We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Detroit’s Rise, Fall and Renewal - £20 per person - The story of Detroit is even more dramatic than the story of America and this fascinating walking tour will recount its history, rising to become Motor Town, its decline to the D and now its rebirth as Renaissance City.
Your guide will explain Detroit’s difficulties and why some city centre buildings are vacant – and how the Downtown is being revitalised through the construction of casinos, hotels and stadia.
We will visit the Guardian Building, a 40-storey masterpiece of art deco architecture built at the end of the Roaring Twenties that was a symbol of the city’s rise.
The tour will also pass by the 38-storey Book Tower, a fabulous neo-renaissance structure that is now empty and has become a symbol of the city’s decline.
We’ll also view the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel, which alone represents Detroit’s rise, fall and renewal. Once the tallest hotel in the world, it was shut in the mid-Eighties only to be refurbished and become a symbol of rebirth.
Other landmarks that feature include the old Detroit Athletic Club, the renovated Opera House, the abandoned Wurlitzer Building and the majestic art deco Penobscot Building. We’ll also ass pass the seven-skyscraper complex of the Renaissance Center, where General Motors has its headquarters, and the ornate Fox Theater picture palace. We’ll also take a ride on The People Mover elevated monorail.
The afternoon will finish at the trendy Detroit Beer Company, where you can enjoy a complimentary locally brewed special.
The D you must see walking tour - £20 per person - The best way to see the city that got America moving and dancing is with this walking tour of Downtown Detroit.
Live and breathe the energetic atmosphere of the home of the blues, admire the impressive architecture of the city that came to symbolise America’s greatness and take a bite out of the D. You will also ride The People Mover, the elevated monorail transport system so beloved of Detroiters.
The walk will take in all the major landmarks and some local favourites. You will admire the world-famous Fox Theater, an elaborately decorated picture palace built in 1928. Such is its cultural and architectural significance that it has been declared a US National Historic Landmark. The tour will also pass the Renaissance Center, a seven-skyscraper complex that houses GM’s headquarters, and Comerica Park, where the Detroit Tigers play their baseball matches.
There will also be time to visit the awe-inspiring Guardian Building, an imposing art deco 40-storey skyscraper that is also a US National Historic Landmark. The Guardian is famed for its use of pewabic pottery and monel metal, making it a standout example of the dynamism of the Roaring Twenties.
Prepare yourself to take a bite of the D with a coney dog, Detroit’s meaty and spicy hot dog variant, or a piece of baklava in Greektown. You will also be able to catch a glimpse of Canada, on the other side of the Detroit River.
Days 1-3 Detroit
Since its founding in 1701, the city on the Detroit River has had many identities, including fur trading post, shipping centre, automotive capital and home of the Motown sound. Once you arrive pick up your car from the airport and drive to your downtown Detroit hotel. Why not enjoy some dinner in Greek town, a lively corner of the city known for its restaurants and nightlife.
Visit the Cultural centre and view the impressive collection and newly reinstalled galleries of the Detroit Institute of Arts, including Diego Rivera’s massive “Detroit Industry” murals. Stroll to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African-American experience. Check out the display of General motors’ Vehicles at Renaissance Centre, a multi-towered office, and retail and hotel complex overlooking Detroit river.
Spend a day at The Henry Ford and its collection of Americana, from light bulbs and cars in the Henry Ford Museum to historic structures like the laboratory of Thomas Edison, relocated from New Jersey to the outdoor Greenfield Village. Tour the famous Ford Rouge Plant and F-150 pick-up truck assembly line.
Days 4-5 Head north to Mackinaw City ready to catch a Ferry to Mackinac Island
After your 2 night stay in Detroit drive north to Mackinaw City. Here you will leave you car over-night as you will be travelling 30minutes by small ferry to Mackinac Island.
