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  • Austin

    The 'Live Music Capital' of the world is the place to visit for music, food and culture.  

    • Sunset over Austin

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    • State Capitol Rotunda

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    • Nightwing Bat Statue

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    • BBQ Food

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    • Barton Springs Food Truck

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    • 6th Street

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    • Kayaks along Ladybird Lake

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    • Ironworks BBQ

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    • South Congress Bridge Bats

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    • Alamo Drafthouse

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    • Downtown Austin

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    • 2nd Street Art

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    Sights and landmarks not to be missed include the State Capitol,which is symbolic of the Lone Star State's "bigger is better" mentality, featuring a gorgeous whispering gallery rotunda and 22 acres of grounds. See the Confederate Soldier Monument and the Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, commemorating the life and music of the well known singer and song writer. Explore the history of Texas state at the Texas Bob Bullock Texas State Museum.

    Cool off with a dip in Barton Springs, a huge natural limestone pool that’s fed by underground sources. Visit Mount Bonnell a small but beautiful park looming almost 800 ft over Austin offering views over downtown, lake Austin and the beginning of Hill Country. Take a boat cruise on Lake Austin, stroll or cycle along Lady Bird Lake or take a Segcity tour.

    There's a reason Austin is often ranked one of the fittest cities in the country. From cycling to stand-up paddle boarding, water-biking to leisurely canoe-paddling - Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. Combining diverse topography, big name designers like Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, and affordable courses, Austin is the perfect setting for year-round golfers.

    By night Austin really comes alive. Live music is available in nearly every bar in the city, giving the city the nickname 'The Live Music Capital of the World'. Nowhere is this truer than on the lively 6th Street, where you can hear every genre of music coming out of the many bars to adorn the street. Although nightlife plays a big part in Austin's culture, so does its food. Tex Mex and Barbecue are the main staples here, and restaurants such as Franklins are not to be missed while in town. Look at for one of the many food trucks around town too, where you can grab a quick bite to eat from some of the best street food around.

    Come October, Austin is also home to the US Grand Prix. The biggest race on the calendar in North America is held at the famous Circuit of the America's racetrack, about 15 minutes south of downtown. During the Grand Prix weekend, Austin really comes to life, with concerts, events and attractions aplenty. For more information on our Grand Prix packages, please visit the 'Experience and Explore' tab.

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      If you fancy staying on a ranch in Texas, you can choose from a guest ranch (more like a hotel with riding), a working ranch (where you can get stuck in with the ranch hands) or a traditional dude ranch (somewhere between the two!).

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      No visit to San Antonio, Texas is complete without a visit to The Alamo and a meander along the Riverwalk with its array of bars and restaurants, many of which have live entertainment in the evenings.

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      No visit to Houston is complete without a trip to the NASA Space Centre. Admission is also included in the Houston City Pass.

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      Explore the German heritage of Texas' Hill Country region, by visiting the shops and attractions of historic Fredericksburg. Feast on German fare and music at the famous Oktoberfest in late September.

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      Discover world famous BBQ food in Austin at Franklins BBQ restaurant. Should you not be a fan of BBQ food, then sample one of the many food trucks around the city.

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      See 'America's Team', the Dallas Cowboys American Football team at the AT & T Stadium in Arlington. Contact us for details on tickets.

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      Friday night is Rodeo night in Bandera throughout the summer months. Make sure you don't miss the opportunity to see real cowboys taking part in events such as roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

  • A Texas Adventure

    Begins in Austin, Texas and ends in Houston, Texas

    13 Days/12 Nights

    Departures: Year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Bandera Saloon

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    • Downtown Austin

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    • Austin City Hall

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    • Downtown Fredericksburg

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    • Lukenbach

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    • The Alamo, San Antonio

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    • San Antonio Riverwalk

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    • Houston Mural

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    • Museum of Science, Houston

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    • Kemah Boadwalk, Houston

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    Arrive Austin

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Austin. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel where you will spend the first three nights of this Texas adventure.

    Hotel: Fairmont Austin

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    Austin

    Austin is the state capital and renowned for its lively music scene. Country, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz and Latin can be heard throughout nearly 200 music venues. By day, explore the history of Texas State at The Texas Bob Bullock Texas State Museum and take a stroll around Ladybird Lake. By night, sample barbeque and Tex-Mex culinary specialities at a wide choice of restaurants, and watch the nightly spectacle where around 750,000 bats swarm from the Congress Bridge at sunset.

    Hotel: Fairmont Austin

    80Mi/128Km

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    Fredericksburg

    Leaving the big city behind, you will drive west to the historic town of Fredericksburg where you will experience a very different pace of life. This beautiful town is nestled in stunning Hill Country; in the heart of Wine Country, with a vibrant art and live music scene. Perhaps during your stay, you may choose to take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the iconic historic district or spend the afternoon wine tasting on 290 Wine Road. We also recommend a visit to Downtown Lukenbach, which consists of just three buildings - a ramshackle tavern/general store, a blacksmith shop and an old-time dance hall - but this is also where Willie Nelson wrote a number of his songs, bringing it to fame.

