Galveston
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  • Galveston: Historic Ports, Pirates & Architecture Tour

    1. Galveston: Historic Ports, Pirates & Architecture Tour

    Explore the historic side og Galveston as you step aboard the coach for a comfortable ride around the island city. Learn all about Galveston's interesting history as you hear pirate stories and about the families that shaped the city. See the incredible mansions and main historic sights as well as the port of Galveston. Meet at the Galveston Experience Company and get your free souvenir photo to start your tour. Get on the 20-passenger, handicap accessible bus with flat screen audio/video presentation, dual A/C, leather seats with seatbelts. Drive past historic homes, the Port of Galveston, the Wharves, Pirate Jean Lafitte's Maison Rouge ruins, UTMB, the Strand, Post Office, and much more. For newcomers to the island of Galveston, this tour offers a great introduction to the Island and its rich history. Learn about Moody Mansion, the history of the Port of Galveston, check out Bishop's...

  • From Houston: 6-Hour Galveston Island Tour

    2. From Houston: 6-Hour Galveston Island Tour

    Galveston Island is located on the coastline of Texas, just 50 miles from Downtown Houston. The island offers 32 miles of beaches, abundant leisure, vibrant historic areas, and one of the largest well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the United States. Discover the relaxed atmosphere of the island as you explore the relaxing beaches, antique stores, art galleries, and excellent restaurants. Explore the treasures and beauty of this historic island on this 6-hour tour. After the panoramic tour of the city of Galveston you will enjoy a fun dolphin watching tour. Cruising out in a safe jet drive boat, you will get up close to view dolphins in their natural habitat.

    Although there was a lot of driving the tour was just as advertised. The Pretour of downtown Houston made the most of the area and showed the main areas. The Galveston driver was polite and entertaining. They drop the NASA people off first then give you a chance to see the coast then the bishops house before some time to yourself before dolphin watching. Surprisingly we actually saw dolphins and plenty of them with the captain being funny and circling back so we could see more dolphins. The staff at all points of contact were unbelievably helpful and friendly and went out of their way to help. Galveston was a lot bigger than expected but was great to see. The mix of shops on the strand made for great exploring.

  • Houston: Top-5 Attractions Pass with Transportation

    3. Houston: Top-5 Attractions Pass with Transportation

    Visit Houston's top 5 attractions in any order you wish throughout 7 consecutive days from the first day of use. You can visit the attractions at your own pace, seeing several attractions in one day or spreading them out over your whole trip. You’ll be able to fully experience each place and still have plenty of time to explore Houston. See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Houston on a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour by double-decker bus. From an excellent vantage point on the top deck of the bus, listen to fascinating audio and live commentary as you cruise past important landmarks. Uncover the mysteries of outer space on an exhilarating visit to the Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. During your self-guided tour of one of Houston’s top attractions, ride a tram on an orientation tour of the Space Center The Downtown Aq...

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Overall rating

3.3 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Although there was a lot of driving the tour was just as advertised. The Pretour of downtown Houston made the most of the area and showed the main areas. The Galveston driver was polite and entertaining. They drop the NASA people off first then give you a chance to see the coast then the bishops house before some time to yourself before dolphin watching. Surprisingly we actually saw dolphins and plenty of them with the captain being funny and circling back so we could see more dolphins. The staff at all points of contact were unbelievably helpful and friendly and went out of their way to help. Galveston was a lot bigger than expected but was great to see. The mix of shops on the strand made for great exploring.

A great day, although not quite what was advertised.

In the end we had *one hour* in Galveston to sightsee at our own pace *and* to have lunch. However, we did get to see lots of Houston I would have otherwise missed, and we did stop for 15 minutes or so on the beach front of Galveston which was wild and windy, and we did go on a boat trip and got to see pods of dolphins. It's just a matter of marrying up the programme description to the actuality of the outcome.