Spend 6 glorious nights on Texas’ South Padre Island on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and visit Sea Turtle, Inc. dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitate and release of injured sea turtles. Enjoy 2 free days on South Padre Island and visit the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center. Enjoy a narrated dolphin and Marine Ecology cruise and tour King Ranch with a barbeque lunch. Spend 2 nights in San Antonio and tour the city, with an included cruise along the Paseo del Rio.
1 - 3 Travel South to Texas
Your journey begins by traveling south through the states of Missouri and Oklahoma. Get to know your fellow traveling companions and enjoy a warm welcome dinner. Meals: 1 D, 2 B
4 Austin Touring
Before departing the state capital of Austin this morning, a visit to the LBJ Library and Museum
is planned. Take a walk through six decades dedicated to the life of the country’s 36th president, Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Meals: B, D
5 South Padre Island
Located off the tropical tip of Texas lies South Padre Island. Beautiful beaches, warm Gulf waters, breathtaking sunsets and year-round activities await. See the Port Isabel with its Historical Museum, Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the 1852 Port Isabel Lighthouse. Meal: B
6 & 7 Free Days
Enjoy two free days to enjoy
beautiful South Padre Island. Sit back, relax and “Feel
the Warmth” of this enchanting island. Meals: 2 B
8 Birding Nature Center and Sea Turtle, Inc.
The protection of wildlife on South Padre is world famous. From
Sea Turtle, Inc. dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitate and release of injured sea turtles to the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, whose mission it is to provide education about the birds, flora, fauna and the natural environment of South Padre Island, you will learn how important conservation is.
Meals: B, D
9 Dolphin and Marine Ecology Cruise
The warm waters around South Padre are a perfect habitat for the large pods of spinner and bottle-nose dolphins which call the area home. Learn from experienced guides about dolphins, from the legends and history of their relationship with man to social dynamics, feeding habits and environment during an entertaining and fun cruise.
Also discover the variety of marine life found on the bottom of the Laguna Madre as your Captain pulls in his net and turns the boat into a salt water laboratory on the Marine Ecology portion of the trip. Meals: B, D
10 King Ranch and San Antonio
No trip to Texas is complete without a visit to a real working ranch. On a historical tour of King Ranch just outside Corpus Christi, learn about the settling of the Valley, the coming of the railroad and the life and times of Richard King, the salty steamboat captain who developed the world’s largest ranch. Visit the Henrietta Museum, housing the King family’s historical collection, and enjoy a real Texas-Style barbeque featuring beef brisket and smoked sausage prepared over a mesquite wood fire. Later, continue on to San Antonio. Meals: B, D
11 San Antonio’s Riverwalk
Begin the day in San Antonio today with a local guide who conducts a narrated tour of this picturesque city by the river. Visit the Mission San Jose and the Alamo, a mission and fortress where Davey Crockett fought and died defending Texas, and see the IMAX presentation, Alamo - The Price of Freedom
Tonight, enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant before taking to the water for a cruise along the famous Paseo del Rio to take in the sights and sounds of San Antonio. Meals: B, D
12 - 14 Return Home
Leave Texas behind and travel back through the states of Oklahoma and Missouri. Your Tour Manager will host a farewell dinner along the way, a perfect opportunity to share your memories with your newfound friends. Meals: 3 B, 1D