Tour of Texas - Cosmos® Budget Travel

Texas - the Lone Star State (8090)

13 Day Tour from Dallas to New Orleans

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With its large size and diversity, Texas locals say, “Texas, it’s like a whole other country.” On this tour you’ll discover its major cities—Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston—and some of its historical landmarks, museums, and must-see sights before crossing into Louisiana for time in Lafayette and New Orleans. Tour highlights include a behind-the-scenes tram tour of 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. Visit Southfork Ranch, the renowned filming location of the “Dallas” television series, and the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States. Take a barge tour on the San Antonio River Walk and a boat cruise through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. 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 this and more await on your tour through the Lone Star State.

 Destinations & Sightseeing

In Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and New Orleans; Sixth Floor Museum, Southfork Ranch, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Bob Bullock State History Museum, San Fernando Cathedral, the Alamo, barge tour on the San Antonio River Walk, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, Texas White House, NASA-Johnson Space Center, boat cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin, and Houmas House Plantation & Gardens. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.


Local Guides for city sightseeing in Austin, San Antonio, and New Orleans; services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
Fort Worth Stockyards, San Antonio River Walk, Texas Hill Country, Cajun Country, and Bayou Country.

Choose to travel on departure October 12 and be in Dallas for the annual Texas State Fair. Held in the same historic Fair Park since 1886, this is the largest state fair in the United States.
Travel on departure March 29 and be in New Orleans for the largest free music festival in the South. The streets come alive with more than 150 musical performances on stages throughout the French Quarter.


Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.


 Meals & Itinerary

2 breakfasts, 7 continental breakfasts


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Dallas

Welcome to Dallas! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Dallas

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 Dealy Plaza, where history buffs can learn all about a 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 3 Dallas–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 over 70 cowboys and cowgirls who have excelled in the sport of rodeo, and the Western lifestyle. Overnight in Fort Worth.

Day 4 Fort 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 guided city sightseeing tour that features Austin’s downtown, including historic Sixth Street, the Texas Capitol complex, Governor’s Mansion, and the University of Texas.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Austin–Fredericksburg

A short drive from Austin is the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK. Hear the story of the 36th President, from his ancestors to his final resting place, at his beloved 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. The afternoon is free to discover all that the charming and historic town of Fredericksburg in Texas Hill Country has to offer. Take leisurely strolls in the historic district, surrounded by turn-of-the-century architecture, history, heritage, and culture. Spend the afternoon shopping, pursuing one-of-a-kind, eclectic shops, art galleries, and museums.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 6 Fredericksburg–San Antonio

Today we make our way to the most visited city in Texas—San Antonio. From the stones of the Alamo to the meandering paths of the historic River Walk, San Antonio takes you on a journey through a land as grand as its reputation. Upon arrival, sightseeing with a Local Guide shows all the must-see sights. Enjoy a guided tour of SAN FERNANDO CATHEDRAL, the oldest cathedral in the United States. On to the ALAMO, one of five Spanish colonial missions. Walk the lines drawn for independence—it was here that a small band of Texans held out for 13 days against the Mexican army. Although the Alamo fell, the phrase “Remember the Alamo!” has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of liberty.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 San Antonio

Today begins with a private, narrated BARGE TOUR on the San Antonio River Walk. Then, experience El Mercado, an authentic Mexican marketplace. Interact with working artists or sample local cuisine at family-owned restaurants at the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande. End the day back at the River Walk.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 8 San Antonio

This morning is free to explore on your own. The River Walk (Paseo del Rio) is tucked quietly below street level. Only steps from the Alamo, it provides a pleasant way to navigate the city. With miles of sidewalks and paths, the River Walk provides a new adventure around every turn. This afternoon, join your traveling companions on an optional excursion and experience a traditional Texas Dude Ranch. Western entertainment, trail ride, lasso lessons, feeding longhorn cattle, and hay wagon rides are just a few of the activities waiting for you! End the day with dinner around the campfire and enjoy some true Texan hospitality.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 9 San 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. Enjoy a visit to one of Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods, River Oaks. Last but not least is a visit to downtown Houston’s tunnel system that takes you 20 feet underground to stroll through an interconnected series of restaurants, shops, and world-class architecture.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 10 Houston

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 of JOHNSON SPACE CENTER. 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.

The buildings visited on the tram tour are real working areas of Johnson Space Center and are subject to closure without notice.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 11 Houston–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.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 12 Lafayette–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 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.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 13 New 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.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Years of Experience: 24

After graduating from Fordham University, I lived in New York City until I inherited a small inn that my grandmother had owned in my hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida. I became immersed in restoring and running it, but after working 24 hour days for 10 years, I was ready for a change. I told a friend I wanted a job where I could travel. He said, "You should do what my ex-wife is doing. She's a Tour Director." That began my wonderful new career over 20 years ago.

Tour Director - CLINTON DUNN


DALLAS Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown (F)
FORT WORTH Radisson Hotel Fort Worth - Fossil Creek (F)
AUSTIN Drury Inn & Suites Austin North (ST)
FREDERICKSBURG Comfort Inn & Suites Fredericksburg (ST),
SAN ANTONIO Drury Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk (ST)
HOUSTON Drury Inn & Suites Houston Galleria (ST)
LAFAYETTE Ramada Lafayette Conference Center (F)
NEW ORLEANS Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans (MF)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Fort Worth
San Antonio
New Orleans

Fort Worth

Forth Worth Dinner and Rodeo
Forth Worth Dinner and Rodeo

Forth Worth Dinner and Rodeo

Get into the Lone Star spirit! Enjoy an evening that includes dinner at a Texas restaurant located in Sundance Square where the decor envelops diners with museum quality artifacts from the old west, including memorabilia from legendary roper Roy Cooper and from the movie set Giant, which was filmed in West Texas. Following dinner, head over to the Stockyards Championship Rodeo to see Bull Riding, Bareback Riding, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing & More!

Approximate value: $59 USD per person

San Antonio

Silver Spur Ranch Experience with Dinner
Silver Spur Ranch Experience with Dinner

Silver Spur Ranch Experience with Dinner

Enjoy Silver Spur Ranch activities which includes a historical hay wagon ride to feed long horns, learn to throw a lasso, and other activities such as hiking trails, fossil pit, swimming pool, ping pong , billiards, foosball table, and Texas Hold'em table. Before dinner, enjoy a special 45 minute world famous trick roper show. A typical ranch dinner is included followed by campfire and s'mores. Duration of day activities is approximately 8 hours including travel time to and from the ranch.

Approximate value: $63 USD per person


Dance Cajun and Dinner
Dance Cajun and Dinner

Dance Cajun and Dinner

Come and enjoy local Cajun cuisine and live Cajun/Zydeco music at a popular restaurant where the locals dance the night away. A great opportunity to sample the famous seafood from the Louisiana bayous and learn to dance to the Cajun music from an entertaining local couple!

Approximate value: $54 USD per person

New Orleans

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise with Dinner
Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise with Dinner

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise with Dinner

Savor the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the authentic Steamboat NATCHEZ-New Orleans' only authentic Steamboat! Enjoy casual buffet-style dining and live jazz by the world renowned "Dukes of Dixieland." The Steamboat NATCHEZ decks, engine room, and bars will be open for your enjoyment either before or after dinner.

Approximate value: $79 USD per person

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