Heart of Texas & New Orleans

From $1999 (was $2249)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

12 Days
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Vacation Package Details

Experience the charm of New Orleans and the Lone Star State on this incredible southern state tour up the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the heart of Texas. Enjoy the must-see history, culture, sights, and experiences of this colorful region.

Let the good times roll in New Orleans, whose delicious cuisine is best enjoyed in the gorgeous garden setting of the Court of the Two Sisters. Mardi Gras, jazz, and creole food are quintessential parts of the “Big Easy” experience.

Is everything bigger in Texas? The Lone Star State certainly gives you reason to think so. Houston is known as the Space City, and its expansive Johnson Space Center will show you why. If you remember the Alamo, you know all about San Antonio. Discover both, and maybe try in some of San Antonio’s renowned Tex-Mex food.

Austin is known for its quirky culture and live music scene. While there you’ll also have the chance to explore the LBJ Presidential Library. Then your Dallas city tour includes a visit to the Dealey Plaza Museum, overlooking the place where President Kennedy was shot, it provides fascinating insight into the tragedy.

You can’t leave Texas without seeing a ranch, and Southfork Ranch in Dallas is the most famous in the world! The real-life location of the Ewing Mansion and ranch from the TV show Dallas is as fabulous and elaborate as you could dream of. On this guided tour you’ll enjoy the must-see history, culture, sights, and experiences of this colorful region.

Tour Includes

Sightseeing
  • New Orleans
  • Oak Alley
  • Lake Charles
  • Houston
  • Houston Space Center
  • San Antonio
  • The Alamo
  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Dealy Plaza
  • Southfork Ranch
Hotel Accommodations
  • 11 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, and 1 Lunch
Service
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Moderate Active

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Tour Highlights

  • Let the good times roll at a Jazz Brunch featuring traditional New Orleans cuisine and live music at the Court of Two Sisters
  • Remember the Alamo! on a guided tour of the legendary battle site
  • Learn about America’s space program at Houston Space Center
  • Visit the 6th Floor Museum dedicated to President Kennedy’s life, death, and impact on history
  • Enjoy a tour and BBQ lunch at Southfork Ranch

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines prior to departure to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures until further notice. For more information visit our Travel Safe page.

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Heart of Texas & New Orleans

Tours Starts: New Orleans, LA

Tours Ends: Dallas, TX

Day 1

Arrive in New Orleans

Welcome to New Orleans! If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, a friendly YMT representative will greet you at the airport and transport you to your centrally located hotel. Tonight is yours to enjoy.

Wyndham French Quarter or similar

Day 2

New Orleans

Today is devoted to one of New Orleans’ most celebrated specialties—delicious food! The morning starts with the a Jazz Brunch at The Court of Two Sisters, a courtyard restaurant in the middle of the French Quarter. Enjoy authentic Cajun and Creole specialties to the high-spirited sound of a N’Awlins jazz trio.

Next take a tour of New Orleans. Take in the sights and soak in the vibrant history of "The Big Easy", the birth place of jazz and home town from artists such as Louis Armstrong to Harry Connick Jr. (Brunch)

Wyndham French Quarter or similar

Day 3

New Orleans Leisure Day

This famously lively city takes its motto of “let the good times roll” seriously. Spend the day exploring the city on your own, or join one of YMT’s uniquely New Orleans optional tours. Listen to live music along the Mississippi on a dinner jazz cruise, or wander past New Orleans’ tombs and crypts on a spooky cemetery tour.

Wyndham French Quarter or similar

Optional: New Orleans Cemetary TourNew Orleans Cemetary Tour:

Visit New Orleans St Louis Cemetery No. 1, the Oldest and most famous in New Orleans. You'll see some of the oldest tombs in the city in this spooky up close tour! $45 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.





Day 4

Oak Alley Plantation

Begin your day with a tour of Oak Alley Plantation, an historic 25-acre plantation built in the 1830s. Your tour will take you through the grounds, including the “Big House,” Civil War Tent, Sugarcane Theatre, and the People of Oak Valley Exhibit. Continue to Lake Charles for your overnight stay.

