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Shores of Lake Michigan featuring Ludington, Sheboygan, Saugatuck, Manitowoc, and the SS Badger


August 19, 2024 - August 23, 2024 $1,627
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Shores of Lake Michigan featuring Ludington, Sheboygan, Saugatuck, Manitowoc, and the SS Badger

Lake Michigan’s name is derived from the Ojibwa word Michi Gami, meaning “large lake.” It spans the entire west coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, and it is the only one of the five Great Lakes that is located entirely within the United States.  Along Lake Michigan’s scenic shoreline, you’ll find sugar sand beaches and charming towns, each with a character all its own. Go for the beaches, stay for the amazing sunsets.

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Highlights & Inclusions:

  • 5 Days / 4 Nights Accommodations
  • 10 Included Meals
  • SS Badger Ferry Ride
  • Star of Saugatuck Boat Ride
  • Holland Bowl Mill
  • Wisconsin Maritime Museum
  • Surfing Presentation
  • Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm
  • Blue Harbor Resort
  • Bookworm Gardens
  • Lavender Labyrinth & Cherry Point Farm
  • Sheboygan Yacht Club
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Luggage Handling
  • Professional Tour Manager

Day 1
Monday, August 19

7:30 AM Depart Southgate, MI for Saugatuck, MI and enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, sit back and relax and listen to the water running off the paddlewheels as you gently glide down the Kalamazoo River on the Star of Saugatuck boat cruise. See Saugatuck from the water, a totally different view from what you see on land and take in the majesty of Lake Michigan. This afternoon, tour Holland Bowl Mill - Go behind the scenes with us on a tour of the Holland Bowl Mill and watch how they produce their very popular "made by hand" wooden bowls. Check into the Holiday Inn Express for 1 Night in Ludington, MI with dinner included at a local restaurant. (L,D)

Day 2
Tuesday, August 20

Breakfast is included at the hotel. take the morning ferry ride on the SS Badger to Manitowoc, WI. After lunch, visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum - The Midwest’s largest maritime museum, where you can tour the nation’s most completely restored WWII submarine, the USS COBIA. Discover a gallery dedicated to Wisconsin-built recreational boats, or time-travel back to a 19th century shipbuilding town. All at the region’s only Smithsonian affiliate and the largest Maritime Museum on the Great Lakes. Travel to Sheboygan, WI and check into the Blue Harbor Resort for 2 Nights with lake view rooms. On the Wisconsin shore of the magnificent Lake Michigan, our resort offers breathtaking views of the lake and its sunrises. It's also a paradise for families seeking fun and adventure. Our on-site 54,000 square foot indoor water park, with its thrilling slides, lazy river, and surf simulator, is a hit with children of all ages, making it the perfect destination for a vacation. Dinner at a Local Restaurant with Surfer Presentation – Did you know that Sheboygan is the freshwater surf capital of the world, known as the Malibu of the Midwest? (B,L,D)

Day 3
Wednesday, August 21

Breakfast is included at the Resort. Free Day to Enjoy the Resort – Relax by the pool, walk the beach, play in the water park, take in some miniature golf, go fishing on South Pier or look at the Sheboygan Breakwater Lighthouse from the Pier, or preschedule some spa time at the Resort. Independent Lunch & Dinner. Meet up with your new travel friends for dinner tonight! (B)

Day 4
Thursday, August 22

Breakfast is included at the Resort followed by a visit to Bookworm Gardens. This whimsical botanical garden brings books to life, one garden at a time. You will be amazed at the thoughts that go into planning each new exhibit. Hidden in the ravine off the beaten path, it is a treasured asset in the community. Lunch is included at the Sheboygan Yacht Club - With scenic views of Lake Michigan and the marina. Take the 2 PM SS Badger Ferry to Ludington, MI with a Dinner Voucher on the Ferry. Check into the Holiday Inn Express, Ludington for 1 Night. (B,L,D)

Day 5
Friday, August 23

After an included breakfast at the hotel, depart for Shelby, MI. Visit the Lavender Labyrinth - The labyrinth is an ancient spiral pattern which, when walked, is thought to be a spiritual journey, and symbolic of one's path in life. In recent years, labyrinths have undergone a dramatic revival as a meditation, relaxation, and spiritual tool. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is a continuous circuit, and you cannot get lost. On the property is Cherry Point Farm, one of the oldest operating farms in Oceana County, Michigan, just a mile from the Lake Michigan shoreline and minutes from the Silver Lake sand dunes. This area, known as Little Point Sable, is where the sun, sand and lake come together to create a bountiful farming area, as well as one of nature's greatest playgrounds. Independent Lunch at Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - Fifth generation family farm on the northwest side of Grand Rapids. Fresh produce, sweet treats, farm-to-table lunch, gifts, and Michigan-made products. Home to Pink Barrel Cellars offering farm-crafted beer, hard cider, seltzers, and wine. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Biergarten, and farm animals. (B)

Trip Facts

  • August 19-23, 2024
  • $1,627
  • $2,079
  • $1,549