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A perfect introduction to Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin
Explore the second-largest state in the Union on a tour that combines the Space Age modernity of Houston with Fort Worth, starting point of the Chisholm Trail; historic, oil-rich Dallas; colourful state capital, Austin; and colonial San Antonio. Enjoy the highlights of this unique state, where fiercely proud locals offer a warm and big Texan welcome for all visitors.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Fly into 'space city' Houston
- Enjoy two nights in the cowboy town of Fort Worth
- See a cattle drive at the Stockyards
- Explore historic Dallas
- Stay in colourful Austin, Texas's music capital
- Discover San Antonio, the capital of Tex-Mex culture
- Relive the heroics of Davy Crockett at the Alamo
- Visit Houston's world-famous NASA Johnson Space Center
- Browse the stores in Houston's futuristic Galleria Mall
- Eight nights' room-only accommodation at hotels in Houston (3 nights), Fort Worth (2), Austin (1) and San Antonio (2)
- Return scheduled flights from the UK to Houston
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Houston, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel in The Woodlands - a pleasant district to the north of the city. Rest and relax after the journey, or perhaps enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Today, we journey north to the cattle town of Fort Worth, the starting point of the famous Chisholm Trail. The famous Stockyards are the focal point of the Historic Quarter here, where wooden boardwalks and old-fashioned storefronts recreate the days of the Old Wild West.
Spend the morning at the Stockyards, perhaps witnessing a famous Texan cattle drive, before travelling to the impressive city of Dallas. The assassination of President John F Kennedy, which took place here in November 1963, is faithfully recorded in the Sixth Floor Museum (entrance payable locally) of the Texas Schoolbook Depository, which overlooks Dealey Plaza, the scene of the fateful shooting. This evening, back in Fort Worth, perhaps visit Billy Bob's Texas, which promotes itself as 'the world's largest honky-tonk'.
Today, we'll head south, crossing the Rio Brazos en route to leafy, bohemian Texan state capital, Austin, for a one-night stay. The city's thriving music scene is home to countless clubs and bars, including the famous Broken Spoke. From March to November, the city is also home to the world's largest urban bat colony. The sight of around 1.5 million bats taking to the skies at dusk is not one you'll soon forget.
Enjoy a relaxing morning in Austin, perhaps taking in the impressive pink granite Capitol building or the famous 19th-century bakery and cafe at the Driskill Hotel. We'll then make the short journey further south to historic San Antonio, for a two-night stay. Soak up the atmosphere of this colourful city, home to the famous River Walk and the historic La Villita district.
Relive the Siege of the Alamo, when Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie held out heroically, before finally succumbing to the overwhelming forces of General Santa Anna. Visit the preserved remains of the mission buildings - a shrine for all Americans - and then spend another evening wandering along the attractive River Walk.
Today, we bid adios to San Antonio and journey east towards the glittering skyline of Houston, our base for our final two nights. Explore the city, perhaps admiring the view from a lofty observation platform atop a skyscraper, strolling the green acres of historic Sam Houston Park, or enjoying a visit to one of several world-class galleries or museums.
A guided tour introduces oil-rich Houston's highlights, this morning. The tour ends with an unforgettable visit to the world-famous NASA Johnson Space Center, nerve centre behind the moon-landings nearly 50 years ago. Still a working base for the International Space Station, the centre offers an incomparable taste of modern history brought to life in the restored Mission Control Center and by the sight of the towering Saturn V rocket that once propelled astronauts into orbit.
Spend your final morning relaxing, or browsing the stores of the vast Galleria Mall close to the hotel, before you transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
Arrive back in the UK, after a wonderful Texan journey.
|Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|London Heathrow||23 Sep 2017||£1799.00|
|London Heathrow||03 Mar 2018||£1699.00|
|London Heathrow||12 May 2018||£1799.00|
|London Heathrow||22 Sep 2018||£1799.00|
|London Heathrow||06 Oct 2018||£1749.00|
|London Heathrow||10 Nov 2018||£1699.00|
|Manchester||09 Sep 2017||£1499.00|
|Manchester||10 Mar 2018||£1529.00|
|Manchester||05 May 2018||£1549.00|
|Manchester||08 Sep 2018||£1549.00|
|Manchester||13 Oct 2018||£1539.00|
|Manchester||03 Nov 2018||£1499.00|
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Passports and visas
When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th February and 31st March 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
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