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Signature City San Antonio

Program Number: 1981RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/2/2014 - 2/7/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Price starting at: $825.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities; History & Culture
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt    

San Antonio today is a vibrant meeting of centuries of crossed paths — Native Americans, Colonial Spain, Germans, Old Mexico, the Canary Islands, the Wild West, the Deep South — and its big, gracious heart pays homage to them all. At the Alamo, hear of Col. William B. Travis’ last stand, barge the scenic River Walk’s urban twists and turns, and put an unexpectedly revealing eye on San Antonio’s past at the thriving arts community of La Villita.




Highlights

• Delve into the 26 ethnic groups that settled the Texas frontier, including Germanic influences in the King William District, and explore a museum holding magnificent artworks by Gauguin, van Gogh, Hopper and O’Keefe.
• Hear our award-winning master storyteller bring history and folklore alive through riveting tales — some true, some tall — that have been spun from cracker barrels to front porches for centuries.
• Learn how to make the perfect enchilada from a female chef who prepared tacos for a presidential inauguration dinner, and then sit down to a full Mexican feast.



Activity Particulars

Must be able to climb up and down stairs every day to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board public bus, trolley and charter bus with minimal assistance. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours a day.




Date Specific Information

2-2-2014, 9-28-2014, 10-19-2014, 11-2-2014, 1-25-2015, 4-26-2015

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10-5-2014

This program has been modified to include less walking and more transportation by motor coach. The activity level for this program (week of October 5 only) is moderate. Participants with limited mobility are encouraged to enroll in this program instead of other weeks, which are more active programs.
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10-26-2014

Enroll in this program, and then double your fun in Texas by following it with "On the Road: San Antonio to Big Bend National Park", program #20562, the week of November 2-8, 2014. Enjoy the extra night in between these programs at your river walk hotel!
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2-1-2015

Never seen a professional rodeo? Take in the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo on the weekend after your stay. See the best professional riders in the country and enjoy a great concert!
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3-29-2015

Double your fun and adventure by trekking out to Big Bend National Park. Enjoy the beauty of the desert, see stars in the darkest skies in the country at the McDonald Observatory, and visit a remote national park. Go "On the Road: San Antonio to Big Bend"- program #20562- March 22-27. Both programs use the same River Walk hotel.
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4-12-2015

Enjoy San Antonio`s Fiesta celebration and see the city at its best, brimming with color, music and passion. Take in a parade, food festival or other festivities to honor the heroes of the Alamo and other battles for Texas independence.
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5-3-2015

Extend your stay in Central Texas and double your fun and learning! Enroll in San Antonio, Hill Country, Austin: Pride of the Lone Star State, program #10459, and have a week of fun exploring the Hill Country and Austin, as well as a few days in San Antonio. Program #10459 runs from April 26-May 1, and ends in the same great River Walk hotel where this program starts on May 3. Sign up for both and get your money`s worth out of the trip to Texas!
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Coordinated by University of Texas at Austin.




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.



Accommodations
Historic hotel with rooftop pool located just steps away from San Antonio’s River Walk.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Margie Strayer

Marjorie Strayer was born in San Antonio, and was raised on a ranch 25 miles west of town. Her ancestors arrived in America before the War of Independence and settled in Texas when it was part of Mexico. Her love of this area has kept her anchored in or near San Antonio, and she enjoys being a part of the team that showcases the gems of our city to visitors. When not working, Marjorie travels, reads, and does volunteer work. She recently returned from a Road Scholar Semester At Sea voyage, where she added seven new countries to the list of 45 previously visited.
 
Donna Ingham

Tale teller and author Donna Ingham takes the ancient art of storytelling and gives it a Texas twist. A Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist, she published four books and is currently working on two more. In addition to being a recipient of the John Henry Faulk award, she has the dubious distinction of having been named “Biggest Liar in Austin” six times without even being elected to public office. She has a Ph.D. in English and was a college professor in her former life.
 
