TEXAS - THE LONE STAR STATE (CHRISTMAS IN SAN ANTONIO SPECIAL DEPARTURE) - 2017
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From cowboys, ranches and the Alamo to ground-breaking space exploration, learn about the history of Texas - a state of pioneers, bravery and heroism.
Special departure: This special departure includes all activities on our regular departures, except for the private narrated barge tour in San Antonio, plus a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner
- CHRISTMAS IN SAN ANTONIO.
In Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and New Orleans; Sixth Floor Museum, Southfork Ranch, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Bob Bullock State History Museum, San Fernando Cathedral, the Alamo, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, Texas White House, Wildflower Farms, NASA-Johnson Space Centre, boat cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin, and Houmas House Plantation & Gardens.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Fort Worth Stockyards, San Antonio River Walk, Texas Hill Country, Cajun Country, and Bayou Country.
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Austin, San Antonio, and New Orleans; services of a professional Tour Director.
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Twin bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
- INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.
2 breakfasts (B), 7 continental breakfasts (CB), 1 dinner (D).
Day by Day
Welcome to Dallas! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Today is dedicated to the sights of Dallas, beginning with a visit to legendary SOUTHFORK RANCH, the internationally renowned filming location of the Dallas television series. Tour the famed Ewing Mansion, featuring an exciting array of memorabilia. See the gun that shot J.R., Lucy's wedding dress, the "Dallas" family tree, and Jock's Lincoln Continental. In the afternoon, return to Dallas for included city sightseeing that features Pioneer Plaza, commemorating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas and cattle to market; the Historic West End; and Dealy Plaza, where history buffs can learn all about a moment in history at the SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM, the location from which the alleged killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, fired the lethal shots on November 22, 1963, that killed President John F. Kennedy.
This morning, journey to Fort Worth, a Texas city famous for its unmistakable combination of "cowboys and culture." Visit the Stockyards National Historic District to enjoy a "Stockyards Experience" by seeing the SPIRIT OF THE WEST movie. Afterward, meet the drivers/cowboys of the Fort Worth Herd and see a Longhorn cattle drive before visiting the TEXAS COWBOY HALL OF FAME. It's here that the museum pays tribute to over 70 cowboys and cowgirls who have excelled in the sport of rodeo, and the Western lifestyle. Overnight in Fort Worth.
Listen closely and you'll hear the sounds that make Austin the "Live Music Capital of the World." From blues and indie rock to country, jazz, and more, Austin's nearly 200 live music venues will surely grab your attention. Upon arrival, visit the BOB BULLOCK STATE HISTORY MUSEUM that tells the "Story of Texas." Afterward, enjoy a city sightseeing tour that features Austin's downtown, including historic Sixth Street, the Texas Capitol complex, Governor's Mansion, and the University of Texas. (B)
A short drive from Austin to the most visited city in Texas: San Antonio, home of the Alamo and the historic River Walk. Sightseeing continues with a guided visit to SAN FERNANDO CATHEDRAL, the oldest in the United States, and downtown's authentic Mexican marketplace, El Mercado. Afterward, visit the infamous ALAMO. It was here in 1836 that a small band of Texans defended themselves against the Mexican Army, and although the Alamo fell, it remains hallowed ground and symbolises courage and sacrifice for the cause of liberty. End your day back at the River Walk. (CB)
Most of today is free to relax or perhaps enjoy a stroll along the cobblestone sidewalks of the River Walk to uncover the Spanish colonial architecture, and fountain-laden parks and plazas that makes San Antonio one of America's most picturesque cities. End your day with a Thanksgiving Day Feast. (CB, D)
SAN ANTONIO-RIVER PARADE AND HOLIDAY LIGHTING. EXCURSION TO FREDERICKSBURG.
Texas Hill Country is home to the LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK. Discover the story of the 36th President, from his ancestors to his final resting place, at the LBJ Ranch. Visit the Texas White House, including the President's office, living room, dining room, den and yellow sitting room, restored to their 1963-1968 appearance. Next, Fredericksburg, and time on your own to enjoy this historic town. Visit one of the largest working WILDFLOWER FARMS in the U.S. before returning to San Antonio in the late afternoon. End your day with reserved seating to enjoy the River Parade and Holiday Lighting, along the River Walk. (CB)
Houston is a city of firsts-home to the first successful human heart transplant, America's first public television station, and the first word spoken on the Moon. Gain an appreciation for Houston's rich history on a sightseeing tour of America's fourth-largest city that includes the Theatre District, which is second only to New York City. You'll marvel at the world-famous Texas Medical centre, whose 675 acres and 42 nonprofit institutions make it the largest medical complex in the world. Enjoy a world-class view from the highest sky lobby in Texas from the 60th floor of the JP Morgan Chase Tower. Last but not least is a visit to downtown Houston's tunnel system that takes you 6 metres (20 feet) underground to stroll through an interconnected series of restaurants, shops, and world-class architecture. (CB)
A special highlight today is a visit to Johnson Space centre, home of NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Take a look behind the scenes on a guided tram tour of JOHNSON SPACE centre. Be a part of history in the making as you witness engineers, scientists, and astronauts shaping the future of space exploration. With this behind-the-scenes journey, you will also visit the Historic Apollo Mission Control centre, and Saturn V Rocket, the most powerful moon rocket ever built and one of only three moon rockets remaining in the world. (CB)
NOTE: The buildings visited on the tram tour are real working areas of Johnson Space centre and are subject to closure without notice.
A beautiful drive past fertile prairies, delicate marshes, and abundant wildlife takes you to Lafayette, Louisiana. Board a boat for a CRUISE through the winding, swampy waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin. (CB)
This morning begins with a guided visit to the HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION & GARDENS. History is reflected in the many antique furnishings and works of art that grace the home. In 1963, the defining Bette Davis film, Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, was shot on the property. We continue our journey across Bayou Country into New Orleans, capital of Dixieland and the "City Care Forgot." Upon arrival, a guided sightseeing tour focuses on the sights and sounds of New Orleans, featuring French Quarter landmarks including St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and a visit to a unique above-ground cemetery. Evening is at leisure. (B)
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to New Orleans International Airport are included. (CB)
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