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Local company offers holiday tours in Des Moines

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The holiday season is approaching and this local tour company is ready to help you make some family memories.

Iowa Tour Company crafts custom experiences connecting people to the local stories of their community, offering a wide range of carefully curated and designed home-grown tours.

These one-of-a-kind tours focus on everything from food to history to art and even made-to-order custom tours. Locals looking to entertain their home-for-the-holidays guests have plenty of tour options.

“I fell in love with the city again because there is an abundance of places to eat, drink and enjoy for the size of city that it is," said CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Iowa Tour Company, Alan Rust. "Des Moines is a big city with a small-town character. It has top-quality chefs creating amazing food along with talented crafters of cocktails and beer. It is my passion to know about the hospitality scene along with the city’s local artisans and share it with others.’”

Tour types

Several tour types are available for groups of all sizes (prices may vary depending on group size and date).

Walking tours

Walking tours include culinary tours ($49 per person) and history tours ($29 per person) for any size group. Culinary tours include a 3-hour dining experience in various eateries and include one free beverage. History tours take one hour. 

Art tours

Explore art murals and unique art on the streets of Des Moines during the Des Moines Street Art Tour (2 hours; includes transportation; $79 per person).

Chauffeured tours

These citywide tours offer luxury private transportation and include culinary tours ($129 per person) and history tours ($79 per person) for groups. Culinary tours include a 4-hour dining experience in various eateries and one free beverage. History tours take two hours.

Self-guided tours

Groups can take these walking tours at their own pace. The price is $9 for the entire group for one day.

  • Des Moines Landmarks Tour
  • Downtown Des Moines Landmarks Tour
  • Downtown Des Moines Art Tour

Iowa Tour Company started showing Des Moines in early 2019. Rust started the company after having returned to the Midwest following many years of moving around the country for his career in corporate retail. 

On business trips, Rust always found himself seeking out compelling restaurants or only-known-to-locals hangouts in each place he wound up. It was this behavior that sparked the idea for a local tour company that works exclusively with Des Moines-owned and -based businesses with the mission of connecting people to local stories of

the community.

Tour guides are knowledgeable local residents who are both history buffs and passionate foodies.

"Our team loves to connect our local residents and guests to the stories and tastes of our community," Rust said. "Travelers choose us because of the variety of tours no matter when they visit. Locals choose us to discover new places and when they have family visiting. Corporate leaders choose us to strengthen teams with engaging outings so they increase retention."

Tour guides work in partnership with a curated selection of area businesses and artisans, ensuring a memorable and personalized experience.

Whether it's must-see attractions or hidden gems, there's an array of unique and affordable tours to choose from.

Walking tours take tourists through vibrant local districts, while citywide history and culinary tours include quality transportation. The outfit also offers completely customized experiences.

Iowa Tour Company also offers free guides on its website showcasing the best places for coffee and donuts to pizza and tap beer. Tour-goers can also browse the online souvenir shop with Iowa-focused wares.

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