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Rivers & Rails of Texas 2023 & 2024
Featuring San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth
 8 Days • 13 Meals

Air Holiday

Experience the excitement of Texas from both river and rail while enjoying the history of San Antonio, the beauty of the Piney Woods and rustic cowboy culture of Fort Worth.

 Highlights
  • 13 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Spend two nights in San Antonio including narrated city tour, The Alamo and river cruise on the Paseo del Rio
  • Take a narrated Austin “Duck” tour of downtown and Lake Austin
  • Shop at Magnolia Market at the Silos where the spirit of the Gaines’ is alive and well
  • Visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame
  • Tour the Pearce Museum which commemorates the Civil War
  • Ride the Texas State Railroad through the Piney Woods in exclusive Dome Cars with Champagne and appetizers
  • Spend two nights in historic Fort Worth
  • Ride in restored Victorian coaches on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad
  • See the daily cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards
  • Farewell dinner with entertainment at the Lone Star Dinner Theater

 Itinerary
Day 1  Arrive in Texas
Arrive in San Antonio today and transfer to your hotel on the Riverwalk. Meet your Tour Manager in the hotel lobby at 5:00 p.m. for the Drury Inn’s Kickback dinner.
Day 2  San Antonio River Cruise and The Alamo
The history of San Antonio comes alive as a local guide conducts a sightseeing tour of the city with a visit to Mission San Jose, followed by shopping at El Mercado, an authentic Mexican Marketplace. Then visit the Alamo, the famous fort where Davy Crockett and 185 other “Texans” fought against Mexico.

Tour the museum and see the IMAX movie, Alamo – The Price of Freedom. Later, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the San Antonio River along the Riverwalk. Meals: B, D
Day 3  Austin’s Duck Tour and Texas Forces
Travel to Austin where you climb aboard an Austin “Duck” for a sightseeing tour by land and by water. This narrated amphibious tour includes Austin’s downtown area as well as a cruise on scenic Lake Austin.

Following an included lunch continue to the Texas Military Forces Museum. Located on Camp Mabry Army Reserve base, it honors Texas military personnel with exhibits dated from their fight for independence through today. Later, continue to Waco. Meals: B, L
Day 4  Magnolia Market at the Silos and Texas Rangers
Today enjoy time at the Magnolia Market at the Silos. Here, the spirit of Chip and Joanna Gaines is alive in the gardens and shops. Have lunch on your own at the “Siloteria” – a collection of food trucks located here.

At The Silos Baking Co., numerous sweet treats await. Then a stop is made at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. It preserves the history and inspiring appreciation of the Texas Rangers. Meals: B, D
Day 5  The Pearce Museum and Winery Visit
At the Pearce Museum, experience the Civil War through letters, diaries and artifacts including a battlefield medical tent. Also see the art of the American West including works by G. Harvey, Howard Terpning and James Muir. This contemporary display of well-known works tells the story of the historic west. Before arriving in Tyler, stop at Kiepersol Estates Winery and Distillery is made for a tasting of their fine products. Meals: B, L
Day 6  Texas State Railroad Dome Car
Travel to Palestine to board the historic Texas State Railroad. Visit the locomotive museum before taking your seat in the Sky High Scenic Dome Car. Enjoy a Champagne toast, freshly-prepared appetizers, soft leather seating and unobstructed birds-eye view of the East Texas Piney Woods region. Later, travel to Fort Worth for a two-night stay. Meals: B, L
Day 7  Grapevine Vintage Railroad and Texas Star Dinner Theater
Climb aboard one of the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s restored Victorian touring coaches for ride through history. Follow the old Cotton Belt Route from Grapevine to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Once a major stop on the Chisholm Trial, the Stockyards is home to the daily cattle drive where you will see the “drovers” bring their herd of Texas Longhorns through town.

Tonight is an interactive murder mystery at the Texas Star Dinner Theater. Enjoy a delicious meal while the Texas Star’s cast take you on a light-hearted trip back to the Wild West. Meals: B, D
Day 8  Travel Home
Depart this morning with a group transfer to Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport at 9:00 a.m. for flights out after 12:00 p.m. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 1 & 2  Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas
Days 3 & 4  Courtyard by Marriott, Waco, Texas
Days 5  Homewood Suites, Tyler, Texas
Days 6 & 7  Courtyard by Marriott, Fort Worth, Texas
 

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