Van Go Tours


CANCELED March - St. Sabbas Monestery and Royal Eagle Restaurant



March 19, 2020 Cost $42

Depart from HVCA at 10:45 am

Return approximately by 3:30 pm



The upcoming tour is of the working monastery and gardens with an elegant High Tea luncheon of unique offerings at the Royal Eagle.  

Tucked away into a quiet neighborhood is an authentic, working monastery celebrating and keeping alive the millenniums-old traditions of Christianity's most ancient lineage. 

Entering the monastery gardens, one is transported out of time, to a place of quiet.

The garden paths roam gracefully over ponds and lead to gazebos. The church itself is a marvel of authentic antiquity, walls covered in gilded, faithful renderings of the saints, hand-painted by a local iconographer in the strict, traditional Orthodox style.

The Royal Eagle is built in a traditional, gorgeous European style to honor the memory and bequest of Tsar Nicolas II, the last Tsar of Russia and the Orthodox church patron. Its interior is appointed in authentic French antique furniture and decorations. The vibe is at once cozy and lavish.

*Modest attire is required.






From the Gardens: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park remains temporarily closed due to the COVID -19 situation. A date to reopen has not yet been established. Due to the updates recently released regarding social distancing, we are rescheduling or cancelling tours that are scheduled through April 30

APRIL: Thursday 23, 2020

Visit Meijer Gardens to view the hundreds of caterpillars becoming beautiful Butterflies in the flowering indoor garden and walk or sit among them.  While there, visit the newly arrived indoor sculpture exhibit and gift shop.   

Departure at 9:30 am from the Huron Valley Arts Center

Return to HVCA at approximately 4:45 pm

Cost $29 each

Lunch will be at your own additional cost at the Garden Café.


May and more


MAY: 8, 2020

Take a guided 2-hour walking tour of the Detroit Zoo and view the “Snares to Wares” exhibit of repurposed wire to sculptures.

Departure at 9:30 am from the Huron Valley Arts Center

Return at approximately 3 pm

Cost $38

Lunch following at a local restaurant will be at your own additional cost.

JUNE: Date to follow 

Home walking tour at Indian Village historic homes.

Departure 9:30 am from Huron Valley Council of the Arts Center

Return Approximately at 3 pm

Cost to follow

Lunch will be at an additional cost at a local restaurant


Join us on the Beautiful Princess Detroit River Cruise trip while enjoying a delightful luncheon.

Departure TBD, at 9 or 9:30 am, from the Huron Valley Council of the Arts

Return approximately by 4 pm

Cost to follow

AUGUST Wednesday 12, 2020

A guided walking tour of the Detroit architecture and art  

Departure at 10 am from the Huron Valley Art Center

Return approximately at 3 pm

Cost: to be announced later 

Lunch following at a local restaurant will be at your own additional cost.

AUGUST: day to follow

Guided walking tour of art and architecture in Detroit

Departure 9:30 am from the Huron Valley Council of the Arts

Return at approximately by 4 pm

Lunch to follow at the Aretha Jass Café at your own additional cost

SEPTEMBER: 17. 2020 

ArtPrize returns to Grand Rapids with a self-walking tour exhibit of art covering many varied mediums and designs located in the museum, outdoors, and in many business areas.

Departure 9 am from Huron Valley Council of the Arts

Return at approximately 4:30 pm

Lunch will be at the location of your choice at your additional cost.

OCTOBER 18,2020

Skeletons Alive in Northville for a scary fun experience.

Departure and Return time to be announced at a later date


Trip information to follow


Trip information to follow


Reserve your seat online! Please use PayPal button on the left.

You may also reserve your VanGo seat at HVCA, 205 W. Livingston Rd., Highland.
Reservations close 5 business days prior to the event. 


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What is a Van Go Tour? 

HVCA is committed to art appreciation and education is evident in its Van Go Tours.  These tours include transportation and specialized guides and are scheduled on a monthly basis to offer participants the opportunity to experience and visit artistic/cultural events and locations throughout Michigan.  They also provide a means for art enthusiasts to attend such events with others that share their passion. Examples of Van Go Tour locations include the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, the Michigan Capitol & Historical Center Tour, Pine Lake Glassworks, a Pewabic Pottery Tour and Hands-on Workshop, the Art Prize competition, and hands-on workshops in area artist studios.

  Vans and tour buses are graciously provided by our sponsor 
LaFontaine Automotive.
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