What To Expect
Start this half day tour in Detroit at a nice cafe located at 1515 Broadway. You may want to arrive early so you can purchase and enjoy a coffee, espresso, tea, cold beverage, or even a sandwich or salad before the tour.
We begin the tour by walking around the nearby area which includes "Foxtown," "Madison Avenue," and "Paradise Valley." You will see the fabulous Fox Theater, Comerica Park (which is home of the Detroit Tigers) the lovely Detroit Opera House, and several other landmarks.
Next, take a quick ride over to the popular "Greektown" district on the elevated train called the "People Mover." In Greektown, you can taste a super-sweet piece of baklava and see a casino, a historic church that was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and a lot of restaurants including the very-popular "Fishbone's". Also, when we are in Greektown, you may see a waiter light some liquor (ouzo) on fire over a piece of cheese. ("Opa!!!")
Another ride on the People Mover leads to a stop in the Civic Center area. Here you will see sculptures called "The Spirit of Detroit" and "The Joe Louis Fist." You will also have a view of the massive Renaissance Center (which has the headquarters of General Motors and the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere) and view of our friends in Windsor, Canada across the river
Next on this half day tour in Detroit, we visit the 1929 art-deco Guardian Building to see the remarkably-beautiful lobby and banking room. Seriously, it will be one of the nicest buildings you have seen in your lifetime.
Walk by another landmark, the 47-story Penobscot Building, to Lafayette and American Coney Island restaurants, where you may want to have a free "coney dog." It's a grilled hot dog with Detroit-style chili, mustard and onions -- and Detroiters have been devouring them for more than 90 years.
We finish by seeing the renovated Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel which originally opened in 1924, and riding the People Mover back to Broadway, or by seeing the nice new Compuware Building and "Campus Martius Park" (where there is outdoor ice-skating in the winter). The two-hour tour will end by returning to the cafe at 1515 Broadway where we started.
It's a great way to quickly see the major downtown landmarks, get a glimpse of our neighbors in Canada, get carried away on the People Mover, and visit places that are Detroit traditions. Plus you will get to try either a free piece of baklava (sweet) or a free Detroit-style coney dog (spicy).
Fare for the People Mover ride
Meals and drinks (unless specified)
Optional activity costs
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.
Children below 6 years old are not permitted on this tour.
It is recommended to dress casually and comfortably. Wear shoes that are good for a fair amount of walking. Depending on weather, you may want to have a jacket, hat, or an umbrella.
In case of poor rainy weather, the tour will start from the same location but guests will stay dry by substituting a tour of downtown Detroit that relies on riding the People Mover.
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