With over 20 million tourists visiting annually, San Antonio has become a popular group tour destination because of the historic Alamo and the unmatched beauty of the River Walk.
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San Antonio Group Tour Highlights
The Alamo began as the San Antonio de Valero, a Spanish Mission, in 1718, and one of the first in Texas. The establishment of this mission played a crucial role in the settlement of Texas and the Southwest. The Alamo church has been designated a shrine by the State of Texas and, as such, is a place of reverence and reflection.
IMAX “Alamo – The Price of Freedom” is a 45-minute docudrama about the 13-day siege and fall of the Alamo. Watch the battle unfold, where 189 defenders fought and died for the cause of Texas liberty.
Fort Sam Houston was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1975 and is one of the Army’s oldest installations. Fort Sam Houston boasts a large collection of historic structures with more than 900 buildings. Even more consequential than the numbers is the historical integrity of the post’s different sections which represent different eras of construction. The first soldier arrived here in 1845.
Known as the “Queen of the Missions”, Mission San José is the largest of the missions and was almost fully restored to its original design in the 1930s by the WPA (Works Projects Administration). Spanish missions were not churches, but communities, with the church the focus. Mission San José shows the visitor how all the missions might have looked over 250 years ago.
The King William Historic District is an elegant neighborhood built on land once farmed by Mission Concepción. Settled by German immigrants, the district represents their achievements as they prospered and built opulent homes and mansions. Among the homes, several are notable for their architectural style.
Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bakery is the oldest, biggest, and best of the Tex-Mex restaurants in the city that claims to be the Tex-Mex capital of the world. All the senses are exhilarated with music, bakery smells, and thousands of festive lights.
Shop at El Mercado (Market Square), a three-block outdoor plaza lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands. Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the U.S. and, according to Frommer’s, is one of America’s Top 10 outdoor markets.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is a museum and library that investigates the ethnic and cultural history of the state and presents the information in a variety of interesting ways.
La Villita has been a historic arts village since 1939 and is one of San Antonio’s first neighborhoods. Today, it is a thriving arts community with galleries and shops featuring unique art by local and regional artists.
Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard & Restaurant is best known for the olive trees, olive oil and the various olive oil and olive leaf based skin care products it produces. But it is also celebrated for its great food and educating the public on the benefits and various uses of olive oil.
La Gloria Restaurant was created to celebrate the rich and delicious street foods from interior Mexico which are as unique and colorful as its traditions, people and culture. Chef Johnny Hernandez is considered one of the best mexican cuisine chefs in the United States.
Rita’s On The River is a Tex-Mex restaurant on the River Walk known for Texas-sized Margaritas, ice cold beer and delicious, sizzling fajitas with Texas-sized portions and beautiful Riverwalk views.
The Drury Inn & Suites River Walk features comfortable rooms and a rooftop pool – but it’s what’s beyond their doors that really matters. Step outside onto the San Antonio River Walk with countless restaurants and shops within scenic walking distance.
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