Texas - the Lone Star State

Price per person
from £2,268

Price based on
London Heathrow
20th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

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.

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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

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

Overview

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.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts

UK - Dallas

Day
1

Fly to Dallas where you will transfer to your hotel for 2 nights.

Your tour starts today.

Dallas

Day
2

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 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 November 22, 1963, that killed President John F. Kennedy.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Dallas - Fort 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Fort Worth - Austin

Day
4

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.

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Antonio

Day
6

After breakfast, a private narrated cruise down the San Antonio River through the picturesque River Walk area. Sightseeing continues with a guided visit to 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 - Fredericksburg - San Antonio

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. Visit one of the largest working wildflower farms in the U.S. before returning to San Antonio in the late afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Antonio - Houston

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 world-famous Texas Medical Centre, 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 Centre, home of NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Take a look behind the scenes on a guided tram tour and 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. NOTE: The buildings visited on the tram tour are real working areas of Johnson Space Centre and are subject to closure without notice.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Houston - Lafayette

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Layfayette - New Orleans

Day
11

This morning begins with a guided visit to the Houmas House Plantation and 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 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. Evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

New Orleans - UK

Day
12

Your tour ends today.

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Land home in the UK.

Day
13

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


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

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