May 2-4, 2014
Holland, Michigan - Windmills, Gardens & Tulips Tour
We're going to Holland!
No, not Holland, as in Europe. We're going on a three day bus tour to the cities of Holland & Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 85th anniversary of the annual tulip festival.
If you enjoy outdoor gardens, flowers, tulips & gourmet foods then this is the trip for you. We will be spending time in Grand Rapids, MI and Holland, MI.
We leave on Friday morning May 2nd and return on Sunday night, May 4th.
How To Book
To book online, click on the button above.
If you prefer to make a reservation over the phone, please contact Marville Travel Ltd. at (905) 891-0111
All of the following are included in the tour price.
We do not charge single supplements or surcharges!
Are you travelling by yourself? If you are willing to share your room with one other person of the same gender, we guarantee to find you a roommate or we pay the surcharge!
Of course if you wish to have a private room by yourself, that is no problem and you can pay the Single occupancy rate. Other options are Triple occupancy (if three of you are travelling together and wish to share a room) and Quad occupancy (if four of you are travelling together and wish to share a room).
Prices below are in Canadian dollars, all taxes included.
Cancellations & Refunds
Frederik Meijer Gardens
One of our stops will be the amazing Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. One of the USA's most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, the Meijer Gardens covers 132 aces and includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; five indoor theme gardens; outdoor gardens, nature trails and boardwalk;
We will start with an indoor guided tour including the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory, a five-story, 15,000 square-foot facility featuring rock landscapes, a waterfall and a variety of exotic plant selections. The conservatory houses tropical plants from around the world, including fig trees from India, exotic orchids from Central and South America, Asiatic bamboo and banana trees. Also included on the indoor tour will be the Carnivorous Plant House, the Arid Garden (featuring Saguaro cacti) and the Victorian Garden.
After our indoor tour you will get a chance to rest your tired legs as we will all get to tour the park on a motorized tram while a tour guide provides a narrated commentary of the park and the extensive sculpture collection.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
If you were alive in the mid '70s, you will remember the Watergate Scandal and following the departure of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford became President of the United States.
The Gerald R Ford Museum is in Grand Rapids and we will have an opportunity to visit the musuem and learn more about the 38th President of the USA and the Watergate scandal amongst other exhibits.
Grand Rapids Downtown Market
The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is a high-end gourmet market filled with numerous artisanal vendors including gourmet tea and spices, imported and domestic cheeses and charcuterie, coffee and tea beveragesand amazing artisanal breads, croissants & wood-fired pizzas.
On Saturdays, also the day of our visit, there is an adjoining outdoor farmers market if you feel like browsing outdoors.
Here's a tip - the butter croissants and chocolates are spectacular. I challenge you to leave this market without buying something.... it's virtually impossible!
Grand Rapids Public Museum & Carousel
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a fascinating and wonderful museum with an unusual method of organization.... the exhibits run alphabetically from A - Z.
We will be taking part in a fun scavenger hunt at the museum. You will break up into teams of two to four people and go through the museum, hunting for 26 items, one in each letter of the alphabet. There will be prizes for the winning teams!
Towards the end of our visit, you will get to take a trip back to your younger days and have a ride on the museum's 1928 Spillman Carousel.
Manufactured by the Spillman Engineering Company of North Tonawanda, New York in 1928, the carousel is one of only three of its style known to have been produced by the company. The carousel is made up of forty-four hand-carved, elaborately jeweled wooden horses, two chariots and six menagerie animals and revolves to the music of a Wurlitzer band organ.
Windmill Island Gardens
Windmill Island Gardens is a 36 acre heritage park filled with manicured flower gardens and Dutch architecture.
In May the park comes to life with 175,000 tulips, for the annual tulip festival.
Highlights include an authentic Dutch windmill, DeZwaan, dating to the 1760's and brought from the Netherlands in 1964. Standing 125 feet tall, the windmill is a symbol of the Dutch heritage of this area and is the only original Dutch windmill exported to America. It is still a working windmill producing stone ground flour for sale.
Queen's Inn Restaurant
Our final stop before we head back to Toronto will be a traditional Dutch buffet lunch at the Queen's Inn Restaurant in Holland.
This Dutch buffet experience is included as part of your tour price.
We will have 5 pickup locations in the Toronto area.
Pickups are also available along Hwy 401 between Kitchener & London if requested.
Departure & Return Times
We leave Toronto on Friday morning at approximately 8:00 AM. Actual pickup times vary by stop and will be sent out in the final email to all registered attendees, 2 days before the trip.
We return to Toronto at approximately 10:00 PM on Sunday night.
Travelling With Children
Children 10 and older are welcome on this trip. Price is same as for adults.
US Immigration requires that all travellers MUST have a passport. Please make sure that you have the appropriate permission and documentation to travel to the USA.
If you are denied entry to the US, sadly we will have to leave you at the border. Sorry but no refunds if you are denied entry.
Emergency Medical Insurance
Emergency medical insurance is required for all passengers. If you do not have coverage under an existing policy, please contact us at the number below and we will be happy to make arrangements.
Marville Travel Ltd.