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9-Day Chicago, Hemingway's Home, Mackinac Island, Traverse City, Detroit Tour from Chicago

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Chicago, IL
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9 Days 8 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Chicago, Detroit (Henry Ford Museum), Lake Superior, South Bend, Traverse City (Wine Tasting). Inclusions: 8 nights hotel accommodation, Airport transfer, Local transportation

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    Day 1

    Chicago

    Guest who fly into O'Hare Airport will meet our guide in baggage claim area and transfer to Fashion outlet for a shopping tour . Those who fly into Midway Airport will have to arrange their own transportation to the hotel. There is an optional night tour for those who arrival before 5:00pm.
    • Chicago, IL

      Chicago is a city of color and history. The largest city in the American Midwest, it sits on Lake Michigan. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, and many other amazing activities.

      Chicago Night Tour

      Beginning downtown, we will first head to Grant Park. The fountain here is illuminated in the evening by colorful lights. Then, we will go to the 360 Chicago observation deck to see a panoramic view of the city at night!

      Admission (Optional): Adult $35; Child $35

    Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or similar
    Day 2

    Chicago

    Today, we will get to see the magnificent architecture of Chicago over the course of one day. We will visit places like the Willis Tower, Millennium Park, the Chicago Board of Trade, the Bulls Arena, the campus of the University of Chicago, Navy Pier, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Old Chicago Water Tower, and Michigan Avenue. If time permits, we will also get the chance to take an optional Cruise of Lake Michigan.
    • Chicago, IL

      Chicago is a city of color and history. The largest city in the American Midwest, it sits on Lake Michigan. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, and many other amazing activities.

      Willis Tower

      At the time of its construction in 1973, Chicago, IL's Willis Tower was the tallest building in the world and remained so for twenty-five years. It is still the second-tallest in the US and eighth-tallest in the world.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $23; Child (3-11 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $23

      Museum Campus

      The Museum Campus provides 57-acres of scenic greens and footpaths near three natural science museums: Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History. Situated near Lake Michigan, it also offers a view of the Chicago skyline.

      Millennium Park

      Located in Chicago's busy Loop area, Millennium Park was opened in 2004 and is a state-of-the-art park. The Pavilion and Great Lawn is now a popular spot to host concerts, and the iconic Cloud Gate is located in this park.

      Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 6:00am - 11:00pm

      Chicago Board of Trade Building

      This iconic Art Deco building in downtown Chicago was constructed in 1930. As its name suggests, it is the headquarters of the Board of Trade. In 1978, it was made a National Historic Landmark.

      Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 2:00pm

      United Center

      This arena is home to the Chicago Bulls of the NBA and the Blackhawks of the NHL. It was built in 1994. The plaza in front of the stadium has statues of athletes like Michael Jordan and Bobby Hull.

      University of Chicago

      Consistently ranked among the world's top 10 universities, the University of Chicago dates back to 1892. It has been associated with 89 Nobel Laureates, 49 Rhodes Scholars, and 9 Fields Medalists, and has made incredible contributions to the sciences.

      Navy Pier

      Both a designated Chicago Landmark and a member of the US National Register of Historic Places, this is Chicago's most popular tourist spot. It is home to a small theme park and fairground, as well as a minigolf course.

      Wrigley Building

      This lovely cream-white building sits right along the Chicago River and marks the beginning of the Magnificent Mile. It was built to hosue the Wrigley Gum Company. Its tower was designed to resemble the Giralda of Spain's Sevilla Cathedral.

      Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

      Merchandise Mart

      Merchandise Mart for a longtime was the largest building in the world and has always been a Chicago landmark. Rich in history and gorgeous to behold.

      Marina City

      Completed in 1964, these very distinctive towers were the first buildings in the US to be built with tower cranes. The apartment complex covers an entire city block and gets its name from the marina at its base.

      Tribune Tower

      It is the home of the Chicago Tribune, Tribune Media, and tronc, Inc. The Tribune Tower is a neo-Gothic structure, listed as a Chicago Landmark and is a contributing property to the Michigan - Wacker Historic District.

      Grant Park

      Nicknamed "Chicago's front yard," Grant Park sits right on Chicago's waterfront. It is home to gardens, museums, live performance venues, several pieces of art, like a monument to Abraham Lincoln and the Agora, a collection of headless statues.

      Buckingham Fountain

      Buckingham Fountain in Chicago's Grant Park is one of the largest fountains in the world and one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions. It throws as much as 15,000 gallons of water into the air every minute.

      Opening Hours: Sun Apr 15 - Oct 31 8:00am - 11:00pm

      Chicago Avenue Water Tower

      The Chicago Avenue Water Tower and Pumping Station was built in 1869 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Now defunct, the building serves as an art gallery for locals and tourists alike.

      Michigan Avenue

      Part of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue is one of the city's major roadways, running north-to-south through the heart of downtown. It is home to many famous buildings and upscale shops.

      Lake Michigan Cruise

      Visitors to the Chicago, IL area can enjoy scenic ventures out on the waters of Lake Michigan, one of the United States' "Great Lakes." This unique view of the wonderful Chicago skyline is a fantastic opportunity for photos.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $36; Child $36; Senior $36

    Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or similar
    Day 3

    Chicago - Madison - Wisconsin Dells - Wausau (302 miles)

    Today, we will travel to Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, one of the most livable cities in the country and home to the University of Wisconsin. Here, we will see visionary architecture at the House on the Rock, where we will hear the incredible story of this fascinating locale. Wisconsin Dells has the country's largest water park, and people from all over the world come here to enjoy the summer. Later, in Wausau, we will visit a local ginseng farm.
    • Madison, WI

      Madison is the capital of Wisconsin. It consistently ranks among the best places to live in the US. It is the home of the main campus of the University of Wisconsin.

      House on the Rock

      The House on the Rock is a tourist attraction located between the cities of Dodgeville and Spring Green, Wisconsin. Opened in 1959, it is a complex of architecturally distinct rooms, streets, gardens, and shops designed by Alex Jordan, Jr.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $28; Child (4-17 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $28

    • Wausau, WI

      Wausau, located in central Wisconsin, is a center for the cultivation of American ginseng production and home to 37 city parks, including Whitewater Park: a class I-II+ rapid along the Wisconsin River. Interestingly, Hmong Americans are the largest ethnic minority in Wausau.

      Ginseng Farm

      Wausau is birth place of ginseng, only 10% ginseng from wausau in herbs market that we can say it's really rare.
    Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or similar
    Day 4

    Lake Superior - Sault Ste Marie (378 miles)

    Today, we will drive to Lake Superior, where we will take a boat to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest waterfall in the eastern half of the US, behind only Niagara Falls. The Soo Locks are one of the great engineering wonders of the world and an important waterway traffic system. In the evening, we will arrive in Sault Ste. Marie, situated on the border between the US and Canada.
    • Lake Superior, MI

      The largest of the 5 Great Lakes, Lake Superior straddles the border between the U.S. and Canada. It is renowned for its beautiful stretches of shoreline.

      Pictured Rocks National Shoreline

      This stretch of shoreline on the coast of Lake Superior in Michigan is known for its exquisite beauty and bountiful forest, full of oceanview trails.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $40; Child (6-12 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $40; Sightseeing Boat

      Tahquamenon Falls State Park

      This state park on the Upper Arm of Michigan covers a total area of 46,179 acres. It is named for the waterfalls located within the park which pass an immense volume of water.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $10|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 8:00am - 10:00pm

    • Sault Ste. Marie, MI

      Soo Locks

      This set of locks on St. Marys River, which marks the border between Michigan and Ontario, allow ships to pass through. The locks see an average of 10,000 ships a year pass.
    Standard Hotel: Ramada or similar
    Day 5

    Mackinaw Island - Traverse City (141 miles)

    Today, we will go to Mackinac Island, where the automobile never replaced the horse and carriage. It is the jewel of the Great Lakes and one of the most popular vacation islands in the world. After seeing the farm field and fruit yard, we will arrive in Traverse City, also known as "Cherry City," which offers a variety of wineries and outdoor activities.
    • Mackinaw City, MI

