Getting on/off a trolley, on/off a public barge. Climbing up/down stairs to access River Walk area of city and restaurants. Walking up to 2 miles, standing 1-2 hours.
Each day in the hotel’s second floor mezzanine, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as make-your-own Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, coffee and more.
We’ll be joined by a college professor who will explain why Texas is the most universally famous place in America in a two hour lecture focusing on the sweeping events and fascinating characters that make this the amazing place it is. John Steinbeck once wrote, “I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion.”
At a historic hotel near Alamo Plaza, we will have a buffet meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Led by a local expert, we’ll embark on a walking field trip to explore some of San Antonio’s most iconic sites. The Spanish colonial mission we know as the Alamo was established in 1718 and moved to its current location in 1724. Its history is fascinating and complex. After the fallen defense by 182 Texans against General Santa Anna’s army in 1836, “Remember the Alamo!” became a rallying cry for Texan independence. We’ll hear the story of the Alamo and have some time to go inside to visit the shrine, view artifacts, and watch a short movie. The Menger, the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi, was established in 1859 and set the standard of luxury for its day. Among the historic events that took place here, Teddy Roosevelt recruited his “Rough Riders” cavalry brigade. Our local expert will bring us inside for a peek at the elaborately appointed lobbies to see the memorabilia from T.R.’s time. In late afternoon, we’ll go out and board a public barge for a narrated ride on the San Antonio River. Situated 20 feet below street level and just steps from the famed Alamo, we’ll see how stone pathways connect shops, restaurants, hotels, and museums with a blend of architecture that reflects the development of this centuries-old metropolis. The barge pilot will tell us about the history of the area and the structures we pass as we float along the river. We’ll return to the hotel at the end of our field trip for time to relax or enjoy the hotel’s “kickback” reception.
At a local restaurant featuring plated meals with your choice of entree. Beverages include coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Continue getting acquainted with new friends.
We’ll be joined by a local expert — a lifetime resident of the city — who will regale us with stories about the city's interesting past and colorful characters.