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Day 1 – Arrive San Antonio
On arrival today in San Antonio, TX, check into your Riverwalk hotel for a five night stay. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Day 2 – San Antonio Sightseeing
This morning you meet a local guide for a tour of San Antonio. Your tour today will include visits to San Fernando Cathedral, oldest standing church building in Texas and the King Williams Historic District. On the south bank of the San Antonio River, 19th century residences have been preserved and often reincarnated into cafes, art galleries, museums and shops.
You will also have time for lunch on own and shopping at El Mercado. This Market Square is largest Mexican Market in the U.S. El Mercado brings the spice of Mexico to San Antonio. There are over 25 different shops and vendors, you can do some of your best bargain hunting. Items range from glassware, leather goods, vanilla, and other colorful treasures.
Dinner is included tonight at Cafe Ole. Enjoy Mexican Food at the Heart of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Satisfy your cravings for delicious Tex-Mex Cuisine. Café Ole is known as the home of the Ultimate Fajita, the 60 oz Margarita, and scenic views of the river.
After dinner, take a narrated riverboat cruise along the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. (B,D)
Day 3 – Visit South Padre Island
This morning after breakfast, you head to the Gulf of Mexico. Start with a visit to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. Discover the amazing underwater worlds of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and beyond at the Texas State Aquarium. Travel on an aquatic journey from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico out into the open sea to encounter thousands of animals representing more than 320 species. Explore a wetland habitat in Nearshore, and spend some time in Living Shores, where you can touch starfish and urchins!
Then you head to Padre Island National Seashore, the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hyper-saline lagoons in the world. The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554. You will have time here to stop by the Visitors Center, take a stroll on the beach, enjoy the scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico or the Boardwalk Nature Trail.
Tonight, dinner is on your own. Enjoy free time to explore the famous Riverwalk. It gently winds through the city center, providing easy access to the city’s cultural hot spots, historic sites, restaurants and other attractions. (B)
Day 4 – Fredericksburg – Hill Country
Following breakfast this morning, you depart for Fredericksburg, “Jewel of the Texas Hill Country”. First stop is the Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park telling the story of our 36th President beginning with his ancestors until his final resting place on his beloved LBJ Ranch. This entire “circle of life” gives the visitor a unique perspective into one of America’s most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of any American president. While here, you will get to visit the LBJ Ranch and the “Texas White House.”
Next, you tour the National Museum of the Pacific War, dedicated to Admiral Nimitz and the 2 million men and women who served under him in the Pacific during World War II. “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.” Fleet Admiral Nimitz’s words in 1945 ring true today as the museum tells the sweeping story of World War II in the Pacific. This is the story — the history — preserved at The National Museum of the Pacific, an extraordinary chapter of our nation’s history.
Tonight’s dinner is in a classroom, complete with a cooking demonstration. You will learn how to make the perfect Enchilada paired with the perfect margaritas. This two-hour class includes cooking instruction where you learn to make Enchilada Verdes (chicken enchilada with tangy green tomatillo sauce) served with rice, borracho beans, handmade flour or corn tortillas, and a non-alcoholic beverage. You will also be instructed on how to make two (2) popular margaritas and receive servings of both. The event ends with a dessert of fabulous tres leches cake, and a souvenir recipe card. (B,D)
Day 5 – Spanish Missions – Alamo
This morning you meet a local guide for a tour of San Antonio’s Spanish Missions. Enjoy a narrated tour that will focus on Mexican Culture and Spanish Missions. If time allows, you will visit at least one mission.
Next, enjoy the exhibits and displays that tell the stories of Texans at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The Museum exists to help you understand and celebrate the cultural heritage of Texas.
This afternoon you visit the Historic Alamo, the sight of the famous losing battle that helped secure Texas’ independence from Mexico. While here you will also see the IMAX movie “The Price of Freedom”. The heroism of the 189 Texans and settlers who defended the besieged Alamo fort for 13 days against the Mexican army of General Santa Anna is recreated in ALAMO: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM.
Tonight, dinner is included at a local Mexican restaurant with live music. (B,D)
Day 6 – Depart San Antonio
After breakfast, depart for home. (B)