San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
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San Antonio: City Tour with Tower of America & River Cruise

1. San Antonio: City Tour with Tower of America & River Cruise

Experience San Antonio with this group tour as you explore the Alamo and Spanish colonial missions, go to the top of the Tower of the Americas, and cruise the river on an electric barge. Walk among legends as you enjoy a guided tour of the Alamo. Hear about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Get up close and personal with some of the Alamo’s largest weapons and fortifications. Next, take in the sights at the vibrant Historic Market Square. Listen to the stories of people who came to the Spanish missions in the 1700s. Take some free time to see the living quarters, compound walls, and the church. Drive past La Villita Historic Arts Village, King William Historic District, and the San Fernando Cathedral. Get insightful narration on the drive. Travel on a 35-minute river cruise. Relax, as you sail through La Villita, the Old Mill Crossing, and Selena’s Bridge. Take an elevator ride to the top of the Tower of the Americas for panoramic views of San Antonio.

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San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

2. 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.

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San Antonio: City Sightseeing Van Tour

3. San Antonio: City Sightseeing Van Tour

On this full-day tour, see all the highlights that San Antonio has to offer, gaining a thorough knowledge of the city’s history and culture. 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.  Head down 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. In the afternoon, 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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San Antonio: Half-Day Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

4. San Antonio: Half-Day Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

On this 4-hour afternoon sight-seeing tour, your guide will pick you up at select downtown San Antonio hotels. Your experience starts downtown with a visit to the San Antonio River Locks, followed by a tour of the Museum Reach. You will have time to explore the Japanese Tea Garden with its koi ponds, stone archways, and tea house. Once you've seen all the top sites in the Museum Reach, head down to the Mission Reach. Here you will have time to see the original frescos at the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Mission Concepcion, the oldest unrestored stone church in the nation. Along the way, enjoy a game of Texas trivia with your guide and learn a little more about the history and culture of San Antonio. This tour ends right at the Alamo, where you have ample time to explore this historic site on your own. If you prefer, you can also have your driver/guide take you back to select downtown San Antonio hotels.

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San Antonio: City Tour with Lunch at Tower of the Americas

5. San Antonio: City Tour with Lunch at Tower of the Americas

Experience the magic of San Antonio on this city tour. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and relax on the drive to the Alamo. Travel back in time as you learn about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and visit key battlefield locations to discover where heroes fell. See the Shrine of Texas Liberty and get up close and personal with some of the Alamo's largest weapons and fortifications. Have time for a peaceful stroll through the lush gardens that are shaded by oak trees. Immerse yourself in the local culture at the Historic Market Square which boasts the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. Soak up 3 city blocks filled with authentic sounds, smells, and vivid colors that will make you feel like you are south of the border. Travel to the San Jose Missions to uncover the heritage of the city. See the stone walls and a granary at the city's largest Spanish mission. View the city sights from a colorful barge on a river cruise through the heart of the city. Get informative commentary on the city's rich history and culture. Travel 750 feet up to the top of the Tower of the Americas to enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch. Sit at the revolving Chart House restaurant and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Savor award winning cuisine like fresh blackened salmon, crunchy coconut shrimp chicken del mar, or a signature cheeseburger. Have a refreshing Caesar or mixed greens salad. Finish your meal with something sweet paired coffee, soda, tea or iced tea. Make your way up to he observation deck to take in spectacular views of the entire city. Return to your accommodation in San Antonio.

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What people are saying about San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

This tour was the best. Mo, our guide, gave us a great overview of the city. The riverboat cruise during the day was great so we could pick which restaurant we wanted to go to. Our small group was awesome, and we made great vacation friends with another couple. The van was lush and luxury, and we even skipped the ticket line. Thanks so much See Sight. We will book with you folks again.

Awesome boat ride, Maggie the boat captain was very interesting and funny. Very interested in the way of life here back in the early days, with the Missions and especially the Alamo. My tour guide gave us a great tour of the city and the interesting sites.Thank you and highly recommend this private tour.

Amazing tour of San Antonio! Our guide was really knowledgable and made the whole experience fun and educational. Best way to experience this city! Would highly recommend, you won’t be disappointed!

Great tour..fantastic Christmas decor along the Riverwalk..tour guide was the best, very knowledgeable & entertaining. The cruise was beautiful at night or daytime.

Great guide with every major stop in San Antonio included. Amazing boat ride with lots of additional knowledge. 5/5 would recommend this tour to everyone.