Texas - the Lone Star State San Antonio Holiday Lighting Special Departure

  • 13 Days

  • Texas

  • Active pace

From cowboys, ranches and the Alamo to ground-breaking space exploration, learn about the history of Texas - a state of pioneers, bravery and heroism. Enjoy specially reserved seating to see the San Antonio Riverwalk Lighting Festival on this special departure of Texas the Lone Star State.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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

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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

of 13 days

Your detailed itinerary

Meals included: 11 breakfasts,

Overview

From cowboys, ranches and the Alamo to ground-breaking space exploration, learn about the history of Texas - a state of pioneers, bravery and heroism. Enjoy specially reserved seating to see the San Antonio Riverwalk Lighting Festival on this special departure of Texas the Lone Star State.

At a glance

  • 6th Floor Museum
  • Southfork Ranch
  • Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
  • Austin River Parade
  • San Antonio River Walk
  • The Alamo
  • Johnson Space Centre
  • Houmas House Plantation

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in New Orleans

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Dallas

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Dallas

Today is dedicated to the sights of Dallas beginning with a visit to the legendary Southfork Ranch, where the infamous television series 'Dallas' was filmed. Tour the Ewing Mansion and see the gun that shot J.R., Lucy Ewing's wedding dress, the 'Dallas' family tree and Jock Ewing's Lincoln Continental. In the afternoon return to the city of Dallas for an included sightseeing tour. Start in Pioneer Plaza to see the spectacular sculpture commemorating the 19th Century longhorn cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail. Continue to the Historic West End and Dealey Plaza to see where the assassination of President John F Kennedy took place on 22 November 1963. Included is a visit to the 6th floor Museum and see the window that Lee Harvey Oswald fired from.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Dallas - Fort Worth

This morning travel the short journey to the traditional cowboy city of Fort Worth. Combining cowboys and culture this city is sure to delight you. Visit the Stockyards National Historic District to enjoy a 'Stockyards Experience' by seeing the 'Spirit of the West' movie. Afterwards, meet the drivers/cowboys of the Fort Worth Herd and see a Longhorn cattle drive before visiting the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. The museum pays tribute to over 70 cowboys and cowgirls who have excelled in the sport of rodeo and western lifestyle. Overnight in Fort Worth.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Fort Worth - Austin

This morning travel to Austin, the 'Live Music Capital of the World'. On arrival visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum which tells the 'Story of Texas', before taking a guided sightseeing tour around the city that includes Historic Sixth Street, the Texas Capitol complex, Governor's Mansion and the University of Texas.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Austin - San Antonio

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 symbolizes courage and sacrifice for the cause of liberty. End your day back at the River Walk.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

San Antonio

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

San Antonio - Fredericksburg - San Antonio River Parade and Holiday Lighting

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, largest working Wildflower Farms in the U.S. before returning to San Antonio in the late afternoon. 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

San Antonio - Houston

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 Center, whose 675 acres and 42 nonprofit institutions make it the largest medical complex in the world. Then visit one of Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods, River Oaks.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Houston

Visit the Johnson Space Center, home of NASA and the US Space Program. Take a guided tour tram tour past the Historic Mission Control Center and Saturn V Rocket. 

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Houston - Lafayette

Today, drive past fertile prairies, delicate marshes and abundant wildlife into Lafayette in Louisiana. Board a cruise through the winding, swampy waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Layfayette - New Orleans

Begin your day with a guided visit to the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, a former sugar plantation which survived the American Civil War. Continue across Bayou Country into New Orleans, the capital of Dixieland. Upon arrival, a guided sightseeing tour features the best of the 'City Care Forgot', featuring the French Quarter landmarks of the St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and an above ground cemetery.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

New Orleans - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in New Orleans or with a Caribbean cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Dallas: Indigo Dallas Downtown
  • Fort Worth: Radisson Hotel Fort Worth North - Fossil Creek
  • Austin: Drury Inn & Suites North Austin
  • San Antonio: Drury Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk
  • Houston: Drury Inn & Suites Galleria
  • Lafayette: Wyndham Garden
  • New Orleans: Drury Inn & Suites

Notes

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

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