With its large size and diversity, Texas locals say, “Texas, it’s like a whole other country.” On this tour you’ll discover its major cities—Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston—and some of its historical landmarks, museums, and must-see sights before crossing into Louisiana for time in Lafayette and New Orleans. Tour highlights include a behind-the-scenes tram tour of the Johnson Space Center, home to NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Witness engineers, scientists, and astronauts as they shape the future of space exploration. Visit Southfork Ranch, renowned as the filming location for the “Dallas” television series, and the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States. History buffs will be fascinated at the Sixth Floor Museum, the location from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot President John F. Kennedy. At the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park and Texas White House, hear the story of Johnson’s life. Also visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum that tells the “Story of Texas.” Of course, no history buff can leave Texas without visiting the Alamo. </BR></BR>Also be a part of San Antonio’s River Walk during this festive holiday time. For more than 30 years, the spectacular parade along the River Walk has featured decorated and illuminated floats with celebrities, bands, and lavishly costumed participants. The lights will dance above you in joyful color—and you’ll see it all from your reserved seats. </BR></BR>Finally, head east into Louisiana and spend a night in Lafayette, with a boat cruise through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. Your trip ends in vibrant New Orleans, where you’ll see the famous sights, including the French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and a unique above-ground cemetery. All of this and much more await you on this tour through the Lone Star State.
Sightseeing:In Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and New Orleans; Sixth Floor Museum, Southfork Ranch, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Bob Bullock State History Museum, San Fernando Cathedral, the Alamo, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, Texas White House, NASA-Johnson Space Center, boat cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin, and Houmas House Plantation & Gardens. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
DALLAS Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown (F)FORT WORTH Radisson Hotel Fort Worth – Fossil Creek (F)AUSTIN Drury Inn & Suites Austin North (ST)FREDERICKSBURG Comfort Inn & Suites Fredericksburg (ST),SAN ANTONIO Drury Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk (ST)HOUSTON Drury Inn & Suites – Houston Galleria (ST)LAFAYETTE Ramada Lafayette Conference Center (F)NEW ORLEANS Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans (MF)
2 breakfasts, 7 continental breakfasts, 1 dinner
NOTE:This special departure include all activities on our regular departures, except for the private narrated barge tour in San Antonio, plus a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.