B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017: Arrive San Antonio, Boat Tour of River Walk; Welcome Dinner (D)
Schedule your arrival no later than 3:00pm and take local transportation to the hotel. The tour will begin at 4:00pm in the lobby of the hotel. After introductions, we will take a boat tour on the San Antonio River to get better acquainted with the famed River Walk, a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. It gently winds through the city center, providing easy access to the city’s cultural hot spots, historic sites and other attractions. Afterward, we'll enjoy dinner together. Overnight San Antonio - 5 nights
Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017: The Alamo; Tower of Americas; Institute of Texan Cultures (B)
Remember the Alamo! Heroes died here fighting for freedom. Their call for aid and refusal to surrender in the face of overwhelming odds stirred a young America and helped give birth to Texas. Today the Alamo is the heart of San Antonio and it is Texas' most visited historic landmark. We start our day walking these hallowed grounds. We'll then switch gears and visit the observation deck of the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas, which offers mesmerizing views of the city below and provides a lesson in the history of the six flags that once flew over Texas. After a stop for lunch, we'll take in one of the best-kept secrets in San Antonio—the Institute of Texan Cultures, which highlights the more than 2 dozen cultures that have made Texas what it is—the 15th largest economy in the world.
Thursday, 26 Oct 2017: San Antonio Missions; King William Historic District (B,D)
This morning we'll explore the San Antonio Missions—Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada. These four missions, along with the Alamo, were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. They are walled compounds encompassing a church and buildings where priests and Native Americans lived and worked. We'll begin at the Visitor Center at Mission San José to learn about life here during the 1700s. This afternoon, we'll head to the King William Historic District on the east bank of the San Antonio River to visit Steves Homestead, an elegant three-story mansion built in 1876 for Edward Steves, founder of the Steves Lumber Company. We'll take time to walk around this historic neighborhood. In the late 1800s, the King William District was the most elegant residential area in the city. Prominent German merchants originally settled here and brought with them a distinct architectural style. Many of the 19th-century residences have been preserved and often reincarnated into cafes, art galleries, museums and shops. This evening we'll get together for dinner.
Friday, 27 Oct 2017: Texas Hill Country; LBJ Ranch; Fredericksburg (B)
San Antonio is perched on the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country. This area is lush, colorful and, unlike much of the pancake-flat state, dotted with beautiful green hills. The Hill Country was settled by Germans and Eastern Europeans and has a culture all its own. Storybook farms and ranches dot the countryside, and you may still hear older folks speaking German. We'll start our day at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch. Johnson, our nation's 36th president, had a deep attachment for place and heritage. The LBJ Ranch was where he was born, lived, died and is buried. After a short driving tour of the grounds, we'll visit the ranch house known familiarly as the Texas White House. We'll then make our way to charming Fredericksburg, where there will be time for lunch on our own and time to explore. We'll return to San Antonio late this afternoon.
Saturday, 28 Oct 2017: LBJ Library; Free Afternoon; Farewell Dinner (B,D)
If you have never been to a Presidential Library you're in for a really interesting morning. We continue our look back in US presidential history with a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum. The LBJ Library is one of thirteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and houses 45 million pages of historical documents that includes the papers from the entire public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and also from those of his close associates. Learn how the library was planned, the influence of Lady Bird Johnson, the historical significance of the archival collections, and LBJ’s insistence that the history of his times be reflected openly, showing failures as well as successes. We then return to San Antonio where the remainder of the afternoon. Your Tour Leader will have an itinerary if you wish to accompany her, otherwise, feel free to further enjoy the River Walk. Tonight we'll enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant and reminisce about our time spent in San Antonio.
Sunday, 29 Oct 2017: Return Home from San Antonio (B)
Sadly, our time together has come to an end. Based on the departure time you provide WTT, your Tour Leader will organize travelers into small groups so you can ride-share to the airport if you wish.