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  • The second largest state in America, Texas is a leisure wonderland with an abundance of sunshine, spectacular countryside and sensational cities.

    • The Alamo

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    • Horse Riding in Hill Country

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    • Cowboy Boots

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    • Fort Worth Stockyard

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    • Downtown Houston

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    • Longhorn Cattle

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    • Flags in Dallas

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    • Fiesta Noche del Rio, San Antonio

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    • Battleship Texas

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    • Texas Capitol Building

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    • Bandera Saloon

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    • Dallas Cowboys

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    • Corpus Christi

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    Welcome to the Wild West. This south-west region of the USA delivers amazing sights, sites and experiences at every turn. There are vast open spaces, exciting cities, charming old world gems and outdoor activities, all coated with a unique layer of Tex-Mex style and flair. Find your inner John Wayne and soak up the atmosphere

    A big state with a bigger heart

    America’s second largest state, Texas doesn’t do anything in small doses. There’s the glittering city of shopping-heaven Dallas along with heritage-rich and relatively ‘petite’, but lively Austin which is surrounded by wilderness. Then there’s the gateway city of Houston, home to the nation’s space programme with a deserved reputation for its restaurant scene. American lifestyle fuses with Mexican flair in elegant San Antonio where the Tex-Mex cuisine, colourful history, charming boutiques and romantic evening river walks ensure a memorable stay. San Antonio is also where you’ll find The Alamo, which dates back to 1724 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Texas’ wide-open spaces beckon with dude-ranching, hiking trails and other outdoor pursuits whilst the theme parks and 900 golf courses are just the start of the entertainment and activities on offer. Don’t forget that Texas has its own coastline too – Galveston and Corpus Christi are the key coastal cities and the places to drink in the sea air as you wander around the waterfront before a delicious seafood dinner.

    No trip to Texas is complete without a stay on a ranch. From horseback riding to learning how to rope, the working dude ranches found in Texas are a great place to learn all about the cowboy culture and see how a real ranch works, while getting your hands dirty and helping out. The small town of Bandera, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, is the self proclaimed 'Cowboy Capital of the World' and features an abundance of ranches, honky tonks and small stores.  Every Friday night throughout summer, the town rodeo takes place and is an iconic Texan spectacle. 

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      If you fancy staying on a ranch in Texas, you can choose from a guest ranch (more like a hotel with riding), a working ranch (where you can get stuck in with the ranch hands) or a traditional dude ranch (somewhere between the two!).

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      No visit to San Antonio, Texas is complete without a visit to The Alamo and a meander along the Riverwalk with its array of bars and restaurants, many of which have live entertainment in the evenings.

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      No visit to Houston is complete without a trip to the NASA Space Centre. Admission is also included in the Houston City Pass.

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      Explore the German heritage of Texas' Hill Country region, by visiting the shops and attractions of historic Fredericksburg. Feast on German fare and music at the famous Oktoberfest in late September.

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      Discover world famous BBQ food in Austin at Franklins BBQ restaurant. Should you not be a fan of BBQ food, then sample one of the many food trucks around the city.

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      See 'America's Team', the Dallas Cowboys American Football team at the AT & T Stadium in Arlington. Contact us for details on tickets.

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      Friday night is Rodeo night in Bandera throughout the summer months. Make sure you don't miss the opportunity to see real cowboys taking part in events such as roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

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  • Texas Sights, Sands & Saddles

    Begins in Dallas, Texas and ends in Houston, Texas

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
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    • Longhorn Cattle

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    • Austin

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    • Horse Riding

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    • Capitol Building, Austin

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    • Riverwalk, San Antonio

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    Day 01 Day 02

    Arrive Dallas

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Dallas. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel where you will spend the first two nights of your Texas adventure. The ninth largest city in the United States, Dallas offers great shopping, dining and entertainment to its visitors, and is home to the Dallas Art District boasting numerous museums and galleries. We suggest a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, located at the very spot from where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot John F Kennedy. The museum examines the life and death of the much loved former president.

