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San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

1. San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

Experience the beauty and history of the great city of San Antonio. Throughout this experience, you will visit several of the Spanish-influenced landmarks on the river, which was named in honor of San Antonio de Padua. Travel to sites such as Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan, and Mission San Francisco de Espada on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. Watch birds and wildlife along the new Mission Riverwalk Hike and Bike Trail, and experience mission life at Mission San Jose and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Visitor Center. Later, view original frescoes at Mission Concepción, before seeing the old Espada Acequia (irrigation system) with its dam and aqueduct which are still in use today. You will also enjoy mission silhouettes with Spanish and Moorish-influenced architecture against the South Texas Sky, which makes for a magical sight.

San Antonio: City Sightseeing Van Tour

2. San Antonio: City Sightseeing Van Tour

See all the highlights that San Antonio has to offer, gaining a thorough knowledge of the city’s history and culture on this city tour, offered as a half day or full day tour! After convenient hotel pickup in the downtown area, you’ll be off and running. See the best of San Antonio's unique downtown architecture as you drive through the Museum district. Check out St. Paul Square and see the Alamo Dome as you pass the Rivercenter Mall. You'll also see iconic sites like the the JFK Parade Route on the day before his assassination and the stunning San Fernando Cathedral.  The morning tour option includes going such sights as the Main Plaza to see the beautiful Plaza de Armas, City Hall, and the Tobin Performing Arts Center before making your way to El Mercado — the oldest and largest Mexican market in the United States. Enjoy lunch with the group (at your own expense) and learn a bit about Hispanic culture and its influence on San Antonio before heading out to the second half of your tour. For the afternoon tour, you'll be able to check out the San Antonio River locks, visit the Pearl Brewery Redevelopment district, and see Brackenridge Park and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Also, drive by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, McNay Art Museum, and the San Antonio Zoo. Another stop will be made at the Japanese Tea Garden, where you can explore at your leisure. End your day in the Mission Reach, known for the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Mission Concepcion where you have the opportunity to snap a photo of this iconic cathedral. Afterward, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel, having seen most all of what San Antonio has to offer.

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What people are saying about San Antonio, Texas

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Alex our guide was fantastic. Provided us with as much information that we could absorb about the history of San Antonio and showed us some great places, as well as pointing out places of interest that we would be able to explore more on our own the following day.

Domingo was an excellent guide. He is a lifelong San Antonio resident who has studied the history of the area. His depth and breadth of local history and lore added great dimension to my experience.

Tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and had great energy. Really went the extra mile to ensure everyone had an enjoyable experience

Domingo, was an extremely knowledgeable our guide. Additionally he was very courteous, patient and considerate. Top rate!

Perry was a very good tour guide. Very knowledgeable. Made the experience well worth it during the extreme heat!