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August 1 -- Port Huron Gad About -- Enjoy a day trip to Port Huron. One of the oldest cities in Michigan, considered the "Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes." Port Huron has an art and history museum, depicting the history of the area, and also offers guided tours of historical ships like the Huron Lightship and the Huron Lady. A visit to Port Huron's downtown district could include riverfront dining, a trip to the museum, shopping along its quaint streets, or a historic trolley tour. Lunch and attractions on your own. Pick up 9/9:30AM, return home around 5.
August 30—Fun at the Beach– Pack up your sunscreen and sandals and get ready for a day of fun at the beach. Head to one of Michigan’s most popular beaches and enjoy the one-mile long picturesque shoreline. Hike through meadows and marshlands on a nature trail, bird-watch for the more than 230 commonly-seen species in the area or walk along the 1,600-foot long boardwalk along the lake. Bring your clubs! Golf and mini-golf are available for an additional cost onsite. A barbecue picnic lunch will be provided by Rose consisting of hot dogs, chips, pickles. Ole'
August 31 – Arts, Beats and Eats Festival in Royal Oak – The festival offers more than 200 performances on nine stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, and local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in Metro-Detroit. Each year international, regional and local attractions at the festival make the City of Royal Oak the premier destination for Labor Day weekend.
September 13—Cranbrook Gardens – On your own, three hours to explore 40 acres of formal, woodlands and naturalistic gardens featuring fountains, statuary, lakes, streams and extensive traditional and contemporary planting. Must-sees include: the Sunken Garden, the Reflecting Pool, the Herb Garden and the Japanese Garden! If you get tired of the gardens, you can tour the Institute of Science Museum (admission is $9.50) or relax in Reflections Café.
October 24 -- Birch Run Shoppingat the outlet mall in Birch Run, Michigan. The largest outlet mall in the Midwestern United States. Whether it's holidays or just because, you're sure to find everything you need at the Midwest's largest outlet mall. Get a head start on your holiday shopping! Pick up 8/8:30, return home around 6. (Note the date change)
December 14 – Holiday Lights in the “D” - Downtown Detroit -On your own three hours, walk around Campus Martius, which is the center point of holiday lights. Enjoy the vendors. Walk in the area. You might even try ice-skating! Meal on your own. Shop the stores on Woodward. 4/4:30PM departure 8:30/9PM return.
Tour Includes: Roundtrip Motorcoach, lunch on your own. Cost: $35.00 pp each trip or 3 for $90 or all 5 for only $155
No credit cards. Cash, check or money order only. Pick Up Locations: Novi Civic Center, Livonia Ford Field, Madison Heights
DAY & MULTI DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
July 18 — Saugatuck -- Stroll along the boardwalk admiring the boats and explore the dockside shops. We’ll experience a Dune Buggy ride for about 45 minutes in an open air truck. Your guide stops along the way and tells you fun 7 interesting facts about the area. At the top of the dunes, you’ll be able to take some photos and may even see wild turkeys. Star of Saugatuck boat ride. The final destination point will be at the corner drug store soda fountain where hand-creamed sodas and malted shakes have been a specialty for 86 years! Exit the bus here and enjoy shopping in the fabulous downtown area. There’s lots of fun for all. Please note that there is no casino stop. $95/person
July 19 — Canadian Coast, Cuisine & Classic Cuts: Enjoy an ocean going passenger vessel plying the water of the Detroit River on this 2-hour fully narrated historical cruise. Did you know that some 75% of the illegal alcohol coming into the U.S, during the pre-1935 "dry" years actually came from our neighbors across the Detroit River? Under the care of a well-informed docent, you'll head along the Canadian coast, past the harbors the bootleggers of old who left with their precious liquid cargoes for our shores. You'll hear about Henry Ford's move to Windsor, his association with the brawling Dodge brothers, the famous Peace Fountain in honor of the UAW President who was assassinated. Then onto Peche Island and hear about its lasting curse. Then into the village of Amherstburg, where you'll not only note its quaint English-y atmosphere, but can also enjoy the authentic cross-channel Parisian cuisine of the town's authentic French restaurant. After an enjoyable lunch (delicious French cuisine, and oui, French wines are available!), you'll be escorted to interesting local historical sites where your fur-trapper guide will take over with tall tales of the area. . And since Prohibition is one of the tour themes, there'll be a couple of refreshment stops where, if you choose, you can wet your whistle. All told, it's history, it's mystery and a whole lot of fun. The kind of tour that fills up fast, so register soon! $125/person
