Trail ride

9 day sample itinerary

City and Ranch Multi Centre

City sights and cowboy adventure

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Combine a city stay with a ranch holiday to experience the best of both worlds in Texas. Enjoy a few nights in Texas's lively State Capital Austin before heading down to cosmopolitan San Antonio to soak up the history and enjoy the fusion of flavours with Mexican influences alive in the cuisine, culture and architecture. Then saddle up for a couple of nights at the Mayan Dude ranch to experience a little of the cowboy lifestyle on this family ranch before heading through the beautiful Texas Hills Country to historic Fredericksburg.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Enjoy a night out in the Live Music Capital of the World
  • Stroll along San Antonio's Riverwalk
  • Cowboy cook-out at the Mayan Dude Ranch
  • Horseback trail ride through the beautiful Texas Hill Country
  • Explore Fredericksburg's Wine Road 290

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
9 days
Destination Breakdown
  • Austin

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Live music
    • Vibrant 6th Street
    • Historic Rainey Street
    • Austin Food Trucks
    • South Congress Avenue shopping
  • San Antonio

    Itinerary Highlights

    • The Alamo
    • San Antonio Riverwalk
    • Tex-Mex Cuisine
    • San Antonio Missions Trail
    • The Pearl Brewery
  • Texas Ranches

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Cowboy cookout
    • Trail rides
    • Hayrides
    • Country dance lessons
    • Roping demonstrations
  • Texas Hills Country

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Historic Fredericksburg
    • Wine Road 290
    • Verins Kirche Museum
    • Luckenback Texas
    • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Austin

As the Live Music Capital of the World® and State Capital of Texas, Austin has a lot going for it. From its acclaimed foodie scene, beautiful outdoor spaces, and world-class museums to one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities and of course the live music which can be found everywhere from supermarkets to massive auditoriums. Downtown Austin is easily walkable and is the bustling hub of the city, this is where you’ll find lively 6th Street bars, Historic Rainey Street and the famous Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, where at sunset you can watch the bats emerge. . South Congress Avenue (SOCO) also offers some of Austin’s more unique shopping opportunities with plenty of boutiques and one of a kind stores, however for a more mainstream shopping experience visit the Domain®.

San Antonio

San Antonio is a wonderful mix of flowing rivers, historic sites and lively culture. At the heart of San Antonio is the Alamo, scene of the last ditch struggle against the army of General Santa Anna, where Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie met their fate. The city still possesses a distinct Mexican influence from those incendiary times, and though things are a great deal less incendiary these days, the city retains its origins through its cuisine of choice, claiming to be the epicentre of all things Tex-Mex. Make sure you try the Riverwalk, fast becoming San Antonio’s premier cultural attraction with miles of river paths to explore filled with cafes and restaurants.

Texas Ranches

Head west along the I-10 to the Cowboy Capital of the World, Bandera. Why not pack a picnic and stop to enjoy the views at Government Canyon State Natural Area before heading over to the Mayan Dude Ranch? If you have ever fancied stepping into John Wayne's shoes and cowboying up then a stay at this family run and owned ranch is ideal. Enjoy a warm western welcome, hayrides, delicious dining, cowboy cook-outs and over 348 acres of picturesque trails waiting to be explored on horseback. The Mayan Dude Ranch is a true Texan gem.

Highlights

Texas Hills Country

Fredericksburg’s Main Street may look like something out of an old western, but look a little closer and you’ll discover these historic buildings are home to a surprising range of contemporary boutiques, antique stores, galleries and restaurants. There is plenty to explore here from the beautiful rolling hills and country parks to historic site such as the Verins Kirche Museum and Pioneer Museum complex. Not to mention 15 award winning wineries along Fredericksburg Wine Road 290, why not stop by for a tasting at one of two of the wineries, or even better, take one of the local tours so your whole party can enjoy a taste.

Highlights