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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.
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.