Group Tours
Missouri Division of Tourism

group tours

The Group Travel Program promotes Missouri as a memorable group travel destination. The Division participates in a variety of trade shows to reach decision makers about group travel. If you have questions about MDT's group tour program, email MDT's group specialist Ashley.Sneed@ded.mo.gov or call her at 573-751-1907.

Download the Missouri Group Tour Guide here.

Sample Itineraries

There are a variety of ways for groups to explore and discover Missouri. These sample tours give you starting points. Our itineraries allow groups to concentrate on one area of the state, but they can also be easily arranged to create a circle tour of Missouri.

Click on any of the trip categories below, and then you can search by region or keyword to begin planning a Missouri adventure for your group. For additional tour ideas email Ashley Sneed.

The Way of American Genius: Innovations - PDF | Word
Cities: St. Joseph, Hamilton, Osborn, Cameron, Jamesport, Chillicothe, Marceline, Kirksville, La Plata, Hannibal
Description: Discover some of America's great ideas, inventions and innovators along Missouri Highway 36 - The Way of American Genius, featuring the Pony Express, JC Penney, General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, Walt Disney and Mark Twain.

Generations - PDF | Word
Cities: Independence
Description: This is a full-day multi-generational tour that can be executed at a slower pace by spending a night in Independence.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - PDF | Word
Cities: Independence
Description: This girlfriends itinerary blends history, unique shopping, antiquing and an optional tea party.

Historical Itinerary - PDF | Word
Cities: Independence
Description: This full-day itinerary showcases some of Independence's best and most historic attractions.

Truman Itinerary - PDF | Word
Cities: Independence
Description: During this day trip you'll learn more about the life of Missouri's favorite son and this important world leader.

Show Me the Money - PDF | Word
Cities: Kansas City
Description: Discover multi-million dollar industries, up-and-coming factories, world-class museums and shopping districts.

Gentlemen of Genius - PDF | Word
Cities: Hannibal, Marceline, St. Joseph
Description: An adventure following Highway 36 and highlighting American favorites such as Mark Twain, the Pony Express, Walt Disney and Jesse James.

Missouri East to West - PDF | Word
Cities: St. Louis, St. Charles, Kansas City
Description: This tour follows I-70 and includes some of Missouri's top attractions.

Faith of Our Fathers - PDF | Word
Cities: Independence
Description: This faith-based tour is a perfect day trip or addition to a multi-day itinerary.

Legends & Legacies - PDF | Word
Cities: St. Louis, St. Charles, Hermann, Sibley, Independence, Kansas City, Weston, Liberty, Kearney, St. Joseph
Description: A tour highlighting some of Missouri's most famous legends and history.

Missouri Home for the Holidays - PDF | Word
Cities: Branson, Carthage, Joplin, Kansas City, Independence
Description: Warm up the holiday season with this tour of Southern and Western Missouri.

Rivers, the Arch & the History Between - PDF | Word
Cities: St. Louis, St. Charles, Hannibal, Marceline, St. Joseph, Kansas City
Description: Missouri's rich history is highlighted in this cross-state tour.

Get Your Kicks in Pulaski County: Route 66 - PDF | Word
Cities: Pulaski County
Description: Learn about the history still alive along this famous route.

Drop and Give Us Twenty: Fort Leonard Wood - PDF | Word
Cities: Pulaski County
Description: Spend the day touring sites and museums which honor our military forces.

Central Missouri Sampler - PDF | Word
Cities: Boonville, Columbia, Jefferson City, Fulton, Hermann
Description: Experience some of Missouri's best gems in Central Missouri. This tour combines history and local favorites for three unforgettable days.

Route 66 - PDF | Word
Cities: Joplin, Springfield, Lebanon, Rolla, St. James, Cuba, Stanton, Eureka, St. Louis (option to include Branson)
Description: Explore Missouri's portion of this iconic American road.

