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    The self proclaimed 'Cowboy Capital of the World', Bandera is the perfect place to take in an authentic ranch experience in Texas.

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    Quintessentially Texas, Bandera may be a small town, but it is full of character and provides a genuine hearty welcome. Predominantly know for its selection of guest ranches, Bandera has a whole host of working ranches, where guests can really get there hands mucky and experience the working life of a real cowboy. Take part in daily rides, help herd the Longhorn cattle, fix fences and enjoy cowboy cookouts on a stay at one of the many local dude ranches. 

    The town of Bandera itself is a mix of leather shops, general stores, restaurants and honky tonks. This is real cowboy country and a great opportunity to grab a drink and hear stories from those who work on the ranches.

    No trip to Bandera is complete without a visit to the local town rodeo, which is held every Friday night throughout summer. Watch as the local cowboys and cowgirls, compete in barrel racing, bull riding and roping events. A truly iconic Texan experience!

    With Bandera just being a short drive from San Antonio, along the scenic roads of the Texas Hill Country, it makes the ideal twin centre trip or the perfect stop as part of a large Texas fly drive.

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    • Top Tip 1

      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.

    • Top Tip 3

      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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  • Ranch & Riverwalk Twin Centre

    Begins in and ends in San Antonio, Texas

    8 Days / 7 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
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Activities & Meals at Dixie Dude Ranch
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.