All our tours include:
Roundtrip Motorcoach, Entry Tickets, Lunch, Goodie Bags and More!
Arts, Amish & 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.
Antiques and Arboretum – Explore a variety of antique stores in Mason and beyond, with lots of interesting items to wonder about and purchase. We'll visit the beautiful blooming gardens at Michigan State University, which features every plant in our State including Redwoods. Lunch is a special surprise. Pick ups in Clinton Township and St. Clair Shores only.
Antiques Gardens & Treasures:
This is a treasure hunter's tour mixed with gardens to delight and astound – an ideal way to spend a summer day. If you’re looking for an eclectic mix of antiquing, resale shopping, sales and deals with a toss in of a docent-led tour of the W. J. Beal Gardens of Michigan State, this is it. A box lunch is supplied along with snacks. We're going to hit antique stores and more, including special stops in Mason's historic Old Town, specialty shops, galleries and more. Lots to see and do. There will also be a scavenger hunt with a $10 gas card & other cool prizes to the winner. There will be a couple of off the beaten path stops to astound & delight.
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.
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.
Beacons of Light:
Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state and all of them have their own unique look and story, making it the perfect place for a summer lighthouse tour... Some still shine for ships, others share their stories with us first-hand as museums, as bed and breakfasts and as Michigan history in the making. On this day trip, we'll visit lighthouses in Port Austin and Harbor Beach. Enjoy the St. Clair River and the beautiful expanse of Lake Huron on a sightseeing Cruise. This one and a half hour, narrated cruise passes under the two International Blue Water Bridges connecting Port Huron, Michigan with Sarnia, Ontario, and takes in the view of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse from Lake Huron. See giant Great Lake freighters up close and personal while relaxing aboard the Huron Lady II. Lunch and ice cream stop.
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.
Bounty Hunters – Raiders of Human Property: This tour will swing through stops in Southwestern Michigan like the historic marker for the Underground Railroad that links Indiana to Illinois and The Freedom Road Marker that symbolizes the 1847 fugitive slave raid. We will visit the home of Stephen Bogue who was a Quaker who freed African American slaves and sheltered runaway slaves and travel down Michigan’s 1st highway- the US 12, which follows the trail that the Native Americans walked on foot. We will then venture to Northern Indiana and visit historic stops such as the Bartlett House, which was built in the 1850’s. As well as partaking in the Underground Railroad, the owner signed the Declaration of Independence and his home is the oldest brick home in South Bend.
Chocolate, Cheese & Churches:
What could be more sensational than a combination of the three C's in Kalamazoo? This is such an interesting group of places to explore. We will have a cheese tasting in the hard, soft, Blues and more. Your taste buds are sure to enjoy this. Besides, you'll learn so much about cheeses. Then, we will visit two historic churches in Kalamazoo. The most sensational place for lunch is hidden off the beaten track and will be in a historic mansion. Dessert will be at a confectionary which is quite different from the big name chocolateers. The icing on the cake is a visit to a historic church governed by a fascinating priest who was a cardiologist. Now, he is in his second career saving souls and what a great job he does. There will be cold coolers on the bus for your (and my) purchases. Again, little known places to discover!
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, enroute to their various destinations. Be prepared to purchase bread, jams and much more.
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.
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.
Eastern Market Tour & Shopping: Each week as many as 40,000 people flock to Eastern Market for its Saturday Market to enjoy one of the most authentic urban adventures in the United States. The market and the adjacent district are rare finds in a global economy - a local food district with more than 250 independent vendors and merchants processing, wholesaling, and retailing food. At the heart of Eastern Market is a six-block public market that has been feeding Detroit since 1891. Every Saturday it is transformed into a vibrant marketplace with hundreds of open-air stalls where everyone from toddlers to tycoons enjoy the strong conviviality served up along with great selections of fruits, veggies, fresh-cut flowers, homemade jams, maple syrups, locally produced specialty food products, pasture and/or grass-fed meat and even an occasional goose or rabbit.
Eleanor Ford House – Downton Abbey Style:
Explore behind the scenes and see how the American side of "Downton Abbey-style" staff lived and worked. They had a series of secret passages which are not included in the standard tour. Enjoy the Grosse Pointe coastal area with a docent tour of Edsel Eleanor Ford House and grounds, neighborhood drive through and see the historical St Paul's Cathedral which dates back to 1790. One of the “maids” will “dish on the dirt” and tell all. One of the most affluent suburban areas in Metro Detroit, Grosse Pointe has many famous historic estates that have waterfront allure and gossip of a bygone era as we slowly drive by two mansions and hear about their former glory.
Fall Color Tour: Enjoy our cider mill tour of where we will hear about the difference between organic and commercial apple cider as we enjoy the art of tasting delicious donuts at this unique mill. A special tour of colorful trees as we visit a historical site before buzzing up to Birch Run for a 2-hour shopping trip. Then onto the Flint Institute of Arts for an hour stop where will see a portion of the permanent collection. A delicious lunch, cider and donuts and ice cream are included.
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.
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.
Glass Glitz the Libbey Way:
Everything about this tour is shattering! A studio tour will show how glass is fused and pieces made by local artists in this unique space. Our docent let tour of the Libbey Museum will also include a glass blowing demonstration. An important aspect is the WPA glass installation that helped people get income under FDR’s famous program. And of course, we will have a stop at the Libbey Glass Factory Outlet which is located in Toledo’s Farmer’s Market area. Now, here’s a treat: an ordinary “Josephine” is going to give us some tips for ways to slay the slots at the Hollywood Casino for our 2-hour stop. Lunch at Spaghetti Warehouse where there is a special glass window. There will be some “off-the-beaten-track” GLASS stops during this power packed day. And for kicks, a 2-hour stop at Hollywood Casino.
Gold, Diamonds & DuMouchelle’s:
This tour is fantastic! You get to experience the shops 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 sine 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.
Great Art Escape In Saugatuck: For over a century, artists have been drawn to the area’s towering dunes, pristine beaches and natural splendors of this jewel-like setting on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore. Consistently named one of America’s top 25 arts destinations, it’s no wonder the area has become known as “The Art Coast of Michigan”! In Saugatuck, you can stroll along the boardwalk admiring the boats and explore the dockside shops. Ride the Victorian hand-cranked ferry, and experience a very wonderful and informative Harbor & Land tour that will knock your socks off. We’ll end our excursion at the corner drug store soda fountain where hand-creamed sodas and malted shakes have been a specialty for 86 years! Of course lunch is not only delicious but in a very creative setting. There is plenty of time for shopping.
Greenfield Village Holiday Nights:
Step into a Christmas card from the past. It’s America’s premier holiday celebration, complete with candlelit paths, live entertainment, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagon and Model T Rides, delightful holiday shops, Santa and live reindeer, ice skating, caroling, spectacular fireworks and more. NOTE: This tour involves a lot of walking.
Historic Colon Homes: There's no hocus pocus when it comes to the showcase of 10 or so historic buildings in Colon during this very secret home tour. Six houses will be featured, including three that were built in the 19th century. The oldest on the tour was completed in 1854. The other three houses are early-1900s styles that include two on Palmer Lake. Many magic-related artifacts are on display in this factory. Historic St. Paul Reformed Church was built in 1873 at a cost of $3,000. It stills holds one service per year to keep the building open as a church and is maintained through donations. The last building featured is the old Colon Train Depot. Remember, this is where the Magicians congregated for their vacation and to recharge their batteries. We will have a very short stop at Firekeepers.
Historic Detroit Buildings:
In-depth tours of the Fisher Building, Guardian Building, Cadillac Building and Penobscot Building with lunch at a historic hotel.
