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Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From Austin

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Austin, United States
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience Texas Hill Country while exploring the life of U.S. President and Texas native son Lyndon Johnson. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit Johnson’s “Texas White House,” his reconstructed boyhood home (now a national park), and the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. Learn about the cowboys and German immigrants who shaped the region, stop by historic Fredericksburg, and visit the legendary country music town of Luckenbach.
  • Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the scenic Texas Hill Country
  • Visit President Lyndon B. Johnson’s childhood home and “Texas White House”
  • Learn about the Hill Country’s proud mix German immigrant and cowboy culture
  • Make the most of limited time with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off at select downtown hotels - confirm 48 hrs in advance with operator
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food, drinks, and any wine/beer tastings (optional)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from downtown area hotels starting 15 - 30 mins prior to the start of the tour- you must confirm your reservation at least 48 hours prior to tour departure.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide - languages other than English available upon request for additional fee
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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 provide when booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 56 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Antonio

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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 face masks and attendee health during Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From Austin?
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The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From Austin?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From Austin?
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The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From Austin?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From Austin?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 56 travelers.

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star-3
not how it was advertised
Paula_M
, Jun 2021
our tour guide Loretta was exceptional. the other tour participants were very fun and welcoming. the stop at LBJ’s grandparents ranch was picturesque. and the long horn cattle a treat to see. the wildflowers were remarkable. unfortunately our whole reason for purchasing this tour was to visit the LBJ Ranch. which is how the tour is advertised and sold. it was not until i read the confirmation fine print 12 hours prior to pick up was it made clear the ranch was not open due to structural damage since 2018. one would think the tour operator would by now offer a substitute or reduce the cost. Neither occurred. But the fine print stated we could view the Hangar. Once we got to the ranch we were told the road was washed out due to heavy rains that week. and we couldn't tour the hanger and air force 1 1/2. it would seem Greyline could have learned this info prior and alerted us that a major portion of the tour was cancelled. as it was the main reason we booked the tour, we were highly disappointed. the trip and stop in Fredericksburg was enjoyable. The Ww2 museum in Fredricksburg could have been a substitute for LBJ ranch but that was not offered. In the future, given the ranch is closed to the public and has been for over three years, I suggest that you simply advertise the trip as hill country, Fredricksburg, wine tasting. to advertise otherwise is false. Another suggestion is regarding the pre recorded historical narrative. The narrative is played on an ipad. Although we were sitting directly within earshot, the narrative was impossible to hear and understand. no doubt other passengers seated further behind us could not hear a thing. Such a shame as it probably was a historical account of the area. If all this were not enough, when we got to Luckenbach we learned it was closed fora concert that evening. Although this is a negative review of some elements of the tour, know this, Loretta was pleasant, informative, fun loving and an asset to the organization. We enjoyed her and others on the tour immensely. would i book another Viatour again? Not sure
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review. We strive to provide each and every guest with a fun, informative, meaningful and memorable experience. Our guides strive to personalize each tour, Loretta is great and we thank you on her behalf for the compliments. We profoundly apologize that your experience was less than our usual 4 or 5 star rating for this tour. The entire ranch except for the Western White House is usually open and we had extreme weather that washed out a ranch road - this has never happened in the last 10 years. If you would like to discuss this tour with us we would gladly do so, please contact Anthony Perez, Gray Line Tour Manager at anthony.perez@starshuttle.com and he will give you a call at your convenience..
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star-5
Golfing Girls side trip
sandiohfl
, May 2021
Everything we expected and more. Our driver was great and accommodating to our needs. Liked the history of LBJ family. Wished we could have had more time to shop in the small town., of Fredericktown. Would recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Jun 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 award winning San Antonio: The Grand Historic City Tour or our San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour!
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star-5
Great fun
James_C
, Mar 2021
A slightly long tour , however very informative and interesting. It was nice to get out of the city and see the Texas countryside. Our guide was super accommodating ( stopping for coffee even - my request) as well as being very well versed on multiple subjects of local interest. All in all a very wonderful experience!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
James: 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 (Perry is a great guide), 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 San Antonio: The Grand Historic City Tour or our San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour (both have 1/2 day options).
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star-5
Comprehensive tour of hill country
Peter_Yacobellis
, Nov 2020
Great day, all around, especially if you’re a fan of LBJ or just presidential history. We also loved Fredericksburg but wish we had more time there for the museum and shopping. It would be worth a separate day trip just to there.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Peter: Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review. We are ecstatic that you had a great day, that is our goal with each of our guests - so you made our day! Please come back and visit with us soon, I think you would also like our San Antonio Grand Historic City tour with 55 points of interest - history, architecture, arts and beautiful sites.
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star-5
The LBJ ranch.
Lloyd_B
, Sep 2020
Ms.Eve was my tour guide and she was absolutely wonderful. She was fun,lighthearted,talkative and and all around excellent guide. She was very informed and interactive. She also handled the hillside driving will such ease. And even recommended a place to eat with excellent food.Once again an all around great experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
We are so glad you enjoyed your Gray Line Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour! Please come back soon and try our San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour, all or our guests find it fun, meaningful and fascinating.
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star-5
LBJ and the hill country
Carolyn_M
, Mar 2020
I enjoyed visiting LBJ’s ranch, learning so much about him and getting a different outlook on him. I also enjoyed visiting Fredericksburg with the German influence. Luckenbach was fun. There was actually live music.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
We are thrilled that you had a great time! We strive to have our tours informative, interesting, memorable but also fun! Thanks for writing such a favorable review.
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star-2
Big Yawn Full of Boring
orange22
, Feb 2020
I thought we could tour LBJ house but, it was closed so that was disappointing. The most exciting part was the graveyard where LBJ was buried. Tour is very long and frankly boring. The tour guide, Perry, repeats every sentence twice and gives very little historical references to the LBJ presidency. You get most of your information on your own from reading plaques inside the museum. Fredricksburg was just a bunch of small shops, too touristy. Luckenbach stop was just weird-a whole lot of nothing. The general store was neat but, I was ready to leave after about 5 minutes. Not worth the cost of this tour unless you want to sleep through it. *YAWN*
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for taking your time to write your review. We are disappointed that you did not thoroughly enjoy your Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour. If you are ever back in our neck of the woods (Austin or San Antonio), call Anthony at 800-341-6000 ext, 103, and tell him the date of your tour and he will look it up in our system and make special accommodations for you- on us!
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star-5
Day trip to Texas hill country
mrstevenryoung
, Feb 2020
We had a great experience and very nice day seeing the Texas hill country and LBJ sites. Our tour guide was very informative and accommodating. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks so much for taking your time to write such a positive review. We have the Best Guides in all of Texas and we're not just bragging! Please come back and visit with us soon and try our San Antonio Mission UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour, I think you will find the tour lays the foundation for what San Antonio and Central and South Texas have become today and complements the Hill Country Tour extremely well.
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star-4
LBJ
afotlin
, Jan 2020
Despite the weather being rainy an enjoyable trip. Guide Herbert was very informative. Beautiful countryside .
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We are so glad you had an enjoyable tour and thanks for taking the time to write a positive review!
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star-5
Not to be missed - a fantastic tour
a0camp0
, Jan 2020
Had a great full day experience. This tour is about history, music and food. All in one. Perry our guide explained us, in the first part of the tour, the life of ex president Johnson, his commitment on human rights; the changes he promoted, etc. The ex president ranch is worth visiting. The second part of the tour was to me, the highlight of the day; we visited Frederickburg, a German town in Texas. It is amazing, one can learn how German migrants created this town while visiting museums, memorials and shops. Shopping and eating are part of the experience. Lastly we visit the music town of Luckenbach, we heard life music and enjoyed the vibe of this unique and small town. A fantastic day. Highly recommended. Thanks so much Perry. You are great.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for writing such a positive and thorough review. We appreciate you taking your time to write. Please come back and visit with us soon and try one of our other great 5 star tours!
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