WHY SUNRISE?

Sunrise Tours is a family owned and operated company that was started in 1993. The company has grown steadily over the years, and now consists of 20 fantastic employees and offices in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Kansas City. We pride ourselves on delivering extremely high quality tour experiences at a fair price, and we consider repeat Sunrise Tours customers our most important marketing “tool”.

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SPRING MYSTERY TOUR

Join us for an exciting 5-day mystery tour. We can’t tell you where you’re going, but you’re sure to have fun!

Our mystery tours visit towns and sites that we have never (or lightly) included on tour. You won’t see many “top 10” tourist highlights on a Sunrise Tours mystery tour, but that’s the point. We aim to surprise you with an amazing vacation you couldn’t imagine yourself!

  • Trip Code: MT210608
  • Departure Date: June 08 2021
  • Return Date: June 12 2021
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GRAND VACATION TO MICHIGAN

Day 1: Mid-Michigan

 

Travel north to mid-Michigan for dinner and an overnight stay. D

 

Day 2: Grand Traverse Bay

 

Board a comfortable dune buggy for a narrated tour of the Saugatuck sand dunes. Learn about the lost town of Singapore and watch for sightings of local wildlife. Spend time exploring the waterfront downtown Village Square before continuing to Traverse City. Dine overlooking Lake Michigan before heading to our lakefront hotel, The Sugar Beach Resort, with beautiful views on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay for a two-night stay. B, D

 

Day 3: Sleeping Bear Dunes and Grand Traverse Bay

 

Join our local guide for a scenic drive past cherry orchards and around Old Mission Peninsula, then along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Sample local and unique cherry items at the Cherry Republic before enjoying lunch surrounded by beautiful artwork at the Old Mission Tavern. Visit Chateau Chantel Winery for a guided tour and private tasting of local wines before heading back to our resort. B, L

 

Day 4: Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel

 

Travel along Lake Michigan for a ferry ride to Mackinac Island. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when  you take a horse and carriage to the world-renowned Grand Hotel, the island’s premier luxury resort, where the longest porch in the world overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. Enjoy a five-course dinner in the Grand Hotel’s elegant dining room. B, D

 

Day 5: Mackinac Island and Grand Rapids

 

After a restful night in one of the Grand’s beautiful rooms, enjoy a morning at leisure to relax at the hotel or take an optional horsedrawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island State Park (additional expense). Before the return ferry ride, we have our third delectable meal at the Grand Hotel; lunch at the extensive Grand Buffet! Travel to the Grand Rapids area for our overnight stay. B, L

 

Day 6: Return Home

 

  • Trip Code: MI210612
  • Departure Date: June 12 2021
  • Return Date: June 17 2021
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TEXAS PALO DURO CANYON

Day 1: Oklahoma City, OK

 

Saddle up, cowboys and cowgirls! Your adventure begins with dinner and an overnight stay in Oklahoma City, OK. D

 

Day 2: Amarillo, TX

 

Join our local expert for a guided tour of Oklahoma City including the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Bricktown. Take a VIP docent-guided tour of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, celebrating the enduring legacy of the American West. After lunch at a local favorite, continue to Amarillo, TX for a 3-night stay in the Embassy Suites Amarillo Downtown, with spacious, all-suite rooms and evening receptions. B, L

 

Day 3: Palo Duro Canyon

 

Spend the morning exploring “The Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Take a ranger-guided driving tour to the bottom of the canyon to learn about the history of human habitation in the canyon. Visit the campus of West Texas A&M University for a curator-led guided tour of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum. Return to Amarillo for a guided tour with our local expert, including a stop at Cadillac Ranch. Where else but in Texas will you find 10 Cadillacs buried nose down and covered in spray paint? Enjoy dinner at the Route 66 landmark legend, the Big Texan Steak Ranch. B, D

 

Day 4: Texas – The Musical!

