Texas Hill Country and Presidential History
January 22, 2019 thru January 28, 2019
This 7-day, 6-night tour that shows you the best of the Hill Country and immerses you in presidential history. The Texas Hill Country is one of the most beautiful regions in the country, with rolling hills, spring-fed rivers, and lakes, diverse art and music offerings, and a wide variety of food. Texas is the only state with three presidential libraries and we will tour them all while enjoying great food and hospitality along the way.
7 Days/6 Nights
10 Meals Included
Livery From Your Home Included
- Guided Dallas City Tour
- Visit the Sixth Floor Museum
- Visit Reunion Tower
- Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center – Library and Museum
- Visit the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
- Tour Royalty Pecan Farms
- BBQ, Live Music & Boot Stompin’
- Guided Music History Tour of Austin
- Visit the LBJ Presidential Library
- Visit Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
- Exploring Historical Fredricksburg
- Visit the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
- Guided tour Stockyards National Historic District
- Explore the Stockyards Museum
- Dinner at Cattleman’s Steakhouse and other great meals
- Pickup/livery service
- Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson
- 6 nights lodging
- 10 meals (6 breakfasts, 4 dinners)
- All airport transfers and motorcoach transportation in Texas
- Tours and attractions as described above
- Services of a tour director
- Hotel baggage handling
- Driver tips
This morning we fly to Dallas and have a Guided Dallas City Tour – See Founders Plaza, Old Red Court House, John Neely Bryan Cabin, JFK Memorial, Pioneer Plaza (largest bronze collection in the world), Dallas City Hall (design by I.M. Pei), Thanks-Giving Square, First Baptist Dallas Fountain Plaza, Deep Ellum, The Wilson Block (historic neighborhood, Queen Anne/Victorian Style Houses), The Art District (the largest in the world!), Klyde Warren Park, The City of Highland Park, Uptown the McKinney Avenue Restaurant District, West End, Dealey Plaza (JFK assassination Point) and much more. We check into the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown for 2 nights and have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
This morning we visit the Sixth Floor Museum – The Sixth Floor Museum chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Look out the window and you’ll see 1963. View historical artifacts that are exclusive to the Sixth Floor Museum. Located on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building, the very spot the sniper’s gun was found, this lets you gain a feel for how things happened in 1963. Then we visit Reunion Tower – from 470 feet up you’ll experience breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views, high-definition zoom cameras, interactive touch screens, telescopes, a free digital photo and an indoor/outdoor observation deck that lets you see for miles in any direction. This afternoon we visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center – Museum exhibits include A Nation Under Attack, Life in the White House, the interactive Decision Points Theater, a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office, and a massive 20-foot-tall, 360-degree LED screen showing high-definition multimedia clips blending art, history, and entertainment.
We depart for College Station and visit the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum – The core exhibit space tells the story of the life and times of George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. Family-friendly and educational exhibits guide visitors through an interactive tour of the museum. View replicas of President Bush’s Camp David Office and White House Press Room and receive a briefing on the Gulf War in the Situation Room. Have your picture made while seated at the desk in our replica Oval Office. Afterwards, we will tour Royalty Pecan Farms. Tonight, we check in to an Austin hotel for a 3-night stay and then do three great Austin things in just one night! Join us as we feast on local BBQ, then head to the famous Broken Spoke for live music and a two-step lesson.
This morning we take a Guided Music History Tour and discover Austin’s musical heritage and what makes it the “Live Music Capital of the World”. Austin’s live music tradition is unrivaled just about anywhere on earth, and the Musical History of Austin adventure uncovers the history behind the hype. Weave around town visiting key heritage neighborhoods and musical sites, starting at 6th Street, the epicenter of today’s nightlife scene, and then going back in time to where it all started in the 1800’s at Scholtz Biergarten. We’ll trace our steps through the historic Victory Grill, the Armadillo World Headquarters, Threadgill’s, Saxon Pub and the Moody Theater, home to ALC Live. Hear about Austin legends such as Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan and modern-day local celebrities such as Bob Schneider, Malford Milligan, and Guy Forsyth. This afternoon we visit the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library – learn about America’s 36th President, Lyndon Johnson, one of the most complex and fascinating leaders. Through innovative exhibits, the political and personal lives of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson come alive. This contemporary experience allows visitors to understand the decisions President Johnson faced and experience his passion for critical issues such as education, civil rights, the environment, health care, and the arts. All aspects of Johnson’s presidency are explored, including the Vietnam War. Visitors can pick up a telephone to hear audio recordings of Johnson, a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the White House.
Today we travel to the Texas Hill Country. First, we visit Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, which tells 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 you a unique perspective into one of America’s most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of any American president. In this presidential park, it is possible to trace the ancestry and heritage of our 36th President as well as his birth, childhood, political career, retirement, and death. View two movies about the Johnson Administration and Ladybird Johnson, re-live the 1960s in the permanent exhibit gallery and enjoy special displays in the temporary gallery. One block away is the LBJ Boyhood Home. Outdoors, stroll down the nature trail to the Johnson Settlement, where LBJ’s grandparents homesteaded in the 1860s and 70s. Fourteen miles west of Johnson City lies the LBJ Ranch, where park rangers are your guides as you see the ranch that was the Lyndon Johnson’s proud homeplace. The ninety-minute tour also includes viewing of the Junction School, the LBJ Birthplace, the “Texas White House” – the big ranch house on the river and the Johnson Family Cemetery. The tour also includes viewing of the Junction School, the LBJ Birthplace, the “Texas White House” – the big ranch house on the river. We explore Downtown Fredericksburg before heading back to Austin for dinner at a local restaurant.
This morning we head to Fort Worth and visit the stunning Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Experience the world-renowned architect Tadao Ando’s “Arbor for Art” in Fort Worth. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth maintains one of the foremost collections of international modern and contemporary art in the country. See the work of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. Discover amazing contemporary works … displayed in a serene concrete and glass building surrounded by a magnificent reflecting pond.– one of the foremost collections of international modern and contemporary art in the country. Afterwards, we will visit the Stockyards National Historic District and explore the Stockyards Museum, where legends are memorialized and shop for unique Texas gifts. You’ll find authentic boots, hats, and apparel at Stockyards Station, M.L. Leddy’s, Maverick Fine Western Wear and Fincher’s White Front Western Wear. Visit Billy Bob’s Texas – the world’s largest honky-tonk for the best in live Country Western music, bull riding and line dancing all weekend long.. We shop for unique Texas gifts and will watch a Longhorn Cattle Drive. Tonight, we check in to a Fort Worth Hotel for 1 night and have a farewell dinner at historic Cattlemen’s Steakhouse.
We fly back to Tucson directly from Dallas with terrific memories of the Texas Tour.
***If you would like to join this tour and are not traveling to/from Tucson, please contact us for special pricing.
Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it.
They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.
Texas is batty.
More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown
Embassy Suites Hotel
Ft. Worth, TX
$2,981 per person
$3,643 per person
Roundtrip air transportation
6 nights lodging
10 meals (6 breakfasts, 4 dinners)
All airport transfers and motorcoach transportation in Texas
Tours and attractions as described above
Services of a tour director
Hotel baggage handling
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page by clicking the link below.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On American Airlines, our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $25 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary. Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The average daytime high temperatures during our stay in Texas is similar to Tucson - lower 60’s - and the average night-time temperature is usually lower 40’s. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.
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