5-Day Chicago to Route 66, Milwaukee, Lake Geneva and McCormick Estate Tour (Free Airport Pickup)
Tour Code: GOL-CHI-140A
Duration: 5 Day(s) / 4 Night(s)
Tour Guide: Chinese, English
- 7 Days left
Experience: UNESCO, Family
Extra (Excluded): Wifi, Meal etc...
Tour Guide:Chinese, English
Join this 5-day tour of the Chicago state to learn the culture of the place and visit every famous attraction to truly live the American Dream. Visit the Harley Davidson headquarter, Old Joliet Prison Park, Milwaukee Lake Geneva, Route 66 Hall of Fame, Chicago Water Tower, Grant Park, Millenium Park, Michigan Avenue, Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum, Museum of the Gilding Art and experience exotic urban lifestyle.
- A free Hotel Upgrade to Marriott's Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove is available during the whole trip.
- Only the guides and drivers who have COVID 19 negative can provide services from now onwards. Drivers and Guides will wear the mask. They will disinfect the bus daily. Travelers will have to wear the mask and their temperature will be monitored regularly. Travelers will be provided with hand sanitizer and wipes. We recommend travelers to bring their own hand sanitizer also. Bus sitting will be based on the standards set by the Government.
Book your flight to Chicago. Passengers arriving on domestic flights and International flights may wait respectively at the Baggage Claim area and Exit doors after picking your luggage. The tour guide will guide passengers to the meeting point.
Guests arriving at O’Hare before 3:00 pm will receive free transportation as a gift to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. This place features several dining and shopping options. At the same time, passengers arriving before 5:00 pm can join this beautiful Chicago night tour.
Note: Passengers will not receive airport complimentary pickup or the shopping option from Midway airport.
Chicago Night tour
We will start enjoying the Chicago night tour. First, we will make an almost 20 minutes stop at Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain. Then we will head toward the Magnificent Mile to spend around 25 minutes. The Lake Michigan Observatory will be the last attraction of the day to look forward to.
Hotel:Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove or Similar.
Chicago is a really beautiful city, it is worth visiting and becomes even more beautiful during the night. There are many services which will give a tour of the city at night and it is truly amazing.
On the second day, we will start our journey from Chicago along Route 66. We will cross Adams Street and Michigan Avenue. Lou Mitchell's will be the first place to make a stop, where we will spend almost 45 minutes. Next we will arrive in Joliet to stop at the Old Joliet Prison Park for around 70 minutes. Pontiac will be our next destination to stopover and Route 66 Hall of Fame for nearly one hour. We will also spend nearly 45 minutes at the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum and the Museum of the Gilding Art. Then we will return to Chicago for a night stay.
- Old Joliet Prison will be closed on 6/1, 6/8, 6/29, 7/20, 7/27, 8/24 and 10/19. So, travelers will enjoy only the outside views of this attraction.
Hotel: Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove or Similar.
The third most populated city in US, Chicago is an international hub for technology, industry, finance, commerce, transportation and telecommunication. The O’Hare airport is recorded to be the second busiest airport in terms of air traffic in the world.
Joliet is a city in Kendall and is 40 miles to the southwest of Chicago. It is the Will counties county seat. This city was the fourth largest at the 2010 census in Illinois and had a 147,433 population. A special census in 2016 puts the population at 149,395 as the 3rd largest city in Illinois.
Lou Mitchell's is known for its Lou Mitchell's Restaurant. It is a Chicago diner located at 565 W. Jackson Boulevard is a popular restaurant for commuters, strategically located near Union Station. It is frequented by several people on their journey along the road, thereby earning the nickname "the first stop on the Mother Road."
Refers to the street in the north-south in Chicago, The street runs at 100 east in the grid of Chicago, The Street’s northern end is at the Lake Michigan’s shore.
The Museum of the Gilding Arts represents history, craft, and the usage of gold and silver leaf in decoration and architecture throughout a history dating back to the ancient Pharaohs days of Egypt. The exhibit features various items of the Society of Gilders' Swift Collection.
A castle like prison which served as prison for nearly 150 years and is now a famous tourist attraction. It also featured in a couple of Hollywood movies.
Pontiac is one of the major cities in the Illinois state of US. It is home to myriads museums, over 20 murals that portray events, persons and places from the history of the town, as well as the historic charms Route 66, and much more.
The U.S. Route 66, IL encompasses the Golden Age representing America’s car culture. There are Drive-in restaurants, Drive-in theatres, and motels developed during this period. The bypass concept for implemented first on Route 88 at that time. In fact, the transportation infrastructure is also making its way.
Winter Schedule (Mid Of Nov to 1st April usually):
We will start our day by enjoying a walk in the Millennium Park and exploring the attractive Cloud Gate. To experience the wonderful views of Chicago City we will reach 360 Chicago and see the beauty of Chicago from the top for at least 70 minutes. Next, we will enjoy a delicious lunch at Portillo’s Hot Dog. We will spend around 2 hours in The Art Institute of Chicago and around 30 minutes visiting the United Center. We will also get a chance to enjoy the Chicago Helicopter Experience Tour (minimum for two people) to make the tour more enjoyable. Giordano’s Pizza & Garrett Popcorn will be the last place of the tour to enjoy dinner and finish our journey for the day.
