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Half-Day Afternoon City Tour of Historic San Antonio

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Half-Day Afternoon City Tour of Historic San Antonio

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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Overview

Discover the confluence of cultures and historic events that shaped modern-day San Antonio on a 4-hour evening coach tour. Designed to complement the optional half-day morning tour for a complete overview of the city’s history, the tour makes three stops to points of interest including the Japanese Tea Garden, the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Mission Concepcion, San Jose and the Alamo(optional). Along the way, learn Texas trivia and enjoy live narration from a local guide.
  • 4-hour afternoon coach tour of San Antonio's historic sites and modern attractions
  • Learn about the city's 300-year-old history and rich confluence of cultures
  • Make three stops and pass by more than a dozen attractions and sights
  • See the UNESCO-listed Alamo and other missions
  • Designed to complete a grand city overview when combined with an optional half-day morning tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off (downtown hotels only)
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Guide Gratuities (optional)
Lunch

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1:00 PM
We pick up from downtown area hotels starting 15 - 30 mins prior to the start of the tour. If you did not select a downtown hotel upon booking, you must confirm your reservation at least 48 hours prior to tour departure.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note the contact info you provide to Viator is what we will use to contact you, if needed. Should you wish to provide an alternative phone number or email to reach you at while traveling, please give us a call at 800-341-6000
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Antonio
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Afternoon City Tour of Historic San Antonio ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Afternoon City Tour of Historic San Antonio ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Unfortunately, the museum stops were not open on Monday so we could not see inside." See review
  • "To cover the city, you need to take all day tour." See review
  • "This was a small group tour and we enjoyed the small group and the lack of crowd that you get with other tours." See review