Historic Detroit Churches: Detroit is blessed with many historic churches. If you have an interest in Detroit's Church ecclesiastical architecture and history, treat yourself to this tour. This is not a Requiem to lost art, but a celebration of the power of faith and hope to create it. Our tour focuses on churches built between 1850 and 1930. An additional docent will be available at each of the five churches including The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Metropolitan Methodist and two others. In addition, we will also drive by churches that have been repurposed such as Temple Beth-El, now the Bonstelle Theater. You will hear about notable carvings, sculptures, stained glass, and other decorative and structural features created by the architects, artisans, and crafts-people involved in the construction of the churches at time. Our lunch will be at the Historic St. Regis Hotel, close to the Houses of Worship we are visiting.
Historic Flint Churches: Vehicle City is Flint, Michigan – the place where the bricks and bridges and buildings of the City have dozens of stories to tell – stories of Native American trails, lumber and carriage-making industries, and the birthplace of General Motors. There are so many fascinating places to explore in Michigan's Best Kept Secret City. Re-enactors will tell story of how Flint grew. We'll even hear the "good juice" of by gone days and crazy arguments between David Buick and Louis Packard along with the famous "Babes & Berets", Genora Johnson actress who demanded fair working conditions during the renowned GM Sit Down Strike. Yet, everything revolves around the churches, and that's where our story starts during this fascinating tour. In addition, there will be an entertaining talk as we pass historic monuments, homes of the original auto barons, the Rosa Parks Museum located in the bus terminal and other unique landmarks. Various re-enactors will be on view and some will "hitchhike" on our bus as they tell their stories as we "oooh & ahhh."
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!
Holiday Lights of Southeastern MI: 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 trees, 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.
Holland 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 our annual Tulip Time Festival. Our docent-led motorcoach tour will take us past extraordinary colorful gardens, to the Dutch Market Platz, a stage performance that is worthy of Las Vegas, vendor shopping galore and a wonderful lunch. Tour the Market to see and taste Dutch foods and wares. Parade of sweepers and performers w/bleacher seating just for you to enjoy the parade and with all the unusual floats, bands and themes.
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.
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.
I’ve Been Framed: Visit the Toledo Museum of Art for a docent led tour of “secrets” of the museum will delight and entertain. Will also tour the Historic Old West End neighborhood, the Old West End Antiques Market and more. Lunch is at the Spaghetti Warehouse. We'll tour the Historic Old West End Neighborhood, the Old West End Antiques Market and more. There will be a two hour stop at Hollywood Casino. Tour is filled with on and off the beaten path of things to see and do.
It’s All Happening at the Zoo: Join us for a tour of the Toledo Zoo where we will have a tour and lots of special treats. There will be a special senior-only 20% discount on items purchased in the North Star Trading Post® gift shop. Join us for a guided tour of the Aviary, renovated back in 1998. It’s three walk-through habitats - the African Grasslands, Madagascar Desert and Australian Outback - are an experience all their own. Lunch will be overlooking the Maumee River. We will also spend 2 hours at Hollywood Casino.
Kellogg House Holiday:
Guided tour of the beautifully decorated W. K. Kellogg Manor House ending with hot spiced tea and cookies. There will be 32 artists and vendors selling one-of-a-kind gifts for your holiday shopping pleasure!
Marvelous Mad Money Madness:
Calling all Discount Diva's with an eye for fashion savings! This tour is about deals and steals. We are discovering very little known boutiques, resale & retail, and once you see them with your own eyes, you will be back for more glam galore. Takes place from cusp of metro Detroit to Ann Arbor. Lots of finger foods. Lots of full bellies. Maybe you'll find some cool jellies for summer fun. Prizes for the best "steal of a deal." You will hear about what makes products unique. There will be "pop up" stores along the way. Lunch included.
Michigan’s Military Mavericks, Militia, and Marshals
– Your trip will cover monuments, memorials, landmarks and many other places of interest.
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.
