The tour itself was great. The river boat cruise was fun and good. The hop on hop off bus was excellent. Rode the whole thing from beginning to end. Great driver. The Tower of the Americas is okay. You wait a while to ride the elevator up and down. They only took five people at a time on the elevator. The people in the office really don't seem to be much into customer service. They give you the tickets but don't provide much direction with them. Had to ask where the places were and many more questions than I thought necessary.
We used the Hop on Hop off bus for two of the three days. We were really disappointed with our first day tour...we couldn't hear the driver/narrator over the background narration/music. We stayed on the bus for the entire route, just to see what was offering in the way of sites to visit. The drive gave some good tidbits of information concerning the architecture and history of the buildings and a little bit about the history of some of the sites. Truthfully we were not overly impressed with the information we received. On the second day, we had an entirely different experience...the drive was clearer, a little more precise in what we would see and what was available to see at all of the stops on his route. We got off the bus at the Market Center, and spent an hour and a half walking, looking, buying, and we stopped at Mi Terra to eat, but they had such a long wait, we continued on our journey. Picked up a second bus at stop 13 and continued on our way. Got a very quiet driver for this portion, relied on the recorded narration mostly. Stopped off at the VFW post 76 we had heard so much about this place and found some of the information was wrong as to what was served at the bar. True, beer was cold, but other choices were very limited. Walked down the street to Auggie's BBQ, and some to the most tender, juicy brisket I have ever had in my life. It is seasoned with a dry rub, and unless you are really into the wet sauces, it really doesn't need anything else. I opted to stay with the dry rub coating. Beer was really cold, drink choices were great, and the bartender Laura ??? was wonderful, fun, and informative. She should have been a driver/guide for the tour. We caught the next bus at the Auggie's pickup spot and just continue all the way to the Alamo pick-up spot. We didn't use our third free day pass since we discovered just how close most of the places we wanted to visit were within walking distance of our hotel. We were disappointed that there was no option to Hop On Hop Off at the Missions in the area. This is some that were really wanted to see, and we found a different mode of transportation to see these. All in all, it was okay, and I would recommend taking the time to go all the way around the route first, then decide where you really want to Hop On and Hop Off. Our package included the Boat Cruise on the Riverwalk, and entrance to the Tower of the America's. We used both. Boat Cruise is great, and we chose to use the Tower of the America's as the place to celebrated our 45th Anniversary by having dinner at the Chart House Restaurant at the top of the tower.
We bought a two day third day free hop on hop off bus tour including tickets for the Tower of America, River Cruise and Buckhorn Saloon. The first day we decided to go the whole 18 stop bus tour with stopping. The bus driver and tour guide was T.C. and he was knowledgeable and entertaining Playing great country music between stops.The drivers for the other days were not as knowledgeable and played tapes at the stops. The 1.5 hour river cruise had a great guide and it was a great way to see the available sites on the river.The Tower of America was a great way to see the city from up high.The included 4 D movie was factual but not to the standards of Amusement part 4 D rides. Fair price if you take advantage of all the stops.
My boyfriend Dan and I chose to use the Hop On/Hop Off deluxe option. We received tickets after a kind of technologically difficult check-in, but tickets for the River Boat along the Riverwalk, the Tower, Buckhorn Saloon Museum tour and an Imax movie on the history of the Alamo were included in the cost. They do have other options available. I would recommend doing this as it basically was for 2 days, w/ a 3rd day free. The value is pretty good and I would have picked a couple of the other options if they would had offered them online for the same price. All in all, a great experience! The Riverwalk was great with a lot of dining options and sights as it was the festival of San Jacinto sp., sorry during that time. We checked out the Buckhorn Museum and the movie experience of the Alamo. We did not have enough time or energy to walk to the Tower or take the Riverboat as we had walked the whole Riverwalk the day before GREAT FOOD, so just gave our tickets to other couples. I would recommend using this option as the sights are fairly spread pretty far apart.
Amazing tour. This was our second visit to San Antonio using Viator and can't be more pleased. See just what you want to see, or explore new experiences which is what we did this trip. Very easy, convenient, and affordable. Great way to spend the weekend, having as much or as little excitement as you'd like!! San Antonio is a vibrant and beautiful city. Highly recommended!