Mackinac Island & Agawa Canyon Train

Fall Colors of Michigan & Ontario

  • Date

    September 23-28, 2019 | Mon / Sat ­– 6 Days

  • Location

    Mackinac Island | Sault Ste. Marie | Agawa Canyon | Thunder Bay Resort

Overview

The vibrant colors last only a few fleeting weeks, but the magic of fall is breathtaking to witness in Upper Michigan and Agawa Canyon, Ontario. Only the hardiest made this rugged land their home and the marks of the Ojibwe, fur traders, lumber jacks, and prospectors are barely discernible in this unspoiled wilderness. Learn about this fascinating region while traveling by train over towering trestles and through the awesome granite rock formations of Agawa Canyon. Relax in the peaceful serenity of Mackinac Island while viewing leaves in brilliant reds and golden oranges mixed with a touch of green. Watch as large vessels safely traverse the 21-foot drop in elevation of the St. Mary’s River between Lake Superior and Lakes Michigan and Huron, then experience the Soo Locks in person while on a dinner cruise. And savor a five-course dinner in a rustic lodge nestled in the northern woods of a wild elk preserve.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Upper Michigan at traditional fall foliage time
  • 2 nights on Mackinac Island with narrated carriage tour
  • Agawa Canyon Train excursion
  • Dinner cruise through the Soo Locks
  • Lunch and free time at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
  • Horse drawn carriage ride through an elk preserve for a 5-course dinner in a rustic lodge
  • Museum Ship Valley Camp
  • Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 5 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport is now required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Mon, Sep 23: Board your motorcoach in Indianapolis and head north to Michigan. Take the ferry to Mackinac Island and check in to the Bicycle Street Inn, ideally located on Main Street in the center of downtown. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (Meal: Dinner)

Tue, Sep 24: This morning, take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the island. Have lunch at the Grand Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, and explore the property or simply relax and take in the spectacular views from a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch. The remainder of the day is free to shop for fudge and other goodies in the quaint town, or explore the island on your own. (B,L)

Wed, Sep 25: Spend the morning at leisure before taking the ferry to St. Ignace to meet the motorcoach and drive to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. At the Soo Locks Visitor Center view the displays that chronicle the construction and the men that made the locks possible, and wander out to the observation platform alongside the MacArthur Lock for great views of boats in the locks. Then, while on a narrated dinner cruise actually ride through the Soo Locks and enjoy a sailor’s eye view of the International Highway Bridge, railroad bridges, and St. Mary’s Rapids. Cross the border into Canada and check in to the Delta by Marriott Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront for the next two nights. (B,D)

Thu, Sep 26: Board the Agawa Canyon Train for a full day excursion travelling over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers, and through the awesome granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. Take in the views as the rail line hugs the canyon wall while descending 500 feet to the floor of the canyon, and hear about points of interest and some of the rich history of the region. The train stops at Canyon Park where you can take scenic walks on gravel trails leading to several waterfalls, experience an invigorating climb to the unforgettable lookout platform perched above the tracks, or simply relax and soak in the amazing view of Algoma Country ablaze in fall color. Re-board the train for the return ride to Sault Ste. Marie, and enjoy dinner with the group at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Fri, Sep 27: Before departing Canada, visit the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, which explores the north’s unique history of bush flying and forest fire suppression. Interactive displays include flight simulators, a cockpit demonstrator, a 3-D adventure showcasing the intense fury of battling a forest fire, and a collection of 24 bushplanes. At the Museum Ship Valley Camp, tour the ship deck and view the cabins to see how the sailors lived. Housed inside the ship’s massive cargo holds are an Edmond Fitzgerald exhibit and four aquariums stocked with fish from the Great Lakes region. Drive across the “Mighty Mac” bridge on the way to Hillman, Michigan and check in to the Thunder Bay Resort. Travel through the resort by horse-drawn carriage as guides tell stories and the history of the territory. Cross a wooden bridge to view wild elk up close in the Preserve before arriving at a log cabin to enjoy dinner cooked frontier-style on twin antique wood stoves, served with a sampling of locally produced wines. Then board your carriage for the short ride back to your evening’s rest. (B,D)

Sat, Sep 28: After breakfast at the hotel depart for home, arriving early evening. (B)

Hotels

Bicycle Street Inn & Suites, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Bicycle Street Inn & Suites, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Superbly located on Main Street in the center of downtown Mackinac Island, the hotel perfectly blends the Victorian character of Main Street while offering all of the modern interior touches. Highlights: in-room coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave • complimentary wireless Internet • restaurant • bar • fitness center.

Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel, Ontario, Canada

Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel, Ontario, Canada
Ideally situated on the boardwalk with stunning river vistas. Highlights: in-room coffee maker and refrigerator • complimentary wireless Internet • restaurant • bar • fitness center • indoor pool • whirlpool.

Thunder Bay Resort, Hillman, Michigan

Thunder Bay Resort, Hillman, Michigan
Located on Thunder Bay River in a beautiful setting of pine trees and an 18-hole golf course. Highlights: spacious suites with kitchen, refrigerator and coffeemaker • restaurant • complimentary wireless Internet • hot tub.

Pricing

  • Complete Package
  • Double P/P – $1,549
  • Triple P/P – $1,449
  • Single – $1,849

Documents Required: Valid Passport

CANADA TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS Any person may be denied entry to Canada for reasons including, but not limited to, security risks, health issues, financial condition, and involvement in criminal activity (regardless of degree or length of time since such crimes occurred) such as DUI, DWI, reckless driving, negligent driving, misdemeanor drug possession, all felonies, domestic violence, shoplifting, theft, and other crimes. It is recommended that a person who has ever been charged with, or convicted of, a crime obtain the necessary approval documents before attempting to enter Canada. To learn more about applying for and receiving these approvals and corresponding documentation, we strongly recommend that you visit the following website for details regarding the requirements and process: www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/inadmissibility/index.asp. This is only a guide. A Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can enter Canada when you arrive at a port of entry.

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