Experience KCMO Like a Pro

Make the most out of your trip to Kansas City, a city rich in culture and teeming with life, with these hand-picked excursions.

Experience KCMO Like a Pro

All tours depart from and return to the main entrance of the Sheraton. Guests should arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes ahead of the tour time. Posted tour cost includes transportation, admission to scheduled attractions, bottled water, meals where indicated, and a gratuity for the driver. (Gratuity for tour guides is not included.)

You will need to provide your name, address, phone number, and a valid email address. When a tour request is received, Diane at Montague Tour Design will check availability of the tour(s) you wish to book. If you contact her by phone, she will take your credit/debit card information over the phone, book your tour(s), and send you a receipt by email. If you contact her by email, she will call you to obtain credit/debit card information and book your tour(s). Payment is by credit or debit card only. Cash, check, and other forms of payment will not be accepted. Your tour is not booked until payment has been received. A 3.5% credit card fee plus a $0.35 fee will be added to the posted tour price.

Information about the tour cancellation policy is available in our Annual Gathering Policies.

Monday, June 29
4:45 p.m – 9:15 p.m.

KC Spirits & Jazz
$95 per person (Restricted to participants 21 and older)

Dimly lit jazz nightclub with a table holding drinks and a menu in the foreground

Our first stop will be Kansas City’s iconic distillery, J. Rieger & Co., where we’ll learn about the history of the brand, from its founding during the wild and raucous years when the city boasted “the wettest block in the world,” to its premature demise at the dawn of Prohibition, and eventual revival in 2014, nearly a century later. The tour includes a display of artifacts and mementos dating to the late 1800s; the more than 15,000-square-foot food production floor housing four stills; the barrel rickhouse storing more than 2,000 barrels of whiskey; and finally, a tasting of four of their core products. To wrap things up, you will enjoy dinner in the Monogram Lounge and maybe a quick visit to the gift shop.

Next up, get ready to cap off the evening with some Kansas City jazz and blues at two of the top jazz clubs in KC. First, we’ll head to the Green Lady Lounge for some jazz and then end the evening with jazz and blues at the Blue Room Jazz Club inside the American Jazz Museum in the 18th & Vine historical district. (Drinks at the jazz clubs are on your own.)

Tour Schedule
  • 4:45 p.m.: Depart from the Sheraton
  • 5 – 7 p.m.: Tour, tasting, and dinner at J. Rieger & Co. Distillery
    Dinner at J. Rieger: Local greens salad with salted walnuts, carrot, apple, Gorgonzola dolce, buttermilk garlic dressing; Rieger’s club with locally smoked turkey, ham and bacon, swiss, local greens, tomato, basil aioli, Dijon mustard, toasted Sourdough; double chocolate cake featuring Caffe Amoro fudge frosting, KC whiskey whipped cream. Bottled water.
  • 7 p.m.: Depart for Green Lady Lounge to enjoy local jazz
  • 7:15 – 8 p.m.: At Green Lady Lounge
  • 8 p.m.: Depart for the Blue Room in the 18th & Vine Historical District
  • 8:15 – 9 p.m.: Live jazz and blues at the Blue Room
  • 9 p.m.: Depart for the hotel (arrive 9:15 p.m.)

Tour is limited to 25 guests. Booking deadline is June 15. No additional guests can be accommodated.

Tuesday, June 30
9:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Treetop Adventure by Go Ape
$100 per adult (ages 18+); $82 per youth (ages 10-17)

Two young women navigate a zipline obstacle course

Get back to nature, challenge your balance and agility, and yes, Go Ape! The Go Ape Treetop Adventure is a combination ropes course and zipline, guaranteed to get your heart pumping!

Looking for 45-foot-high tree-to-tree crossings, super-long zip lines, and heart-stopping Tarzan swings? We’ve got you covered! We’ll start our adventure with a 30-minute training session, conducted in small groups based on participant age (18+, 16-17, 10-15), then we’ll regroup and head to the trees together. The Treetop Adventure features 45 obstacles, a 45-foot platform and a 475-foot zipline. At the end of our treetop adventure, boxed lunches, bottled water, and air conditioning will be waiting for us at the bus. Let’s have some fun!

Tour Schedule
  • 9:15 a.m.: Depart from the Sheraton
  • 9:45 a.m.: Arrive at the Go Ape attraction for 30-minute training
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Go APE! Time on the ropes course and zipline
  • 1:15 p.m.: Approximate time that activity will end. Box lunches will be served on the coach.
  • 1:30 p.m: Depart for the hotel (arrive approximately 2 p.m.)

