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Lone Star

Dallas 1 night
Austin 2 nights
San Antonio 2 nights
Big Bend National Park 2 nights
El Paso 1 night
Albuquerque 2 nights
Amarillo 1 night
Fort Worth 1 night

Day 1: Fly to Dallas. On arrival collect your car and make your way to your hotel.

Day 2 Dallas/Austin: Before setting off, perhaps visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza or enjoy some of the fabulous shopping. Drive south to Austin, capital of Texas (207 miles).

Day 3 Austin: Perhaps take a tour of the breathtaking Texas Capitol building, enjoy the city from beautiful Lady Bird Lake, see why it's famous as a foodie destination and be sure to hear some live music, as Austin is regarded as the Live Music Capital of the World!

Day 4 Austin/San Antonio: If time allows, visit the LBJ Presidential Library before you drive further south to the beautiful city of San Antonio (80 miles)

Day 5 San Antonio: This incredible city has plenty to see and do, from world-class museums, historical sights and cultural landmarks, including the world-famous Alamo. Also not to be missed is the wonderful River Walk, which runs for several miles through downtown San Antonio and offers speciality shops and al fresco dining.

Day 6 San Antonio/Big Bend National Park: Head west towards the vast Big Bend National Park. The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River form its southern boundary and it's the only park in the US that contains a complete mountain range - the Chisos (371 miles).

Day 7 Big Bend National Park: Big Bend offers many exciting activities from hiking and biking to horse riding, river trips and looking for wildlife.

Day 8 Big Bend National Park/El Paso: The drive today takes you as far west as you can in Texas, to El Paso. Its unique desert landscapes are home to diverse flora and fauna, and the city is rich in cultural attractions (292 miles).

Day 9 El Paso/Albuquerque: Continue north into New Mexico to Albuquerque, a former Spanish colonial settlement and now regarded as a regional arts hub (268 miles).

Day 10 Albuquerque: Take a stroll around Old Town, visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre, or for incredible views take a ride on the stunning Sandia Peak Tramway.

Day 11 Albuquerque/Amarillo: Your drive today takes you back into Texas as you head east to Amarillo, gateway to Palo Duro Canyon, America's second largest canyon (286 miles).

Day 12 Amarillo/Fort Worth: Your final destination is Fort Worth, where the must see is the Stockyards National Historic District.

Day 13 Fort Worth: Return your car at the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily

Accommodation: 4* Warwick Melrose-Dallas; 3* Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Austin; 3* Hyatt Place Riverwalk, San Antonio; 3* Chisos Mountain Lodge, Big Bend; 3* Ramada, El Paso; 3* BW Plus Rio Grande Inn, Albuquerque; 3*Plus  Baymont Inn & Suites, Amarillo; 3* Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Fort Worth

Meals: Room only. Breakfast included in San Antonio and Fort Worth.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return international flights to Dallas, compact 4 door car with fully inclusive insurance and 12 nights accommodation.

12 nights self-drive tour from 1999pp

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