Banjo Billy's Bus Tours

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Banjo Billy's Bus Tours operate guided history and ghost tours of Denver and Boulder, Colorado, as well as brewery tours in Denver using converted school buses.

Company history[edit]

In 2005, John Georgis, a Colorado native,[1] quit his sales job with a Fortune 500 company to launch a tour company in Boulder.[2] Georgis purchased a school bus on eBay, refurbished the exterior with wood planks and the interior with couches, recliners and saddles, and started giving tours as Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours.[3][4] In 2007, Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours expanded to Denver.

Tour options[edit]

The tour buses, nicknamed “traveling hillbilly shacks",[5] operate year-round. The 90-minute guided history tours mix history, crime stories and comedy,[6] with stops at points of interest in downtown Denver and Boulder. Throughout October, Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours runs 90-minute guided ghost tours in Denver and Boulder. The three-hour brewery tours in Denver operate weekly, with additional tours during the Great American Beer Festival, and include stops at four breweries.[7] Private tours are also offered.[8] History tours and ghost tours depart in Denver from the Colorado Convention Center and in Boulder from the Hotel Boulderado. Denver brewery tours depart from Wynkoop Brewing Company.


  1. ^ "On the Bus: Taking a Spin on Banjo Billy's Hillbilly Contraption", Boulder Daily Camera, November 5, 2005. Retrieved March 20, 2014
  2. ^ McGuire, Heidi, "Haunted Bus Tours Ride Through Boulder", 9News, October 31, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2014
  3. ^ Prokesch, Peter, "Hop On: Banjo Billy's Beer Tours" 5280 Magazine, June 22, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2014
  4. ^ Centers, Jessica, "Jock Stories", Westword, May 25, 2006. Retrieved March 20, 2014
  5. ^ "Top of the Town Editor's Choice 2012: Banjo Billy's Bus Tours", 5280 Magazine, July 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2014
  6. ^ Hood, Grace, "Banjo Billy's Bus Tour: History, Mystery and Bad Jokes", NPR, July 10, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2014
  7. ^ Porter, William, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2014-03-21.  "A Guide to Offbeat Ways to Tour Colorado", Denver Post, July 31, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2014
  8. ^ "Banjo Billy's Bus Tours",, May 15, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2014

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