Frances Evans

Frances Evans is a professional storyteller with a specialty in Texas and family stories. An educator for 33 years in the North East school district in San Antonio, upon retiring she became a volunteer at the Institute of Texan Cultures in its Tex-Kit program. Collections of items — tools and accoutrements — used by people who forged the state of Texas, a folk medicine kit is among the kits Frances has spoken about to classrooms, clubs and other groups.
 
Tim Draves

Tim Draves teaches Texas History at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He has been the editor of The Journal of the Life and Culture of San Antonio since 2005, where he promotes research and understanding of over 300 years of the town’s settlement. Tim serves on the Bexar County Historical Commission, and has won several Texas research and teaching awards.
 
Allen Hamilton

Allen Lee Hamilton is a professor of Texas and American history at St. Philip's College in San Antonio who has taught more than 400 college classes during his 35 year career. The author of four books and over 30 articles in historical and popular journals, Allen has won three NISOD Awards from the University of Texas for Teaching Excellence, was named Professor of the Year twice, and is a Minnie Stevens Piper nominee for the Outstanding College Professor in Texas. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Texas at Arlington, and his doctoral work at the University of Oklahoma. Perhaps most importantly, Allen is a fourth generation Texan whose family has been in this great state since 1866.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Drury Plaza Hotel
  San Antonio, Texas 5 nights
 Drury Plaza Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views. Also featured is a breath-taking view of sunset over the San Fernando Cathedral from hotel's 14th floor Cathedral Terrace .
  Contact info: 105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com
  Room amenities: All rooms are suites featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.
  Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal price available. Please telephone hotel representative at 210-220-2993 or e-mail dph.riv.130.asc@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal price available. Please telephone hotel representative at 210-220-2993 or e-mail dph.riv.130.asc@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM at the hotel. You will be staying at Drury Plaza Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM at the hotel. You will be staying at Drury Plaza Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Road Scholar Health and Safety form; Release and Indemnification Agreement. Both must be completed and returned to the University of Texas at Austin at least six weeks prior to the program.
  Parking availability:
Additional charge for parking at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Antonio, Texas
  Nearest city or town:  San Antonio
  Nearest highway: I-35, I-37 & I-10
  Nearest airport:  San Antonio International
  From End of Program
  Location: San Antonio, Texas
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Antonio International airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Shuttle
phone: 210-281-9900
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20.25/one way, $36.50/round trip per person. Cost is subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

up to 30 minutes depending on traffic 

   

Go Airport Shuttle from San Antonio International Airport to hotel $20.25/one way, $36.50/round trip per person - cost is subject to change. Go Airport Shuttle website: citytoursinc.com, telephone 210-281-9900, reservations are not required from the airport to hotel; reservations required from hotel to airport and can be made after your arrival in San Antonio. Reservations made online at citytoursinc.com are discounted $1 less one way and $2 less round trip.

 

San Antonio International

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Shuttle
phone: 210-281-9900

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20.25/one way, $36.50/round trip per person. Cost is subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

up to 30 minutes depending on traffic 

   

Go Airport Shuttle from San Antonio International Airport to hotel $20.25/one way, $36.50/round trip per person - cost is subject to change. Go Airport Shuttle website: citytoursinc.com, telephone 210-281-9900, reservations are not required from the airport to hotel; reservations required from hotel to airport and can be made after your arrival in San Antonio. Reservations made online at citytoursinc.com are discounted $1 less one way and $2 less round trip.

 

San Antonio International Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 210-222-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27-$30 one way; two or more ride for the price of one. Cost subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

 

San Antonio International

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 210-222-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27-$30 one way - two or more ride for the price of one. Cost is subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes - 1 hour, depending on traffic 

   

Taxi service from San Antonio International Airport $27-30 one way - two or more ride for price of one. Prices subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  From Austin/Dallas From the North (I-35 South Bound from Austin): Take I-37 South, exit Commerce Street, turn right onto Commerce Street. Hotel garage is on the left just past the St. Mary’s Street - Commerce Street intersection.
  From Houston From the East (I-10 West Bound from Houston): Take I-37 North, exit Commerce Street. Turn left onto Commerce Street. Hotel garage entrance is on the left just past the intersection of St. Mary’s Street – Commerce Street. is on the right.
  From IH-10-El Paso From the West (I-10 East Bound from El Paso): Take I-35 South, exit Frio Street. Turn left onto Martin Street. Turn right onto St. Mary’s Street. Turn right onto Commerce Street. Hotel garage is on the left on Commerce Street.
  From the south on I-35 From the South (I-35 North Bound from Laredo): Exit Durango Blvd., turn left onto St. Mary’s Street. This street splits and will become a one-way street, Navarro. Turn left onto Commerce Street. Hotel garage entrance in on the left just past the St. Mary’s – Commerce Street intersection.
Elevation Note: Elevation is 600 feet above sea level.

