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Thursday Dates: May 31, June 7, July 6, August 24, October 25, November 8 & 22
April 11-- Historic Churches of Battle Creek -- Who would have known that Battle Creek has gorgeous historic Churches filled with significant stained glass windows complemented with renowned architecture. Visit 4 Houses of Worship each with private docent. Includes box lunch and heavy snacks. Drive through on your own. $75/person
April 13 -- Michigan’s First State Prison - With lively, knowledgeable guides, tour Michigan’s First State Prison (1839-1934): Your guides tell stories about the historic prison that by 1882 became the largest walled prison in the world. Hear about prison life, conditions, punishments, reforms; colorful characters, corruption, and more. Witness how this old prison’s history is preserved within the repurposing today of the only old prison turned into a residence with a focus on the arts, making the tour a fascinating architectural experience as well. See the Historic Michigan Theatre of Jackson, In the beautiful theatre, you will experience “Jacktown: The History of Michigan’s First State Prison.” Though this interactive program of live storytelling, film, archival photos, and audience participation, visitors see & hear intriguing tales of prison life, colorful inmates, wardens, night keepers, crime, punishments, riots, and reforms. Lunch included. Talk by a former inmate. Tour of City of Jackson $75/person
APRIL 19, 2017 – Vera Bradley Outlet First Day Sale – We had two buses for this trip. An east side and a west side. Put a non-refundable $20 deposit down to secure your seat, which will be applied to your ticket. Here is how we are doing it this year. Seating is as follows: Early registrants will get the first portion of each bus, while last minutes get the end of the bus. Box lunch and meal included. $85/person.
Please send us your registration as soon as you can to secure your seat. They are filling fast.
April 21 Culinary Delights & Creations -- Enjoy dining at a teaching restaurant. The menu is limited because, however, this allows the staff and students to perfect the dishes they do offer. The students are not only doing all of your cooking, they have students as the wait staff as well. A city tour with various docents is also included. Don't expect Gordon Ramsey but do expect awesome food. $65/person
May 4, 2017 -- Treasured Temples & Synogogues of Metro Detroit -- Visit these important houses of worship filled with beautiful art, architecture and historic artifacts. Includes docent tour of each sacred place. $68/person
May 5 --Cinco De Mayo at Caeser's Windsor -- Stepping across the border to the fabulous and exciting Caesar's Casino of Windsor. $15 in coins or food. Lots of entertainment, celebration beads and lots of fun. Make sure you have your passport, passport card or enhanced driver's license for this cool casino! $24/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
May 18, 2017 - Drag Queen Bingo - A comedy show where you're entertained by a drag queen while you play bingo. It is for entertainment purposes only: there is no pot or money to be won. Hailing from Orlando, FLA, seasoned stage ingenue, Miss Carol Lee will have you rolling in the aisles with twisted tales of the stars you thought you knew and a show you'll never forget! Watch for a stop at a unique restaurant. $65/person
May 20 -- Battle of Bloody Run -- Join us for a fabulous Saturday tour of special historical places and spaces on our downtown Detroit excursion into the city's French past and the new Detroit. Your guides will explain the City's key sites on this trip. Includes docent led tour of the following: St. Mary's Church, Docent led tour of Detroit's Waterfront, The Country's only urban downtown Park, Elmwood Cemetery -- The only one with graves of union, confederate and WW 1 & 2 American & German soldiers and the Battle of Bloody Run along with more exciting and fun facts, Specialty bookstore, Lunch included, Cost $65/person
June 8, 2017 – Russian Churches, Paintings and Taste of the Volga – From Nyet to Da. Southeastern Michigan has quite the Russian culture. Russian Churches, Paintings & Taste of the Volga Roll 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 UNIQUE shopping. Russian docents & personalities. Great way to explore this culture rich in heritage and history. $70/person Please note the date change.
June 14, 2017 - Motor City Murals - Detroit has become one of the most vibrant centers of street art in the county in recent years. In the last four or five years, a loose coalition of artists, enthusiasts, grassroots organization, galleries and sympathetic businesses have emerged to champion the positive impact of authorized street art. Hundreds of authorized murals by some of the most famous street artists in the world, as well as works by gifted local artists, now grace downtown, Eastern Market, southwest Detroit, the Grand River corridor and other hotspots. Our private guided tour spotlights 25 must-see works of street art in Detroit. There are other places where we will hop on and off the bus to see these unique pieces of art. And, we'll have a chance to experience the Dequindre Cut Greenway. It's a below-grade pathway, formerly a Grand Trunk Western Railroad line, located on the east side of Detroit. Much of the Cut has been converted to a greenway; the colorful graffiti along the pathway has been left in place. Lunch is at Vincente's with Spanish tapas served family style. $75/person
June 20, 2017 - Historic Detroit Churches - It's no secret that Detroit is home to oodles of gorgeous historic churches, but you really get an even great appreciation for their beauty when you see them on the inside. You will see them on the inside. You will see 5 historic churches, probably that you have not seen before. No. This is not about the wow Catholic Churches. We're seeing structures that are not normally on the tried-and-true church tours. Many of the structures were built in the late 1800s. You'll see so many different types of architecture - Gothic, Victorian, English, Revival. This is a great opportunity to see churches that you just wouldn't typically see on other tours. Tour each of the churches and learn their rich history and how it affected the city of Detroit. $70/person
July 12 & 13, 2017 - Arts, Amish & Adventure - This fun trip in Amish culture takes place in southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana. This unique trip features two different Amish cultures. It's so interesting as we gaze into this closed group of people who live by extraordinary beliefs and pretty much off the grid. Again, I did this trip by bicycle, scouting out all of the most fascinating sites. We'll visit different Amish places, some Mennonite, and some rustic and unusual towns. Each venue has an interesting docent. $199 double/$235 single.
