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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.

San Antonio: Heart of Old San Antonio Walking Tour

2. San Antonio: Heart of Old San Antonio Walking Tour

Join us for a fun and informative 2.5 mile walking tour through the heart of old San Antonio, while you learn about San Antonio's rich, varied and multi-cultural history as well as enjoy public works of art. Starting and ending at Alamo Plaza, the Tour Guide will take you back through time to explore 18th Century sites related to the city's founding. Along the route, you will learn of historic events from both the 18th and 19th Century that shaped and defined San Antonio and Texas. The route also passes several public art installations which help tell the story of San Antonio. Points of interest along the route - Alamo Plaza, San Antonio River, Main Plaza (Plaza de las Islas Canarias), San Fernando Cathedral, Council House, Casa Reales, Bexar Heritage Center, Spanish Governor's Palace, Plaza de Armas, La Villita and the Riverwalk Public Art Garden. This tour will provide you will an overview of San Antonio's history from it's 18th Century founding, through the tumultuous 19th Century focusing on the Native American, Spanish, Canary Islander and Tejano inhabitants as well as Anglo and European settlers. Participants will also gain a solid understanding of the layout of the downtown area and this tour is a great starting point for exploring San Antonio. This tour is a great compliment to a more in-depth tour of the Alamo (on your own) or to one of our bicycle tours of the San Antonio Mission.

Historic Missions Bike Tour - 2 Missions Northern Route

3. Historic Missions Bike Tour - 2 Missions Northern Route

Join us for an 12 mile guided bicycle tour along the beautiful and scenic Mission Reach Trail as it winds along the San Antonio River. This tour will take you to Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose and other fascinating and historic sites. At each mission your tour guide will walk the grounds with you and talk about the 18th-century Spanish Colonial period. You will gain an understanding about how these missions transformed the daily lives of the mission inhabitants, impacted the surrounding communities and helped mold the culture of San Antonio and South Texas. Additionally, the tour guide will discuss the importance of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek to the region as well as cover portions of local 19th and 20th Century history. While at Mission Concepcion, the tour guide will point out often unnoticed artistic aspects of the remains to include original frescos. In addition to Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose, other stops along the tour route include the Co-Cobijos public art installation, the River Return public art installation and the historic Hot Wells of Bexar County. Your tour guide will stop briefly at each site and provide a fascinating overview. This tour route does have a few rolling hills which can be challenging to some riders.

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4.6 / 5

based on 28 reviews

We travel a lot and this is the first time using a tour company. Get Your Guide exceeded our expectations. The communication was great and our guide Zachary was knowledgeable and accommodating. We were picked up on time in a Mercedes Van with another couple. I highly recommend this company and tour and will definitely look to book again for future travels in other cities. The best part was because it was New Year's Eve they charted a Go Rio Cruise boat so we didn't need to wait in the long line. Thank you for making our vacation awesome!

This tour was such a wonderful experience, exceeding my highest expectations! Alfred was an absolutely perfect tour guide who blended charisma, humor, historical expertise, and many anecdotes from growing up in San Antonio. If you can only do one tour of San Antonio, this is the one!!!

We had a great time during the tour. It was a good way to see a lot of San Antonio in a short time. Our guide Zack was cool and knowledgeable. He told stories about San Antonio with great enthusiasm and gave personalised recommendations on where to eat and hangout after the tour.

Alfred provided very knowledgeable history on San Antonio. He has real passion for his city. Very friendly and likeable.

The tour guide was able to provide great information that made the experience more enjoyable.