Great Lakes Explorer: Classic Americana.
Escorted adventure tour.
Visit Chicago, Traverse City, Mackinac Island and Milwaukee on this excellent 8 day escorted tour.
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Visit Chicago, Traverse City, Mackinac Island and Milwaukee on this excellent 8 day escorted tour.
Take it as you see it or change it to suit. All C.N.A. holidays can be tailored to suit your own tastes & budget.
All our holidays offer complete financial protection and you will receive a uniquely personalised travelling pack to ensure you get the most from your adventure.
8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS
Group members who are not on a pre-tour will arrive today.
This evening, mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our Tour Manager, a destination specialist.
Chicago, situated on Lake Michigan, is among the largest cities in the U.S. It’s famed around the world for many things, including its bold architecture, its blues musicians and clubs, deep-dish pizza – and Al Capone.
There’s no better way to tour Chi-town as it’s called than on the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s architectural River Cruise. But we won’t take the ordinary river tour. We’ll board an exclusive CAF photography river cruise, designed for the photographer, or photographer at heart. You’ll have access to all angles while the local, highly-trained docent points out architectural highlights along the way.
This afternoon, choose between excursions. If you like sin with your suds, then join our walking tour and learn the basics of Chicago’s sinful history, all the way from the city’s first vice district, to Capone, Prohibition, and the mob. Explore the basics of different beer styles and beer’s influence on criminal enterprises, especially during Prohibition. You’ll taste several Midwestern craft beers from lagers to porters.
Or choose to glide through the fragrant floral paths and rose gardens of Grant Park, along the Lakefront to the Museum Campus on your very own Segway. If you can stand you can learn to use a Segway. Knowledgeable guides explain the culture and history of the area and massive museums.
Tonight, Kingston Mines is on the menu. Founded in 1968, Kingston Mines is the largest and oldest continuously operating blues club in Chicago. Its two stages have been graced by the likes of Magic Slim, Billy Branch, Junior Wells, and scores of other musical greats. We’ll listen to some of Chicago’s best live music – and remember their motto: “Hear Blues – Drink Booze – Talk Loud – You’re Among Friends!” ™ You may want to eat before we go, or save your appetite for the southern style fare you can get onsite from Doc’s Rib Joint.
You won’t need your passport to enter this Holland, on the shore of Lake Michigan. The Dutch heritage is plain to see in the traditional Dutch architecture and ambience. Stroll the quaint downtown and enjoy it galleries, shops and eateries.
We’ll continue north to the Leelanau Peninsula. Here we visit some of the peninsulas noted wineries. We’ll discover breathtaking views and stylish wines as well as their passionate winemakers.
The evening is spent in Traverse City. The downtown exudes retro charm with plenty of fresh, farm to table restaurants and big-city entertainment with a small-town feel. You may want to take in a show, the opera or live jazz.
We leave our vehicle behind and board the ferry to Mackinac Island. This Victorian-style island, covering only 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) in land area, is located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark and is well known for its wide variety of architectural styles, including the Victorian Grand Hotel and its ban on all motor vehicles.
This morning, as part of the included touring, you can explore Mackinac Island your way.
Bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the only modes of transportation here. You can pick up a bicycle – or adult tricycle – and gear, along with trail maps guiding you on various routes throughout the island. Take the perimeter route to loop around Mackinac Island’s shoreline. The flat, smooth asphalt road places you right between dramatic forestry and the rocky shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron with majestic views of their deep blue waters.
Or take a more adventurous tour route for an “immersive experience” to see Mackinac Island’s points of interest such as Skull Cave, the Grand Golf Course, Arch Rock, Governor’s Residence, and Fort Mackinac.
You may want to sit back and relax on a guided horse-drawn carriage instead. See many of the island’s sites with stops along the way. The afternoon and evening is free to enjoy as you like.
Heading south today, we’ll stop to taste some of the local craft beers. Bolstered by the Great Lakes and nurtured by the glacier rich soil, Michigan is a brewer’s paradise with countless varieties of styles and tastes. It ranks fifth in the nation in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs.
Late afternoon we make the ferry crossing across Lake Michigan to Wisconsin.
Tonight we visit Milwaukee’s most unique downtown food destination, the Milwaukee Public Market. Bursting with unique, high quality selections of artisan and ethnic products, and freshly-prepared foods, you’ll have a wide variety of dinner options from its independent merchants. Enjoy your selection in the Market’s Palm Garden.
