Joe started his career as a local tour guide in Eureka Springs in 1978, just two years after his high school graduation! He hires only native or longtime residents as tour guides in all three cities, Eureka Springs, Bentonville and Branson.
Whether doing step-on guide service on your bus or coach, or on the trams in Eureka Springs, a local guide will be the least and best money you will spend for your group tour experiences in the Ozarks.
The Ozark Mountains abound with beautiful scenery and architecture. Let us show you and tell you all about the amazing history of the area. From the early settlers of the 1820's to the explosive growth and popularity of the Ozarks in the 1980s and 90s. When Branson had an entire episode of 60 Minutes dedicated to the phenomenal success Branson was having. In Bentonville you will learn about the Osage Indians and how Sam Walton chose Bentonville to be the World Headquarters for Walmart and Sams Clubs. Find out why Robert Ripley of Ripley's Believe it or Not, called Eureka Springs on the 10 most unusual cities he had ever visited in the USA. You will love the leisurely ride through the historic district on board one of the open-air trolley-style trams!
We really do offer a Money Back Guarantee on our tour guide services. It's really simple! If you don't enjoy our tour guide and don't think they did a great job for you, just let us know and we will refund your money! We have been doing tour since 1988 and have never had to refund anyone yet. We don't believe you will be the first either! But you can feel great knowing that you have our guarantee!
Our step-on guide will meet you at your hotel or a designated meeting point and will tour with you on your coach/bus for approximately 2 hours. You will visit the world famous Thorncrown Chapel (the glass chapel in the woods) and then visit the Christ of the Ozarks Statue and the Great Passion Play area.
Enhance your Eureka Springs tour experience by adding the Historic District tram tour. In fact, motorcoach and bus tour groups cannot tour through the historic district in your own bus/coach.
This tour will last approximately 3 hours. Our guide will meet you at your hotel or designated meeting point and will tell your group everything they want to know about Branson and the area, and probably a lot more. Find out what a Baldknobber really was. Find out what happened in Branson in 1959 that birthed the 4 cornerstone businesses of Branson that are still in business today. Hear interesting stories about many of the entertainers, see beautiful scenery and learn all about College of the Ozarks (Hard Work University). The most common comment we get from drivers and escorts that have been visiting Branson for years, but have never taken the local tour, is that they are amazed at what they learned. That they "never knew all this existed". This will be the best $5.00 per person you have ever spent in Branson. And remember...we guarantee it!
Bentonville is one of the most exciting cities in America right now. This town is growing so fast and yet maintaining it's small town charm. Formerly known at Osage, Arkansas (named after the Osage Indians) Bentonville has always been a business hub and is now the World Headquarters of Walmart. Our tour will include stops at the Walmart Visitors Center Museum on the square, in the same building that Sam Walton started his Waltons 5 & 10 Store. You will see Sam's old Ford truck that he drove pretty much everywhere he went. We will also visit one of the best Native American History museums you will ever visit. It's call the Museum of Native American History. And though it's small, it is world class. You might not think you or your group will enjoy it, but we can assure you they will. We allow approximately 30 minutes here. We then leave Bentonville to make a short drive to the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel at Bella Vista. This is a sister chapel to the more famous Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs. Many people think this chapel is even prettier and more welcoming than Thorncrown.
The only way your group can tour through the Historic District of Eureka Springs...and your coach driver will be VERY happy!
The tram tour takes approximately 90 minutes and includes the 2 stops listed below. The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Grotto Spring.
Group Tram Tour times are 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Advance reservations are required.
You will ride slowly and smoothly through the charming and beautiful historic district as our guide share the fascinating history of Eureka Springs and pointing out many of the beautiful buildings, homes and natural beauty spots also.
We stop here for approximately 20 minutes, to give you time to check out America's Most Haunted Hotel, enjoy the scenic mountain view from the 4th floor and have time for a restroom break as well. You will learn all about the 1886 Crescent Hotel. A "dry stack" building that cost almost 1/3 of a million dollars to build in 1886.
We make a brief stop at this spring, to give us ample time to explain the history of our healing springs that made Eureka Springs so famous in the 1800's, and why they are no longer used for any medical or commercial use whatsoever. Due to the steps going down into the grotto being limestone and subject to being slippery due to the moisture of the spring and the rains we get, there are times we do not actually get off at this stop. For safety reasons.
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Group rates are based on 15 or more paying guests. Drivers and tour escorts are complimentary. Payment is due at least 7 days prior to your tour date and time!
The Per Person Price for Eureka Springs Full Sightseeing Tours, including step-on guide and the tram tour is $22.00. ($5.00 for the guide fee and $17.00 for the tram tour.)