They say that Texas does everything BIG—and Christmas is no exception! This year, get into the spirit early with a fabulous escape to San
Antonio. Festive at any time of year, this city of canals truly bursts to life with lights and colors, flavors and songs of the holiday season. You’ll
join the celebration with three nights on the famed River Walk, accentuated by amazing holiday-themed meals of Texas proportions! Plus, experience
a day in Hill Country, see LBJ’s Ranch and boyhood home, and walk in the footsteps of legendary frontiersmen at the Alamo and Missions—America’s
newest UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Spend 2 nights on the River Walk
- Experience the luminaria and river tour cruise
- Visit the Alamo and San Antonio’s Missions
- Tour LBJ’s Ranch and Texas White House
- Visit the San Antonio Botanical Gardens decked out in holiday trimmings
- Holiday brunch at historic Menger Hotel
- Chef demo and tasting at Culinary Institute of America
- Enjoy time for holiday shopping in Fredericksburg, the Pearl District and River Walk areas of San Antonio
Welcome to the Lone Star State! Your holiday festivities begin at this evening’s welcome reception with your Discoveries Director and fellow passengers. Welcome Dessert Reception
DAY 2—CHOCOLATE/FREDERICKSBURG/LBJ RANCH/JOHNSON CITY
Remember to bring your camera today as we head into Hill Country! The quaint German community of Fredericksburg will be decorated and ready for us. Start off with a chocolate demonstration at Quintessential Chocolates. Taste their specialty liquid filled chocolates and perhaps take some home for holiday gifts, then spend time wandering Main Street, delighting in the town’s shops, wineries and more. Next, visit the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch for a ranger-guided tour of the Texas White House. You’ll love the rolling hills and pastureland that LBJ roamed before becoming President. Following a delicious dinner, we’ll see Johnson City’s buildings brilliantly illuminated for its holiday Lights Spectacular—a thrilling way to wrap up our time in cowboy country. B, D
DAY 3—MISSIONS SAN JOSE & CONCEPCION/GUENTHER HOUSE/CRUISE
This morning, you will experience a guided tour of the iconic San Antonio Missions—America’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site—and learn about their important history.
From the beautiful grounds to the Art Nouveau and Victorian styles of the Guenther House, tour the home of the founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, followed by a delicious lunch. This afternoon, we’ll unpack for two nights in our hotel set right on the banks of the famous River Walk (Paseo del Rio). This vibrant network of canals, tropical walkways, bridges, shops, restaurants and historic sites lining the banks of Rio San Antonio goes all-out for the holiday season. You’ll be enchanted by the decorations and lights! Tonight, ends with a magical cruise on our chartered riverboat to see the luminaria--traditional Mexican Christmas candle displays—and perhaps catch the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling. Finally, if you’d like, stroll over to see the history of San Antonio come alive in a special Saga light show projected onto the San Fernando Cathedral. B, L
DAY 4—HOLIDAY BRUNCH/PEARL/CIA DEMO
Bring a Texas-sized appetite for our festive holiday brunch at the grand Menger Hotel, the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi. Next to the hotel, is the Alamo—a National Historic Landmark and newly minted UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll be moved by its story as we walk in the footsteps of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and other valiant men who will live in Texans’ memories forever. This afternoon, be impressed by the skills of our chef-instructors at The Culinary Institute of America’s interactive “First Taste” program. We’ll have a tasting and take recipes home to try ourselves! Then enjoy free time to explore the Pearl, a former brewery that is today a true city landmark for shopping and recreation. Brunch
DAY 5—SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDENS/ADIOS!
Following breakfast, we’ll visit the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. See the magical holiday displays of garlands, red ribbons and other holiday decorations
and witness the beauty of the changing seasons. You’ll head home filled with cheer and ready for the holidays. B
Price Per Person: Double $1,327; Single $1,745
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $188/night
high 60’s/low 40’s
Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home to depart anytime after 1:30 p.m. on Day 5
Complimentary shuttle service to/from airport to our starting hotel.
Complimentary parking available for the duration of tour.
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.
Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers at the hotel. Laundry, exercise room and swimming pool available.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
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