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San Antonio Tours

January 2016 Volume LI Number 1

Welcome to Our City Tour
Thursday, May 26
9 AM - 1 PM
Price per person: $50

San Antonio is home to one of the few National Parks located within an urban setting, the Mission Trail.  Our first stop will be Mission San Jose, located just south of our downtown.  Here we will view a film and then walk the grounds of the largest and best restored of all the missions. We will tour the Indians’ quarters that were located within the walls as well as the Spanish soldiers’ quarters. San Jose’s church is one of the most beautiful in the country with its elaborate carvings on the chapel façade. The famous Rose Window and the cemetery from the 1770’s will be points of interest.  This represents the Spanish influence in the early years of San Antonio’s development.

After our visit to Mission San Jose it is on to the Mexican Market known as El Mercado where you will get as close to real Mexico as you can this side of the border! Don’t forget to visit the amazing bake shop that sits inside Mi Tierra. You will have some time to visit the shops that offer authentic Mexican arts and crafts-shopping before we get going again.
Next it is on to San Fernando Cathedral for a tour of this significant historical site. In February 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna flew a red flag from the rooftop of the church signaling no mercy and no surrender to the Alamo defenders. 
 
The Cathedral today is not just a place of worship. Many believe that the Cathedral symbolizes a unity for San Antonio since a marble coffin located in the southeast corner of the chapel claims to hold some of the remains of the Alamo defenders.  The remains were found under a sanctuary railing during church renovations in 1936.  This magnificent church was founded by the Canary Islanders, and constructed between 1738 and 1749.  The walls of the church now form the Cathedral’s sanctuary.  Therefore, San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest operating Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. 

Next to the Cathedral in the Cathedral Centre is a small gift shop that has religious articles, candles and souvenirs. 
Our last stop will be the historic La Villita, or little village.  This eclectic collection of historic homes and buildings is now a treasure trove of shops and galleries.  Guests will be allowed time to shop and explore.

Cruise Into History
Thursday, May 26
4:30 - 7 PM
Price per person: $98

Cruise through one of world’s most unique waterways, on the Paseo del Rio, or San Antonio Riverwalk.  The San Antonio River symbolizes the heart and soul of the city. Thousands of years ago, the river was a gathering place for Native Americans. The first civilian Spanish settlers built their homes here in the 1700s. In the late 1920s, the San Antonio Conservation Society, local government officials and business leaders realized what an asset the river could be to the growing city. Architect Robert H. H. Hugman developed River Walk plans that eventually led to construction of a 21-block section from Nueva to Lexington, completed in March of 1941, just in time for Fiesta. The project transformed downtown through beautification, preservation and flood control.

Afterwards, our tour takes you to the "Shrine of Texas History", The Alamo, where guests will have a private tour and get a brief history and reenactment of the Battle of the Alamo.

World Heritage Missions Tour & Lunch
Friday, May 27
9 AM - 3 PM
Price per person: $73

We begin at the most famous of the missions, The Alamo, "The Shrine of Texas Liberty" and San Antonio’s first Mission.  Today, it is one of the most photographed facades in the country and the #1 tourist attraction in the state. We will tour the chapel and walk the grounds as we learn about the "Battle for Texas Independence".  You will also have some time to wander through their wonderful gift shop. 

The "Queen of the Missions", Mission San Jose is our next stop. This site was established in 1720 and is the largest and best restored of the San Antonio’s five missions. We will tour the Indians’ quarters that were located within the walls as well as the Spanish soldiers’ quarters. San Jose’s church is one of the most beautiful in the country with its elaborate carvings on the chapel façade.

As we continue, we will view Espada Dam. This dam was built curving the wrong way and has withstood floods for more than 200 years.

Our third mission made its permanent home along the banks of the San Antonio River in 1731. Mission San Juan Capistrano established a trade network stretching east to Louisiana and south to Coahuila, Mexico.

Our guide will discuss the two remaining missions as we return to the hotel.  Mission Espada, which was established in 1731 but was never completed, still stands as an outline of an intended church. Time stands still at Espada, which seems as remotely located today as the day it was built.  The oldest unrestored mission church in Texas, Mission Concepcion was established in 1731 and the Twin Towers and beautiful cupola helped make it a construction project of twenty-plus years.

Following the tour of the Missions, guests will be taken to lunch at Mi Terra.

Texas-Style Skeet Shooting
Friday, May 27
1 - 4:30 PM
Price per person: $241

It’s off to the National Shooting Complex, one of the premier shooting facilities in the world, spanning 671 acres of San Antonio countryside. As the headquarters for the National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association, it hosts elite tournaments for both sports, including the World Skeet Championships and National Sporting Clays Championship. In addition, it is the venue for a wide range of shooting and non-shooting events for thousands of serious competitors, casual shooters, and outdoors enthusiasts each year.

Their certified instructors are dedicated to the development of shooting sports and firearms safety. This tour consists of (50) rounds of ammunition per person and includes the rental of the shot guns and ammunition, eye and ear protection as
well as transportation.  Safety instructions given upon arrival. 
 
