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AGAWA CANYON PLUS MACKINAC ISLAND
September 22 departure: SOLD OUT
October 1 departure: SPACE IS LIMITED
Michigan’s brilliant autumn hues go by as you travel by train, horse-drawn carriage, and coach on this tour of the Agawa Canyon. Explore the Bavarian architecture, hospitality, and cuisine of Frankenmuth, and the old fashioned ambiance of Mackinac Island. It’s often said that a stay here is like visiting Europe without leaving North America!
Let the spirit of Christmas surround you in Bronner’s Christmas Store – more than 50,000 ornaments and trims create a festive wonderland. Embrace the relaxed atmosphere of historic Mackinac Island during your one-night stay. Discover the island by horse-drawn carriage during this restful retreat and stop for lunch at the famous and delightful Grand Hotel.
The Agawa Canyon Train travels amid a stunning display of fall foliage. Picnic on the canyon floor or hike to The Lookout for unforgettable views of the Bridal Veil and Beaver Creek Falls. This one-day adventure is a true highlight of your vacation.
Frankenmuth welcomes visitors with Bavarian hospitality – From cuckoo clocks to quilts, it is like traveling to Europe to shop without leaving the USA.
Bronner’s Christmas Store– the sights, sounds, and spirit of Christmas completely surround you – the size of one and a half football fields its overflowing with 50,000 trims and gifts.
The Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel Tower houses a magnificent 35-bell carillon, with beautiful figurine movements that tell the story The Pied Piper of Hamelin and an illuminated clock, all imported from Germany!
Mackinac Island is home to one of America’s oldest established national parks, enjoy the red-carpet treatment from the moment you board the ferry A traditional horse drawn carriage ride is one of the only ways to get around as on this island there is no cars allowed.
Lunch at the famous Grand Hotel, built in the late 1800 give you an opportunity to dine where presidents, Thomas Edison & Mark Twain all stayed.
Experience the exhilaration of take off in a vintage Beaver bush plane, the freedom of flight, the history of fighting fires from the sky, and the unexpected drama of setting “her” down at the Canadian Bush Plane Museum
The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site is a historic site and museum.
There are three buildings on the site, the Ermatinger Old Stone House, the Clergue Blockhouse, and the Heritage Discovery Centre. The Ermatinger and Clergue houses are thought to the be oldest brick buildings northwest of Toronto.
Agawa Canyon Train Excursion – experience the same rugged landscapes that inspired the Group of Seven to create some of Canada’s most notable landscape art. Learn of the rich history of the region with stories of the Ojibway, fur traders, explorers and entrepreneurs that pioneered this vast wilderness and called it home. You will travel down 500 feet to the floor of the Agawa Canyon, where you experience some of the most spectacular fall colours in North America.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
• Bronner’s Christmas Store
• Frankenmuth Glockenspiel
• Ferry to Mackinac Island
• Horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island and lunch at the famous Grand Hotel
• Canadian Bush Plane Museum
• Agawa Canyon train excursion
• Ermatinger Clergue
• Frankenmuth, MI: Bavarian Inn Lodge (1 night)
• Mackinac Island, MI: Lakeview Hotel (1 night)
• Sault Ste. Marie, ON: Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel (2 nights)
Travel through southwestern Ontario, past Sarnia and into Michigan. Arriving in Frankenmuth, visit Bronner’s Christmas Store. Enjoy a family-style chicken dinner at the Bavarian Inn restaurant this evening. Finish of the day with a delightful display at the world famous Glockenspiel.
Stay: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth
Mackinac Island, MI
Today travel from Frankenmuth to Mackinac Island! Arrive in Mackinaw City where you will have time to enjoy lunch at your leisure then step back in time as you take a ferry to the Island. Upon your arrival, you will be met by a horsedrawn carriage (the only permissible mode of transportation) which will take you on a guided tour of the island. Then spend the night on the island, with a beautiful dinner included at the hotel.
Stay: Lakeview Hotel, Mackinac Island
Meals: B, D
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Enjoy some free time this morning to explore the many shops and galleries on and around the Main Street. Your horse drawn taxi will then whisk you up to the Grand Hotel where you will be seated in the grand ballroom for a delicious lunch. You then depart the island and travel to Sault Ste. Marie. Upon arrival, discover the Canadian Bush Plane Museum where you can climb aboard real vintage aircrafts and feel the intense fury of battling a forest fire in a 3-D film experience! Spend a free evening in Sault Ste. Marie.
Stay: Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel, Sault Ste. Marie
Meals: B, L
Agawa Canyon, ON
After breakfast at the hotel, board the train and begin your journey to the Agawa Canyon. The vibrant colours of autumn are on display and you will have time to experience the beauty of the canyon floor. While there you can enjoy a picnic lunch, hike to the lookout tower or simply take in the breathtaking vistas of the Bridal Veil and Black Beaver Falls. The train returns to Sault Ste. Marie by late afternoon.
Meals: B, L
Your comfortable motorcoach trip home includes a morning visit to Ermatinger Clergue. This National Historic Site is a cultural attraction which consists of an interactive Heritage Discovery Centre and two of the oldest stone buildings, located northwest of Toronto; the Ermatinger Old Stone House and the Clergue Blockhouse.
Stop en route for an included lunch before arriving home.
Meals: B, L
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.