Civil War History in St. Louis - PDF | Word
Cities: St. Louis
Description: Missouri encapsulates the American Civil Wars rending of a nation. Prior to the war, the state reflected the nations ideological, political and racial divisions. Today, Missouri and its role in the Civil War continue to generate debate among historians, academics, Civil War enthusiasts, and descendants of both soldiers and slaves.

Missouri Life on the Mississippi - PDF | Word
Cities: Hannibal, St. Charles, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau
Description: Follow the Great River Road and experience life on one of America's greatest rivers.

Rivers, Icons & Wine: St. Louis Hub & Spoke - PDF | Word
Cities: St. Louis, Hannibal, Fulton, Jefferson City, Hermann, St. Charles
Description: Enjoy learning about Missouri's famous icons on this historic and scenic journey.

Route 66

You don’t have to travel far on Route 66 in Missouri to realize you’re in for one fantastic road trip. Route 66 includes two of Missouri’s largest cities, notable attractions, scenic views and motor courts harkening to a bygone era. Home to more than 280 miles of the “Mother Road,” we recommend taking the “scenic route” and spending a few days to cover Missouri’s section of Route 66.

Click here to download Missouri Life's Guide to Missouri's Route 66.

Begin your journey from St. Louis, one of the most popular cities on Route 66.

Escort Notes/Missouri Fun Facts

Make your group tour a memorable experience by providing details about Missouri's people, history and nuances. In our Escort Notes section, you find information ranging from famous Missourians to why Missouri is called the "Show-Me" state. Click on the menu below for a list of escort items. If you don't see what you're looking for, contact us so we can help!

Image Database

When it comes to selling a tour, pictures can be your most valuable asset. Let our staff assist you by providing the perfect image(s) to capture your upcoming travel experience. To request assets, please contact staff photographer Aaron Fuhrman.

Please credit photos to the designated photographer.

Tour and Receptive Operators

Receptive tour operators offer localized services and tourism experiences for visitors, including those who are booked through international tour operators. Receptive tour operators know their local markets and help group tours by offering specific experiences and well-planned itineraries.

Generally, receptive tour operators purchase services (such as hotel rooms and transportation) from suppliers and package them to be sold to group tour operators.

Group tour operators generally organize and plan day trips or multi-day trips for groups of 20 or more guests (that number varies from business to business).

Click here for a listing of Tour Operators currently on VisitMO.com.

Missouri Coach Companies

Click here for a listing of Bus Lines / Motor Coaches currently listed on VisitMO.com.

Find Tourism Organizations

Missouri's chambers of commerce, CVBs and tourism-related organizations offer a variety of information and resources about their specific areas. Tourism partners from these organizations offer expert advice about group-travel opportunities in their respective areas.

Click here for a list of the Chambers, CVBs and tourism-related associations in Missouri.

Missouri Group Tour Newsletter

The Missouri Tour Scout offers an insider’s peek on the Group Tour Market in Missouri. Read about upcoming attractions, destination highlights, and professional advice from industry members. Click one of the links below to find the edition you are seeking.

Industry Insights

Industry members chime in on various topics. Click on the links below to access articles.

Getting Ready for Trade Show Season by Renee Eichelberger, Explore St. Louis.

Professional Travel Planner Tour Kit

To order a Professional Travel Planner Tour Kit (consists of 25 Official Missouri Travel Guides) or for more information on Group Tours, please contact Ashley Sneed at (573) 751-1907 or Ashley.Sneed@ded.mo.gov

To order a Professional Travel Planner Tour Kit, which consists of Official Missouri Travel Guides (25 guides per case), please complete the form below. Orders take approximately 3 weeks to receive. If you require additional materials, please call Ashley Sneed at 573-751-1907, and we will attempt to accommodate your request. Thank you.

Group Tour Information

To order a Professional Travel Planner Tour Kit (consists of 25 Official Missouri Travel Guides) or for more information on Group Tours, please contact Ashley Sneed at (573) 751-1907 or Ashley.Sneed@ded.mo.gov

The Missouri Division of Tourism is glad to assist you in finding information for your group tour. Please fill out the form below and someone from our staff will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you.