February 23-- Firekeepers Casino Let's play the slots. Great casino trip to FireKeepers.. Get $20 in slots and $10 in Reward Points. It just doesn't get any better. We'll be back by 5 p.m. Cost is $25/person
February 28, 2017 – Paczki, Pierogi & Polkas – 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
Resale Shopping March 28 -- Love Consignment or thrift shopping? Hit the road this spring for some awesome bargain hunting! Visiting 5 multiple resale shops. Includes box lunch on the bus and heavy snacks 8:00AM - 4:30PM. $65/person
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 pperson
APRIL 19, 2017 – Vera Bradley Outlet First Day Sale – We 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 7bus, 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. Filling fast.
April 26 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 3-4, 2017 – Mardi Gras Casino, Shopping & Sight Seeing, Charleston West Virginia – This 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 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 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
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 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
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.
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 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
August 4, 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 - On our Tour of Gardens of Detroit it will be fascinating to see how unusual spaces have been turned into proper floral and vegetable plots. We'll meet a woman who has a passion for bringing flowers growing in different corners of Detroit together-she mingles wildflowers found in alleyways with her own homegrown annuals, biennials, perennials, trees and shrubs-turning them into beautifuil 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 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
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 1-10, 2017 - Splendors of South Africa - $3,000 fixed price. Watch for details soon!
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.**
THESE TRIPS DEPART FROM THE CEDARS OF DEXTER & ANOTHER LOCATION IN ANN ARBOR
FEBRUARY 10, 2017 RUMORS BY NEIL SIMON -- Rumors is a madcap, slamming door farce set in a large home just outside of New York City. As the guests arrive to celebrate the 10 th anniversary of the deputy mayor and his wife, they find the mayor shot in bed (don’t worry it’s only a flesh wound!) and his wife missing. From there the hilarity ensues with cover-ups, deceptions and mistaken identities. Come join in the laughter and meet these great characters doing what Neil Simon does best – making the mundane…insane! Lunch on your own in downtown Rochester. The play starts at 10 AM. Lunch immediately after. Cost: $65.00/person
JULY 12, 2017 Arts, Amish, & Adventure-- Experience this unique world of horse and buggies and mouthwatering home cooked Amish meals, old-fashioned remedies. There is something here for everyone to talk about for quite a while! Be prepared to purchase bread, jams and more. Activities include seeing:Amish in their homes and enjoy an Amish meal. An authentic Amish Pharmacy where many old-fashioned remedies are the norm and notions are available. Horse and buggies on the road en route to their destination Amish Garden and Horse Farm. Amish grocery stores powered by propane. A Mennonite Country Market, an offshoot of Amish. Tour the Nottawa Stone School with an old fashioned teacher Cost: $80/person
STEP ON BUS TOURS
215 W. Troy St., Ste. 2046
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