Award-Winning City Tours, in collaboration with Gray Line Tours Minnesota, has announced a partnership for the 2013 Twin Cities public tour season.
Serving more than 4,000 riders each year and known for their knowledgeable, well-trained and friendly guides, Award-Winning City Tours conducted more than 20 sold-out tours in 2012. Offering the premiere city tour of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, Award-Winning City Tours will continue to operate and provide guided commentary for each tour, while Gray Line Tours Minnesota will be proving the motor coaches and drivers.
According to Renee Splittgerber, Director, Transportation Services for Award-Winning City Tours, this partnership will combine the best of sight-seeing tours in Minneapolis.
“We are excited about this partnership as it allows us to continue to provide the best tour options and service to the area,” said Splittgerber. “We are known for our highly trained guides and interactive nature. Gray Line brings extensive infrastructure, experience and expertise to our already popular tour offering and our customers will benefit from the partnership.”
Kathryn Belcourt, Sales & Marketing Manager for Schmitty & Sons Bus Co., operators of
Gray Line Tours Minnesota, noted that the two companies share the same core beliefs.
“Our staff and drivers are extremely excited for the partnership between Gray Line and Award-Winning City Tours as it is wonderful that two local companies will be working together to promote tourism in the state of Minnesota,” said Belcourt. “By partnering, we will be able to take our joint knowledge and experience to create a unique, Award-Winning City Tour. Working together to combine our tours, we can take quality equipment as well as knowledgeable tour guides to create an experience for our passengers that is unforgettable.”
The tour routes — Twin City Highlights, the Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise, Stillwater Fall Colors Tour and the Holiday Lights Tour — will all remain the same.
2013 Twin City Highlight Tour Information:
RATES: Adults $37; Seniors (55+) $35; Students (13-21) $30; Children (6-12) $27*
* Children 5 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat.
Twin Cities Highlight Tour DATES
- March 2-April 27 (Saturdays only)
- May 3-June 16 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
- June 17-Aug.18 (Every day, except no tour July 4)
- Aug. 23-Sept. 1 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
- Sept. 4-29 (Wednesdays through Sundays)
- Oct. 5-Nov. 16 (Saturdays only)
For ticket information, contact a tour specialist at 612-929-8687 (TOUR) or reserve tickets online.
About Gray Line
Schmitty & Sons, the franchise holder for Gray Line in Minnesota has been operating buses in the transportation industry since 1941. The company is still family-owned by Dan & Sue Schmitt (Dan is the youngest son of founder Wilfried Schmitt). The company now operates over 300 vehicles across the various divisions of the company. Schmitty & Sons Transportation acquired the rights to Gray Line Tours in Minnesota because of their passion for creating memorable tours, while providing premium transportation for their passengers. As a tour operator, their mission is to create an experience for local residents and tourists to learn about the sites and landmarks of Minnesota. Gray Line can be found in more than 700 destinations on six continents. For more information about our company and our fleet offerings, please visit www.grayline-mpls.com or www.schmittyandsons.com.
About Award-Winning City Tours
Originally established as metroConnections Public Tours, Award-Winning City Tours has been providing sight-seeing tours of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area since 1987. Throughout the years, Award-Winning City Tours has expanded from the Twin Cities Highlight Tour to include other excursions such as the Stillwater City Tour & St. Croix River Cruise, Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise, and the Holiday Lights Tour. In 2010, metroConnections Public Tours was rebranded to “Award-Winning City Tours.” Originally the company’s tagline, it was a natural switch as many customers were already referring to the tours by this name. Award-Winning City Tours is a division owned and operated by metroConnections, Inc. For more information on metroConnections, including our private and group tours, visit www.metroconnections.com.
For more information, visit www.awardwinningcitytours.com.
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