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The Lone Star State to the French Quarter

Price per person
from £1,966

Price based on
London Heathrow
2nd May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 13 days

  • USA

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

With its large size and diversity, Texas locals say, “Texas, it’s like a whole other country.” On this tour through the Lone Star State, you’ll discover its major cities—Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston—and some of its historic landmarks, museums, and must-see sights before crossing into Louisiana for time in Lafayette and New Orleans.

Highlights of this Texas tour include a behind-the-scenes tram tour of the Johnson Space Center, home to NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Witness engineers, scientists, and astronauts as they shape the future of space exploration, and visit the Historic Apollo Mission Control, where the NASA team monitored nine Gemini and all Apollo missions. The San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States. Take a private, narrated cruise down the San Antonio River through the picturesque River Walk area and enjoy a cruise through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. In Fredericksburg, stroll the historic district shopping, pursuing one-of-a-kind, eclectic shops, art galleries, and museums.

History buffs will be fascinated at the Sixth Floor Museum, the location from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot President John F. Kennedy. At the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park and Texas White House, hear the story of Johnson’s life. Also, visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum that tells the “Story of Texas.” In North Texas Horse Country, visit a real working horse ranch with a knowledgeable Tour Director for a true authentic experience. Of course, no history buff can leave Texas without visiting the Alamo.

All of this and much more await you on this Texas tour. For the value-minded traveller, there’s no better way to visit the Lone Star State!

At a glance

Dallas Sightseeing with Local Guide in North Texas Horse Country; visit a working horse ranch; Dallas sightseeing; visit the Sixth Floor Museum

Fort Worth Visit the Fort Worth Stockyards; see the Spirit of the West movie; watch a longherd cattle drive; visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

Austin Visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum; sightseeing

San Antonio Sightseeing with Local Guide; San Fernando Cathedral; visit the Alamo; River Walk; enjoy a private narrated cruise on the San Antonio River Walk

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park Visit the home of the 36th U.S. president

Houston Sightseeing; visit the Johnson Space Center

Lake Charles Visit the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point

Lafayette Cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin

New Orleans Sightseeing with Local Guide

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

I had a brilliant holiday, due very much I think...

6th October 2018
Mrs Shelia Kirkman

I had a brilliant holiday, due very much I think to the tour manager Melanie Wagner. She was wonderful, very enthusiastic and informative. She was also professional and everything worked like clockwork. She also provided "surprises" each day and took us to places which were not on our itinerary. The driver Arnold was also exceptional a great driver and kind and helpful. Hotels were of a great standard, however two Austin and Houston were a bit too far out to really do anything in the evening. The "kick back" provided by the Drury hotels was very welcome.

excellent Drury Inn hotels, good tour guide Patrick Neilson, group...

29th October 2017
Mr David Kimbley

excellent Drury Inn hotels, good tour guide Patrick Neilson, group size on the brink of too many. Hotels good size, with facilities, especially appreciated the food in Drury Inns and the comp0limentary drinks. Excellent coach driver and good timings at all places visited.

An excellent (brand new) coach and a very good tour...

29th October 2017
Mr Simon Washbourne

An excellent (brand new) coach and a very good tour taking in some very good sights and excursions. Mostly very good hotels but a couple (the Radisson in Fort Worth and the Wyndham Gardens in Laffayette) were poor and in need of overhaul or changing. The location of the hotel in ASustin (and the Fort Worth one) could have been better - Austin is the live music capital and we should have been nearer to where the music was. These are minor points on an otherwise very good holiday.

Very enjoyable - some great cities and sights...

10th April 2017
Mr David Holmes

Very enjoyable - some great cities and sights

Overview

With its large size and diversity, Texas locals say, “Texas, it’s like a whole other country.” On this tour through the Lone Star State, you’ll discover its major cities—Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston—and some of its historic landmarks, museums, and must-see sights before crossing into Louisiana for time in Lafayette and New Orleans.

Highlights of this Texas tour include a behind-the-scenes tram tour of the Johnson Space Center, home to NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Witness engineers, scientists, and astronauts as they shape the future of space exploration, and visit the Historic Apollo Mission Control, where the NASA team monitored nine Gemini and all Apollo missions. The San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States. Take a private, narrated cruise down the San Antonio River through the picturesque River Walk area and enjoy a cruise through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. In Fredericksburg, stroll the historic district shopping, pursuing one-of-a-kind, eclectic shops, art galleries, and museums.

History buffs will be fascinated at the Sixth Floor Museum, the location from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot President John F. Kennedy. At the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park and Texas White House, hear the story of Johnson’s life. Also, visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum that tells the “Story of Texas.” In North Texas Horse Country, visit a real working horse ranch with a knowledgeable Tour Director for a true authentic experience. Of course, no history buff can leave Texas without visiting the Alamo.

All of this and much more await you on this Texas tour. For the value-minded traveller, there’s no better way to visit the Lone Star State!