    Hotel: Fairmont Dallas

    33Mi/53Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Fort Worth

    It’s a short 30 minute drive today as you head towards the cowboy city of Fort Worth. Experience the wonderful art galleries in the city’s Cultural District, enjoy shopping in the 35-block Sundance Square, visit the Fort Worth Zoo and immerse yourself into true cowboy culture at the Stockyards National Historic District. After buying your own Stetson and spurred boots we recommend you visit Billy Bob’s, the world’s largest honkytonk, where a live rodeo takes places every Friday and Saturday night.

    Hotel: Hilton Fort Worth

    80Mi/129Km

    Day 05 Day 06 Day 07

    Ranching in Graham

    It's just an hour and a half drive east to Graham. The quaint Texan towns and beautifully scenic vistas en route make it a pleasurable journey. We've allowed three nights at Wildcatter Ranch as there is so much to keep you entertained. Your stay includes a horseback trail ride each day, crossing some of the ranch's beautiful 1,500 acres, as well as either archery or skeet shooting each afternoon. In addition, you can feed the Longhorns their breakfasts, canoe Conner Creek, hike the trails or just relax by the pool. Breakfast and dinner at Wildcatter Steakhouse is also included.

    Hotel: Wildcatter Ranch

    227Mi/365Km

    Day 08 Day 09

    Austin

    Today’s drive takes you south to Austin; the state capital, renowned for its lively music scene. Country, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz and Latin can be heard throughout nearly 200 music venues. By day, explore the history of Texas State at The Texas Bob Bullock Texas State Museum and take a stroll around Ladybird Lake. By night, sample barbeque and Tex-Mex culinary specialities at a wide choice of restaurants, and watch the nightly spectacle where around 750,000 bats swarm from the Congress Bridge at sunset.

    Hotel: The Driskill

    79Mi/127Km

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    San Antonio

    Leaving the vibrant state capital behind, make the short journey to San Antonio where we have allowed three nights to enjoy this popular area. Discover the iconic Alamo on a historic city tour, sample original Tex-Mex cuisine, experience the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande and explore the famous River Walk; a network of cobblestone paths that run along the river connecting cafes, hotels, shops and theatres. San Antonio is a very pretty city with lots of character and attractions for its visitors.

    Hotel: Omni La Mansion Del Rio

    192Mi/309Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Houston

    Get ready for another big city experience, as today you journey east to the USA’s fourth largest city; Houston. Comprising a number of distinct districts, enjoy world-class ballet, opera and performing arts in city’s Theatre District, visit the many museums in the Museum District, and indulge at Houston Galleria; one of America’s largest shopping malls in the Galleria District. We suggest you visit the NASA Space Center Houston where America’s fascinating history of passion for outer space comes to life.

    Hotel: Omni Houston

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute relaxation before making your way to Houston Airport, to return your rental car and checking in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2480 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Ranch & Riverwalk Twin Centre

    Begins in and ends in San Antonio, Texas

    7 nights/8 Days

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Activities & Meals at Dixie Dude Ranch
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    • Dixie Dude Ranch

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    • Riverwalk, San Antonio

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    • Alamo, San Antonio

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    Day 01

    Arrive San Antonio

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Antonio, Texas. Upon arrival, transfer to the Omni La Mansion hotel, located in downtown San Antonio, overlooking the famous Riverwalk.

    Hotel: Omni La Mansion del Rio

    Day 02 Day 03

    San Antonio

    The next two days are free to explore the charming city of San Antonio. We highly recommend taking a tour of the Alamo, a UNESCO world heritage site, where the Texan army took on a much larger Mexican army, in one of the most famous battles in the US. Away from the Alamo, the Mexican Market offers you the chance to grab some great bargains and souvenirs. The Riverwalk really comes alive on an evening, with a variety of bars and restaurants all offering alfresco dining in a uniquely southern atmosphere.

