San Antonio History and Cultural Tour October 11th-15th 2021

$1,649.00$2,149.00

5 days 4 nights of fantastic San Antonio and surrounding Texas Hill Country. This tour has a deposit option with final payment due August 11, 2021 

 

TOUR DETAILS

ROUND TRIP TRANSFERS AND AIR INCLUDED 

DEEP IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN

In San Antonio, our roots run deep. Deep in the heart of downtown. And while the River Walk is our most popular attraction, there’s so much more to explore. Alamo Plaza houses one of the city’s five Spanish colonial missions, the Alamo, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On Main Plaza, the San Fernando Cathedral houses the oldest, continuously functioning religious community since 1731. Museums, theatres and art schools liven the scene with art collections, musical and theater performances and classes for the students at heart. And markets fill the streets with local shops, eateries and public artwork to enjoy. Come eat, drink, shop and explore what’s new in downtown.

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

San Antonio’s story begins with Spanish explorers. In 1691, they named the city in honor of Saint Anthony of Padua because they reached this new land on his feast day, June 13. In 1718, Franciscan priests and a military captain founded Mission San Antonio de Valero – the Alamo – to serve as a midpoint between the missions in northern Mexico and east Texas. At the same time, a presidio was established to protect them. Today, you can visit the Alamo – one of the city’s five missions collectively designated as the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas – and explore the Spanish Governor’s Palace, a landmark that once provided housing for the captain of the presidio and served as headquarters for the soldiers stationed there.

Welcome to the “American Venice.” Historic missions, River Walk restaurants, Spanish architecture, and a beautiful river as the city’s centerpiece make this a truly remarkable city.

Relax Texas-style when you settle into your River Walk hotel on this 5-day San Antonio history and cultural tour. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the legendary Alamo and Mission San José. You’ll explore the South Texas Heritage Center Witte Museum to learn about the history of the San Antonio region. Journey to Stonewall to spend time at the LBJ Ranch, birthplace of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. Venture to charming Fredericksburg nestled in the Hill Country and rich with German heritage. Discover the bold flavors of Texas during your tour of an olive orchard, sampling the local olive oils and wines. Savor dinner at a restored convent in the historic King William District. Cruise along the Paseo del Rio and immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of this Texas city.

ITINERARY

Day 1: San Antonio, Texas – Tour Begins

Transfer from Austin, Texas to San Antonio. Welcome to the “American Venice.” Historic missions, River Walk restaurants, Spanish architecture, and a beautiful river as the city’s centerpiece make this a truly remarkable city. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome reception.

Day 2: San Antonio

Your day begins with a fascinating tour of San Antonio with a local guide. History and culture abound with a visit to two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit the Mission San Jose, the second mission established by Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus in 1720. Then it’s on to visit one of America’s most historic sites, the Alamo, which played a critical role in the Texas Revolution. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds – a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Board a boat and drift along the Paseo del Rio, also known as the River Walk, one of Texas’s most prized attractions. Learn more about the architecture and culture of the city on this relaxing narrated boat ride. Then, enjoy some leisure time to discover San Antonio on your own. This evening, enjoy the local flavors of Texas during dinner in the King William Historic District at a restored convent.

Day 3: San Antonio – Stonewall – Fredericksburg – San Antonio

Journey to Stonewall and enjoy a visit to the LBJ Ranch, birthplace of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. On your tour of the ranch you will view the grounds of the “Texas White House” and learn about living in the Texas Hill Country. Continue to the heart of the rural Hill Country and the German settlement of Fredericksburg. The old-time southwest will surround you as you take time to independently explore the quaint shops. Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore San Antonio’s beautiful River Walk.

Day 4: San Antonio

This morning we visit the South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum, an interactive museum dedicated to sharing the stories of San Antonio’s people and the land that has shaped their lives. Next, browse for one-of-a-kind goods at El Mercado, the Mexican Marketplace. This evening, visit a picturesque olive orchard.* Enjoy a tour of the orchard complete with a wine and olive oil tasting and learn about its history before indulging in a spectacular Texas-inspired farewell dinner.

Day 5: San Antonio – Tour Ends

Transfer to Austin to fly back to OIA. Transfer to The Villages

MEALS

(3) BREAKFASTS (2) DINNERS

ACCOMMODATIONS

Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk

The Alamo Bank Building has been beautifully restored and comes to new life as the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio River Walk. The 24-story building retains its original elegance and style. On the rooftop stands what the building is most famous for, its rooftop weather spire. Originally using colors to let the city know if the temperature was rising or falling, this spire has been re-lit and can be seen throughout San Antonio! Along with the historical elegance of the hotel, guests will find many modern amenities to make for a comfortable stay.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • THE ALAMO
  • TOUR SAN ANTONIO WITH EXPERT LOCAL GUIDE
  • BOAT CRUISE DOWN PASEO DEL RIO
  • DISCOVER GERMAN SETTLEMENT OF FREDERICKSBURG
  • EXPERIENCE EL MERCADO, THE MEXICAN MARKETPLACE
  • VISIT THE LBJ RANCH, BIRTHPLACE OF THE 36TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • WINE AND OLIVE TASTING AT A HILL COUNTRY ORCHARD
  • SAVOR DINNER IN A RESTORED CONVENT

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Let’s Go! Walking is the best way to get to know a new place. I’m energetic and enjoy a good physical challenge, so I’m always ready to spend the day on the move. Whether it’s public transit, city streets or village cobblestones, I’m game.

DEPARTURE LOCATION

LAMERS BUS LINES-1410 INDUSTRIAL DR. WILDWOOD, FL. 34785

  • You will receive a courtesy email reminder 3-5 days prior to the trip departure. A meet and greet will also be scheduled prior to tour.
  • Dining is not included unless specifically defined in the trip description
  • Prices are per person. Rates and space are subject to availability. A minimum of 24 people is required for the trip to commence. Specified inclusions i.e. hotels, restaurants, shows, etc. are subject to change. All trips require some walking. Cancellation penalties will apply. Bus driver gratuities are not included.
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  • 24 guests required for this tour to commence.

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Additional Information

Prices

PP Double Occupancy, PP Single Occupancy

Trip Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Orlando International Airport to Austin Texas
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at Superior First Class hotels
  • Full buffet breakfast daily (B), 2 dinners (D) as indicated in itinerary
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • Tour Director and local guides

Trip Excludes

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges, baggage
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours, beverages, other items and expenses of personal nature

Air Services
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