A Taste of Texas & The Two-Step
From the early days of the Spanish Missions to the stockyards and ranches of today, a visit to Texas has always been a unique experience. Join present day cowboys in dancing the Texas Two-Step at famous Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, see where history unfolded at the sites of the Kennedy asassination in Dallas, visit one of the USA's largest wine-producing areas and get a behind-the-scenes look at space exploration at Johnson Space Center.
- Small group tour - maximum 2 vehicles with 14 passengers each
- Stockyards Cattle Drive and Championship Rodeo
- Beaumont Ranch - Trail rides, roping or clay shooting lessons
Live music venues including The Continental and Gruene Dance Hall
Welcome to Texas! On arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening, mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a destination specialist. We’ll be introduced to our 8-day exploration of Texas culture, food and dance halls at a nearby saloon in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
FORT WORTH – DALLAS – FORT WORTH
This morning we’ll take a tour of Dallas, a city that offers a unique blend of Southwestern warmth, comsmopolitan flair, old west charm and modern sophistication. We’ll visit the Sixth-Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, chronicling the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before we travel the route of the presidential motorcade as that fatal day in November 1963 unfolded. In the afternoon, we return to the Stockyards in time to watch the late afternoon cattle drive followed by the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum. Afterwards you may choose to cap off the night dancing the Texas Two-Step at Billy Bob’s!
FORT WORTH – BEAUMONT RANCH – AUSTIN
Depart for Beaumont Ranch, a working cattle ranch which offers outdoor adventure activities such as horseback trail rides, lessons on how to rope cattle and clay shooting. Continue to Austin, the Capital of Texas – known as the Live Music Capital of the World and a mecca for foodies! Tonight, tickle your tastebuds with Texas Bar-B-Que and local craft beer at one of the city’s iconic smokehouses.
Begin the day with an orientation tour of downtown Austin. We’ll stop for lunch at one of Austin’s famous food truck parks. The tour continues through Austin’s hill country before a visit to SoCo – a vibrant neighbourhood that oozes home-spun character. No trip to Austin is complete without a visit to the Continental Club – home to roots, rockabilly, country and swing music, and named as one of the best clubs in America.
AUSTIN – FREDERICKSBURG – SAN ANTONIO
A drive through the Texas hill country brings us to Fredericksburg, a charming town that proudly embraces its German Heritage including gothic-style churches and restaurants serving savoury schnitzels. We will follow the Fredericksburg Wine Road, making stops along the way at wineries boasting the region’s delicious merlots and fruity zinfandels. We’ll arive in San Antonio by late afternoon and take an evening riverboat cruise.
San Antonio is home to the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America, named a World Heritage site by UNESCO. There will be time this afternoon to explore more of the Riverwalk and surrounding area before we drive out to Gruene National Historic District to experience “bona fine Texas” and Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas.
SAN ANTONIO – HOUSTON
Upon arrival in Houston we’ll visit Space Center Houston, the gateway to NASA’s Johnson Space Center and home to Mission Control, and the training ground for Astronauts. Northeast of Downtown is an historic neigbourood that dates back to the late 1800s and is now filled with character-rich architecture, ‘mom and pop’ stops and funky restaurants. Here we’ll enjoy an included final night dinner.
Today you will have free time to explore Houston before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. Alternatively, why not continue your travels with a trip to the coast or a few days in New Orleans? Ask us about tailor-made extensions to this tour.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
- Transportation in an air-conditioned small Coach, Sprinter or Van
- Welcome reception, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required)
- Sightseeing tours of Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Entrance to attractions, including: 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, The Alamo and Missions, NASA's Johnson Space Center.
2019 Departure dates - 06Sep, 11Oct. 2020 Departure dates - 03Apr, 01May, 04Sep, 09Oct