Step On Bus Tours has been following recent media reports and information from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Federal Government and several Michigan governmental agencies are working closely with both national and regional public health partners to respond to this threat.
We are keeping an eye on this situation. For a realistic barometer on this situation, we are following the same protocols as the Detroit Public Schools and the MGM Casinos as most people gather at these locations. Detroit Schools are due to return to normal operations on April 13 (according to Governor Whitmere's speech on 3/23) while MGM Casinos plan to be open for business on April 17. Motor City Casino states that they will resume operations April 13 according to their website.
We provide clean, sanitized vehicles and water for our travelers.
Many of you have expressed concern about this virus and how it may impact trips. Be assured that we are aware of these concerns and are currently following the recommendations of the CDC.
How can you help with the spread of the common cold, influenza, and COVID-19 with everyday preventive measures?
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
4. Stay home when you are sick
5. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, if you don’t have tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow. We provide a napkin in each goody bag for your use.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
At this point, all of our business operations remain open and all public events will proceed as normal.
7. Keep your immune system strong.
**DEPARTURE LOCATIONS: All trips generally depart from Madison Heights, Sterling Heights, Novi and Livonia to help accommodate guests from all areas of metro Detroit. Guests are notified up to a week before the tour with location and pick up time for each individual tour. Locations will be combined If there aren't enough at a stated location. **
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RESCHEDULED FOR 2021
RESCHEDULED: April 2021 – Vera Bradley – First day of show 11:00 am. Find great prices on great products at this once a year event. Lunch is included. This trip always sells out fast so get your registration in early. $90/person
RESCHEDULED June 24 2020 Kiss Me I'm Russian -- See below. $68/person
RESCHEDULED May 2021 – Tulip Festival – Join us on our motorcoach trip to Holland to enjoy the annual Tulip Festival. Lunch Included. $90/pp
RESCHEDULED FOR NEW DATES
RESCHEDULED Sept. 19 - 27, 2020 - Colorado 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 • Traveling over the bridge and experience the air tram. • Visit historic Manitou springs, at the foot of the 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 $975 DBL Occupancy
RESCHEDULED Oct 19-23 Ark Encounter and much more will make a bus tour to the Cincinnati area a smash hit. Rose to show & tells the secrets of Cincy. On this Ark Encounter bus trip, your group will go inside a life-size recreation of Noah's Ark, built to the specifications in the Bible! See jaw-dropping exhibits inside the Ark and experience pages of the Bible like never before. This bus tour also takes your group to the Creation Museum - prepare to believe as you are inspired by state-of-the-art exhibits and stunning gardens. Experience a variety of sea life at the amazing Newport Aquarium, including over two-hundred feet of tunnels through stunning underwater exhibits. Finally, enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the Ohio River, to make this bus trip to The Ark Encounter and Cincinnati complete! $665
RESCHEDULED May 22 – Bingo Mania in Sarnia -- Spend a fun day playing BINGO! Includes 2 dabbing pad strips, 5 tab tix, vouchers and more. Bingo sessions at 11am and 1pm. Buffet included. There will also be a stop at the Duty Free store. Lots of fun for all. $45 pp
SCHEDULED TRIPS AS NOTED. IF NEED BE, WE WILL RESCHEDULE
May 5, 2020 – Cinco de Mayo – Explore the rich heritage of Mexican culture and enjoy some Mexican Cuisine. Maybe some Tequila imported directly $70/pp
May 19 -- Mystery Trip-- $65 pp ---This is really cool. I’m the 1st to do these locations. Please note that the pick up locations are: Novi/Livonia and Madison/Sterling Heights. Please note that the cost has been adjusted.
