Door 2 Tour

Coach Holidays, Escorted Tours & Events

0330 440 3999

Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Eclipse 2024 – A Texan Adventure

USA & Canada
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TOME8977

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

14 days

14 days by air

PRICE FROM ? £5399 per person
Plan My Trip

Itinerary

Description

Join us to witness the grandeur of a total solar eclipse in the southern state of Texas, USA which promises to be a truly special experience.

This unique tour will be accompanied by astronomer, astrophotographer and Sky at Night TV presenter Pete Lawrence. Of course the main event and focus of this trip is the magnificent solar eclipse and on the day of this phenomenon, with Pete’s expert advice, we are taken into the path of ‘totality’, close to the centre line of the eclipse shadow track. This will be at a location chosen to give us a good chance of clear skies. Pete will give various presentations and advice during the trip too.

During this wonderful tour we also visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, discover the vibrant cities of San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, visit the famous Alamo and fascinating McDonald Observatory as well as enjoy a cattle drive and championship rodeo for an authentic taste of the ‘Lone Star State’.

Itinerary

Thursday 28th March: Flight to Houston
Check in for our flight to Houston, Texas. On arrival, we are met by our local representative and transfer to the Courtyard by Marriott Houston Galleria, our base for the next two nights.

Meals: None

Friday 29th March: Space Center Houston
After breakfast we enjoy a welcome presentation at the hotel. We then spend the day at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, one of Houston’s top attractions, which boasts many interactive displays with everything from space artefacts to a full-size rocket and space shuttle. Here we can learn about space exploration from fascinating hands-on exhibits.  

Later, enjoy dinner (not included) in the collection of historic Houston neighbourhoods known as the Heights, an area dotted with independent shops and trendy restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

Saturday 30th March: San Antonio & River Cruise
Checking out of our Houston hotel this morning, we travel to San Antonio. On arrival there’s the chance to enjoy lunch along the San Antonio River Walk (not included). This afternoon we board our boat for a relaxing river cruise along the San Antonio River. The boat’s captain shares fascinating stories about the city’s culture, history and architecture during this 35-minute cruise.  

Later we transfer to the Hampton Inn San Antonio Downtown Riverwalk where we stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

Sunday 31st March: The Alamo & Austin
After checking out of our hotel this morning we visit the Alamo, site of the famous, pivotal battle in the Texas Revolution in 1836. Next, we depart for Austin, the capital of Texas, where we stay at the Element Austin at the Domain for two nights.  

Known as the Live-Music Capital, Austin has managed to retain a small-town charm and is home to unique attractions, a vibrant arts scene and beautiful outdoor spaces, from the shores of Lady Bird Lake to the city’s highest vantage point on Mount Bonnell.

In the evening there’s the option to visit the Continental Club, a retro Austin venue that opened in 1957 and is a mecca for roots, rockabilly, country and swing music.

Meals: Breakfast

Monday 1st April: Austin & ACL Live at the Moody Theater
We begin the day with a sightseeing tour of Austin with a local guide to see such sites as the University of Texas, the Capitol Building and 360 Bridge. You may then wish to stop for lunch at one of Austin’s famous Food Trucks.

This afternoon, we enjoy a tour of ACL Live at the Moody Theater, the permanent home of Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history. There’s also time to visit SoCo, a vibrant neighbourhood that oozes homespun character and boasts the story of Austin’s yesteryear with its boutiques, eateries, galleries and music venues.

In the evening we enjoy a presentation with Pete Lawrence at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Tuesday 2nd April: Fredericksburg & San Angelo
We check out of our Austin hotel and head to San Angelo, driving through the hill country and stopping en-route in Fredericksburg, a charming town that proudly embraces its extensive German heritage. Walk the town's streets and pass Gothic-style churches with pointed archways and vaulted ceilings. Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants serving savoury schnitzels and tall pints of dunkelweizen (not included).

Continuing on to San Angelo we check in to the Pearl on the Concho Hotel where we stay overnight. There’s time to explore the historic downtown, where a mix of modern art and Western heritage create a unique experience.

We enjoy another interesting presentation with Pete Lawrence at the hotel this evening.

Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday 3rd April: Paint Rock & Pecos
Before departing for Pecos, we visit Paint Rock. Texas hosts a number of premier rock art sites, shelters and rock faces painted by history’s Native Americans as well as the prehistoric peoples who came before them. The pictographs reveal clues about the inhabitants who occupied the country up to the arrival of Europeans. The Paint Rock site is considered one of the state’s major pictograph collections.

We continue to Pecos and check in to the Fairfield Inn & Suites Pecos, our base for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast

Thursday 4th April: McDonald Observatory
Today we travel to the McDonald Observatory, an astronomical observatory that is part of the University of Texas, located on Mount Locke in the Davis Mountains of West Texas. Visit the exhibit gallery inside the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, the Solar Viewing Program in the theatre, and tour the 433-inch Hobby-Eberly Telescope. We also take a private viewing tour of the research area.

