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July 12The Wyandotte Street Art Fair – Over 300 artists, entertainers, local businesses, exhibitors and food vendors, creating a wide variety that people of all ages can enjoy. Enjoy lunch on your own in town or from one of the vendors.  Pick up 9/9:30AM, return home 3/3:30PM

July 13 – Michigan Lavender Festival – All things lavender in Armada on the grounds of Blake’s Orchard. Featuring over 150 artists, craftspeople and local area farms. We will arrive at the festival grounds around 10AM and depart the festival at 3:30PM Lunch on your own at one of the food vendors.

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.

October 24 -- Birch Run Shopping at 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

May 15 — Quilting with Elaine & Her Amish Friends: Can you imagine!!! There's shopping for fabrics, household goods, food and other items in Shipshewana and Middlebury and then meet with Elaine and do quilt with her Amish friends for 2 hours. Enjoy a groaning board lunch.  Learn a thing or two at the quilting bee just for us. Doesn't matter if you quilt or sew or not.  It's so interesting to hear about their lives. Her house has a large quilt rack set up along with plenty of chairs for each of us.   If quilting isn't your thing, you'll want to meet up with Josh and hear all about his horses. This is such a cool glimpse into a single family home, barn and property.  A local Amish Guide to enhance your travel. Your guide will entertain your group with fun facts, local history and an introduction to the Amish culture. $95/person

May 31 — Historic Orthodox Churches of Detroit: Greek, Serbian and Romanian tells the stories of the eastern immigrants and the beautiful churches they built. There'll be a guide at each house of worship. The Orthodox Church in this country owes its origin to the devotion of so many immigrants from lands such as Greece, Russia, the Middle East, and the Balkans. In the great wave of immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries, Orthodox Christians from many lands and cultures came to America in search of freedom and opportunity. Like the first Apostles, they carried with them a precious heritage and gift. To the New World they brought the ancient faith of the Orthodox Church. $65/person 

June 7 — Mystery Tour: Clue. No casinos.  Maybe a little food tasting.  Maybe something behind the scenes.  You'll be surprised and say: oh -- I never knew. $65/person 

June 11 — Arts, Amish & Adventure: Visit the Amish in their homes. We're visiting some very unusual businesses and hearing some fascinating

June 13 — Jefferson Jaunt: Jefferson Avenue is a 63.71-mile-long (102.53 km) scenic road along the eastern part of the Detroit metropolitan area in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Michigan. It travels alongside Lake Erie, the Detroit River, and Lake St. Clair. This road also provides access to many recreational facilities in the area. West Jefferson Avenue is primarily a commercial, while East Jefferson Avenue contains a historic residential district. Visit bakeries, restaurants, unique coffee shops, tour 2 local businesses. Have a neighborhood home tour. $65/person  

June 15--- Historic Homes On The Market: Historic homes in Detroit are all the rage. Some people are drawn to historic homes for the craftsmanship, others by the architectural style, and others by the historical significance, and almost everyone by the uniqueness.There are historic homes and real estate of all types throughout Detroit.  This includes homes,  schools, churches, and others, some of which have been well preserved, while others are waiting for that special owner whose dream is to restore a historic property to its grandeur. Tour 5-7 historic homes that have been refurbished, restored, redone in Detroit neighborhoods. These historic buildings have their own personality with unusual features and are located in great neighborhoods. This trip is for history lovers, home buyers & anyone interested in seeing these beautiful gems.  $45/person  

June 19 — Heart of Soul – Exploring the real Motown: Of course there is a tour of Hitsville, the Motown Museum. And, the recording studio where the great singers of the era recorded their many songs.  Visit a unique garden and also Farmer's Market (not the Eastern Market). Expect a “real” Soul food restaurant where we'll be serenaded by a “crooner” of the era.  See two houses of famous singers. Plus, another fascinating museum stop – not what you think. $75/person

​​June 21 — Nooks and Crannies of Detroit:  Originally we were going to run this trip in January. Because of the weather, we got a low response. Then the goat farmer told me that the animals would be in his barn (in the middle of Detroit). Now, I've added some more cool spots like a fish/sprout/herb farm.Get an inside look at some of the most prestigious and mind-boggling institutions in Detroit! One guaranteed location is the Detroit Opera House. The rest is a secret! But bring a tote bag because you just never know where we'll wind up. Lunch at Andiamo’s included. $70/person

June 28 — Historic Orthodox Churches of Detroit: Greek, Serbian and Romanian tells the stories of the eastern immigrants and the beautiful churches they built. There'll be a guide at each house of worship. The Orthodox Church in this country owes its origin to the devotion of so many immigrants from lands such as Greece, Russia, the Middle East, and the Balkans. In the great wave of immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries, Orthodox Christians from many lands and cultures came to America in search of freedom and opportunity. Like the first Apostles, they carried with them a precious heritage and gift. To the New World they brought the ancient faith of the Orthodox Church. (Pick up only at Commerce, Milford, and Wixom) $65/person 

July 12 — The Wyandotte Street Art Fair: is one of the nation's finest art fairs. The fair will feature over 300 artists, entertainers, local businesses, exhibitors and food vendors, creating a wide variety that people of all ages can enjoy. The jury selected fine artists representing 30 states and Canada, will display their works in special booths. It was takes place right off the Detroit River on the streets of downtown Wyandotte. A colorful, fun filled experience walking down streets filled with artists displaying their works. Sculptures in wood and metals, pictures, jewelry, wooden toys and puzzles. Also features musicians, bands, food, drinks, and ice cream. $35/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 18 —  Saugatuck In Saugatuck, you can 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. 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 26 — Victorian Tea PartyAttend 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 7 — Queen of Hearts Tea Party: Our Tea is most definitely a party. First, we'll enjoy a tea tasting of 3 extraordinary kinds of teas. loose-leaf teas and herbal infusions, with tea categories such as: white, black, green, flavored & scented green, "blooming" white, black, flavored & scented black, oolong, and pu-erh teas along with rooibos, herbal, organic matcha green tea and Yerba Maté infusions. We'll enjoy tea, scones, little sandwiches with the ends cut off in a historic house. It's really a sensational experience with lots of cozy warmth amid some mighty fine china and such. We not only satisfy the needs of confirmed tea drinkers, but help introduce this exceptional beverage to people who may never have had a really good cup of tea. Our guide will explain the differences in teas and what makes a really good cup of tea. To cap it off, we're going to an exceptional Ice cream shop just for kicks. 

(Pick up only at Commerce, Milford, and Wixom) $65/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 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. $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

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

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

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 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 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 and Biloxi: Enjoy spectacular Gulf Coast gamin, 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

**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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