July 24 – Arts, Amish & Adventure -- Visit the Amish in their homes. We're visiting some very unusual businesses and hearing some fascinating stories by many Amish. You'll see plenty of horse and buggies on the road. Lunch will be overly filling as there will be so much to choose from. Take in an Amish Pharmacy, learn a wee bit about farming with a team of Belgium's, get some great deals on hanging baskets and more. You may even want to purchase some furniture direct. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn about this unique lifestyle. We are visiting the largest contingent of Amish in Michigan. $85 /person
July 26 — Victorian Tea Party: Attend an authentic Victorian tea party and learn the ins and outs of 19th-century table manners. Includes lunch. $65/person
July 30 — Quilts, Quakers & Questors: History buffs will have the opportunity to get an inside look at Michigan’s role in the Civil War and its celebrated contributions to the Underground Railroad. Did you know that abolitionist Sojourner Truth’s final resting place is located in southwest Michigan? See monuments dedicated to Truth’s life and the lives of other abolitionists as well as historical homes connected to the Underground Railroad. The Nathan Turner house in Schoolcraft, a stop on the tour, hid over 1,000 slaves during the Civil War. Travelers will also visit a “vanished” settlement of freed people. $75/person
August 13 – The Gilmore Car Museum is located in Hickory Corners in the U.S. state of Michigan, and houses one of Michigan's largest collections of classic and vintage automobiles. Over 300 vintage and collector vehicles and motorcycles from all eras are on display in over a dozen vintage buildings located on 90 acres. Exhibits range from the early cars of the 1890s, to the Duesenbergs, Hudsons, and classics of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, as well as automobiles built in the "Other Motor City - Kalamazoo." Also on display is a vintage Franklin dealership and the largest gallery ever dedicated to the Model A Ford. Featured are the Dust Bowl and Great Migration vehicles of the 1920s and 1930s, a 1948 Tucker, vintage pedal cars, and the Eldon and Esta Hostetler Hudson Motor Car Collection . Lunch included. Cost: $85/person
August 16 — Old New Detroit Tour – Downtown Detroit is rapidly changing: Join us as we board the People Mover , the Q-Line and also the bus as we see the newest and the oldest side by side. Cuppa Joe in the city's oldest restaurant juxtaposed with lunch in the newest. Two additional docents telling us the deets of the “D”. $65/person
August 4-12 — Garden of the Gods: Embark on a cross country journey to Colorado, to experience and see The Garden of the Gods. • Watch others take flight while visiting the US Air force Academy. • Visit the Royal George • Including traveling over the bridge and experiencing the air tram. • Visit historic Manitou springs, at the foot of the of oh so famous Pikes Peak • Things will get a little steamy, on our guided tour of Colorado Springs. • Learn to train like a gold medalist at the US Olympic Training Center • Enjoy 8 nights of lodging, 4 consecutive in scenic Colorado • Loaded Motor coach ride • 14 meals: including 8 breakfasts & 6 dinners • 1 TRIP OF A LIFETIME • $959/person
August 22 — Wine Trail Tour: Hold the stem of the glass, sniff and savor. Sounds easy but it's never easy to identify which wine is this or that. This time, you'll learn for sure and have fun with the others. Visit 3 wineries, one store that has the appropriate appetizers to go along with choice wine. Lunch is included. Each winery has a unique presentation. Great guide tells us about the region. Always fun. $85/person
August 28 – SHIPSHEWANA – Meal at Das Essen Haus, Flea Market, Shopping. Fun. $85/person
September 5—SHOTS & SPIRITS: AN ADULT BEVERAGE TOUR: Come with us and enjoy a tasting at a winery and distillery. After there will be a chance to purchase your favorites of the sampling. Dinner will be provided at a pizza shop that has been serving the city of Detroit since 1946. $65/person
