Book a 2018 holiday before 14 August and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 11 breakfasts,
A fascinating and compelling tour of the Lone Star State and Louisiana: from the location of JFK’s Dallas fate and TV’s Southfork Ranch to the swampy waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin and French Quarter of New Orleans, capital of Dixieland.
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Fly to Dallas where you will transfer to your hotel for 2 nights.
Essential viewing in the 1980s, the legendary television show ‘Dallas’ is your first stop with a visit to the Ewing Mansion at the Southfork Ranch. Tour the mansion and see the gun that shot JR, Lucy Ewing's wedding dress, the 'Dallas' family tree and Jock Ewing's Lincoln Continental. Return to Dallas for an afternoon sightseeing tour, and visit Pioneer Plaza to see the spectacular sculpture commemorating the 19th-century longhorn cattle drives of the Shawnee Trail. Continue on to the West End Historic District and Dealey Plaza, where the assassination of President John F Kennedy took place on 22 November 1963. Visit the 6th-floor museum and see the window that Lee Harvey Oswald fired from on that fateful day.
Head to the traditional cowboy city of Fort Worth: this once important cowboy trading post at the end of the Chisholm Trail. 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.
This morning travel to Austin, the 'Live Music Capital of the World'. State capital of Texas, the city gained its reputation as a place where struggling musicians could launch their careers. Musical greats such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and ZZ Top have all played to receptive audiences in its informal venues. Visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum which tells the 'Story of Texas', before taking a sightseeing tour around the city that includes Historic Sixth Street, the Texas Capitol complex, Governor's Mansion and the University of Texas.
A short drive from Austin is the most visited city in Texas; San Antonio is best known as the location of The Alamo, site of the Spanish mission and legendary battle, and also a historic river walk.
After breakfast, enjoy a private narrated-cruise down the San Antonio River through the picturesque River Walk area. Your tour includes a trip to the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest in the United States; and a visit downtown to the Mexican marketplace, El Mercado. Afterwards, 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. The day ends back at River Walk where Spanish colonial architecture, fountains and plazas make it one of the city's most picturesque areas.
About 50 miles west of Austin is the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park situated in Texas Hill Country. Discover the story of the 36th President, from his ancestors to his final resting place, at the LBJ Ranch. Visit the Texas White House, on your ranger-guided tour, including the President's office, living room, dining room, den and yellow sitting room, restored to their 1963-1968 appearance. Your next stop is Fredericksburg, site of the Battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War. There is free time to enjoy this historic town; visit one of the largest working Wildflower Farms in the U.S. before returning to San Antonio later this afternoon.
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.
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.
Today, journey past fertile prairies, delicate marshes and abundant wildlife into Lafayette in Louisiana. Board a cruise through the winding, swampy waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin.
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.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in New Orleans.
Notable Departures: New Orleans French Quarter Festival coincides with 5 April 2018 departure. Texas State Fair coincides with 11 October 2018 departure - Visit the home of Big Tex! Look out for pig races, pumpkin carving, Truck Zone, equine demonstrations, acrobats, dance troupes and classic cars. Tickets and transfers are organised locally and independently
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
Accommodation as stated or similar
Very enjoyable - some great cities and sights
Brilliant tour with brilliant guide
Very good tour
very good all round
All hotels should be Drury Inns as these were better standard.Hotel at Lafayette was worst as this was dirty and we would not dare eat the included breakfast.Also the step on guide in Austin was confusing tour director and coach driver could have done better. Also Philip and Johnathon added some extras in like Lucenbeck and Shiner brewery which we enjoyed very much
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They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
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