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Uncover the rich cultural heritage of San Antonio as you explore historic sites, discover unique museums and learn how to prepare then feast on an authentic Mexican meal!
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Program No. 1981RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
949
Texas

Signature City San Antonio

Uncover the rich cultural heritage of San Antonio as you explore historic sites, discover unique museums and learn how to prepare then feast on an authentic Mexican meal!
Length
6 days
Starts at
949
Program No. 1981 RJ
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Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
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949
Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021
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Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
1,199
Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021
Small group
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1,299

At a Glance

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 Travis’ last stand, barge the scenic River Walk’s urban twists and turns and put an unexpectedly revealing eye on San Antonio’s past.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles each day, standing for 1-2 hours, must be able to climb up and down stairs and board motor coach with minimal or no assistance.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Delve into the 26 ethnic groups that settled the Texas frontier, including early Spanish settlements and Germanic influences in the King William District.
  • Explore the city, visit the Alamo and other Spanish missions that make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Learn how to make the perfect enchilada from a local celebrity chef whose food has been served at the White House, and then sit down to a full Mexican feast.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Allen Lee Hamilton
Allen Lee Hamilton is a professor of Texas and American history at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. The author of four books and 30+ articles in historical and popular journals, Allen has won three NISOD Awards from the University of Texas for Teaching Excellence. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Texas at Arlington, and his doctoral work at the University of Oklahoma. Allen is a fourth generation Texan whose family has been in this great state since 1866.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Tim Draves teaches Texas history at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He has served as 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 history. Tim is a member of the Bexar County Historical Commission and has won several Texas research and teaching awards.
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Ken Erfurth is a life-long resident of San Antonio whose interest in the region’s history, culture, and architecture began at an early age. He holds a bachelor’s from the University of Houston and is a registered architect. He has been conducting educational adventures in San Antonio for various groups for over 20 years. In recent years, Ken has used photography to document the unique visual aspects of his native city and surrounding area. His images have been exhibited and published in multiple forums.
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Allen Lee Hamilton View biography
Allen Lee Hamilton is a professor of Texas and American history at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. The author of four books and 30+ articles in historical and popular journals, Allen has won three NISOD Awards from the University of Texas for Teaching Excellence. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Texas at Arlington, and his doctoral work at the University of Oklahoma. Allen is a fourth generation Texan whose family has been in this great state since 1866.
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Diana Barrios View biography
Diana Barrios’ cooking-class techniques, spiced with warmth and wit, were honed during her years of weekly cooking segments on San Antonio morning television. Her local celebrity status resulted in guest cooking appearances on National TV shows as "Good Morning, America" and the Food Network. Encouraged by her new friend, Emeril Lagasse, Diana collected family recipes for the "Los Barrios Family Cookbook" that is sold nationally and for which Emeril wrote the forward.
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The Alamo Remembered, Tejano Accounts & Perspectives
by Timothy M. Matovina
Gone to Texas, a History of the Lone Star State
by Randolph Campbell
Gone to Texas engagingly tells the story of the Lone Star State, from the arrival of humans in the Panhandle more than 10,000 years ago to the opening of the twenty-first century. Focusing on the state's successive waves of immigrants, the book offers an inclusive view of the vast array of Texans who, often in conflict with each other and always in a struggle with the land, created a history and an idea of Texas.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
by Louis Torres
Texas, My Texas: Musings of the Rambling Boy
by Lonn Taylor
In a collection of essays about Texas gathered from his West Texas newspaper column, Lonn Taylor traverses the very best of Texas geography, Texas history, and Texas personalities. In a state so famous for its pride, Taylor manages to write a very honest, witty, and wise book about Texas past and Texas present.
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches
by S. C. Gwynne
S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.
From a Limestone Ledge: Some Essays and Other Ruminations about Country Life in Texas
by John Graves
Some of the most sensible, genial prose west of the Mississippi. A kind of sequel to Hard Scrabble-recounting more about his twenty years of quiet combat with the forces of nature.
Crown Jewel of Texas, the Story of the San Antonio River
by Lewis Fisher
Gates of the Alamo (historically accurate novel)
by Stephen Harrigan
The Gates of the Alamo enfolds us in history and, through its remarkable and passionate storytelling, allows us to participate at last in an American legend. Filled with dramatic scenes, and abounding in fictional and historical personalities-among them James Bowie, David Crockett, William Travis, and General Santa Anna--Harrigan describes the battle from both sides.
People of the Storm
by Allen Lee Hamilton
People of the Storm is a sweeping historical novel about the epic and often brutal struggle between the United States and the Kiowa Indians over land, culture, and a way of life.
San Antonio: Outpost of Empires
by Lewis F. Fisher
San Antonio: Outpost of Empires is a vivid, honest portrait in words and pictures of San Antonio's evolution over the course of nearly three centuries, from the days of the colonists of New Spain to the defense of the Alamo to the inrush of a "jumble of races" to the rapid growth of the modern era.
As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda
by Gail Collins
Gail Collins, the best-selling author and columnist for the New York Times, visited Texas and discovered that in Texas, where Bush, Cheney, Rove, & Perry had created a conservative political agenda that is now sweeping the country and defining our national identity. Through its vigorous support of banking deregulation, lax environmental standards, and draconian tax cuts, through its fierce championing of states rights, gun ownership, and, of course, sexual abstinence, Texas, with Governor Rick Perry’s presidential ambitions, has become the bellwether of a far-reaching national movement that continues to have profound social and economic consequences for us all. Like it or not, as Texas goes, so goes the nation.
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(5)

