**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.**
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
SOLD OUT 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. $85/person
Please call to be put on a Wait List for possible alternate date if there is enough interest.
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 25 – Signs, Symbols & Sepulchers © – 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 © – 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 – Mystics & Meals © – 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. We'll see the lights in Rochester, make a secret stop in a well-decked outside mall that is sensationally decorated, and visit Canterbury Village. $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/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
March 12-18, 2017 – 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 six breakfasts and four 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
APRIL 19, 2017VERA BRADLEY FIRST DAY -- 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 the bus, while last minutes get the end of the bus. Box lunch and meal included. $85 p.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
June 13-14, 2017 – Spring Stratford Festival 2017 – 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 – Guys and Dolls Overnight at the Stone Willow Inn. Day 2: Tour the Castle Kilbride in the morning. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Festival Theatre. 2:00 pm Mad Woman of Chaillot Depart for home with a rest/snack. $375/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
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
September 18 - 30, 2017 – Cruise of the Czars: The Russian Waterways, St Petersburg, Moscow & The Volga River – 11-night cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Originally built for the Russian elite in 1984, the MS Sergei Yesenin was refurbished in 2013. The Yesenin ship maintains a truly intimate and friendly environment with a maximum of only 96 passengers on the ship. Accommodations are clean and basic. Cities visited include: Moscow (2 nights), Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritzi, Kizhi, Mandrogi, St. Petersburg (3 nights) Highlights - Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Kremlin, Czar's Cannon, Armory Museum (Moscow) Optional, Governor's Palace (Yaroslavl), Island of Kizhi, in St Petersburg: Peter and Paul's Fortress, Hermitage Museum. Includes 32 meals: 11 full buffet breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners. Comprehensive sightseeing tours and shore excursions. English-speaking tour guides throughout. 11 nights aboard the first class MS Sergei Yesenin cruise boat in a Cat. C Main Deck outside facing cabin with a large picture window. When visiting Russia, it is important to remember not to compare your experience to traveling within the US. River vessels were specifically built for cruising the narrow rivers, low lying bridges and tight locks that connect the Russian Waterways. Therefore, though quite comfortable, the cabins are small and practical and should not be compared with ocean cruises. Fee will include all flights, transfers, cruise, meals from Detroit. COST TBD
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