Things to Do by Gray Line Tours in San Antonio, Texas

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The Grand Historic City Tour is the perfect way to get a grand overview of old San Antonio, its 300-year history, culture and architecture. Play Texas Trivia along the way with your guide!

Highlights:
  • Detailed history of the Downtown Reach of San Antonio

  • Listen to exciting sound effects and narratives about historical sites and significant events
  • Play Texas Trivia with your tour guide

This tour offers half day and full day options.

Half Day AM Tour
The morning tour begins downtown starting at 9 am and lasts approximately 4 hours.

Itinerary includes: Hemisfair Park; original La Villita; downtown architecture; Briscoe Western Art Museum, Sunset Station; St. Paul Square; Paris Hatters; theatre district; Buckhorn Saloon and Hall of Horns; Alamodome; Rivercenter Mall; Alamo Plaza & historic hotels; Geekdom, JFK Parade Route on the day before his assassination; Gunter Hotel - and the history of bluesman Robert Johnson's rare recordings in San Antonio; San Fernando Cathedral; Main Plaza; Plaza de Armas; City Hall; Tobin Performing Arts Center; Southwest School of Art; Red Enchilada - Central Library; Lunch at El Mercado - old Mexican market. The tour ends at the guest’s choice of the Alamo or El Mercado.

Half Day PM Tour
The afternoon tour begins at 1pm and lasts approximately 4 hours.

Your experience starts downtown with a stop at the San Antonio River locks followed by Pearl Brewery Redevelopment; Butterkrust Bakery; Doseum; Witte Museum; San Antonio Botanical Center; McNay Art Museum; Major Universities; Brackenridge Park, San Antonio Zoo & stop at Japanese Tea Garden; History of the Great Texas Cattle Trail Drives; Union Stockyards; UNESCO World Heritage Site - Mission Concepcion; Southtown; King William area. Tour ends at the Alamo or a selected downtown hotel (guest's choice).

Full Day Tour
This full day tour offers a grand overview of San Antonio and lasts approximately 8 hours. It is the perfect way to experience San Antonio’s rich history and the confluence of cultures. Tour includes stops at: La Villita Historic Arts Village, El Mercado- Historic Market Square, San Antonio River lock and dams, Japanese Tea Garden, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site- Mission Concepcion. Guests will have time on their own at El Mercado for lunch at their own expense.

After your reservation is complete please follow voucher instructions to call Gray Line directly 48 hours prior to your tour departure to confirm your reservation. Details
$65.00
Find out what makes San Antonio an important part of American history while taking in San Antonio’s Spanish influences! Explore the grounds at Mission Concepción, San José, San Juan, and Espada. View original frescos at Mission Concepcion- the oldest unrestored stone church in the nation. Learn about life at the missions at Mission San Jose, the Queen of the Missions. Watch the birds and wildlife along the new Mission Reach Hike & Bike Trail. Enjoy mission silhouettes, with Spanish and Moorish influenced architecture, against the South Texas Sky. Visit the old irrigation system, with its dam and aqueduct, which is still in use today. Listen to exciting sounds and narratives as we learn the story of the Battle of the Alamo at Mission San Antonio de Valero. This truly is a gem of a tour.

After reservation is complete please follow voucher instructions to call Gray Line directly 48 hours prior to your tour departure to confirm your reservation. Details
$65.00
See the Texas you've always heard about! Experience history in Johnson City and the LBJ Ranch. Visit the old German town of Fredericksburg, where you can shop and eat lunch at an authentic German biergarten. This part is on your own, so you can do whatever pleases you! Take in the storied musical history of the colorful town of Luckenbach, where "everybody’s somebody”. Learn about the Texas wine industry as we drive through Texas vineyards and visit one of the area's award-winning wineries.

After reservation is complete please follow voucher instructions to call Gray Line directly 48 hours prior to your tour departure to confirm your reservation.

Itinerary
Travel along the beautiful, scenic backroads of the Texas Hill Country, with a brief stop at the LBJ National Historic Park Visitor Center in Johnson City. Only a short distance away is the town of Stonewall, the peach capital of Texas and home to the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. Enjoy a tour of the LBJ Ranch, located along the picturesque Pedernales River.

During your tour, you will discover how the German migration of the 1840s and 1850s influenced the development of this picturesque area. You will hear about the role of the Texas cowboy and the great cattle drives from South Texas to mid-western markets, and you'll learn about the legacies of both LBJ—America’s 36th President—and Lady Bird, his beloved wife.

We will visit the old German town of Fredericksburg, where you can visit the Nimitz Museum & National Museum of the Pacific War. If you prefer, you can shop and eat lunch at an authentic German biergarten, or go to a wine tasting. This Fredericksburg part of the tour is flexible, so you can do whatever pleases you!

We will stop and take in the storied musical history of the colorful town of Luckenbach, made world-famous by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P Nunn, Hondo Crouch, and many more artists and colorful characters.

Finally, we will discuss the development of the Texas wine industry as we drive through Texas vineyards and visit one of the area's award-winning local wineries.
We’ll be traveling from San Antonio, now the 7th largest city in the US, to the north, up US Highway 281 into the heart of the great German migration of the 19th century. Details
$109.00