July 20 – 30, 2017
Navigating the Five Great Lakes
3% Cash Discount
Early Booking Discount 3%
with paid deposit before March 20, 2017
Your package includes deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 14 meals.
Get ready! Pack your camera and prepare to cast off on this unforgettable voyage. Is there a better way to explore the Great Lakes than by boat? The answer is, of course, No. This will be an experience you don’t want to miss as we explore each of the Great Lakes soaking in the beauty of the land and the water. The Lakes aren’t all you will be doing: We have all sorts of fascinating places to take you. One thing is for sure: if you’ve never experienced the Great Lakes, this is without a doubt the best way to go, and if you have been, you’ll want to go again! Passport Required
As the first day on our journey together you have today to meet your fellow travelers as we make our way northward. We have a special treat in store for you this evening. Making Memories invites you to sit back, relax and be our guest at our welcome dinner hosted by multiple-award-winning, Machine Shed Restaurant. After a delicious meal we will make our way to our hotel for the night in West Des Moines, Iowa.
We won’t be on the road long before we stop for a special treat at the Eighth Wonder of the World, the SPAM Museum. Here you’ll be tickled pink, and meaty, at this expansive collection of the spiced-pork artifacts. This is a place you want to get the t-shirt! After this fun stop, we load back on the bus for an early evening arrival at our hotel in Duluth, Minnesota. Tonight you can rest or burn off energy walking alongside Lake Superior – you choose how to spend your evening.
Today is indeed a glorious day as we arrive at the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. So kick back and enjoy the grand sightseeing cruise on this remarkable Lake. There is so much to see on this truly superior lake! Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, lighthouse connoisseur, or a lover of waterfalls you will find something to love on this massive body of water. As we arrive at our hotel this evening in Weston, Wisconsin, be sure to get a good night’s rest because there is more excitement and more fun on the way.
Four days into our tour, we keep Making Memories by exploring, engaging and experiencing time at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Here is the nation’s most restored WWII submarine and a Model Ship Gallery. This museum has been awarded 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. You can be assured Making Memories goes the extra mile to line-up unique and quality stops for you to enjoy. The afternoon includes a ferry ride on the largest cross-lake passenger service, an authentic steamship experience with an outside deck you can utilize and enjoy crossing Lake Michigan in this special way. Overnight in Ludington, Michigan.
Ahoy! Today is a spectacular day as we slow down and really enjoy the environment. We will not only be treated to a ferry ride on Lake Huron, but also the memorable Mackinac Island for a tour and free time in this beautiful island get-away where no cars are allowed. After free time, we ferry back across to overnight in Mackinaw City, Michigan.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Today we arrive in a little town known as Frankenmuth, Michigan where we will stay for the evening. Now if you’re not familiar with this little town, you should know: Frankenmuth is called Little Bavaria and it is truly a beautiful little town. Here we will have a tour of the city together to discover authentic Bavarian architecture and why they take pride in preserving the German heritage. You’ll have the afternoon to explore on your own, so you walk around, eat or shop. Also fun fact, have you heard of Christmas in July? You can experience it today at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. This amazing store is the size of one & a half football fields. It’s up to you on how you Make Memories today!
We continue our adventure together and before long we come to our first stop for the day. If you’re a car enthusiast you’re going to love this. We will be visiting the Henry Ford Museum! And even if you’re not a car lover, you can’t help but be impressed by this amazing place. Henry Ford proclaimed that this museum, which opened in 1929, would show how the inventions of a few, had forever changed America. We leave here to continue our adventure and we will be overnighting tonight in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
We get to experience one of the wonders of the world! That’s right folks! We’re seeing the great Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. Have your camera ready and load up that memory card with this picturesque backdrop! Today we’ll ride the famous Horn Blower Niagara Cruise on Lake Ontario. Meet our step-on guide for a guided tour of the falls area, and even have a little free time for some shopping. And just when you thought the day couldn’t get any better, it does. We have even more in store. The evening treat is dinner at the exquisite Niagara Falls Skylon Tower, a revolving dining room where the menu is rivaled only by the spectacular view. This will be a day you’ll never forget! Lodging will be at Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
This morning we will make our way to a little gem called “Niagara on the Lake”. Where you will have plenty of time to shop, eat & enjoy the quaint little village loaded with flowers and Victorian architecture. The afternoon we enter back to our native America checking in for our overnight lodging in Erie, Pennsylvania. The evening is slated for a top-notched summer “to-do” event. We will take in an evening summer dinner cruise on Lake Erie. See the fiery sunset; red, yellow and orange tones upon the verdant green-glass like waters of Lake Erie. We know you’re going to have an amazing day.
All good things must come to a close. After many great days of cruising and exploring, we find ourselves headed back home. Life waits for us, but for today, let’s continues to marvel in the beauty we’ve experienced over the past few days. We’ll do this by sharing our pictures and our stories with new friends found over the past days. Our overnight will be in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Our final day of our time together is here, so take this time to look back at all the amazing things you’ve seen and experienced on this incredible journey. You have done all 5 Great Lakes! Be sure you check that off your “Bucket List”.