A Taste of Texas & the Two Step
You'll experience just how big everything really is in Texas with this 8 day exploration of Texas culture, food, and fun in some of Texas's famous cities. The Taste of Texas and the two-step vacation package is fun for the whole family.
Your vacation package will start in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, onto your visit to the sixth floor museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the site where John F Kennedy was assassinated. On day 3, you will depart from the Beaumont Horse Ranch in Fort Worth to Austin. On day 4 where you tour downtown Austin, where the University of Texas resides, the 360 bridge, the Moody Theater is and the Continental Club.
On day 5 you'll pass through the Texas Hill Country of Fredericksburg where you tour the historical German country and culture. On day 6 you will visit San Antonio where the five Catholic missions reside on the San Antonio River and conclude in the formly known Ghost Town called Gruene Hall one of the oldest dance halls in Texas. On your 7th day you'll go to Houston, where you will visit the Space Center of Houston. On 8 you will conclude onto your departure to George Bush International Airport.
The history of Gruene Hall starts with it being built in 1878 by Henry Gruene a 6,000 square foot dancehall. Where up and coming, as well as established acts would perform. Famous movies like Michael starring John Travolta were shot here.
When they say everything is bigger in Texas, it is sure felt in every way in this grand vacation package. This is s great package that you will love!
Day 1: We'll be introduced to our 8-day exploration of Texas culture, food, and dance halls at a nearby Saloon in the Fort Worth Stock-yards National Historic District.
Day 2: Take an orientation tour of Dallas. Visit the Sixth-Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, located within the former Texas School Book Depository building, which chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Travel the route of the Presidential Motorcade and follow the timeline of Lee Harvey Oswald as that fatal day in November 1963. In the afternoon, visit the Stockyards in time to watch the late afternoon cattle drive. Attend the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum.
Day 3: Depart Fort Worth for Beaumont Ranch. This western ranch reflects Texas in the 1880s when cowboys were driving their herds along the Chisolm Trail. Take a horseback trail ride, learn how to rope cattle or shoot sporting clays. Continue to Austin, known these days as the Live Music Capital of the World and a mecca for foodies.
Day 4: Begin the day with an orientation tour of downtown Austin to see such sites as the University of Texas, and 360 Bridge. Head to ACL Live at the Moody Theater, the permanent home of the PBS program. Stop for lunch at one of Austin's famous Food Truck parks. Visit SoCo, a vibrant neighborhood boasts the story of Austin's yesteryear. Visit the Continental Club. This retro Austin vestige opened in 1957 and is a mecca for roots, rockabilly, country and swing music.
Day 5: A drive through the Texas hill country brings us to Fredericksburg, a charming town that proudly embraces its extensive German heritage. We'll follow along the Fredericksburg Wine Road and make stops to taste some of the region's delicious merlots or fruity zinfandels.
Day 6: In the 18th century, Spanish priests established five Catholic missions along the San Antonio River. The five missions represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America and have been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This afternoon we drive out to Gruene National Historic District. The centerpiece of this sleepy, former ghost town is Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas.
Day 7: Upon arrival in Houston, visit Space Center Houston,where we'll get a behind-the-scenes look at space exploration. Northeast of Downtown sits the Heights neighborhood — popular with the hipsters and young couples that are drawn to the area's architecture, shops and funky restaurants. Enjoy an included final night dinner surrounded by century-old bungalows and unique architectural accents.
Day 8: Those ending their tour in Houston will be transferred to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Those passengers who will be joining 'A Southern Story' tour will stay on the coach and depart for New Orleans.
Pickup & Return:
Group will depart from the hotel each day.
Departure Times: 8:00am daily.
The guide will work with the group to determine daily timeline to meet all excursions.
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Fort Worth - Hyatt Place Fort Worth
- Austin - Indigo Hotel
- San Antonio - Hotel Menger
- Houston - Hotel Derek
- Entrance fees
- Transport by private vehicle
Does not include:
- Transportation upon arrival to first hotel
- Gratuities to driver and guide. Travelers may offer a gratuity at their discretion.
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Pricing is per person based on double occupancy
- Dress code is casual
- A small amount of walking is involved
- U.S and Canadian Citizens: Must bring a government issued photo ID and proof of citizenship (U.S birth certificate or naturalization certificate) or a passport for re-entry to the United States. Children, ages 18 and under only require a birth certificate. Non-U.S. Citizens: Either a Passport, I-94, Multiple Entry Visa or Resident Alien Card is required for re-entry to the United States
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately