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Celebrate New Year's Eve in San Antonio

Program Number: 13073RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/30/2012 - 1/4/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Price starting at: $975.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

A New Year’s Eve celebration in San Antonio is the centerpiece of a holiday adventure that opens the door to this historic city. Explore San Antonio on a riverboat cruise on the River Walk and excursions to the Spanish Missions, the Historic District and the renowned San Fernando Cathedral. Savor local fare at notable restaurants, including the Buckhorn Saloon and the “haunted” Menger Hotel, as you capture the city’s essence and diverse culture while ringing in the New Year!


• Experience New Year’s Eve in San Antonio during a gala that attracts 250,000 people and features numerous live musical acts and a spectacular fireworks display.
• Explore 292-year-old Mission San Jose and see its renowned Rose Window, sculpted in 1775 and considered one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in North America.
• Enjoy a trolley ride to the King William Historic District and explore its vibrant German influence, as well as the Victorian home of a notable German merchant.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to three blocks; getting on and off bus or trolley.

Coordinated by Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio.

San Antonio

Explored in 1691 and 1709 by Spanish expeditions that named the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, the city of San Antonio today incorporates its colorful past into its present, offering the bustling River Walk, botanical gardens of native Texas flora, and the Missions National Historic Park, which includes the famous Alamo.

Quality hotel with fitness center on the River Walk.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Crockett Hotel
  San Antonio 5 nights
 The Crockett Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures. As a result of careful renovation in 1982, the Crockett Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Structures and architects Ford, Powell and Carson received the Historical Preservation Certification from the U.S. Department of Interior. Again renovated in 2007, guestrooms are dressed in the finest of furnishings and colors ranging from the soothing sage to a comforting cream, invoking the charm and elegance of a boutique hotel with interior shutters as well as local artistry depicting regional history. All 138 guestrooms are non-smoking (floor plans may vary). No pet policy. The courtyard rooms are no longer in existence. Come see the new Crockett Hotel. When remembering the Alamo, remember the Crockett Hotel.
  Contact info: 320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
  Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for best price. Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar Program at time of call.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for best price. Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar Program at time of call.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4pm; Registration table opens. 5pm; Presentation begins You will be staying at The Crockett Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
10:00am You will be staying at The Crockett Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Completed release form is required. This will be mailed in your welcome packet.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the hotel is $18 + tax a day, in/out privilages and security. Must mention JCC Road Scholar to obtain this discount. Other city parking is available in the area, may not include in/out, security or overnight options.
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Antonio
  Nearest city or town:  Austin, the capital, is an easy two hour drive North.
  Nearest highway: Highway 10, Interstate Highway 35 and 37
  Nearest airport:  San Antonio International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: San Antonio
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details


From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


$27 one way to hotel, 4 people can ride for same price
Prices are subject to change.


Late hour fee of $1 from 9pm to 5am.


SAT; San Antonio International


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
SA Trans Airport Express
phone: 210-281-9900


Per Person/One Way:


$32 round trip between airport and downtown hotels or $18 one way.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Service between airport and downtown hotels 7AM - 1:30AM, service to airport begins at 4AM. 


SA Trans Airport Express features 12 and 24 passenger luxury vehicles with individual seating for extra comfort. Shuttle tickets are sold at baggage claim, Terminal 1 and 2. Please note that like any other similar service, you are subject to a ride along as passengers are dropped off at their locations. This WILL lengthen the time of your travel.

