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Enjoy these three-day, two-night tours — each centered around one city hub — with added close-by excursions that will elevate the whole experience!
Dine en route to the Great Lakes Bay Region and begin your tour in Downtown Bay City. Shop Michigan's largest antique center that covers an entire city block — filling 60,000 square feet with antique finds — and pop into St. Laurent Brothers, a century-old nut and candy company that sits just across the street. Next, set sail on sparkling waters aboard BaySail's Appledore tall ships, or join Bay City Boat Lines for an evening dinner cruise on the Saginaw River.
After breakfast, make your way to the Antique Toy & Firetruck Museum in Bay City — home to the world's largest firetruck, the FDNY Super Pumper, plus an impressive collection of antique toys. Next, head to Wilson’s Cheese Shoppe in Pinconning, followed by lunch at the Turkey Roost in Kawkawlin. Return to Bay City for a tour of the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum — aboard the National Historic Landmark U.S.S. Edson destroyer ship — followed by a Polish dinner buffet at Krzysiak House.
Start your day with an over-the-top breakfast (and oversized portions) at Tony’s I-75 Restaurant in Birch Run. Moments away, shop one of the country's original outlet malls, Birch Run Premium Outlets, with its 100-plus stores offering savings of up to 65%! Fill up on a lunch of Chicago-style pizza and other specialties at Uno Pizzeria (conveniently located within the Outlets) before you depart from Birch Run.
Enjoy lunch aboard your coach on the way to the Great Lakes Bay Region. Once you've arrived in Birch Run, begin your tour with a walk on the wild side at Wilderness Trails Zoo, or enjoy multiple antiquing options in town, including The Iron Gate Emporium and Thrifty Treasures Antiques & More. For dinner, get your fill of Chicago-style pizza and other tasty fare at Uno Pizzeria.
Explore Pride & Country Village in Saginaw, a unique collection of shops housed across six historic buildings, then continue your shopping in Downtown Frankenmuth. Browse the world's largest Christmas store, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, before dinner at one of two world-famous favorites: Bavarian Inn Restaurant or Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth. After dinner, take a relaxing river cruise aboard the 150-passenger Bavarian Belle Riverboat!
Kickstart your day with a towering portion of bacon (or other filling comfort-food breakfast classics) at Tony’s I-75 Restaurant in Birch Run. After, experience one of the country's original outlet malls, Birch Run Premium Outlets, and shop its 100-plus stores before departing from Birch Run.
Enjoy lunch en route to the Great Lakes Bay Region (but save room for all the tasty eats that are up ahead in Frankenmuth)! Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the rich German heritage of Michigan's Little Bavaria by starting with a step-on-guided city tour. View the Glockenspiel at Bavarian Inn Restaurant, learn how to make strudel or hand-roll pretzels, explore its lower-level Castle Shops, and end with a traditional German dinner at the restaurant.
Fuel up for the day's adventures with breakfast before shopping the world's largest Christmas store, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth. Then, head to Bay City for a freshwater sailing excursion with lunch served aboard BaySail's Appledore tall ships. Next, tour the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum — aboard the National Historic Landmark U.S.S. Edson destroyer ship — and learn about Bay City's nautical heritage while on a step-on-guided city tour of town. Return to Frankenmuth to finish day two with a world-famous, family-style chicken dinner at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth.
Peruse Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum in Saginaw to see works from the prolific, Detroit-based public sculptor's 70-year career, then learn about the city's history in a visit to the French chateau-style Castle Museum. Experience one of the most authentic Japanese tea houses in North America at the Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House, and Gardens of Saginaw, then wrap up with lunch at Jake’s Old City Grill before departing Saginaw.
Enjoy lunch aboard your coach on the way to the Great Lakes Bay Region, where you'll begin your tour along the beautiful, manicured streets of Downtown Midland. Spend the afternoon exploring an eclectic assortment of shops along Main Street. Then, enjoy a multi-course, layered meal at Gratzi that will tour you through the various regions of Italy.
Stroll the 110-acre botanical Dow Gardens, where you'll also travel four stories high into the treetops on the country's longest canopy walk inside its Whiting Forest. Next, head to Saginaw's Pride & Country Village, a unique collection of shops spread across six historic buildings, and enjoy lunch at the on-site cafe. After, enjoy even more shopping at Warmbier Farms in Auburn, featuring a wide selection of garden statues, gazing globes, home decor, silk florals, and live plants. End your day admiring sculpture inside Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum in Saginaw before dinner at Jake’s Old City Grill, known for its steaks and award-winning wine list.
Start your last day in style by shopping the 100-plus-store Birch Run Premium Outlets, one of the country's original outlet malls. After scoring designer finds at unbeatable savings, follow with a lunch of towering portions at Tony’s I-75 Restaurant, known for its BLTs that feature a full pound of bacon per sandwich!
Head to the Great Lakes Bay Region, stopping for lunch on your way to Saginaw. Upon arrival, see amazing sculpture on display at Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, then explore the French chateau-style Castle Museum of Saginaw County History. Finish your first day by dining at the heart of Saginaw's historical Old Town district, where you'll enjoy Jake’s Old City Grill, with its mouthwatering steaks and an award-winning wine list to match.
Get a glimpse into the deep German roots of Michigan's Little Bavaria with a step-on-guided city tour of Frankenmuth, then shop the world's largest Christmas store, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. Fill up on world-famous, family-style chicken dinners at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth before strolling Downtown Frankenmuth and its River Place Shops, a European-style shopping district with authentic Bavarian architecture. Unwind on a relaxing cruise aboard the Bavarian Belle Riverboat before learning the art of pretzel- or strudel-making at Bavarian Inn Restaurant, followed by a traditional German dinner.
Learn about Saginaw's sister city, Tokushima, Japan, when you experience one of North America's most authentic Japanese tea houses, the Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House, and Gardens of Saginaw. After, head to nearby Birch Run to shop Birch Run Premium Outlets' 100-plus stores before lunch at Tony’s I-75 Restaurant. Here, you'll enjoy Tony's epic portions, like a BLT that's made with a full pound of bacon, before heading home from your tour!
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