10 days

Texas Ranger

Texas Ranger

Austin, Texas

Alamo Mission in San Antonio

Texas State Capitol Building

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  • Why we love it

    • Largest of the lower 48 states and with a colourful history, there is lots to discover in Texas
    • Our adventure takes us from the big cities to the wide expanses of the countryside
    • Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin all exude energy and vibrancy
    • The mixture of historic sites and iconic names range from the infamous assassination location in Dallas and the fabled Alamo Mission to JFK, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett
    • The ‘great outdoors’ beckons and the heart and soul of Texas awaits us as we put on our boots and spurs and spend a couple of days at a Texan ranch playing cowboys and cowgirls

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Dallas - Odessa

    • Leaving Dallas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, JR Ewing and the largest arts district in the USA, you will make your way to Odessa. This city is home to the U.S. Presidential Museum and a display on the Republic of Texas, which highlights the brief period of time when Texas stood as a nation independent from the United States. If that’s not enough, it’s also home to the world’s largest jackrabbit!
    Hampton Inn Odessa or similar

    Day 2-4 - Big Bend National Park

    • Forming the border with Mexico, Big bend National park follows the Rio Grande River for 250 miles through stunning desert landscape and mountainous terrain. Explore some of the parks 3,200 sq. miles of Chihuahuan desert environs on one of the many hiking trails.
    • Big Bend is an incredible national park where dark nights skies are studded by stars and temple-like canyons are decorated in ancient limestone. Cactus bloom in sublime south-western sun and the diversity of species is the best in the country. Walking trails pave the way through mesmirising natural beauty an past the hundreds of bird species that call the park home. It is also where the Rio Grande carves its way through two massive canyons. If you want solitude, then Big Bend is the place to go, since it is one of the largest, yet least visited major parks in the country.
    • On Day 3 you will travel deep into Big Bend National Park to explore the Lost Mine Trail, one of the best overview trails in the park. This trail provides visitors with a reasonably short walk that offers spectacular panoramas of the Chihuahuan desert, across the Chisos Mountains, and gives you close up views of a Mexican sky island montane ecosystem. Please note it is not possible for your leader to guide you in Big Bend due to national park regulations, however your leader will make sure you have all of the information you need before hitting the trails.
    • On Day 4 you will venture onto the Rio Grande for a relaxing half day float down the river. This is the perfect chance to sit back and admire the changing scenery and towering mountains. Your river guides will delight in sharing the area's history, tales of the ancient dwellers, geology, flora, and fauna of the area.
    Chisos Lodge or similar

    Day 5-6 - Texan Ranch

    • Trade in your walking shoes for a set of boots with spurs and a two night stay on a Texan Ranch. This beautiful western lodge has cedar lined walls, cathedral ceiling, junior Olympic sized swimming pool and cosy rock fireplace.
    • Each room carries the theme of a legendary individual. Whether you stay in the Jesse James or the Calamity Jane, you'll find the authentic western room decor spacious and comfortable. Experience a day in the saddle on an included western horseback ride and enjoy the culinary delights of classic Tex-Mex cowboy cuisine with hearty home cooked meals and gracious southern hospitality.
    Silver Spur Guest Ranch or similar

    Day 7 - San Antonio

    • Home to the famous Alamo Mission and Riverwalk, San Antonio has a rich and colourful past with strong cultural links to its neighbours to the south. The Riverwalk is a subterranean complex of boutique shops, bars and restaurants that meanders for 2.5 miles through the wooded downtown area.
    • Your leader will take you on a guided tour of this colourful river area and the Alamo. Originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound and was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. San Antonio is also a big draw for international travellers who take advantage of the tax free shopping.
    Drury Plaza Riverwalk or similar

    Day 8-9 - Austin

    • Named after the ‘Father of Texas’, Austin was once the capital of an independent republic and remains the seat of today’s state government. Boasting a laidback lifestyle with relaxed bars, restaurants and a vibrant music scene, Austin is the self-proclaimed “Live music capital of the world”.
    • With Austin being so famous for the live music scene, your leader will take you out tonight to visit one of the many honky tonks on offer. There is such a multitude of options from the Coyote Ugly style bar, to the authentic Texan honky tonks such as The Mean Eyed Cat. Either way your leader will know what is happening in town at the time and suggest the best option for you to sample the local flavours and kick up your heels.
    • Austin also offers an array of optional activities to fill your day including the chance to kayak around the lake with views of the city, visit Stubbs BBQ which is near down town and also offers live music, Barton Springs (spring fed pool), the Capitol Building, or hit the shops which there are plenty of.
    Best Western City Center Austin or similar

    Day 10 - Dallas

    • Following a free morning in Austin, you will depart for the city of Dallas, the largest metropolitan area in the South and fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Upon arrival, you will go on an included tour of the Grassy Knoll where President John. F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, followed by a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository. Upon arriving back to the hotel in Dallas, your tour will come to an end.
    • If you wish to extend your stay and take advantage of the reduced price opera or Broadway tickets, or hockey and basketball games you will need to book additional hotel nights prior to departure. If you are flying tonight please do not book a flight prior to 9pm.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of a professional tour leader
    • Sightseeing and entrance fee to Alamo Mission
    • Transport in a customised vehicle
    • 2 nights in a Texan ranch with horse riding and home-cooked meals included

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PNPTR
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: Dallas, Texas, USA
End City: Dallas, Texas, USA
Style: Small Group

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