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This colourful tour circles Lake Superior through Ontario and three U.S. states, providing stunning views of rugged landscapes – granite cliffs, cobbled beaches, evergreens, and sugar maples. The wilderness is home to caribou, timber wolves, black bears, and flocks of migratory birds.
Follow the Niagara Escarpment to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and the town of Tobermory. See 400-million-year old rock formations, caves, and grottos carved by time. Journey north to the land of crystal green waters. Wawa was once called the “miniature Klondike” for its gold and iron ore. The boardwalk at Kakabeka Falls provides stunning views on the Voyageur route.
Head south to Duluth, Minnesota, the thriving small city known as the “San Francisco of the Midwest.” Take the SS Badger from Manitowoc across Lake Michigan to Ludington, a harbour town bustling with summer recreation activities.
Your last stop is Frankenmuth, Michigan’s vibrant “Little Bavaria.” Enjoy old-world Bavarian flavour and relax over a delicious family-style dinner – the perfect end to your Great Lakes getaway.
Wisconsin Dells & Witches Gulch
Wisconsin Dells is one of the most popular traveller destinations in the state. Located in south-central Wisconsin, the town is tucked along the Wisconsin River where glacier-carved sandstone formations provide spectacular riverbank scenery.
Cave of the Mounds gives visitors a chance to view remarkable stalactites, stalagmites, and crystal formations walking along paved, lighted walkways. The narrow Witches Gulch is a mossy, fern-covered canyon that feels peacefully primordial. Other activities include riverboat tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, and water ski shows. There’s also a casino and several worldclass golf courses if that’s your kind of green.
From sandstones to shopping, adventure to relaxation, the Wisconsin Dells has something for everyone, including those who like to eat!
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 9 nights accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
• Tobermory, ON: Bruce Anchor Motel (1 night)
• Sault Ste. Marie, ON: Delta Hotel (1 night)
• Wawa, ON: Wawa Motor Inn (1 night)
• Thunder Bay, ON: Days Inn (1 night)
• Duluth, MN: Hampton Inn (2 nights)
• Wisconsin Dells, WI: Hilton Garden Inn (1 night)
• Ludington, MI: Comfort Inn (1 night)
• Frankenmuth, MI: Bavarian Inn Lodge (1 night)
Follow the Niagara Escarpment to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory, a bustling harbour town, popular with local cottagers.
Stay: Bruce Anchor Motel, Tobermory
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Board the Chi-Cheemaun ferry this morning for a cruise to Manitoulin Island. A series of causeways and bridges connects the island to the northern mainland. Visit the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, a year-round cultural attraction, consisting of an interactive Heritage Discovery Centre and two of the oldest stone buildings northwest of Toronto. From here continue on to “The Soo”.
Stay: Delta Hotel, Sault Ste. Marie
Meals: B, L
After breakfast enjoy a visit to the Canadian Bush Plane Museum located in beautiful downtown Sault Ste. Marie. This waterfront hangar offers more than 25,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on aviation and forest fire displays. After lunch continue your scenic journey to Wawa, ON, the land of the Goose. Enjoy dinner this evening with your fellow passengers before settling in for the evening.
Stay: Wawa Motor Inn, Wawa
Meals: B, L, D
Thunder Bay, ON
Cut through the world’s oldest rock formations and watch for some lovely lake views as you travel the rugged shores of Lake Superior. Stop at a memorial to a Canadian hero, the Terry Fox Monument, perched on a hill just outside Thunder Bay and commanding a breathtaking view of Lake Superior. Arrive in Thunder Bay, the western terminus of the Great Lakes waterway.
Stay: Days Inn, Thunder Bay
Meals: B, L, D
Day5 - 6
Stop at Kakabeka Falls, a name derived from the Ojibwa for thundering waters. Crossing into Minnesota, continue through ruggedly beautiful terrain to Duluth. Skyline Drive offers a panoramic view of the city, harbour, and St. Louis River. Enjoy a guided tour of the city.
Stay: Hampton Inn, Duluth
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Travel through Wisconsin, stopping for lunch in Eau Claire. At Wisconsin Dells, take a scenic boat cruise through the majestic sandstone bluffs cradling the Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River. These unique sandstone formations were fashioned by glacial meltwater at the end of the last ice age. Step off the boat at Witches Gulch and Standing Rock to see some of the natural wonders and learn of the fascinating interaction of man in the region.
Stay: Hilton Garden Inn, Wisconsin Dells
Travel to Manitowac and board the ferry for a leisurely cruise across Lake Michigan on the SS Badger, the only coal-fired steamship in operation in North America, and the largest car ferry to ever sail Lake Michigan. Arrive in Ludington, a harbour town that comes to life with summer visitors.
Stay: Comfort Inn, Ludington
Visit Frankenmuth, founded in 1845 as a Bavarian religious mission. Absorb its old-world flavour on a guided tour, then take time to explore the boutiques of Main Street. Enjoy a family style chicken dinner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant to celebrate the friends and memories made during your trip.
Stay: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth
Meals: B, D
Relax or take a stroll through Frankenmuth before departing for your return journey home.
- 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.