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9 Days
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Tour 1: Apr 26 - May 04, 2022
Tour 2: May 24 - Jun 01, 2022
Orange County
St. Louis

LANDMARKS OF USA’S GREAT LAKES

Missouri – Arkansas – Kentucky

Ohio  Michigan – Wisconsin – Illinois

   Tour 1:  Apr 26 – May 04, 2022         Tour 2:  May 24 – Jun 01, 2022

   From: $2,695  $2,525 + Tax

$125 off for the 3rd person staying with 2 adults  
Offer expires Jan 31, 2022

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Where are the 5 Great Lakes in the USA?

The Great Lakes are the five largest lakes in the United States and include Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. They are located in the northern Midwest along the border between the United States and Canada.

What are the Great Lake states?

The Great Lakes Region spans Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Coverage of New York and Pennsylvania is shared between NOAA’s Great Lakes and North Atlantic Regions.

The shores of the Great Lakes are peppered with vibrant urban areas, charming small towns, and beautiful parks and lakes.
Join us to discover them for yourself on this family-friendly tour through 7 states where you’ll encounter countless adventures, delicious cuisine, and the famously friendly Midwestern spirit.

Itinerary

Day 01: Orange County - St.Louis

Depart from Orange County airport in the morning. AV Travel Tour Leader with fly with the group. Arrive at St.Louis, is the second-largest city in that state Missour, sits near the confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers. Photo stop at Old Court House and taking the Tram Ride to top of the Stainless Gateway Arch, is a ride to the top of the 630-foot Gateway Arch, for a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Take a tram ride to the top for a bird’s-eye view of the Mississippi River. (D)

Day 02: Phoenix (AZ) – Grand Canyon South Rim (AZ) – Page (AZ)

Morning visit one of the most visited history museums in the nation, the Missouri History Museum looks at the history of the St. Louis region from the Mississippian people up to the present day. The Museum’s historic building was the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, and opened to the public in 1913 on the site of the entrance to the 1904 World’s Fair.
An exciting trip start heading west through Mark Twain National Forest to Branson. It takes you through Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn’s adventure of wilderness of American spirits. Enjoy the world’s most visited dinner show, the Dolly Parton Stampede. The show comes alive with trick riders who perform amazing stunts, beautiful horses, pyrotechnics, amazing sound, a patriotic display celebrating the red white and blue. The 32 magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition. Experience the Stampede of the Buffalo, hilarious racing pigs, fan favorite competitions, and a Grand Patriotic Finale to top everything off. (B/D)

Day 03: Branson (MO) - Paducah (KY)

Morning enjoy the Branson Scenic Railway, is a America’s romance heritage railroad. The trains depart from a historic depot in downtown Branson and operate in the scenic Ozark Mountains for an approximate 40-mile round trip.

On the train, an expert guide comes along for the ride to point out wildlife, scenery and historic landmarks along the way. Hear fun facts about famed ghost towns, gorgeous outlooks, old bridges and impressive railroad trestles. The railroad helped shape early 20th century Ozarks country. The route stretches down into northwest Arkansas and over the remarkable Barren Fork Trestle.

A journey east across Mark Twin National Forest wild west and Indian Trail of Tears route which passing Mississippi and Ohio River into Kentucky. (B/D)

Day 04: Paducah (KY) - Shawnee Forest (IL) - Land Between The Lakes - Lost River Cave (KY) Mammoth Cave (KY) - Louisville (KY)

Proceed to Garden of Gods Shawnee National Forest, Shawnee National Forest lies between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, in southern Illinois. Its terrain spans woodlands, hills and lakes. Wildlife includes bald eagles. The Garden of the Gods wilderness area features ancient sandstone cliffs and formations.

Continue taking a scenic route along the Ohio & Tennessee River into Land between the Lakes National Forest-witness elks & Bisons on Prairie wildlife reserve. Lost River Cave is a seven-mile cave located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The cave contains one of the largest natural entrances in the Eastern U.S. Enjoy the Lost River Cave’s historic underground boat tour.

Visiting the largest cavern system in the US- Mammoth caves, is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explore. Rolling hills, deep river valleys, and the world’s longest known cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park is home to thousands of years of human history and a rich diversity of plant and animal life, earning it the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. Continue to Louisville. (B/D)

Day 05: Louisville (KY) - Cincinnati (OH) - Dayton (OH) - Detroit (MI)

Louisville sightseeing of 4th St. and Mohamud Ali Blvd. (hometown of outstanding boxer), Slugger Museum of big bat. A famous place where Mohamud Ali was born. The birthplace of Kentucky Fry Chicken and Whisky distilleries. Kentucky Derby Museum tours. A worldwide known horse race since 1875, Churchill downs famous for its Kentucky Derby.

