9 DAY GOLDEN CHINA © – October 5-13, 2016 $2,799 pp – FULL PAYMENT MUST BE IN OUR OFFICE BY JULY 12.  Airfare on the luxurious Air China, all meals, all hotels, inter-China flights, taxes and tours. This is a great deal for the money. Come experience the magic of China and see how people who were once closed to the world live today. China is a growing place.  Departs from Detroit. Visit Beijing, Tienanmen Square, The Palace Museum in the Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, 17- Arch Bridge and Pearl Factory. Roasted Beijing Duck Dinner. Visit the Temple of Heaven, Great Wall – the only man-made structure visible from the moon, Ming Tombs and Pearl Factory. After our flight to Shanghai, we'll tour Tiger Hill and the National Embroidery Institute which has a 1,000 year old history in China. Day trip to the Lingering Garden & the Suzhou Silk Factory.  Power packed day to Lingyin Temple where the 64 foot high camphor-wood carved Buddha sits. Take a cruise riding on West Lake with relaxing stopovers at Jewel-like pagodas. Visit to Dragon Well Green Tea Plantation. Afternoon bus trip to Shanghai.  A shopping mecca.  And, we will see the Yu Garden, a maze of marvelous pavilions, ponds, rocky works and over-arching trees. The Shanghai Silk Rug Factory. The Bund, a famous waterfront park.  Includes all airfares, transfers, bus trips, hotels, meals and more. $2,799/person for double occupancy or $3,299/person for single occupancy.

June 30 – Southeastern Michigan Superb Suburban Houses of Worship © – From Shrine of the Little Flower, Kirk of the Hills, Jewish Synagogues & Indian Temples, a shrine where the Blessed Mother Mary is said to have appeared and historic Catholic Church. Docents will guide us in each House of Worship. This tour also features unique architectural styles. And our architectural Guide has plenty to add and offers different insights. Lunch included. $68/person

July 8 – Quilts, Quakers & Questors - The Underground Railroad © – The paths of freedom were the tracks of the Underground Railroad as Fugitive slaves sought the best routes to Canada. Slavery was, and is, a crime against humanity. This Michigan tour visits historic sites of undeniable interest to all who would show solidarity with the brave resistance in our state. History happened on our soil. We will walk back in time to where the Underground Railroad comes alive in this fascinating and entertaining tour featuring important stops such as: 

  • Sojourner Truth site, Famous Monuments, A bona fide railroad stop on the Underground Memorial Highway
  • Quaker historic homes of conductors

Your Step-On-Tour-Guide knows about the Underground Railroad and will inform you in a fun and delightful manner of the conductors and travelers along the route. She will be costumed in garb of the era, have educational questions and prizes for the correct answers, lead songs of time, and more. This is a fun and educational tour for all ages. $85/person

July 13 – The Real Housewives of Amish Country© – Meet the women who do what we consider back-breaking work without electricity on this exciting day trip into the Amish culture. Here's what you will see first-hand how:  

  • Amish meals not only get made, but comes up hot. 
  • Ladies saddle up the horses and attach their buggy, and what happens if they have a mishap on the road
  • Teachers work in a one-room class and comply with the State exams
  • A quilt really gets started and finished
  • The preacher's wife also ministers  ​

And there will be plenty of time for a bulk market experience for food, housewares, furniture and outdoor goods.  This is a fabulous experience where we go into private homes and see first-hand how things get done. Remember, there is no TV in the background. $105/person 

July 15 – Huron Lady II & Trolley in Port Huron © – Board the Huron Lady II in Port Huron and enjoy a two-hour narrated cruise on the St. Clair River and Lake Huron. Lunch will be at a popular Port Huron Location, then take a visit to the Knowlton Ice Museum. Enjoy a trolley tour of the city too and ice cream.  Of course there will be shopping! Cost includes transportation via motor coach, lunch and cruise. $85/person

July 17 – Killer Angels of the Civil War © - A Theatrical ProductionThe Killer Angels, Karen Tarjan's critically-acclaimed adaptation of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War novel. The Killer Angels tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg, in July and August of 2016, 153 years after the battle itself. It's the third summer of the Civil War. General Robert E. Lee leads the Army of Northern Virginia into the North and the Army of the Potomac has no choice but to pursue. Over the course of three historic days, beside campfires and amidst firefights, a remarkable group of soldiers wrestle with their doubts, their fears, and their hopes for a shattered nation. Cemetery Hill, Culp's Hill, Little Round Top, and Pickett's Charge come to vibrant life through the indelible stories of the men who fought these legendary battles. Includes tickets, lunch, additional docent and cemetery tour. Must register by May 10 to reserve your spot. First come first served. $110/person  

