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The Lone Star State to the French Quarter 2021

The Lone Star State to the French Quarter 2021


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

With its large size and diversity, Texas locals say, “Texas, it’s like a whole other country.” On this tour through the Lone Star State, you’ll discover its major cities—Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston—and some of its historic landmarks, museums, and must-see sights before crossing into Louisiana for time in Lafayette and New Orleans.Highlights of this Texas tour include a behind-the-scenes tram tour of the Johnson Space Center, home to NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Witness engineers, scientists, and astronauts as they shape the future of space exploration, and visit the Historic Apollo Mission Control, where the NASA team monitored nine Gemini and all Apollo missions. The San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States. Take a private, narrated cruise down the San Antonio River through the picturesque River Walk area and enjoy a cruise through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. In Fredericksburg, stroll the historic district shopping, pursuing one-of-a-kind, eclectic shops, art galleries, and museums. History buffs will be fascinated at the Sixth Floor Museum, the location from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot President John F. Kennedy. At the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, hear the story of Johnson’s life. Also visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum that tells the “Story of Texas.” In North Texas Horse Country, visit a real working horse ranch with a knowledgeable local guide for a true authentic experience. Of course, no history buff can leave Texas without visiting the Alamo.All of this and much more await you on this Texas tour. For the value-minded traveler, there’s no better way to visit the Lone Star State!

Day 1: DALLAS.
Welcome to Dallas! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2: DALLAS.
Today’s sightseeing features Pioneer Plaza, commemorating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas and cattle to market; the Historic West End; and Dealey Plaza, where history buffs can learn all about that moment in history at the Sixth Floor Museum, the location from which the alleged killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, fired the lethal shots that killed President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Day 3: DALLAS–FORT WORTH.
This morning, journey to Fort Worth, a Texas city famous for its unmistakable combination of “cowboys and culture.” Visit the Stockyards National Historic District and get a taste of the true American West. Afterward, meet the drovers/cowboys of the Fort Worth Herd and see a Longhorn cattle drive before visiting the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. It’s here that the museum pays tribute to more than 70 cowboys and cowgirls who have excelled in the sport of rodeo, and the Western lifestyle. This evening, you may choose to enjoy Sundance Square. Overnight in Fort Worth.

Day 4: FORT WORTH–WACO–AUSTIN.
In Waco, visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Learn about the mission, history, staff and governance of America’s first law enforcement historical center founded in 1964. Then visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum that tells the “Story of Texas.” Afterward, enjoy a city sightseeing tour that features Austin’s downtown, including historic Sixth Street, the Texas Capitol complex, Governor’s Mansion, and the University of Texas.

Day 5: AUSTIN–FREDERICKSBURG.
A short drive from Austin to Texas Hill Country, and home to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park. Discover the story of the 36th president, from his ancestors to his final resting place, at the LBJ Ranch. See and learn about President and Mrs. Johnson’s lives on the ranch during a tour of the grounds that includes the Junction School, President Johnson’s reconstructed birthplace. Johnson Family cemetery and the hangar visitor center that features exhibits, and artifacts. Next, on to Fredericksburg, and time on your own to enjoy this historic town. Spend the afternoon leisurely strolling the historic district shopping, perusing one-of-a-kind, eclectic shops, art galleries, and museums. (B)

Day 6: FREDERICKSBURG–SAN ANTONIO.
This morning, journey to the most visited city in Texas: San Antonio, home of the Alamo and the historic River Walk. Upon arrival, sightseeing with a local guide includes visits to the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest in the U.S., and downtown’s authentic Mexican marketplace, El Mercado. Afterward, visit the infamous Alamo. It was here in 1836 that a small band of Texans defended themselves against the Mexican army, and although the Alamo fell, it remains hallowed ground and symbolizes courage and sacrifice for the cause of liberty. End your day back at the River Walk, where Spanish colonial architecture, fountains, and plazas make it one of the city’s most picturesque areas. (B)

