1. Enjoy Chicago with exclusive tour in Chicago Theater
2. Exclusive tours to three of the five Great Lakes within the U.S.
3. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Mackinac Island
4. Detroit, the automobile capital, Milwaukee, birth place of Harley Davidson motorcycle
5. Direct visit to Wisconsin ginseng farm with special ginseng dinner*
The first day’s itinerary is for your reference only; the schedule is subject to change upon your arrival.
Fly from home to Chicago. For passengers arriving with domestic flights, please wait at Baggage Claim area; for passengers taking International flight, please wait at the Exit doors after retrieving your luggage. Tour guide will lead you to the meeting point.
For those guests who arrive at O’Hare International Airport meeting point before 3:00pm, you will receive an additional gift – free transportation to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago which features many shopping and dining options.
For passengers who arrive before 5:00pm, you are invited to join the night tour of Chicago at $25 per person. (*To arrange the night tour, it requires at least 4 guests enrolled.)
?*Chicago Night tour?
Start from the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, we will set off for Michigan Avenue where you can have a wonderful view of the Magnificent Mile in the night and take a walk alongside the Chicago River. The last stop will be the Michigan Lakeside with the panoramic view of the world-class city skyline of Chicago.
This tour will show you the best of Chicago in one day. This is the world’s top architecture city with bold architectures. You will take a walk in the Millennium Park, a combination of stunning architecture, sculpture and landscape design located in the heart of downtown Chicago; you will see Cloud Gate, the impressive signature urban sculpture and one of the best public spaces that you can find on earth. Take a break at the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, one of the world’s largest artificial fountains. Stroll around the Navy Pier, the former Navy training center, which is the most visited lakeshore park in central United States now. You will also take an exclusive tour of the Chicago Theatre, an exquisite French Baroque style theatre. Another stop is Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, where the Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, the historical Chicago Water Tower, shopping malls and boutique stores are located. To have the best view of this famous city, you will go up to the 360 CHICAGO which soars 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan and the city’s majestic skyline to offer the most breathtaking views of downtown Chicago, the lakefront and four neighboring states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. It newly presents an enclosed, glass and steel moveable platform that tilts outward 304 meter above the Magnificent Mile and safely holds up to eight visitors at a time, which will be another thrilling experience for whom like to challenge themselves. As the birthplace of skyscrapers, Chicago has a skyline bristling with skyscrapers. Chicago River flows backwards from Lake Michigan and is lined up with best architecture in town: the corncob shaped Marina City buildings, Trump Tower, Willis Tower and etc. Take our river cruise to enjoy the stunning urban view of Chicago.
We will start the day with the biggest industrial city of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, birthplace of Haley-Davidson motorcycles. Visit Harley-Davidson Museum and have a glimpse of American history that you’ve never seen before. This all-American legendary motorcycle brand showcases a collection of 450 motorcycles and artifacts including the oldest known Harley Davidson motorcycle. Every hand crafted bike is passing the message of Harley Davidson spirit: passion, freedom, bravery, and individuality. Next, visit ginseng farm in Wausau, Wisconsin. Wisconsin is one of a few places that produce the finest ginseng in the world. These panax roots (ginseng) are excellent health supplement and a nutritious oriental cooking ingredient. Wisconsin ginseng is highly sought after, especially in Asia. We would organize an authentic oriental ginseng dinner depending on reservation and time.
Be ready to enjoy a breathtaking view of natural landscape of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. We will arrive in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a stunning U.S national lakeshore on the shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Unique rock formation and colorful cliffs are standing by the translucent blue water in juxtaposition, dividing sky and the earth with a vivid horizon line. Its raw beauty captures the mind of beholders. We will go to the Sault Ste. Marie late afternoon, a city located on the northeastern end of the U.S. state of Michigan on the Canadian border. Sault Ste. Marie is the oldest city in Michigan. Here we will overlook an impressive man-made wonder. Since there were rapids of water falling 21 feet from Lake Superior to Lake Huron and forbidding the waterway commuting, the Soo Locks enable ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. The locks pass an average of 10,000 ships per year, despite being closed during the winter from January through March, when ice shuts down shipping on the Great Lakes. We are going to hotel after dinner.
After seeing Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie serve as a giant water elevator that allows ships passing through the unleveled water surface of Lake Superior and lower Great Lakes, we Leave Sault Ste. Marie for Mackinac City. We will drive through a five-mile-long suspension bridge connecting the upper and the lower half of Michigan peninsula to reach Mackinaw. This city is famous for the magnificent scenic view. We will take a scenic speedboat (round-trip) to get to Mackinac Island. Visitors are feeling immersed in to a peaceful world where only the life essentials and natural beauty co-exist. The whole island is well preserved to remain the urban style of the 19th century. Since motor vehicles are not permitted to intrude on the natural beauty of Mackinac Island, there is no better way to visit this historic isle and see the legendary points of interest than by carriage. You can take a carriage tour at your own expense to explore the parks or visit the museums and the Grand Hotel. Built in 1887, Grand Hotel is famous as the filming site for the 1980 film Somewhere in Time starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Sip a coffee on the hotel’s porch (longest in the world) like its notable visitors of the hotel include five U.S. presidents, Russian president Vladimir Putin, inventor Thomas Edison, and author Mark Twain. Later we will then head to Frankenmuth, a German descendant town in Central America. To experience the entirely different local culture, we will dine at a well-known local restaurant and enjoy some world famous German sausage with authentic German beers.
Our tour of the day will start with Detroit, the capital of automobiles in the morning. We will stop at the headquarters of the General Motors Company. We will then visit Henry Ford Museum, named after the founder of the Ford Motor Company which is the second largest carmaker of U.S. It is said that where there is a car, there is a Ford. The exhibitions not only portray the history of Ford but also the Industrial Revolution. The collection contains many rare exhibits including John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine, Abraham Lincoln’s chair from Ford’s Theatre, Thomas Edison’s laboratory, the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop, and the Rosa Parks bus. We will return to Chicago in the late afternoon. (If you need to leave at any other places on the way back to Chicago, please confirm it with your tour guide in advance.)
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