9 days departing DALLAS from
Destination: USA South
Tour Code: PTR
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 killed. Wide-open spaces and colourful characters make Texas a one of a kind holiday destination.
- Visit the "grassy knoll" in Dallas
- Two night Texan Ranch stay experience including horse riding and home cooked meals
- The Alamo and Riverwalk in San Antonio
- Austin's lively music scene including visit to a honky tonk
- History on Republic of Texas
- Tex-Mex culture and cuisine
- Two nights in Big Bend National Park
- Half day float trip down the Rio Grande in Big Bend
- Visit Sixth Floor Museum / Texas School Book Depository
|Accommodation:||6 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. + 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|
|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|
|Wifi:||Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users, restrictions apply)|
14 days from CHICAGO
Travel this iconic route for a real taste of classic Americana.
11 days from ATLANTA
Journey through America's cultural and musical heritage.
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.
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.
2016 dossiers will be available in November. (Adobe Acrobat is required to read this pdf)
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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 all costs 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
- City Lake kayaking, Austin US$12 per hour
- Historic Fort Concho - San Angelo US$3
- Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum - San Angelo US$6
Please note that 2016 departures will operate in reverse direction.
2016 departures only - Arrival day in Dallas
Please note 2016 departures will be 10 days in duration including an additional night at the beginning of the tour. On this arrival day there will be a meeting at 18.00 with your tour leader and group, the tour will then depart the next day as per day one of the itinerary below. Fully updated itineraries and dossiers will be available from the end of October 2015.
All 2016 departure dates displayed online have been updated to reflect the inclusion of this arrival day.
Day 1: Dallas & San Angelo
Leave the cowboys and oil wells of Dallas behind and head for San Angelo - the first port of call on your tour of Texas. 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.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally
Day 2-3: Big Bend National Park
With over 1000sq miles of protected desert and mountain park land to explore, your journey from Odessa 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 and if you're on the lookout for birds then you've come to the right place as Big Bend is home to almost 500 different species.
Enjoy the chance to take in the scenery as you float down the legendary Rio Grande and listen to your guide share the tales of old and impress upon you 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 may be time to venture even further into the park with the Lost Mine Trail giving you access to some exceptional panoramic views of the Chisos Mountains and Chihuahuan Desert.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally
Note: 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 4-5: Silver Spur Guest Ranch
Welcome to the Silver Spur Ranch where you'll be staying for the next couple of days and enjoying a healthy dose of home-cooked hospitality. This is an authentic western experience and 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.
Accommodation: Texan Ranch included | 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners included
Day 6: San Antonio
Next up it's time to experience Texas on a totally different scale as you leave the ranch behind and 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 Riverwalk, which features bars, restaurants and plenty of tax-free shopping.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals payable locally
Day 7-8: Austin
Laid-back 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 however, optional activities, such as kayaking on the lake, 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.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals payable locally
Day 9: Austin & Dallas
There's just time to purchase some more tax-free bargains in Austin before departing for Dallas and a JFK 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.
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.
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 Oreos anyone?).
Book trips departing in September and October 2015 & 2016.
- A 10% deposit per person is required to book
- Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
- We charged no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
- ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
- Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)
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.
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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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.
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
Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.
DALLAS - HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CENTRAL MARKET PLACE
This hotel features a complimentary hot breakfast, indoor pool and whirlpool and a courtesy airport shuttle.
Twin share: per person per night Matched with another traveller of the same sex. Full room: per room per night Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.
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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.
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