Summer Schedule (2nd April to Mid of Nov usually):
We will start our day by enjoying a walk in the Millennium Park and exploring the attractive Cloud Gate. Grand Park and Chicago Theater will be our next places to spend almost one hour. Later on, we will move toward the Art Institute of Chicago and spend almost 2 hours there. Then we will go to the Chicago Water Tower and Michigan Avenue. After that, we will collect memories while participating in Chicago Cruise for likely 70 minutes. To experience the wonderful views of the Chicago City we will reach 360 Chicago and sightsee the beauty of Chicago from the top for at least 70 minutes. We will also get a chance to enjoy the Chicago Helicopter Experience Tour (minimum for two people) to make the tour more enjoyable.
Navy Pier, Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, Marina City, Trump International Hotel and Tower and Willis Tower Observation Deck will be our pass by attractions.
Note: Chicago Cruise will not be available in Winter.
Hotel:Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove or Similar.
Architectural Cruise is a great way to enjoy holidays, the cruise shows the best architecture of the state of Illinois. The architecture is adorned and appreciated by all and the cruise is extremely enjoyable.
The Art Institute of Chicago is an encyclopedic art museum. It features many different exhibits that are beautiful to watch. There are old master pieces there comprising of Asian art, Islamic art, Egyptian art and many more.
Chicago 360 located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center is an observatory which offers 360 degree views of the surroundings and up to four states are visible from up there. There is a skywalk and a coffee shop as well.
Chicago Bean or Cloud Gate is a sculpture made by Indian born artist AnishKapoor. The sculpture is the center piece of the Millennium Park. It is made of stainless steel and has got the name of Chicago Bean because of its shape.
Chicago is one of the most popular cities of the United States and is visited by many people each year. One of the best way to tour Chicago is with a Chicago Cruise because with the help of a cruise people can see all the attractions of the city.
Originally known as Balaban and Katz Chicago theatre, the Chicago Theatre is a landmark in State Street, Chicago. Opened in 1921, currently owned by Madison Square Garden, Inc. the theatre holds 3600 people and hosts stage plays, comedy, speeches, magic shows and music concerts.
Grant Park is located in Kankakee county in Illinois, the park was established in 1883 and according to a census in 2010 the population of Grant Park is almost 1,331.
Refers to the street in the north-south in Chicago, The street runs at 100 east in the grid of Chicago, The Street’s northern end is at the Lake Michigan’s shore.
Refers to the public park which is actually located Chicago at loop community area. The park was established in order to celebrate the occasion of second Millennium.
The Navy pier is located in Chicago, Illinois and is 3,300 feet long, it was built in 1916 and cost $4.5 million, since then it has been a popular attraction.
We will continue our journey early in the morning and head toward Milwaukee, where we will visit the Harley-Davidson Museum for around 75 minutes. Then we will explore Miller Brewery where we will spend almost 70 minutes. Lake Geneva will be our last destination of the day where guests can enjoy an optional nearly 60 minutes cruise as well.
- Lake Geneva Bay Cruise will not be available in winter from November 1 to April 30.
Hotel:Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove or Similar.
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.
Lake Geneva Bay Cruise, WI allows to enjoy the narrated highlights of elegant, historic estates as you travel around the lakes eastern end referred to as “Geneva Bay” in an hour. There is a Snack bar and cash bar as well.
Lake Geneva, WI is in Southeastern Wisconsin on Geneva Lake. The lakeside Shore Path is built by affluent Chicagoans and is dotted with Gilded Age mansions. There is Queen Anne–style house featuring Victorian furnishings and the local beaches include Big Foot Beach State Park that has picnic areas.
Miller Brewing Company, WI was founded in in 1996 in Boston. It has professionals and independent community of enthusiasts dedicated to promoting and supporting better beer.it has the world class beer more than 60 and during beer festivals it educates attendees.
On the last day, we will resume our journey toward the Indiana Dunes National Park. We will spend likely 2 hours in this natural landscape to see its sand dunes. After this, we will go to Lancaster to enjoy the culture and lifestyle of Amish Farm and House, approximately for 180 minutes. We will also enjoy delicious food there. After this, we will finish our trip and dropoff travelers at return locations.
Amish Farm and House is tourist spot situated in Lancaster County, PA.US. It became a proper tourist attraction in 1955. It provides its visitors a keen look into original Amish lifestyle and culture.
Amish have a great reputation for good food. Several tourist restaurants are featuring “Pennsylvania Dutch” and “Amish-style” cooking. Amish food is very filling, typically and is not low-fat. Most Amish homes have the garden growing celery, carrots, tomatoes, peas, potatoes, sweet corn and vegetables.
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.
Most of the tours are carried out in air conditioned bus. A minivan can also be used depending on the number of people booking the tour.
