Texas - The Lone Star State
8 nights. September 2018. From £1549.00.
SAVE GBP100 PER PERSON UNTIL 5TH MARCH** - QUOTE CODE JANLH8
LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 31ST MARCH - JUST GBP79 PER PERSON*
An introduction to America's 'Big Country'
Discover and explore the second-largest state in the Union on a tour that combines the Space Age modernity of Houston with Chisholm Trail starting point Fort Worth, historic, oil-rich Dallas, colourful, Bohemian State capital Austin, and 'Tex-Mex' cradle San Antonio, site of the legendary 'Alamo'.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Fly into 'space city' Houston
Enjoy two nights in the cowboy town of Fort Worth
See a cattle drive at the Stockyards
Explore historic Dallas
Stay in colourful Austin, Texas's music capital
Discover San Antonio, the capital of Tex-Mex culture
Relive the heroics of Davy Crockett at the Alamo
Visit Houston's world-famous NASA Johnson Space Center
Browse the stores in Houston's futuristic Galleria Mall
Eight nights' room-only accommodation at hotels in Houston (3 nights), Fort Worth (2), Austin (1) and San Antonio (2)
Return scheduled flights from the UK to Houston
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly to Houston, and upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by comfortable coach to your overnight hotel in The Woodlands, a pleasant district to the north of the city. Rest and relax after the journey, or perhaps enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Journey north to 'cattletown' Fort Worth, the starting point of the famous Chisholm Trail, and still home to authentic Western culture. The famous Stockyards are the focal point of the Historic Quarter, with its wooden boardwalks and old-fashioned storefronts, recreating the days of the Old 'Wild' West.
Spend the morning at the Stockyards, perhaps witnessing a famous Texan cattle drive. We'll then travel to glittering Dallas, forever associated with the events of November 1963, which are faithfully recreated in the Sixth Floor Museum (entrance payable locally) of the Texas Schoolbook Depository overlooking fateful Dealey Plaza. This evening, back in Fort Worth, perhaps visit Billy Bob's Texas, the world's most rip-roarin' Western Saloon.
Today you'll head south, crossing the Rio Brazos at historic Waco en route to leafy, Bohemian Texan State Capital, Austin, for an overnight stay. The city's thriving music scene is home to countless clubs and bars, including the famous Broken Spoke. Listings' magazines might spawn a famous name or two, when they're in town. From March to November, the city is also home to the world's largest urban bat colony, a thrilling sight when one-and-a-half million of the critters take to the skies at dusk!
After a relaxed morning in Austin, perhaps taking in the impressive pink granite capitol building -
predictably bigger and grander than its Federal counterpart in Washington DC - or the famous Driskill Hotel's 19th-century bakery and cafe, make the short journey further south to historic San Antonio, for a two-night stay. This capital of 'Tex-Mex' culture is one of America's most attractive cities. Soak up the atmosphere on its famous River Walk and at historic La Villita district.
Relive the Siege of The Alamo, when Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie held out heroically before finally succumbing to the overwhelming forces of General Santa Anna, in one of the most celebrated episodes of American history. Visit the preserved remains of the mission buildings - a shrine for all Americans - and spend another evening wandering along the River Walk as it snakes its way across the city.
Bid adios to San Antonio and journey east towards the glittering skyline of Houston, for a final two-night stay. Enjoy the opportunity to take in the city, perhaps enjoying the view from a lofty observation platform atop a skyscraper, strolling the green acres of historic Sam Houston Park, or enjoying a visit to one of several world-class galleries or museums.
A guided tour introduces oil-rich Houston's highlights this morning. The tour ends with an unforgettable visit to the world-famous NASA Johnson Space Center, the heart of the moon landings nearly 50 years ago. Still a working base for the International Space Station, the center offers an incomparable taste of modern history, brought to life in restored Mission Control and by the sight of the towering Saturn V rocket that fired the astronauts into orbit.
A last morning is free, perhaps to browse the stores of vast Galleria Mall close to the hotel, before you transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight.
Arrive back in the UK, after a wonderful Texan journey.Back to top
AccommodationTexas - the Lone Star State Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Back to top
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Passports and visas
When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
**This offer applies to new bookings air-inclusive holidays to non-European destinations made between 28th December 2017 and 5th March 2018 (inclusive). Exclusions apply. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (JANLH8) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
*Low deposit of GBP79 per person applies to new bookings only made between 28th December 2017 and 31st March 2018. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer, the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling and Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route and Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top