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Bandera & Fredericksburg

  • Bandera & Fredericksburg

    The self proclaimed 'Cowboy Capital of the World', Bandera is the perfect place to take in an authentic ranch experience in Texas. There's so much to do and see in our historic town of Fredericksburg! This beautiful town is nestled in the stunning Hill Country of Texas; right in the heart of Wine Country, with a vibrant art and live music scene that will dazzle and inspire!

    • Horse Riding in Bandera

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    • Bandera Saloon

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    • Downtown Bandera

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    • Downtown Fredericksburg

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    • Fredericksburg Wine & Distillery Tour

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    • National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg

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    Quintessentially Texas, Bandera may be a small town, but it is full of character and provides a genuine hearty welcome. Predominantly know for its selection of guest ranches, Bandera has a whole host of working ranches, where guests can really get there hands mucky and experience the working life of a real cowboy. Take part in daily rides, help herd the Longhorn cattle, fix fences and enjoy cowboy cookouts on a stay at one of the many local dude ranches. 

    The town of Bandera itself is a mix of leather shops, general stores, restaurants and honky tonks. This is real cowboy country and a great opportunity to grab a drink and hear stories from those who work on the ranches.

    No trip to Bandera is complete without a visit to the local town rodeo, which is held every Friday night throughout summer. Watch as the local cowboys and cowgirls, compete in barrel racing, bull riding and roping events. A truly iconic Texan experience!

    With Bandera just being a short drive from San Antonio, along the scenic roads of the Texas Hill Country, it makes the ideal twin centre trip or the perfect stop as part of a large Texas fly drive.

    Fredericksburg delivers the very best experiences in the hill country! Perhaps a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through the iconic historic district, an afternoon of wine tasting on the 290 Wine Road, whatever your hearts desire. The beautiful Texas Hill Country is the perfect backdrop for your holiday fun!

    Mid-week is actually a GREAT time to visit Fredericksburg. Wednesday and Thursday would be BEST! There's live music from Lukenbach to Main Street... Hondo's, Silver Creek, and sometimes, Lincoln Street have evening shows! Enchanted Rock is amazing mid-week... If you like the outdoors, but go early in the morning or late in the afternoon... noon day sun on the rock can be brutal!

    If you're a WINE lover the Fredericksburg Wine CountryTrail is the ultimate Texas Wine Tasting Experience! (Hint: be sure to make a reservation with a Wine Tour Service... so you can relax and enjoy the company of your friends while discovering the New Texas Gold).

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    • Top Tip 1

      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!).

    • Top Tip 2

      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.

    • Top Tip 3

      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.

    • Top Tip 5

      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.

    • Top Tip 6

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

    • Top Tip 7

      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.

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  • 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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    Day
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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.

  • Wine Tours of Fredericksburg

    Fredericksburg, Texas

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    • Birdie Wine Tour

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    • Hill Country Vineyard

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    • Winery on the Par Wine Tour

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    • Eagles Wine Tour

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    • Beautiful scenery

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    Par Wine Tour

    Immerse yourself in Fredericksburg’s historic wine country on a guided trip to three popular vineyards. In addition to navigating for you, your guide and designated driver ensures that everyone in your party can enjoy complimentary wine tastings at each location. Refreshments, snacks, and round-trip transport from Fredericksburg hotels are included.

    Eagle Wine Tour

    With a guide/designated driver and round–trip transport from Fredericksburg hotels, you and your party can explore the region’s historic vineyards without the hassle of navigating on your own. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings at each of the five stops on your itinerary, as well as an intimate lunch in the rolling hills.

    Birdie Wine Tour

    Exploring the Fredericksburg wine country on this all-inclusive tour means that there aren’t any hidden expenses—just a day tasting wines in the countryside. This tour not only ensures a safe trip by handling all transportation, but also includes tasting fees, snacks, lunch, and bottled water. With more than 40 wineries to choose from, this guided tour takes out the guesswork by bringing you to four of the best.

    Hole'n One Wine Tour

    Explore the Fredericksburg wine region of Texas during a wine tasting and tour with an expert guide. Travel through the scenic Texas Hill Country, home to over 40 wineries, and experience its history, beauty, and award-winning wines. Your wine tour package includes visits to four wineries of your choice, wine tastings, lunch, and transport. Plus, hotel pickup and drop-off in the Fredericksburg area is included.

    Hill Country Wine Tour

    Go wine tasting in Fredericksburg wine region with a choice of four wine tour packages. Choose a half- or full-day tour that either includes tastings and lunch, or simply provides reliable transportation and informative commentary. With more than 40 wineries established in the hill country and more opening every year, you'll have a great selection of wines to taste. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people, and is perfect for couples, groups and all types of celebrations.

    Prices

    Par Wine Tour

    From £170 per adult

    Eagle Wine Tour

    From £271 per adult

    Birdie Wine Tour

    From £210 per adult

    Hole'n One Wine Tour

    From £271 per adult

    Hill Country Wine Tour

    From £137 per adult

    *Minimum age for all tours is 21+*

    Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Wine Tasting Options

    San Antonio, Texas

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    • Luckenbach - Population 3

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    • Beautiful gardens at the ranch

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    • Downtown Fredericksburg

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    • Singalong in Lukenbach

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    Take a break from the urban bustle to experience the history and hospitality of Texas Hill Country on this full-day tour from San Antonio. Travel through a serene heartland landscape of vineyards, lavender fields and peach orchards, stopping to taste the local bounty at a winery and explore the area’s German heritage in the town of Fredericksburg. Learn about the life of one of the area’s most famous former residents with a visit to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s boyhood home, his LBJ Ranch and the so-called ‘Texas White House.’

    • Full-day tour of Texas Hill Country from San Antonio
    • Travel along scenic country roads through vineyards, olive groves and peach and pecan orchards
    • Sample Texas wine with an optional tasting
    • Learn about the area's German heritage and opt for a biergarden lunch in the 19th-century town of Fredericksburg
    • Visit the boyhood home and ranch of US President Lyndon B. Johnson
    • Take an optional tour of the Nimitz Museum & National Museum of the Pacific War
    • Enjoy a mix of guided activities and leisure time to explore on your own

    Duration: 8 hours

    Prices

    From £110 per adult

    From £29 per child (aged 6 to 20)

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