Mid-America comes alive with this eight-day trip featuring the beautiful Tulips in Holland, Michigan, Victorian sensibilities of Mackinac Island, American Bavaria in Frankenmuth and the fascinating Ohio Amish Country.
May 4, 2015
Depart from Savannah via motor coach and travel to Nashville, Tennessee for the night. Everyone will get acquainted during this evening’s welcome dinner. D
May 5, 2015
Continuing through the rolling hills of Tennessee and Kentucky, passing by Louisville, we’ll stop in Indiana for Lunch. This afternoon arrive in Holland for two nights. Many Dutch Descendants make up the population of this colorful town where millions of Tulips are grown each year and during Tulip Time week the locals put on celebration to the homeland’s national flower. This evening is reserved for the New Odyssey Dinner! A festival favorite, three guys and 30 instruments of New Odyssey amaze and entertain with a continual stream of innovative and timeless musical compositions. B D
May 6, 2015
We take a city tour featuring the tulip lane drive through town and a stop at the lovely Veldheer Tulip Gardens, with row after row of multi-colored flowers in full bloom. Just next door is delft ware being manufactured and tulip bulbs for sale. Next, we’ll visit the Dutch Market Platz with authentic food and entertainment before reserved seating for the Volksparade pulling their children in wagons, and scrubbing the streets for all of their visitors! After the parade, time to refresh at the hotel and before we mix and mingle with the locals at the Lions Club Tulip Time Chicken Bar-B-Que for dinner. B D
May 7, 2015
Heading north today we reach Mackinaw City and bid farewell to our coach until tomorrow. Join the ferry for the 40 minute crossing to Mackinac Island, located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Step back in time and enjoy Victorian sensibilities where the horse drawn carridge and bicycle rein supreme! Overnight and enjoy dinner at the Grand Hotel which embraces its rich history, but keeps up well with the times. Today, guests enjoy modern amenities while the hotel’s original architecture and charm have been tastefully preserved. B D
May 8, 2015
Enjoy a tour of Mackinac Island on board a horse and buggy which will meet us outside of the hotel. The narrated tour through downtown to Surrey Hills, Arch Rock and through the Boreal forest with a stop at Fort Mackinac. Tour will end in the downtown area for lunch and shopping before returning via ferry to the mainland. Continue South to Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria, Willkommen! Experience the authentic European atmosphere and a world famous Frankenmuth-style dinner this evening. B D
May 9, 2015
A morning departure from Frankenmuth, bound for Motor City and a visit to the Dearborn’s Henry Ford Museum. A National Historic Landmark, formally known as the Edison Institute is a large indoor history museum named for its founder, the noted automobile industrialist Henry Ford. It is based on his desire to preserve items of historical significance and portray the Industrial Revolution including John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine, Abraham Lincoln’s chair from Ford’s Theater, Thomas Edison’s laboratory, the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop, and the Rosa Parks bus. After time to explore our tour continues to Akron, Ohio for overnight. B
May 10, 2015
Breakfast is sure to include Quaker Oats. We meet a local guide for a tour of the Ohio Amish Country. These folks lead a simple way of life with strong religious morals and without the use of modern “fancy” gadgets such as electricity and automobiles. The tour will include narration of the Amish way of life with stops at the one room school house, a bakery and cheese shop, and an opportunity to shop for some of the Amish crafts and visit Lehman’s Hardware Store. An Amish lunch is included before continuing to the Mountaineer State of West Virginia for the night. B L D
May 11, 2015
Today’s beautiful drive travels south through the mountains of the Virginia’s and Tennessee and into the deep south, arriving home after a wonderful tour to the Tulip Festival! B
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Group leaders travel free with 10 or more paid travelers.
With 10 or more travelers, we will make a special pick-up in your hometown.
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