THESE TRIPS DEPART FROM THE CEDARS OF DEXTER & ANOTHER LOCATION IN ANN ARBOR


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 


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 

Russian Churches, Paintings and 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 shopping. Russian docents & personalities. Great way to explore this culture rich in heritage and history. $80/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


December 14, 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​ Pick up in Livonia only.


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.  $85/person We  have a second bus for this trip.


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 We have a second bus for this tip.


2017 TRIPS


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 10th 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 is 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 is included. $65/person

​February 28, 2017 – Paczki, Pierogi –  ​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


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 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 FIRST DAYWe 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.


May 3-4, 2017 – Mardi Gras Casino, Shopping & Sight Seeing, Charleston West VirginiaThis 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 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


June 9 – Russian Churches, Paintings and Taste of the VolgaFrom 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

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


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.  $621/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


September 12-14, 2017 – Touring Upper New York's History, Mystery & MeadeThe 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 28 - October 10, 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. $3,999

2016 TRIPS & TOURS!

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