Octoberfest – Brats, Shokolade & Swordplay:
Enjoy lunch at an authentic German restaurant along with visiting a German market and gift shop. Learn about Germans in Michigan and hear from a medieval knight swordsman and experience a swordplay demonstration. We’re going to visit a German Import store, German Church, Bakery & see German art. We’ll hear entertaining talks about German songs and history. There are lots of treats on this tour.
Oh Shish – Invitation to Middle Eastern Life:
Enjoy a smattering of Middle Eastern culture. Very prominent women will lead you at both the Mosque and Arab American Museum where a very gifted lady will explain complicated concepts in an easy to understand manner. But the fun really begins at lunch. We will have a sampler platter, be treated to a fashion show by men and women (however men will have to leave the room while the women show their clothing), and learn to make an appetizer by the restaurant's cook. Either a calligrapher or artist will explain various works. If you have never gone to a middle-eastern pastry shop, this is the place to be. It's beyond baklava. This is an incredible tour.
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.
Rolling Hills & Cheese:
Discover the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Wine Trail. Brisk sea breezes and the moderating influence of our Ohio’s own Lake Erie allows our vintners to produce grapes and make wine amid some of the country’s most scenic vistas. Throughout this cool-climate growing district, historic vineyards and wine families who have farmed them for generations are complemented by new plantings of Rieslings and chardonnays established by dynamic entrepreneurs. We'll visit three wineries, stop for lunch and visit a couple of historic and unusual off-the-beaten-track historic sites. We'll also stop at the Cheese Shop & Candy store in Port Clinton. Enjoy our award winning wines while relaxing and taking in the picturesque views of the vineyard and countryside between Toledo and Cleveland. Step into cheesy goodness and enjoy a flavorful experience that excites your senses. From handcrafted cheeses and wines to meats and candies, there's a wide variety of items that tempt your taste buds. You will be able to purchase wine, fruit and other unique items.
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.
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.
Secrets of Sarnia: Must have passcard/passport to cross border into Canada. Sarnia here we come: expect lots of unusual "to do's" that are just so different from anything you see Stateside. Starting with a docent-led tour of the waterfront, lunching on famous Sarnia's fabulous Fish & Chips, and spending 1.5 hours at OLG Casino where we will enjoy some freebies. We are also going to take in a docent tour of a historic church built in 1857. The waterfront will be sure to delight so bring a camera. In addition, we will see a private collection of artifacts from around the world with wonderful entertainment. Plus, we will visit a couple of very unusual stores where the owners will show and tell about the uniqueness of the goods. And, expect fashions for all sizes in Sarnia with brands like Tribal, FDJ and more. These clothes are just so easy, chic and so very cute. But wait, there's more - a brand new store features: large selection of pure, fresh, extra virgin fused & infused olive & specialty oils, balsamic vinegars, loose leaf teas, fresh spices from around the world, gourmet sauces & chutneys, dry rubs, award winning mustards, jams & preserves, hot sauces & pastes. They have some unique twists such as the vinegar and oils are in crocks and vats with a tap to fill a bottle from. The old walk-in safe is the area for the hot sauces.
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.
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.
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.
Wine Tasting & Herb Farm
– What a combo! This is really an interesting day trip. Our herbalist will teach us how to use herbs and what to plant in your garden – or container gardens. Certain bushes attract select birds and butterflies. You may even see dragonflies. Our wine tasting will complement the herbs. This is learning at its finest! Tour will stop at a historic Bed & Breakfast and a few specialty shops.
Witches, Wizards & The Wonder of Fall: Experience the treasures of Houdini, Thurston, and Michigan’s own Blackstone among hundreds of others. We’ll visit the magical city of Colon, see the graves of the famous magicians and vaudevillians, have magic performed for us and onto the American Museum of Magic. Both have delighted the public with wonders of magic, celebrating the contributions and life stories of magicians from around the globe. Immerse yourself in the largest collection of magic artifacts on display anywhere in the U.S. Discover what has been described as “the Smithsonian of American magic.”
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