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San Antonio, Padre Island & The Gulf of Mexico
Feb Feb. 23, 2018 - March 4, 2018
*STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE TRIP*
Warm up your winter and join us, to see what Southern Texas as in store for us. We will see the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico, including PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL PARK, admission into TEXAS STATE AQUARIUM, and a GUIDED TOUR OF SAN ANTONIO, including the famous RIVERWALK. We will go back in history as we watch the famous ALAMO and IMAX theater presentation of "ALAMO...THE PRICE OF FREEDOM". Get a real feeling of culture as we explore the INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES & SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS, as well as admission to the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PACIFIC WAR & Tour of the LBJ RANCH. We will also visit the NATIONAL ORNAMENTAL METAL MUSEUM & the WILLIAM J. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY as we pass through Memphis and Little Rock.
$800/person. 10 days, 9 nights
*$75 DEPOSIT DUE AT SIGNING. Will make special payment arrangements just for you.* We have some people interested but need a roommate. Please let us know as soon as you can if you plan to attend this sensational trip to the "everything's-bigger-in-Texas.
*Don't miss out on this trip, seats are filling fast. Only eight seats left.
February 12 —Pączkis, Pierogis, and Polkas - Visit Polish churches, the Polish Art Center, and bakeries. 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. 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 stops for shopping. Additional docents will add to our understanding of this amazing culture. Lunch is included. New this year: the dancing Hussars! Only 7 seats left!$70/person
March 15 — St. Patrick's Day in the D - Fun Buffet: Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a wee bit of Marlarkey and lots of good cheer here in the "D". There's a tour and even shopping in Corktown. Enjoy the history of an Irish church and get an Irish blessing. We'll stop at an Irish bar and see if we can find the pot o' gold. The leprechauns are marching in! No green beer needed here! Grab a four-leaf clover, some friends and follow the rainbow to find a magically delicious buffet featuring corned beef and cabbage as well as many other St. Paddy's Day delights served with the Luck O' the Irish! You will feast on Emerald Isle culinary creations from delectable starters all the way to delightful finishes. Entertainment will have you singing Irish Eyes Are Smiling. Mystery buffet location to be revealed on trip. Depart 3:00 PM Return 9:30 PM. $68/person
March 16 — Virtuoso Pianists: Extraordinary Detroit Performance. 13 year-old prodigy Naomi Yamaguchi winner of the Kaufman International Piano Competition in NY. Along with the Mack Sisters, duo pianists extraordinaire”, says the Detroit Free Press. Featured works include Scarlatti, Chopin, Dvorak, Smetana, with a surprise six-hands selection as dessert. Tickets must be purchased by March 1. Heavy dinner prior to concert. $80/person
April 9 — Kiss me I'm Russian!: Look forward to lunch. Paprikash -- Shredded chicken stew with sweet bell peppers, paprika, and onions in a white-wine cream sauce, served over egg noodles. Or Russian Placek (potato pancake) with sour cream, red caviar, and dill and other specialties taste delicious. Of course, there's a stop at a Russian Market. Visit an absolutely stunning Russian Orthodox Church with our docent who is very knowledgeable. A wonderful short talk about Russian today and a stop at the Bookstore. Not in Detroit. $68/person
April 11 — Vera Bradley Annual Sale:FIRST DAY: 11:00 AM SHOPPING TIME - Join us as we travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana to attend Vera Bradley's Annual Sale! Get the best deals on all products. We reserved 2 buses, half of which are already sold out! Put down your $20 nonrefundable deposit to reserve a space today. Note: There is a bus for the East side pick-ups and a bus for the West side pick-ups. $85/person
April 18 — Resale Rodeo: 3 Resale shops, 1 Salvation Army (M-59), 1 Goodwill. Lunch in a restaurant. $55/person
April 24 — Firekeeper's Casino Trip: Great opportunity to test your luck! At a cost of only $30/person, attendees will receive $20 BACK in slots and $5 in credits! It will be a day filled with games and fun, and better yet, we will return home before the streetlights are back on! Back by 5PM or sooner.
