Sounds of Motown
Exploring Detroit's Musical Legacy
3 Days | Spring | Summer | Fall
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
Get ready to groove to the sounds of Motown in Detroit. This tour explores the Motown Sound and Music Legends that help create the music of America and the world.
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- Customizable Comps
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- Luxury or First Class Hotels & Meals
- Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tour Managers are available
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Day 1 – Detroit, MI – Evening at Casino
Arrive today in the Motor City – Detroit, MI. Motown became a nickname for Detroit after the success of Motown Records which was formed in 1960. Due to all the car companies Detroit was known as “Motor City” and the founder of Motown records, Barry Gordy created a combination of “Motor” and “Town” for Motown.
Check into your hotel for a two-night stay. Enjoy a free evening at one of the local casinos. There are three world-class casinos here: The MotorCity Casino-Hotel, MGM Grand Detroit and Greektown Casino-Hotel. Choose your pleasure and we’ll make arrangements for your group. Dinner is on your own this evening at your Casino of choice. The casinos also offer great entertainment from some of the hottest names in music, comedy and more.
Day 2 – Guided Motown Magic Tour – Detroit Historical Museum – Dinner Cruise
This morning, meet your local guide with Distinctly Detroit Tours for a Detroit Motown Magic Tour. This narrated riding tour of Motown legends former homes, hang-outs and murals as well as some other notable Detroiters. Tour the New Bethel Baptist Church where Aretha Franklin’s father was the preacher. See the New Whitestone Missionary Baptist Church where Stevie Wonder sang in the Choir. See views of homes from Motown Royalty and other Detroit celebrities such as Gladys Knight, David Ruffin, Martha Reeves, Marvin Gaye, Berry Gordy and more!
You’ll will even see murals from Motown Legends and we will visit some of the final resting places of some of the Motown Legends. We will even take a tour of the Motown Museum, also known as “Hitsville” before this tour is over. The Motown Museum was recently renovated and expanded. Get ready to groove to the sounds of Motown!
After a break for lunch, the afternoon includes a guided tour at the Detroit Historical Museum. The focus of the tour will be Motown & More: Detroit’s African American Music History. From the spirituals sung by freedom seekers escaping from slavery to the post-industrial sound of techno, Detroit has been on the forefront of the music scene. In gospel, we have Aretha Franklin, Mattie Moss-Clark and the Winans. In jazz, we have Harold McKinney, Ron Carter or Regina Carter. In the blues, we have John Lee Hooker, T- Bone Walker and Dinah Washington. And with the music from the clubs in Paradise Valley, and the Motown Sound, Detroit has helped to create the music of American and the world.
End the day with a dinner cruise on the Detroit Princess Riverboat. (Available May-Sept, Thursday – Sunday) The Detroit Princess Riverboat offers both indoor climate-controlled comfort and outdoor enjoyment of the scenic riverfront and skyline views of Detroit and Windsor, Canada. This dinner cruise offers a great dinner buffet, hand-crafted cocktails and classic live Motown Revue entertainment. A lunch cruise is available as well. (Available May – Sept, Thursday & Saturdays) (B,D)
Day 3 – Fox Theatre Backstage Tour – Depart for Home
After breakfast, enjoy a Backstage Tour of the Historic Fox Theatre. Get ready for your close up in the star dressing room and walk the same steps to the stage just like Fox Theatre legends Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Prince. See for yourself how the Fox Theatre worked in 1929 compared to today due to the “preserve in place” policy. This tour will also highlight the extravagant lobby, 13-foot-diameter chandelier and gold décor from around the world.
Depart for home following the tour. (B)