 

Step back in time during a morning visit to the unique Jack Sisemore RV Museum featuring 25 years of vintage RV’s. Experience the history of the American Quarter Horse from colonial times to present day through interactive exhibits and live demonstrations at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum. Arrive at the Palo Duro Canyon Outdoor Amphitheater for “Texas – The Musical!” Enjoy a back-stage tour and classic Chuckwagon BBQ dinner before the show starts with a rider on the rim waving the Texas Flag and ends with fireworks over the canyon B, D

 

Day 5: Tulsa, OK


After a leisurely morning at the hotel and free time to explore downtown Amarillo, continue to Tulsa, OK for dinner and overnight stay. B, D Day 6: Return home Explore the life and legacy of one of America’s greatest folksingers and most influential songwriters during a morning visit to the Woody Guthrie Center. Return home with a greater appreciation of the Lone Star State. B 

  • Trip Code: TX210620
  • Departure Date: June 20 2021
  • Return Date: June 25 2021
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CARDINALS VS TIGERS

Day 1: Detroit

 

Travel to downtown Detroit and check into the Hilton Garden Inn, located just two blocks from the home of the Tigers since 2000, Comerica Park. D

 

Day 2: Motown Museum, game one

 

Explore the Motor City with a local step on guide and visit “Hitsville USA”, the Motown Museum, to learn the story behind some of the greatest music in American history. Relax in the hotel before the first of two games of this interleague matchup. B, D

 

Day 3: Detroit River Cruise, game two

 

Featuring views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines, a cruise around Belle Isle to the Canadian side (no passport necessary) includes history of the Motor City and plenty of interesting sights and sounds along the way. This evening stroll at your own pace to great seats at Comerica Park, located next to Detroit’s historic Fox Theater. B

 

Day 4: Return home B 

  • Trip Code: MI210621
  • Departure Date: June 21 2021
  • Return Date: June 24 2021
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CANYONLANDS

Day 1: Cedar City, UT

 

Fly into Las Vegas and begin our journey west with a two-night stay in Cedar City, UT. D

 

Day 2: Zion National Park

 

Follow the lush Virgin River into Zion National Park where you will be surrounded by massive canyon walls and a unique landscape during our narrated open-air tram ride. Enjoy time to explore and lunch at the Red Rocks Grill before returning to Cedar City. B, L

 

Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park

 

See one of America’s most colorful and aweinspiring National Parks up close with our local guide. Learn about the unique geology that created the unmistakable “hoodoos.” Continue through Central Utah’s rugged landscape to Moab for dinner and a 2-night stay. B, D

 

Day 4: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

 

Venture into the desert wilderness of steep canyons and buttes with a guided tour of Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park, located 2,000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River. After lunch, discover the world’s largest concentration of natural stone arches at Arches National Park. B, L

 

Day 5: Monument Valley

 

Head to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and learn about the Native American heritage of this area as we explore the back roads and wideopen spaces portrayed in many movies, from Stagecoach to Forest Gump. A Navajo guide will lead us on a 4-wheel drive tour to the most enduring and definitive images of the American West. Cross into Arizona for dinner and a 2-night stay at Lake Powell Resort. B, D

 

Day 6: Lake Powell

 

Enjoy a morning cruise on beautiful Lake Powell into the twisted, narrow slots of Antelope Canyon. Take a guided tour of the country’s second largest concrete arch dam, Glen Canyon Dam. Relax and enjoy time at one of the top resorts in the Southwest, just steps from the shores of Lake Powell. B, D

 

Day 7: Las Vegas

 

Spend your morning enjoying all that the resort has to offer or join an optional trip to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, where the Colorado River takes a steep turn in the canyon below. Depart for a 2-night stay in Las Vegas, including time to explore this bustling city. B, D

 

Day 8: Grand Canyon West

 

Take a day trip to Grand Canyon West for an intimate look at one of nature’s most amazing wonders. Walk along the rim to enjoy the scenic view points, learn about the Hualapai Nation, and step out onto the glass-bottom Skywalk high above the canyon floor (additional expense). Return to Las Vegas. B, D

 

Day 9: Fly Home Reflect on the incomparable natural beauty we have explored as we fly home. B

  • Trip Code: UT210622
  • Departure Date: June 22 2021
  • Return Date: June 30 2021
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LET FREEDOM RING

Day 1: Mid-Ohio

Travel to Ohio for an overnight stay. D

Day 2: Philadelphia, PA

Arrive in Philadelphia in time for dinner. Philly is known for its eclectic “foodie” culture and there is no better example than savoring a Brazilian dinner at Fogo de Chao where servers carve the meat tableside! Get comfortable in our midtown hotel for a 2-night stay. B, D

Day 3: “We the people…”

Experience the power, fascination and drama of the National Constitution Center, the world’s first and only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution including a live drama presentation Freedom Rising. With our personal expert, tour “Americas most historic square mile” in Independence National Historical Park to view the revered Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed) and the site of the first President’s “White” House because from 1790 to 1800 Philadelphia was capital of the United States! B, D

