Toronto - Frankenmuth - Saginaw County - Grand Rapids (611 km)
In the morning we will depart from Toronto, across Sarnia into America. We will arrive in Frankenmuth and visit the famous Bavarian Inn. We will have the chance to taste German Style Dinner. We will also visit the Christmas Village and its Giant Christmas Tree. After that we will go to Birch Run Premium Outlets.
Nicknamed "Little Bavaria" because of the history of German immigrants in the area, Frankenmuth is home to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, which bills itself as the largest Christmas store in the World.
German Style Dinner
At the Frankenmuth Brewery, a very popular local eatery, you will get to enjoy a dinner of traditional German food. Enjoy a fine Bavarian bratwurst and a pint of beer and experience delicious German-American cuisine.
A city in the State of Michigan and the seat of Saginaw County.
Birch Run Premium Outlets
Birch Run Premium Outlets is an outlet mall in Birch Run, Michigan. The largest outlet mall in the Midwestern United States, it opened in 1986. It is managed by Premium Outlets, a division of Simon Property Group.
Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn / Wyndham or similar
Grand Rapids - Chicago (201 km)
In the morning, we will depart from the hotel and head to Chicago. On the way, we will appreciate Buckingham Fountain. We will observe sprawling Chicago from the observatory at the top of the John Hancock Center. Then, we will visit the Shedd Aquarium and take a cruise in the city. We will also walk along the Magnificent Mile.
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.
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: Apr 15 - Oct 31 8:00am - 11:00pm
John Hancock Center
Stretching 100 stories above downtown Chicago, the John Hancock Center was at one point the tallest building in the world outside of New York. Now the 4th-tallest in Chicago, the 360 Chicago observation deck is at the top.
Admission (Optional): Adult $22; Child (3-11 yrs) $15|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 11:00pm
The Shedd Aquarium is home to more than 25,000 fish and other marine animals of more than 1500 species. It has been honored as both a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.
Admission (Optional): Adult $40; Child (3-11 yrs) $30
The Magnificent Mile is an upscale neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. It is known for its shopping, hotels, and nightlife. It is also home to famous Chicago landmarks like the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and the Chicago Water Tower.
Standard Hotel: Courtyard Marriott / Crowne Plaza or similar
Chicago - Detroit - Toronto (713 km)
Today, we will drive to Detroit, where we will visit the Henry Ford Museum. On the way back to Toronto, we will stop at a duty free store where we can buy some gifts. We will arrive in Toronto in the late evening.
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 $24; Child (5-11 yrs) $22