Our tour starts off with a trip on the famous Algoma Railway which takes us through the Agawa Canyon - a natural phenomenon that comes ablaze with colour in the fall. Then its off to the enchanting Mackinac Island, Michigan - a place of stunning Victorian architecture, horsedrawn carriages and majestic views. From here we proceed to Frankenmuth - Michigan's Little Bavaria. This little town, with its half timbered buildings is like a page out of a Grimms fairytale. Then in Dearborn, we will have the opportunity to visit the extraordinary Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. We finish off with an overnight in Windsor and an opportunity to break the bank at the casino there before heading home.
We depart from the Toronto and Hamilton areas by coach and travel to Sault Ste. Marie for a 2-night stay.
Early this morning we board the Algoma Railway for the journey through the incredible Agawa Canyon where we will enjoy Mother Nature's spectacular fall foliage display. Lunch will be served on board the train.
We depart the Sault and head into Michigan where we will board the hydroplane ferry for a speedy trip to Mackinac Island, located amid the waters of Lake Huron. Time slows down to a more leisurely pace on this genteel island. As there are no cars allowed on the island we will enjoy a narrated carriage ride of this historic isle with its many legends. We will enjoy a fabulous luncheon buffet at the Grand Hotel, take some time to browse in the shops and treat ourselves to the famous Mackinac fudge.
We leave Mackinac Island and head for Frankenmuth. Frankenmuth was settled in the 1840's by Franks - emigrants from Franconia in Bavaria; the town's name means courage of the Franks. We will stay here for 2 nights.
Today, we will discover the many attractions of Frankenmuth - including Bronners Christmas Wonderland and the Glockenspiel Tower. We will also enjoy wine tasting and a strudel making experience at a local restaurant. This delightful town has something for everyone!
We depart for Dearborn, Michigan where we will visit the Henry Ford Museum, founded in 1929 by Henry Ford. The exhibits here are truly one-of-a-kind, tracing back over 150 years and highlighting the changes that America has experienced. We also visit Greenfield Village for a glance at the lifestyles of the American pioneers. The highlight of our visit here will be our included train ride around the village. In the early afternoon we cross the border back into Canada, with a stop at the Duty Free Shop, and check in to our hotel in Windsor.
This evening our Farewell Dinner will be at the Windsor Casino, with an opportunity to challenge the slot machines or black jack dealers after dinner.
We say farewell to our fellow travellers as we return to the Toronto and Hamilton areas to end our tour.