B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Saturday, 6 May 2017: Arrive New Orleans; Welcome Dinner (D)
Schedule your arrival no later than 4:00pm and take local transportation to the hotel. Our tour begins at 6:00pm in the courtyard of our French Quarter hotel. After introductions, we will dine together at a local restaurant and get better acquainted. Overnight New Orleans - 2 nights
Sunday, 7 May 2017: French Quarter Walking Tour; Free Time
This morning we're off on a walking tour to learn more about the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. This afternoon and evening will be free, allowing you to shop, listen to jazz or perhaps have your palm read in Jackson Square. Your WTT Tour Leader will have suggestions as to how you can enjoy the remainder of the day. This evening consider an optional ghost tour of the French Quarter or take in a performance at Preservation Hall.
Monday, 8 May 2017: Lake Charles; Galveston (D)
We depart New Orleans for Galveston, on the gulf coast of Texas, with more than 30 miles of beaches plus a wealth of cultural and historic institutions. On our way, we will stop in lovely Lake Charles, LA. Here we will visit the Charpentier Historic District, a National Historic Register destination. There were no true architects in the area until the early 1900s, so each house reflects the characteristics of each builder or carpenter. Overnight Galveston - 2 nights
Tuesday, 9 May 2017: Galveston Strand Historic District; Bishop's Palace; Free Time (B)
Galveston has one of the largest and best-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the nation, with many of its buildings more than a century old. The Historic Strand Seaport District is recognized for its outstanding collection of 19th-century architecture. The area is a National Historic Landmark that represents Galveston's heyday in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of the most significant Victorian residences in the country with its intricate combination of materials, cast iron galleries and complex roof system. The small lot and oversized house make it an anomaly among similar houses of its period. The will be plenty of free time to enjoy the beaches afterward.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017: Houston NASA Tram Tour; Continue to San Antonio (B)
A short drive this morning brings us to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, home to Mission Control and astronaut training. The NASA Tram Tour takes will take us behind-the-scenes where we'll explore space--from its compelling future to its exciting present and dramatic past. We will continue our journey to San Antonio. Overnight San Antonio - 2 nights
Thursday, 11 May 2017: San Antonio's River Walk; Farewell Dinner (B,D)
The jewel of San Antonio is the River Walk, a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths and arched stone bridges that gently winds through the city center and provides easy access to numerous shops, bars and restaurants, and historical sights. The River Walk has been described as “The American Venice” and it’s easy to see why. If you tried to imagine a place where the sights, sounds and flavors of Native America, Old Mexico and the Wild West blend effortlessly with the hustle and bustle of a modern city, it would be San Antonio. We will spend the day enjoying everything this area has to offer and end with our Farewell Dinner.
Friday, 12 May 2017: Return Home from San Antonio, TX
Sadly, our time together has come to an end. Based on the departure time you provide WTT, your Tour Leader can assist with organizing travelers into small groups so you can ride-share to the airport if you wish.