10 days departing DALLAS from

Style: Discovery
Destination: USA South
Tour Code: PTR

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Trip Overview

Texas is a cultural melting pot thanks to its close proximity to, and colourful history with Mexico. Feast on fiery Tex-Mex cuisine, saddle up for an authentic ranch experience, delve into the local music scene and explore the natural wonders of Big Bend National Park on this exciting tour of the Lone Star State. See where Davey Crockett made his last stand at the Alamo, discover the rich colourful past in San Antonio and visit the grassy knoll where John F Kennedy was assassinated. Wide-open spaces and colourful characters make Texas a one of a kind holiday destination.

Included Highlights
  • Two night Texan ranch stay including horse riding and home cooked meals
  • Half day two-man canoe paddle or raft down the Rio Grande
  • Visit the Sixth Floor Museum / Texas School Book Depository and "grassy knoll" in Dallas
  • Austin's lively music scene including a visit to a honky-tonk bar
  • The Alamo and River Walk in San Antonio
  • Two nights in Big Bend National Park
  • History on Republic of Texas
  • Tex-Mex culture and cuisine
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 7 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation and 2 ranch nights on a multi share basis. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle and canoe/raft
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners included at ranch. All other meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle (USA only). Maximum of five users at one time.

New vehicles in USA for 2016

From 2016 you'll travel in a new upgraded vehicle which has been designed with your comfort in mind. Our private, air-conditioned vehicles are custom-built to suit our style of travel, so getting from one destination to the next will be an even more enjoyable experience.

Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with more leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Electric bi-fold entry door for quicker and easier access
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and on-board TV screen

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Download the Texas Ranger trip dossier for tour-specific details including full itinerary, pre-departure information, packing tips and more about our style of travel.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Texas "tax free" shopping US$your credit limit!
  • Alamo IMAX Theater - San Antonio US$14
  • Capitol Building - Austin US$FREE
  • Barton Springs - Austin US$4
  • Fort Concho - San Angelo US$6
  • Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum - San Angelo US$6
  • Bending Branch Winery - Texas Ranch US$25

Day 1: Arrival day in Dallas

Welcome to the Texan city of Dallas and the largest of the lower 48 states. Things are bigger in Texas and Dallas is no exception. You'll find several galleries with vast art collections and fascinating museums, as well as some terrific local steakhouses. A welcome meeting will be held in the hotel lobby at 18:00 hrs this evening where you can meet your fellow travellers and tour leader.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

Day 2-3: Austin

Leave the cowboys and oil wells of Dallas behind and head for Austin. Laidback best describes the capital of Texas and if you're in the mood for some live music then there are plenty of authentic honky-tonk bars offering an enjoyable evening's entertainment. You're free to explore Austin at your leisure. Optional activities, such as bathing at Barton Springs or tackling the ribs at Stubbs' BBQ, are always highly memorable. Head for a recommended local bar, such as the Mean Eyed Cat. Austin has proclaimed itself as `The World's Live Music Capital' so you can expect to find all manner of evening entertainment available with toe-tapping country tunes always providing plenty of happy hoe-down moments. There's free time allocated for you to purchase some more tax-free bargains in Austin.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 4: San Antonio

Next up it's time to experience Texas on a totally different scale as you head for the historic streets of San Antonio. You'll quickly discover a wide range of cultural sites with the Battle of the Alamo museum often proving to be one of many popular highlights. Aside from the Texas Revolution, San Antonio is also well-known for its River Walk, which features bars, restaurants and plenty of tax-free shopping.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 5-6: Silver Spur Guest Ranch

Welcome to the Silver Spur Ranch where you'll be staying for the next couple of nights and enjoying a healthy dose of home-cooked hospitality. This is an authentic Western experience and the owners encourage you to make yourself at home. From evenings around the fire place to days spent in the saddle or by the pool, the Silver Spur promises to be an absolute Texas treat. If you can picture a classic Western lodge with walls lined with cedar and ceilings that appear to go on forever then you'll be pretty close to the essence of the Silver Spur. There's an air of the Wild West and from learning how to ride to tucking into a second helping of Tex-Mex cuisine, this is your chance to savour the best of both worlds. In the evening, enjoy a hay ride to learn more about their longhorn cattle, make s'mores on their fire pit or head into Bandera to the legendary 11th Street Cowboy Bar!
Accommodation: Texan Ranch included | Meals: Two breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners included

Day 7-8: Rio Grande / Big Bend National Park

With over 1,000sq miles of protected desert and mountain park land to explore, your journey from the ranch to Big Bend National Park signals the start of a truly memorable couple of days along the US side of the Mexican border. Dusty walking trails lead you past plants, lizards and fields of cacti. If you're on the lookout for birds then you've come to the right place as Big Bend is home to almost 500 varied species.

Enjoy the chance to take in the scenery as you take a relaxing two-man canoe paddle or raft (depending on time of year) down the legendary Rio Grande as your guide shares the tales of old and you experience the natural beauty of this phenomenal area. This is such an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend your time on the Rio Grande and you're bound to soak up as much natural and cultural information as you will sunshine. In the afternoon, there will be time to hit one of the trails or visit the Terlingua ghost town.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

NB: National Park regulations don't allow your leader to guide you through Big Bend however you will have all the information that you need before you independently hit the trail.

Day 9: San Angelo

Next up is the fascinating city of San Angelo - founded by European Americans in 1867, when the United States constructed Fort Concho to protect the frontier from hostile threats. The fort was home to cavalry, infantry and the famous Black Cavalry, otherwise known as Buffalo Soldiers. Upon arrival, optional excursions include a visit to historic Fort Concho and Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum for something rather different and unique.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 10: Dallas

This morning you make your way back to Dallas where your group will head out on an included John F Kennedy tour featuring the grassy knoll and the infamous 6th floor of the School Book Depository. The assassination of JFK is obviously one of the darker moments in Dallas' history however, it does make for a fascinating tour and as you come to your own conclusions about the fate of the then president you'll be transferred to your hotel whereupon this chapter of your travels will draw to a close.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our 'Special Departures'?

Texas State Fair

Visit the Texas State Fair in Dallas

Experience the largest state fair in the USA, with everything from live music to truck test drives and livestock shows. Ride the 212ft Texas Star Ferris wheel or try some unique deep fried foods (deep fried Oreo anyone?)

Book trips departing in September and October 2016 & 2017.

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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour excluding the 2 night ranch stay. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Holiday Inn Express Central Market Place


This hotel features a complimentary hot breakfast, indoor pool and whirlpool and a courtesy airport shuttle.

  • Full room:  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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