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Adventures of the Lone Star State

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
The Alamo, San Antonio
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $2,588 per person

Discover the heart of Texas in this exciting exploration of the largest of the lower 48 states, steeped in old-West history, basking in a courageous spirit and pioneering fortitude. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... true Texan hospitality at a typical barbecue feast and learning how to dance the Texas Two-Step and the Cotton-Eyed Joe on an authentic Texan ranch.

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  1. Welcome to Texas, the Lone Star State. At 6 p.m. enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travelers.
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  2. Join a Local Specialist and start exploring Fort Worth, once known as the biggest and busiest livestock-trading center in the Southwest, famous for its unmistakable mix of cowboys and Texan culture. Start at the Sid Richardson Museum, featuring paintings depicting the American West. Stop for lunch on your own in Sundance Square–a dazzling, 35-block area filled with boutiques, restaurants, bars and art galleries. Next, stop at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, to learn about the cowboys and cowgirls who have shown excellence in competition, business and support of western lifestyle. End your day with a traditional Fort Worth “Longhorn Cattle Drive,” through the Stockyard Historic District, before a meet and greet with the cowboys and drivers. This evening, head for renowned Chef Tim Love's Lonesome Dove Western Bistro for a Regional Meal.
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  3. Discover the historical heart of downtown Dallas with a local specialist and hear fascinating tales surrounding the legends and mysteries of the area. View Pioneer Plaza, commemorating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas and cattle to market, the Historic West End and the infamous Dealey Plaza. Learn all about a moment in history at the 6th Floor Museum, the somber location from which Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963. This afternoon, enjoy a nostalgic visit to Southfork Ranch, made famous by the international hit TV series Dallas and visit the famed Ewing Ranch.  

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  4. Escape the city and discover the beauty of the Texan Range and North Hill Country at the Wildcatter Ranch Resort and Spa. The afternoon is free to do as you please. This evening enjoy a typical Texan ranch barbecue Regional Meal and some roping lessons, followed by line dancing. 

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    hotel:Wildcatter Ranch
  5. Head south for Waco, where you visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum to learn about the famed law enforcement agency. Later, arrive in Austin, Texas' state capital and a beautiful city located along the banks of the Colorado River. 

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    hotel:Renaissance Austin
  6. Meet your Local Specialist and enjoy a guided tour of city landmarks including the Governor's Mansion, Congress Avenue, Historic Sixth Street, the Paramount Theater, the grounds of the Texas State University and the pink granite Texas State Capitol. The afternoon is free in Austin for you to explore this fabulous city further at your own pace. Perhaps stroll along Sixth Street, where you'll hear the sounds that make Austin the “Live Music Capital of the World.” From jazz and blues to Rock ‘n Roll and country, Austin's nearly 200 live music venues all vie for attention. This evening, enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest experience with true Texan hospitality while enjoying a typical barbecue feast.
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  7. Continue further into the south Texas plains with a stop at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Site. This evening walk along the famous San Antonio River Walk, a delightful network of walkways along the banks of the river. Board a private barge and cruise the San Antonio River canals.

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    hotel:Holiday Inn San Antonio-Riverwalk
  8. After breakfast, visit The Alamo, site of the famous, pivotal battle in the Texas Revolution. It was here, in 1836, that the Mexican army besieged a seriously outnumbered group of settlers, including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, for nearly two weeks before they were overrun. See the San Fernando Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop and one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States, and explore King William Historic District to see more of San Antonio's magnificent architecture. The rest of the day is free.
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  9. Head to Houston, the state's largest and most diverse city, stopping in Schulenburg—home to some beautiful painted churches. Once in Houston, meet your Local Specialist for a guided tour including Minute Maid Park, home to the Houston Astros baseball team; Market Square Park, a historic square surrounded by 19th century buildings; the original courthouse and City Hall; the Theater District and the Texas Medical Center, the largest in the world. Visit the JPMorgan Chase Tower's observation deck (subject to availability), perched on the 60th floor with great views over the city and pop into the Houston tunnel system, a network of climate-controlled walkways located 20 feet (6 meters) below ground and connecting 95 city blocks. This evening, get together with your newfound friends for a “Farewell to Texas Dinner.”
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    hotel:JW Marriott Houston
  10. This morning, visit the fascinating Houston Space Center (home to NASA's Johnson Space Center) for a behind-the-scenes look during a guided tram tour (subject to availability) and experience the drama and scale of America's manned space program. Witness how engineers, scientists and astronauts are shaping the future of space exploration. Your Texas adventures come to an end as you arrive at either Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport or the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Houston's George Bush International Airport arrival will be at 4 pm and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport arrival will be at 8:30 pm, please be aware when booking your flights.

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19 Apr 18 28 Apr 18 $2,875$2,588pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
10 May 18 19 May 18 $2,875$2,588pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
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Texas State Fair
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  • Texas State Fair: This departure includes admission to the Texas State Fair.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $975.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $107 per person.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

9 nights' accommodations, 9 full breakfasts, 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Be My Guest

  • Discover true hospitality at a typical Texan barbecue feast.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, Fredericksburg, Bandera, Boerne, San Antonio and Houston
  • See the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Sid Richardson Museum, Pioneer Plaza, Southfork Ranch, Texas State Capitol, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Site, The Alamo, San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, San Antonio River, Schulenburg, Minute Maid Park, Market Square Park, and Space Center Houston.

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  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure. 

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Forth Worth

Championship Rodeo

Adult Price: $25.00 | Child Price: $15.00

The world’s only year round rodeo every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00 pm in the historic Fort Worth Cowtown Coliseum. The two hour Stockyards Championship Rodeo maintains a strong commitment to visitors looking for an authentic Western Cowboy Experience. The show features bull riding, tie down roping, team roping, barrel racing, bronc riding and break away roping. Plus calf and mutton scrambles for the kids! Includes transportation to event.

San Antonio

Battle for Texas: The Experience

Adult Price: $22.00 | Child Price: $16.00

Ever wonder if walls could talk? These do! Showcasing the world’s most historically significant Alamo artifacts and connecting them through heart-racing multimedia re-enactments to the past they left behind. Experience the daily lives of early Texas settlers, the tension leading up to the Texas Revolution, and the climactic battle in which the Alamo defenders sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom. You’ll come away inspired by the historic battle and beaming with Texas Pride!

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