Driving Directions
  Airport Head northeast on Airport Blvd Slight right to stay on Airport Blvd Take the US-281 S ramp Continue straight, Take the ramp on the left onto US-281 S Continue on I-37 S Take exit 141B toward Houston St/The Alamo Merge onto Elm St Turn right at E Houston St Turn left at Bonham St
  Downtown Amtrak Station Head north on Hoefgen Ave Take the 3rd left onto E Commerce St Take the 3rd right onto Bowie St Turn left at E Crockett St Take the 1st right onto Bonham Destination will be on the right
  Houston Follow I 10 west to downtown San Antonio Exit #574, Johnson City, to I-37 Exit #141, Commerce Street Right on Bowie Left on Crockett Right on Bonham St
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation and Dinner
(Sunday, December 30)
 Afternoon: Your week will begin with an “Orientation and Introduction” session at the Crockett Hotel. At that time, you will pick up your packet which contains the week’s itinerary, list of Road Scholar participants, your name tag, maps of San Antonio and Fredericksburg and brochures. The tour guides will initiate a “Getting to Know You” session and will discuss the role of Road Scholar, the coordinator, the tour guides, volunteers and vendors regarding the week’s programs.
 Dinner: Italian dinner at the hotel consisting of fresh salad and a Vegetable Lasagna.
Accommodations: The Crockett Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Historic Alamo, Buckhorn Saloon, 'Destination Texas' presentation, NYE Celebration
(Monday, December 31)
 Breakfast: A premium continental breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Monday morning begins with an 18 step walk to the Alamo. An educational adventure awaits you on these hallowed grounds. Tread softly in the shrine where David Crockett and other heroes died to create the Republic of Texas. Hear the Alamo story told under the six flags of Texas. See the Alamo video and Long Barracks Museum. The Alamo represents nearly three hundred years of human activity. On your visit to the grounds, the Alamo Education department will give a presentation on the battle of the Alamo, reminding us of the sacrifices of a few that were made for many.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Buckhorn Saloon, established in 1891, a true Texas treat in the middle of downtown. Belly up to the bar in this old-fashioned saloon-turned-café. This is where it all started...where Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders and Pancho Villa is rumored to have planned the Mexican Revolution. Many of the original furnishings still grace today's Buckhorn Saloon, including the back bar which was hand-crafted of marble and cherry wood.
 Afternoon: After lunch, Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa from the University of the Incarnate Word, will present Destination Texas. Learn about Texas history and participate in a question and answer session with the professor.
 Dinner: Enjoy a three course meal at the wonderful Paesanos on the River. First course is a choice of House Salad or Italian Wedding Soup. Your Entree will be your choice of Pan Seared Sea Bass, Shrimp Paesano With Spaghetti, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast With Linguini, Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin With Mushroom Risotto, Lamb Osso Bucco With Pancetta Gnocchi or Cheese Tortellini With A Basil, Pesto, Parmesan Cream Sauce. Dessert is New York Style Cheesecake.
 Evening: After dinner, embark on a private barge for a personal tour of the river. Sit in comfort as you listen to entertaining narratives of the rich history of the San Antonio River and the historic Riverwalk area. The River is ablaze with lights for the holiday season. Enjoy a city wide celebration for the New Year with live music and entertainment. The party is held on South Alamo Street between Market and Durango Street and in La Villita.
Accommodations: The Crockett Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Historic Menger Hotel Tour and the Witte
(Tuesday, January 1)
 Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: New Year's Day morning is free for you to explore San Antonio on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Colonial Room in the Historic Menger Hotel followed by a tour of the supposedly haunted property. Hear the stories of the many famous people who have stayed there. Discover the close connection of this hotel and Teddy Roosevelt.
 Afternoon: Take the trolley to the Witte Museum. The Witte Museum promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs, and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.
Accommodations: The Crockett Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: The San Antonio Missions, Mi Tierra and the Market Place, SAMA
(Wednesday, January 2)
 Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: To continue on our journey of the Spanish influence on Texas culture, we will tour two of San Antonio's five missions. Arrive via private charter bus and step back in time at our Queen of the Missions, Mission San Jose. Built by Indian labor at the direction of Spanish artisans, view the meld of the New and Old World cultures. See the splendid church and the working gristmill in the guided tour.
 Lunch: Lunch at the unforgettable Mi Tierra restaurant in "El Mercado" (Mexican Market). Here in the romantic center of the Mexican Culture, discover a land of treasures, bright, bold and beautiful. Market Square... authentically Mexico and enriched with a fascinating legacy of public markets. Choose from the entire lunch menu at Mi Tierra; rice, beans, tacos, enchiladas, salads and more! Live Mariachi music while you dine is sure to impress!
 Afternoon: After lunch, stay for shopping and possible seasonal entertainment in the market or tour San Fernando Cathedral. Built by Spanish citizens from the Canary Islands, it is the oldest active parish church in the United States. San Fernando Cathedral has always been at the center of San Antonio. It is a special place that occupies a unique position in this city and for the many visitors who come by the thousands every year. From its founding in 1731 by a group of families who came from the Canary Islands at the invitation of King Phillip V of Spain, this church was planned to be at the center of the life of this city. Over 5,000 participate at weekend Masses each week of the year. Over 900 baptisms, 100 weddings, 100 funerals, and countless other services are performed each year.
 Afternoon: Later in the afternoon, visit the San Antonio Museum of Art. SAMA is dedicated solely to furthering its mission to promote a deeper understanding of human cultures, values and traditions by displaying and interpreting art works from all cultures and periods.
 Dinner: Boardwalk Bistro for dinner, a locally owned and operated restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine in a friendly, informal ambience.
Accommodations: The Crockett Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Institute of Texan Cultures, Steves Homestead Tour.
(Thursday, January 3)
 Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board the trolley and enjoy a guided tour of the Institute of Texas Cultures, the state's center for multicultural education which focuses on ethnic and cultural history. More than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Institute showcases the artifacts of more than twenty three major ethnic groups that formed the State of Texas.
 Lunch: Lunch at historic Guenther House Restaurant on the site of the original 1859 flour mill on the banks of the San Antonio River. The Guenther House is located on a bend of the San Antonio River, at the foot of King William, one of the oldest historical districts in Texas. Dine in the private upstairs area that was once an open air room for the Guenther family. Fresh salad, housemade dressing and just baked bread are memorable delights of the palate. The Guenther staff will tell you the tale of the Guenther family, secrets and all!
 Afternoon: Travel by trolley to the King William Historic District. By the latter half of the 19th century, the King William Historic District had grown into a fashionable neighborhood popular with another large cultural demographic, the German immigrants. Here you will tour the Victorian home of Edward Steves, a notable German merchant.
 Dinner: Bon Voyage Dinner
Accommodations: The Crockett Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Presentation From a Cowboy brought to you by the Institute of Texan Cultures
(Friday, January 4)

Note: If you have a later flight, be sure to request for the hotel to hold your luggage.

 Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: To end your week, a “Cowboy” from the Institute of Texan Cultures brings a collection of artifacts to the hotel. This is your opportunity to learn what the “Texas Cowboy” is all about - handle artifacts such as a lasso and spurs! You will be sure to leave San Antonio with a newfound knowledge, appreciation and love for the city and maybe even a Texan accent! Program ends at 10am.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  San Antonio McNay Art Museum
An impressive Mediterranean mansion with tiled floors and a Moorish-style courtyard is home to this museum, which shelters a pleasant collection of post-Impressionist art. Most works are American and European in nature; representative artists include Hopper, Gauguin, and Picasso. The McNay's lobby features stage and costume design, and the facility highlights modern statuary, medieval art and first-rate traveling exhibits too. 6000 N New Braunfels St, San Antonio, TX 78209 · 210-824-5368
  River Center Mall
Just STEPS from your hotel...Surrounded by the romance of the River Walk, Rivercenter is as scenic as the shopping is spectacular. Stores include specialty retail, clothing, electronics, shoes, books and fine jewlery. For additional information, visit
  Spanish Governor's Palace
Constructed in 1722, this adobe structure is now a national historic landmark. It didn't officially serve as a palace, but it was used as government offices during the 18th century and is a rare Texas example of an early Spanish aristocrat's home. The building has been restored and is now filled with period furnishings and artifacts. The simple structure is quite revealing in how the wealthy lived during these early days. The grounds include a lovely patio and courtyard, and the home's wooden doors are said to document Spanish American history via carved symbols. 105 Military Plz, San Antonio, TX 78205-2412 · 210-224-0601
  Visit San Antonio
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Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Hemisfair ’68 and the Transformation of San Antonio

Author: Sterlin Holmsely

Description: Memoirs and contemporary first person accounts offer valuable evidence about the history of San Antonio particularly when they offer commentary on events that affected the city, its population, and its development. Or, in this case its transformation. In the mid-1990s, Sterlin Holmesly undertook the job of gathering an impressive set of such personal accounts, that document the motivation, planning, building, presentation, context, and aftermath of HemisFair ’68. While the book offers glimpses into the way the Fair had the trappings and political intrigue of any big-budget infrastructure project, it also sets out a complex picture of the socio-economic environment that confronted the organizers. This was the 1960s after all, and just as battles about poverty, peace, and liberalism gripped the nation, those challenges faced the people of San Antonio, too. In a time of drop-outs and drug use, draftees and draft dodgers, race riots and voting rights, confrontation and assassination, a group of civic leaders decided to advance the town’s participation on the international stage. With such a historical event offering much fertile soil for producing significant documentation and analysis, Holmesly set an elegantly simple route to presenting the story. In lengthy tape recorded interviews, he applied his polished inquiry method, to get the principles involved in the HemisFair project to discuss their aspirations, methodology, setbacks, and victories. The finest picture of the value of the book comes from a glimpse at the table of contents, because even novice students of San Antonio history will see the breadth of the offerings.

Place Names of San Antonio plus Bexar and Surrounding Counties

Author: David Green

Description: This second, much-enlarged edition of Dr. David Green's pioneering book on place names now identifies, often for the first time, more than 700 familiar and less familiar names in eight counties in South Texas. There are dozens of new illustrations of namesakes. Chapters on San Antonio s names reveal origins in numerous categories streets, parks, schools, libraries and learning centers, landmarks, military bases, suburbs. Another chronicles the blizzard of names on the streets and buildings of the South Texas Medical Center. Origins of many Spanish names are included, as are those of a few names less officially designated, such as Pace Picante Sauce and the Quarry Market. Vanished families reappear, forgotten achievements gain new recognition, and those who just happened to be around when a name was needed get their credit, too. This is a book with answers that will be referred to again and again.

San Antonio: Portrait of the Fiesta City

Author: Susanna Nawrocki

Description: The spirit of this unique city in Texas is captured in this entertaining text and Langford's vivid colour photographs. The book is a thorough introduction to San Antonio, detailing the city's history, architecture, military tradition, and cultural events. The authors outline the history of what is perhaps San Antonio's best-known landmark, the Alamo. They also highlight more recently developed points of interest in San Antonio, focusing on the River Walk, the development that turned the San Antonio River into a graceful, romantic, and historic centrepiece for the city. They recommend several of the city's many Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Brackenridge Park, and HemisFair Plaza. And they present San Antonio's varied menu of cultural opportunities, from a day spent at the rodeo or Sea World to an evening at the Grand Opry House or the San Antonio Symphony. Finally, the authors summarise the city's most popular fiestas and festivals. Throughout, Mark Langford's colour photographs celebrate the diversity and spirit of San Antonio.

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