Depart: April 4, 2013
Return: April 13, 2013

Texas Gulf Coast Tour
Houston, Galveston & Corpus Christi Starring the Texas Blue Bonnets!! And Indian Paintbrushes!!

  • 9 Nights Lodging
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • Deluxe Motorcoach
  • All Attractions
  • 3 Lunches
  • Tour Escort
  • Tour of the King Ranch
  • 3 Dinners
  • Baggage Handling
  • Step-on Guide in Houston
  • Visit the Oil Museum
  • Boat Tour of the Port of Houston
  • Visit the Houston Space Center
  • Moody Gardens in Galveston
  • Tour the Ocean Star
  • Visit the USS Lexington



Thursday: April 4 Day 1: Departing early and heading south to the Texas Gulf Coast. We will pass through Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas before stopping for the night at the Holiday Inn in Little Rock, AR. B

Friday: April 5 Day 2: Mid- morning will bring us into Texas and we will start watching for the Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush plants that should be blooming this time of year. A stop in Kilgore, TX at the East Texas Oil Museum will be interesting and educational as we see how the oil was drilled and how the families lived in the early 1900’s. It will be a walk back into history as we tour what the streets of the town, and what it looked like during the oil boom. Sit back and relax for a short ride to the outskirts of Houston and our destination, the Hampton Inn in Humble, Texas, which will be our home for the next two nights. BD

Saturday: April 6 Day 3: Today is going to be a fun day learning about Texas’s largest city…Houston. We will have a step on guide directing us to all the interesting sites of Houston. We will do a windshield tour of downtown Houston, the Sports Arenas, the Museum District, the World’s Largest Medical Center, an area of mansions that are very impressive and a drive by the famous Lakewood Church, home of Joel Elsteen. We will also visit the one of Houston’s resident artist’s studio, David Adickes. He does the Presidential busts that are in several parks around the United States. A stop at the Heritage Society Museum in Sam Houston Park will be a great way to stretch our legs and minds. A visit to the “Galleria” Mall, that has an indoor Ice Skating Rink , will be the end of our tour but we will stay and enjoy their food court and a Texas sized shopping Mall before heading back to our hotel for the night BL

Sunday: April 7 Day 4: After breakfast at our hotel we will board the bus and head off to the Port of Houston for a 90 minute boat tour of the Houston Channel. Learn how they move the big ships in and out of the channel plus see all the activities of a working port. The tour is a narrated tour identifying port infrastructure, vessels on the channel and historic sites. But “Houston, we’ve got a Problem”, won’t be what we’re saying today as we enjoy touring the “Missions Control Center” at the Houston Space Center. It’s a “hands on” experience of space exploration, an IMAX theatre and a tram tour offering behind the scenes tours. When we are done with our Tram tour and visit at the Space Center we will depart for a short ride to Galveston where we will spend the next 2 nights. The drive from Houston to Galveston is lined with oil refineries, making it one of the largest shipping points for oil. We will check into the The Hilton Galveston Island Resort (at The San Luis Resort), it is conveniently located on a 30-acre year-round beachfront resort overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and its sunny beaches, followed by dinner at one of their many restaurants. The resort offers dining options sure to please everyone from The Palm Court, offering Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner favorites, Rainforest Cafe, the Steakhouse at The San Luis Resort, International House of Pancakes, open 24-hours, Landry's Seafood House and more. There are a total of 9 restaurants on property!!! BD

Monday: April 8 Day 5: After a relaxing breakfast we are going to go visit The “Ocean Star”, an offshore drilling- rig that is open to the public with a museum that we are going to tour this morning. Learn what life is like on an off shore drilling- rig. The views from the upper observation decks are amazing. From oil….to flowers and tranquility….we are spending the afternoon at Moody Gardens. One of our three (3) afternoon adventures will be the Rainforest Pyramid, a 10 story Pyramid, a tribute to the world’s rapidly vanishing rainforest. You will see 1,000 of exotic plants and mammals from all over the world along with enjoy a new Rainforest Canopy Walkway that provides a unique perspective of life at the tree-top level of the Rainforest. Another treat will be the Aquarium with over 130,000 square feet of building space and 1.5 million gallons of water. The habitat includes special viewing tanks for offerings from the ocean waters of the South Atlantic, North Pacific and the tropical Pacific and the Caribbean. We will also see one of their great IMAX Movies. We will arrive back at our Resort early enough for you to enjoy the evening exploring or walk across the road to sit by the Gulf of Mexico!! B

Tuesday: April 9 Day 6: After a leisurely breakfast, we will depart for Corpus Christi and more of the Texas Gulf Coast. We will stop along the way for lunch and arrive mid-afternoon. You will be free to enjoy the great restaurants close to the hotel or just walk on the beach. We will check into the Radisson Hotel, located on the Gulf of Mexico, and make it our home away from home for the next 2 nights. We will enjoy ocean views from our private balconies, as well as an outdoor pool and hot tub, on-site Fitness Center, Business Center, beach access and free Wi-Fi. BD

Wednesday: April 10 Day 7: A ranch the size of Rhode Island!!! That is where we are going this morning but a tram will take us on a tour of the King Ranch. A whole town named after a ranch, Kingsville, TX, has a lot to offer. Our visit will start at the King Ranch Visitors Center where we will meet up with our guide, who will take us on guided tour of the ranch. Known for their quarter horses and their Santa Gertrudis cattle….this is a true working ranch with real cowboys. We will also learn about the life of the cowboys and of all the generations that have lived and worked on this ranch. Many of the cowboys are of the original families that helped start this ranch many years ago. After our tour we will visit the King Ranch Museum and Saddle Show in the town of Kingsville. This afternoon we will return the hotel and you are free to enjoy the beach at the hotel. BL

Thursday: April 11 Day 8: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before going next door to visit the USS Lexington. You will also enjoy one of the IMAX films while we are visiting the USS Lexington. We will start back north after lunch, stopping at a hotel near Houston. B

Friday: April 12 Day 9: After Breakfast we will turn the coach back to the north with a stop in Little Rock at the Holiday Inn tonight. B

Saturday: April 13 Day 10: We will continue north thru Missouri and Illinois arriving home in the early evening. Stopping at the home of the “throwed rolls”….. Lamberts for lunch. BL

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