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Get a Great View of San Antonio

Get up above the crowd for superb San Antonio sightseeing on an open-top, double-decker tour bus. You’ll tour downtown San Antonio with on a comprehensive, narrated tour.

The tour includes stops at The Alamo, The Tower of the Americas, The Spanish Governor’s Palace and nine other must-see sights in the city. The 50-minute tour will get you acquainted with the city and educate you about the history and culture of the area. Then, if you choose to, you can add a hop-on, hop-off pass and ride the tour during operating hours as much as you care to for 24 hours. Feel free to spend as much time as you need further exploring the Site of the 1968 alamoWorld’s Fair, Hemisfair Park. It is now a part of the University of Texas San Antonio, where you can explore over 50,000 square feet of exhibits representing 27 ethnic groups who settled in Texas. Or shop till you drop at El Mercado,  the city’s Mexican marketplace, where you can bargain for gifts from South of the Border and enjoy the many Mexican restaurants. Hop off for a taste of the Old West at the Buckhorn Saloon, San Antonio’s classic 1881 saloon and museum. Sip a refreshing drink as you stroll through 33,000 square feet of artifacts from Texas history and world record wildlife exhibits.

You can easily see all the most fun and colorful parts of San Antonio, and never worry about driving or parking when you take advantage of the Grand Double Decker Tour with the hop pass.

San Antonio Grand Tour

The city of San Antonio is packed with so much history, with the Missions, the Alamo, and Museums.  Plus the incredibly beautiful Riverwalk with unique shops and eateries set amongst the immaculate landscaping, and manicured walkways along the San Antonio River.  It is a perfect vacation destination to visit the past and relax in the present.

To make the most of your vacation, book a San Antonio Grand Tour, to visit all the historic sites with an area expert to narrate, as you ride comfortably in a modern air-conditioned tour bus.  The Grand Tour includes the famous Alamo, then a riverboat ride down the San Antonio River along the Riverwalk district.  Remember which shops and restaurants you want to visit later.

River Walk San Antonio Grand TourAfter your riverboat ride, you’ll visit Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, and stop in at the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, featuring exhibits of more than 500 wildlife species, and unique specimens including a 78 point buck, and a record-breaking Marlin, which weighed in at 1056 pounds when it was landed.

You’ll also be treated to stops at the Japanese Sunken Garden, The Texas Ranger Museum and El Mercado.  You’ll see all the city’s most famous landmarks on this fascinating tour.

Alamo Reflections Tour

Remember the Alamo!  How many times have you heard that phrase?  If you’re like some people you might think that means “be sure to put ice-cream on the pie….”

It doesn’t.

The Alamo Reflections Tour, offered by Vacations Made Easy, brings the 300 year history of the San Antonio area’s Alamo to life.  On this memorable tour you’ll ride in the comfort of an air-conditioned tour bus, while a tour guide highlights historical facts and fascinating stories about the tour stops.

At each stop on the tour you can exit the bus and wander at your leisure around the most celebrated and important locations at the world famous historical site.

The Alamo
For over 300 years, the Alamo has been a staple in Texas history as the landmark where Spanish colonization first took place, Mexico defended its independence, and the Confederacy stood its ground. Travelers commonly visit the Alamo to admire the location where a small group of Texans stayed strong for thirteen days against General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. During your self-guided tour of the Alamo, get out and explore the memories of James Bowie, David Crockett, and William B. Travis as you tour the grounds of this famous Texas attraction. Take a step inside the Alamo Shrine, visit the Long Barrack Museum, explore the Wall of History.

Mission_ConcepcionMission Concepcion
Take a walk around the Mission Concepcion and experience the strength of the Friars who brought the Native Americans to Christianity. As you walk around the Mission, you’ll have the opportunity to view original frescoes still visible within the rooms of the Mission and explore the oldest stone church in our nation.

Mission_San_JoséMission San Jose
Known as the “Queen of the Missions,” Mission San Jose is one of the nation’s finest completely restored missions. The brilliant architecture of the Mission San Jose makes it one of the most beautiful churches in the country and is widely known as “the most beautiful church along the entire frontier of New Spain.” While you’re exploring the grounds of the Mission San Jose, be sure to admire the site’s exquisite stone carvings including the famous Rose Window.

marketsquareEl Mercado – Market Square
El Mercado, also known as Market Square, is San Antonio’s one-stop shop for anything and everything from clothing to art and furniture, all complete with a bit of Mexican flare. One of America’s top ten outdoor markets as voted by Frommer’s, El Mercado is filled with dozens of working artists, musicians, dancers, shops, and major events guaranteed to make your visit a blend of culture and excitement!

Did somebody mention pie?

Comprehensive Tours Of San Antonio

Some people choose a vacation spot for its spectacular scenery, others for the amazing attractions. If you are one of those people that want both of these with a little bit of history mixed in, then there are two tours you definitely don’t want to miss during your next visit to San Antonio.

San Antonio Hill Country Tour

The gorgeous Texas countryside unfolds in front of the windows of your air-conditioned tour bus as you journey through the breathtaking landscape that could only exist in the Lone-Star State. As you are ushered through the Texas Hill Country your guide will point out prominent sights and provide passengers with facts and history about the area. The tour stops at the German community of Fredericksburg. Once you have departed from Fredericksburg, you will venture into Stonewall and the home of former President Lyndon B Johnson. Your guide will entertain you with stories of the President and First Lady as you tour the immaculately landscaped grounds of their home. This is the perfect day trip for the whole family and it is a tour you will remember for years.

San Antonio Grand Tour

Enjoy the tales of days gone by as you travel through the beautiful city of San Antonio aboard an comfortable air-conditioned tour bus. First stop is the famous Alamo. During your tour of the Alamo, your guide will re-tell stories of the events that transpired there, as well as answer questions you may have. From the Alamo you will travel to the stunning San Antonio Riverwalk, where you will board the Riverboat Ride for a scenic tour down the most spectacular sight in the city. The tour also visits sights such as the Japanese Sunken Gardens, El Mercado, and the McNay Art Museum. A definative highlight of the trip is Mission Concepcion church. This testament to the strength of early Christians is the oldest stone church in the country and houses stunning original frescoes. Whether you’re looking for a day trip to San Antonio or a comprehensive tour to complement your vacation, this tour is sure to please ever member of the family.