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This vacation takes you into the heart of the Fiesta San Antonio celebrations, where you can see elaborately decorated floats at the Battle of Flowers Parade, the only parade in the United States produced entirely by women. And just as in 1891 when ladies in a parade of horse-drawn carriages tossed flower petals at each other in mock battle, flowers remain a vivid part of the San Antonio Fiesta. You’ll witness the re-creation of that early performance as you get caught in a delicate crossfire of color and fragrance.
The 2015 Fiesta also promises some exciting new events as well as dazzling parade floats and "A Night in Old San Antonio," a celebration of the city's cultural diversity that re-creates the sights, sounds and tastes brought to San Antonio by its earliest settlers. Here you'll explore the rich history and diverse food traditions of central Texas. More than 240 decorated food and drink booths dispense Tex-Mex specialties, and nonstop entertainment keeps the mood upbeat.
Infuse even more history and fun into the celebration with tours of The Alamo and the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum. Other highlights include a cooking demonstration of regional Mexican cuisine, a BBQ lunch at a working cattle ranch and a river barge tour on the San Antonio River.
• 4 nights at The Historic Menger Hotel
• Meals - Daily breakfast, 2 lunches (1 with cooking demonstration) and 2 dinners
• Sights - City sightseeing motor coach tour with local guide that includes Texas Rangers Museum and The Alamo
• Events - Reserved seating at the Battle of Flowers Parade and Admission to Night in Old San Antonio
• Tour of Knibbe Ranch with BBQ lunch and entertainment
• Rio San Antonio River Barge Tour
Optional Additions: Pre-tour and post-tour nights may be available. Inquire at time of booking.
Day 1 - Arrive in San Antonio
Meet your tour director and fellow travelers at a 5pm reception at the Historic Menger Hotel followed by dinner at 5:30 at the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: Historic Menger Hotel - 4 nights
Day 2 - Mission Tour & Culinary Cooking Demonstration
Join your escort and guide for a sightseeing tour of San Jose Mission in San Antonio. Then proceed to Central Market for a cooking demonstration featuring authentic regional Mexican cuisine followed by lunch. We will end the day on a tour of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame & Buckhorn Museums. Enjoy the rest of the evening on your own.
Day 3 - Tour Knibbe Ranch & Night in Old San Antonio
After breakfast at the hotel, travel to The Knibbe Ranch for a late morning ranch tour, a hay wagon ride to a prehistoric Indian Dig Site and a drive through their F1 Tiger-stripes, a specialized breed of cattle. At the Knibbe Ranch you are hosted by your San Antonio guide, whose family actually owns this historical six generation, Hill Country ranch. You'll enjoy a barbecue lunch and cowboy entertainment. Before heading back to the hotel, visit The Alamo, originally named Mission San Antonio de Valero. The Alamo served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years.
In the early evening meet up with your guide for the 66th “Night in Old San Antonio”, (N.I.O.S.A.). Located in the National Historic District, more than 240 elaborately decorated food and drink booths and a dozen nonstop entertainment stages represent the diverse cultures and customs of the city in 15 heritage-themed areas. NIOSA is the largest historic preservation festival in the nation.
Day 4 - The Battle of Flowers Parade
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the Battle of the Flowers Parade. The Battle of Flowers Parade is the oldest event and largest parade of Fiesta San Antonio, attracting crowds of more than 350,000. It is the only parade in the United States produced entirely by women, all of whom are volunteers. These ladies, dressed on parade day in yellow and wearing yellow hats, direct operations with the valued assistance of the Texas Army National Guard.
The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening we will take a barge to Paesanos Restaurant, a pre-eminent Italian and Mediterranean restaurant on the River Walk, for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 5 - Depart San Antonio
After breakfast, depart on your own today or extend your stay and enjoy more fiesta events.
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