May 29 - Indian Village Mansion - Private viewing. At 16,000 square feet, the Bingley Fales House is the largest residence in the historic Indian Village neighborhood of Detroit, boasting 10 bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and two half baths. Includes tour of Indian Village and lunch on the waterfront. Please register as soon as possible. Your money will be refunded in full should the event be cancelled. $78/person
June 4, BAY CITY AND PINCONNING- Cozied near Pure Michigan's eastern shoreline with easy access to the Saginaw Bay and the deep, blue waters of Lake Huron, you'll find this whimsical, waterfront city with lots of fun things to see and do. Enjoy the quaint shopping and marketplace, a cruise on the Saginaw River and a hearty lunch. Departing from Bay City, Michigan, the Princess Cruise Boat offers a narrated tour of the river and historical tales. Then there's Pinconning. Who doesn't love cheese, smoked fish and much more? Excellent variety of cheeses. The whitefish spread is worth the trip there itself. $85 pp
June 6 – Military Dogs: Burial of Heroes - In this very patriotic and emotional experience of interning two Military Dogs, we will attend the burial of Michigan War Dogs, Nick & Ella. Their handlers will each give a eulogy and tell the story of each Veteran. I was told that this is most overwhelming and very special to experience as this is a different branch of our Armed Services. Military flags will be given to the handlers with full honors. Bugles and Bagpipes will be played. In addition, we will visit historic areas beyond and enjoy a delicious lunch in a historic building that some say was a stop on the Underground Railroad .... however, I need to see the provenance, but it will be interesting. Please bring your own chair. I'm bringing mine - - an easy collapsible. $68/person
JUNE 7 -- BOAT TOUR OF FRENCH D’ TROIT:On the Detroit River, enjoy a historical tour on the Detroit River of the French experience at the Strait of Detroit. Cruising along the Detroit River (the region’s “main street” of the 1700s and 1800s), see and learn about the sites of French presence and history while enjoying a relaxing summer boat ride. The tour commentary will be given in both French and English. Bring family and friends! This adventure is ideal for Francophiles, history buffs, and all lovers of the city at the Strait we affectionately call Detroit. A cash bar will be available to passengers who wish to purchase light beverages, including beer and wine, but no outside food or beverages allowed on board. We will have a French-style picnic lunch on the River front. I expect this trip to sell out fast. I cannot hold seats without payment. REGISTRATION DEADLINE APRIL 15, 2020. We are unable to accept any registrations after this date. Maximum 35 people $75 pp
June 9-13, 2020 - Mackinac Island and Sault Sainte Marie - Step back into a quaint lifestyle in a waterfront setting on our group bus tour to Mackinac Island and beautiful Northern Michigan! After arriving by bus and checking into your nearby hotel, your group will travel by ferry boat across the waters to idyllic Mackinac Island, where cars are prohibited and travel is done by horse and carriage. This Mackinac Island vacation package features a horse and carriage tour, and you will also enjoy free time to explore. The next day brings a bus tour to Sault Sainte Marie, MI, and an exciting cruise across Soo Locks. . $585/pp/Dbl occupancy
June 9 -- Blues Brothers-Barvarian Inn -- Enjoy one of the finest Blues Brothers acts around. From their knuckle tattoos, to their signature hat & sunglasses, The Soul Men impersonate Jake and Elwood to perfection. Their family friendly performance is a fast paced, high energy, audience participating routine that includes all of your favorite Blues Brothers songs that will get you moving and dancing. $99 p/person
June 16 -- FOODIE TOUR -- If you thought that the 2019 trip was sensational, I've got news for you. This one is an edible wow! Travel with us and gain a whole different perspective on markets, spices and more. We'll stop at fabulous and new-to-you markets, bakeries and other food establishments. Mum's the word on going to a private home for a cooking lesson. Because we will be in a private home, I need to limit the number of registrants to 35.
JUNE 22, 2020 FIREWORKS GALORE- SOLD OUT
RESCHEDULED June 24 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 very knowledgeable docent. Listen to a wonderful short talk about Russian today and a stop at the Bookstore. Not in Detroit. $68/person
June 27 -- HOT AIR BALLOONS GALORE - The skies are filled with a myriad of colorful hot air balloons. Pilots compete for the state championship of hot air ballooning. This annual event always attracts spectators. Weather permitting, the balloons launch en mass. The spectacular, colorful balloons aren’t the only attraction: the event also features sky divers, live entertainment, stunt kite demonstrations, balloon glow, fireworks, a family fun tent, The Landing Zone area for kids, arts festival, and a carnival. Special attractions, entertainment and sales are featured in throughout the city. Lunch included. $75 pp
