**DEPARTURE LOCATIONS:  All trips generally depart from Madison Heights, Novi and Livonia to help accommodate guests from all

areas of metro Detroit. Guests are notified a week before the

tour with location and pick up time for each individual tour.** 

Nov. 3, 2016 –​ Forbidden Art: Illegal Works by Concentration Camp Prisoners– Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of all the Nazi German concentration camps in Europe during the Second World War.  These works are pieces of history and include candid sketches, abstract representations and unique sculptures. The Komski/Chumiecki exhibit, features watercolor paintings and drawings by Jan Komski, a Polish prisoner who survived Auschwitz, and photography of Auschwitz today. Komski studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow when the city was occupied by German forces. He was arrested in 1940 and sent to Auschwitz, from which he made a daring escape. He was re-arrested and sent to several other camps including Dachau, where he was liberated in 1945. Chumiecki’s haunting, atmospheric photographs of Auschwitz today resulted from his multiple engagements there to work with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. A docent talk and lunch are included. $65/person 

December 3, 2016 – Kellogg House © – A visit Meijer Gardens to experience their awesome holiday display.  We will have to wait to see what awesome things they will spotlight in 2016. $85/person

December 6, 2016 – Christmas with the Amish ©
 – Experience an “old-fashioned” Christmas, Amish Style by invitation only by a private family.  Enjoy mouthwatering home cooked Amish meal in a private, Amish home with oil lights, demonstrations and see horse and buggies on the road, en route to their various destinations. Be prepared to purchase bread, jams and much more.  $85/person

December 9, 2016 – Holiday Lights © – We’ll start with a filling meal along the way in order for the sky to darken.  Then we’ll take in the Christmas Lights in metro Detroit – we’ll see blue lit tees, nativities, amazing displays on buildings, a holiday lobby and plenty of other places designed to delight.  We'll see the lights in Rochester, make a secret stop in a well-decked outside mall that is sensationally decorated, and visit Canterbury Village. ​ $65/person​

December 10, 2016 – Candlelight Home Tour © – The Marshall Historical Society's 36th Annual Candlelight Walk is a guided walking tour of several historic homes decorated for the holiday season, with the homeowners and their family offering a personalized tour of each home. Tickets are sold in advance, with just 600 tickets available. Eat a hearty late breakfast- approx. 10:30 am depart Arrive for tour of Honolulu House at 12:30 pm Lunch at Win Schulers at 2:00 pm Arrive for the Candlelight Walk at 4:00 pm Depart for home at 6:15 pm Arrive home approx. 8:15 pm Candlelight Home Tour. Menu choices: Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli - Herb Chicken - Roasted Prime Rib. $85/person 

December 12 – Christmas at the Alden B. Dow House & Historic Castle © – Get ready for a most unique festive December private docent led tours at two historic venues – both tastefully decorated.  The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio is a place to behold with the constantly changing decor and themes from room to room. When the snow falls and the pond becomes ice, the house takes on a warmer, jovial tone that speaks of countless Christmas and winter celebrations of days long past. The popular tours of the home will show visitors how the Alden Dow family celebrated their Christmas holiday, and the decorations and traditions may be surprising. Every year, the home is decorated with vintage Christmas decorations that belonged to the family. A Christmas tree, ornaments made with love and a bouquet of lighted Witch-hazel branches decorated many parts of the home, but not overly so. Light, reflection and movement was really important to Alden. He liked things that moved and reflected the light, and the decorations they used show that. Vintage music boxes with Christmas themes, along with candle pyramids and the ever present toy trains create sounds and movement in the home, like echoes from guests from celebrations long ago. We will have lunch at a historic venue and then enjoy a special Downton Saginaw tour of the Castle Museum featuring historic clothing of 1890-1929 – of the Downton Era. Both venues have gift shops with very unusual items.  Please note that photos are not allowed in the Dow House. ALSO NOTE: Neither place is handicapped accessible. There is a full flight of stairs at each venue. Each tour will be 1.75 hours.  $85/person