Courtyard Lake Charles or similar

Day 5

Houston Space Center

Take your own giant leap for mankind at the Houston Space Center, where you will learn about the history and the future of America’s space program. Experience over 400 space artifacts, traveling and permanent exhibits, attractions, and theaters. Your tour includes the NASA Johnson Space Center and astronaut training center.

Hampton Inn & Suites Houston/Clear Lake- Nasa Area or similar

Day 6

Houston City Tour

Say howdy to Houston, Texas’ most populous city. Enjoy a city tour of this Gulf Coast metropolis, which was founded and named the capital of the seceded Republic of Texas in 1837. Houston’s towering skyline, historic buildings, and unique attractions make this city a delight to explore. (B)

Hampton Inn & Suites Houston/Clear Lake- Nasa Area or similar

Day 7

San Antonio City Tour

San Antonio, which locals insist should never be called “San Antone,” was founded in 1718. On top of its vibrant history, this quintessentially Texan city is renowned for its amazing Tex- Mex food, lively downtown, and the clean San Antonio River that flows through its center. Today, you’ll enjoy a city tour highlighting San Antonio’s culture and history. Join your fellow travelers for an optional San Antonio River Walk Cruise and dinner. (B)

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel San Antonio Downtown or similar

Day 8

The Alamo

The Alamo is known throughout the world as a symbol of bravery in the face of impossible odds, and the call of “Remember the Alamo!” still stands as one of the most stirring rallying cries in history. Take a tour of San Antonio’s first mission, which stood for over a century before it was used as a fort for the badly outnumbered Texian Army, who defended the Alamo for a full 13 days until the last men fell on March 6, 1836. You’ll always remember this fascinating experience. (B)

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel San Antonio Downtown or similar

Day 9

Austin City Tour and LBJ Library

Today starts with a tour of “The Live Music Capital of the World,” stunning Austin. The capital of Texas is frequently named the best big American city to live in—and with its unique beauty, many small businesses, and quirky culture, you’re sure to see why. Next, enjoy a tour of the LBJ Presidential Library. Lyndon Baines Johnson’s 30-acre presidential library on the University of Texas at Austin campus will take you through the life and tumultuous presidency of LBJ, who held the office from 1963-1969. Learn about the chaotic first days after President Kennedy’s assassination, and LBJ’s complicated relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (B)

Sonesta Select Austin North or similar

Day 10

Dallas City Tour and 6th Floor Museum

Prepare for a fun day in charming Dallas. This historically important city has long been a hub for the transportation and oil industries, among others, which you’ll learn about on your morning tour. From there, visit the 6th Floor Museum, the Dealey Plaza Museum devoted to the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The museum overlooks the spot where President Kennedy was shot in 1963. (B)

Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco or similar

Day 11

Southfork Ranch

Your final full day in Texas will be a fun one at "The World’s Most Famous Ranch!" Southfork Ranch is the real-life location of the Ewing Mansion, rodeo arena, and ranch from Dallas, one of the most successful TV shows ever produced. Enjoy a guided tour of the Ewing Mansion, learn about the history of the ranch and the region, and stroll past horses and Texas longhorns, before sitting down for an included exceptional barbecue lunch. (B, L)

Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco or similar

Day 12

Depart for home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



FAQ

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You can move travel dates easily and without incurring cancellation fees or penalties. You can change your land tour date anytime up to 45 days prior to departure and your cruise tour up to 95 days prior to departure. See our 2021 Peace of Mind Program for more details.

A worry-free experience for our guests is very important to us. With guest's help and the implementation of a few changes and new protocols such as increased sanitization, responsible social distancing, and enhanced tour director training, you can continue to enjoy peace-of-mind while traveling. For more information on our new safety protocols, please see our Travel Safe Program.

Guests do not need a passport or visa for this tour. Starting October 1, 2021, guests are required to have a REAL ID-compliant identification which includes REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses, US passports, US passport cards, US military IDs, and federally recognized tribal-issues photo IDs.

A full list can be found here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

Before this date, any government-issued ID, including any state driver's license and any federal ID, will suffice.

You will need U.S. dollars.

No, guests will not need to bring adapters or converters as the U.S. use standard 110V plugs.



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