September 18 — ART PRIZE: See Art Prize the day before it officially opens in Grand Rapids. Artists will put the finishing touches on their work leading into the big day. A docent will step on our bus and lead us around the city so that we have an actual guide to take us to several of the artists' installations. They will arrange for a couple of the artists to tell us about their work before it goes public. This tour is filled with fascinating historic, elegant and new buildings juxtaposed with amazing art installations. We will take a stroll down the street filled with all sorts of creative creations and stop in some very interesting private stores Lunch will be included. This is really a fascinating look into Art Prize. Please note: though the flyer says casino stop, no stop is planned. $75/person
September 20 -- NUNSENSE: A-MEN!-- Nunsense is basically the original “Nunsense” show with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers. Think of it as “Mrs. Doubtfire enters the Convent.” Done totally seriously, this show is, to quote a critic, “no drag.” A whole new layer of comedy surfaces with lines like “The guys in the old neighborhood still can’t believe I became a nun!” To quote the New York Times: “A change of habit, boy oh, boy!” $99 -- Must register by Aug. 10, 2018 -- 20 seats remaining
September 21 -- SECRETS OF THE BRICKS: MANSIONS & BUILDINGS TRANSFORMED —Detroit is bursting with history and revitalized architecture. Join us as we explore five of the city’s key spots. The tour kicks off at one of Detroit’s most prized possessions; the largest private residence in the Historic Boston-Edison District, the Charles T. Fisher Mansion. Homeowner and actor Hill Harper (“The Good Doctor,” “CSI: NY,” “Homeland”) has donated his residence to the Junior League of Detroit for their biennial Designers’ Show House. National and local interior designers and landscapers will be transforming the rooms and gardens of this beautiful estate for a one-time opening to the public. Harper has invested a lot of money into the restoring this home to its original grandeur and it will be a sight to see. We will then take drive-by tour of two other historic Detroit homes before heading to the flagship retail store of a famous Michigan maker of workwear. This company, started in Detroit, has been clothing laborers all over the United States for 129 years. We’ll then explore the world of reclaimed woodworking and antiques where you never know what you might stumble upon, before shopping at a couple Detroit boutiques. Lunch will be provided at a polish restaurant. Tickets for this tour are limited. Must register by September 7th to guarantee a spot! First come first served. $75/person
September 23-27 – CHICAGO - This just in! Our previously private trip to Chicago is opening up 10 seats. Join us as we explore the city’s hottest spots and some very special secret locations unknown by tourists and even the locals. They are so unique they have even been studied by the CIA and FBI! Highlights of the 5-day trip include: the Oriental Museum, a Skyline Cruise, the Art Institute of Chicago, the “Magnificent Mile,” the Water Tower Place Mall, Alder Planetarium, 360 Chicago, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and special locations for us only. $614/person double occupancy
September 28 – Mystery Fine Dining– Bring an empty stomach for this trip! Experience a meal like never before at some of Detroit’s most exclusive restaurants. Business casual attire only, please. $68/person
October 2-4 - FALL COLORS TOUR IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN - The best place to spend fall in the U.S.? The obvious answer is Northern Michigan! Join us as we travel north to the upper peninsula to experience the beautiful Michigan fall colors. We will be making plenty of stops along the way. On the way there, we will be enjoying a quick tour of the historic Mackinac Bridge. There will also be stops at the delightful Legs Inn, The National Shrine of Cross in the Woods, and more! A tour of a gorgeous catholic church in Newberry is also in the works! The main event? A 6 1/2 hour Train and Riverboat Tour to the Tahquamenon Falls. The train travels through a forest, encapsulating us in the beautiful fall colors of Northern Michigan. There will also be surprise stops on the way home. Two nights lodging and one lunch is included. Reserve your seat with a non-refundable $100. Seats are first come first serve. Tour Includes: Roundtrip Motor Coach, Meals, Raffles, Goodie Bags, Snacks, Tour Guides, & more! Pick Up Locations: 18120 Jamestown Circle Northville, MI 48168Departure and Return Times: Cost: $485/person; double occupancy
