, collect your car from Mackinaw City and enjoy a scenic drive to Marquette, which is the largest city on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After spending an afternoon exploring the city, we suggest sampling the European and Scandinavian cuisines for dinner.

Landmark Inn

Day 8, 9

Bayfield

207mi / 333km

The Upper Peninsula is encased to the north by Lake Superior, to the east by the St. Mary’s River, to the southeast by both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and to the southwest by Wisconsin. Its extensive coastline on the Great Lakes, state and national forests, cedar swamps, and more than 150 waterfalls make it a hub for boating, fishing and hiking. A small town with plenty to see and do, Bayfield serves as the gateway to the Apostle Island National Lakeshore, a National Park that includes 21 beautiful islands and over 12 miles of scenic peninsula shoreline.

Rittenhouse Inn

Day 10, 11

Madison

325mi / 523km

A scenic drive across Wisconsin brings you to the state capital, Madison. Visit the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, which is one of the finest botanical gardens in the country. Also take time to visit the State Capitol building.

Courtyard Marriott Madison West

Day 12, 13

Ephraim & Door County

212mi / 341km

Leaving Madison behind, travel to Door County; a 75-mile long peninsula with over 300 miles of shoreline, five state parks and ten lighthouses. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in Ephraim; a quaint village where shops and galleries are set in century-old barns, rustic log cabins and vintage homes. Charter a boat for a fishing expedition, enjoy a sailboat tour, take out a kayak, have fun on a jet ski or how about a scuba dive!

Eagle Harbor Inn

Day 14

Milwaukee

183mi / 295km

It’s back to the bright lights of the city, as you wind your way to Milwaukee. Why not start by exploring the beautiful Milwaukee Riverwalk, Milwaukee Art Museum and the Harley Davidson Museum? A brewery tour is a great way to sample the many different beers in the place known as ‘Brew City’.

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

Day 15

Journey home

Enjoy your last morning in Milwaukee before making the short journey back to Chicago for your flight back to the UK.


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