    Hotel: Omni La Mansion del Rio

    52Mi/84Km

    Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07

    Bandera

    Today you will drive out of San Antonio into the beautiful surroundings of the Texas Hill Country and the Dixie Dude Ranch in Bandera. You will be staying on the ranch for the next 4 nights, where you will get a truly authentic ranching experience. The ranch is not a resort ranch but a fully working dude ranch, where you will get to take part in activities such as horseback riding, feeding the longhorn cattle and learning to lasso. Should you want to relax, the ranch also offers an outdoor swimming pool and massage therapies.

    Hotel: Dixie Dude Ranch

    Day 08

    Journey Home

    Today, you will journey back from Bandera to San Antonio International Airport, where you will drop off your rental car and depart on your chosen scheduled flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1895 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. All meals and activities are included while staying on the ranch. Other prices available on request.

    Route 66

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California

    23 Days / 22 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book

    Itinerary 2
    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

    Itinerary 3
    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    One of the most renowned driving routes in the world, historic Route 66 spans across North America, from Chicago in the east to Los Angeles in the west. Covering over 2,000 miles, it takes three weeks or longer to complete the journey in its entirety so we have created three options to choose from: the entire journey (Chicago to Los Angeles); Chicago to Albuquerque or Oklahoma City to Los Angeles. The journeys shown are based on car rental, however motorbikes or motorhomes can be substituted should you prefer them.

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    • Gas Station on Route 66

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    • Giant Bottle on Route 66

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    Day 01 Day 02 Day 03

    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Chicago is one of the most popular US cities and it’s easy to see why. A myriad of attractions and the fabled ‘Magnificent Mile’ of shopping keep its visitors entertained and the cultural mix provides for fabulous dining options too.

    Hotel: Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel

    202Mi/325Km

    Day 04

    Springfield

    Make your way to Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive this morning, considered the official starting place of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Welcome Centre in Joliet, see a 28-foot-tall spaceman in Wilmington and have a bite to eat at the Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield before arriving at your hotel.

    Hotel: President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree, Springfield

    96Mi/155Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    St. Louis

    Have lunch at the Ariston Café in Litchfield, which is one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66. Stop at Henry’s Rabbit Ranch where a replica of a vintage gas station and displays of highway memorabilia can be found, and make a slight detour to walk across the old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Madison, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

    Hotel: St Louis Union Station DoubleTree

    289Mi/465Km

    Day 07

    Springfield

    Leaving the Mississippi River behind today, you’ll travel through the picturesque Ozark Mountains towards the small city of Springfield, Missouri. A stop at the Meramec Caverns near Stanton is a must.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by HIlton Springfield

    113Mi/182Km

    Day 08

    Tulsa

    You’ll cross three states today; you’ll leave Missouri, briefly drive through Kansas and arrive in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Along the way, stop at the ‘4 Women on The Route’ restored gas station in Galena, cross the Rainbow Curve Bridge in Baxter Springs, visit the Route 66 Packard Museum in Afton, see the world’s largest Totem Pole in Foyil and peruse the giant Blue Whale in Catoosa.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Tulsa

    107Mi/173Km

    Day 09

    Oklahoma City

    It’s a short drive today past the Cherokee Outlet towards Oklahoma City. Walk around the Oklahoma City Zoo or botanical gardens and visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma Downtown

    260Mi/419Km

    Day 10

    Amarillo

    Today’s drive brings you into the cowboy state of Texas. Stop en route at the entertaining Sand Hills Curiosity Shop in Erick, visit the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, the Devil’s Rope Barbed Wire Museum in McLean, the leaning water tower in Groom and the VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, where five VW Beetles are buried nose-down in the ground.

