Old Mission Tours, Traverse City MI

We go to great lengths to cultivate relationships with the most beautiful and amazing wineries in Traverse City’s Wine Country and create the best possible wine tasting tour experience around. Our tour guides have great relationships with the wineries on Old Mission and Leelanau and in fact, they’ve had experience and started a working Old Mission vineyard themselves! They are passionate about grapes, wine, wineries and the overall experience.  Old Mission Tours is perfect for seasoned and first-time visitors, celebrating a special occasion, or just wanting an amazing day!

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We invite you to come on a memorable journey with us!   Discover a private, quaint, educational and personal Traverse City wine tour with Old Mission Tours.  We will take you on a voyage of discovery – for your taste buds and your other senses.

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Last Saturday, August 16, a group of “highly engaged” friends booked the services of Old Mission Tours for an afternoon wine tasting excursion. As such, our group wanted to provide some feedback on your driver, Jim. Jim represented Old Mission Tours extremely well. He was courteous, professional, friendly, and very helpful to us in determining best locations. He served as driver and herder in getting us safely from one destination to another. And despite our rather loud interactions at times, never gave us the sense of being rushed or that his time on the clock was complete. Needless to say, Jim was our hero of the day and we will not hesitate in recommending both he and Old Mission Tours to others looking to enjoy the TC area.
Just got back from an amazing wine tour of Leelanau Peninsula! We had a fantastic time and it was well worth the money. (Which was a great deal!) Our driver, Jim Burnside was prompt, extremely courteous and very professional. Great conversation and knowledgeable about the area and it’s history. Would be a repeat customer in a heart beat! Although I don’t do many reviews I’m a consumer that votes with my dollar and believe in spreading the good word to others. It was obvious that Old Mission Tours values their customers and maintains old school values in how a customer should be treated. Awesome!
I just wanted to let you know how much fun my family had on the wine tour. We enjoyed every winery from start to finish and we couldn’t have asked for a more friendly driver. It was a beautiful day and cannot wait to go again. Thank you for all your help, we will definitely be contacting you in the future.
Loved the Old Mission Peninsula wine tour experience with Old Mission Tours! If you are a local or from out of town I would highly recommend Shawn and Jim Burnside’s Old Mission Tours. They picked us up right at our front door in their extremely clean van and we had a beautiful drive up the Peninsula to the beautiful wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula. We had private tastings waiting for us at each winery we visited and it was easy and seamless. We finished the night with an amazing dinner at The Boathouse restaurant and our handsome delightful driver delivered us home. Please check out Old Mission tours!
Shawn and Jim really went the extra mile for me on our tour. They helped me set up the PERFECT marriage proposal recently. Excellent communication, they pulled every string they could to make our day perfect and special! They took high quality photos for us, and recommended The Boathouse Restaurant, which was amazing. I can’t thank you guys enough! I HIGHLY recommend using Old Mission Tours for a great and memorable time!
Thank you Shawn for fulfilling my wish of a wonderful day for Kara’s wedding shower. You were a great and fun leader and guide for us all. Sure was beautiful! I picked the right tour!
I recently scheduled a wine tour with Old Mission Tours. It was wonderful because Shawn did all of the planning for me. I gave her a little guidance, and she made it all happen including some extras that I was not expecting. Since this was the first wine tour I had booked, I didn’t realize that the owners planning everything was not typical. I have since talked to others who said they had to tell their driver where to take them and when. It was much nicer to sit back and enjoy the tour without that hassle. Everyone had an amazing evening and Jim, our driver, was just wonderful. I would highly recommend Old Mission Tours. They definitely go the extra mile.
The way all tours should be!
Do this tour if you have any respect for yourself. If you are a novice or a sommelier, this is the tour for you. Jim, our driver and proprietor of the tour, could not have been more perfect for the job. From the moment of pickup you feel like you are going first class all the way. The van was new and impeccably maintained on the inside. Bottled water and pretzels are offered and available throughout the tour as an added comfort. From the moment we left our house it felt as if we had known Jim for 20 years. His conversation and knowledge of the area was pertinent, entertaining and interesting. Jim, having run and owned a vineyard himself, has such a passion and energy to this craft that it becomes contagious. And this is where I believe this tour company excels and why others can not compete. With his past expirience comes a great knowledge of all the different wines and wineries. With just a few questions, he can suggest to you at all the different wineries to the different wines that would fit what you may like and he was correct. The ability to do that while offering a safe, comfortable and seamless tour from place to place is a genuine talent and an invaluable luxury. If you find a wine that you really enjoy (and i’m sure you will) and you decide to buy yourself a case, Jim was there to carry and load the case for you. When you get through with the trip, Jim unloaded the van and placed all of the purchased cases in the house. There is no reason to ever try any place else. You go on vacation and you want to treat yourself. You have earned it. You deserve it. Do yourself a favor. Do this tour.

Dave S.
Grosse Pointe, MI