      Mackinac Bridge

      This suspension bridge, the fifth longest in the world, spans more than 26,000 feet above the Straits of Mackinac to connect the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

      Mackinac Island

      Mackinack Island, just off Michigan's shoreline, is only accessible by ferry or plane. A unique local law prohibits the use of motor vehicles, so be ready to either walk, bike, or horseback ride. Regular musical acts spice up the nightlife.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $53; Child (5-12 yrs) $24; Senior $53

    • Traverse City, MI

      This city in Michigan is the largest producer of tart cherries in the U.S., hosting the National Cherry Festival during the first week of harvest in July. It is also one of the Midwest's largest wine producers.

      Wine Tasting

      Get the chance to taste some of the finest wines of the region surrounding Traverse City, Michigan and learn about the region's history of wine-making.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child $12; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15

    Standard Hotel: America Inn or similar
    Day 6

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park - Holland Village (189 miles)

    Today, we will go to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park , which features miles of sandy beaches, lush forests and more to make up a beautiful locale. Later on, we will travel to the Dutch Village in Holland, MI, passing the largest windmill in the US on our way.
    • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI

      It was named the "Most Beautiful Place in America" on ABC's Good Morning America. Miles of sand beach, lush forests, clear inland lake, unique flora and fauna make up the beautiful natural world.
    • Holland, MI

      Dutch Village

      The Dutch Village in historic Holland, MI is a living museum that pays tribute to the people who settled this quaint town. From wooden shoe factories to cheese-making, guests will think they've stepped into 18th-century Holland!
    Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Express or similar
    Day 7

    South Bend - Amish Farm - Cleveland (332 miles)

    Today, we will visit the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. After that, we will visit a local Amish Village to feel like we've traveled back into the past as we learn about this culture that eschews modern technology. Then, we will continue our journey to Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    • South Bend, IN

      The city of South Bend is the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana. The city has also been featured in national news coverage for Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has achieved recognition for his various economic development projects within the city.

      Amish Farm

      Holland, MI is in the heart of American Amish country, and at this farm, visitors can gain some insight into what a rural life without modern technology is like, as if you stepped into a time machine.

      University of Notre Dame

      The University of Notre Dame is a private research university inspired by its Catholic character to be a powerful force for good in the world.
    • Cleveland, OH

      Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, Fashion Week Cleveland, the city's annual fashion event, is one of the few internationally recognized fashion industry happenings in North America.

      Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

      The world-famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Cleveland, OH on the shores of Lake Erie. Each year, musical acts who have influenced the history of popular music are inducted into its eternal halls.
    Standard Hotel: Best Western Inn or similar
    Day 8

    Cleveland - Niagara Falls (212 miles)

    In the morning, we will make the trek to Niagara Falls, NY. Here, we will do some sightseeing and ride the Maid of the Mist.
    • Niagara Falls, NY

      Among the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, Niagara Falls are comprised of three waterfalls that thunder and astound, producing a higher flow rate than any other waterfall in the world and standing at a height of 167 feet.

      Maid of the Mist

      Soak in the excitement of Niagara falls (literally). This world-famous boat tour takes you directly into the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls for views you won't get anywhere else. Break out your cameras (and your rain gear)- this attraction is not to be missed.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $19; Child (6-12 yrs) $11; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $19|Opening Hours: Mon - Fri Apr 1 - May 19 9:00am - 5:00pm, Weekends (9am - 6pm), May 20 - May 21 9:00am - 8:00pm, Victoria Day Weekend, May 22 - May 26 9:00am - 6:00pm, Victoria Day Weekend, Sun - Fri May 30 - Jun 16 9:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday (9am - 8pm), Mon - Sun Jun 17 - Aug 8 8:30am - 8:00pm, Mon - Sun Aug 9 - Sep 3 9:00am - 7:30pm, Mon - Fri Sep 4 9:00am - 5:00pm, Labor Day Only, Mon - Fri Sep 5 - Oct 3 9:00am - 5:00pm, Weekends (9am -6pm), Mon - Sun Oct 4 - Oct 31 9:00am - 5:00pm, Mon - Sun Nov 1 - Nov 5 10:00am - 4:00pm|Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes

    Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or similar
    Day 9

    Detroit - Ann Arbor - Chicago (445 miles)

    Today, we will travel to Detroit, which is best known for automobile culture and manufacturing, which we will learn about in detail at the Henry Ford Museums. After decades of economic decline and population loss, Detroit is now seeing many of its historic buildings renovated and its downtown core bustling with new developments and attractions. Later, we will pass through Ann Arbor and visit the University of Michigan. Afterwards, we will transfer to the airport in Chicago for departure flights.
    • Detroit, MI

      Detroit is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the fourth-largest city in the Midwest and the largest city on the United States-Canada border. It is the seat of Wayne County, the most populous county in the state.

      Henry Ford Museum

      This National Historic Landmark in the suburbs just outside Detroit is dedicated to the collection and preservation of Americana. The Henry Ford museum contains things such Lincoln's Ford's Theater seat and Rosa Parks' famous bus.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $21; Child (5-12 yrs) $16; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $19

    • Ann Arbor, MI

      University of Michigan

      A top-ranked public university, the University of Michigan has a tradition of excellence in research, learning and teaching, sports and the arts. Visit campus to walk the grounds of Henry Ford's original estate. Check out our facilities and meet some of the students, faculty and staff who make the University of Michigan
    • Departure & Return

    • Airport Pickup: Free pickup from O'Hare is available between 9:00am and 9:00pm. Outside this window, the transfer costs $120 per group of four people.
      There is no free transfer from Midway Airport. Guest may pay $120 per group of four people if needed.
    • Return Flight Arrangement: please book a flight that departs after 7:00pm from Chicago O'Hare.
    • Price Includes

    • 8 nights hotel accommodation
    • Airport transfer
    • Local transportation
    • Tour guide
    • Price Excludes

    • Admission Fees:
      Destination Adult Child Senior
      Chicago, IL
      Chicago Night Tour (Optional) $35 $35 /
      Lake Michigan Cruise (Optional) $36 $36 $36
      Willis Tower (Optional) $23 $15 (3-11 yrs) $23 (Over 65 yrs)
      Detroit, MI
      Henry Ford Museum (Optional) $21 $16 (5-12 yrs) $19 (Over 62 yrs)
      Lake Superior, MI
      Pictured Rocks National Shoreline (Optional) $40 $10 (6-12 yrs) $40 (Over 65 yrs)
      Tahquamenon Falls State Park (Optional) $15 $10 $10 (Over 65 yrs)
      Mackinaw City, MI
      Mackinac Island (Optional) $53 $24 (5-12 yrs) $53
      Madison, WI
      House on the Rock (Optional) $28 $15 (4-17 yrs) $28 (Over 65 yrs)
      Niagara Falls, NY
      Maid of the Mist (Optional) $19 $11 (6-12 yrs) $19 (Over 65 yrs)
      Traverse City, MI
      Wine Tasting (Optional) $15 $12 $15 (Over 65 yrs)
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    • Cancellations and Cancellation Fees: Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed and pending bookings. Therefore, cancellation penalties and or fees will apply. Time of cancellation will be determined when notice is received and confirmed by our office. Notice of cancellation must be made directly to Gotobus through web mail at Contact Us. Your refund request will be answered and processed promptly. If you do not receive any reply within 2 business days, that means your request is not received successfully; thus, the tour status remains "confirmed". Please contact us immediately at 617.354.2101. Cancellation penalties per person as follows, there is 6% handling fee add-on to the penalties.
      • Cancellations received up to 15 days prior to departure will incur a penalty of $175 per booking.
      • Cancellations received within 7-14 days of departure will incur a penalty of 50% per person.
      • Cancellations received within 7 days of departure will incur a penalty of 100% per person.
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