Once known almost exclusively as a brewing powerhouse, the city now boasts the beautiful Milwaukee Riverwalk and Milwaukee Art Museum, with its architecturally impressive addition shaped like a floating cross, with wings opening and closing from a central base.
This morning we’ll tour past the beautiful mansions along Lake Michigan with numerous photo opportunities at the city’s most unique landmarks, as well as several stops where you can interact with locals and experience the city as they do. We’ll take in City Hall, the Milwaukee Art Museum, North Point Lighthouse, Miller Park, the Historic Third Ward, and much more.
This afternoon we’ll visit the Harley Davidson Museum. “It’s the best of American design and culture – seasoned with freedom and rebellion, showcased in a landmark building.” Exhibits tell the stories of the extraordinary people, products, history and culture of Harley-Davidson and for some of you, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. That’s right, go ahead and swing your leg over one of the many motorcycles that inhabit the gallery.
Milwaukee’s German heritage is apparent throughout the city and in its beer gardens!
We’ll enjoy a final night dinner together at a Bavarian Bierhaus. Enjoy Bavarian favourites from jaegerschnitzel to bienenstich and both local and German style beers from its own brewery.
After departing Milwaukee we arrive in Oak Park, once the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, where he designed and built some of his earliest buildings. Unity Temple and Wright’s own former home and studio are among the many Wright buildings still preserved in the village. We’ll tour the Wright home and see the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway before time for lunch in the village.
Passengers departing for home will be dropped off at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Those staying on will be taken to our post-tour hotel.
Chicago Palmer House Hilton
Traverse City – Indigo Hotel
Mackinac Island Lake View Hotel
Milwaukee – Aloft Downtown
*Similar hotels may be substituted on specific dates
This is essential and not included. Should you need to purchase cover, we offer comprehensive cover at an additional cost. Please contact us for details.
Our holidays are completely tailored to suit you. We would be happy to help you choose from a vast array of additional experiences that will enhance your North America holiday adventure.
These might include:
There are many more, often quite unique to your chosen destination so please do ask.
We prepare every travel pack individually. We want this to be the perfect travelling companion for your adventure and to offer you all the information you need. Your personally prepared ring-bound travel itinerary booklet is detailed and is designed to serve as a wonderful reminder of your experiences for years to come when you return.
Nicknamed the ‘Mother Road’ by novelist John Steinbeck, this iconic highway between Chicago and Los Angeles represents America’s ideals of freedom and celebrates its love of the car.
Travel through beautiful countryside & experience small communities rich with shops, galleries, music, food and wine. Take a stroll along the panoramic beaches with sand dunes that stretch along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Do I need a visa to travel to the usa?
In most circumstances, no visa is required for travel to the USA for any British Citizen passport holder and many other European passport holders, whose countries qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program permits entry for up to 90 days for business or leisure purposes. Everyone must apply to use the VWP via the online Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA). Advice states this should be done online at least 72 hours prior to departure. On payment of the $14 fee this system usually issues an electronic confirmation within minutes but this is not guaranteed and there are certain criteria travellers must consider before applying via ESTA to use the Visa Waiver Program. Once granted the VWP authorization is valid for 2 years.
It is essential that everyone who plans to travel to the United States reads the information contained on the following page – Visa Waiver Program
Please note : From 21st January 2016 The United States implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as part of the Terrorist Travel Protection Act of 2015. One of the major changes implemented in January excludes any British National who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen since March 01st 2011 from using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Full details are contained on the above link but those affected will need to apply for a Visitor Visa with the U.S. Embassy before booking their travel arrangements.
You are advised to complete your ESTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.
To use ESTA now please only use the following website – Official ESTA Website
Complete North America Limited cannot be held responsible for cancellation charges incurred by travellers who have booked travel and are subsequently unable to travel as part of the VWP or who are unable to obtain a Visitor Visa. If you have any questions after reading the information supplied above please speak to a member of our team.
Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?
British Nationals and travellers from other European countries can enjoy visa-exempt travel to and via Canada but must first use the online Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) at a cost of CA$7.00 per person. Most online applications are approved with minutes by email but the process can take longer particularly if supporting documentation is requested. An eTA is valid for 5 years and allows you to travel for up to 6 months on any one visit.
You are advised to apply for your eTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.
For applications and full information on the scheme please only visit – Official Canadian Government eTA Website
Complete North America Limited cannot be held responsible for cancellation charges incurred by travellers who have booked travel and are subsequently unable to travel as part of the eTA scheme or who are unable to obtain a Visitor Visa. If you have any questions after reading the information supplied above please speak to a member of our team.
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