June 30 - Wineries and Hills of Ohio - Between Toledo and Cleveland discover the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Wine Trail. 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 as well as sassy food stop. Enjoy award winning wines while relaxing and taking in the picturesque views of the vineyard and countryside between Toledo and Cleveland. Lunch is at the Mon Ami Historic Winery and Restaurant where you will be treated to an elegant wine tasting. Learn how to hold the glass, sniff, and savor! You will be able to purchase wine, fruit and other unique items. $90/person
July 3 - Turkeyville-Recipe for Murder - Enjoy the show and a buffet lunch. “Recipe for Murder” - These ladies are ready to win Squash Queen for the county fair. Watch as these ladies whip up recipes for murder. They are ready to win at any costs! Registration due May 15. $88/person
July 8 -- Best Private Garden Walks, Patios and Landscapes - Not a lot of walking on this gorgeous tour of private homes and gardens as we view these beautiful estates via curb service thanks to our motorcoach. Yards laden with color and variety with annuals and perennials, connected pathways in this private walk of the best gardens in southeastern Michigan. But it's more than gardens. It's the homes. And we all know how much we just love to "get a glimpse." This is it. Every garden on the walk will have Plein Air Artists painting in the gardens. There will even be an art show in the Village Green with lots of things to enchant you from an arts and crafts boutique, to a plant sale and even fabulous finds. Takes place in mid-Oakland County. This is one of those trips that will have you saying: I can't believe that all of this is right here and I didn't even know. See each garden by motorcoach with lunch at a fabulous Italian restaurant. Contact us by May 30 at the latest for your ticket. $75//person
July 10 - Lavender Festival - The event takes place at the Eastern Michigan University Fairgrounds in Imlay City. Loads of vendors, food trucks and more. There is so much to see and do. Make and take craft. I'd like to suggest a sit-down meal after the event at a unique restaurant that serves Scotch eggs and also creative adult beverages – Thyme and Tonic! Take the great tour around town. Meal included. $65/person
July 20 -- Lansing Home and Garden Tour Lansing 4th Annual “Old Town in Bloom and Beyond, Patio and Garden tour”. Over a dozen beautiful patios and gardens will be open to the public. Join us to hear the stories behind them and get a glimpse of beautiful areas you’d never know existed in an urban neighborhood! This year the scope of the tour will go “beyond” Old Town to showcase a few gardens in other parts of the Mid-Michigan area. Includes 2 mystery stops. $78 pp
July 23 – 26, 2020 - Buffalo Gardens, Museums - Beautiful Victorian homes. French styled gardens ala Monet. Keystone cop double decker bus tour of downtown Buffalo. Join us at the Buffalo Garden Festival -- a celebration of the greater Buffalo area’s gardens, outstanding Victorian architecture from the turn-of-the-century and fabulous tree-lined neighborhoods. Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest garden tour in America of private gardens. Each year, more than 400 private gardens are opened to the public. We even stop at museums along the way that offer up a wealth of smiles and fun facts -- 2 local museums enroute and one on the return. $600/pp
July 28 - Million Dollar Homes Estate Sale What’s better than a garage sale? An Estate Sale! Travel the exclusive suburbs of metro Detroit in search of that perfect item to buy. You’ll see homes of the wealthy from the outside and maybe a few on the inside. We’ll make 4 to 7 stops. Includes a box lunch on the bus. $45/person
Sept 19 - 27, 2020 - Colorado 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 • Traveling over the bridge and experience the air tram. • Visit historic Manitou springs, at the foot of the 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 $975 DBL Occupancy
October 2-11, 2020 – Pharaohs of Egypt– $3,499 -- A great deal. This trip is a go! Minimum met. Round trip air transportation from Detroit and internal Egyptian flights. Deluxe Egypt hotel/boat accommodations for 8 nights. 8 buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners included. Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Full day Cairo tour including Pyramids, Sphinx, Museum of Antiquities, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar, and Nile sightseeing including Aswan, Kom Ombo, Esna, Edfu, and Luxor. In-depth learning on the local economy and social systems. Interactions with locals, such as a visit to a local bakery, tour of Papyrus Institute and a discussion by a renowned Egyptologist. Me & Tour Director (frequently quoted in National Geographic) for the entire length of tour upon arrival in Cairo. $3499 double occupancy (6 airfares, Nile Cruise, all but a couple of meals, entry to all attractions -- the whole enchilada
Dec. 2 -- A BARRY “MERRY” CHRISTMAS-BARVARIAN INN-- Be swept into the spirit of the Christmas season with your favorite carols on stage sung by Barry Manilow impersonator Frank Sternett in the Christmas capital of Frankenmuth. Your hearts will be aglow with traditional songs that your family has enjoyed for generations. “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” so bring the family for a truly wonderful experience to start your holiday season.$70 pp
December 31, 2020 -- Firekeepers-- Join us and get $40 back in comps. Arrive Firekeepers 12:15/30/45 am $35 pperson
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