October 15-20, 2018 — Branson Show Trip Extravaganza: Travel with us to Branson, MO for a week of live shows! This trip includes music from Down Home Country, AYO - Voices of Glory, and Million Dollar Quartet. We will also be taking a ride on the Showboat Branson Belle, enjoying the show “Samson”, shopping in Downtown Branson, and so much more! $647/person -- Pick ups are in Chelsea, Livonia, Royal Oak
October 22 — March of the Big Heads: See the floats used before they hit Woodward Ave. and take a tour of The Parade Company in Detroit. This company houses the largest collection of paper-mache heads and has an extensive collection of costumes and characters from past parades. Afterwards we will head across town an tour a historic building erected in 1898 that now houses guests both long and short term. NOTE DATE CHANGE $70.00/person
October 23 – Hallowed Grounds of Historic Cemeteries – History. Mystery. See the breathtaking mausoleums, sculptures and headstones where the bodies of the renowned and not so famous are buried. Enjoy a tour of 3 cemeteries in Detroit. You'll learn the basics of cemetery signals, of art, trees and more. Lunch is at the original Buddy's Pizza, Detroit. Pick up at 9 and return by 4PM $49 p.person
November 19 – Holiday Mystery Party – Unleash your inner Sherlock and try your hand at mystery-solving. Our tours usually go off without a hitch, but this time the unexpected happened—someone was murdered! Join on this tour and see if you can collect the clues needed to learn what really happened. Lunch provided. $68/person
November 28 — A Bavarian Christmas & Holiday Show: Start off the holidays the right way when you join us for a holiday kick-off luncheon at Zehnder’s Restaurant in Frankenmuth! Following lunch, there will be a performance of holiday songs by New Odyssey. The band is comprised of 3 guys with 30 instruments. This will be one of the final performances for the band as they hang up their 30 instruments after 4 decades and 7,500 unique and humorous shows. Come view this delightful band while you still can! After the luncheon, we will be shopping and exploring the historic Bavarian town of Frankenmuth. The twinkling of Christmas lights, glow of the silver streamers, and glistening snow-topped buildings will surely put you in the Christmas mood. Our final stop will be at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland to complete a jolly-filled day! What better place is there to spend the holidays than in one of TIME Magazine's most Christmassy towns in America? Must be registered by October 5th.$98/person
December 1 (Saturday)—A Civil War Christmas– Be transported through time and experience the yuletide season in the 1860s. Witness American history and the holiday traditions of the past. Meet soldiers and civilians from the Revolutionary War to World War II and learn how they celebrated Christmas in their eras. Lunch will be hosted at a fine-dining Georgia-style inn. $78/person
December 4 – Christmas with the Amish $85/person
December 5 – Scrooge at Meadowbrook — Come with us to view the captivating tale of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol! We'll be traveling with Scrooge and the haunting ghosts of Christmas past, present, & future to learn about the true spirit of Christmas. As always, a meal will be included during the trip. Must register by August 15. $105/person
December 7- WILD LIGHTS AT THE DETROIT ZOO – Enjoy a spectacular light display of more than 5 million LED lights that illuminate trees, buildings and sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo. The tour goes on in rain, snow or shine, so please come dressed for the weather and for walking outside. Average walk is an hour and half to complete the tour. Enjoy a dinner and holiday surprises at Polonia Restaurant prior to the Zoo. Cost: $67/person
December 21 — Festive Churches: The true spirit of Christmas will come alive when we host our Holiday Historic Church Tour of metro Detroit and suburbs. This multifaceted tour will take participants inside four 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.$75/person
December 31 — Firekeeper's Casino Day Trip: Leave @ 8am; Return @ 5pm. $35/person
February 10-16, 2019 — New Orleans: Enjoy spectacular tour of New Orleans. We're stopping at fascinating places going and coming. A guided tour of Bay St. Louis, admission to Mardi Gras World, a Riverboat Cruise on the Mississippi, and more! Includes motor coach transportation, 6 nights lodging, and 10 meals. $669/person
Vera Bradley April 10, 2019 -- It's official . Our shopping slot is at 2:30 pm for the first day of the Vera Bradley Annual Sale. Our event code is EXPO410G. All festivities take place prior to the shopping. $85 p.person
**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.**
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