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Trip Overview

From the heart of cowboy country to the mysterious lure of the bayou, this rail journey will give you a full immersion in all the best of the American south. Your trip begins in Fort Worth, Texas, where you will discover the city’s intoxicating blend of classic pioneer roots and modern cultural wonders. From Fort Worth, take the scenic train journey to south to Austin for an authentic experience of the city, then off to San Antonio and enjoy seeing all the best of the diverse city on a multi-day hop-on, hop-off tour and included admission to some of the top attractions. Finally, take the train to ‘The Big Easy’ for three days of festivities, food and fun including a wildlife-filled swamp and bayou tour, and the opportunity to make your very own Louisiana-style meal from scratch.

Highlights

  • Fort Worth Stockyards Adventure Pass - featured activities include:
    o Stockyards Visitor Center
    o Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive
    o Meet and Greet with the Drovers
    o Spirit of the West Video
    o Billy Bob's Texas Photo Souvenir
    o Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
    o Stockyards Museum
  • Sightseeing city tour of Austin
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off pass w/ River Walk boat cruise in San Antonio
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans OR Swamp and Bayou Tour

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Fort Worth Austin; Austin to San Antonio; and San Antonio to New Orleans onboard the Texas Eagle® and Sunset Limited®
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 1 mean included (1 Brunch)
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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN FORT WORTH
Welcome to Fort Worth! While a thoroughly modern city, Fort Worth also stays true to its original trading post roots. During your time in the city, use your included Stockyards Adventure Pass to visit the Stockyards Museum and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame for a real taste of what life was like for the pioneers who settled in the city and the cowboys who made Fort Worth their home in the late 19th century. (Overnight in Fort Worth)

DAY 2 FORT WORTH
Spend another day discovering the culture-rich city is also considered the “museum capital of the Southwest,” with several renowned museums located in the beautiful Fort Worth Cultural District. And foodies won't be disappointed in Fort Worth - the eclectic cuisine features Texas' best ingredients and rich Western Heritage combined with a unique mix of flavors from around the world. Enjoy all the best of Fort Wort! (Overnight in Fort Worth)

DAY 3 FORT WORTH TO AUSTIN
In the afternoon, you'll board the Texas Eagle and head toward Austin! When you arrive in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” check into your hotel. The evening is free for you to enjoy as you please as you continue embracing all things Texas. Stroll through downtown and marvel at the growing skyline's gorgeous architecture, or enjoy some world-class barbeque and an avocado margarita in one of the city's many incredible restaurants. (Overnight in Austin)

DAY 4 AUSTIN
Climb aboard a comfortable Mercedes van for your included Real Austin Tour! Discover the exciting landmarks, hidden gems, local favorites, historic neighborhoods, and all the delicious food that make this place so amazing. You'll learn about its culture, music, famous people, and everything in between that makes people want to “Keep Austin Weird” from the passion and informative guides. Stop at the capital, the Welcome to Austin mural, food trucks, downtown, and the west, south, and east sides of the city. After this fun tour, you'll understand why Austin is such a popular destination. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. In August, head to the grassy banks of Lady Bird Lake around sunset and watch swarms of Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, which cross the Colorado River at the southern end of downtown. These bats are the largest urban bat colony in North America! (Overnight in Austin)

DAY 5 AUSTIN TO SAN ANTONIO
Spend the morning on your own partaking in some traditional breakfast tacos and the afternoon continuing to get to know the city of Austin before boarding the Texas Eagle to San Antonio in the evening. A great option, especially if it's warm out that day, is to spend the afternoon at Barton Springs, a year-round natural spring pool in Zilker Park. When you arrive in San Antonio, check into your hotel for a three-night stay and then step out and enjoy the rest of the day exploring this big city with a small-town vibe on your own. Maybe head over to a local favorite for an authentic Texas-style dinner and Tejano music. (Overnight in San Antonio)


