Company History

  • 2017

    Village Tours & Charters, one of the largest charter coach and tour companies in the Midwest, is honored by its industry peers with the United Motorcoach Association’s Vision Award for large fleet operators, March 1, at the organization’s annual convention, the Motorcoach Expo in St. Louis. The vision award is the association’s highest honor, and there are two winners each year, one for a fleet of 15 or more motorcoaches and one for companies with fleets of 14 or fewer vehicles. Watch Video View Press Release

  • 2016

    Village is excited to announce the opening of our new terminal in Tulsa. The first tour departed from the new office on June 27, with grand opening festivities held from June 28-29. In addition to office and maintenance space, the new terminal features a Departure Center where tour customers can check-in and relax prior to leaving. We can now also offer a secure, lit parking lot for our patrons. This opening also improves our ability to provide the best charter service possible out of Tulsa and its surrounding area.

  • 2016

    Village is pleased to announce its new daily bus shuttle service that will connect Wichita, KS, to Amtrak stations across the country and vice versa. Oklahoma City connects to the EAST / WEST Train in Newton. Newton connects to the SOUTHBOUND Train in Oklahoma City. Board the bus in Wichita to connect to the EAST / WEST Train or the SOUTHBOUND Train to hundreds of destinations. Call 1-800-872-7245 for information & tickets. Wichita has been without Amtrak service since 1979.

  • 2016

    Village is pleased to announce the acquisition of Letsgo Charters based in Ft. Smith and Springdale, AR, on January 4. Letsgo Charters began operations in August of 2001 with two used MCI coaches based in Ft. Smith. The company grew and expanded to a fleet of 15 coaches. According to Village President Jeff Arensdorf, Letsgo has done a nice job growing that market with a good reputation. Growth into Northwest Arkansas is a natural fit for Village, since it is already doing a fair amount of business in the area. Village is excited about being able to serve this area with coaches from Tulsa in addition to Springdale and Ft. Smith. The Village fleet currently stands at 87 coaches and 240 employees.

  • 2015

    Village relocates to a new maintenance facility in Salina. The building, located near the intersection of Crawford and Broadway, had been the home of Zeller Brakes since 1955. More than $200,000 was spent updating and remodeling the building to be able to handle parking, maintenance and washing of the Village fleet based there. Previously, Village was using the building formerly operated by Salina Charter Coach. The move to the new building further solidified Village’s commitment to Salina and northwest Kansas.

  • 2014

    Village is pleased to announce growth into Tulsa and the surrounding area with the acquisition of Travel Tours. Based out of Wagoner, OK, Travel Tours began in 1979 with the purchase of a new Eagle motorcoach and grew to 12 Eagles in 1994. The company operates over thirty retail tours each year in addition to taking care of its charter business. Village will now offer tour departures out of Tulsa and will continue to provide charter service out of the same area.

  • 2013

    Village completes a 1.3 million dollar facility upgrade at it's Oklahoma City location. The upgrade includes a new parking lot that will accommodate up to 30 motorcoaches at any given time along with shop and wash bay additions. The need arose after Village's acquisition of Time Lines back in Spring 2012. The construction took nearly one year to complete.

  • 2013

    Village contracts to transport nearly 3,500 passengers from Kansas to California on what is its largest charter movement to date. Village uses 70 motorcoaches that traveled in excess of 478,000 miles. That's one for the record books!

  • 2013

    Village announces the acquisition of Prestige Charters on March 26. Both companies have a long history and are well-respected in Wichita. Prestige started with 2 motorcoaches in 1985 and grew to 21 units. At the time of the purchase, Village now operates 68 coaches and employees nearly 180 people.

  • 2012

    Village continues to experience growth with the purchase of Time Lines, LLC. Village adds 20 units to its fleet with the acquistion and approximately 40 new employees. Village now operates 48 motorcoaches in its fleet.

  • 2011

    Village acquires Salina Charter Coach and All-American Tours out of Hays, KS. At least three motorcoaches will be permanently stationed at the Salina branch. New customers along I-70 will be serviced out of this facility.

  • 2010

    Village makes shop improvements for the Wichita and Oklahoma City locations. Village has a state-of-the-art maintenance facility and boasts full-time mechanics who are committed to keeping its motorcoaches in excellent condition.

  • 2009

    Village introduces a new category of charter coach. The "Economy Class" features coaches that are between 10-15 years of age within the fleet. While still great transportation, these don't offer the extra amenities of 110-volt plug-ins, wireless internet or satellite television that are now available on our "Deluxe Class" of transportation.

  • 2007

    Village celebrates the opening of a new facility in Oklahoma City. Conveniently located at the intersection of I-35 and N.E. 50th Street, the new facility features a large customer parking lot, maintenance facility and offices.

  • 2006

    Village and Spangles, a Wichita based restaurant, team up to produce a TV ad. The ad was shown on over 130 stations for over a month. Watch Video

  • 2005

    Village celebrates its 25th anniversary with a tour to Branson and St. Louis. Over 560 people, filling 13 coaches, come along on a trip that included a show, riverboat cruise, and private railcars. The event was featured on the front cover of two major trade publications, Bus Ride and National Bus Trader.

  • 2000

    Village Charters is sold to Norman and Jeff Arensdorf. No major operational changes are made by the new ownership.

  • 1997

    Village adds its first Prevost to the fleet. The newly designed H3-45 is the first coach in the Village fleet not to be painted blue and white. A new "splash" logo is now present on the coach.

  • 1995

    A record 12,392 people take a tour with Village!

  • 1993

    Village adds its first 45' coach to the fleet. A 1993 MCI 102 DL3, unit #116

  • 1989

    Village Charters ( now operating under the names Village Tours, Village Travel and Village Charters) opens an office in Oklahoma City, OK. The Office is used primarily to sell domestic motorcoach tours.

  • 1984

    Village builds new facilities in the middle of an empty Kansas wheatfield near the corner of 21st and Tyler.

  • 1981

    A second bus is added to the fleet. It continues to transport snow skiers during the winter months. Both coaches return to Wichita during the Summer and Fall for Wichita-area charters.

  • 1980

    Village Charters is incorporated. A new Eagle motorcoach is purchased and is dispatched to Denver to transport snow skiers from the airport to the ski slopes. Village operates in Colorado under the name Alpine Village Tours.