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President's Exclusive Charter Cruise Through Germany & Austria

Grand Michigan 2022

Featuring a stay at the incomparable Grand Hotel

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Multiple Dates
6 days | 5 nights • 11 meals
Starting at $1,787

A stay at the Grand Hotel is much more than delicious food, luxurious rooms, and attentive service. Stroll the flower laden grounds through a small pine forest to the newly renovated Esther Williams Swimming Pool, named after the actress and competitive swimmer who starred in the 1947 movie, This Time for Keeps filmed at the Hotel. Take an indirect route to your room and peruse the pictures that adorn the walls, a visual representation of the stories and history of this magnificent property. No matter how you choose to spend your time at the Grand Hotel, your memories will fuel stories to recount for years to come.

  • Overnight and relax at the luxurious Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
  • Savor the Grand Hotel’s Grand Luncheon Buffet and dine in elegant fashion on a 5-course dinner
  • Stay 2 nights at Sugar Beach Resort, located on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay
  • Take a dune buggy ride on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes
  • Drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Carriage ride tour around storybook Mackinac Island
  • Tour the 1870’s Mission Point Lighthouse
  • Cruise across Lake Michigan on the authentic steamship S.S. Badger
  • Free Airport shuttle or hotel parking
  • Bag handling (1 per person) at hotels
  • Welcome reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach

Our adventure begins this morning at our office in Elm Grove. We’ll have a chance to meet staff and your Discoveries Director before we travel south around the Great Lake Michigan towards Michigan. D

Explore the magnificent Silver Lake Sand Dunes with Mac Woods Dune Rides. A Michigan tradition for 30 years, be thrilled as you learn the history and environment of these constantly moving sand mountains. Continue to Traverse City, and dine overlooking Lake Michigan before heading to our lakefront hotel, The Sugar Beach Resort, with beautiful views on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay for a two-night stay. B, D

Join a local guide for a scenic drive past cherry orchards and around Old Mission Peninsula, then along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Sample local and unique cherry items at the Cherry Republic before enjoying lunch surrounded by beautiful artwork at the Old Mission Tavern. Visit Chateau Chantel Winery for a tour and tasting of local wines and visit the 1870 Mission Point Lighthouse before a relaxing lakefront evening at the Sugar Beach Resort. B, L

Travel along Lake Michigan for a ferry ride to Mackinac Island. Enjoy free time on Main Street to browse the shops, taste freshly made fudge, or gaze on sparkling lake views. You will feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you take a horse drawn carriage to the world-renowned Grand Hotel, the island’s premier luxury resort, where the longest porch in the world overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. Enjoy a five-course dinner in the Grand Hotel’s elegant dining room. B, D

After a restful night in one of the Grand’s beautiful rooms, enjoy a morning at leisure to relax at the hotel. Before returning to the mainland, we have our third delectable meal at the Grand Hotel; lunch at the extensive Grand Buffet! Travel to the Ludington area for our overnight stay. B, L

Hop aboard the S.S. Badger, the only authentic steamship on the Great Lakes, for our crossing back to Wisconsin. During the cruise, stroll the open-air decks, play “Badger Bingo” or shop in the “Boatique.” As we travel south towards home, we stop in Kohler, a planned community built around the plumbing giant’s plant established in 1900. You’ll be amazed by the artistry displayed at the Kohler Design Center, the renowned American Club golf resort (originally built as immigrant housing), and the success story of this Austrian family. B, L


Night 1: TBD, MI
Nights 2-3: Sugar Beach Resort, Grand Traverse Bay, MI
Night 4: Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI
Night 5:
Best Western Lakewinds, Ludington, MI

Pre/Post Tour Hotel: Hampton Inn Milwaukee/Franklin, WI

Jun 13-18, 2022 Limited Availability
Sep 12-17, 2022

Price Per Person:
Double $1,787
Single $2,425

Pre/Post Tour Hotel: $138/night


Milwaukee, WI

Day 5 Option—Horse drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island State Park. Price: $35 per person.

Average Temps

high 75°/low 55° (June)

high 72°/low 52° (September)

Time Zone


Arrival Time

Please plan to arrive at the Country Travel Discoveries office located at 13416 Watertown Plank Rd, Suite 200, Elm Grove by 8:00 a.m. on Day 1. We will depart the CTD office at 8:30 a.m.

Departure Time

Schedule your flight home any time after 5:00 p.m. on Day 6.

Airport Info

If you are planning on flying into Milwaukee, we have arranged for Pre-Night lodging at the Hampton Inn Milwaukee/Franklin. The motorcoach will pick you up on Day 1 of the tour at 7:30 a.m. and transport you to our office in Elm Grove. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to Hampton Inn Milwaukee/Franklin from the Milwaukee Int'l Airport.

Vehicle Parking

Complimentary parking is offered during the tour at the Plaza Building, located at 13500 Watertown Plank Rd. which shares a parking lot with Country Travel Discoveries or if you have a pre or post night hotel, you may leave your vehicle at the Hampton Inn Milwaukee/Franklin.

Walking Distance

Moderate to moderately extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking can be on uneven surfaces.


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Hotel Amenities

Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers throughout tour. Exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.

Additional Information

Dinner at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has a dress code. Suit jacket & tie are required for men and for ladies a dress, pantsuit are appropriate.

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.

Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at

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