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|Dallas, Texas, USA
||Dallas, Texas, USA
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
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Dallas - Odessa
Accommodation: Hampton Inn Odessa or similar
- 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!
Day 2-4: Big Bend National Park
Accommodation: Chisos Lodge or similar
- 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.
Day 5-6: Texan Ranch
Accommodation: Silver Spur Guest Ranch or similar, 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.
Day 7: San Antonio
Accommodation: Drury Plaza Riverwalk or similar, 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.
Day 8-9: Austin
Accommodation: Best Western City Center Austin or similar
- 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.
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.
- 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
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Airport departure taxes
- Any optional tours and activities
- Items of a personal nature
- Daily budget
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
- Fishing Trip
- Log Cabin Village
- Scenic walks and hikes
- Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas
- US Presidential Museum
What to know
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.
Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, if certain requirements are met. Under the VWP, time spent in Canada, Mexico and adjacent islands counts towards the maximum of 90 days stay allowed under the program. You will be required to complete an online visa waiver prior to travelling (at a cost of US$14). This can be done at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945) - Henry Miller Coast to Coast (1956) - Jan Morris On the Road (1957) - Jack Kerouac Travels with Charley (1962) - John Steinbeck Blue Highways (1982) - William Least Heat-Moon On the Rez (2000) - Ian Frazer The Great Gatsby (1925) - F.Scott Fitzgerald The Grapes of Wrath (1939) - John Steinbeck The Catcher in the Rye (1951) - J.D.Salinger The Call of the Wild (1903) - Jack London
Peregrine Adventures and Grand American Adventures
This trip is operated by our partners, Grand American Adventures, a US based company with nearly 40 years experience in adventure travel. They also share our ethos for offering unique holiday adventures. As this is a code-shared departure you can expect there to be both Grand American Adventures and Peregrine travellers on your trip.
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Grand American Adventures can be reached as follows:
Tours commencing in Las Vegas, Los Angeles & San Francisco:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 786 - 8735
- Int’l: 001 (707) 523 - 1800
Tours commencing in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago & Houston:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 637 - 8931
- Int’l: 001 (973) 989 - 7501
Tours commencing in Seattle, Vancouver & Anchorage:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 600 -5343
- Int’l: 001 (206) 878 - 0948
Possible Itinerary Amendments
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, our stated itinerary should be used as a guideline. All travelling times quoted in the itinerary are also estimates only and can vary substantially due to unscheduled stops and traffic or weather conditions.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
25 August 2014
General Contact Details
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