Note: Waivers are required and will be sent to registrants. (Adult waivers are to be signed by adult (age 18+) participants. Minor waivers are to be signed by the parent of the participating minor under 18 years.) Minimum height is 4'7"; max weight is 285 lbs. Be sure to wear appropriate close-toed shoes and comfortable active wear, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Pricing includes transportation, Go Ape fees based on age, box lunches, bottled water, and gratuity for the bus driver.

Tour minimum is 25 guests by June 16. Tour registrations after the deadline will be taken based on availability.

Tuesday, June 30
5 – 10 p.m.

MLB at Kauffman Stadium — ‘The K’: Kansas City Royals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
$70 per person

Wide-angle shot of Kauffman Staduim with fountians in the foreground

Start your Independence Day celebration early with America’s favorite pastime: Major League Baseball! You’ll be transported in air-conditioned comfort to the beautiful Kauffman Stadium, home of the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals! The Royals will be taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks. “Best available” tickets will be purchased when tour minimum has been met.

Following the game, your Royals chariot awaits to return you to the Sheraton. Tour includes transportation and Royals ticket only; concessions are on your own.

Tour Schedule
  • 5 p.m.: Depart from the Sheraton
  • 7:05 p.m.: First pitch
  • 9:30/10 p.m.: Game ends; depart for the hotel (departure time may be delayed if the game goes into extra innings)
  • 10:30/11 p.m.: Estimated arrival at the Sheraton

Tour minimum is 25 guests by June 16. Tour registrations after the deadline will be taken based on availability.

Wednesday, July 1
7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

KC Zoo Experience
$60 per person

Kansas City Zoo's front gate

The Kansas City Zoo spans 202 acres and is home to more than 1,300 animals. We’ll start our day with a buffet breakfast at the zoo learning center. There, we’ll meet some of the zoo educators, who will bring a variety of small animals to feature in an educational and entertaining presentation for our group.

After we’ve been fed, we’ll be given some food to feed some of the animals. A stingray? A camel? Maybe a giraffe? That, my friend, is a surprise to be revealed on the tour! Next up, we’ll have two hours to spend on a self-guided tour and maybe a stop at the extensive gift shop for a souvenir.

Some of the local favorites include the polar bear exhibit, sea lions, an elephant that paints pictures, the penguin house, and the orangutan canopy. And of course, we have lions and tigers and bears — oh my! For an extra fee, you can also check out the tram, train ride, boat ride, or the African Sky Safari to help you see more of the zoo. Best advice: Wear comfy shoes as there is a lot to see. And don’t forget the sunscreen and a hat!

Tour Schedule
  • 7:30 a.m.: Depart from the Sheraton
  • 8:15 – 9 a.m.: Breakfast buffet and beverages at the zoo
  • 9:15 – 10 a.m.: Meet the animals
  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.: Feed the animals
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: On your own to tour the zoo. Gift shop on premise.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Depart for the hotel

Tour minimum is 25 guests by June 1. Tour registrations after the deadline will be taken based on availability.

Wednesday, July 1
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Kansas City: The Cultural Crossroads of America
$70 per person

An art gallery with paintings on the walls

You might be surprised to learn that Kansas City has a thriving arts community that supports a wide range of galleries and museums. Capture a glimpse of what the Kansas City arts community has to offer as you first take a guided educational tour of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and home to the Kansas City Symphony and Kansas City Ballet, the Kauffman Center has been named one of the world’s 15 most beautiful concert halls.

Next stop is the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, where we’ll enjoy lunch at the Café Sebastienne and have time for a self-guided tour. The final stop on this excursion is a docent-led highlights tour of the magnificent Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which houses roughly 34,500 pieces of art. The work of European artists, such as Caravaggio’s Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, Monet’s Boulevard des Capucines, Van Gogh’s Olive Trees, Gauguin’s Faaturuma, and Mont Sainte-Victoire by Cézanne are on display, as well as a substantial collection of Asian art, ceramic objects found in ancient Chinese tombs, and whimsical sculptures of badminton birdies. The Nelson-Atkins collection spans more than 5,000 years of humanity and just about every medium you can imagine.

Tour Schedule
  • 9:30 a.m.: Depart from the Sheraton
  • 10 – 11 a.m.: At Kauffman Center; architecture highlights
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch at Café Sebastienne, including a plated meal featuring the chef’s summer menu with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m.: Self-guided tour, Kemper Art Museum
  • 1:15 – 3 p.m.: Nelson-Atkins docent-led highlights tour
  • 3:30 p.m.: Arrive at the Sheraton

Tour minimum is 25 guests by June 17. Tour registrations after the deadline will be taken based on availability.

