DAY 1 Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Your day will begin with a limo pickup at your home in the Chicagoland area. The limo will bring you to our deluxe, WIFI equipped motor coach as we begin our journey into Michigan where you will experience sailing on a Tall Ship, visiting Maritime sites, cruising to Mackinac Island, a Grand Lunch at the Grand Hotel and a private horse drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island. Enjoy a private concert with Lee Murdock and see lighthouses galore, from the inside and outside, by land and even from the water, the mariner’s view. This unique tour has been designed just for Lee and his fans.
Our first stop will be at the harbor in South Haven, where visit the Michigan Maritime Museum which is dedicated to the preservation of Michigan’s Great Lakes, waterways, maritime history, and culture. You’ll have time to explore the museum and have lunch on your own in the coastal town of South Haven. We continue our Michigan journey northward toward Traverse City where we board the Tall Ship Manitou, a replica of an 1800's coastal cargo schooner. As we cruise Grand Traverse Bay, you will be entertained by "Song of the Lakes,” a lively quartet playing jigs, chanteys and sea music on an amazing array of instruments and vocals. A picnic dinner is served onboard. We overnight in Traverse City. Country Inn and Suites -Traverse City, MI (Dinner)
DAY 2, Thursday, August 10, 2017 After our included breakfast, we depart for Mackinaw City where we board a Shepler's Ferry to Mackinac Island. Keep an eye out for the Round Island Light (memorialized in Lee’s song “Rendezvous”) guarding the harbor as we dock on the island. We then board horse drawn taxis for a quick trip up the hill to the magnificent Grand Hotel. Here, the Grand Lunch Buffet awaits you. After we partake of the Grand Lunch Buffet, we will explore the hotel and then meet our private livery carriages for a horse drawn tour of the Island. Your carriages will drop you in downtown Mackinac Island and you can explore and shop. You can return to Mackinaw City at your leisure with your return Ferry ticket. At 7:30pm we will board a Shepler's Boat for a unique 3 hour Lighthouse Cruise, narrated by the expert guides from GLLKA (the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association). These dedicated people have been instrumental in restoration of many of the lights we will see. This cruise will pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge and into Lake Michigan where we cruise to see the White Shoal Light, Gray's Reef Light, Waugoshance Light (also known as "Wobbleshanks" in 19th-century sailor's slang) and St Helena Light. We return to Mackinaw City and our overnight accommodation. Baymont Inn & Suites - Mackinaw City, MI (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 3, Friday, August 11, 2017 After our included breakfast we depart and travel to Acme, Michigan to visit the Music House Museum. Here we experience a unique collection of instruments that provide us with a walk through the history, artistry and engineering of automated music. The collection spans from the late 18th century to 1950. We then continue to the Lake Michigan coast to view the iconic Point Betsie Lighthouse.
We then start our journey south as we travel to our home for the night in Ludington. Stopping off in Manistee, we will explore one of the last unmodified traditional railroad car ferry, the SS City of Milwaukee. A designated National Landmark, this remarkable boat is fully intact, with all the original equipment and furnishings still in place, from her triple expansion steam engine to the original woodwork and brass fixtures. On this stop, we experience the life of the working mariner in the mid-20th century, along with the beautiful woodwork and splendor of the main passenger salon and staterooms. We then continue our lake side journey to Ludington and our home for the night. An early farewell dinner is planned with a private concert by Lee. Best Western Hotel - Ludington, MI (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 4, Saturday, August 12, 2017 After our included breakfast, we will meet our guide from the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers association, and visit the Ludington N Breakwater Light as the last operating Great Lakes carferry, the SS Badger, departs for its daily crossing to Manitowoc Wisconsin and back. As the iconic Badger sails into the horizon, we will drive to Ludington State Park and board a small bus to take us to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Over 100 feet tall, this lighthouse was built in 1867. We then drive south to Silver Lake State Park, for the third lighthouse of the morning, the spectacular Little Sable Point Lighthouse. Burrowed amidst the sand dunes, the 1874 tower stands over a hundred feet tall and still harbors its original 3rd order Fresnel lens. Time for lunch on own in the area before beginning our journey home. We will arrive back in the Chicagoland area in the late afternoon. You will be returned to your home by limo. (Breakfast)
Please Note: For those with mobility issues, there could be limited accessibility due to the nature of some of the attractions.