We've combined the perfect mix of cities on this taste of Texas. Enjoy the musical vibe of Austin, historic San Antonio and the world capital of space exploration - Houston. With low mileages and plenty to explore in between, our Lonestar State itinerary is the perfect first time Texas holiday. Been before? Well, there is always something new to discover!
You'll finish your Texas road trip in Galveston where you'll board Royal Caribbean’s award-winning Allure of the Seas for a seven-night cruise around the Western Caribbean. With seven unique 'neighbourhoods,' four pools, plentiful dining options and endless facilities onboard, you'll not want to return to land!
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Known as the Live Music Capital of the World® , Austin boasts more than 250 music venues featuring rock, blues, jazz, hip hop and other genres nightly. However, Austin’s universal appeal extends well beyond music – with outstanding dining experiences, world-class sporting events, an oasis of outdoor activities and other unique happenings......like nightly bat watching!
Yes, Austin is home to North America’s largest population of urban bats. They nest under Congress Bridge and each evening, typically from March to October, they fly on mass at sunset from the bridge. It’s a sight to behold for sure!
Much like the live music scene, Austin takes eating and drinking very seriously. The culinary and cocktail scene has exploded over the past couple of years and is home to many global cuisines, but Tex-Mex takes the crown as the local favourite. This blend of Mexican and Texas-style comfort food can be found on just about any street, often in family-run restaurants, like Tamale House East, or off the beaten path at places like South Austin’s Polvos. But no trip to Austin is complete without trying some true Texas barbecue. Like the legendary, family-run Terry Black’s BBQ, with their tender brisket, peppered pork ribs, smoked turkey and juicy sausage.
With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, it makes it perfect for exploring the city’s many parks and crystal clear lakes. Make time too to check out the many colourful murals around the city, perfect for selfies!
You can’t not visit Texas and not treat yourself to a pair of genuine cowboy boots, the perfect souvenir for any holiday to the Lonestar State! Visit Boot Heaven and take your pick at Allens Boot Store, an enormous warehouse with shelves 8 foot high adorned with every type of cowboy boot imaginable!
Distance: 125 miles
Take the day to travel from Austin to historic San Antonio with a detour through Texas Wine & Hill Country. In charming Fredericksburg you'll find over 40 wineries and boutique tasting rooms. Whilst in nearby tiny Luckenbach, population 3, you'll discover a stage and bar under a 500 year old tree that attracts country singers from all over the world. There are daily 'Picker Circle' performances from local musicians of all abilities at 5pm and larger events with country music greats throughout the year.
The most historic city in Texas and once home to the Comanche Indians, this riverside area drew the attention of the Spanish missionaries who founded Mission San Antonio de Valero in 1718. Later this mission converted into a military outpost and was renamed The Alamo, the site of a pivotal event during the Texas Revolution.
Only steps from The Alamo, San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk is a 15-mile urban waterway full of sightseeing opportunities, boutique shopping and an endless choice of bars and restaurants. At night it's adorned with pretty lights and is a magical place to dine.
When you’re not strolling along the Riverwalk, mooch the King William Historic District, the Villita Historic Arts Village and the Historic Market Square (the largest Mexican Market in the USA). The trendy Pearl District has a reputation for unique stores and hip restaurants and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park & Mission Trail, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers a fairly flat 16-mile bike trail.
In the evening head for the Roman Catholic San Fernando Cathedral, the burial site of the heroes of the Alamo and one of the oldest cathedrals in the USA. The cathedral is on Main Plaza and in the evening it becomes the stage for one of San Antonio's most visually compelling attractions, known as The Saga.
Fancy a stay on a Texan Ranch? Bandera, 'the cowboy capital of the world' is only a short drive from San Antonio, speak to Bon Voyage about adding this experience to your holiday,
Distance: 180 miles
Along the way to Houston, consider a stop in San Marcos. Bag a bargain in its outlet malls or stroll along the Downtown Historic District and explore the restored 1909 Hays County Courthouse, Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum or browse the eclectic boutiques.
No visit to the Lonestar State is complete without a visit to the
In the evening catch a baseball game at Minute Maid Park, go stargazing in Brazos Bend State Park or listen to live music in one of the countless venues across the city.
Return your car hire and enjoy private transfers from Houston airport to the cruise terminal on Galveston Island. Once you drop your luggage at the terminal - you'll have time to take a taxi ride to the city's historic Strand District. In the 1880s, this area was dubbed “The Wall Street of the South.” At that time, Galveston was one of the richest cities in the world.
Then enjoy farewell cocktails on the deck as you watch the Texas coastline fade into the distance.
You've two whole days of relaxing ahead as you begin with two days at sea. Lounge on the deck with a good book, try your hand at zip lining, or treat yourself to the spa.
The ports of call on Royal Caribbean from Galveston will vary and you can can choose your duration too - anything from 4 up to 15 nights including a Panama Canal cruise that finishes in Los Angeles.
Your private transfer will collect you from the ship after breakfast for the short journey back to Houston airport for your flight home.
Want to extend your trip? How about a few days in Galveston? Or Las Vegas? Time in New Orleans?
All Bon Voyage holidays are tailor-made, call our team of experts and start planning today.