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Texas Ranger

9 Nights Tour from £3,529 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Touring the largest state within the contiguous U.S. will bring the opportunity to experience everything from world-class cultural attractions and fascinating historic sites to tasting mouth-watering TexMex cuisine and juicy steaks. You’ll even get a fabulous taste of the ranch life and the opportunity to delve into the capital’s famous music scene.

Highlights

  • Enjoy live music in Austin and take in a view of the downtown skyline from the peak of Mount Bonnell
  • Visit the 1836 Battle of The Alamo site and stroll San Antonio’s famous River Walk
  • Spend two nights at the Silver Spur Ranch in scenic Texas Hill Country, going horseback riding and taking part in other activities as well as roasting s’mores around the fire
  • Hike Big Bend National Park and look through “The Window” rock formation for views of Mexico on the other side
  • Look through the same window where Lee Harvey Oswald fired his fatal shots at President John. F. Kennedy at Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum

Details

Day 1

Dallas

Start your tour of the Lone Star State in Dallas. As the saying goes, things are bigger in Texas, and that’s especially true here, with so much to see and do. If you arrive earlier in the day, you may want to check out the Dallas Museum of Arts or the Dallas World Aquarium, and get a bird’s-eye view of the city from 470 feet above ground at the Reunion Tower. There are also a number of outstanding local steakhouses and BBQ joints where you can taste mouth-watering Texan specialties.

1 night Dallas, TX

Day 2 & 3

Dallas - Austin

Today you’ll head to the capital city, a place that defies the typical Texas stereotype, leaving those oil wells and cowboys of Dallas far behind. Austin bills itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” with more live music venues per capita than even those famous spots like L.A., Nashville and New York City, so take advantage and enjoy the hopping nightlife while you’re here. You’ll have plenty of leisure time to enjoy some of the city’s top attractions too, like jumping into the Barton Springs Pool for a refreshing dip or taking a trek to the peak of Mount Bonnell for a breathtaking view of Lake Austin along with the surrounding bluffs, impressive multi-million dollar homes, the 360 bridge and the downtown skyline. There are also countless shops for indulging in some retail therapy and picking up tax-free bargains, whether you want to bring home souvenirs, vintage goods, or fashions. You’ll find lots of original Austin items too, like t-shirts with “Keep Austin Weird” and other slogans.

2 nights Austin, TX

Day 4

Austin - San Antonio

Next on the agenda is a distinctly different Texan city, San Antonio. This is a place for history buffs, with the opportunity to wander down the historic streets and explore one of the most famous historic sites in America: The Alamo. This is the spot where in 1836, the Battle of The Alamo, an epic 13-day siege during the Texas Revolution, took place. Here, you can view displays detailing the role the fort had in the war, and wander through Mission San Antonio de Valero as well as a Native American burial ground. The Long Barrack hosts a museum detailing Texas history, and the mission church features paintings, weapons and battle artifacts. After The Alamo, head to the state’s most visited attraction: the River Walk, to enjoy more tax-free shopping, restaurants and bars, museums and galleries that line the 2.5-mile walkway along the San Antonio River.

1 night San Antonio, TX

Day 5 & 6

San Antonio - Bandera

For the next two nights, you’ll get to experience authentic ranch life, with a stay at the Silver Spur Ranch in Bandera, the Cowboy Capital, located in scenic Texas Hill Country. Look forward to home-cooked hospitality and evenings roasting s’mores around the fire, while you’re days are spent relaxing in the pool, or exploring the landscape from a saddle. There are miles and miles of trails to ride, as well as a host of other activities, including fossil digging and hiking. After a day of play, you’ll look forward to savouring the tasty Tex-Mex cuisine and taking a relaxing hay ride while learning more about the ranch’s longhorn cattle. If you have energy left to spare, head into town to do some two-steppin’ at the world-famous 11th Street Cowboy Bar, known as the “Biggest Little Bar in Texas.”

2 nights Bandera, TX

Day 7 & 8

Bandera - Big Bend National Park

One of the largest national parks in the U.S., Big Bend National Park is spread across 1,000 square miles of protected desert and mountain terrain, and offers an array of exciting outdoor adventures on the U.S. side of the U.S./Mexico border. You can walk the dusty trails, watching for the nearly 500 bird species that call the park home, as you pass a myriad of plants, cacti fields and lizards. Take in one of the most sought-after views in the state by hiking the 5.6-mile Window Trail, where you can peer through “The Window” and gaze at views of Mexico and the surrounding Chisos Basin.

Get a different perspective of the scenery by paddling a raft or canoe down the legendary Rio Grande River, while you hear tales of the area from your guide and enjoy the striking natural beauty that surrounds you. Located near the Rio Grande, you’ll also want to visit the silver mining ghost town of Terlingua. Home to only a few dozen residents, it has a surprising number of attractions for tourists, including art galleries, a gift shop, bars and eateries, as well as a couple of rather bizarre sights, like a pirate ship and a sand-locked submarine.

2 nights Big Bend National Park, TX

Day 9

Big Bend National Park - San Angelo

Leaving the border area and heading north again, you’ll reach the vibrant Conho Valley and the city of San Angelo. This town with a rich western frontier heritage was founded in 1867 by European Americans across the river from historic Fort Concho, which served as headquarters for the 16th infantry and cavalry, including the famous Black Cavalry and its American-American Buffalo Soldiers, to protect the frontier from hostile threats. While you’re here, you may want to take one of the optional excursions to visit the fort and Miss Hattie’s Bordello Museum, a former brothel that operated from 1902 until 1952.

1 night San Angelo, TX

Day 10

San Angelo - Dallas

It’s time to make your way back to Dallas, but the tour doesn’t end just yet. First you’ll take the John F. Kennedy tour for a fascinating look at that fateful, dark day when U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. It includes a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum, where you can take in the rather chilling view through the very same window where Lee Harvey Oswald fired those fatal shots. From the grassy knoll, you’ll have an even better perspective about just what transpired that day, and perhaps even draw your own conclusions as well, before your journey through the state of Texas comes to an end.

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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