Cincinnati – A city one half in Ohio and the other in Kentucky. Visit World Peace Bell, is the world’s largest free swinging bell. It weighs 66,000 lbs., is 12 feet in diameter and 12 feet high. This magnificent bell rings with a powerful, awe-inspiring, deep resonant tone that is truly a majestic symbol of freedom and peace. Bell swings and rings each day at noon. The Smale Riverfront Park is intended to reconnect downtown to the river and to link with the existing riverfront parks to the east. It is a place to view the river and river traffic.

Dayton – Photo stop a well known Wright Brother’s Fly inc. where their invention has changed the world. The birth place of aviation. People praised Wright Brothers’ invention as the greatest achievement of mankind in 20th century.

Arrive Detroit, is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the largest U.S. city on the United States–Canada border, inspired by the city’s ties to the auto industry, giving it the nickname “Motor City.” (B/D)

Day 06: Detroit (MI) - Mackinau Island (MI)

Detroit, is famous as the auto makers city, is border with Canada by the lake Huron- one of the five colossal Lakes. Visit Henry Ford Museum. Step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation allows you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Put yourself in the place of the movers and shakers who blazed the trail to where we stand today. And in doing so, discover your own path.
Take the hydro ferry over to Mackinau Island. Experience the History and Charm of Mackinac on your narrated carriage tour through the fairy tale island! Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, take about almost 2 hours. It starts with a pass down Main Street and back along Market Street past the Benjamin Blacksmith Shop, Mackinac Island City Hall and other Mackinac Island attractions. (B/D)

Day 07: Mackinau Island (MI) - Green Bay (WI)

Continue North to the gap of lake channel between Lake Superior and Lake Huron in which canals links shipping as far as Duluth Minnesota to Atlantic Ocean. You might call it the Panama Canal of the North. Visit Sault Ste. Marie was settled as early as 1668, which makes it Michigan’s oldest city and among the oldest cities in the United States. It is time to truly experience the famous Soo Locks Boat Tour! Witness cargo tankers shipping route which connect Lake Superior to Atlantic Ocean. Continue west to Pictured Rock National Seashore to witness picturesque Lake Superior majestic seashore. Lake Superior is the largest lake amount all five lakes. (B/D)

Day 08: Green Bay (WI) - Milwaukee (WI) - Chicago (IL)

Your journey to Milwaukee for the city tour. Photo stop at Milwaukee Art Museum and city sightseeing. Drive to Chicago.
on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. Photostop of the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower and what locals still call it) is the most well known of Chicago’s two tall skyscrapers with public observatories. The Willis Tower used to be the tallest building in the world from 1974 until 1998. Visit the Bean at Millennium Park. If you have seen any photos of Chicago on instagram or facebook, chances are you are familiar with Cloud Gate (nicknamed The Bean), the famous mirrored sculpture located in Millennium Park and one of the most instagrammable spots in Chicago. Explore the Chicago’s Little Saigon neighborhood is ripe with Vietnamese restaurants, bakeries, stores and markets. It’s centered around the bustling intersection of Broadway and Argyle Streets. (B/D)

Day 09: Chicago (IL) - Orange County

Morning experience more of Chicago 90 minutes Guided Architecture Cruise. View all of Chicago’s architectural highlights. The tour starts at the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) bridge and goes up the main branch of the Chicago River past Wolf Point. It then cruises along the north and south branches of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Michigan. On the way, learn about ornate, historic early skyscrapers like the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower, the imposing art deco Merchandise Mart, mid-century skyscrapers like the Mies Van der Rohe AMA Building. Transfer to the airport for fly to Orange County. (B)

Notes

Departure & Return

  • Orange County

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip Airfares. 
  • Hotel 4 stars with dual occupancy rooms. Single rooms: + $900
  • Luxury Bus with limit seats.
  • Breakfasts at the hotels & Dinners at local restaurants.
  • Admissions Include:

    Tram ride to top of the Stainless Gateway Arch, Dolly Parton’s Stampede Show & Dinner, Missouri History Museum, Branson Scenic Train, Mark Twin National Forest, Shawnee National Forest, Lost River Boat Tour, US- Mammoth caves, Henry Ford Museum, Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Soo Locks Boat, Chicago Guided Architecture Cruise  …..

Terms & Agreements

  • A deposit of $300/person is required upon reservation.
  • The final payment is due 60 days prior to the departure
  • The group departs with a minimum of 20 persons
  • Passengers must be fully vaccinated two weeks before the departure
  • Tour price does not include Gratuity to Drivers & Tour guides. Travel insurance
  • Travel & Cancellation insurance are recommended. Please check with AV Travel for more information