Day 4: Washington DC

Good Morning Philly! After breakfast, head to the exciting Museum of American Revolution. Immerse yourself in the early road to Independence through immersive gallery experiences, object theaters and recreated historical scenes. “The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people…” Adams, 1818. Reflect on our nation’s history with lunch in the museum before traveling to celebrate the holiday in our nation’s capital. It is a time to celebrate! Unpack your bags for a 2-night stay at our hotel near the National Mall. B, D

Day 5: God Bless America

Today we celebrate the 4th of July in our Nation’s Capital! A guided tour will educate and entertain as we tour DC and learn of its immense history. Explore the National Mall Smithsonian Museums and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival which is an exposition of cultural heritage held on the Mall featuring musicians, storytellers and craftspeople. Watch the “Rockets Red Glare” as the spectacular fireworks display lights up the night sky. Nothing beats seeing the fireworks against the DC skyline of monuments and memorials! B

Day 6: President homes

A freedom tour would not be complete without a visit to the homes of some of our fine presidents. This morning we depart for Mount Vernon, George Washington’s mansion, gardens and grounds. Then we’re off to Charlottesville, VA to tour Monticello, the estate of Thomas Jefferson. You will get an intimate look at the house Thomas Jefferson built and furnished for himself and his family including glimpses of the books and objects that reveal Jefferson’s sharp mind. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Hotel 24 South. The hotel, which originally opened in 1924, is considered an excellent example of a Colonial Revivalist style with modern amenities. B, D

Day 7: George Washington National Forest

After some time to relax and explore the quaint community of Staunton, VA, continue our travels west, passing through the George Washington National Forest, to arrive in Lexington, KY for our overnight stay. B, D

Day 8: Woodford Reserve

Enroute home, stop at Woodford Reserve Distillery for a guided factory tour and tasting. Full of patriotic memories, arrive home this evening. B

  • Trip Code: DC210630
  • Departure Date: June 30 2021
  • Return Date: July 07 2021
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EUROPE IN WISCONSIN

Day 1: Wisconsin

Leave your passports at home; our European vacation is in Wisconsin! Enjoy a welcome dinner on beautiful Lake Nagawicka in Hartland, WI before unpacking for a 2-night stay in west Milwaukee. D

Day 2: Milwaukee - “Munich of the West”

Our local step-on guide will take us on a tour of Milwaukee...Euro-style! Afterwards, a tour of the opulent Pabst Mansion, and free time in the quaint Old World Third Street district for shopping and lunch on your own. This afternoon, we’ll begin our journey, similar to the European immigrants of Wisconsin, aboard a canal boat. As we cruise along the river, imagine how it felt arriving in Milwaukee while enjoying the outstanding views of its modern and historic icons and buildings on the shores of downtown. Bring your appetite to Milwaukee’s most famous restaurant since 1902, Mader’s German Restaurant, for dinner and an opportunity to see the extensive Stein collection and hummel figurines in their Tower Gallery. B, D

Day 3: Stoughton – “Norway”

See a glimpse of the multicultural European influence at Old World Wisconsin, before visiting Stoughton, a town that at the turn of the 19th century had the largest number of Norwegian immigrants in Wisconsin. Tour the new Livsreise “Life’s Journey” museum and savor a midday "maltid" at the Sons of Norway Lodge. A guided tour of Stoughton highlights the 21st century changes before traveling further west. Check into the Chalet Landhaus, New Glarus, Wisconsin, the “Little Switzerland” of America, for the next 2 nights. B, L

Day 4: New Glarus – “Switzerland”

After a hearty breakfast, journey to Pendarvis, historical site of the Cornwall immigrant miners in the “European” town of Mineral Point. Travel to the Norwegian town of Mount Horeb, known as the troll capital of the world. Return to New Glarus, “Swisconsin”, with its emblems of Swiss cantons adorning the downtown buildings and street signs. This evening, welcome a savory Swiss dinner complete with yodeling and long horn musical entertainment! B, D Day 5: Return home No trip to Wisconsin feels complete without a stop to pick up cheese! We’ll tour the Swiss- American Alp & Dell/Roth Kase, the fastest growing specialty cheese factory in the country. B

  • Trip Code: WI210706
  • Departure Date: July 06 2021
  • Return Date: July 10 2021
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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK AND MORE

Day 1: South Sioux City, IA D

Day 2: Rapid City, SD

Explore the impressive Badlands of South Dakota today and enjoy dinner at the famous Wall Drug Store and a twonight stay in Rapid City, SD. B, D

