Spotlight Texas

April 19, 2018 - April 25, 2018
7 days / 13 meals

Visit 3 of Texas’ cities featuring a visit to the George W Bush Library and Museum, a beachfront 2-night stay on Galveston Island, and ABA’s top 100 Fiesta San Antonio highlighting history/culture!

Day 1: Dallas, TX
Fly into Dallas and meet a local expert for a guided city tour, including a visit to the Dealey Plaza Historic District and The Sixth-Floor Museum which chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Check into our Dallas hotel for a 2-night stay. D

Day 2: Presidents and Cowboys
Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Opened in April 2013 on the campus of SMU, the Museum features Freedom Hall and includes a 67-foot video wall depicting a montage of the 44 US presidents. Don’t miss the 9/11 Memorial exhibit. Visit Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic district and witness a live cattle drive. Explore the TX Cowboy Hall of Fame before a hearty TX lunch. What does a $1.1billion stadium featuring the world’s largest column free interior look like? Find out with a VIP tour of AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys to include the locker rooms, luxury suites and the field. B, L

Day 3: “It’s Island Time”
Travel south to Galveston Island, TX for a tropical getaway. Upon arrival, tour a retired Ocean Star jack-up drilling rig turned museum. This one of a kind tour shows offshore drilling equipment and exhibits detailing the oil and gas production process. Explore Galveston with a local guide, relaying the history of the 1900 Hurricane and touring where sculpture artists have breathed life into what Mother Nature attempted to destroy from Hurricane Ike in 2008 on a Tree Sculpture tour. Unpack your bags for a 2-night stay at the beachfront DoubleTree resort where each room includes a balcony and views of the ocean! B,D

Day 4: Space Center
A crown jewel of TX is the NASA Johnson Space Center where a behind-the-scenes look at space exploration is arranged. Get up close and tour historic mission control and iconic exhibits featuring our nation’s revered astronauts. Experience the thrill of watching a space shuttle launch in the Blast Off! Theater and touch a moon rock. This afternoon, enjoy views of the ocean or walk the historic Strand. B, L

Day 5: San Antonio, TX
Enjoy the springtime wildflowers reaching up for the warm Texas sunshine as we travel through central Texas to San Antonio. Unpack for a 3-night stay in the Drury Plaza Hotel located on the Riverwalk. Originally a bank, the hotel retains the charm of its stunning architectural history with modern amenities, a rooftop pool and direct access to the Riverwalk. Tonight, enjoy your reserved seats on the bank of the San Antonio River for the Fiesta Texas Cavaliers River Parade and watch as music fills the air and vibrant floats pass by with bold colors of Fiesta. B, hot apps

Day 6: Fiesta Time!
Texans describe the Fiesta as a blend of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and Pasadena’s Rose Parade. The color, the pageantry and celebrations recognize the City’s diverse history and culture. Catch the spirit with a pin proudly worn and traded during the Fiesta! Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and visit the “queen of the missions” Mission San Jose and shopping at El Mercado, an authentic Mexican Marketplace. History comes to life visiting the Alamo where Davy Crockett and 185 other “Texans” fought against Mexico. This evening, take some free time to explore the Riverwalk. B, L, hot apps

Day 7: Return Flight Home B

Per person rates*
double $2098
triple/quad $1879
single $2665
* Includes roundtrip airfare from MCI