Heartland Tours and Travel is a family-owned tour provider and part of a rich trio of businesses established in 1959. With offices in Rochester and Minneapolis, MN, Heartland offers escorted motorcoach tours you are going to love.
Dan and Clavonne Holter have worked to surround themselves with experienced and knowledgeable staff, eager to provide enjoyable and memorable tours for travelers of all ages.
We design day tours to surrounding attractions, extended tours around the world and customized tours to fit your travel dreams. Our tours range anywhere from 1-28 days and serve our travelers as exciting excursions, relaxing vacations or delightful traditions.
Beyond our escorted tours, Heartland also provides trips without an escort, such as cheering on the Minnesota Twins or taking part in the great Minnesota get-together – the state fair.
So check out our catalogs, head to a travel show or find us on Facebook so you’ll be sure not to miss a tour you are going to love.
We fuel our motorcoaches with a mixture of B20 which is an environmentally friendly bio-diesel that reduces carbon emissions. Bio-diesel is biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
Motorcoaches are the most fuel-efficient transportation mode in North America when measured in terms of passenger miles per gallon of fuel.
A motorcoach with 56 passengers on board can achieve over 350 passenger miles per gallon. In contrast, passenger miles per gallon of fuel (single-occupant automobiles) achieve 28 passenger miles per gallon. *Figures cited from RCL internal review*
Switching to motorcoach travel for the 12,500 miles traveled annually by the average automobile would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4.3 tons per automobile annually.
Motorcoaches emit the least carbon dioxide (CO2) per passenger mile when compared to other vehicles and are on average 6 times more energy and fuel efficient than single occupancy automobiles.
Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by an average of 85% per passenger mile for every person who chooses motorcoach travel instead of driving alone.
Motorcoaches are 3 times more efficient in reducing C02 output when compared to commuter rail, and 5 times more efficient than transit buses.
Figures are cited from the "2006 Annual Report: Impacts of MotorCoach Industry on Society and the Economy," produced by Nathan Associates and from "Comparison of Energy Use & CO2 Emmissions From Different Transportation Modes," produced by M.J. Bradley & Associates. The full studies are available online at www.buses.org.
More than 2,000 new motorcoaches are manufactured each year at an average purchase price of $450,000 amounting to nearly $1 billion annually. Motorcoach traveler and tourist demand generates more than $44 billion annually in economic transactions.
By building nearly $1 billion worth of motorcoaches, 15,000 jobs are required in the motorcoach manufacturing industry and among its suppliers.
Every $1 invested in new motorcoaches generates an additional $1.65 of spending throughout numerous sectors of the economy, for a total of more than $1.2 billion spent on tour and travel each year.
The motorcoach industry binds the nation together. It provides 631,000,000 passenger trips annually. Its national network of terminals includes more than 3 times the number of airports and intercity rail stations.