Travel Program

Welcome to the MARSP Travel Program

Whether you are a retiree, a travel enthusiast, or someone seeking like-minded companions for memorable journeys, the MARSP Travel Program is designed to cater to diverse personalities, interests, and travel styles.

While the Travel Program is exclusively for MARSP members, a MARSP membership is for ANYONE. For just $40 each year, you unlock our exciting lineup of curated trips at discounted rates and access to MARSP events and support leading up to the trip. Plus, being a member helps keep pensions and healthcare benefits safe for current and future public school retirees!

If you or a travel companion are interested in a MARSP trip,  we encourage you to JOIN MARSP before registering.  

Upcoming Destinations

Travel Program Guide

2024-2025 Travel Program Guide gives a comprehensive view of each upcoming destination — all in one place! Click the image or the button below to digitally “page through” the 2024 guide.

Become a MARSP member to receive future issues of this catalog! Members must also indicate “Travel Interest” in their communication preferences.

Tour Activity Levels

Understanding the tour’s activity level can help you decide the best option for you. Click a tour above to find out the activity level.

Level 1: You’re a leisurely traveler. You like to discover the energy of a new place, but typically take it easy. You can handle at least one flight of stairs, board a coach, and walk for 15-30 minutes at a time with little difficulty.

Level 2: You like a balanced approach to travel. You feel confident walking at least 30-45 minutes at a time over a variety of terrains, but also need time to unwind and relax.

Level 3: You’re an on-the-go traveler. Walking and standing for 1-2 hours at a time isn’t a big deal. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation, and handle changes in elevation. You enjoy longer days balanced with free time.

Level 4: You’re ready to seize the day, whatever it may bring. You lead an active life at home and a few thousand steps a day isn’t out of the norm. You can handle 90+ minute walking tours, dusty or uneven terrain, and varying altitudes and temperatures. You don’t mind early mornings, late-night activities, or full days. Unfortunately, this level is not appropriate for individuals who use wheelchairs or walkers.

Travel Program FAQ

  • Can you use an airport other than Detroit (DTW)?
    Yes, you need to let Collette know when booking that you would like to use a different airport.
  • What do I do if I don’t have a roommate?
    Click here to complete a roommate request form. You should also let Colette Travel know that you do not have a roommate when booking. 
  • Are gratuities/tips expected? If so, to whom? How much?
    Gratuities are expected for some aspects of the trip. There will be a meeting before the departure dates to go over these expectations.
  • Do you need to be a MARSP Member to go on a MARSP Travel Program trip? 
    Yes, the
     MARSP Travel Program is a benefit for those with an active MARSP membership. If you are interested in traveling with a friend or family member who is not a MARSP member, please encourage them to JOIN MARSP before registering for a trip. Let them know that a membership isn’t just for public school retirees — it’s for anyone who wants to see Michigan’s public school retirees’ pension and health care benefits protected!

Travel Interest Group

Fill out the form below to join the MARSP Travel Interest Group! As program details solidify — including timing, locations, and pricing — we send updates to this group first.