4-Day Chicago to Detroit, Milwaukee, Mackinac Island and Great Lakes Tour

Tour Code: GOL-CHI-124
Duration: 4 Day(s) / 3 Night(s)
Tour Guide: Chinese, English
Quality: Budget
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4-Day Chicago to Detroit, Milwaukee, Mackinac Island and Great Lakes Tour
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Overview

Experience: UNESCO, Family

Extra (Excluded): Wifi, Meal etc...

Tour Guide:Chinese, English


Available Days :

Thursday

Highlights :

Four famous lakeside cities: Milwaukee and Traverse City along Lake Michigan, Green Bay along Green Bay, and Sault Ste.

Mackinac Island, which was once selected as one of the top ten most beautiful islands in the world and known as the treasure of the Great Lakes in North America.

  • During maple season from September to October, the hotel will charge an additional $60.00 per room per night.
     

Itinerary

We will start our first day Milwaukee, the largest industrial city in Wisconsin visiting Harley-Davidson Museum. After the museum, we will head to the famous Milwaukee Public Market located in Milwaukee’s historic Third Wards. In the Milwaukee Public Market, you are going to see a variety of Wisconsin specialty foods, including cheese and sausage. Next, we will continue driving north along the Lake Michigan. We will enjoy our dinner here. After dinner, we will head to the hotel. 

 

Itinerary: 

Chicago → Milwaukee → Harley-Davidson Museum (Optional, 60 mins) → Milwaukee Public Market (60 mins)  → Green Bay (30 mins) → Escanaba

Hotel: Magnuson Grand Pioneer Inn and Suites Or Similar.

 

Attractions

Green Bay, WI

Green Bay is an enticing city with a wide array of landscapes that attracts hundreds of tourists every month. Green Bay offers its visitors a nice time with places like National Railroad Museum, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, and Neville Public Museum. You are guaranteed to have a good time at Green Bay.

Harley Davidson Museum, IL

The Harley Davidson Museum is basically a Museum located in the North American downtown. The Museum comprises of 12000 m2 complex having three buildings having more than 450 motorcycles. The Museum also contains many other artifacts of the company’s 110 year history.

Milwaukee Public Market, WI

Milwaukee Public Market is famous for its food places. Visitors can take a stroll through the Milwaukee Public Market and grab items at affordable prices and while you are at it, you can feast off of the succulent food being served at the local restaurants that’d make your day a perfect one.

Milwaukee, WI

Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, the city of Milwaukee is a very well developed region of United States of America. The main reason behind the popularity of the city is the Menomonee River and the famous Harley-Davidson Museum.

Sit back and take in all the magnificent views as we take you through Michigan! We will examine Lake Superior Picture Rocks National Lakeshore and the Tahquamenon Fall. We will arrive in St. Sainte Marie in the afternoon where we can enjoy the journey between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. This will be an unforgettable experience that you don’t want to miss out on. 

 

Itinerary: 

Escanaba → Miner’s Castle (35 mins) → Miner’s Beach (35 mins) → Tahquamenon Falls (Optional, 90 mins) → Point Iroquois Lighthouse (30 mins) → Soo Lock (30 mins) → St Ignace

Hotel: Comfort Inn, Sault Ste. Marie Or Similar.


Attractions

Miners Beach, MI

If you are looking for a perfect getaway on the weekends then Miners Beach is an ideal destination for you to visit. You can enjoy the splendor of crystal clear water and you can just relax and have a good time with your loved ones or when you are just alone.

Miners Castle, MI

Whoever visits Miners Castle agrees that this is something that they don’t see every day. Visitors can enjoy the picturesque view of the clear water and beautiful formations of the rocks that will make you bring out your camera and take a whole bunch of photos and videos to look at.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse, MI

Point Iroquois Lighthouse is a popular tourist spot, as it has historical significance. Point Iroquois Lighthouse serves as the marking line between the Whitefish Bay and the St. Marys River (Western end). Make sure to bring your camera with you because this is one of the best picturesque locations.

Soo Lock Elevating Cruise, MI

Soo Lock Elevating Cruise is a top tourist place in Michigan, catering tours for decades. The tour takes you to cruise along International Highway Bridge, giant lake freighters, and all four U.S Locks at the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Tahquamenon Falls, IL

The amber twin waterfalls are a scenic tourist spot which is visited by many people from all over the world. It is basically a resort with some exceptional facilities.