Day 7: SAN ANTONIO.
This morning, a private narrated cruise down the San Antonio River through the picturesque River Walk area. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 8: SAN ANTONIO–HOUSTON.
Houston is a city of firsts. The first word spoken on the moon was heard here, and it is home to the first successful human heart transplant and America’s first public television station. Appreciate all that Houston has to offer on a sightseeing tour of America’s fourth-largest city. See the Theatre District, which is second only to New York City, and marvel at the world-famous Texas Medical Center, whose 675 acres and 42 nonprofit institutions make it the largest medical complex in the world. Last, but not least, is a visit to one of Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods, River Oaks. (B)

Day 9: HOUSTON.
A special highlight today is a visit to Johnson Space Center, home of NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Be inspired by the wonders of space exploration and go behind the scenes of America’s exciting space program. Be a part of history in the making as you witness engineers, scientists, and astronauts shaping the future of space exploration. With this behind-the-scenes journey, you will also visit the Historic Apollo Mission Control Center, and Saturn V Rocket, the most powerful moon rocket ever built and one of only three moon rockets remaining in the world. (B)

NOTE:
The buildings visited on the tram tour are real working areas of Johnson Space Center and are subject to closure without notice.

Day 10: HOUSTON–LAFAYETTE.
A beautiful drive past fertile prairies, delicate marshes, and abundant wildlife takes you to Lafayette, Louisiana. Cruise through moss-draped cypress trees and winding waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin swamp lands. Keep an eye out for lurking alligators as you experience one of the most unique wildernesses on earth. (B)

Day 11: LAFAYETTE–NEW ORLEANS.
This morning, journey across Bayou Country into New Orleans, capital of Dixieland and the “City That Care Forgot.” Upon arrival, a guided sightseeing tour focuses on the sights and sounds of New Orleans, featuring French Quarter landmarks, including St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and a visit to a unique above-ground cemetery. Afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Day 12: NEW ORLEANS.
Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation in New Orleans with extra nights and explore further.

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Inclusions

TEXAS STATE FAIR: Travel on the October 7 or 14 departures and be in Dallas for the annual Texas State Fair.

Sightseeing & Activities:

DALLAS
Sightseeing; visit the Sixth Floor Museum

FORT WORTH
Visit the Fort Worth Stockyards; watch a longherd cattle drive; visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

WACO
Visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum

AUSTIN
Visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum; sightseeing

TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
Visit the home of the 36th U.S. president, Lyndon B. Johnson

SAN ANTONIO
Sightseeing with Local Guide; San Fernando Cathedral; visit the Alamo; River Walk; enjoy a private narrated cruise on the San Antonio River Walk

HOUSTON
Sightseeing; visit the Johnson Space Center

LAFAYETTE
Cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin

NEW ORLEANS
Sightseeing with Local GuidePrivate, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

Meals:
6 breakfasts


Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Cosmos' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Cosmos has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Cosmos' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Cosmos' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Cosmos will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Cosmos will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Cosmos' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Cosmos will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Cosmos' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations


Dallas: Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown
Fort Worth: Courtyard by Marriott Ft Worth Downtown/Blackstone
Austin: Drury Inn and Suites Austin North
Fredericksburg: Fredericksburg Inn & Suites
San Antonio: Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk
Houston: Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria
Lafayette: Holiday Inn & Suites Lafayette North
New Orleans: Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.4
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
3
Professional Staff
3
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
3

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Ratings based off 1 reviews - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

The tour was everything I expected and more. Both our tour director and driver were professional, helpful, and friendly. We had some weather issues, but Cosmos/tour managers were able to get around it in a way that did not distract from out tour experience.

The trip was wonderful, our guide was outstanding.

The tour director and bus driver were both excellent. Our tour director was a native Texan (for the Texas tour) and the bus driver a native of New Orleans so we had their personal insights as well as the standard info. Both were very personable as well as helpful and professional. They added a few free perks to the standard program, such as a visit to the San Jacinto monument and the visit to a picturesque restaurant and a visit to see the bats near Fredericksburg. This trip was well worth the money ; the hotels exceeded my expectations and were all very comfortable.

The driver and tour director were exceptionally good. Except for Ramada Inn, accommodations were good. However, restaurants were not in walking distance for some of them. Drury Inn provides limited free food and free drinks, a plus. Some sites could be changed (in process now).

This was another great trip. Now I'm looking forward to my E. Europe Globus tour starting June 22, 2014.


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