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The Lone Star State to the French Quarter

Price per person
from £1,951

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 13 days

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

  • Classic 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 traveler, there’s no better way to visit the Lone Star State!

At a glance

  • Dealey Plaza, Dallas See the 6th floor window where Lee Harvey Oswald shot US President John F. Kennedy.
  • The Alamo, San Antonio See the site of the Spanish mission and legendary 1836 battle.
  • Texas White House Visit the Texas White House at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park.
  • Johnson Space Centre See the Historic Mission Control Centre and Saturn V Rocket at the home of NASA.
  • New Orleans Finish your adventure in 'The Big Easy' and tour the French Quarter landmarks of St Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
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.

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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

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

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


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 traveler, 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 2 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Land home in the UK.

Day
13

Hotels

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

Dallas - Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown

This Bright and Welcoming hotel has individual artistic touches to make it more cultural and similar to the place you are visiting making it more traditional. This hotel offers Free Wi-Fi and a Flat Screen TV.

  • Location

    1933 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Fitness Centre

Fort Worth - Radisson Hotel Fort Worth Fossil Creek

Relax yourself in this stunning modern hotel. This hotel is finished to a very high standard and offers Free Wi-Fi to all their guests to help you stay in contact with home. Relax in front of the flat screen TV and catch up on all the latest programmes.

  • Location

    2540 Meacham Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76106, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

Austin - Drury Inn & Suites Austin North

The Hotel offers luxury rooms including crisp sheets, fine linens and cosy surroundings to ensure that all guests are having a good night sleep.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • WiFi
    • Pool
    • Fitness centre

San Antonio - Drury Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk

Situated in down town San Antonio, this hotel has both an indoor and outdoor heated pools as well as a hot tub to help you relax during your stay. Each room has a cable flat screen tv as well as ensuite bathroom complete with free toiletries for you to use during your stay.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • WiFi available
    • Indoor and outdoor heated pools
    • Hot tub
    • Fitness Centre

Fredericksburg - Inn on Barons Creek

Featuring free WiFi, a hot tub and a year-round outdoor pool, Inn on Barons Creek offers accommodation in Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center is 550 yards from Inn On Baron`s Creek, while 290 Wine Shuttle is 650 yards from the property. San Antonio International Airport is 55.9 miles away.

  • Location

    308 S Washington St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool
    • Pool/beach towels
    • Heated pool
    • Outdoor pool (all year)
    • Hot tub/jacuzzi

Houston - Drury Inn & Suites Houston Galleria

Offering relaxing rooms and a relaxing experience. This hotel features Free WIFI and comfortable beds which means that you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest. this hotel also has flat screen TV's that you can watch from your bed.

  • Location

    1615 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77027, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool

Lafayette - Wyndham Garden Lafayette

Take time to relax in the outdoor swimming pool or relax at the shaded tables that have a lovely view. Selected rooms have their own jetted hot tub, all rooms have their own flat screen tv along with good Wi-Fi availability in each room.

  • Location

    1801 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • WiFi available
    • Room service available
    • Outdoor pool
    • Fitness Centre

New Orleans - Drury Inn

Relax in the outdoor pool or the onsite hot tubs to make your stay more special. Enjoy these spacious rooms along with flat screen TVs, in room service trays as well as free toiletries in the ensuite bathrooms.

  • Location

    820 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

  • Facilities

    • WiFi available
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Hot tub
    • Fitness centre

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