In the morning, we will head to Mackinaw City to take a ferry to Mackinac Island! On our way there, we will drive through the spectacular Mackinac bridge. Later in the afternoon, we will head to visit Traverse City. 

 

Itinerary: 

St Ignace → Mackinac Island (Optional, 4 hours) → Traverse City (30 mins)

Hotel: Baymont by Wyndham Grand Rapids SW/Byron Center or Similar.


Attractions

Mackinac Island, MI

Mackinac Island is a city that is located in Mackinac County in Michigan. It is small city that has a total population of only 492 which is very low.

Traverse City, MI

Traverse City is a nice and cozy place for you to visit on the weekends. Visitors can enjoy the Clinch Park, Downtown Area, Dennos Museum Center, City Opera House, and a lot more. The nice and friendly environment of the Traverse City will make you visit it over and over again.

Join us for another adventure as we travel to Holland, Michigan! Later in the afternoon, we will be visiting Gilmore Car Museum and we will return to Chicago in the late afternoon. 

 

Itinerary: 

Holland → Windmill Island (Optional, 60 mins) → Gilmore Car Museum (Optional, 60 mins) → Chicago


Attractions

Gilmore Car Museum, MI

Gilmore Care Museum attracts thousands of car enthusiasts every month. It is always a nice visit to the Gilmore Car Museum, even if you are not a car enthusiast but the classic automobiles are always fascinating to watch. Visitors can take pictures and experience how they traveled in the old times.

Windmill Island, MI

The municipal park in the Michigan’s City of Holland is known as Windmill Island. The park on this island was reconstructed in the year 1964 for grabbing more attention of the tourists.


  The order of itinerary may change without any notice depending on weather situations or for some other unforeseen circumstances.

  The order of activities held during the tour is planned by the tour guide. So, it may be different from what is mentioned on the tour page. On fewer occasions, Tour Guide has to skip an attraction or few during the tour depending on weather, traffic, group interest or some other reason.

  Some attractions are seasonal. So, when they are closed they will be replaced with some other attraction.

  You can skip some optional activities during the tour and plan something on your own. Make sure that you coordinate with Tour guide and stay with the group with next activity. Please note you cannot stay on the bus if you skip some optional activity.

  Probable hotel names are mentioned in the itinerary. It can be similar or a different hotel of the similar rating. Exact Hotel details can only be provided one day before the departure.

  Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel.

  These tours are conducted in a group. A group can have people of several cultures. We expect each person to coordinate with Tour guide to make sure things are on track.

  Though attractions are optional but you have to at least take 2 attractions.

Pricing


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What's Included

  Transportation (The type of vehicle used will be based on the number of guests attending that day). Either a 7-seat minivan, Minivan, or motorcoach.

  Hotel breakfast.

  Passengers will be picked up and dropped off at their chosen locations. (Please take notice of locations and times of pick up).

  All tours are carried out in air conditioned bus. We may also use a minivan depending on the number of people booking the tour.

 Depending on group size it can be either a driver and Guide or a driver guide.

  Tour package price includes all the taxes.

  Tour is inclusive of hotel accommodation.

  Free Airport pick up is available on this tour. The Tour Package price will not include Mandatory Tour Guide tips for Airport Pickup.

 


What's Excluded

  Rates could alter without prior notice.

 Travelers can get front seats in the first 3 rows by paying $100 per person.

  Fee for all Optional Activities and entrance paid in cash to the tour guide. He will arrange tickets for the whole group. Some attractions might be closed on public holidays. Seasonal attractions will be closed after a certain time and itinerary will be changed based on it. Optional activities price may change or can be different as displayed on the website.

  Guide will arrange meals and drinks when requested as they are not included in the package.

  A minimum of $12 service fee per passenger per day is not included in the price of the tour package. Pay it in cash to Tour guide and bus driver. This service fees collected from passengers complement the incomes of driver and the tour guide.

  Such expenses as telephone services, alcoholic drinks, beverages and laundry services which are private room services.

  Services related to travel insurance.

  Other personal expenses.

Important: We never encourage customers to purchase admission packages from outside sources and try using them in this tour with discount. If they do, they must arrange transport on the same day. If you skip some attraction, you cannot do it on your own. You can sit near the bus or visit some nearby place, but you will not be allowed to sit in the bus.


Attraction Prices

Attractions Adult Child(2-11 yrs) Senior(65+ yrs)
Gilmore Car Museum, MI $20.00 $12.00 $20.00
Harley Davidson Museum, IL $22.00 $8.00 $16.00
Mackinac Island, MI $75.00 $35.00 $75.00
Tahquamenon Falls, IL $25.00 $12.00 $25.00
Windmill Island, MI $12.00 $6.00 $12.00

  All the prices are listed in USD.

  Any Amount paid in cash to the Tour Guide is not refundable.

  Tour display price is based on double occupancy. It is the price each person will pay if a group of two is traveling.

  Prices may change without any notice.

  Prices include hotel accommodation, transportation and taxes.

  Admission Tickets to different places and meals are NOT included in the tour price.

  Mandatory Tip for tour guide and driver are NOT included.

  Only the tour guide can purchase entrance tickets for you. Pre-purchased tickets are NOT acceptable.

  There must be at least one passenger of 18 years for every booking made with GoldenBusTours. For Children between the age group of 2 to 14 years, a different price will be charged. Please refer to Child price on our pricing calendar. Child Age may vary between different bus operators. Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel. If the 5th person is infant you will be charged normally then with the second room as an expense.

  Activities are optional though, but each customer has to participate in 2 activities at least. No city pass allowed. Some attractions are mandatory. Each customer has to take part in them and have to pay for them in cash.

Departure Location

Departure Location

  • 207 W Cermak Rd (Chicago Chinatown) Chicago, IL 60616 at 8:00 AM
  • 201 E Randolph St, (Millennium Park Visitor Center) IL 60601 at 8:00 AM.

Return Location

  • 201 E Randolph St, (Millennium Park Visitor Center) IL 60601

Important Notes

  Arrive at departure location 10 to 15 minutes before the mentioned time to make sure you catch the bus on time. If in case you are late, the bus will not wait for you at the location and ultimately you will miss the entire tour (no refund in this case).

  Return time on the website is just an estimation. Expect some variation always. Time may change depending on traffic and weather situations

  There is a possibility that tour operator may use a shuttle to drop you off at the return location. It usually happens in the case of multiple return locations.

  You can leave the tour at any place only after signing a Tour Departure Form for leaving the tour early.

  Please note that price will stay the same even if you leave the tour early.

  If you have booked a pre-tour hotel stay, then you will have to arrange your own transport from hotel to departure location.

  If you have booked extra night hotel after the tour, then you will arrange transport from drop off point to hotel.

  On West Coast tours some bus operators have a lot of departure locations. A slow start is expected on these tours.

Policies

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Same Cancellation policy would apply even if the cancellation or reschedule request comes because of the COVID. We strictly follow the policy after COVID.
 
No matter the reason for the cancellation, we are forced to carry costly charges from our travel and hotel providers in the form of penalties and fees that are incurred when there is a cancellation of confirmed or pending bookings. As such, there are cancellation penalties or fees incurred.

Determination of the time of cancellation will be done when the notice is received and confirmed by our office. You must make any notice of cancellation directly to GoldenBusTours by email or webmail at the Contact Us section.

Cancellation charges 

⇒  16 days or more prior to departure, 10% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation.

⇒  9 to 15 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation.

⇒ Within 8 days prior to departure, 100% tour fees will be charged as cancellation.

Any Amount paid in cash to the Tour Guide is not refundable.

There is no refund for unused features. You forfeit the entire payment when you are a no-show on the departure date and unable to join the tour for any reason including COVID.

An add-on fee of 6% for handling fees is charged in addition to the above penalties. No matter what the reason for cancellation is, the processing fee will be deducted on each refund.

In order for there not to be a cancellation, a minimum number of participants are required. We reserve the right to cancel a scheduled trip although every effort is made by us to ensure that normal operations are maintained. We reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure with respect to operating requirements or circumstances beyond control. In case a cancellation is made at any given moment in time before departure, our only liability as GoldenBusTours will be to refund you the amount we received for the booking of the tour. We will try our best to re-book the same or similar tour if the future travel plan suits you. We are not responsible for any cancellation penalties that may have been incurred on any other travel arrangements like separate purchase of air tickets, visa cost, taxi fare etc. We are not liable for any other travel arrangements that have been affected as a result of the cancellations. 

Note: More than 30 days after the completion of the tour, we cannot grant any refunds. Each Cancellation Request must be received in writing by email.

