Texas - the Lone Star State

Price per person
from £2,357

Price based on
London Heathrow
3rd May 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tour

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.
Texas - the Lone Star State

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
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.

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.

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.

No meals included

Dallas

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dallas - Fort Worth

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fort Worth - Austin

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Austin - San Antonio

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Antonio

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Antonio - Fredericksburg - San Antonio

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 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

Houston

Day
9

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

Houston - Lafayette

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Layfayette - New Orleans

Day
11

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

New Orleans - UK

Day
12

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Land home in the UK.

Day
13

No meals included

Things to note

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

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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