Day 3: Rapid City, SD

A local guide will take us to visit Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument and the Black Hills. Travel to Custer State Park featuring 71,000 acres of unspoiled land, pristine lakes and roaming buffalo. Enjoy a Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour into one of the largest herds of bison in North America. Enjoy lunch in the historic State Game Lodge where Presidents Eisenhower and Coolidge dined. B, L

Day 4: Cody, WY

En route to Cody, WY see Devil’s Tower and pass through the beautiful Big Horn Mountains. Tonight, we will relax in the comforts of Cody Cowboy Village, a luxury log cabin lodging surrounded by scenic mountains to be enjoyed from the chairs on your cabin’s porch. Dinner and entertainment at the acclaimed Cody Cattle Company this evening. B, D

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park

Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West before traveling into Yellowstone National Park. Unpack your bags for a two-night stay at the newly remodeled Grant Village, located near the West Thumb inside the park, which affords us easy access to the many sites featured in the first national park in the world. B, D

Day 6: Yellowstone comes alive!

Bring your cameras and be prepared to enjoy the best of Yellowstone with a ranger guide, a day of geological wonders and plenty of wildlife. Enjoy dinner in the Old Faithful Inn, one of the few remaining log hotels in the United States and featuring a 65-foot ceiling in the lobby and the rhyolite fireplace. B, D

Day 7: Jackson, WY

Head south to Moose, Wyoming and follow your nose towards the aromatic campfire smoke to savor a good old-fashioned Dornan’s Chuckwagon lunch. Enjoy a scenic float on the Snake River with the Grand Tetons as the backdrop and a narration about the region’s wildlife, history, and geology. Continue into historic Jackson for leisure time to explore Jackson Square and a two-night stay. B, L

Day 8: Jackson, WY

Tour the National Museum of Wildlife Art overlooking the National Elk Refuge and enjoy a free afternoon in Jackson. B

Day 9: Cheyenne, WY

Enjoy a guided tour of the Wyoming Frontier Prison whose colorful past is a remnant of the grizzly old west and roll into Cheyenne for dinner and an overnight stay. B, D

Day 10: Union Pacific Rail Line

The East meets West on the Rail Line in North Platte, NE where a visit to the Golden Spike Tower starts with a BBQ lunch and a guided tour of the Canteen and Tower with impressive view of the world’s largest railroad yard. More than 150 trains and 10,000 rail cars a day enter Bailey Yard! Overnight in Lincoln, NE. B, L

Day 11: Return home B

  • Trip Code: WY210710
  • Departure Date: July 10 2021
  • Return Date: July 20 2021
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ICELAND

As of printing, the entire population of Iceland is scheduled to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of May, 2021

Day 1: Overnight flight

Fly to Reykjavik. (D, B in flight)

Day 2: Welcome to Iceland

After an overnight flight, arrive in Reykjavik and enjoy an introductory tour of the capital of Iceland, the northernmost capital in the world, before a short journey to Hella for a 5-night stay at the Stracta Hotel. There is an Icelandic horse farm located next to the Stracta Hotel, affording an opportunity for you to see these iconic animals up close (time permitting). D

Day 3: Golden Circle An awe-inspiring visit to three of Iceland's most important spots: Gullfoss Waterfall, Geyser Hot Springs and Þingvellir National Park. Gullfoss, "the golden falls", is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River. See the steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. The original geyser is now dormant and has been replaced by Strokkur, “the Churn", which erupts at 5-10-minute intervals. Next stop is the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. B, D

Day 4: South Shore with optional glacier hike

Highlights today include the famous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, the 60-meterhigh Skógafoss Waterfall and the narrow Seljalandsfoss Waterfall with a trail that leads behind the falls – be prepared to get wet! Visit Skogar Folk Museum with a selection of turf houses. Take an optional glacier walk (additional expense, hiking boots required) or a visit to the bird cliffs and lava beaches near Vík. B, D

Day 5: Westman Islands

Ahoy! Take a short ferry ride to the Westman Islands. Explore the town of Heimaey and this extraordinary island by foot and by bus. The volcanic eruption here in 1973 is considered the largest natural disaster in Iceland in recent history. After the evacuation of the inhabitants, and during the 5 months while the eruption lasted, there was much uncertainty as to whether the island could ever be repopulated. During our tour to the Westman Islands we explore bird cliffs, walk up the volcano crater and visit "Pompeii of the North", a volcanic excavation project. Enjoy a free afternoon to wander around the town of Heimaey. B, D