Cancellation and reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection, COVID or any other serious issue. If you reschedule a tour and later decide to cancel it then cancellation charges will be applicable to the original departure date and not to the rescheduled one.

Reservation, Booking & Redemption

Terms & Conditions

Any travel service purchases indicate your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions set out herein.

You are advised to carefully read through and understand these Terms & Conditions before making your booking.


Tour Confirmation

You will get an email immediately once you place an order. Tour Confirmation usually takes 2, 3 days except for urgent order. Urgent orders can be confirmed in a day or even few hours, but we can’t assure success in these cases. On fewer occasions, some of the others may require a longer period of time for confirmation. You are advised not to book airline tickets unless you have received the confirmation.


E-Ticket (Mandatory to be on bus)

Your e-ticket includes complete operator information such as local telephone numbers at your destination. You are required to print the e-tickets and bring them along with you on the trip. They will be needed as proof of purchase.


Changes in Booking

You may incur a fee for any revisions or alterations made to the reservation when the booking has already been confirmed. Cancellation fees may be applied to things such as name changes or corrections. They may also apply to tour date changes or tour itinerary changes. Please note that no departure changes are permitted 72 hours before departure.


Changes in Tour Itinerary

We are continuously striving to improve tour itineraries and features. In the event of unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the control, we do reserve the right to vary the itineraries and to substitute hotels. Duplicate departures may operate during certain peak periods, sometimes in reverse order. As such, hotels may vary from those included on the itinerary pages.

Reschedule

​If you want to reschedule your tour (change the departure date or choose a different tour) then a reschedule fees may be applied. No reschedule request will be entertained within 15 days before the departure date. 

Cancellation and reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection.

Pricing

1. One room can accommodate maximum 4 people. Even if you are 5 people including 1 month old baby you still need 2 rooms.

2. If you can carry your child up to 2 years of age then you do not need to book seats for him. It may vary from one tour to another.

3. Service providers hold the right to change the itinerary and hotel arrangements without any notice.

4. Child (0-9 years) and Single traveler going on the tour have special rates. These prices vary from one tour to another.

5. Meals and Attractions are not included. You can ask your tour guide to try to arrange the meal for you as per your requirements. For attractions, admission fees pay it to the tour guide on the tour.

6. Prices may change without any notice because of prices fluctuation in the market.

7. All prices mentioned on the website are in US dollars.

8. In Case of Bank Wire Transfer customer have to bear Wire transfer fee.

9. Tour package price is inclusive of taxes.

10. Tour Prices are every individual and in view of room inhabitance.

11. Final hotels booked may not be same as the one mentioned on the website.

Child Rate:

Child rates are applicable for children between (0-12 years) of age. Parents are advised to bring car seats for the safety of their child.

Buy 2 Get 3rd discounted: Get 3rd Ticket on special discounted rates on the purchase of 2 tickets.

Responsibility

1.We highly recommend you to provide your flight details while booking tour with us or at least send us flight details via email 3 days before your tour departure. In case of non-compliance, you will be asked to join your hotel on the first day of tour at your own expense
 
2. Please check our return timings before booking your return flights at the end of the tour. During high season (National and Summer Holidays) book your flights at least 1 hour later than the suggested time.

3. Before booking any tour make sure to go through every detail like tour itinerary, tour price, cancellation policy,  reschedule and refund policies. Tour Guide will be Chinese and English or it can only be chinese based on the group size.

4. You should either bring a printed copy of your E-Ticket or bring it in your smartphone on the day of tour departure. You should also bring a valid photo ID along with your E-Ticket. In the case of any issues for not carrying E-Ticket or Photo ID GoldenBusTour will not be responsible.

5.Make sure to provide a valid phone number so we can reach you in the case of any emergency.

6. Please read all important notes, inclusion, exclusion section, terms and conditions, policies and below notes.

    6a. Tour Operator holds the right to cancel the tour at any time depending on poor weather condition or some other unforeseen circumstances. However, GoldenBusTour will update its customers about the cancellation and shall not be held accountable for charges other than tour fees.

    6b. Change in tour price will not affect any confirmed booking.

    6c. Tour Operator can change the order of itinerary at any time without any notice.

7.You will be responsible for your travel documents during the tour.

