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See the key sights of central Houston and historic Galveston on a comprehensive 6-hour coach tour. Begin your day of sightseeing with a 90-minute overview tour of Houston by double-decker bus. In Galveston, you'll have some free time to explore this scenic Gulf of Mexico town at your own pace. Admire the historic Victorian mansions, the Galveston Seawall and the Strand historic district. Other optional activities include hitting the beach or going on a dolphin-watching tour by boat.

Highlights

  • 6-hour Galveston and Houston sightseeing tour
  • Take in the Gulf of Mexico and perhaps even spot some dolphins during your trip to Galveston
  • Learn about the architectural heritage districts in Galveston
  • Marvel at the ornate Victorian architecture of the Gresham’s Castle, aka the Bishop’s Palace
  • take a dolphin-watching boat tour, go shopping, purchase lunch or hit the beach while visiting Galveston
  • Tour downtown Houston’s most famous landmarks by double-decker open-top bus
  • Combine your trip to Houston with a Galveston visit to experience a major Texan city and a small coastal town

What You Can Expect

Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip

There are over 25 miles of beaches in Galveston.

Kick off your day of sightseeing in Houston and Galveston by meeting your open-air, double-decker bus in downtown Houston. Your fully narrated, 90-minute sightseeing tour will cover Houston's City Hall, Chase Tower, Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros baseball team), Houston’s Museum District, Hermann Park and more.

Then transfer to a comfortable coach for a 50-minute drive to Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico with miles of white-sand beaches. During your time in Galveston enjoy nearly three hours on your own to explore the seaside restaurants, specialty shops and historic sights at your own pace. Your knowledgeable guide will have several ideas for you to plan your personalized day.

If you'd like, purchase lunch in the historic Galveston Strand district then stroll the shops and soak in the small town’s ambiance. Find fabulous views of the city on the 10-mile levee, Galveston Seawall. Another option is taking a dolphin-watching tour by boat on Galveston Bay, for which your guide can give you complimentary tickets.

At the designated time, simply meet your guide to reboard your coach for the return trip to Houston and the Convention Center where the tour ends.

Customer Reviews

DAVID B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful day,excellent tour guide,nothing was too much trouble.Thought Galveston and the dolphin boat trip a highlight of our U S A holiday

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We were very pleased the staff and tour guides were so friendly the trip was great I give it a 5

Judy O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This day trip was perfect for my short trip and wanting to get a taste of Houston Galveston. The tour buses were clean and comfortable. They were to accommodate and assist with someone who is handicapped. On the day of the trip, Antonio, the owner and tour guide was challenged by a downtown parade in Houston and the beginning of a parade in Galveston. He handled it well and gave us the best tour he could under the circumstances. When we arrived at Galveston, we took the dolphin watching boat ride which was a lot of fun, seeing quite a few pods of dolphins, swimming right up to the boat for great photos opps. Overall, it was an enjoyable day, great tour and kudos to Antonio and his wife putting their all into their business. They were very sociable and accommodating.

Judith B

4 star rating: Recommended March 2016

Had a good day. The guide was great drove us around and gave us a good tour showing the older parts of galveston, the sea wall etc a d giving us the history of various areas.. I did think we would have had more time to walk around and explore so was a little disappointed by that.

dollyshouse

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

fabulous tour guide. But Galveston wasn't what I hoped for.

John G

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2016

Galveston tour was great - could have done with more time there.
Did not need the City tour included

Gail D

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2016

It wasn't long enough to stay in Galveston once you drop off other passengers to the space centre. 1 1/2 in Galveston when you want to look around the shops, walk around the beach front. Some big cruise liners were in and it would have been nice to walk along and see those. Didn't have time to have any lunch before the driver came to pick us up.

judy G

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2016

We enjoyed the city tour, the bus that was supposed to be air conditioned that headed to Galveston and the Space area was NOT IT WAS HOT AND MISERABLE, the Galveston trip was not impressive, I was under the impression we would have 3 hours on our own, we drove around looking at houses, and had an hour to eat and then went on the dolphin watch, if you like looking at houses in Galveston then this tour might be for you. So, I guess I was less than impressed with the 200 we spent on the tour.

rtinkov

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2015

Houston part of the tour would be OK if our double-decker bus was not so dirty. The woman guide was thorough and interesting. After that, just the two of us were taken to Galveston and on the way there one guy was dropped off at the Space Center. Few problems:16-passenger bus was very old and uncomfortable, its windows rattled loudly. Our driver did not tell us anything about Galveston, we made 2 stops: at the Seawall and on the Strand. By pure luck, we ourselves found a very good restaurant - Fisherman's Wharf, where we had lunch. The dolphin watching tour was a highlight of our trip, but we did not have to come all the way to Galveston to watch dolphins. After the boat tour I asked our driver if we're going to see the Bishop's Palace and tree sculptures,and she said that because we have to pick the guy from the Space Center and the traffic is bad, we did not have time for this. And the worst part of this tour was that our driver was driving like a maniac, very carelessly, was weaving from one lane to another, making other drivers honk at her. Sometimes It looked like she was falling asleep at the wheel.
We used Viator tours last year in Spain and Prague and had no problems there.
We think that Viator had not properly check the Houston travel agency it uses for this tour.

palsb57

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2015

Quite disorganised- the double decker bus that took us on a tour of Houston broke down and the drive to Galveston and back was a nightmare- weaving in and out of the traffic - if you suffer from motion sickness - take something before you get on the mini bus. Galveston was quite nice to see.

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