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star-4
Mission Tour
Linda_K
, May 2022
Loved the missions ! Then a looping tour up north & to the Japanese Gardens. Only complaint: guide was not quiet in old mission churches (signs clearly asked guides to give presentations outside) & spoke loudly though folks around were obviously praying.
star-5
Give Alex a raise!!!
Patricia_H
, May 2022
Alex our tour guide was wonderful. He was very informative and funny. We learned a lot about the city of San Antonio.
star-5
Great tour! Would recommend. Alex was especially funny, knowledgeable and entertaining and accommodated our requests.
Faith_R
, Apr 2022
Alex was a great tour guide telling us lots about The history of the missions etc He also accommodated our requests. I really liked the Japanese tea gardens and the grotto by the riverside. Great tour. I recommend
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are so glad you had a great tour and found it informative; thanks for taking your time to write a review; Alex and all of our guides are very knowledgeable and fun and strive to give each and every guest a memorable and meaningful experience; please come back and see us soon and try our San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site or our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour.
star-5
Best tour
YELENA_M
, Apr 2022
One of the best experiences. Very educational and fun, small group setting is very enjoyable. Our host Alex was amazing.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are so glad you had a great tour and appreciated our guide; thanks for taking your time to write a review; please come back and see us soon and try our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour or our San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour.
star-5
Alex did a great job of pointing out and talking about the points of interest.
Rod_M
, Apr 2022
The history of the establishment of the missions by the Franciscan Monks and the rugged life they led was fascinating.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Rod: We are so glad you had a great tour and appreciated our guide; thanks for taking your time to write a review; please come back and see us soon and try our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour or our San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour.
star-5
If you go to San Antonio, this is the tour for you.
Rudy_C
, Apr 2022
Our guide, Alex, did a fantastic job for us! We got a personalized tour, of which, Alex was very knowledgeable. The pace of the tour was perfect for us. Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Rudy: We are so glad you had a great tour and appreciated our guide Alex; thanks for taking your time to write a review; please come back and see us soon and try our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour or our San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour.
star-5
Hidden San Antonio; Beyond the Riverwalk
Scott_N
, Mar 2022
We are so glad we took the half-day tour of San Antonio and appreciated our guide's research and enthusiasm for the sights we visited. We would highly recommend this tour. On our own, we would not have seen the Carlos Cortes grotto hidden north of downtown, or watched the Riverwalk boat locks operate, or enjoyed the amazing incorporation of old brewery machinery into the luxurious Emma hotel, or detected the unique celestial features of the Concepcion mission. There are many hidden gems in San Antonio that are only discovered with an expert-led tour like this one.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Scott: We are so glad you had a great tour and appreciated our guide; thanks for taking your time to write a review; please come back and see us soon and try our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour or our San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour.
star-5
Our San Antonio tour
Melissa_G
, Mar 2022
Great day, great guide Domingo was awesome we learned so much about the awesome history of San Antonio the beautiful sites and beautiful architecture. It was a fun day highly recommend this tour
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We are so glad you had a great tour and found it informative. All of our tour itineraries are very carefully researched and designed to be historically accurate, interesting and also entertaining. thanks for taking your time to write a review; Perry and all of our guides are very knowledgeable and fun and strive to give each and every guest a memorable and meaningful experience; please come back and see us soon and try our San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour or our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour.
star-5
Sites worth seeing
Curt_Q
, Nov 2021
We really enjoyed learning more about San Antonio and seeing the Japanese Garden and Mission San Jose
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Curt, thank you so much for taking your time to write such a great review. We strive to provide an amazing and memorable experience through San Antonio. Your review has truly made our day! Please come back and see us again soon, we think you would also enjoy our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour.
star-5
Wonderful tour!
John_M
, Nov 2021
The missions, the River/dams and the Japanese gardens. Our guide was really good: informed, personable and patient.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
John, thank you so much for taking your time to write such a great review. We strive to provide an amazing and memorable experience through the Museum and Mission Reaches in San Antonio. Your review has truly made our day! Please come back and see us again soon, we think you would also enjoy our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour.
star-5
Alex, guide extraordinaire.
Patrice_H
, Jul 2021
The guide, Alex knew everything, was very willing to share and had great customer service skills. I highly recommend his tours.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Patrice: Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a positive review! We strive to provide each and every guest with a memorable experience. Alex and all of our guides strive to provide excellent sightseeing tours. Your review truly made our day! Please come back and see us again soon, we think you would also enjoy our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour.
star-5
Nice guardian
Chiyong_T
, Jul 2021
Very nice..good guardian..I want to back to sanantoio again.. Thanks.. Was so hot ..but he was so nicer.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a positive review. We strive to provide each and every guest with a fun, informative, meaningful and memorable experience. Our guides strive to personalize each tour; they are the Best in Texas, and we are not just bragging!! Your review truly made our day! Please come back and see us soon, we think you would also enjoy our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour.
star-4
Tour of San antonio
DENNIS_S
, Jun 2021
Yes it was fine , but disappointed we didn’t get to see inside Alamo . Tour was misrepresented about that.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a positive review. We strive to provide each and every guest with a fun, informative, meaningful and memorable experience. Our guides strive to personalize each tour; they are the Best in Texas, and we are not just bragging!! Your review truly made our day! Please come back and see us soon, we think you would also enjoy our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour.
star-5
Great Time Touring San Antonio
Loretta_T
, Jun 2021
Our Tour Guide, Domingo was extremely knowledgeable of the history of San Antonio. He was also courteous and patient as he responded to our many questions. The tour itinerary was interesting and fun. We especially enjoyed the Grotto and the Japanese Tea Garden which I’m sure we would have missed if we had chosen to venture out on our own.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Lorreta: Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a positive review. We strive to provide each and every guest with a fun, informative, meaningful and memorable experience. Domingo and all of our guides strive to personalize each tour; they are the Best in Texas, and we are not just bragging!! Your review truly made our day! Please come back and see us soon, we think you would also enjoy our award winning Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour or our Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour!
star-5
Informative and fun!
Bonnie_B
, Apr 2021
Had a great time. Got to see a lot of cool places and in a small group. Our guide was awesome! Had never been to the Missions.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Bonnie: Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a great review. We strive to provide each and every guest with a fun, informative, meaningful and memorable experience. Our guides strive to personalize each tour; and our guides are the Best in Texas. Your review truly made our day! Please come back and see us soon, we think you would also enjoy our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour!
star-5
Fabulous. Informative
Conrad_B
, Apr 2021
All of it. We did the morning tour one day and the afternoon another. Domingo is a great tour guide. We were the only ones on the afternoon tour. Very personalized. Domingo had been our tour guide for the mission tour so there was no repetition. The art work around town is amazing.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Conrad: Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a great review. We strive to provide each and every guest with a fun, informative, meaningful and memorable experience. Our guides strive to personalize each tour; and Domingo is one of the Best in Texas. Your review truly made our day!
star-5
Mission Tour
Donna_J
, Mar 2021
There must have been a mix up with our tour. I had requested to see the missions and our guide was expecting to take us on a city tour. He was very willing to accommodate us and changed our tour to the missions, which we really appreciated. He did a fantastic job showing us all of the missions in San Antonio. He was very knowledgeable and answered our questions, we learned a great deal about the history of Texas. We weren’t expecting snacks, but for the money, it would have been nice to at least have a bottle of water. Overall we enjoyed ourselves.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a positive review. We strive to provide each and every guest with a fun, informative, meaningful and memorable experience. Our guides strive to personalize each tour; they are the Best in Texas, and we are not just bragging!! Also, we will plan to re-introduce bottled water in the weeks to come as Covid protocols evolve. We apologize for any inconvenience. Your review truly made our day! Please come back and see us soon, we think you would also enjoy our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour.
star-5
A great way to spend a day
Loretta_W
, Nov 2020
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and very accommodating to our needs, especially to the lady in the electric wheel chair. It would have been difficult to find a better tour guide. We were disappointed that the last 2 missions were closed but the guide gave a very good synopsis from the outside of the missions.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for taking hour time to write such a positive review. All of our guides are first rate historians when it comes to San Antonio and Central and South Texas. Please come back and visit with us soon, we think you would enjoy our 5 star Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour!
star-5
San Antonio mission trip
Loretta_W
, Nov 2020
Eric our driver was extremely educated on the history of San Antonio and the missions he made the trip very enjoyable if we came back we would ask for him again
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for taking hour time to write such a positive review. Eric and all of our guides are first rate historians when it comes to San Antonio and Central and South Texas. Please come back and visit with us soon, we think you would enjoy our 5 star Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour!
star-5
Great San Antonio City Tour
Patti
, Oct 2020
Our tour guide did a wonderful job educating us on the history of San Antonio. We especially liked the tours of the Mission Concepcion and Mission San Pedro.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
We are thrilled that you had a great tour!. Thanks for taking your time to write such a positive review and please come back and visit with us again soon - I think you would also like our Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour!

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