8.Reach Departure location about 20 to 30 minutes before departure time. Unfortunately, no one will wait for you in case you get in late. The bus mostly has Bus Operator name and logo on it. Even if you are five minutes late and miss the bus then GoldenBusTours or Tour Operator will not be responsible. There will be no refund in this case. You will be charged 100% tour fee.

Reviews

Reviews

Eugene
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Lake Superior is such a wonderful lake due to its crystal clear waters, and the cliffs and mountains encompassing it make it even more wonderful. The bus tour started in Chicago, I must admit that the first day was busy joining and booking the seats, when it started, all my worries vanished away as the fun started to began. The best place we found on this bus tour was that island where we needed a ferry or plane ride to reach it there. However, the Miner’s Castle and Miner’s Beach is something more magical and wonderful, there was so much to do and explore on this bus tour. I think it is one of the best tour experiences I have ever had so far. Thanks for managing this tour so well.

Emily
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My kids were bragging about the top places in our country, then we decided to experience a tour by ourselves. My husband found the tours online, after picking our favorite destinations we finally came up with this tour. One thing I like the most about this bus journey was that we just booked our bus seats online, then we reached Chicago where we met our travel guides then began on this tour. As a matter of fact, the journey was so wonderful because there were so many wonderful places we visited throughout the course of this bus journey. Although the bus was full of a passenger on the very first day, then it got less filled by the end of our journey. I don’t think there is any space to make this tour a perfect, it’s already a perfect one.

Yongze Jia
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As though the summers were already there, I just couldn’t get a chance to board this bus tour until the very end of the summers. Everyone from my family was off from their work, and so my husband and I planned on taking the family out for a vacation. I’m so glad, that we found this reasonable bus journey for us, which took us to so many wonderful places that we wanted to visit. There were just a few things that we didn’t know like we didn’t come all the way ready so we had to buy walking shoes on the tour, and the second major thing I found was the budget for the food. However, the tour is a bit pricey, they should include all the things on the tour for the passengers, then I would rate it 100%.

Jinli
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being part of this bus journey has been such a great experience for me, for whole my entire I have been managing my tour all by self until I found this great new company of tourism. All things aside, the bus tour started out quite amazingly as we wandered around the famous places, and that Harley Museum provided us with such a great knowledge regarding their choppers history and how the Harley become the top motor company in the world. Fortunately, our hotels were so decent economically, we slept and took rest just so we could the morning visiting the favorite places on the schedule. I think It’s the best tour for me so far, thanks a lot.

Li-Ann
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It felt so wonderful when we got off the bus onto the soft sand of the beach. All the passengers were more focused on filming the scenes but my wife and I were trying to enjoy this tour like we were supposed to. Later the day, they dropped us off at the Holland, we found a great opportunity to buy some presents for the relatives back home although, we had to make stops for food every now and then, we still managed to have good meals throughout the four days of the bus tour. Harley Davidson Store was such a wonderful place, also mentioning the Gilmore Museum, so many historical automobiles. Moreover, the hotels were not so luxury I might say, but they were OK to spend the night. Good days!

Kaylin
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The tour guide mentioned that we might get a chance to see the harvest of fresh cherries at the Traverse City. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any single one of them, yet the excitement kept me all in about the journey. I would say, for me, the tour was more about the excitement and less about the enjoyment and fun. The reason for us to board this bus tour was that it was offering us a free ticket discount on the holiday season, therefore we thought why not go out and have this adventure for the first time. All the passengers on board were nice people, including our tour guide and the bus driver, who later got massive tips from the passenger for doing their job so wonderfully. Thanks for the discount.

Lihua
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my words would not be sufficient to describe how much enjoyment we had on this exciting journey. Harley Davidson Motorcycle Museum holds the bikes ranging from the historic models to the latest ones. The other best museum on this trip was the Ford museum. Spots like the Rocks National Lakeshore, Lake Superior, and Mackinac Island just made the tour so perfect for us. But we spent abundant time while taking a bus ride which wasn’t just the perfect part of the entire experience on board.

Yash
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the very first day on the trip turned out to be the best day of the entire trip we went to Milwaukee where we browsed the captivating museum of Harley Davidson and there was pretty much new stuff to find out. Lake Superior, Mackinac Island, and Henry Ford Museum in Detroit all were quite stunning and worth visiting. Lodgings at the Soo Locks Lodge, La Quinta Inn, and Comfort Inn were luxurious. This is one of the best tour packages ever!

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