A Taste of Texas & the Two-Step Escorted Tour

Dallas • Fort Worth • Austin • San Antonio • Houston

Grab your Stetson hat and cowboy boots and hit the road on this escorted tour through the great state of Texas, The Lone Star State.

Join your escorted tour and start exploring Fort Worth and Dallas. Visit The Museum, located within the former Texas School Book Depository building which chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before attending the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum. Round off your day in Fort Worth at Billy Bob’s and kick back with a cool drink listening to country music, dancing the Texas Two-Step or if you dare, have a go riding a mechanical bull!

Continue your holiday in Beaumont Ranch, a western ranch that reflects Texas in the 1880s when cowboys were driving their herds along the Chisolm Trail. It is a working ranch where there are plenty of activities for guests to choose from: take a horseback trail ride, learn how to rope cattle or shoot sporting clays. A day on the ranch will be finished with a Taste of Texas Bar-B-Que at one of the city’s smokehouses.

The tour continues to Austin, a real treat for foodies on the tour. All over town, chefs are eschewing sit-down establishments and serving inexpensive, unpretentious cuisine whipped up in the back of refurbished Airstreams and concession trailers. You will then travel through Fredericksburg, Texas hill country, before arriving in San Antonio. Enjoy some time to enjoy this city on your own before arriving in the Gruene National Historic District to experience “bona fide Texas”. Visit Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas where you can dance the night away showing off your best Texas Two-Step moves.

Your tour will end in Houston, with a visit to Space Centre Houston, the gateway to NASA’s Johnson Space Centre where you get a behind-the-scenes look at space exploration before gathering for one last meal together.

From €3429pp

What's Included

  • Return flights from Dublin to Texas
  • 7 NIGHTS accommodation in selected tour hotels
  • Transport in luxury air-conditioned coach with on-board Wi-Fi and personal audio headsets
  • Escorted by a professional Tour Director
  • Based on 2 adults sharing
  • Quote Ref 51350775

The Exciting Parts

  • Tours of Dallas, Austin, San Antonio & Houston
  • Scheduled brewery tours/tastings
  • Stockyards Cattle Drive
  • Championship Rodeo
  • Trail rides, roping or clay shooting lessons
  • Live music venues including the Continental, and Greune Dance Hall

Your Adventure...

Fort Worth (2 nights)
Fort Worth - Dallas - Fort Worth
Fort Worth - Beaumont Ranch - Austin
Austin
Austin - Fredericksburg - San Antonio
San Antonio
San Antonio - Houston
Houston Departure
  • Day 1 Fort Worth (2 nights)

    Check-in to hotel. This evening, mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a destination specialist. You’ll be introduced to our 8-day exploration of Texas culture, food, and dance halls at a nearby Saloon in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
    Hotel: Fort Worth Courtyard (or similar)

  • Day 2 Fort Worth - Dallas - Fort Worth

    This morning you’ll take an orientation tour of Dallas. You’ll 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. After visiting the museum, you’ll travel the route of the Presidential Motorcade and follow the timeline of Lee Harvey Oswald as that fatal day in November 1963 unfolded. In the afternoon, you return to the Stockyards in time to watch the late afternoon cattle drive. There’ll be time for dinner 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!

  • Day 3 Fort Worth - Beaumont Ranch - Austin

    Depart Fort Worth for Beaumont Ranch. This western ranch reflects Texas in the 1880s when cowboys were driving their herds along the Chisolm Trail - where it now stands. Beaumont Ranch offers outdoor adventure activities to guests, and it is a working cattle ranch with herds of Longhorn Cattle and horses. Here, you can experience ranch life how you choose from a variety of activities: take a horseback trail ride, learn how to rope cattle or shoot sporting clays. Continue to Austin, the capital of Texas, better known these days as the Live Music Capital of the World and a mecca for foodies. Tonight, tickle your taste buds with a taste of Texas Bar-B-Que and local craft beer at one of the city’s iconic smokehouses.
    Hotel: Austin Lone Star Court (or similar)

  • Day 4 Austin

    Begin the day with an orientation tour of downtown Austin. Head to ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, the permanent home of the PBS program. Austin City Limits is the longest running music series in American TV history. The pilot episode in 1974 featured Willie Nelson. You’ll stop for lunch at one of Austin’s famous Food Truck parks. Started in the early ‘90s it has blossomed into a citywide movement. All over town, chefs are eschewing sit-down establishments and serving inexpensive, unpretentious cuisine whipped up in the back of refurbished Airstreams and concession trailers. The tour continues through Austin’s Hill Country before time to visit SoCo, a vibrant neighbourhood that oozes homespun character and boasts the story of Austin’s yesteryear in its boutiques, eateries, galleries and music venues. No trip to Austin is complete without a visit to the Continental Club. This retro Austin vestige opened in 1957 and is a mecca for roots, rockabilly, country and swing music. A classic neon sign hangs above the entrance, and custom hot rods line South Congress Avenue in front of the dimly lit club, which both Rolling Stone and Playboy magazine named one of the Best Clubs in America.
    Hotel: Austin Lone Star Court (or similar)

  • Day 5 Austin - Fredericksburg - San Antonio

    A drive through the Texas hill country brings us to 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, restaurants serving savoury schnitzels and tall pints of dunkelweizen, and the sweet smell of German pastries emanating from historic bakeries. The scenic rolling hills that surround the town are home to approximately 45 wineries following along the Fredericksburg Wine Road and make stops to taste some of the region’s delicious merlots or fruity zinfandels. Arriving in San Antonio late afternoon you take an early evening narrated riverboat cruise.
    Hotel: San Antonia Hotel Menger (or similar)

  • Day 6 San Antonio

    In the 18th century, Spanish priests established five Catholic missions along the San Antonio River. Today, the five missions represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America and have been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
    There’ll be free time this afternoon to explore more of the Riverwalk and surrounding area before driving out to Gruene National Historic District to experience “bona fide Texas”. The centrepiece of this sleepy, former ghost town is Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas. There’s nothing false or gentrified about Gruene Hall—it’s the real thing! The old wooden floors creak and give a little when you dance, and flaps are lifted on the side of the building to create instant natural air conditioning. Here, it’s about listening to the live music and trying the two-step if so inclined.
    Hotel: San Antonia Hotel Menger (or similar)

  • Day 7 San Antonio - Houston

    Upon arrival in Houston, a visit to Space Centre Houston, the gateway to NASA’s Johnson Space Centre where you get a behind-the-scenes look at space exploration. The Johnson Space Centre is the home of Mission Control where human space missions and the operations of the International Space Station are monitored. A variety of astronauts prepare and train for missions here. Northeast of Downtown sits a section of historic neighbourhoods that date back to the late 1800s. Residents once flocked to the Heights to escape the big city, but today it's the hipsters and young couples that are drawn to this area's rich and character-filled architecture, mom and pop-type shops and funky restaurants. Enjoy an included final night dinner surrounded by century-old bungalows and unique architectural accents. The area offers an eclectic mix of ice houses, pubs and eateries and try some of the area’s best local Southern Comfort Foods.
    Hotel: Houston Hotel Derek (or similar)

  • Day 8 Houston Departure

    Those ending their tour in Houston will be transferred to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

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