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Texas - the Lone Star State with Cruise

15 Days From £1998*
Departing September-November 2017, and January-November 2018
* Price shown: 21 Jan 2018 from Manchester - MAN
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A perfect blend of cities and coast

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. You'll then embark upon a wonderful cruising adventure along the coast of Mexico, passing gorgeous white sand beaches and ancient Mayan ruins.

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)
  • Five nights' full-board accommodation on board MS Carnival Valor
  • Tips for cruise staff
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK to Houston
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager (NB the ship's staff and crew will take care of you during the cruise)

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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'.

Day Four

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.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

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.

Day Seven

Leaving San Antonio, you'll depart for the port of Galveston, to begin your five-night Mexico cruise. You'll stay on board MS Carnival Valor, which offers full-board accommodation in comfortable cabins and a host of on-board amenities, including several swimming pools and a waterpark.

Day Eight

Today is spent at sea, as we cross the Gulf of Mexico. Take the opportunity to explore the ship, perhaps enjoying its selection of bars and restaurants, going for a swim or watching some live entertainment.

Day Nine

Our first port of call is Cozumel, a Caribbean island fringed by a beautiful coral reef. This laid back, unashamedly cool haven is famed for its excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities and its stunning marine reserve. Back on dry land, relax on the white sand beach or browse the seafront shops.

Day 10

Today, we visit the Yucatan, where dense jungle spills onto golden beaches. Join a local excursion to see the ancient Mayan ruins that tower above the jungle canopy, or have a relaxing day soaking up the beach-town vibe of Progreso.

Day 11

Another day spent at sea as we sail back across the Gulf to the US.

Day 12

This morning, we arrive back in Galveston, where you'll have some free time to explore. Stroll along the beach, visit a museum or perhaps enjoy lunch at one of the excellent seafood restaurants, before we transfer to Houston, our base for the next two nights, later in the afternoon.

Day 13

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.

Day 14

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.

Day 15

Arrive back in the UK, after a wonderful Texan journey.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
London Heathrow17 Sep 2017 £2199.00
London Heathrow26 Nov 2017 £2099.00
London Heathrow07 Jan 2018 £2149.00
London Heathrow15 Apr 2018 £2249.00
Manchester01 Oct 2017 £1999.00
Manchester21 Jan 2018 £1998.00
Manchester01 Apr 2018 £2099.00

Texas - the Lone Star State Touring Hotels With Cruise

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.

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.

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink. When on board your cruise, tips are included in the tour price.

Smoking

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.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Itinerary changes

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.

Hotel rooms

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.

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Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Mexico CruiseScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 41 reviews
(9 out of 10)

RICHARD

Angmering Couple
Overall an excellent trip. The tour guide Simone was terrific. Informative and fun making the whole experience enjoyable. Loved all the optional extra trips we booked. Hotels were all good. Only disappointment was the last hotel at the end of the trip which was a casino hotel in Biloxi. Non of the people on the trip were interest in gambling and all would have preferred something more related to "Music".
Well done Newmarket - we'll be back for more!
Confirmed traveller: 28 March 2015
Published on: 15 April 2015
(10 out of 10)

GLORIA

Ammanford Friends
It was everything we had hoped for and more. Simone and Harold were the best you could ask for and hope we meet up with them again in the future. The guide on the New Orleans tour and the Alligator tour, were again, impressive. Also, the Virgin Airways staff were very helpful. All in all a wonderful holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 28 March 2015
Published on: 09 April 2015
(9 out of 10)

CAROL

Halesowen Couple
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. The coach driver and tour manager were both excellent and there were some very good local guides.
Unfortunately we were not made aware of the American Spring Break which meant a lot of children were on the cruise part of the holiday. Also we did feel that there should have been a tour guide on the cruise with us as you do advertise your holidays as fully escorted.
Some of the hotels could have been of a better standard and we would have preferred to have stayed in a hotel in Montgomery than in Biloxi. This would have meant a less lengthy drive on the last day.
However overall we enjoyed the experience and the sights that this holiday gave us.
Confirmed traveller: 28 March 2015
Published on: 02 April 2015
(8 out of 10)

les

lichfield Couple
this tour was very good ,the tour manager and the coach and driver were excellent we enjoyed all the included and optional tours ,the trips to the RCA and Sun City recording studios were so good and interesting, the standard of the hotels were also very good,the only blot was a surly waitress at the Crown Plaza hotel in Memphiss,who did improve after some one had a word with her ,overall we enjoyed this tour very much .
Confirmed traveller: 28 March 2015
Published on: 02 April 2015
(10 out of 10)

DAVID

cambridge Couple
It was all beyond belief we saw so much and did so much .It was not until I saw our photo's that I realised just what we had covered
Confirmed traveller: 25 October 2014
Published on: 21 November 2014
(7 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

To much time spent on the coach, hotels very disappointing apart from New Orleans that was excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 25 October 2014
Published on: 21 November 2014
(10 out of 10)

COLIN

Nottingham Family
It was one of the best holiday we have been on everything went to plan we would go with Newmarket holidays again
Confirmed traveller: 25 October 2014
Published on: 20 November 2014