    Hotel: Courtyard Amarillo Downtown

    279Mi/449Km

    Day 11 Day 12

    Santa Fe

    Briefly taking the I-40 which replaced the old Route 66, you’ll witness ghost towns which were once thriving when Route 66 was a major highway. Stop at the Midpoint Café in Adrian, which marks the midpoint of the old Route 66, equidistantly 1139 miles from Los Angeles and Chicago. We have allowed a full day in Santa Fe, which is America’s oldest state capital, to relax and explore.

    Hotel: Inn & Spa at Loretto

    61Mi/98Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Albuquerque

    It’s a short but scenic journey to Albuquerque, so why not venture off the freeway along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway? You’ll enjoy breathtaking views from atop Sandia Crest, and pass through the mining towns of Los Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden. Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and is full of exciting attractions such as the historic downtown and city zoo.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque

    140Mi/226Km

    Day 15

    Gallup

    Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the 66 Diner on Central Avenue before getting back on the road. Stop at Grants, where some of the historic Route 66 motels and shops still exist, before arriving in the old railroad town of Gallup on the western edge of New Mexico. Visit the historic El Rancho Hotel and drive down motel row, which sparkles with vintage neon motel signs.

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Gallup

    186Mi/299Km

    Day 16 Day 17

    Flagstaff

    Crossing the border into Arizona, today’s drive promises some great sights. Stop at the Petrified Forest; the only National Park to contain a section of historic Route 66, pass through the ghost town of Two Guns, stop for a photo in Winslow and visit the Meteor Crater. In Flagstaff, we recommend you take time to explore the historic downtown area.

    Hotel: Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

    167Mi/269Km

    Day 18

    Kingman

    Back on the road, you’ll enjoy stops in Williams, where the Grand Canyon Railroad takes passengers to the Grand Canyon, and Seligman, which is rich in Route 66 nostalgia including the famous Snow Cap Drive-In. Kingman is home to the Route 66 Museum, as well as many scenic walking trails.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus, A Wayfarer's Inn

    207Mi/333Km

    Day 19

    Barstow

    Leaving Arizona behind, you cross the magnificent Mojave Desert en route towards California - which is the last state on the Route 66 journey. We suggest a stop at the small Wild West-style town of Oatman, where gift shops, saloon bars and live shows are sure to entertain, before crossing the Colorado River and arriving in California.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Desert Villa Inn

    131Mi/211Km

    Day 20 Day 21 Day 22

    Santa Monica

    There is plenty to see on the final stretch of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Museum in Victorville, see the Wigwam Motel and the McDonald’s Restaurant Museum in San Bernardino and enjoy a fresh orange juice at Bono’s Big Orange in Fontana. You’ll drive through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before reaching Santa Monica Pier, the official end of Route 66! We have allowed a three night stay in Santa Monica for you to relax and enjoy the many attractions of Los Angeles.

    Hotel: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

    13Mi/21Km

    Day 23

    Journey home

    Take the short drive to Los Angeles Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    Itinerary 1
    From £2949 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Itinerary 2 & 3
    From £1675 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the route involved and locations visited, some hotels featured are tourist class only. Should you wish to stay in higher graded properties please let us know and we will amend the route accordingly. One way drop off fees are applicable on these routes and are payable locally.

  • Houston CityPass

    Houston

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    Explore the vibrant city of Houston with the CityPass, including five of the city’s best attractions:

    • Space Centre Houston
    • Downtown Aquarium
    • Houston Museum of Natural Science
    • Houston Zoo OR Museum of Fine Arts - Houston
    • Children's Museum of Houston OR Kemah Boardwalk

    Pre-booking takes away any worries of missing out and saves you time and money, often allowing you to skip the queues. CityPass tickets are valid for nine days from the first day of use.

    Prices

    £50 per person

     

    Dallas CityPass

    Dallas

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    Explore the vibrant city of Dallas with the CityPass, including four of the city’s best attractions:

    • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
    • Reunion Tower Geo-Deck
    • Dallas Zoo OR The Sixth Floor Museum
    • George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum OR Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

    Pre-booking takes away any worries of missing out and saves you time and money, often allowing you to skip the queues. CityPass tickets are valid for nine days from the first day of use.