Once you arrive on Mackinac Island check into your hotel. All transportation is by foot, bicycle, horseback or carriage – no cars are allowed! Explore the 1780 Fort Mackinac, bicycle the island’s eight mile perimeter, stroll past Victorian-era cottages, delight in the winged creatures at the Butterfly house.
Day 6 – 7 Upper Peninsula, Whitefish point and Sault Ste.Marie
You will need to get back on the ferry once you have checked out your hotel and go back to Mackinaw City where you car has been Over-night. You will then begin your next part of the Journey.
The Upper Peninsula, surrounded by the waters of the Great Lakes Huron, Michigan and superior, is connected with the “mitt” of the Lower Peninsula by a suspension bridge that spans the five-mile wide Straits of Mackinac. With Just three percent of the State’s Population living on about one-third of its landmass, the air in the U.P is clear and refreshing, the woods are thick and green, wildlife is plentiful and most roads are two-lane.
At the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point on Lake Superior learn about the Majesty and danger of the Great Lakes and the Ships they have swallowed, especially the Edmund Fitzgerald, which went down off this point.
Spend 2 nights in Sault Ste. Marie, the first European settlement in Michigan and the third oldest in the nation, established as a Jesuit mission in 1668. Here, at the rapids where Lakes Superior and Huron meet, the Soo Locks were built in 1855 so that ships could negotiate the 21 foot difference between the waters. Take a boat tour through the locks, and you may be fortunate to pull up alongside a 1’000 – foot freighter.
Day 8 Sault Ste. Marie to Traverse City.
Return to the Lower Peninsular across the five-mile Mackinac Bridge, a 50 year old engineering marvel soaring above the Straits of Mackinac. You May choose to travel the Winding “tunnel of trees” scenic drive along Lake Michigan, especially beautiful during fall colour season. Shop and lunch in the Victorian-era resort towns of Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs, which enjoy “million dollar sunsets”. This is where Ernest Hemingway spent the summers of his youth, and referred to in several of his stories.
Continue onto Traverse City for Dinner and your Overnight stay.
Michigan’s “little finger” area and the northwest region are a year-round recreational wonderland, boasting resorts that offer world-class golf in the summer and skiing in the winter. Where logging operations once flourished, recreational fishing, snowmobiling, boating and other four season sports now thrive, including famed fly fishing rivers and streams.
At the heart of it all is Traverse City, overlooking the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay, and known for its annual National Cherry Festival, fine shops, restaurants, entertainment spots, and several nearby vineyards and wineries.
Day 9 Sleeping Bare Dunes
Poet Carl Sandburg said, “The dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California. They constitute a signature of time and eternity. Once lost, the loss would be irrevocable”. One of the most impressive dune areas is just west of Traverse City at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Scramble up the Popular Dune Climb, motor along the Pierce Stocking scenic drive, or tackle the strenuous Dune Train to Lake Michigan, a 3.5 mile stretch of sand (each way).
There is also plenty of Opportunity to take a Winery Tour. The fertile soil, lake effect and temperature weather that made this region the nation’s Cherry Capitol are also ideal conditions for growing the fruit of the vine. Continue onwards to your next hotel for the night which is in Ludington.
Day 10 Grand Rapids
After your stay in Ludington drive to Grand Rapids where you will spend your last 2 nights.
Grand Rapids is the state’s second largest city, on the banks of the Grand River. Visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum; the 38th president grew up in the city. Take in the works at the new Grand Rapids art Museum, the first newly constructed, LEED-certified art museum in the world. Awaken all of your senses at Frederik Meijer Gardens & sculpture collection with works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Claes Oldenburg, several themed gardens and “American Horse”, the 24 foot tall sculpture by Nina Akamu based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s original drawings.
Hit The B.O.B, a big Old building that house four floors of entertainment, multiple restaurants, microbrewery, dance and comedy clubs, wine cellar, and cigar lounge and live Jazz.
On your final day once you have enjoyed everything Grand Rapids has to offer head back to Detroit airport ready for your flight home.