Thursday, July 2
9:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Treasures Of Kansas City
$76 per person

Two children view the steamboat Arabia's paddlewheel

This tour kicks off with a visit to the Hallmark Visitor Center, where you can learn about the Midwest origins of this now billion-dollar worldwide brand and browse numerous historical displays of their various products, such as greeting cards and ornaments.

Next up is a 90-minute guided bus tour, providing a glimpse of the diversity that Kansas City has to offer and the city’s history. A quick restroom stop at Union Station will give you a chance to see the spectacular grand hall, which saw 678,363 on its peak traffic day in 1945. Following the bus tour, it’s time for some Kansas City barbecue! The group will sit down to a plated lunch at the Canteen Chow restaurant. To wrap up the day, the final stop on the tour is the River Market for a visit to the Arabia Steamboat Museum.

The Arabia Steamboat Museum is home to a true time capsule of frontier life in the 1800s. The Arabia was headed up the Missouri River in the fall of 1856 when she struck a tree snag and sank just north of Kansas City. Her cargo hold was full of 200 tons of supplies bound for general stores and pioneer settlements. In 1988, a group of modern-day adventurers uncovered the lost Arabia and her magnificent cargo, including such items as fine dishware, clothing, and even bottled food (still edible!), all preserved in remarkable condition. Their find has been called the King Tut’s Tomb of the Missouri River.

Tour Schedule
  • 9:45 a.m.: Depart from the Sheraton
  • 10 – 10:45 a.m.: Hallmark Cards Visitor Center film and self-guided tour
  • 10:45 a.m: Our step-on tour guide joins the group
  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: “Step-on” Tour with Kansas City historian; restroom stop at Historic Union Station
  • 12:45 – 2 p.m.: BBQ Lunch at The Canteen Chow restaurant, including a plated meal of smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, BBQ baked beans, coleslaw, BBQ sauce, rolls, cookies; soda, water, coffee, or iced tea
  • 2:30 – 4 p.m.: Steamboat Arabia Museum, movie, and self-guided tour
  • 4:15 p.m.: Depart for the Sheraton

Tour minimum is 25 guests by June 18. Tour registrations after the deadline will be taken based on availability.

Friday, July 3
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Honoring Our Military Heroes — National World War I Museum, Liberty Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fountain
$69 per person

A wide-angle shot of the WWI Museum and Memorial

Shortly after WWI ended, Kansas Citians raised more than $2.5 million (roughly $34 million in today’s dollars) in just 10 days to build a memorial to the Great War. Commanders of the Allied countries all came to dedicate the site, and Missouri native General John J. Pershing was among the dignitaries. Today, the National World War I Museum and Memorial is the most comprehensive collection of WWI objects in the world. Its mission: “The National WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s museum dedicated to remembering, interpreting, and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community.”

Our day will include a docent-led tour of the National WWI Museum, including both the museum and access to the new Wylie Gallery, as well as some on-your-own time. All docents are military veterans, engaging visitors in their passionate delivery of information. The Wiley Gallery contains both rotating and permanent exhibits featuring historic military events. Be sure to visit the adjoining Liberty Memorial buildings, built in 1926, and check out the sweeping view overlooking the historic Union Station and downtown Kansas City. (This is a great place for a photo op!) Feel free to browse on your own and visit the wonderful bookstore/gift shop.

Following the tour, we will head to the Over There Café near the museum lobby for lunch, where you can eat like a soldier — only better — and not in the trench! After lunch, we should have just enough time to pop into the gift shop before departing for a brief stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fountain.

Tour Schedule
  • 9:30 a.m.: Depart from the Sheraton
  • 10 a.m. – Noon: WWI Museum tour with docent, including the new Wylie Gallery
  • Noon – 1:15 pm.: Over There Café for a Liberty Box Lunch (selected in advance), including your choice of sandwich or wrap (turkey or ham with condiments or veggie), chips, cookies, and your choice of bottled water or soft drink.
  • 1 – 2 p.m.: More time in the museum till departure
  • 2 p.m.: Depart the museum and short stop at the Vietnam Veterans Fountain Memorial
  • 2:45 p.m.: Depart for the Sheraton

Tour minimum is 25 guests by June 19. Additional requests to book this tour will be based on availability.