July 20 – You Be The Judge © – It's all about the Jess Turner Trial. Jess seemed like such a nice person when they moved into the neighborhood, but then people began disappearing & dogs started dragging home the most interesting bones. Audience volunteers are witnesses and everyone gets to be part of the jury in this hilarious trial! Always unpredictable & always fun! Lunch will be served in a Queen Ann Victorian home. Must have passport, passport card or enhanced driver’s license. $80/person

July 22 – Haunted History © – Come hear the haunting tales of our docent as you tour Johnson's Island Civil War Officers Prison Cemetery in Sandusky Bay, Ohio.  A filling lunch will be provided, along with an enviable trip to the Ferguson Glass Gallery.  The area is rich in its eerie history and you are sure to be kept spellbound on this one-of-a-kind trip. As you can imagine, there are additional stops for your fun & enjoyment. $75/person

July 28 – Tavern Tour of the D’s Finest Bars © – Visit bars that have a historic value and are really great places. Total of 4 bars. Each bar is well known in Detroit and offers not only amazing drinks but interesting and historical tales. Allow yourself to be surprised. And you will be pleasantly so. The trip offers a fun and safe way to experience the best bars that Detroit has to offer. Lunch and drinks on your own. Games with substantial prizes. Need 35 people for this trip to run. $30/person

August 12 –Quilt Show for a Day © – If you're thinking about attending the American Quilters Society in Grand Rapids, you're in for a treat and a very good time. Walking through American Quilters Society Quilt Week on Friday is like roaming through an art gallery brimming with color and texture, in various shapes and sizes. This is where some of the Quilt stores shop so you know it’s got to be big and different. You will find unique items not normally found in local stores. Learn new techniques as there will be many free demos, vendors galore, classes and more. Your entry ticket covers all demos at the show. Box lunch for your pleasure and also a drive through meal on the return so you will have plenty to eat. $65/person

August 15 – Babes, Booze & Bars © – Your tour of historic Detroit pubs and taverns begins with a brief walk down Memory Lane as our "hitch-hikers" rave about the glories of the bars gone by. As we journey around the city, we'll hear the secrets about what buildings and restaurants were popular back in day and visit about five historic pubs that are filled with history and mystery galore. Our actors from "Mugsy", "Sister Indignatious" and others, will gossip about local legends and shocking scandals on this fascinating tour of the "D's" watering holes. This day trip is an ideal way to learn about Detroit's colorful past while checking out some of its most infamous pubs. Your guide will also tell you about the local legends, racy scandals and scintillating secrets of this 311-year-old city. Along the way, we'll stop in at historic pubs such as Nancy Whiskey's and the Anchor Bar along with three others and learn the part each plays in Detroit's colorful history. You will learn about drinks of the day and maybe even have one. Indulge in drink specials at the pubs (own expense) and soak up the local culture. $75/person

August 23 – Shipshewana Flea Market & Shopping © – Shipshewana is always a wonderful experience. Our lunch will be at the Essenhaus, former Amish man to give us a tour of nearby places and he will tell you are the farms, who lives there, where and how they work. Not only is there shopping at the Flea Market, but also count on a unique bulk food shopping stop. Breakfast foods on the ride down. $75/person

September 6 – Wineries & Rolling Hills of Ohio © – Between Toledo and Cleveland we'll visit three wineries, stop for lunch and visit a couple of historic and unusual off-the-beaten-track historic sites. Enjoy award winning wines while relaxing and taking in the picturesque views of the vineyard and countryside. From handcrafted cheeses and wines to meats and candies, there's a wide variety of items that tempt your taste buds. Lunch is at the Mon Ami Historic Winery and Restaurant where you will be treated to an elegant wine tasting. You will be able to purchase wine, fruit and other unique items. $85/person

September 12 – Private Home Tour of Indian Village © – Where They Lived, Played & Strayed – Includes personalized tour of 4 historic homes in Indian Village, the Jefferson Ave Presbyterian Church, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory (Albert Kahn 1904), DYC for lunch and shopping at a unique store along the way. $65/person

