2017 DU National Convention Tours

All tours have a 15-person minimum. Tours that do not reach the minimum by Monday, May 1, will be cancelled.

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Alamo and Missions Tour $35

3 HOURS: 9:00 AM – NOON and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY

Tour the former Spanish mission turned fortress and experience the Alamo, firsthand. Hear the gallant story of heroes who died fighting for freedom – Travis, Bowie, Crockett and Esparza. Their refusal to surrender in the face of overwhelming odds stirred America and gave birth to Texas. Today, the Alamo is the heart of San Antonio and is Texas' most visited historic landmark.

Your next stops include Mission Concepción and the San José Mission. Established more than 250 years ago, Mission Concepción was constructed of bedrock and adorned with colorful frescos inside and out. Today, only four rooms show remnants of these colorful designs. Be sure to see the most famous fresco on the convent room ceiling. The San José Mission, considered the Queen of the Missions, was built with Texas limestone and brightly colored stucco. During your tour, discover the secrets of the Rose Window and see the stairway that leads to the belfry. All 25 risers were hand-hewn from a single log and assembled without nails or pegs.

Gardens Tour $35

3 HOURS: 9:00 AM – NOON
TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY
 

On this tour, you will visit two of San Antonio's most popular spots – the Japanese Tea Garden and the Botanical Garden. Once a rock quarry, the Japanese Tea Garden provides unmatched beauty and serenity. Relax as you wander over shaded
walkways and stone arched bridges to the 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi. Experience the tranquility of the garden with its non-traditional landscape before heading to the Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden is filled with native plants from the East Texas piney woods, Texas Hill Country and South Texas, along with formal beds with ever-changing displays of fun colors and textures.

River Walk Food Tour $140

5 HOURS: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY

If the saying is true that the San Antonio River symbolizes the heart and soul of the city, then the River Walk and its barges provide the arteries to access all the treasures the city has to offer. Food is certainly one of San Antonio's treasures, so bring your appetite on this tour. Another treasure of San Antonio is its history. Between food stops, you will hear stories of San Antonio's local folklore.

Your first stop will be at Casa Rio, easily recognizable on the River Walk by its colored umbrellas and its classic Mexican cuisine. Then you are off to Boudro's where lunch will be served on the barge. What tour would be complete without stops for margaritas, ice cream and spiced churros, a fried-dough pastry. After eating, you will disembark the barge at Biga on the Banks for a two-block walk to El Mercado, the largest Mexican market in the United States, to explore the three-block outdoor plaza lined with shops, restaurants and produce stands. The tour wraps up with an enjoyable cruise back to the Marriott Rivercenter. This tour includes barge tour, lunch on the barge, one margarita (or substitute a non-alcoholic drink), ice cream and spiced churros.

Wine Tour $120 (closed; tour is full)

7 HOURS: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY
Call Dana Barton, 901-240-5102, to be put on a waiting list for this tour

An adventure awaits you in Fredericksburg where your first stop is in historic downtown. Discover the many flavors of Fredericksburg with its quaint shops or grab lunch on your own before heading to two of the Texas Hill Country's famous wineries, Grape Creek and Beckers, for wine tasting and private tours of the wineries.

The Texas Hill Country is the second-most visited wine region in the United States, behind only California's Napa Valley. The perfect mix of sun and soil in Central Texas lends its resources for growing high-quality grapes and producing award-winning wines. Experience the allure of picturesque vineyards, charming tasting rooms and barrel cellars filled with premium wines that showcase the unique Texas Hill Country.

Tubing on the Guadalupe $110

6 HOURS: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY

Put on your swimsuit and join us on a relaxing tube ride down the Guadalupe River. After your 3.5-hour float, enjoy lunch at the Gristmill and shopping in Gruene. Gruene is a quaint town with a variety of specialty shops and antiques.
Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a waterproof camera and a change of clothes. Water shoes or sneakers are recommended. This tour includes tubes (with or without bottoms), cooler tubes per eight people (loaded with ice, beverages, and snacks), and lunch at the Gristmill. Ages 6 and up.