This tour features two European Cultures deeply woven into our American Tapestry. Many people believe there is a connection between them but beyond both being European immigrants there is not. The Amish are Swiss & German and any reference to Dutch is to the “Deutsch” language. The Dutch in Holland, MI are from The Netherlands and the heritage of their ancestry has lasted here for 150 years.
In 2018, the Tulip Time Festival is celebrating its 89th year! Holland has a rich history and heritage to share with its visitors. The Festival began in 1929 to celebrate Dutch heritage in the community. Today the fun continues with parades, Dutch dancers, national and regional entertainment, dinner shows, a Dutch market, fireworks and the stars of the show, millions of tulips throughout Holland.
Join us we repeat the past and celebrate The Great Gatsby at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel. Here we try to imagine those famous summer evenings of 1922 . . . “Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!” He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.
Uniquely American, and unique to Americans, your imagination will quickly capture the “Somewhere in Time” feeling. This is an 1890’s Resort Island that literally has no automobiles. The architecture is preserved as it was then. It is as though you step through a portal when you step off the ferry. Here you not only visit a new destination, you visit it in a past moment.
Famous for family style dining, featuring two of America’s largest restaurants, lodging at the Bavarian Inn, German entertainment with dinner, Strudel Making Classes, and the chance to shop at The World’s largest Christmas Store.
This is a combination of Michigan’s most unique destinations. Each having a significant European heritage that we have combined into one fascinating itinerary. On this trip you will see Bavarian Frankenmuth, the Victorian Resort of Mackinac Island, and the Dutch settlement of Holland.