Wild West Wandering
Friday, May 27
9 AM - 3 PM
Price per person: $143

Guests will travel to the Old West in the comfort of an air conditioned motorcoach to spend the day at Enchanted Springs Ranch. This old town remake is famous for its many movie appearances and its abundance of wild animals.

Your guests will have a great time partaking in many of the exciting and fun events that are offered to you. Go for a horseback ride, take a trip on a hay bale and get close and personal with many of the animals that call this ranch home. Meet and enjoy Pistol Packin’ Paula’s gun show or get a lesson in history from our enchanting history buff. Kids will have a great time participating in the scavenger hunt on the ranch.

Afterwards, guests will enjoy a delicious BBQ meal in one of the old town halls. It’s an experience you can only get in Texas. YEE-HAW!

Cave Walking
Friday, May 27
9 AM - 1 PM
Price per person: $80

For a high-energy activity, our bus will travel to Natural Bridge Caverns for a tour of these famous caves, recently voted to be one of the top ten caves of the United States.

Except for the lighting, walkways and handrails, you will find the North Cave much the same as the discoverers did in 1960.  There is an incredible world of towering and majestic formations created at an average rate of only one cubic inch every one hundred years.  As the constant dripping of water proves, they’re still alive and growing.  Travel down the winding passages and be amazed how the incredible and rare formations of the cavern reveal themselves in room after dazzling room. Tour takes approximately 75 minutes.

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the wonderful formations at their own pace as they travel from tour guide to tour guide.

Includes Capers uniformed tour guide, transportation, cave entrance fees as well as non-alcoholic refreshments on the bus. Everyone must wear a shoe with good traction and be in reasonably good shape as the caves do have some steep hills. Please note the canopy challenge is open weather permitting.

Taste of the Hill Country Tour
Saturday, May 28
9 AM - 2 PM
Price per person: $137

Boerne is a delightful German community and this small town is filled with antique stores and boutiques galore.  Many shops have merchandise that is indigenous to the Texas Hill Country and Texas folklore.

Upon arrival your guide will orient everyone to the various locations and popular spots for browsing and shopping.
Our first stop will be the Boerne Wine Company where you can journey through their wonderful wines. Your hands-on discovery begins with generous samples in a casual, comfortable setting. Wander through rack-upon-rack of interesting vintages, pour a taste or two into stemware, and then relax in and enjoy your selections with snacks throughout your experience. You will love the convenience of our unique self-service Enomatic wine dispenser and the wide range of choices you will have to try. Each guest will be given a $25 debit card for use here. The card can be used to purchase the holder’s choice of tastings, half or full glasses of an array of wines.

Guests will then enjoy a delicious lunch in Boerne.
 
Cooking San Antonio Style
Saturday, May 28
11 AM - 2 PM
Price per person: $140

San Antonio is known for its friendly people, great food and genuine hospitality - and no one reflects this better than our very own Blanca Aldaco.  Blanca’s passion for cooking the foods that she was introduced to as a child is truly inspiring. Not only will you get a blow by blow account of how to make the perfect enchilada right in front of you but you will be served an amazing authentic stuffed enchilada meal as well. Did we mention you will also be shown the secret of how to make quite likely the best Margarita you’ve ever tasted and then sample it?

Spice up your life with a cooking class that is as flamboyant as a Mexican Fiesta. San Antonio’s diverse culinary creativity will be revealed as noted restaurateur Blanca Aldaco of Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine shares her savory secrets. The palatable presentation covers the history of Mexican cuisine and the historical events that influenced it. 
It’s Pure San Antonio! 

To be sure you don’t soon forget this day each guest will receive a handmade authentic Mexican paper flower and a colorful Molcajete to hold your salsas back at home!

This is a cooking demonstration only. 

Cave Walking
Sunday, May 29
9 AM - 1 PM
Price per person: $80

For a high-energy activity, our bus will travel to Natural Bridge Caverns for a tour of these famous caves, recently voted to be one of the top ten caves of the United States.

Except for the lighting, walkways and handrails, you will find the North Cave much the same as the discoverers did in 1960.  There is an incredible world of towering and majestic formations created at an average rate of only one cubic inch every one hundred years.  As the constant dripping of water proves, they’re still alive and growing.  Travel down the winding passages and be amazed how the incredible and rare formations of the cavern reveal themselves in room after dazzling room. Tour takes approximately 75 minutes.

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the wonderful formations at their own pace as they travel from tour guide to tour guide.

Includes Capers uniformed tour guide, transportation, cave entrance fees as well as non-alcoholic refreshments on the bus. Everyone must wear a shoe with good traction and be in reasonably good shape as the caves do have some steep hills. Please note the canopy challenge is open weather permitting.

Theme Parks

Ticket Price includes shuttle that will bus guests back to the convention center every hour on the hour. Based on a minimum of 30 guests.


Sea World

Price per person: $98.00 each


Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Price per person: $95.00 plus tax








 

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