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Self-Drive Talkin' Texas

13 Days Tour from £2,449 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Your exploration of the Lone Star State begins in Dallas/Fort Worth before leading to the capital city of Austin, the “Live Music Capital of the World,” touring scenic Hill Country and The Alamo and San Antonio’s famed River Walk. Enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm Gulf waters in Corpus Christi, and end your journey in Houston with a visit to Space Center and Buffalo Bayou Park.

Highlights

  • Step back in time to November 22, 1963 on the JFK trolley tour in Dallas and watch a rodeo and the famous Fort Worth Stockyards
  • Tour the state capitol building, sample the fabulous live music and mouth-watering BBQ  before witnessing the bats emerge from underneath Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset in Austin
  • Taste and tour the wineries in lush Texas Hill Country and enjoy two nights at a real working ranch, exploring the landscape on horseback
  • Stroll the San Antonio River Walk, visit The Alamo and 18th-century Spanish missions
  • Soak up the sunshine on Corpus Christi’s gorgeous gulf beaches that edge warm gulf waters; take a sunset cocktail cruise and a dolphin watching tour
  • Find out what it’s like to be an astronaut, going behind-the-scenes with NASA at the Houston Space Center

Details

Day 1 & 2

Fort Worth, TX

Arrive at Dallas/Fort Worth, check into your hotel and enjoy a little rest and relaxation before a big day of exploring. Start your morning by taking the JFK trolley tour for a historic journey of what happened that fateful November day in 1963, beginning at the Sixth Floor Museum, the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed the nation’s 35th president. Afterward, visit the museum before venturing to South Fork Ranch for a tour of the setting for the original “Dallas” TV series. Return to Fort Worth to experience the famous Stockyards and a legendary rodeo performance.

Standard Hotel: Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards

Day 3 & 4

Austin, TX (190 miles)

Drive to Austin and embark on a tour of the historic district on foot or by carriage, viewing the grand 19th-century buildings like the 1876 Old Bakery and the 1878 Millett Opera House, interwoven with modern skyscrapers. Watch the time, as you won’t want to miss watching North America’s largest urban bat colony emerge from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset. A full day of exploring the city and surrounding area awaits – visit the Texas State Capitol building to take a free guided tour and enjoy the picturesque view of downtown, explore the University of Texas campus, and, if you’re here between early September and late November, take in a Longhorns’ home game. No matter what time of year, be sure to dine at one of the city’s famed food trucks and take in live music in this self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World.

Standard Hotel: Radisson Austin

Day 5

Fredericksburg, TX (78 miles)

The summer is ideal for a scenic drive to nearby Hill Country, renowned for its refreshing pools, rolling hills, deep creeks, and colourful wildflowers. Your next destination, Fredericksburg, will put you into the heart of it. With over 40 wineries and tasting rooms scattered across the region, enjoy a day of wine touring and tasting, as well as sampling delicious German cuisine and exploring the quaint shops along the way. Driving Willow City Loop is a must, the spectacular 20-mile stretch of road winds through the lush, green hills and some of the most unique, and oldest, geology in the central part of the state.

Standard Hotel: Fredericksburg Inn

Day 6 & 7

Bandera, TX (49 miles)

Travel to Bandera, the Cowboy Capital for an unforgettable stay at the Dixie Dude Ranch, all delicious, home-cooked meals included. Play cowboy or cowgirl on this real working ranch in Texas Hill Country where longhorn cattle, Spanish goats and pigs are raised, and real-life cowboys work the horses and compete in rodeos. Your stay includes a variety of activities, like two horseback rides each day, hiking, catch-and-release fishing, hayrides and swimming in the large pool.

Standard Hotel: Dixie Dude Ranch

Day 8 & 9

San Antonio TX (54 miles)

Today you’ll venture to San Antonio where you can enjoy a stroll on the city’s famous River Walk, the most visited tourist attraction in the state, offering the chance to sample the best of art, museums, food, shopping and more, among the dozens of businesses that line the 2.5-mile walkway along the San Antonio River. Begin Day 9 with exploration of The Alamo, one of the nation’s most famous historic sites. The fascinating museum details the history of Texas and the mission church, with exhibits that display battle artefacts, including weapons and paintings. Afterward, head to nearby San Antonio Missions National Historical Park to explore its four missions: Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada. End your day with a visit to the Institute of Texan Cultures, which celebrates the stories of immigrants who started their new lives in the state, and become a part of the Texas multicultural society.

Standard Hotel: Menger Hotel

Day 10 & 11

Corpus Christi, TX (143 miles)

Your next stop is Corpus Christi, the home of the USS Lexington, also known as the “Blue Ghost,” where you’ll tour this U.S. Navy ship that saw extensive service in the Second World War. Today, it serves as a museum that allows visitors to step into the shoes of those who served on her, climbing the ladders, stepping through the hatch doors and into a real life history book. Cap off the day with a sunset cocktail cruise, gliding across the gulf’s sparkling waters as the sky’s brilliant blues transform to glorious pinks, reds, oranges and yellows.

Spend your second day in Corpus Christi enjoying the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches and warm gulf waters. Relax in the sunshine, enjoy a horseback ride on the sand, and a Dolphin Watch excursion, where you can be mesmerised by the wild dolphins that dance through the surf.

Standard Hotel: Emerald Beach Hotel

Day 12

Houston, TX (211 miles)

Drive to Houston to take a trip through the world of space exploration at the Space Center Houston, a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to the history of space exploration, where you can watch astronauts train, take a behind-the-scenes NASA tour, experience the sensation of a "blastoff" in the Blastoff Theater, and more.

Standard Hotel: Hotel Derek

Day 13

Before completing your Talkin’ Texan tour, wander through historic downtown Houston, including Texan Avenue to visit the landmarks around the historical Main Street, and experience the 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park, where you can explore the magnificent underground Cistern and enjoy a pleasant stroll along the waterway.

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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