Texas small group vacation, America

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01 May 2017
US $ 3139
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23 Sep 2017
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03 Oct 2017
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30 Apr 2018
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22 Sep 2018
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02 Oct 2018
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Responsible tourism: Texas small group vacation, America

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travelers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travelers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

This tour enjoys and contributes to Austin’s vibrant music and culture scene. Tourism is key to the commercial success of Austin, and helps the provision of job opportunities for local musicians.

Your stay on a Western Ranch is a wonderful experience and no better way to experience the ‘wild west’ than with a saddle and riding into the undiscovered Texan plains. Your visit helps with the preservation of this historic way of life. It helps to ensure that younger generations can enjoy this facility and learn new skills such as horse-riding, fly-fishing, and outdoor cookouts.

Reviews of Texas small group vacation, America

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

What an amazing trip! My favourite part of the tour was rafting down the Rio Grande river in the warm sunshine and stopping off en route for some wild swimming. Having said that though, every single day of the trip was exhilarating and there was such a wide range of activities and experiences that the nine days went by really quickly in a blur of excitement.

Big Bend National Park was stunning and it was really refreshing to be somewhere so remote and wild. Our guide was quite knowledgeable about astronomy and we spent one evening stargazing which was an amazing experience, I’ve never seen a sky like it! Staying on the ranch was great fun and it was a totally authentic experience – not jazzed up for tourists but real cowboy country. San Antonio was a fascinating city full of art-deco style skyscrapers and Austin definitely lived up to its cool reputation. Having had plenty of adventure at Big Bend and the Ranch it was nice to soak up some culture and history in the cities.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The tour guide was so friendly and helpful and was always willing to give advice on things to do, places to eat etc, so don’t be afraid to speak to your guide and make the most of their local knowledge. On the free days it’s worth checking out if there are any local events going on – we were lucky enough to catch the Texas Longhorns American football team playing at home in Austin as well as the Austin City Limits music festival and the Texas State Fair in Dallas.

At Big Bend National Park and Silverspur Guest Ranch I hardly needed to spend any money at all as most activities were included, so it’s worth saving more of your budget for the end of the vacation when you get to San Antonio and Austin so you can enjoy the nightlife and the shopping opportunities.

Finally, I would recommend taking some dancing lessons before you visit Texas!
Everyone in Texas can dance the 2-step and if you’re out listening to country and
western music you’ll inevitably be invited to dance by one of the locals, so be

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely. A lot of the activities such as the rafting and horse riding were run by
local guides who depend on tourism to make a living. Plus our overall tour guide would often direct us to small, locally owned businesses for eating out and shopping, such as Oak Acres BBQ just outside of Dallas – best bbq in Texas! In most places we went there were plenty of locally produced gifts and handicrafts to buy as presents for friends back home, some of which were even produced by Mexican communities just across the border and sold as part of a scheme to help support the poorer regions just outside of Texas.

Our fees to enter Big Bend National Park helped support conservation in the area and all the guides and accommodation owners were careful to inform us about environmental issues in the area, as well as teaching us more about the local wildlife. I came across so many fascinating creatures – road runners, tarantulas, lizards, centipedes, kingfishers, vultures, armadillos, jack rabbits and more! I was really impressed with the Lodge accommodation in Big Bend – they made it really easy for me to lessen my environmental impact during my stay by providing easy recycling facilities and clear advice on aspects such as saving water etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was genuinely one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on and I would recommend it to everyone. We were a group of nine people plus our tour guide, and despite ranging in age from 23 to 80 we all had loads of fun - this tour really is suitable for everyone. The tour guide was absolutely fantastic and went out of his way to make sure everyone had a good time and got the most out of their experience. Thank you so much!

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