    Hotel: Hoffman Haus

    51Mi/82Km

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    Bandera (Ranching)

    Today you will make the short drive to the Cowboy Capital of the World - Bandera, where you'll enjoy a two night stay at a traditional cowboy ranch. Wake up with a horseback ride to a cowboy cook-out breakfast, or stay at the corral where traditional meals are served. Mayan offers numerous daytime activities, and in the evening you can enjoy music and entertainment at the ranch or in nearby downtown, which has traditional-styled saloons and even a line-dancing hall. Two horseback rides are included daily, with horses suitable for beginners and intermediate riders.

    Hotel: Mayan Dude Ranch

    53Mi/85Km

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    San Antonio

    Leaving cowboy country behind, it is just a short and scenic journey to San Antonio. This city boasts so many attractions and experiences that we have allowed three nights for you to enjoy this popular area. Discover the iconic Alamo on a historic city tour, sample original Tex-Mex cuisine, experience the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande and explore the famous River Walk; a network of cobblestone paths that run along the river connecting cafes, hotels, shops and theatres.

    Hotel: Omni La Mansion del Rio

    197Mi/317Km

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    Houston

    Get ready for another big city experience, as today you journey east to the USA’s fourth largest city; Houston. Comprising a number of distinct districts, enjoy world-class ballet, opera and performing arts in city’s Theatre District, visit the many museums in the Museum District, and indulge at Houston Galleria; one of America’s largest shopping malls in the Galleria District. We suggest you visit the NASA Space Center Houston where America’s fascinating history and passion for outer space comes to life. En route, perhaps call at Kemah Broadwalk's amusement park. This quaint little waterfront village area offers a number of restaurants lining the stunning marina.

    Hotel: Aloft Houston Downtown

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    Journey home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing, before making your way to Houston Airport, returning your rental car and checking in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2532 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    A one way drop off charge on the car hire is not included and payable locally.

  • Austin Foodie Tours

    Austin, Texas

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    • Food is my best friend tour

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    • Cascade Blonde - America's favorite sipping whiskey

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    Food Is My Best Friend Tour

    Serving up everything from down-home barbecue to gourmet sweets, Austin’s food scene is a highlight of the city, but a wealth of options mean it’s hard to know where to begin. Skip the tourist joints and go straight to the local favorites on a food walking tour of Austin that starts with a hearty serving of barbecue, then takes you all the way through dessert with a series of tastings.

    • Food tour features tastings for a full lunch or dinner
    • Enjoy an included beer or soda at Terry Black’s Barbecue
    • Get local tips on where to eat, drink, and explore
    • Convenient pickup and drop-off at Austin hotels

    Duration: 3 hours

    Brew and Que Tour in Austin

    Beer, barbecue, and downtown: this tour combines three class Austin tours into one big adventure. The action begins at Terry Black’s with an introduction to the pit master himself and a sampling of sausage, ribs and brisket, sides, and more. Wash it down with a cold beer and then hit the streets in an electric shuttle for some sightseeing.

    • Three tours for one price
    • Multiple departure times available
    • Small groups for a personalized experience
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (downtown) included

    Duration: 3 hours

    Prices

    Food Is My Best Friend Tour & Brew and Que Tour in Austin

    From £97 per person

    Austin Craft Beer and Brewery Tour

    Austin, Texas

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    • Austin Craft Beer and Brewery Tour

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    • A few samples

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    • Small group tours

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    • One of many stops

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    Austin Craft Beer and Brewery Tour

    Get the lowdown on Austin's hippest watering holes on this tour of Austin craft breweries. Visit three local breweries and sample their wares while learning about the brewing process, tasting notes, and of course some Austin city insights. This tour includes all tastings and a guide.

    • Austin craft beer and brewery tour
    • Visit three craft breweries to learn about the local bar scene and Austin culture
    • Niche city tour introduces you to parts of Austin
    • Small-group tour limited for a more personal experience
    • All beer tastings included

     Duration: 6 hours

    Prices

    Austin Craft Beer and Brewery Tour

    From £69 per person

    *Minimum age is 21 years*

    Segway Tours of Austin

    Austin, Texas

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    • Segway tour at night

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    • Ready to explore the sights

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    • Full equipment provided

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    The Ultimate Austin Segway Tour

    Meet at our store located at 1403 Lavaca Street, Austin, Texas 78701. We start out with helmet fitting, orientation and general operation procedures. One at a time, you get to stand on the Segway and learn how to operate the controls. A guide is always there with you for the first minute or two, most riders feel confident within 3 minutes. We like to get some practice outside on sidewalks before departing for the tour.

