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San Antonio River Walk

March 25 - April 3, 2023

Texas and Beyond- AAA Custom Tour

Join AAA Central Penn as we travel from Dallas to New Orleans on this Texas and Beyond tour!

Booking Deadline: January 5, 2023

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Pricing

Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $3,439
Single $4,459

All non-members must add $60 to the above rate.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 20 passengers. 

*Airfare is currently not included in the price of the trip. Airfare will be added when rates and schedules become available and may have a different payment and cancellation schedule from the land tour. 

Desired pick up location is not guaranteed until passenger minimums are met. 

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to a local airport* (will not be offered if group air is from Harrisburg International Airport)
  • Roundtrip transfers- airport/hotel
  • Nine-night hotel accommodations
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach with WIFI
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Services of a professional Trafalgar Travel Director & Driver
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 3 Dinners
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

 

Highlights

  • George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
  • Sixth Floor Museum chronicling John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation
  • Lunch at Billy Bob's Texas
  • Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Market
  • Austin City Tour
  • San Antonio Highlights Tour
  • San Antonio River Walk Cruise
  • Houston City Highlights Tour
  • Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette
  • Day on Your Own in New Orleans
  • Natchez, Mississippi
  • New Orleans Sightseeing tour with a Local Expert
  • Steamboat Farewell Dinner/Jazz Cruise
     

Itinerary

Saturday, March 25: Arrive in Dallas, TX

Motorcoach from Central PA to a local airport for a flight to Dallas, TX.* (*if group air is available from Harrisburg International Airport, you will meet the group at the airport).

Welcome to Dallas, Texas! The Lone Star State's third-largest city is a sprawling metroplex, boasting rich history, signature snacks, and internationally  recognized architecture. Your Travel Director will greet the group at the airport, and you'll be off for a city tour. Afterwards, you'll head to the hotel for check-in, before joining the group for a Welcome Dinner to start your Texas and Beyond adventure. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Dallas, Dallas, TX (Welcome Dinner)

 

Sunday, March 26: Dallas Sightseeing

After breakfast, join the group on an educational adventure, where you'll learn all about the life and career of George W. Bush at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Next, head over to the Sixth Floor Museum where you dive into the chronicles of John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation. After learning about our past Presidents, we switch gears and head over to Billy Bob's, the "World's Largest Honky Tonk," venue which is a Texas tradition! The building, built in 1910, was once an open-air barn used to house prize cattle for the Fort Worth Stock Show. Enjoy Lunch and free time before heading back to Dallas. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Monday, March 27: Waco to Austin

Today we travel to Waco to visit the famous Magnolia Market, with its landmark silos that occupy two city blocks in the downtown area and is owned by HGTV "Fixer Upper" stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines. Here you'll have time for touring, shopping, and lunch on your own before departing for Austin, a city known for its eclectic live-music scene centered around country, blues and rock. The first thing on the agenda is an Austin city tour. This evening, join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for dinner with live entertainment (pending availability). Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin, Austin, TX (Breakfast, Dinner with Music)

Tuesday, March 28: Austin to San Antonio

After a leisurely morning start, depart the hotel and head to San Antonio. You'll get a sense of what this area is known for with your City Highlights tour this afternoon. This evening, relax on a sightseeing cruise along the San Antonio River. The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is a San Antonio treasure and the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. Dinner is on your own tonight, to try one of the popular eateries offered by this diverse and vibrant city. Hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown, San Antonio, TX (Breakfast)

Wednesday, March 29: San Antonio to Houston

Today we leave San Antonio behind and make our way to the world capital of space exploration, Houston Texas! A visit to Texas wouldn't be complete without a fun stop at Bucc-ee's, the mega sized convenience store that epitomizes the Long Star State, for a comfort stop and lunch on your own along the way. Once we arrive in Houston, enjoy a City Highlights tour. The evening is yours to explore any way you would like! Hotel: Sheraton Suites Houston Near the Galleria, Houston, TX (Breakfast)

Thursday, March 30: Lafayette to New Orleans

We depart Houston this morning and head to the heart of Louisiana's Cajun & Creole Country, Lafayette. We'll visit the Acadian Cultural Center, where we will be told stories of the origins, migration settlement and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other area groups. After lunch on our own, we head to New Orleans, where dinner will be on your own tonight to enjoy a local restaurant. Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (Breakfast)

Friday, March 31:  New Orleans at Leisure

Today, enjoy the entire day at leisure to explore New Orleans any way you choose! Perhaps join a cooking class, tour the National WWII Museum, take a swamp tour or head to a local plantation. Your Travel Director will be available to help suggest and facilitate activities. (Breakfast)

Saturday, April 1: New Orleans to Natchez, MS

Today we head to Natchez, Mississippi for a day trip. Natchez, is known for  its antebellum mansions, like the unfinished octagonal Longwood, and the Melrose Estate, which is part of the Natchez National Historical Park. In the afternoon, it's off for a tour of the Frogmore Plantation, an 1800-acre working cotton plantation with 19 restored antebellum structures that date from the early 1800's. The group will have lunch at a local restaurant in Natchez, before heading back to New Orleans for an evening at Leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Sunday, April 2: New Orleans City Sights

Delve deep into the heart of New Orleans on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Discover the main landmarks, fascinating history, and hidden treasures of this remarkably diverse city; from the treelined streets and plantation-style mansions of the Garden District, to the musical Treme neighborhood and well preserved French Quarter. This evening, we bid farewell to the Big Easy with a Farewell Dinner during a Steamboat Jazz Cruise (Breakfast, Farewell Dinner Cruise)

Monday, April 3: Depart for Home

After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to your Texas and Beyond adventure. Board your private coach to the New Orleans International Airport for your flight and transportation back to Central PA.

Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Activity Level: 2

This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets. 

General Information

Travel Documents

U.S. State Department and destination specific travel regulations at the time of brochure printing required the following documents for your travel, a valid government issued photo ID or passport. Travel regulations and state compliance requirements are subject to and have been known to change. For the most current requirements, which due to potential changes may be other than listed here, please consult with your travel agent.

As of the writing of this brochure, all travelers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose having been administered at least 14 days prior to departure to travel with Trafalgar Tours. Additional testing and travel requirements may be required. As travel requirements are rapidly changing due to COVID-19, final requirements will be communicated prior to departure.

Payment

A deposit of $200 per person will confirm your reservation. Final payment is due to AAA by January 5, 2023.

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure-   $25 per person, plus...

From August 25, 2022 - January 5, 2023-  Loss of $200 deposit per person
From January 6 - February 17, 2023-  30% per person, plus additional suppliers' fees
From February 18 - March 17, 2023-  50% per person, plus additional suppliers' fees
After March 17, 2023-  NON-REFUNDABLE

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airlines(s) 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights may contain share agreements.

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for this tour in late March, early April, average in the low 70s with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.

Baggage

One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees are not included in the price of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance. 

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