December 15, 2016 – Festively Decorated Churches of Metro Detroit © – The true spirit of Christmas will come alive when we host our Holiday Historic Church Tour of metro Detroit and suburbs.  This multi-faceted tour will take participants inside five of the town’s most historic and architecturally interesting churches, each of which will be decorated for the season by one of the area’s top floral designers.  At each church, the pastor will give a short talk about the building’s history and design.  There will be a presentation of Christmas music.  Lunch is included.  $68/person

December 31, 2016 – January 1, 2017 – Auld Lang Syne New Year’s Eve
 © – (Celebrate Peacefully) An Old-Fashioned New Year's Celebration – If you want to have a wonderful New Year's Eve/Day celebration, this is the trip for you. This is about exploring Amish and Mennonite cultures, shopping in Goshen, touring farms, dairies and homes, hearing how a family stepped out of the Amish culture and eating an Amish haystack meal and also dinner.  We will meet a man who stepped out of the Amish community and hear how he did it, what he experienced and much more. There will be Gospel singing, Bingo, Step On Guides giving tours about town.  Enjoy: Family Style Threshers Dinner, The Round Barn Theatre’s Holiday Musical Production of Mary Poppins, Champagne Punch Celebration Party with Hors D’oeuvres and Chocolates, The Round Barn Theatre Company Cabaret Performance, Fireworks Finale!  Sweet Dreams Lodging, Continental Breakfast and more.  $199/person double occupancy or $249/person single occupancy

2017 TRIPS

​February 28, 2017 – Paczkis, Pierogies –  ​Tour starts with a visit to a Polish church for Chrusciki (Angel Wings) and coffee as we learn about the parish. Our step on guide takes us around the Poletown plant and explains what happened to the neighborhood prior to the building of the plant, the desecularization of the churches, the neighborhoods and the people. At the Polish Art Center we will see specialty products from Warsaw and other areas such as famous pottery and stoneware, amber, bright floral ;scarves and more. The bakery will be stocked with Paczki, Polish egg bread, almond & poppy seed rolls and other delectable pastries. A Polish Platter for lunch includes hot soup of Czarnina, Dill Pickle, Beet and others. A tour of an old fashion Polish church will be docent led where we can oooh & aahh over the architectural splendor. Each traveler will receive a blessed candle. There will be a couple of "surprise" stops to delight and amuse. We'll see an egg painting demo and see many products imported from Poland. Expect to learn about the native costumes. Lunch will be bountiful so don't wear tight clothing. We will stop at an authentic market featuring Polish specialties where you can buy Pierogi, meats and more. There will even be a Polka lesson. This is a great way to explore fascinating places by your charming Polska guide Rose. There will be plenty of opps for shopping.  Best of all... the food - everywhere! Additional docents will add to our understanding of this amazing culture. $65/person

March 12-18, 2017 – Biloxi & New Orleans Luxury motorcoach transportation. Includes: 6 nights lodging including four consecutive nights at a Casino Hotel on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 10 meals including six breakfasts and four dinners, spectacular Gulf Coast gaming, guided tour of Bay St Louis, guided tour of New Orleans, free time in New Orleans French Quarter, visit to a second Gulf Coast casino, dinner party w/ entertainment, relaxing riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River. $585/person

APRIL 19, 2017 –VERA BRADLEY FIRST DAYWe had two buses for this trip.  Put a non-refundable $20 deposit down to secure your seat. Here is how we are doing it this year. Seating is as follows: Early registrants will get the first portion of the bus, while last minutes get the end of the bus. Box lunch and meal included. $85/person. 