Meals: Breakfast

Friday 5th April: Abilene
Leaving Pecos, we head to Abilene and check in to the Courtyard by Marriott Southwest/Abilene Mall South where we stay overnight.

This evening we enjoy a presentation with Pete Lawrence at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Saturday 6th April: Fort Worth Stockyards, Championship Rodeo & Waxahachie/Cedar Hill
We check out of our Abilene hotel and head to Fort Worth, arriving at Fort Worth Stockyards in time to watch the late afternoon cattle drive. There’s then time for dinner (not included) before gathering to attend the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum.

Afterwards you may choose to cap off the night at Billy Bob’s for a drink, listening to country music and dancing the Texas Two-Step, or try riding a mechanical bull! Later we transfer to the Hampton Inn & Suites in Waxahachie or the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Cedar Hill, where we stay for the remainder of the tour.

Meals: Breakfast

Sunday 7th April: Dallas
This morning we enjoy an orientation tour of Dallas, a city that offers a unique blend of South-western warmth, cosmopolitan flair, old west charm and modern sophistication. We then visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The museum, located within the former Texas School Book Depository building, chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

In the evening, we enjoy a pre-eclipse presentation with Pete Lawrence at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Meals: Breakfast

Monday 8th April: Solar Eclipse in Waxahachie
Following breakfast at the hotel, we head to our dedicated viewing site in Waxahachie. Here we can enjoy the total solar eclipse, scheduled to start around 12.22pm. There’s plenty of time to find your own space and set up any equipment ready to take in the wonder of the eclipse.

Later we head back to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April: Post-eclipse presentation & overnight flight home
After breakfast we return to the Waxahachie Civic Center for a post-eclipse presentation with Pete Lawrence which also gives us a chance to share our eclipse experiences with our fellow travellers. Afterwards, we transfer to Dallas airport for our flight home, arriving back in the UK the following day.

Meals: Breakfast (Tuesday)

Please note: as the tour has been planned far in advance, the itinerary and price are subject to change.

 

Accommodation

We’ll stay at a selection of hotels (JG2, JG3 or JG4 rating) in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, San Angelo, Pecos, Abilene and Waxahachie or Cedar Hill. 

Bullets

  • Flight to Houston and return from Dallas*
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Texas
  • 12 nights at selected hotels in Texas (JG2, JG3 or JG4 rating) with breakfast
  • Porterage at hotels in San Antonio, Austin & San Angelo only
  • Admission to NASA Johnson's Space Center Houston & the Fort Worth Stockyards Championship Rodeo to watch the cattle drive
  • San Antonio River Cruise
  • Visits to the Alamo, Dallas Sixth Floor Museum, Paint Rock & McDonald Observatory
  • Guided tours of Austin & Dallas
  • Travel to/from the dedicated Waxahachie eclipse site for the eclipse experience (includes safety viewing glasses)
  • Pre & post-eclipse presentations at the Waxahachie Civic Center with Pete Lawrence
  • Tour accompanied throughout by astronomer Pete Lawrence
  • Services of a tour manager
  • Gratuities included for the coach driver

Search Bullets

  • Flight to Houston & return from Dallas*
  • Admission to NASA's Johnson Space Center Houston & the Forth Worth Stockyards Championship Rodeo to watch the cattle drive
  • Visits to the Alamo, Dallas Sixth Floor Museum, Paint Rock & McDonald Observatory
  • Travel to/from the dedicated Waxahachie eclipse site for the eclipse experience (includes safety viewing glasses)
  • Tour accompanied throughout by an expert astronomer

Images

Images

Images

Images

Departures

Departure date: 28/03/2024

Helpful Information

Regrettably, Omega Breaks cannot be held responsible for the non-appearance of any named astronomers and no refunds will be given in this event. However, a suitably qualified astronomer will be provided as a replacement in such circumstances. 

*Air package holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. The final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. Terms and conditions apply. Errors and omissions excepted. Please visit our website for details. 

Operated by Just Go! Holidays Ltd trading as Omega Breaks, ATOL No.10889

Passport & visa information

A full UK passport is required for the duration of your stay. British passport holders do not currently require an additional period of validity.

However, your passport must be a biometric ePassport with the silver camera symbol on the front. There are also a number of other rules concerning entry to the USA, which you should check before travelling.

British citizens will need to get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. You can apply at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/

For further advice on travel and current information, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa

Hide Departures List - Template

Want to book?

If you need more information or want to book please call and will be on hand to help.

A staged deposit scheme may be available - please ask for more details.

0330 013 0145

Back to top