Anderson Travel and Tours


featuring the Grand Hotel
and the Tulip Time Festival

May 4 – 13, 2023

  • 9 nights / 10 days
  • 13 Meals:
    ~8 Breakfasts
    ~1 Lunch
    ~4 Dinners
  • Tour Director
  • Luxury Motorcoach
  • Pre-Paid Gratuities
  • Ground Transfers
  • Airfare (economy)
  • (from Birmingham, Mobile or Nashville)

  • Attractions:
  • Guided Tour of Chicago
  • Holland, Michigan Tulip Time Festival
  • Windmill Island Gardens
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Visit Mackinaw City
  • Ferry to Mackinac Island
  • 2 Nights in Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island
  • Formal Dinner at Grand Hotel
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Island
  • Dine at the elegant Salle à Manger
  • Hear Grand Hotel’s Orchestra
  • Stay on the river in Bay City, Michigan
  • Guided Tour of Alden B. Dow’s Home and studio
  • Visit town of Frankenmuth (“Little Bavaria”)
  • Visit Bronner’s Christmas Store
  • Dearborn, Michigan:
  • Visit Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

NOTE: In order to take this tour, you must be able to walk up one flight of stairs, board a coach, and walk for 15-30 minutes at a time (possibly up and down hills) with little difficulty.

This classic Midwestern tour features Illinois and Michigan. Savor two incredible nights amid the luxury of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Enjoy a horse and buggy tour of Mackinac Island. Explore the wonderful city of Chicago with a local guide. View extraordinary flowers in bloom at Holland’s Tulip Time Festival. Visit the Bavarian-influenced town of Frankenmuth. In Dearborn, experience the inspirational Henry Ford Museum and view historic homes at Greenfield Village including the famous American workshops of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Robert Frost.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Chicago, Illinois

  •  Weather: High  70°  Low  48°
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago

Day 2: Chicago

  •  Breakfast & Dinner
  •  High  70°  Low  48°
  •  Hyatt Regency Chicago

Begin your day with a locally guided tour of Chicago’s remarkable and impressive architecture. This dynamic city goes by many names including “Second City” and “The Windy City,” but no matter what you call it, you’re sure to fall in love. Highlights of your tour include famous Michigan Avenue, the “Magnificent Mile,” the Wrigley Building, the Loop, the Lakefront, and a walking tour through Millennium Park. The remainder of your day is at leisure. You may want to visit one of Chicago’s many museums, relax during a scenic boat ride across the Chicago River, or visit the Chicago Cultural Center. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Chicago – Holland, Michigan – Grand Rapids

  •  Breakfast & Lunch
  •  High  69°  Low  46°
  •  Canopy By Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown

This morning you will depart Chicago and make your way to Holland, Michigan, to celebrate the Tulip Time Festival. After an included lunch, a local guide will show off the town’s beautiful floral displays while also giving you the history of this celebration dating back to 1929. Your tour will end with time to explore the Windmill Island Gardens and discover a palette of color that spreads across 36 acres of manicured gardens, dikes, and canals. You can also see the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States. Later arrive in the nearby city of Grand Rapids for an evening at your leisure.

Day 4: Grand Rapids – Mackinac Island

  •  Breakfast & Dinner
  •  High  68°  Low  46°
  •  Grand Hotel – Lake View Room

This morning, enjoy a scenic drive before arriving in Mackinaw City at the tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula. You will have some time to explore this coastal vacation town and grab lunch before boarding the ferry that will take you back to a simpler time on Mackinac Island. Upon arrival, listen for how the neighs of horses replace the roar of engines. Your home for the next two nights is the glorious Victorian-era resort, the Grand Hotel.* Both your hotel and the island itself are National Historic Landmarks. The island is a natural gem with over eighty percent of its land preserved by Mackinac State Park, a woodland paradise accented with limestone formations and ringed by Lake Huron. After dinner at your hotel, the evening is yours to enjoy. Perhaps you’ll take a leisurely stroll through the quaint village or relax on the Grand Hotel’s famous porch.

*The Grand Hotel experience includes dressing up for dinner. After 6:30 p.m., ladies should wear a dress, skirt and blouse, or pantsuit and gentlemen are required to wear a coat and necktie. Evening wear is required in all areas of the hotel except the Cupola Bar, where casual dress is acceptable at any time.

Day 5: Mackinac Island

  •  Breakfast & Dinner
  •  High  68°  Low  46°
  •  Grand Hotel

Climb aboard your horse-drawn carriage for an island tour that includes stops at the Surrey Hills Carriage Museum and Arch Rock. Following your tour, savor some time to enjoy all of Mackinac Island’s quiet pleasures. Enjoy brilliant views while sitting on the front porch of the Grand Hotel or take a walk downtown to visit the shops and buy some fudge, a favorite item on the island. Later, choose from a menu of tasty delicacies when you dine at the elegant Salle à Manger. After dinner, enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to the refined sounds of the Grand Hotel’s orchestra. If you crave a secluded hideaway, retreat to the charming Cupola Bar.

Day 6: Mackinac Island – Bay City

  •  Breakfast
  •  Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Bay City – Riverfront

Enjoy some leisure time at the Grand Hotel and in town before departing this afternoon for your riverfront accommodations in Bay City. This evening is at leisure. Perhaps you will take to the river walk where you can explore the downtown on your own.

Day 7: Bay City – Frankenmuth – Southfield

  •  Breakfast
  •  High  68°  Low  46°
  •  Westin Hotel Southfield Detroit

Today, explore the architectural artistry of Alden B. Dow’s home & studio during a guided tour. This legendary 20th century architect designed his home to be the peak of Mid-Twentieth Century Modern Architecture, and since its construction has been declared a National Historic Landmark. This afternoon, we visit the quaint town of Frankenmuth, or as the locals call it, “Little Bavaria,” because of its Franconian-style architecture. Upon arrival, visit the largest Christmas store in the world – Bronner’s.

Day 8: Southfield – Dearborn – Southfield

  •  Breakfast & Dinner
  •  High  68°  Low  46°
  •  Westin Hotel Southfield Detroit

Today we visit Dearborn, hometown of Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company. Visit the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village for an experience in living history. Learn how the automobile forever changed American life and society as you explore the Henry Ford Museum. At Greenfield Village, take in the historic homes and see the workshops where famous American icons like the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Robert Frost were once inspired. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening, toasting the end of your wonderful journey.

Day 9: Southfield – Tour Ends

  •  Breakfast

Your tour ends today, leaving you with a bounty of happy memories from your visit to America’s heartland.


May 5-13, 2023
8 nights / 9 day
Mackinac Island Tulip Festival Tour
Grand Hotel Lake View Room
2 Adults
13 Meals
Luxury Motorcoach
Tour Director
Airfare (economy)
(Birmingham, Mobile and Nashville pricing below)
Ground Transfers
Travel Insurance

*Let us know on the registration form if you need air from an alternate city.
Note: Airfare from HSV (Huntsville) and ATL (Atlanta) are not available through Collette for this tour.
** Prices and availability subject to change until booked.

Tour with Air from:BHM (Birmingham)
Trip Cost$4,423.00 per person
double occupancy
due at booking
Final Payment:March 6, 2023

Tour with Air from: MOB (Mobile)
Trip Cost$4,563.00 per person
double occupancy
due at booking
Final Payment:March 6, 2023

Tour with Air from: BNA (Nashville)
Trip Cost$4,363.00 per person
double occupancy
due at booking
Final Payment:March 6, 2023