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2019 DAY & MULTI DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
October 21 -- Crypts, Coffins & Cemeteries -- This is all things about the final journey. From a very mysterious and historic funeral home, to the final outfit to two traditional historic cemeteries and over the roads where the bodies are buried and more. Mum's the word on locations. And for the curious, no, we have not visited any of these places before Enjoy hearing the stories and visiting 2 cemeteries: "mourning meal" included. $78 p.person
OCT. 24 – Shop & Taste, Bon Appetite! – Shop and taste your way through some of Metro Detroit’s best ethnic markets and delis. Try something new and find a unique market to return to for your next dinner party. We’ll sample food and eat on the bus as we travel around, so don’t expect a sit down lunch for this one. Bring your own shopping tote and/or cooler. $48/person
October 25 - Country Urban Fall Color Tour -- The date has been moved forward to enjoy the peaking of the leaves. Enjoy the changing of the leaves and cider and donut at the Cider Mill. Our final stop will include a tour at an unusually large gallery/museum all the while enjoy the changing color of the leaves. Lunch at a fascinating restaurant that has been serving up the heart and soul of southern cooking since 1997. $72/person
November 2 -- Day of the Dead -- Day of the Dead is the Mexican holiday celebrating the spirit of your deceased loved ones. Celebrations traditionally begin at midnight on Halloween. It’s not a day when people mourn and shed tears for their loved ones. Hear spine-tingling stories about Mexican history and infamous residents during a ghost tour led by an entertaining guide. Visit a location with supernatural tales behind its facades. Includes a stop at the Detroit Institute of Art for the exhibit of Ofrenda Altars, which include objects important to lost loved ones, such as favorites foods, drinks, mementos and pictures. These objects are collected and incorporated into elaborate displays that include pan de muerto (bread of the dead), sugar skulls, candles, flowers, papel picado (paper cutouts) and other decorations. This day tour revolves around the Mexican Legend & Holiday where those resting peace are honored in all sorts of unusual ways. Incluides church tour, stop at cemetery, local bakery and a Mexican meal with Sangria on your own. $65/person
November 8 – Piquette, Parades and Pizza– First stop will be the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, which is dedicated to preserving the building where the Model T was produced and provides a unique experience of the early automotive history of Detroit. Next we’ll stop for a pizza lunch. Then it’s off to the Parade Company for a unique behind the scenes look at the floats, costumes and production of America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A truly Detroit Day! $85/pp
November 13 – Salvage: Reuse. Reduce. Recycle. Ever wonder how some people get the most beautiful wood, trim, doors, metals and glass for their homes? They go rummaging at salvage shops. We know of one salvage shop that has similar doors to those of the Detroit Pubic Library for over $20,000. Yes we sure do know of its location. We'll get tours of these places and have a blast doing so. Lunch will be a quick stop. You'll really change your appreciation of the junk people and you as well toss. What's fascinating is the way the locations have revised, reignited and reused junk. There is something for everyone on this excursion. Lunch is included. $68/pp
Nov. 20 – Violins of Hope -- After much consideration, I decided to offer this poignant and moving day trip to Ft. Wayne for this one-time only event. A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope comprise a collection of instruments that tell remarkable stories of the defiance, resilience, and legacy of Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational Strings of the Holocaust back to life.Visitors are invited to view, learn, and contemplate the Violins of Hope, an exhibition of instruments that survived long, dangerous journeys of the Holocaust. Each instrument is witness to an extraordinary story and ongoing legacy at St. Francis University, Ft. Wayne. Lunch. Speakers. More included. Watch steponbustours.com website for details. If you can bring the young people please do so because this is something that they will probably never see again. $88 person
November 22 -- Christmas Shopping Spectacular -- $65/person
December 3-5, 2019 -– Blue Christmas Two Signature Elvis Events- Elvis Blue Christmas Dinner Show - Graceland at Christmas, including a Private Evening Tour. Memphis Barbecue Dinner at Graceland. The evening also includes a buffet dinner in the new Elvis Presley Memphis Complex. It’s a Memphis Barbecue with buffets and tables in set locations. While here you will be able to tour the Presley Motors Automobile Museum where you are surrounded by an awesome collection of hot cars, motorcycles and toys. Plus, the Elvis the Entertainer Career Museum with artifacts: photos, Gold Records, Costumes. You also have time to see the Elvis Discovery Exhibits showcasing the influences, and important things in his life. Two Nights Hotel Accommodations, two hotel breakfasts, two dinners, luggage handling, all taxes and gratuities on these services. & $646/person dble occupancy ... THIS TRIP IS ALMOST FILLED.
December 3 – A Bavarian Christmas & Holiday Show – Join us for a holiday kick-off luncheon at Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Frankenmuth!