Equipment Requirements: Equipment is not required.
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: Registration, Orientation, Introductions, San Antonio Overview
(Sunday, February 2)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in after 3:00PM. ORIENTATION begins in the hotel conference room at 4:00pm. Pick up your Road Scholar arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, list of participants, maps, and other important information we will review. Start your San Antonio experience with an informative overview of the week to come. The on-site coordinator will greet you with a warm Texas welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and emergency contact phone numbers. We will review the up-do-date schedule, orient you to the hotel location on a map, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive late, be sure to pick up your packet at the hotel front desk. Discover why San Antonio is undoubtedly one of America's unique cities. Its poignant and colorful history, ethnically varied people, and blending of cultural heritages set the city apart. While the River Walk and the Alamo define San Antonio symbolically, past political and cultural wars of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries resulted in six sovereign nations flying their flags over Texas. This created a mixture of inhabitants from Mexico, the Old South, the "Wild West," and Europe. Get the facts and figures on the city's demographics, economy, weather, geography, and ecology. Breakfast each day is in the hotel with lunch and dinner at restaurants in the downtown and River Walk areas. This Road Scholar program offers the opportunity to study and explore America's most complete Spanish Colonial Spanish Mission complex featuring the Alamo, unlock San Antonio's colorful history, study the River Walk and its environs with historians, review the 26 ethnic groups that settled the Texas frontier, learn of famous and not so famous characters in Texas' storied past, enjoy a barge cruise on the San Antonio River, prepare and enjoy the perfect enchilada and experience a traditional mariachi performance.
 Dinner: Enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel, featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay. A nearby restaurant offers multiple entrée choices and continuing opportunities to become acquainted with your fellow participants and program staff.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Gone to Texas Presentation/The River Walk & the Alamo
(Monday, February 3)

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Hotel provides full hot breakfast buffet each morning on the 2nd floor.
 Morning: Pick any kid off the street in Japan, show him an outline of the state of Texas, and most likely he will instantly know what it is. Professor Allen Lee Hamilton of St. Philip's College will explain why Texas is the most universally famous place in America in a two-hour lecture and PowerPoint tour of Texas History, focusing on the sweeping events and fascinating characters that make Texas the amazing place it is; what John Steinbeck described as "a state of mind . . . a mystique closely approximating a religion . . . the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.”
 Lunch: Sumptuous luncheon buffet at legendary hotel en route to afternoon expert-led walk.
 Afternoon: Go on expert-led walking explorations that visit the Alamo, the elegant Menger Hotel—built in 1859 on the site of Texas’ first brewery—and La Villita, at the heart of old San Antonio which is now home to the shops and studios of artists and craftsmen. Learn historical details about the siege of the Alamo and why it remains important to Texans after more than 150 years. Find out about the development of the River Walk and the transformation of downtown San Antonio into a vibrant city enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.
 Dinner: 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 at a local German Delicatessan, one of the oldest continually operated restaurants in the State of Texas.
 Evening: Step outside the hotel to the River Walk— the heart of the city —for a private, narrated barge ride on the San Antonio River, located 20 feet below street level and just steps from the famed Alamo. See how stone pathways connect shops, restaurants, hotels and museums with a blend of historic and modern architecture that resonate the depth of this centuries-old metropolis. Your day of exploration ends as the river barge returns you to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tex-Mex Cooking/San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Colonial Missions/McNay Art Museum
(Tuesday, February 4)