DAY 6 SAN ANTONIO

Today, begin using your multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Antonio. Prepare to take in all the crowd-pleasing, popular sights and attractions that brought you to this incredible city. During this tour, you'll have the chance to experience the city's distinctive heritage, art, culture, and preeminent landmarks. Visit the Alamo (famous for the 1836 Battle for Texas Independence), take a relaxing cruise along the San Antonio River, see the oldest stone church in America (the Mission Concepcion), stroll through the Japanese Sunken Gardens and El Mercado's quintessential Mexican shops, and get a glimpse of Mission San Jose's exquisite Rose Window stone carving. The evening is all yours to enjoy at your leisure. Make a stop at the pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined Pearl District for some of the best tacos in Texas or catch a captivating play at the Majestic Theatre. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 7 SAN ANTONIO 
Continue using your hop-on, hop-off pass and spend the remainder of your time in San Antonio discovering anything that may have been left the day before. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 8 SAN ANTONIO TO NEW ORLEANS
Travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board the Sunset Limited to New Orleans. Take in the stunning western landscapes and sultry bayou as you glide by. Upon your arrival in the “Big Easy,” travel on your own to your hotel and check in for a three-night stay. The rest of the day is yours to start exploring this festive city. If you are looking for something to do, why not head to the exciting French Quarter, where there is always something to see, and of course, eat! (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 9 NEW ORLEANS
Today, enjoy a nice brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters! Then, choose between experiencing the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana in a custom-built swamp boat as you travel through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park or seeing all New Orleans has to offer on a sightseeing city tour taking you to all the hot spots you'd want to see! (Overnight in New Orleans) BR


DAY 10YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN NEW ORLEANS


LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D -Dinner

Holiday Inn Express Fort Worth Downtown

Holiday Inn Express Fort Worth Downtown

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Worth Downtown is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Texas, our hotel is less than 1 mile from the Fort Worth Convention Center, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Sundance Square and several area businesses and attractions.

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

Enjoy the best of the past and present in a single location at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans hotel. Only steps away from top attractions in the Big Easy, this hotel in the Warehouse District of New Orleans pairs historic features like original exposed brick and plantation shutters with modern touches.

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

The Holiday Inn® New Orleans Downtown Superdome hotel's outstanding location and amenities promise to make your New Orleans vacation a dream come true. You can enjoy all the legendary sights and sounds of this world-class city when you stay at one of the best New Orleans, LA hotels. Sample and savor the revelry of the French Quarter or test Lady Luck at Harrah's Casino. The allure of stunning museums of the Arts District are easily reached via our free shuttle.

Hotel Monteleone

It's been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone. In fact, this venerable establishment sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street. giving guests the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. This historic landmark is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The hotel boasts 25 meeting and reception rooms, 600 newly renovated rooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants, the famous Carousel Bar, Logo Shop, and heated rooftop pool.

New Orleans Marriott

Discover a riverfront New Orleans Hotel in the energetic Arts District, minutes away from the area’s top attractions such as the French Quarter, Harrah’s Casino, Cruise Port and a multitude of dining & entertainment options. Plan your next stay at the Marriott, a premier hotel near the New Orleans convention center featuring impeccable service in a welcoming atmosphere.

Residence Inn New Orleans Convention Center

Whether traveling for a quick getaway or looking for a temporary place to call home, the Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown is ideally located in the historic Warehouse District. Located minutes from the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, House of Blues, National World War II Museum, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Port of New Orleans. Stay cozy and connected in spacious suites with complimentary Wi-Fi access and fully equipped kitchens, and take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool after a routine workout in our state-of-the-art fitness center.

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Located on the historic Canal Street streetcar line adjacent to the French Quarter, the 4 –diamond, dog-friendly Sheraton New Orleans is in the heart of the all the best the Big Easy has to offer. Walk out of our front doors and onto the most celebrated parade route in the world. Cross the street and you’re in the legendary French Quarter.

Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk

Located in the heart of downtown and directly on the River Walk, Holiday Inn San Antonio River Walk is a newly renovated, sophisticated hotel that offers the ultimate travel experience. Whether you're in town for business or pleasure, our contemporary hotel features a warm atmosphere with modern design features.

Menger Hotel

Built in 1859, this beautiful structure has become an important part of San Antonio's history. The hotel is located downtown, immediately adjacent to both the Alamo and the Rivercenter Mall. In addition to its significance as a historical landmark, the Menger offers unparalleled amenities including: The famous Colonial Room Restaurant, the Menger Bar, downtown San Antonio's largest outdoor swimming pool and a full service spa.

Omni La Mansion Del Rio Hotel

Omni La Mansión del Rio is ideally nestled along the historic River Walk on the banks of the Paseo del Rio in downtown San Antonio.

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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