Following lunch, there will be a performance of holiday songs by the Marlins. After the luncheon, we will be shopping and exploring the
historic Bavarian town of Frankenmuth. Our final stop will be at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland to complete a jolly-filled day! $98/person.Must register by Oct. 5.
December 9 -- Frederick Meijers Christmas Trees and Unique Lunch and Special Venue -- $80/person
December 11 – Christmas with the Amish – Visiting with the Amish in southwestern Michigan and in Indiana. 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 en-route to their various destinations. Be prepared to purchase bread, jams and much more. $85/person
December 13 – Holiday Lights – This interesting trip includes one church, drive on Lakeshore in Grosse Pointes and other areas where houses are decorated. Lunch at Andiamo’s on the Riverfront, $70 pperson
December 17 -- Holiday Bells Ford Style -- Let us step back in time to the 1930s/40s with Edsel and Eleanor Clay Ford as they gifted their granddaughter for her debutante balls. View the house during the holiday season as it was decked in their era with a docent led tour. Lunch included. Other mystery stops. $80/person
December 23 – Festive Churches – Visiting different churches that I've never before offered. 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. There will be a presentation of Christmas music. Lunch is included. $75/person.
December 29 – January 2, 2020 – New Year in Myrtle Beach - Ring in the New Year's at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Come blow the horns, pop the corks, watch the ball drop. This New Year's Eve celebration has it all – includes two shows, festival of trees with High Tea, New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration, champagne toast, four breakfasts, four dinners. Bring your friends, hop on the bus and kick off the beginning of next year from Myrtle Beach. $995/person dble occupancy
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020
February 8 - 16, 2020 Travel to Miami and Key West-- Enjoy some fun in the sun on our bus tour to Miami and Key West! This Miami vacation package includes a guided tour featuring many sights in Miami, including famous South Beach, known for its art deco architecture and lively activity. You’ll also get a chance to see the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. This Miami bus trip also includes a cruise along Biscayne Bay, where you will see the elaborate mansions of the rich and famous. Your group will also enjoy a bus tour to Key West for the day. Finally, on your way home, this Miami bus tour stops at the beautiful oceanfront Hollywood Beach “Broadwalk,” named one of America’s best beach boardwalks. Our bus tour to Miami brings you all this excitement in the beautiful Florida sunshine! $969 dbl occupancy
MARCH 13, 2020 DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM at the Michigan Opera Theatre -- Join us for a Dress Rehearsal of the fabulous group the day before they perform at the Michigan Opera Theatre. Celebrating its golden anniversary, Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to the Detroit Opera House with a program showcasing 50 years of excellence. Using the language of ballet they celebrate African-American culture and bring new life to the art form Audiences have come to love their thrilling performances the empower and inspire. Afterwards enjoy a hearty Italian lunch at La Dolce Vita’s premeireDetroit location, which has extraordinary ambiance. Expect other unusual surprises. $110/pp
April 30 - May 3 - The Kentucky Derby- While there is a horse race at the heart of this spectacle, there are many other intriguing aspects within this Louisville tradition. It is a festival and fashion show, it’s a Parade and a Race, it’s Mint Juleps and Riverboats; it’s about Horses and it’s about time you see it. Bourbon, Barbecue and Country Music Dinner at the Jeptha Creed Distillery in Shelbyville. All groups will have a chance to visit our Derby Hat Boutique where you can buy hats and accessories for both Men & Women. Having just the right Derby Hat, with the right accessories is a very important part of the Kentucky Derby Experience, you have to dress for the Win, the Place, and The Show. Bourbon & Chocolate Reception. Enjoy the “Off to the Races Dinner Party.” We have chartered both The Mary M. Miller (replacing the Spirit of Jefferson) and the Belle of Louisville. We encourage you to place a creative bet or two with your travel partners. The 145th Kentucky Derby - Lower Level Seats will be the highlight of your trip. You have a VIP Fast Access Pass to Churchill Downs and 1st floor Grandstand Seats near the Starting Line. $2,080/person dble occupancy
August 10-18, 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
September 19-27, 2020– Alaskan Adventure Cruise - Includes: Round trip airfare from Detroit to Seattle, one night pre-cruise stay in Downtown Seattle. One hotel breakfast, All transfers in Seattle, 7 Night Alaska Cruise on the Oosterdam, All meals and entertainment onboard ship, Port charges and taxes, shipboard gratuities, luggage handling, cocktail party onboard the Ship. Ports of Call: Juneau, Scenic Hubbard Glacier Cruising, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria. Per Person Prices: Interior: $3059
October 2-11, 2020 – Pharaohs of Egypt– $3,499 -- A great deal considering it's all first class. 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
**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 a week before the tour with location and pick up time for each individual tour.**
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