Our team leader Jane Martin was pleasant, well organized and thorough . Program had excellent speakers and activities that made the week in San Antonio worthwhile. Learned allot and well planned week.

(5)

We really enjoyed our trip to San Antonio. The location of the hotel added to our enjoyment.

(5)

This program provided excellent value when considering hotel location and quality of meals. There was a nice mix of presentation topics and field trips with several better than expected presenters.

(5)

We had a wonderful tour leader--Sue Peace. All of the speakers were excellent, knowledgeable and entertaining. You will learn a lot about both Texas and San Antonio history. The activity level was exactly as specified. San Antonio's Riverwalk is terrific. The McNay Art Museum was particularly impressive.

(5)

The San Antonio Signature Cities program, which I just completed, was a wonderful introduction to both the city and the rich history of the formation of the southwest. I gained an appreciation of our strong connection to Mexico and the value of many cultures able to live and thrive together.

(5)

The Signature City San Antonio tour included a wonderful variety of experiences, a wide range of activities and excellent lectures. Pace of this program was perfect. Jane Martin, our leader, obviously loves her city and we all left feeling the same way about it.

(5)

It was a great experience. I wish I had known about this much earlier. I plan to take part in the program as much as I can afford in the future.

(5)

Grew up knowing about the Alamo and always wanted to see it; also knew how highly respected/desirable San Antonio is a destination (thanks to the charms of River Walk). Saw these sites and much, much more. Came away thoroughly pleased and far more informed and educated then I could ever imagine. Will definitely pursue other Signature City adventures!

(5)

The San Antonio trip was interesting, and I learned a lot about the history of Texas. The city tour of the King William District architecture was nice. I enjoyed the free time to walk the Riverwalk to the Pearl district. I enjoyed the talk on Folk Medicine and especially the demo by Diana Barrios on puffy tacos, guacamole, and pecan pie. The temperature was in the 70's and 80's and wonderful. It was hard to go back to 20's and 30's in Wisconsin.

(5)

The tour was very well organized, including the lectures' schedule, accommodations and meals. The quality of the instructors was superb. The leader of our group Jane Martin was not only knowledgeable of the subjects, but also was very warm and personable . It was a great tour.

(5)

I loved this very active program about the vibrant city of San Antonio and all the colorful history leading up to the State of Texas as we know it today. Chita Harris is a wonderful group leader and all her instructors were very knowledgeable and interesting.

(5)

This is a marvelous program if you enjoy learning about history. The activities are casual and there is no need for fancy clothes. There is quite a bit of walking involved, though our leader worked hard to accommodate various abilities within the group. I especially appreciated her efforts to help everyone feel at home in the group.






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