Single day trips will also be available JULY 27 for $75/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.
Deposit due March 19. $621/person
July 22 -- Saturday -- An Enlightening Experience -- You. Yoga and Yoganandas --This is a great excursion into the world of Yoga. We'll see and explore a Hindu Temple, participate in 2 yoga sessions, enjoy a vegetarian lunch with a speaker, a tour of an Indian Grocery Store and more. In conjunction with Shanti Yoga, Clawson. $88/person
July 25, 2017 - Saugatuck-The Boat, The Dunes, The Sites - In Saugatuck you can stroll along the boardwalk admiring the boats and explore the dockside shops. Ride the Victorian hand-cranked ferry and experience a very wonderful and informatinve Harbor & Land tour that will knock your socks off. We'll end our excursion at the corner drug store soda fountain where hand-creamed sodas and malted shakes have been a specialty for 86 years! Enjoy the Star of Saugatuck narrated boat cruise. Also a dune buggy ride for our group. Lots of fun for all. Walking the streets of Saugatuck & Shopping. Touring Saugatuck on the amphibious Touring Water Taxi, Downtown Saugatuck shops, stores and restaurants, the Kalamazoo River, the Saugatuck Harbor, "local lore" & "crazy people". $95/person
June 26 -- Fireworks Galore! Large buffet. Drinks. Other entertainment. Come join the celebration. Caesar's Windsor.
Return @ 11:30 PM acros the Ambassador Bridge -- $99/person
August 1-3 , 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
August 3, 2017 - Superb Suburban Churches - When I'm not touring, I'm usually peddling my you-know-what around town, which is how I discover the many unique places in areas we tour. We ran this tour last year to oohs & ahs. The year we're featuring different Houses of Worship - Hindu Temples, Congregational, Orthodox wonders and more. Yes to historic relics. Yes to all worshiping God in our own ways as we aspire to know our creator. Our metro area is filled with fascinating wonders, historic markers and most of all docents who tell us unusual & interesting facts about suburban Houses of Worship. Lunch included. $68/person
August 15, 2017 - Gardens of Detroit - "Detroit's community gardens now produce 200 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables per year, residents who work those gardens eat 2.5 more servings per day of fruits or vegetables than their neighbors, and property values near the gardens are rising by up to 20 percent," reports Forbes. Our tour of Gardens of Detroit is fascinating to see how unusual spaces have been turned into proper floral and vegetable plots of plants and floral bursts. We'll meet a woman who has a passion for bringing all flowers growing in different corners of Detroit together - she mingles wildflowers found in alleyways with her own homegrown annuals, biennials, perennials, trees, shrubs - turning them into beautiful bouquets. Lunch included. Guess how I discovered these green spaces! $68/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
AUGUST 22-23 -- Stratford Festival – 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 – HMS Pinafore Overnight at the Stone Willow Inn. Day 2: Tour the Castle Kilbridge in the morning. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Festival Theatre. 2:00 pm The School For Scandal Depart for home with a rest/snack. $375/person
August 27-31 - Historic Baltimore & Washington DC - Crabcakes in Baltimore. The Smithsonian Museums. Historic sites. Visit DC. See the renowed "Slave Chronicles" as the pages are turned just for us. Welcome aboard the Potomac Riverboa "Cherry Blosson", a working replica of an authentic split steamwheeler and re-creation of a 19th century Victorian riverboat. After our cruise enjoy a delicious lunch at Tony and Joe's Seafood Place. Spend a delightful day visiting Lincoln's Cottage and the Franciscan Monastery. Located on the grounds of the Old Soldier's Home, Lincoln's Cottage is the most historic site directly associated with his presidency aside from the White House. More details to come. $TBD
Sept. 6 -- Quilts, Quakers & Questors-- This tour changes everytime I run it. We'll still see the Underground Railroad House this hid the fugitives and various monuments. However, this time, we'll learn more about the archelogical dig and why the freed slaves evacuated the area. Such an interesting step into history. Did you know that the events that precipitated the Civil War actually started in Michigan? Learn more. It's quite a sobering experience presented in a most enjoyable manner. $80/person
September 10-16 - 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 6 breakfasts and 4 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
September 12-14, 2017 – Touring Upper New York's History, Mystery & Meade – The 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
October 13 .... Friday the 13th Historic Cemetery Walk -- Join us as we celebrate the haunting traditions of times past! Your evening starts in an historic home where you'll experience the peculiar customs of Victorian mourning as you view an authentic 19th centure funeral in the parlor. We'll hop aboard the jalopy for a trip to the Cemetery where a guided walking tour will introduce to you to some interesting citizens of the past 150 years. Candle glow &Jack-o-lanterns light your way through one of the oldest cemeteries in Michigan. After your adventure, enjoy light refreshments and learn about Victorian Seances and Spiritualism. Enjoy a charming Edwardian Halloween party.
Registrations must be in our office by August 20. For this event, first payers get priority seating in bus. Mum's the word on the location. $78 p.person
2017 TRIPS & TOURS!
**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.**