Branson & the Ozarks
October 14, 2024 thru October 21, 2024
Discover the heart of America on an 8-day adventure through the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, Branson, Bentonville, and Oklahoma City. Immerse yourself in the serene Ozark landscapes, Branson’s live entertainment, Bentonville’s art, and poignant historical sites. Enjoy diverse culinary experiences, breathtaking performances, and cultural treasures. This journey offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, entertainment, and history, creating unforgettable memories and stories to cherish. Join SUN TOURS on this unforgettable Branson & the Ozarks tour!
8 days, 7 nights
Activity Level 3
15 meals (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners) included
- Christ of the Ozarks Statue
- Historic 1886 Crescent Hotel
- Great Passion Play
- Thorncrown Chapel
- Downtown Eureka Springs & Tram Tour
- Titanic Museum
- Showboat Branson Belle
- Hughes Brothers Theatre for Dalena Ditto’s Country Evolution
- Branson Duck Tour
- Dolly Parton’s Stampede
- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with Frank Lloyd Wright House
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
- National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
- Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
- Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ
- The Big Texan Steak Ranch & Brewery
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 7 nights’ lodging
- Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
- 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Admission to all listed attractions
- Guided tours at selected attractions
- Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Travel Through Changing Landscapes
Begin your journey with to our Branson & the Ozarks tour with a departure from Albuquerque. We will make stops along the way for independent meals and to stretch our legs.
After we travel through changing landscapes, the day concludes with a stay at the Double Tree Oklahoma City Airport or similar.
Day 2 - Beginning Our Ozarks Tour
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before we embark on the next leg of our journey through the heart of the Ozarks. After comfort stops and an independent lunch, we arrive at the majestic Christ of the Ozarks Statue. Following we journey to the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR. Here, we’ll delve into the rich history of this landmark hotel with a special presentation, before settling into our rooms for a brief rest.
The evening brings us to the Great Passion Play, an unforgettable depiction of the last days of Jesus Christ, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Ozark Mountains. This open space performance is built into the incredible nature landscape for a particularly great show experience. Enjoy a dinner before taking your seats for this spectacular performance. As the play concludes, we’ll return to the comfort of the hotel.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 3 - Eureka Springs to Branson
Begin the day with a breakfast and bid farewell to the enchanting 1886 Crescent Hotel and journey to the Thorncrown Chapel, a marvel of glass and wood nestled in the woods, offering a tranquil moment of reflection. Our visit supports this architectural gem with a thoughtful donation.
Next, enjoy a Tram Tour and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Downtown Eureka Springs. Explore the quaint streets lined with unique shops and eateries at your leisure, enjoying an independent lunch and shopping in this picturesque town.
Our journey continues to Branson, MO, where we’ll check into the Thousand Hills Resort, our home for the next three nights. After settling in, we’ll experience Branson’s entertainment at the Shepherd of the Hill Theatre for the Million Quartet Dinner Show.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 4 - Set Sail on a Day of Adventure
Fuel your day with a breakfast included at the hotel before embarking on a morning filled with history and entertainment. Our first destination is the Titanic Museum, where a guided tour awaits to take you on a journey through the legendary ship’s story, filled with artifacts and tales of its passengers.
Next, we set sail on the Showboat Branson Belle, where lunch is not just a meal but a grand experience with stunning views of Table Rock Lake and an engaging show to complement your dining.
We return to the hotel for a brief respite and continue on with our day in Branson.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 5 - Discovering Branson
Begin your day with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Our first stop is the Hughes Brothers Theatre for Dalena Ditto’s Country Evolution.
Following, journey by land through the streets of Branson, singing songs, hearing jokes and tall tales, and learning local history on a Branson Duck Tour. Then, without getting up from your seat, you’ll splash on to Lake Taneycomo, where you’ll have the opportunity to see downtown Branson and 1931 Historic Taneycomo Bridge from the water.
In the afternoon, we’ll be treated to the essence of a beloved country music superstar at Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Here, we enjoy dinner and a show. As the curtain falls on a day filled with spectacular sights and sounds, we’ll return to the hotel for the night.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Branson to Bentonville
Start your day with a breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and depart for a journey towards Bentonville.
Next, we delve into the world of art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, allowing you to explore at your own pace. Marvel at the expansive collection spanning five centuries of American artistry, including a special visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright House on the museum grounds, where you’ll step inside an architectural masterpiece.
After immersing yourself in art and architecture, take some free time to explore Bentonville City Square, a charming hub of local culture. The day concludes with check-in at the Comfort Inn Bentonville. Tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner as a way to celebrate our wonderful trip.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 7 - Museums & Honoring Heroes
Begin your day with an early breakfast at the hotel. After checking out, we’ll head towards the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa for a short break. This iconic stop offers a glimpse into the world of music memorabilia and the excitement of Tulsa’s entertainment scene.
Continuing on, we’ll arrive at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving the rugged spirit and rich history of the American West. You’ll embark on a self-guided tour, divided into smaller groups for a more intimate exploration of the museum’s vast collections.
Next, we’ll visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, a solemn tribute to the victims, survivors, and heroes of the Oklahoma City bombing. A ranger will provide an outdoor orientation before you proceed to a self-guided tour, which includes a poignant 5-minute film to set the context.
The day concludes with check-in at the Double Tree Oklahoma City Airport or similar. The evening is yours to relax or explore local dining options.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 8 - Through Texas & Back Home
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. After check out, the journey continues to the awe-inspiring Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Groom, TX, where you can reflect and capture photos of this towering symbol of faith.
Next, we make our way to the iconic Big Texan Steak Ranch and Brewery in Amarillo, TX. Here, you’ll indulge in a classic Texan meal, capturing the essence of the Lone Star State’s culinary traditions. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and maybe even catch a glimpse of the legendary 72-ounce steak challenge.
We continue on our journey back home with some comfort stops in between.
Meals included: (B, L)
Itinerary is subject to change.
The Ozarks are characterized by their rugged terrain, consisting of rolling hills, mountains, and plateaus. This region is not a traditional mountain range but rather a high and deeply dissected plateau
Where are the Ozarks?
The Ozarks cover approximately 47,000 square miles (121,600 km²), spanning parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and a small portion of southeastern Kansas.
Biodiversity in the Ozarks
The Ozarks are a refuge for over 200 species of birds, 75 species of mammals, and more than 170 species of fish, reflecting the region's rich biodiversity.
Double Tree Oklahoma City Airport or similar
Oklahoma City, OK
1886 Crescent Hotel or similar
Eureka Springs, AR
Thousand Hills Resort or similar
$2,565 per person
$3,115 per person
Final Payment Due:
August 6, 2024
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 7 nights’ lodging
• Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
• 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Guided tours at selected attractions
• Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: August 6, 2024
- None – Through August 6, 2024
- $200 – August 7 – 20, 2024
- $1,500 – August 21 – September 10, 2024
- 100% after September 10, 2024
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
The activity level for this tour is Moderate.
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
In October, Branson enjoys pleasant fall weather with average highs in the mid-60s to low 70s°F (18-22°C) and lows in the mid-40s to low 50s°F (7-11°C). This month is characterized by beautiful autumn foliage, comfortable daytime temperatures, cooler evenings, and lower humidity levels, making it ideal for outdoor activities and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Ozarks. However, it's advisable to pack layers and a light jacket for the cooler temperatures, especially in the evenings.
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