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Resorts and Shores of Lake Michigan * August 9 -12, 2015
Star FEATURING PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE BAY & THUNDER BAY Star
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
We featured the beautiful northwest shoreline of Michigan and much more.

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 4 Days, 3 Nights
Departs From: Columbiana, OH * Salem, OH * Alliance, OH * Canton, OH * Akron, OH


Price:
Single Room - $1,138.00
Double Room - $978.00
Triple Room - $948.00

Tour Description:

Our Mystery Trip from 5 years ago journeyed to the beautiful northwest shoreline of Lake Michigan.  We tweaked it a bit and added a new ending, and are happy to offer it to you again for your Summer Vacation Plans!  If you're one that is looking for something "new & different", or if you simply love resort towns and unique venues, this is worth your strong consideration, you don't want to miss this one!  It's a great itinerary! 

Tour Itinerary:

DAY ONE - Off to Michigan

❖ We get-acquainted with our new Gad-About travel friends as we arrive in our neighboring state of Michigan. The beautiful historic Perry Hotel, built in 1899 as a luxury hotel, welcomes us for the next two nights. Experience the grandeur and elegance of a by-gone era without leaving modern conveniences
behind. Situated high on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the hotel affords a gorgeous view of the crystal clear waters of Little Traverse Bay. Enjoy a lovely dinner right in the hotel and then perhaps stroll down to the waterfront
for a mesmerizing view of the sunset.
Meal: Dinner


DAY TWO - Tall Ship Sail

❖ Today is full of great activities! In Elk Rapids, we’ll pay a visit to the Music House Museum (past year’s groups loved it!), then we’re off to Traverse City, known as the Cherry Capital of the World. A real highlight will be a two-hour majestic cruise in the bay on “The Manitou”, a replica of an 1800’s coasting schooner, complete with picnic lunch on board - wonderful! Later we’ll stop at a cherry orchard where you can purchase some of the products that this area is so well-known for. Then sit back and relax as we take you on one of northern
Michigan’s most scenic shoreline stretches on our way to Charlevoix. Elk Lake, Torch Lake and a stop at Friske Cherry Orchards are just some of the things you’ll see and do along this route. When we arrive in Charlevoix, we’ll be joined by a special guide for an extra treat - a driving tour of Earl Young’s famous “Mushroom Houses”, known world-wide for their unique curved, undulating roofs that bear a remarkable resemblance to mushroom caps. Yes, these whimsical creations are real houses with families living in them, and are known for their stone fireplaces, curved shaker roofs, and unusual chimneys just like in fairy tales - ‘Have your cameras ready! This evening, we’ll be guests at the Highlands Country Club for what our past groups raved about - the Young
American’s Dinner Show! They said it was an outstanding, enchanting evening in every way!!.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY THREE - Petoskey

❖  Enjoy a guided driving tour of Petoskey, gorgeous Harbor Springs, Beach Drive, and view the Inn and Bay Harbor. You won’t believe some of these “summer homes”! The quaint Gaslight District of Petoskey is a delightful place to stroll around, and you will have some free time to enjoy the little shops - the
General Store is a favorite! After lunch, we travel inland to the banks of the Thunder Bay River to experience another kind of Michigan resort as we check into the rustic Thunder Bay Lodge. Your memorable stay will include a charming horse-drawn wagon ride through the woods, an up-close look at majestic bull elk, an outstanding gourmet dinner cooked before you on 2 antique wood cookstoves, wine-tasting during dinner, and stories of the north to entertain you. A wonderful, unique way to experience the “other type” of northern Michigan resorts.What FUN!!             .
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


DAY FOUR - Depart for Home

❖ Our destination this morning is the grand Edsel Ford Estate, the 87-acre home of Henry Ford’s son. Enjoy a guided tour to discover its stories and spectacular treasures! All too soon, it will be time to bring our adventure to a close, returning to Ohio relaxed and refreshed, with great pictures and beautiful memories galore!
Meals: Breakfast 


Don't Miss a Beautiful Adventure at Peak Vacation Time!

Package Includes:

  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Activities Listed Above
  • 7 Meals:
    • 3 Breakfasts 
    • 1 Lunch 
    • 3 Dinners

Important Notes:

This is a Gold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.

Departure Details:

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Terms and Conditions:

PAYMENT:
For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
  • Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
The balance of an overnight tour is due 30 days prior to departure (unless otherwise notified). A confirmation will be sent to you after we receive your deposit. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover if you are making your reservation by phone, or you can send a check to our office (please call first to check availability). If you are booking online, payment must be made in full.

REFUNDS:
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.

CANCELED TOURS:
Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.

TRANSPORTATION:
All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)

LODGING:
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.

LUGGAGE:
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.

TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.

SEATING:
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.

SMOKING:
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.