September 16 – Bards & Bourbon: As You Like It © - Theatrical Production – As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. In the forest, they encounter a variety of memorable characters, notably the melancholy traveler Jaques who speaks many of Shakespeare's most famous speeches (such as "All the world's a stage" and "A fool! A fool! I met a fool in the forest"). Jaques provides a sharp contrast to the other characters in the play, always observing and disputing the hardships of life in the country. The play features one of Shakespeare's most famous and oft-quoted speeches, "All the world's a stage", and is the origin of the phrase "too much of a good thing". Includes lunch and bourbon tasting. $110/person

September 20 –Art Prize © – 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. She will arrange for a couple of the artists to tell us about their work. No one can even begin to match this tour because it has everything: fascinating historic, elegant and new buildings juxtaposed with amazing art installations. We will go to a "funky" area where we will stroll down the street and into some very interesting private stores. Lunch is at Golden Corral  $80/person

September 27 – Cemetery Tour of Historic and Little Known Final Resting Places © – One of the more fascinating spots will be the oldest Jewish cemetery in Detroit only available upon request.  Docents will tell us about cemetery architecture and meaning of signs and symbols. See the more unusual places of rest.  There's more than a little history here.  $65/person 

September 29 – Oktoberfest © – Historic Frankenmuth is fun for everyone – Join us for a German festival with a large wooden dance floor. Good food, drinks, and German Ooompa music. If you've never been to Frankenmuth before, it looks like it was plucked out of southern Germany. Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Bavarian Belle. All generations will enjoy it. Lots to explore and plenty of on-your-own time for shopping. Of course, no trip to Frankenmuth is complete without a stop at Bronner's The Christmas Store. $68/person

October 1 – Mennonite Girls Can Cook © – Reservations due Aug 1 – Something completely different. Mennonite Girls Can Cook! Watch the excitement, confusion, and just plain frantic fun when a small town cable cooking show, hosted by two Mennonite women, attracts the attention of a Hollywood producer. This idea is a recipe for hilarity that will make you laugh your spatulas off as these lovely ladies gear up for the "Big Time" - and do their best to deal with their star struck neighbors, who compete for their own fifteen minutes of fame. From the same team that brought you "Half-Stitched" and "Josiah For President", this brand new one act comedy joins faith, food, and friendship, and is inspired by the popular blog and subsequent cookbook "Mennonite Girls Can Cook," by Lovella Schellenberg. After play -- Shop/Walk around Shipshewana. Includes entry tix, meal, snacks on the way back. $105/person

October 18, 2016 – Ghosts, Foodini and Answers to the Questions of Your Universe © – This Historic Downtown Ghost Tour will be guided by Medium Dianna Kelly.  She will share her personal experienced along with some history of the buildings on this outdoor walking tour.  Come dressed for the weather, as tours are conducted rain or shine. Your guide is a multi-talented intuitive/psychic medium, who is extraordinarily sensitive to the energies that surround us.  She has been working in this area for over 20 years, her natural abilities and accuracy are highly regarded.  IN addition to private readings, she has assisted law enforcement personnel with missing persons and murder investigations.  Dianna has taught numerous workshops and classes in Intuitive Development and Meditation.  She also has a natural ability to receive and interpret messages from those who have passed on.  We’ll enjoy the “Art of Cooking” demonstration with “The Great Foodini”… amusing & amazing.  All eyes upon Chef Renee’s culinary uses of cooking implements that we take for granted.  Lots to eat and we’ll take home the recipes.  Menu includes fresh market entrées, fountain drinks and coffee.  A seasonally selected presentation of Renee’s signature soups, salads, pasta and/or sandwiches is always accompanied by a special dessert.  We will have a tarot card reader on the bus.  Of course, there will be shopping time and let’s make a lolli!  It’s all about the pop. $70/person

November 18-20, 2016 – 
Deer Widows Retreat © – Holiday Lights Galore in Petoskey & Harbor Springs. Lots of great demo's in unique spaces. Check into hotel with a wine to welcome winter.  Saturday is all about seeing the Holiday lights in Petoskey.  Indulge your inner astronomer for a once-in-a-lifetime star show with exceptionally starry skies and hear our guide tell us all about the night skies.  Sunday will see us enjoying a wine tasting at an all-time sensational winery, a demo at a studio, and lunch.  $250/person double occupancy
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.  Naturally, we’ll make a couple of shopping stops in very unusual stores.  Hour and half stop at MGM Casino.  $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.  RESERVATIONS DUE SEPTEMBER 1ST$85.00/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

**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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