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