Free Airport pick up is available on this tour. The Tour Package price will not include Mandatory Tour Guide tips for Airport Pickup.
Tour is inclusive of hotel accommodation.
Inclusive of all taxes.
Tour is accompanied by the tour guide.
Rates could alter without prior notice.
Airport pickup service charges $10/person.
Optional fees will be paid in cash to the guide.Optional activities price may change or can be different as displayed on the website. 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.
Daily Service charges for driver and the guide is $10 minimum per person.
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.
|Attractions||Adult||Child(3-11 yrs)||Senior(65+ yrs)|
|Amish Farm and House, PA||$31.80||$21.20||$31.80|
|Amish Meal, PA||$28.00||$18.00||$28.00|
|Art Institute of Chicago, IL||$25.00||$0.00||$19.00|
|Chicago 360, IL||$35.00||$25.00||$35.00|
|Chicago Cruise, IL||$40.00||$19.00||$40.00|
|Chicago Helicopter Experience Tour, IL||$89.00||$89.00||$89.00|
|Chicago Night Tour, IL||$35.00||$25.00||$35.00|
|Chicago Theater, IL||$18.00||$13.00||$18.00|
|Harley Davidson Museum, IL||$22.00||$8.00||$16.00|
|Lake Geneva Bay Cruise, WI||$30.00||$16.00||$28.00|
|Miller Brewing Company, WI||$10.00||$0.00||$10.00|
|Old Juliet Prison, IL||$20.00||$20.00||$20.00|
All the prices are listed in USD.
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.
A free (i.e. Buy 2 Get 1 Free) person, not showing up on a departure date will result in a penalty. The penalty is usually the fourth person price, but it varies. Free person has to pay for some admission tickets that is included in the tour package price of Paid Person.
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.
- Complimentary Airport Pickup service is available from three Airports (LGA, EWR, JFK) between 8:30 AM to 12:00 AM.
- 87 Bowery, Chinatown, Manhattan, New York, NY 10002 from 9:30 AM to 06:00 PM
- 37-20 Prince St, Suite 2E Flushing, NY 11354 from 9:30 AM to 05:00 PM
- Customers can have the option to Self-check-in of the hotel room after 3:00 PM.
- Paid Drop off service is available for 24 hours. $120 for 1 or 2 persons and $10 per additional person will be charged.
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.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
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.
⇒ 16 days or more prior to departure - 10% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation.
⇒ 9-15 days prior to departure - 50% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation.
⇒ 8 days prior to departure – 100% tour fees will be charged as cancellation.
There is no refund for unused features. You forfeit the entire payment when you are a no-show on the departure date 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.
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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.
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Cancellation and reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection.
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 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.
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6c. Tour Operator can change the order of itinerary at any time without any notice.
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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.
I and my sister enjoyed this visit well. It was nice to see the entire Chicago city that would have been impossible to visit in such a short time. This tour covered almost all the important and interesting places. We knew few of the names and many were unknown that we covered in this tour. The complete tour for 5 days was worth the visit. They followed the schedule everywhere and so we covered all the places without any hurry. I liked the tour program and so recommend this operator. I also give 5 stars as it is worth these numbers.
It was pretty appreciable the way we have been treated on our bus trip. Jonathon, our bus guide was a remarkable and friendly person who had been a great help. I loved the tour of Chicago city, especially the ‘prohibit-ion journey’ on our last day, great learning, exploring, and activities to do. Thanks for this wonderful trip.
This is a wonderful tour. They really arranged everything quite nicely and guests didn’t have to do a lot. I reached the meeting point before 3 PM and got so lucky that I got the pass and gift to shopping outlets. It was cool and I really enjoyed.
The day when we went to Milwaukee was special. I can’t really forget how beautiful Lake Geneva is. It was such an overwhelming experience for me to be there.
not all the destination on our tour was the type which I would ever admire to visit. though I got to see the place where my favorite tv show prison break was made at Old Joliet Prison Park, it was quite a bold and not-fun place to visit. I would never forget the experience we had at the 360-observation deck, the tilt forward feature took our breaths away. It was a kind of decent bus tour.
I had been with my husband on this tour. Actually, I had been asking him for a very long time to take me to Chicago and he kept on postponing. However, this time I saw it in this tour. I definitely want to come on this tour again so that I see few places again. All the places were good and the problem was with the guided tour who spoke only in American English. We could not understand half of what he explained. Anyway we were happy, the tour was good. The accommodation and the bus transport were also convenient.
I really liked the attractions we visited. It was a comprehensive tour and we visited a lot of beautiful places. I enjoyed the tour thoroughly.
Wisconsin is an amazing state. I have been there before as well but this time, it was more amazing. The company was really beautiful which made it even better. The tour guides did an amazing job in helping us understand the culture and history of every attraction.
This was a long tour in a way that we really could have covered all these attractions in one less day. What I am trying to say is that we could have discovered more places or maybe the tour planners must have included some other places as well that were nearby.
I don’t know what to rate. I expected much better services than what we were offered. I went with my wife and we both got disappointed with the tour. Never going again
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