Climbing up/down stairs to access River Walk area of city and restaurants. Getting on/off a trolley. Walking up to 2 miles, standing 1-2 hours.
In the hotel’s second floor mezzanine, we’ll choose from a breakfast buffet including scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, yogurt, granola, fresh fruit, bagels, toast, muffins, jellies and jams, oatmeal, cold cereal, coffee, juices, tea and milk.
An expert from St. Philip's College will explain why Texas is the most universally famous place in America in a two-hour lecture of Texas history in the hotel’s ballroom, 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.”
At a historic hotel, located near Alamo Plaza, we will enjoy a delightful buffet lunch, plus 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. We’ll also learn about the development of the River Walk and its impact on the transformation of the area. 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 gallant defense by 182 Texans against Gen. Santa Anna’s army in 1836, “Remember the Alamo!” became a rallying cry for Texas independence. We'll hear the story of the Alamo, then 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 expert will take us inside for a peek at the elaborately appointed lobbies to see memorabilia from Roosevelt's time. We’ll understand more about Texas pride as we visit these historic sites. In late afternoon, we’ll board a narrated barge ride and learn how the city was able to turn a flood control project into a beautiful attraction that has become the center point of the city. We’ll 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.
At a local restaurant featuring plated meals with your choice of entree. Beverages include coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Continue to get acquainted with new friends in your small group over dinner.
We’ll be joined by a local expert — a lifetime resident of the city — who will explain why we’ve seeing sugar skulls and altars with flowers and personal items around town. It’s because we’re here during the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. We’ll learn about the ways people honor their ancestors and deceased family members.