May 3-4, 2017 – Mardi Gras Casino, Shopping & Sight Seeing, Charleston West VirginiaThis quick getaway trip includes luxury coach transportation with snacks and movies en route. Overnight accommodations at the downtown Hampton Inn including a full breakfast. Casino coach will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the Casino and Track. Casino perks and vouchers, Triple Points for any slot play. You must be a member of the Players Club and the card must be inserted in the slot machine to receive triple points. Membership is free.  The Charleston Center Shopping Mall features 130 stores, shops a food court and numerous downtown restaurants is a five minute walk from the hotel. Discounts planned for our group at the mall. For those who want to visit interesting areas of Charleston, let's go see Capitol Street & East End Historical District and other unusual places. Tour Includes: Roundtrip Motorcoach, 1-Night stay Hampton Inn, Breakfast, box lunch, Goodie Bags and More! $250/person

May 10, 2017 – Tulip Festival – Welcome to the Tulip Time Festival!  Since 1929, the small city of Holland, Michigan has blossomed with literally hundreds of thousands of tulips - and an equal number of tulip-lovers who attend the annual Tulip Time Festival. This trip is everything tulips as we meet our Dutch Guide who will take us past tulip fields where we can get out and take pictures. Guide will explain how Holland came to be the capital of tulip fields in Michigan. There will be opportunities to get off the bus and see tulips. Church buffet lunch. Our docent-led motor coach tour will take us past extraordinary colorful gardens, to the Dutch Market Platz for shopping. Veldheer's tulip farm. DeKlomp Tulip Farm and Wooden Shoe Factory.  Time to stroll downtown. Back alley street dancing.  Cost includes transportation via motor coach, lunch, and admissions. $75/person

June 9 – Russian Churches, Paintings and Taste of the VolgaRoll the R when on this trip all about Russia. See and hear about select Russian works of art at the DIA. Enjoy St. Sabbas Monastery tour of the property. Then off to a Russian Orthodox Church to learn about ceremonies, celebrations and lunch. A taste of caviar. Some shopping. Russian docents & personalities. Great way to explore this culture rich in heritage and history. $70/person

June 13-14, 2017 – Spring Stratford Festival 2017
See Two Great Plays! Depart Michigan in the morning and enjoy lunch & fashion show at the Marcanda Tea room. Arrive at the Stone Willow Inn. $10 voucher for light dinner 8:00 pm Show – Guys and Dolls Overnight at the Stone Willow Inn.  Day 2: Tour the Castle Kilbride in the morning. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Festival Theatre. 2:00 pm Mad Woman of Chaillot Depart for home with a rest/snack. $375/person

June 19-21, 2017 –Visit the Amish in Berlin OH – Our luxury motorcoach will take us into the heart of Amish country in Berlin, Ohio where we will meet and visit with many Amish people. Our first stop off the bus will be a walk around Berlin taking in the sights and the stores. We will explore Amish Country with a guided tour of one of the largest Amish communities, including the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center, featuring the Behalt Cyclorama which illustrates the heritage of the Amish and Mennonite people from their beginnings in Zürich, Switzerland to the present day. We will visit and meet owners of small businesses like baskets, soaps and more. Sample the amazing candy at Coblentz Chocolates, specializing in a large assortment of gourmet chocolates. Sit down to a delicious family style feast and fellowship with an Amish family in their own home. Check into the hotel to freshen up and enjoy a little hospitality of lemonade, wine, cheese and crackers. Room assignments on first floor are on first come, first served basis. We will see an "Amish" play, then meet the cast afterwards.  Next day we will visit Schrock Farm Village for the antique mall, crafts, quilts, leather goods western wear. Even buggy rides are included. Stop at Hershberger Bakery and Farmers Market for the best Amish baked goods featuring their famous fry pies, stuffed cookies, cream sticks, breads, jams, jellies, and more! Shop their fresh local produce and enjoy watching the farm animals, including Big Ben, largest Belgian Draft Horse in US. Watch cheese being made and enjoy the samples at Guggisberg Cheese, home of the Original Baby Swiss Cheese. And so many stops in between.  Tour Includes: Roundtrip Motorcoach, Hotel accommodations, Total meals: Two breakfasts and two meals lunch and dinner, An Amish Theatre Performance, Tour Guides, Entry fees to several attractions, Tax and tips for all inclusions, Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per person, Services of a Countryside Tour Director, Raffles and games. $425/person