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 2-3 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning's cultural field trip travels back in time to the Spanish colonial era of San Antonio in the 18th century at San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the U.S., completed in 1750, and an active parish of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Construction began on the cathedral shortly after Canary Island colonists, granted land and title by Spain's King Philip V, settled here in 1731. General Santa Ana raised the red flag of "no quarter" from the cathedral during the siege of the Alamo. On to our cooking adventure: "All you need to know to begin Tex-Mex cooking." Learn how to prepare a delicious Mexican meal with picante style from Diana Barrios Trevino. Diana has appeared on the Today Show, the Food Network and prepared the puffy tacos served at Bill Clinton’s inauguration dinner. Diana shares the story of her mother’s struggle to start a restaurant and how the family business has expanded to satisfy the hunger of thousands of happy customers. After class taste for yourself the results of these recipes with a delicious meal at the restaurant.
 Lunch: Lunch at Los Barrios. Savor enchiladas, tacos, guacamole, beans and rice and a mouthwatering dessert.
 Afternoon: Art enthusiasts will delight in a field trip to one of San Antonio’s finest art institutions. Enjoy a visit to the McNay Museum of Art, a Spanish Colonial Revival-style home which opened as the first museum of modern art in Texas in 1954. Today, its visitors are captivated by magnificent works of art by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Travel by bus to San Antonio Mission National Historic Park for an exploration of the missions that make up the complex. With experts, learn about the early settlement and efforts of the Spanish to convert people to the church and an agricultural form of life. Discover the beauty of Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, the Queen of the Missions, restored by the WPA in the 1930s. See how Spaniards used irrigation (acequia) systems to develop self-sustaining agricultural communities along the San Antonio River. You’ll also see Mission Concepcion on your visit to the site of the earliest European settlements.
 Dinner: 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 at local restaurant, Little Red Barn, a unique family owned business which has grown into one of the largest steakhouses in the country.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Texas Tales & Legend/Free Time
(Wednesday, February 5)

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: From campfires to cracker barrels to front porches, folks have been gathering around to hear stories for centuries, and tales told well still work their magic. Texas history and folklore come alive through the riveting tales—some true, some tall—told by our award-winning storyteller, so gather round, sit back, and enjoy. Chuckle at humorous stories and Texas myths told by our award-winning storyteller.
 Lunch: Lunch at a nearby restaurant before you explore the city on your own.
 Afternoon: Afternoon unscheduled. Extra-curricular activity options will be provided by the coordinator, instructors and staff.
 Dinner: 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 own to explore the River Walk's many restaurants and assorted eclectic cuisines.
 Evening: Unscheduled evening to stroll the River Walk or enjoy other San Antonio sites.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Early Texan Folk Medicine/King William Historic District/Institute of Texan Cultures/Farewell Dinner
(Thursday, February 6)

