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Cosmos Texas - the Lone Star State (8090)

12 days from Dallas to New Orleans 
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. Visit Southfork Ranch, renowned as the filming location for the Dallas television series, and 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, visit one of the largest wildflower farms in the United States.

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 and Texas White House, hear the story of Johnson’s life. Also visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum that tells the “Story of Texas.” 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!

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Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

In Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and New Orleans; Southfork Ranch, Sixth Floor Museum, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Bob Bullock State History Museum, River Walk barge tour, San Fernando Cathedral, the Alamo, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, Texas White House, Wildflower Farms, NASA-Johnson Space Center, boat cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin, and Houmas House Plantation & Gardens.

Cosmos Hotels

DALLAS Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown (F)
FORT WORTH Radisson Hotel Fort Worth - Fossil Creek (F)
AUSTIN Drury Inn & Suites Austin North (ST)
SAN ANTONIO Drury Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk (ST)
HOUSTON Drury Inn & Suites Houston Galleria (ST)
LAFAYETTE Wyndham Garden Lafayette (F)
NEW ORLEANS Drury Inn (MF)

Itinerary (2018)

Day 1DALLAS.
 Welcome to Dallas! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2DALLAS.
 Today is dedicated to the sights of Dallas, beginning with a visit to legendary SOUTHFORK RANCH, the internationally renowned filming location of the Dallas television series. Tour the famed Ewing Mansion, featuring an exciting array of memorabilia. See the gun that shot J.R., Lucy’s wedding dress, the “Dallas” family tree, and Jock’s Lincoln Continental. In the afternoon, return to Dallas for included city sightseeing that 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 on November 22, 1963, that killed President John F. Kennedy.
Day 3DALLAS–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 to enjoy a “Stockyards Experience” by seeing the SPIRIT OF THE WEST movie. Afterward, meet the drivers/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, return to the Stockyards for free time. Perhaps attending the Fort Worth Rodeo would be of interest? Overnight in Fort Worth.
Day 4FORT WORTH–AUSTIN.
 Listen closely and you’ll hear the sounds that make Austin the “Live Music Capital of the World.” From blues and indie rock to country, jazz, and more, Austin’s nearly 200 live music venues will surely grab your attention. Upon arrival, 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. (B)
Day 5AUSTIN–SAN ANTONIO.
 A short drive from Austin to the most visited city in Texas: San Antonio, home of the Alamo and the historic River Walk. (CB)
Day 6SAN ANTONIO.
 After breakfast, a private narrated CRUISE down the San Antonio River through the picturesque River Walk area. Sightseeing continues with a guided visit to 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. (CB)
Day 7SAN ANTONIO. EXCURSION TO FREDERICKSBURG.
 Texas Hill Country is 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. Visit the TEXAS WHITE HOUSE, including the president’s office, living room, dining room, den, and yellow sitting room, restored to their 1963-1968 appearance. Next, on to Fredericksburg, and time on your own to enjoy this historic town. Visit one of the largest working WILDFLOWER FARMS in the U.S. before returning to San Antonio in the late afternoon. (CB)
Day 8SAN ANTONIO–HOUSTON.
 Houston is a city of firsts—home to the first successful human heart transplant, America’s first public television station, and the first word spoken on the Moon. Gain an appreciation for Houston’s rich history on a sightseeing tour of America’s fourth-largest city that includes the Theatre District, which is second only to New York City. You’ll 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. (CB)
Day 9HOUSTON.
 A special highlight today is a visit to JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, home of NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Take a look behind the scenes on a guided tram tour and 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. (CB)

NOTE:
The buildings visited on the tram tour are real working areas of Johnson Space Center and are subject to closure without notice.
Day 10HOUSTON–LAFAYETTE.
 A beautiful drive past fertile prairies, delicate marshes, and abundant wildlife takes you to Lafayette, Louisiana. Board a boat for a CRUISE through the winding, swampy waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin. (CB)
Day 11LAFAYETTE–NEW ORLEANS.
 This morning begins with a guided visit to the HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION & GARDENS. History is reflected in the many antique furnishings and works of art that grace the home. In 1963, the defining Bette Davis film, Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, was shot on the property. We continue our 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. Evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 12NEW ORLEANS.
 The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to New Orleans International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation in New Orleans with extra nights and a variety of exciting optional activities. (CB)

Included Cosmos Meals

2 breakfasts, 7 continental breakfasts

Cosmos Pricing Details

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$755

Triple Room Reduction per person:
$190

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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Cosmos Tour Dates


Guaranteed Departure  indicates Guaranteed Departure
*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 09/28/2017 $1,929.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/12/2017 $1,929.00
02/08/2018 $1,969.00
03/22/2018 $1,969.00
03/29/2018 $1,969.00
04/05/2018 $1,969.00
04/19/2018 $1,969.00
05/03/2018 $1,969.00
05/31/2018 $1,969.00
06/07/2018 $1,969.00
09/13/2018 $1,969.00
09/20/2018 $1,969.00
10/11/2018 $1,969.00
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