Bring your driver’s license for casino ID. Let’s have some fun! (Pick up only at Commerce, Milford, and Wixom) $30/person
April 25 — Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Consolation Basilica in Carey, Ohio: Our day starts with a tour and the history of the Basilica where you will visit the shrine. Mass at 11:00am, with lunch following in the cafeteria. Visit the Stations of the Cross on the bus as we go through the park with time for shopping in the gift shop. At 2:30pm there will be devotions, rosary and a healing service. Bring family members and friends for this special healing pilgrimage. $79/person
April 28 — 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
May 4 — Cinco de Mayo: Mexicantown of Southwest Detroit has changed and there are more places to explore. Join us as we fill up in a bakery, hear about the culture in a brief talk, tour the streets, and enjoy a filling lunch at a little known Mexican restaurant. Church & cemetery included as well as a local grocery store. $65/person
May 5 — Tea & Scones in Historic B&B: Treat mom, or yourself, for a tea service at a fabulous urban bed & breakfast in the “D”. This is a wonderful combination of exploring the history of a very historic street where you can enjoy a wonderful meal. There'll be a stop at the Eastern Market. The Mimosas are on your own. We look forward to a fabulous Saturday together. $75/person
May 10 — Tulip Time in Holland MI: Always so much to see and do. Includes visiting a group of clog dancers, Windmill Farms where there are fields of endless tulips. Be a part of the tastes, sights, sounds, and crafts of 19th Century Holland at the 2017 Dutch Marktplaats. Enjoy stage events including Dutch Dance performances, wooden shoe carving demonstrations. $90/person
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 18 —Gold, Diamonds, Pawnshops: This tour is fantastic! You get to experience the shops similar to the ones from the TV Shows “Pawn Stars” and “Antiques Roadshow” as well as a very high end, suburban pawn shops. Always fun. Everyone says, I'm not going to buy anything. A cross between museum pieces and top hit gold records. This is where the TV shows are filmed: "Hard-Core Pawn meets The Antiques Road Show". This tour starts at an upscale coin shop, meet the famous Gold family of the well-known TV series "Pawnstars". We will then tour DuMouchelle's, which has been auctioning fine art since 1927. Lunch will definitely be delicious and will include a talk from Detective Dan on about the ins and outs of the burglary industry and how thieves "fence" stolen merchandise. If you have junk gold, like dental gold from your dentist, bring it for recovery. One person on this tour from last year, spent a couple of thousand on items she knew she wanted. You just never know. In addition to our tour of DuMouchelle’s, we will also experience an auction. You may want to bring a small item for a dealer to look at, maybe price. This is a very different type of tour.
(Pick up only at Commerce, Milford, and Wixom) $68/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 stories by many Amish. We will also have a tour with a former Amish man who moved to the Mennonites. 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.
(Pick up only at Commerce, Milford, and Wixom) $85/person
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 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 27 — Wine Trail Tour: Hold the stem of the glass, sniff and savor -- sounds easy but never is 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. We will be exploring the Firelands Wine District, just outside of Sandusky, Ohio. (Pick up only at Commerce, Milford, and Wixom) $85/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. (Pick up only at Commerce, Milford, and Wixom) $35/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. $95/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 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 never is 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 24-28 — Washington D.C.:Visit the Nation’s Capital on this completely guided tour. See monuments, memorials and museums! Includes George Washington’s Mount Vernon and a train ride through Arlington Cemetery.
Includes motor coach transportation, 4 nights lodging and 8 meals. $625/person, $255 single supplement
November 6-16 — Madrid & Costa del Sol, Spain: Soak up the sun on the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean • Marvel at the architecture of the Cathedral of Seville, third largest in the world • Enjoy the Giralda, built originally in the 12th century • See the Alcazar Royal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site • The Santa Cruz Jewish quarter • Visit Ronda, one of the loveliest and most historic towns in Andalucía • Learn about Bullfighting history while exploring Plaza de Toros, the oldest bullring in Spain • Scenic ferry trip to Tangier in Morocco • Visit the continent of Africa • The views of the Mediterranean, Spain and Morocco from the Rock of Gibraltar • Visit famous citadel and Alhambra Palace in Granada, a UNESCO World Heritage site • The Generalife gardens, a green paradise constructed for Nazarite kings and queens • Discover Mijas, a beautifully preserved Andalusian village • Experience majestic Madrid with its magnificent monuments such as, Neptune and Cibeles fountains, the Alcale Gate, the Plaza de España & the Royal Palace, the lavish site of royal events. $3,548/person (Click here for the registration form)
November 28 — Holiday Kick-off Luncheon Show Start off the holidays the right way when you join up for our Holiday Kick-off lunch-eon 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. Then, we will be exploring the historic Bavarian town of Frankenmuth. We will be finishing our day with a stop at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland to complete a holiday-filled day! Must be registered by October 5th.$44/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
**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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