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San Antonio Sampler

Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – noon || $55 per person

Our first stop will be the border-style El Mercado or Mexican Market. Serving as a hub of commerce years ago, Market Square, as it has become known, has retained much of its charm of the past. Its quaint shops offer local crafts, art, clothing and food. Two indoor markets are filled to the brim with vendors. Next, we will visit the most famous of the San Antonio missions, Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo. Established in 1718, the Alamo played a pivotal role in Texas history. The shrine displays exhibits from the battle & guests will enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds. From the Alamo guests will be able to explore the Riverwalk at leisure to savor the flavors and sounds of San Antonio.

Activity Level: low – all at leisure walking

Not for the Weak of Art

Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. || $110 per person

The diversity of San Antonio can be seen in the expressions of the visual arts. The tour will begin with a drive past some of the more notable public sculptures that grace the city streetscapes, including the "Torch of Friendship." The Torch is a gift to San Antonio from the celebrated Mexican artist, Sebastian. After the drive, we will tour the impressive exhibits of the San Antonio Museum of Art, located within the walls of the 19th century twin four-story towers that were originally home to the Lone Star Brewery. The museum showcases Greek and Italian pottery of the Contemporary and Modern Art Collections as well as expressions from Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and ancient Asian culture. It is also home to the renowned Latin American Folk Art Collection of the late Nelson Rockefeller. Our next find is a hidden jewel, the McNay Art Museum. The museum is a treasure trove for both the serious and casual art lover. Set within the former Mediterranean-style mansion of the eccentric Marion Koogler McNay, the museum features modern, impressionist, medieval and Native American paintings, sculpture and objects d'art. Picasso, Chagal, Renoir and Monet are just a few of the major artists represented here.

Activity Level: low – all at leisure walking

Note: Walking shoes are recommended. The museums have options for food but meals are on your own.

Fredericksburg – Jewel of Hill Country

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. || $85 per person

Taking a trip to Fredericksburg is like stepping into Old World Germany. It’s wide historic Main Street is lined with restored 19th century buildings that now house more than 100 specialty shops. Settled in 1847 by German immigrants, the town has retained much of its historic fabric. Guests will enjoy the hour and a half drive through the scenic Texas Hill Country as they make their way to the colorful and quaint town. A walking map will be provided to assist guests with finding their way around. Guests can enjoy lunch or dinner on their own at the varied restaurants located along Main. For the non-shoppers there are two museums located on Main Street, which they may choose to visit on their own. The Pioneer Museum Complex, built in 1849, tells of the history of the settlement of Fredericksburg. And the Steamboat Hotel Structure, originally built in 1852 and home to the Admiral Chester Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War, is also a fascinating visit. Admiral Nimitz, the last of the U.S. five star admirals was a native son of Fredericksburg. The lush Japanese Garden of Peace behind the hotel is a gift from the people of Japan and the History Walk of the Pacific War displays rare relics. Before heading back to the resort, we will stop in the almost infamous town of Luckenbach. This tiny hill country hamlet where “Everybody’s Somebody” was established as a trading post in 1849.

Activity Level: low – all at leisure walking

Note: Walking shoes are recommended. Meals on your own.

Canopy Challenge, Zip and Cavern Discovery

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. || $125 per person

You'll have up to 30 minutes to grapple your way to the top of the 60-foot, four-tier adventure course. Test your agility, balance and strength on 47 fascinating obstacles (like the Burma Buckets and Criss-Cross Tight Ropes). Just for the little ones, there's also a Canopy Kids Course that's specifically designed for toddlers and young kids. Then, if you dare, take a ride on one of our four zip lines, gliding high above the Texas Hill Country. Snap in to your harness, step to the edge of the zip line platform, raise your feet and – sail across the landscape. The thrill of the ride is matched by the beauty of your surroundings, a natural experience of flight that you will never forget. Natural Bridge Caverns’ most popular tour, the Discovery Tour introduces you to an underground world of natural beauty and amazement. Travel through a half-mile of the largest and most spectacular show cavern in Texas. You’ll walk 180 feet below the ground, while listening to our knowledgeable tour guide. See awe-inspiring, ancient formations centuries in the making and still growing today, such as amazing stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, chandeliers and soda straws. Take pictures along the way because this is one walk through time that you will never want to forget.

Activity Level: Moderate – Cavern tour is ¾ mile and includes some stairs

What to wear: Please wear comfortable walking shoes which provide good traction on steep, wet surfaces. Strollers are not recommended.  Average temperature in the caverns is 70 degrees with 90% humidity. No flip flops or open-heeled sandals are permitted

Other notes:

•  Canopy Explorer Course and Canopy Zip Lines have a maximum weight limit of 300 lbs. and no flip flops or open-heeled sandals are permitted.
• For the Canopy Explorer Course, participants must be 48" tall to participate without a chaperone. Participants that are a minimum of 42" can participate with a chaperone (18 years or older). Participants have up to 30 minutes to explore.
• For the Canopy Zip Lines, all participants must have a minimum weight of 60 pounds. The minimum weight requirement for the zip line may change due to wind speed and direction.
• The Canopy Challenge is open daily weather permitting.
• Lunch at Leisure, on your own.