July 14, 2017 – Historic Apartment Buildings of Detroit – Art Deco apartments. Exquisite facades.  Our Historic Downtown tour offers a great overview of downtown history and architecture, from the nineteenth century to the present. We're going into places that are normally closed to the public. Includes lunch. $65/person

July 18-24, 2017 – Boston, Salem & Cape Ann –​ Motorcoach transportation. 6 nights lodging including 4 consecutive nights in Boston, 10 meals, 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners. Full day guided tour of Boston. Boston's world famous Faneull Hall and Quincy Marketplace. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Full Day Guided Tour of Scenic Coastal Massachusetts, Guided Tour o Historic Lexington and Concord.  $621/person

August 17, 2017 – Take a Tour of Historic Palmer Park – Palmer Park is Detroit's under appreciated architectural jewel. Stunning apartment buildings, green spaces and lovely homes. See the stable of the Detroit Mounted Police. Home to 13 miles of hiking and biking trails, picnic pavilions and play scapes. We will also visit two historic churches. Includes tour of the University District Homes. Docents will explain history. And, one of the Fisher Brothers "girlfriends" will be along for the ride. $65/person

September 12-14, 2017 – Touring Upper New York's History, Mystery & MeadeThe New York Finger Lakes region is home to exquisite wineries waiting for you to discover! This trip will amaze you as we visit the MacKenzie-Childs On a tranquil Victorian farm overlooking Cayuga Lake, we produce world-renowned majolica tableware, home furnishings, and more. Just one mile north of the charming village of Aurora, New York, MacKenzie-Childs is a world away from the day-to-day. As you enter the winding brick driveway, you'll know you are arriving at a very special place. Whether you have just an hour or the entire day to spend, you'll enjoy the Farmhouse, Gardens and the store.  Other stops include the lavish historic home of William Henry Seward and his family -- the man who purchased Alaska! Seward's Folly no more. Serving as a New York State Senator, Governor of New York, a U.S. Senator, and as Secretary of State in the Lincoln and Johnson administrations, Seward was one of the foremost politicians of nineteenth century America. His home is jaw-dropping gorgeous. Our trip will include a visit to the Harriet Tubman home and center, the Fort Hill Cemetery, Niagara Falls and shopping and history stops that will make you want more. $575/person

September 28 - October 10, 2017 – Cruise of the Czars:  The Russian Waterways, St Petersburg, Moscow & The Volga River 11-night cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Originally built for the Russian elite in 1984, the MS Sergei Yesenin was refurbished in 2013. The Yesenin ship maintains a truly intimate and friendly environment with a maximum of only 96 passengers on the ship. Accommodations are clean and basic.  Cities visited include: Moscow (2 nights), Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritzi, Kizhi, Mandrogi, St. Petersburg (3 nights) Highlights - Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Kremlin, Czar's Cannon, Armory Museum (Moscow) Optional, Governor's Palace (Yaroslavl), Island of Kizhi, in St Petersburg: Peter and Paul's Fortress, Hermitage Museum. Includes 32 meals: 11 full buffet breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners. Comprehensive sightseeing tours and shore excursions. English-speaking tour guides throughout. 11 nights aboard the first class MS Sergei Yesenin cruise boat in a Cat. C Main Deck outside facing cabin with a large picture window. When visiting Russia, it is important to remember not to compare your experience to traveling within the US.  River vessels were specifically built for cruising the narrow rivers, low lying bridges and tight locks that connect the Russian Waterways. Therefore, though quite comfortable, the cabins are small and practical and should not be compared with ocean cruises.  Fee will include all flights, transfers, cruise, meals from Detroit. $3,999


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