    Skyline Night Tour

    Segways provide easy access to the 4 corners of the downtown corridor. Before dark, we'll start the tour with Segway training, then cruise through some of Austin's most beautiful parkland to a scenic overlook, Dough Sam Hill summit to marvel the suns reflection on the downtown landscape. After passing the Yeti® HQS, we'll cross over Ladybird Lake on Congress Ave. bridge to pause for the sunset. Your tour guide will allow for time to grab a souvenir and the perfect snapshot of you and your travel companion(s). Full of interesting details about landmarks, trendy spots and local favorites, this tour will take you through Rainey St. where you'll get a taste of the nightlife and also pass by some of Austin's world-class hotels and high-end restaurants.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Prices

    The Ultimate Austin Segway Tour

    From £59 per person (aged 10+)

    Skyline Night Tour

    From £63 per person (aged 12+)

    Texas Wine Tour by Limousine

    Austin, Texas

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    • Texas Wine Tour by Limousine

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    • Luxury transport

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    Texas Wine Tour by Limousine

    Retreat from the city for a day of wine tasting in Texas Hill Country. After meeting at a designated location, hop into a luxury limousine and visit three wineries just outside Austin, sampling several wines at each. The tour also includes lunch at the renowned Salt Lick restaurant in Driftwood.

    • Wine tasting in Texas Hill Country
    • Visit three wineries and sample wines at each
    • Transportation via limousine
    • Lunch at Salt Lick restaurant included

    Duration: 6 hours

    Prices

    Texas Wine Tour by Limousine

    From £159 per person (aged 21+)

    Austin Bike Tours

    Austin, Texas

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    • Austin Bike Tour

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    • Austin Art and Architecture Tour

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    • Cycling over Lady Bird Lake

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    • Peace, Love, and Zilker Bike Tour

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    • Austin Bat Watching Bike Tour

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    Austin's Lakes, Springs, and Bridges Bicycle Tour

    See Austin's quieter side on a 2-hour bike tour that follows the tree-shaded Butler Trail around Lady Bird Lake. Learn about the city's past and present as you ride to highlights such as Barton Springs, HOPE Outdoor Gallery, and the Congress Street Bridge.

    • 2-hour Austin bike tour with Lady Bird Lake
    • Learn from the guide about the large bat colony at Congress Street Bridge
    • Take a refreshing dip in Barton Springs
    • See colorful murals and street art at HOPE Outdoor Gallery
    • Includes use of bicycle and helmet

    Duration: 2 hours

    Peace, Love, and Zilker Bike Tour

    Lady Bird Lake is a popular nature escape in the heart of downtown Austin, complete with scenic footbridges, lakeside parks, and skyline views. Ideal for families and outdoor enthusiasts, this cycling tour allows you to escape city traffic and cruise around the Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail, which spans 10 miles (16 kilometers) and loops around the lake’s shoreline.

    • 90-minute bike tour of Lady Bird Lake
    • Learn about Austin’s history and escape the city bustle
    • See notable sites including Auditorium Shores, the Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue, the Old Railroad Bridge, Zilker Park, and Barton Springs Pool
    • Get insider tips from a local guide
    • Enjoy frequent stops to take photos and rest your legs
    • Bottled water included

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Austin Art and Architecture Tour

    Ride through downtown Austin and the University of Texas campus on a 2.5-hour bike tour that highlights the city's architecture and art. Take in downtown gems such as the Driskell Hotel and the Littlefield building, and check out the UT Tower and public artworks on campus. Top off this informative tour with stops outside the Texas State Capitol building, Bremond Block Historic District, and more.

    • 2.5-hour bike tour of art and architecture in Austin, Texas
    • Explore downtown Austin highlights like the Driskell Hotel
    • See The Color Inside, the innovative Skyspace public sculpture by celebrated artist James Turrell
    • Learn about Austin's history, art, and architecture
    • Get tips on great places to visit on your own

    Duration: 3 hours

    Austin Bat Watching Tour

    Explore a different side of Austin’s legendary nightlife during this 2.5-hour bike trip to observe the city’s bat colony under Congress Avenue Bridge. These nightlife-loving denizens may never step foot inside a music club, but they sure know how to put on a show! Cycle first around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, arriving at the bridge just in time to watch the more than 1.5 million bat residents as they take flight for their evening feeding. A guide and all bike equipment is included.

    • Enjoy a bike tour to observe Austin's legendary bat colony under Congress Avenue Bridge
    • See a different side to Austin's legendary nightlife during a visit to its colony of more than 1.5 million bats
    • Cycle along the scenic Lady Bird Lake before heading to the bridge where the bats live
    • Observe the millions of bats as they take flight for their evening feeding
    • Great mix out physical activity and wildlife

    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Prices

    Austin's Lakes, Springs, and Bridges Bicycle Tour

    From £55 per person (aged 13+)

    Peace, Love, and Zilker Bike Tour

    From £39 per person (all ages)

    Austin Art and Architecture Tour

    From £66 per person (aged 13+)

    Austin Bat Watching Tour

    From £79 per person (aged 18+)