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts

UK - Dallas

Day
1

Fly to Dallas where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Welcome to Dallas! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Dallas

Day
2

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of North Texas Horse Country, one of the largest concentrations of horse farms in the United States. Visit a real working HORSE RANCH with a knowledgeable Local Guide for a true authentic experience. See beautiful vistas, relaxing backroads, and the gorgeous countryside—home to a variety of horse breeds and disciplines, including Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Paints, Arabians, Appaloosas, and Warmbloods… they are all here. 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 Dealey Plaza, where history buffs can learn all about that moment in history at the SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM, the location from which the alleged killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, fired the lethal shots on 22 November 1963, that killed President John F. Kennedy.

Dallas - Forth Worth

Day
3

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 more than 70 cowboys and cowgirls who have excelled in the sport of rodeo, and the Western lifestyle. This evening, return to the Stockyards for free time. Perhaps attending the Fort Worth Rodeo would be of interest? Overnight in Fort Worth.

Forth Worth - Austin

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Austin - San Antonio

Day
5

A short drive from Austin to the most visited city in Texas: San Antonio, home of the Alamo and the historic River Walk. Upon arrival, sightseeing with a Local Guide includes visits to the SAN FERNANDO CATHEDRAL, the oldest in the U.S., 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, where Spanish colonial architecture, fountains, and plazas make it one of the city’s most picturesque areas.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

San Antonio

Day
6

This morning, join a private narrated CRUISE down the San Antonio River through the picturesque River Walk area. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

San Antonio - Fredericksburg

Day
7

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, on to Fredericksburg, and time on your own to enjoy this historic town. Spend the afternoon leisurely strolling the historic district shopping, pursuing one-of-a-kind, eclectic shops, art galleries, and museums.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Fredericksburg - Austin

Day
8

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 worldfamous Texas Medical Center, whose 675 acres and 42 non-profit institutions make it the largest medical complex in the world. Last, but not least, is a visit to one of Houston’s most expensive neighbourhoods, River Oaks.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Houston

Day
9

A special highlight today is a visit to JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, home of NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Be inspired by the wonders of space exploration and go behind the scenes of America’s exciting space program. Be a part of history in the making as you witness engineers, scientists, and astronauts shaping the future of space exploration. With this behind-thescenes journey, you will also visit the Historic Apollo Mission Control Center, and Saturn V Rocket, the most powerful moon rocket ever built and one of only three moon rockets remaining in the world.

Note: The buildings visited on the tram tour are real working areas of Johnson Space Center and are subject to closure without notice.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Houston - Lake Charles - Lafayette

Day
10

Visit the CREOLE NATURE TRAIL ADVENTURE POINT and immerse yourself in Southwest Louisiana’s nature and way of life. Learn the best places to spot alligators and migrating songbirds, take a peek at wildlife found in bayous and marshes, smell mouthwatering aromas of Cajun/ Creole cooking, and “play along” with a Cajun and Zydeco band. In Lake Charles, grab a bite to eat in the Beer Garden or at one of the local restaurants, maybe even choose one with live music. After lunch, a CRUISE through moss-draped cypress trees and winding, waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin swamp lands. Keep an eye out for lingering alligators as you experience one of the most unique wildernesses on earth.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Lafayette - New Orleans

Day
11

This morning journey across Bayou Country into New Orleans, capital of Dixieland and the “City That 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. Afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

New Orleans - UK

Day
12

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday in New Orleans with extra nights and a variety of exciting optional activities.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
13

Things to note

Special Event: Texas State Fair. Travel on the 10 October 2019 departure and be in Dallas for the annual Texas State Fair. See website for details.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Dallas - Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown

Landmark 15-story Hotel in traditional European style with hand-hewn wood, marble & etched glass interior.

  • Location

    1933 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Fort Worth - Radisson Hotel Fort Worth Fossil Creek

Boasting modern style, unbeatable convenience and a prime location, the Radisson Hotel Fort Worth North - Fossil Creek is perfectly suited for your upcoming business trip or holiday.

  • Location

    2540 Meacham Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76106, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Austin - Drury Inn & Suites Austin North

Located at I-35 and St John's - Easy access to shopping malls, University of Texas, Sixth Street District and downtown Austin.

  • Location

    6711 North IH 35 , Austin, TX 78752-4307, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

San Antonio - Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk

24 story restored hotel in the Alamo Bank Building on the Riverwalk - 4 blocks to Alamo Historic Site and 18 miles to Sea World.

  • Location

    105 S St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Fredericksburg - Inn on Barons Creek

Experience the heart of Texas Hill Country as our guest at the Inn on Barons Creek. Find yourself relaxing at our Fredericksburg hotel just steps away from Main Street.

  • Location

    308 S Washington St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA

  • Facilities

    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Houston - Drury Inn & Suites Houston Galleria

Located in the Galleria Shopping area with easy access to downtown, Medical Center, Memorial Park, Minute Maid Park and more.

  • Location

    1615 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77027, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Lafayette - Pear Tree Inn Lafayette

  • Location

    126 Alcide Dominique Lafayette, LA USA

New Orleans - Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans

A stay in the Big Easy doesn't get any easier than at the Drury Inn & Suites. Located one block from the famous St. Charles trolley, you have easy access to the regal beauty of the Garden District and the vibrant nightlife of the French Quarter. With included hot breakfast and complimentary afternoon food and beverages at the 5:30 Kickback, there's something for everyone.

  • Location

    820 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool