Our Experienced Tour Guide will provide fascinating facts, history, geology, great places for pictures and, most of all, fun and entertainment - all meant to enlighten. Guide will be dressed in character of the area upon request.
Farmers Fugitives & Felons: Travel the Historic Route 2 of the Underground Railroad: Southern Michigan to the coast of Northeastern Ohio. Stops are picture worthy. We will follow the route almost to the place where the term "Underground Railroad" was coined. An actual intact, silk Civil War flag will be on display. Several historic homes that housed fugitives will be available for our view, as well as monuments. There will be opportunities to purchase further info about the Underground Railroad. Unique lunch stop will be provided. There will be other step on guides to further explain the conductors of the era. You'll see history and a fun and entertaining way. This is a great way to experience the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Barons, Boats & Beautiful Buildings Tour: Historic eastside neighborhoods will be toured, houses on Lakeshore Drive will entertain with some of Detroit's most unique attractions, and Belle Isle will astound with her natural beauty. Lunch will be a tour & meal of a unique Detroit location.
Blue Nuns Go Green: The Immaculate Heart of Mary Community began in the frontier settlement of Monroe, MI in 1845. This 2-hour tour of the Motherhouse and grounds will inform and astound. These Sisters are 100% sustainable. Lots to see and do.
Polish Pierogies and Polkas: Learn about the wonderful culture of the Polish. Visit historical churches, neighborhoods, and venues that have kept the Polish culture in Michigan alive. Tour includes: Polish lunch platter, polka lesson, visit Polish churches, shop at the Polish market, American Polish Cultural Center and much more.
Hungary, Happiness & Halleluiahs: Learn about the wonderful culture of Hungary. Visit historical churches, neighborhoods, and venues that have kept the Hungarian tradition alive in Michigan and Ohio. Tour includes: Hungarian lunch, art, Hungarian/ American Culture Center and more.
Historic Toledo: Art and Architecture: Join Step On Bus Tours on a day trip tour exploring the historical churches and temples of Toledo, Ohio. Soak in the beautiful architecture and religious significance of each building you explore. Tour includes: Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, Madison Historic District, B'nai Israel Synagogue, Fallen Timbers Battlefield, and much more!
Rogues, Rebels and Reformers: It’s Michigan’s 3rd largest city with lots to see and do. You just have to know where to go. Flint played key part of the Arsenal of Democracy that won World War II and the uprising of the motor industry in Michigan. Your history detective guide will show the hidden intrigue of Flint, opening a world of automobiles, gossip, and history and more.
Quilts, Quakers & Questors: An Underground Railroad Tour through mid to Southwest Michigan. Featuring Underground Railroad Stops, Monuments, Grave of Sojourner Truth, Underground Memorial Highway, Ramptown-the city that vanished and more. Because of gas prices, tour costs have changed. I can provide a bus or step on yours. The tour is from @ 8A-6P. This tour can be offered anytime during the year. Includes passes, snack and meal, goodie bag, step on guides and a presentation.
Amish, Arts, and Adventure: Meet the Amish in their homes and enjoy an Amish meal. Walk down the streets of Sturgis and visit the quaint shops offering one-of-a-kind merchandise such as oak furniture and hand-made quilts. Experience this unique world of horse and buggies, and mouth-watering home cooked Amish meals. There is something here for everyone.
Ghosts, Goblins, and Gremlins: Get spooked! Enjoy entertaining information about the ghoulish facts and folklore of the streets, villages and history of River Country. Trailing the haunted fields, the Mendon River where the ghosts of Pottawattamie Indians have been seen, visiting the hair-raising “Purgatory” area and touring the spine-chilling cemetery of magicians are just a few of the stops to make on this fantastic tour.
Michigan’s Southwest Sacred Sites, Shrines and Sanctuaries: Visitors from around the country are coming to the Energy Vortex and you can, too. Feel the energy as you meditate and expand your knowledge. Visit the public retreat centers such as The Hermitage with 62 acres of rolling hills and trails for leisurely walking, or take a 20 mile walking tour. The Dali Lama has come to southwest Michigan to meditate in a barn.
Michigan’s Military Mavericks, Militia, and Marshals – Your trip will cover monuments, memorials, landmarks and many other places of interest.
When You Read the News You Don't Know: A tour of how the news is made and distributed traditionally and electronically on paper and the air waves. Newspaper/Magazine, radio and TV. See what falls on the cutting room floor and what actually winds up in your newscast between facts and gossip. Editors will be present. Famous "has been" writers and reporters will crop up in cubbyhole doorways. There may be a test. News haunts revisited. Only in Detroit and southeastern Michigan. Brenda Starr will make an appearance.
Art in the Strangest Places: This tour of famous art features a little known public building containing $4 million dollars worth of art that people pass by without knowing, fountains, murals, outdoor and indoor sculptures, in places that one would normally bypass. You will see a city block art project, unusual museums and building art pieces. Traditional museums are not part of featured stops. Art includes all genres. Additional guides are part of this experience. Studio tour. There will be one meal stop in a heavily "arted" restaurant and an on-your-own unusual coffee break stop.
They Once Were Churches: See how houses of worship have been transformed into different types of venues and interesting uses of property. All denominations are featured in this fast paced tour as there is so much to see. Famous homes of the preachers! Additional speakers will be part of this experience. Lunch will be a delicious "off the beaten path" eatery with stained glass windows.
Tales From the Reading Room: For book lovers, readers and the curious. There will be plenty of stops on this dynamic bookaholic tour. Expect to purchase reading materials print and electronic. There will be tours of new and used bookstores, a little known museum showing books made in 700 AD and famous documents under glass at non-typical places. Speakers will delight and astound.
East or West They Must Be Best: Fall colors by historic markers, old cars, landmarks and statues. Enjoy soup to nuts with a cooking demo. Country charm. Listen to the call of the hills of Corunna and the historic village. Farmland stands. Pick your pumpkin.
Journey to Faith, Hope & Healing: Tour the beautiful and historic Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tour features a prayer service, including a mass for pigrims in the upper basilica, stations of the cross, Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The tour also includes a stop at The Docks, Toledo's popular dining district and the Libbey Glass Outlet in Findlay, Ohio. This tour will occur every year on August 15. This is an ideal tour for Catholics of all ages.
Dominican Mother House in Adrian: As we pull up to the Mother House, a Sister will step on our bus and explain the property. We will have a complete tour of all of the buildings. Lunch will be on the premises. In addition, we will tour a second convent, this one is cloistered. Very informative.
Other Tour Choices: - An Off The Beaten Path Day in Ann Arbor - Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, OH - Behind The Scenes, Cleveland, Ohio - Catholic Tours of Convents, Monasteries, Churches in Michigan & Ohio - Christmas Eve Tour - Detroit Neighborhoods: A Guided Bus Tour - Historic Churches & Places of Worship - Southwest Michigan - Magic, Mystery and Meals