• Rio Grande River

A Taste of Texas and the Two-Step

Immerse yourself in Texas and America’s vibrant south on this eight day tour. Spend over a week in the cowboy capital, trying craft beer and exploring the beautiful landscapes and cosmopolitan cities.

Your Texas tour kicks off in Fort Worth, where you’ll enjoy your first taste of the state’s cowboy culture at a saloon in The Fort Worth Stockyards. The following day, you’ll travel through to Dallas for an insider’s look into the assassination of John F. Kennedy at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. You will also have the opportunity to travel the fated Presidential Motorcade. From there, you’ll return to Fort Worth just in time for the sunset cattle drive before witnessing the Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum. You’ll end your night at the local honky tonk, Billy Bob’s.

Your next stop will be Beaumont Ranch en route to Austin. Here, you’ll live like the ranchers do, learning how to rope cattle and ride horseback along a scenic trail. In Austin, a visit to a local smokehouse and a generous glug of homemade craft beer is in order. You’ll also enjoy lunch at a famous food truck park after a tour of the Capitol Building and 360 Bridge. A stop off in the SoCo District and the iconic Continental Club rounds off a fun-filled day of authentic Texan adventure. 

On your way to San Antonio, spend the afternoon in Fredericksburg, a tiny little town with a rich German heritage. You’ll arrive in San Antonio at sunset and be treated to a romantic, relaxing riverboat cruise. Exploration in San Antonio takes you to The Alamo, the San Antonio River Walk, and Gruene National Historic District where you’ll visit the oldest dance hall in Texas.

Your final destination is Houston boasting its interesting Space Centre, along with its historic hipster neighbourhoods just northeast of downtown Houston. The following day, you’ll depart on your return flight home or continue onto New Orleans, “The Big Easy”, if you’re joining our “A Southern Stay” tour.

Duration
8 days

Guide Price

 £3,199  pp
Best time to go
May to October
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Fort Worth

Trip highlights

  • Witness authentic cowboy life through a Fort Worth Stockyard cattle drive, and a Championship Rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum
  • Visit Beaumont Ranch, where you’ll try horse riding and learn how to rope cattle
  • Get a real taste of Texas at a famous food truck park in Austin
  • Enjoy live country music at Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas
Stockyards Herd

Your holiday begins in North Central Texas as you arrive in Fort Worth, home to the Kimbell Art Museum. You’ll meet your expert tour guides and fellow travellers when you reach your hotel. Your first taste of Texas and the authentic cowboy lifestyle comes at a saloon in The Fort Worth Stockyards, where the local rodeos take place. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hyatt Place Fort Worth
Sundance Square

Today, you’ll travel from Fort Worth to Dallas, which is just over a one hour’s drive away. Here, you’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city best known for its hearty mix of cosmopolitan flair and western charm. Delve into the details of the assassination of John. F Kennedy, which took place in Dallas on 22nd November 1963. Visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, as well as travelling the fated Presidential Motorcade route itself. From here, you’ll head back to Fort Worth just in time to catch the sunset cattle drive. Grab a bite to eat before witnessing the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum.

End the day by uncovering the true Texan nightlife at Billy Bob’s country music honky tonk. Now’s the time to try your hand (and feet) at the Texan two-step.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hyatt Place Fort Worth
Austin Boardwalk

Your next stop is Beaumont Ranch, which can be found nestled between Fort Worth and Dallas. Here you’ll immerse yourself in the traditional western way of life. This is a working cattle ranch with a herd of Texas longhorns, horses, llamas, goats and plenty of other wildlife to observe. It also offers a host of cowboy activities for you to try. Learn how to rope cattle or hop on a friendly horse for a relaxing, scenic trail ride. 

When your adventures come to an end, you’ll continue your journey to Austin, the capital of Texas and often referred to as ‘the live music capital of the world’. You’re in for a treat at one of the community’s favourite smokehouses upon your arrival, where you’ll dig into tasty Texan barbecue delights and lap up the local craft beer.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Lonestar Court or similar
South Congress Bat Bridge

Today is dedicated solely to exploring Austin. You’ll have the opportunity to visit popular sites, including the Capital Building, the University of Texas and 360 Bridge. The bridge is a must for anyone looking to make the most of the natural beauty of the area. It promises incredible vistas from beneath its weathered steel arch.

Indulge in the Texan foodie experience once again by stopping for lunch at a local food truck park. Once you’ve tasted these hearty dishes, you’ll get back on track with the tour, heading through Austin’s Hill Country before visiting the SoCo District – a trendy area that seeks to celebrate Austin’s yesteryear through its galleries, eateries and boutiques. Your final stop will be the Continental Club, an iconic music venue that has played host to various amazing artists since it first opened its doors in the 1950s, and was named one of the best clubs in America by Rolling Stone magazine.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Lonestar Court or similar
Bluebonnets

Fredericksburg is next on your tour through Texas. The quaint town oozes evidence of its rich German heritage and is also a popular destination for wine lovers. Did you know that, despite its small size, Fredericksburg is home to around 45 wineries? As you travel through the hilly landscape, you’ll stop at a few of these wineries to savour the flavour of the region’s famous bottles. It’s the perfect way to wash down the Texan schnitzel you had for lunch.

You’ll arrive in San Antonio just before sunset, where you’ll be treated to a romantic and educational riverboat cruise before bedtime.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crockett Hotel or similar
San Antonio Riverwalk

Today is dedicated to exploring every corner of San Antonio - from a leisurely stroll along San Antonio River Walk to an enriching visit to the legendary Spanish mission and fortress known as the Alamo. The afternoon will begin with a drive out to the sleepy, former ghost town of Gruene National Historic District. Here you’ll visit the oldest dance hall in Texas, where you’ll tap your foot to fine country music and wind down after a long day of adventures.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crockett Hotel or similar
Downtown skyline

You’ll depart early this morning for Houston, which is just a few hours away. Upon your arrival, you’ll head directly to Space Centre Houston, which acts as the base training centre for various astronauts. From here, just north-east of downtown Houston, visit a few historic neighbourhoods that are a hub for hipsters and trendsetters. Settle down for a meal at one of the funky eateries or update your wardrobe with a few statement pieces at a nearby ‘mom and pop’ shop.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Indigo
Royal Street

You’ll be taken to George Bush Intercontinental Airport if you’re departing from Houston. 

Included

  • International flights
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Welcome reception
  • 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Transportation via air-conditioned small coach, sprinter or van
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Sightseeing to include: Tours of Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston including the following sites: Sixth-Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Fort Worth Stockyards, Texas Hills Country, San Antonio Riverwalk, The Alamo and NASA's Johnson Space Center
  • Experiences to include: Stockyards Cattle Drive and Championship Rodeo, Beaumont Ranch, Food Trucks, Austin City Limits at the Moody Tour, Live Music Venues including The Continental and Gruene Dance Hall

Not included

  • Transportation upon arrival to first hotel
  • Meals unless highlighted
  • Gratuities