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The D You Must SeeGeneral Info | Photo Gallery | Traveller Feedback
Don't even think about leaving Detroit without seeing the real Detroit! Join this locally-led Detroit tour to ride the city's 'People Mover' through baklava-laden Greektown, sculpture-dotted Civic Center, and hotdog heaven at Lafayette Coney Island. This is the D You Must See!
- Visit all the must-see Detroit highlights with a local guide
- Admire Detroit's fantastic mix of architectue, from the old to the new
- Try a taste of some baklava in Greektown or a famous 'coney dog', a local Detroit favourite
- Take a ride on Detroit's iconic People Mover
- Give a wave to Canada as you look out across the city!
Tour style:Local LIfe & Culture, HIstory & Heritage
Local English-speaking guide, fares for rides on the People Mover, your choice of a “coney dog” at American or Lafayette Coney Island, or a baklava (or pastry of equal price) at a wonderful bakery in Greektown.
Any beverages that you may want to accompany your coney dog or your pastry, tips and gratuities for your guide.
Group size:Maximum 12
- Duration: 2 hours
- Meeting point:
1515 Broadway, Detroit MI 48226.
- Starting time: 9.30 AM
- Ending point:
1515 Broadway, Detroit MI 48226.
Additional information :
- Voucher exchange details:
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.
- Confirmation of booking:
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
- Additional information:
On the occasional day when a steady heavy rain might dampen the mood on a walking tour, we will start from the same location but we will stay dry by riding the People Mover.
- Dress standard:
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.
- Child policy:
This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.
- Language: English
Give Detroit the attention it deserves on this Detroit walking tour that shows you everything you absolutely need to see in this awesome American city. Meet your local guide at a cafe on Broadway, and take a walk around the nearby area which includes spots such as Foxtown, Madison Avenue, and Paradise Valley. You'll see the fabulous Fox Theater, Comerica Park (which is home of the Detroit Tigers) the beautiful Detroit Opera House, and several other Detroit highlights - the perfect way to familiarise yourself with the city.
Next on your Detroit city tour, 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, see a casino, or visit a historic church that was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Hopefully during our time in Greektown you'll get to see a waiter light some liquor on fire over a piece of cheese, a classic Greek tradition. Opa!
Another ride on the People Mover leads to a stop in the Civic Center area. Here you will see some famous Detroit sculptures, and have a view of the massive Renaissance Center, home to the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere. You'll also be able to give our friends in Canada a wave from here!
Next on this Detroit tour, we visit the 1929 art-deco Guardian Building to see the remarkably-beautiful lobby and banking room. It cannot be denied that this is one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit, and may even be one of the most gorgeous you see on your travels in the US - seriously!
Walk by another landmark, the 47-story Penobscot Building, to American and Lafayette Coney Island restaurants, where you can try a free 'coney dog' - a grilled hot dog with Detroit-style chili, mustard and onions. Detroiters have been devouring them for more than 90 years, so to get into the local spirit we suggest that you give it a go!
Our last stop on this Detroit walking tour by seeing a famous renovated hotel which originally opened in 1924, and then we'll finish up with a ride on the People Mover back to Broadway.
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.80
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.40
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.60
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 5.00
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.20
Mr. Oliver B.
Germany ~ 30 Aug 2014[back to top]
Very interesting tour! Thanks, Bob!
Mr. Gus Z.
USA ~ 25 Mar 2014[back to top]
Bob Goldsmith was a wonderful representative to promote the city of Detroit. He was professional, knowledgeable, considerate. We couldn't have asked for a better tour. Thank you. Betty and Gus Ziegler
Mr. Michael M.
USA ~ 06 Jun 2012[back to top]
Our guide Bob could not have been more excellent. Very willing to let us spend a few extra moments at sites of interest, and to answer any questions. Extremely knowledgeable and obviously in love with his hometown. And he showed us that downtown Detroit is much cleaner and safer (during the day at least) than its unfortunate reputation. The city should be paying him to be their ambassador!
Mr. Kevin C.
USA ~ 23 Apr 2012[back to top]
It was pretty clear that this was a business for him and not a passion. That's not so terrible, and he did a pretty good job. We thought we got our money's worth. It's just that we've done a few tours in different cities and he wasn't our favorite tour guide.
Mr. Pierre L.
Canada ~ 01 Apr 2012[back to top]
More focused on architecture than we would have tought. But very interesting nevertheless.
For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
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