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Take a peek at the system of folk medicine that came to be used by the early Texans, who often were forced to find substitutes for remedies that had been available in their previous environs. They began to share "cures" with people from other cultures: Native Americans, Mexicans, Germans, Poles, Swedes and many others. Join us as we look inside the medicine cabinets of these early settlers. Late morning offers a guided walking tour of the King William Historic District. See mansions and cottages (including Guenther house and Steve's homestead) of varied architectural styles built by successful German families after the Civil War. Walk along the San Antonio River and adjacent farm lands that had originally belonged to the Alamo in mission days.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant. Get your barbecue fix.
 Afternoon: On to the Institute of Texan Cultures, an educational center showcasing the 26 different ethnic and cultural groups groups that settled the Texas frontier. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located downtown on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, a short walk from the Alamo and the River Walk. The HemisFair campus was built to host the 1968 World’s Fair and began the revitalization of the city. The 182,000-square-foot complex features 65,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and displays that tell the stories of Texans.
 Dinner: 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. Festive farewell dinner at River Walk restaurant. Choose from multiple entrees.
 Evening: Traditional Mariachi entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mary Menger Presentation
(Friday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: "Mary Menger , Alamo Plaza Proprietress, 1816-1887" - Hear the intriguing story of German immigrant Mary Menger, who operated two large San Antonio enterprises in the mid-19th century and demonstrated that a woman could thrive during a time when men dominated local commerce. As a widow and single mother, Menger profited from both the Western Brewery and Menger Hotel and became San Antonio’s largest employer. Program concludes no later than 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  San Antonio, Texas Botanical Gardens
San Antonio's Botanical Gardens house 33 acres of display gardens, fountains, and natural areas. The Halsell Conservatory, a 90,000-square-foot complex of below-ground houses that use the earth's insulation to limit plant exposure to the elements. Only the pyramidal glass roofs are visible from above ground. Sixteen feet below ground several ecosystems surround a courtyard and pond. Telephone 210-207-3255. For additional information, visit www.sabot.org
  Briscoe Western Art Museum
The Briscoe Museum preserves and interprets the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. 210 W. Market Street; Telephone 210.299.4499 For additional information, visit http://www.briscoemuseum.org/
  Casa Navarro State Historic Site
Former home of eminent statesman, rancher, Jose Antonio Navarro. Site consists of three restored structures: his home, kitchen and office. Navarro was among the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Site contains authentic period furnishings, personal memorabilia.
  Convention and Visitors Bureau
The San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau operates a full-service visitor information center that provides an extensive inventory of helpful brochures and other promotional materials concerning events and sites in and around the city. For additional information, visit www.sanantoniovisit.com
  El Mercado-The Market
A two-block long festival market that includes El Mercado, a typical market from the interior of Mexico selling pinatas, jewelry, clothing, leather goods, cascarones and pottery.
  IMAX Theatre-"Alamo...The Price of Freedom"
"Alamo...The Price of Freedom," is a 48-minute docudrama film that re-creates the 13-day seige and fall of the Alamo. Immense screen and magnetic stereo sound system places visitors in the middle of the action as the battle unfolds, as 189 defenders fought and died for the cause of Texas liberty. Telephone 210-247-4629. For additional information, visit www.IMAX-SA.com
  SAS Shoe Factory
SAS Shoe Factory, 101 New Laredo Highway, telephone 877-782-7463 or 210-924-6507, www.sasshoes.com. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5. For additional information, visit www.sasshoes.com
  San Antonio Museum of Art
Since its opening in 1981, the museum has become home to an array of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, European and American paintings, contemporary art, Oceanic art, decorative art, and near Eastern and Islamic art. Housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery that was built in 1884. Telephone 210-978-8100. For additional information, visit www.samuseum.org
  San Antonio Zoo
More than 3,500 animals of 750 species found in one of the premier zoos in North America. This zoo, established in 1914 is the first zoo outside of Africa to produce a white rhino calf.
  Southwest School of Arts
A community-based professional-level art school, visitors can see contemporary art exhibitions and hear lectures by visiting artists. The adjacent, contemporary Navarro Campus features a large gallery for contemporary art. Great restaurant open for lunch. For additional information, visit www.swschool.org
  Spanish Governor's Palace
In 1772, San Antonio became the seat of Spanish government in Texas, headquartered at 10-room Spanish Governor's Palace on Military Plaza. It was to this adobe-walled structure that Moses Austin came in 1820 for permission to bring a colony of U.S. citizens into Spanish Texas. Telephone 210-224-0601.
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


The Alamo: An Ilustrated History


Author: George Nelson


The Alamo Remembered, Tejano Accounts & Perspectives


Author: Timothy M. Matovina


Crown Jewel of Texas, the Story of the San Antonio River


Author: Lewis Fisher


Gates of the Alamo (historically accurate novel)


Author: Stephen Harrigan


Gone to Texas, a History of the Lone Star State


Author: Randolph Campbell


HemisFair '68 and the Transformation of San Antonio


Author: Sterlin Holmesly


On the Border, an Environmental History of San Antonio


Author: Char Miller


Sacrificed at the Alamo, Tragedy and Triumph in the Texas Revolution


Author: Bruce Winders


San Antonio Missions National Historical Park


Author: Louis Torres


San Antonio: Outpost of Empires


Author: Lewis F. Fisher


San Antonio: The Story of an Enchanted City


Author: Frank W. Jennings


The Spanish Acequias of San Antonio


Author: Waynne Cox


Three Roads to the Alamo, the Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis


Author: William C. Davis




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