Hear stories about the legendary Texas Rangers, the elite group of lawmen created by Stephen F. Austin to protect the early Anglo settlers. This elite corps of law enforcement officers still exist today. An author shares exciting tales of these larger-than-life heroes and their sometimes unbelievable adventures.Lunch: At a local restaurant.Afternoon: Led by experts, enjoy a walk to visit the heart and soul of the city, the San Fernando Cathedral. Built in 1738, the Cathedral is still in operation and played an important role in the religious and secular history of the city. The Spanish Governor’s Palace, adjacent to the Cathedral, is a National Historic Landmark. Labeled "the most beautiful building in San Antonio" by the National Geographic Society, it once housed the officials of the Spanish Province of Texas. Your neighborhood walk concludes at El Mercado, the largest Mexican marketplace in the country. Sample a fresh-baked pastry from a panaderia and explore dozens of shops sell everything from hand-embroidered dresses to leather belts. Market Square's working artists, musicians, dancers and major cultural events give El Mercado a rich and lively cultural atmosphere. You may choose to return with your group leader to the hotel, or remain in the marketplace and return the 5-6 blocks to the hotel on your own.
Those who prefer to remain at the hotel can learn more about pioneer life in Texas by examining a collection of demonstration items presented by a staff member from the Institute of Texas Cultures.
Following your return to the hotel, the rest of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to explore the many attractions of the city on your own. At 5:30 p.m. enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel, featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay.Dinner: On your ownEvening: Free for you to explore the many attractions of the city on your own.Lodging: Drury Plaza HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch