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Texas - the Lone Star State

10 days from £1499*
Departing: March 2018 - May 2019
* Price shown: 03 November 2018 from Manchester - MAN
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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.

Texas Holiday Highlights

  • 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
  • See the Mission Control Center and the Saturn V rocket at Houston's NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Browse the stores in Houston's futuristic Galleria Mall

What does the price include?

  • Eight nights' room-only accommodation at hotels in Houston (3 nights), Fort Worth (2), Austin (1) and San Antonio (2)
  • Entrance to NASA Johnson Space Center
  • 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

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Houston, and upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by comfortable coach to your overnight 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

Journey north to 'cattletown’ Fort Worth, the starting point of the famous Chisholm Trail, and still home to authentic Western culture. The famous Stockyards are the focal point of the Historic Quarter, with its wooden boardwalks and old-fashioned storefronts, recreating the days of the Old 'Wild' West.

Day Three

Spend the morning at the Stockyards, perhaps witnessing a famous Texan cattle drive. We'll then travel to glittering Dallas, forever associated with the events of November 1963, which are faithfully recreated in the Sixth Floor Museum (entrance payable locally) of the Texas Schoolbook Depository overlooking fateful Dealey Plaza. This evening, back in Fort Worth, perhaps visit Billy Bob's Texas, the world's most rip-roarin' Western Saloon.

Day Four

Today you'll head south, crossing the Rio Brazos at historic Waco en route to leafy, Bohemian Texan State Capital, Austin, for an overnight stay. The city's thriving music scene is home to countless clubs and bars, including the famous Broken Spoke. Listings' magazines might spawn a famous name or two, when they're in town. From March to November, the city is also home to the world's largest urban bat colony, a thrilling sight when one-and-a-half million of the critters take to the skies at dusk!

Day Five

After a relaxed morning in Austin, perhaps taking in the impressive pink granite capitol building -
predictably bigger and grander than its Federal counterpart in Washington DC - or the famous Driskill Hotel's 19th-century bakery and cafe, make the short journey further south to historic San Antonio, for a two-night stay. This capital of 'Tex-Mex' culture is one of America's most attractive cities. Soak up the atmosphere on its famous River Walk and at 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, in one of the most celebrated episodes of American history. Visit the preserved remains of the mission buildings - a shrine for all Americans - and spend another evening wandering along the River Walk as it snakes its way across the city.

Day Seven

Bid adios to San Antonio and journey east towards the glittering skyline of Houston, for a final two-night stay. Enjoy the opportunity to take in the city, perhaps enjoying 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.

Day Eight

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, the heart of the moon landings nearly 50 years ago. Still a working base for the International Space Station, the center offers an incomparable taste of modern history, brought to life in restored Mission Control and by the sight of the towering Saturn V rocket that fired the astronauts into orbit.

Day Nine

A last morning is free, perhaps to browse the stores of vast Galleria Mall close to the hotel, before you transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight.

Day 10

Arrive back in the UK, after a wonderful Texan journey.
Departure Airport Date Price From
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 03 March 2018 £1699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 May 2018 £1799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 22 September 2018 £1799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 October 2018 £1749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 November 2018 £1699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 March 2019 £1749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 May 2019 £1799
Manchester
Manchester 10 March 2018 £1529
Manchester
Manchester 05 May 2018 £1549
Manchester
Manchester 08 September 2018 £1549
Manchester
Manchester 13 October 2018 £1539
Manchester
Manchester 03 November 2018 £1499
Manchester
Manchester 09 March 2019 £1549
Manchester
Manchester 04 May 2019 £1599

Texas - the Lone Star State Touring Hotels 

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.

Further Information

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.

Tipping

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

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.

*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 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.