    Prices

    £41 per person

     

    US Formula One Grand Prix 2017 - Austin

    Austin

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    • Circuit of the America's

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    Experience the thrills of the 6th US Grand Prix from the Circuit of the America's in Austin, Texas. One of the most exciting and anticipated races on the Grand Prix calendar, the US Grand Prix is one not to be missed.

    Departs: October 19th 2017
    Duration: 4 Nights

    Includes:

    • Return scheduled flights to Austin, Texas
    • 4 nights at the Hotel Indigo Downtown
    • Practice, qualifying and race day tickets (general admission)

    Day 1 – Thursday 19th October 2017

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Austin, Texas. Upon arrival transfer independently to the Hotel Indigo Downtown, your hotel for the next 4 nights. Enjoy a leisurely evening, sightseeing in downtown Austin and enjoying the famous Texan hospitality.

    Day 2 – Friday 20th October 2017

    Make your own way to the Circuit of the Americas (via the Shuttle bus which runs from the Austin Conference Centre, a few steps from your hotel) this morning to catch the action from the two practice sessions.

    Provisional F1 Practice Day Schedule
    10:00am - 11:30am: Formula 1 Practice 1
    14:00 - 15:30 - Formula 1 Practice 2

    After practice, make your way back to downtown Austin, where you will have some time at leisure to explore the quirky city and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

    Day 3 Qualifying Day – Saturday 21st October 2017

    Today, you will again make your own way across to the circuit for the final practice session, which is then followed by the qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix.

    Provisional F1 Qualifying Day Schedule 
    10:00am-11:00am: Formula 1 Practice 3
    13:00 - 14:00: Formula 1 Qualifying

    Once qualifying is complete, make your own way back to Austin and spend some time at leisure. Why not include a city tour as part of your itinerary and be introduced to the cities fascinating districts.

    Day 4 Race Day - Sunday 22nd October 2017

    Today is race day! Transfer independently across to the circuit in ample time to enjoy the pre-race atmosphere and soak up the sights and smells of the Grand Prix. Lights out is scheduled for 14:00, but ensure you are ready for the action early as the build up will start hours before.

    Provisional F1 Race Day Schedule
    12.30pm: Formula 1 Driver Track Parade
    14:00 - 16:00: Formula 1 US Grand Prix

    After the race, make your way back downtown to enjoy the famous nightlife in the bars and restaurants of Austin

    Day 5 - Monday 23rd October 2017

    Spend the morning at leisure and take the opportunity to either do some last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping. Depart Austin on your chosen scheduled flight back to the UK.  

    Prices

    From £1959 per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe King Room. Prices are based on standard general admission. Upgraded tickets allowing additional access and preferred stand seating are available on request. Contact us for full details.

    Dallas Sports Break

    Dallas

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    • AT&T Stadium

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    • SMU Mustangs

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    • Downtown Dallas

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    Spend 5 nights in one of the most vibrant cities in the south, with our Dallas Sports Break. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and no more is this true than for American Football and in particular the biggest team in the USA, the Dallas Cowboys. See the most valuable sports team in the world and 5 time Super Bowl winners take on the Kansas City Chiefs at the spectacular AT&T stadium. We have also included tickets to a college football game the night prior, to see the SMU Mustangs take on the UCF Knights at the Gerald Ford Stadium. Soak up the unique atmosphere pregame, as thousands descend to see these two colleges go head to head.

    Departs: November 2nd 2017
    Duration: 5 Nights

    Includes:

    • Return scheduled flights to Dallas
    • 5 nights at the Sheraton Dallas
    • Tickets to SMU Mustangs vs UCF Knights College Football game
    • Tickets to Dallas Cowboys vs Kansas City Chiefs Football game.
    Prices

    From £1399 per person, based on two sharing a Standard Room. Other room and ticket categories are available on request.