Day 6: Vatnajökull National Park

Soak in amazing scenery on a trip to the southern part of the Vatnajökull National Park, home of Europe's largest glacier and Jökulsárlón, a glacier lagoon with floating icebergs. B, D

Day 7: Reykjanes Peninsula, Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik

Take a less traveled route around Reykjanes Peninsula as diverse geological features, the hot springs of Krýsuvík, mountains, lava fields, amazing bird cliffs, moonlike landscapes and fishing villages are on today's itinerary. The tour ends with a visit (and optional swim!) to the famous Blue Lagoon (subject to availability). Return to Reykjavik for a twonight stay at the Centerhotel Arnarhvoll. B, D

Day 8: Free day

Our convenient downtown location is a great spot from which to explore the Capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. Options (some require additional cost) you may consider include; Puffin boat tour, ascend the Hallgrímskírkja Tower for incredible views, visit the National Museum of Iceland or the Saga Viking Museum. B, D

Day 9: Return Home (B in flight)

  • Trip Code: EU210713
  • Departure Date: July 13 2021
  • Return Date: July 21 2021
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NORTHWEST COAST

Travel north from San Francisco to Seattle and discover the magic of this corner of the world where the coastal terrain is a beautiful combination of sandy beaches, towering rock cliffs and an endless array of marine creatures and remarkable tall trees.

Day 1: San Francisco, CA

Fly into San Francisco and unpack for a twonight stay at the Hotel Zephyr in Fisherman’s Wharf’s. D

Day 2: Explore San Francisco

Experience the architecture of the “city by the bay”, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Nob Hill, Cable Cars and countless breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy leisure time in Sausalito before returning to Pier 43½ to board a comfortable boat for a narrated Golden Gate Bay Cruise featuring views of Alcatraz Island. B, D

Day 3: Avenue of the Giants

Hop on Highway 101 and head north through wine country to the gateway of the redwoods, the Avenue of the Giants scenic drive with some of the tallest and oldest coastal redwoods on display. Arrive Humboldt State Park visitor center for a guided walk in the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world. Overnight in Eureka, CA area. B, D

Day 4: Magnificent Redwoods

Grab your camera and feast your eyes on the magnificent redwoods on a gondola ride at the Trees of Mystery, stop at both Redwood National and State Park an overnight in Crescent City, CA. B, D

Day 5: Florence

Follow the coastline north to Florence, OR for an exhilarating Giant Dune Buggy Ride up and over the massive sand dunes that characterize this coastal area. Visit Heceta Head Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse on the Pacific Coast and continue to Newport for a two-night stay with private ocean view balconies at a Sunrise favorite, the Elizabeth Street Inn. B, D Day 6: Oregon Coast

Board the 65’ Discovery for a naturalist-led marine discovery cruise – watch for whales, sea lions, seals, lighthouses and more! Visit the top attraction on the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, for a behind-the scenes tour and lunch overlooking the Passages of the Deep exhibit. Marvel at spectacular ocean views from the tallest lighthouse in Oregon, Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Under starry skies, enjoy a beachfront bonfire with s’mores (weather permitting). B, L Day 7: Astoria

Visit the “Whale Watching Capitol of the Oregon Coast,” Depoe Bay, and watch for the resident pod of grey whales. Take a self-guided tour and sample some of the award-winning products at Tillamook Cheese Factory before a leisurely walk along Cannon Beach to see “Haystack Rock,” a geological Oregon landmark. Arrive in Astoria, the oldest city in Oregon, for dinner and an overnight stay overlooking the Columbia River. B, D

Day 8: Coastal History

Learn about the history of the U.S. Coast Guard and Columbia River Bar Pilots during a morning visit to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Stop at Mount St. Helens Visitor Center to learn about the devasting 1980 eruption and this geologically intense area. Arrive in Seattle for a two-night stay. B, D

Day 9: Explore Seattle

Enjoy a morning ascension in the iconic Space Needle for spectacular city views followed by free time at the nation’s oldest farmer market, Pike Place Market. Learn about Seattle’s pioneer history during a visit to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and see salmon migrate up the fish ladder at the Chittenden Locks. B, D

Day 10: Fly home B

  • Trip Code: OR210723
  • Departure Date: July 23 2021
  • Return Date: August 01 2021
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