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From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle

1. From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle

Meet your guide in downtown Austin at the visitor center, then board your shuttle bus for the day and head out into the sprawling Texan countryside. The first stop of the day is Austin’s most famous BBQ joint, Salt Lick BBQ. At the BBQ, enjoy a tasting session of some of the very best meat and food that Texas has to offer, and soak up this friendly atmosphere. The tour does not include the cost of the tasting. It's recommended to budget $35 per person for your meal, however, you can bring your own alcohol to enjoy with your food. After the BBQ, you'll wind through the hills and stop at two different wineries so that you can sample delicious Texas wines - all while taking in those gorgeous hill country views.

Austin: True Crime Walking Tour and Pub Crawl

2. Austin: True Crime Walking Tour and Pub Crawl

Take a spine-chilling true crime journey through Austin on this macabre group walking tour. Visit the upscale rooftop cocktail lounges Azul Rooftop Bar, Rules and Regs, and Edge Rooftop Bar as you make your way through the city's dark past.  Be greeted by your guide at the Westin hotel in downtown Austin and begin to journey into the city's murderous history. Listen as your guide regales you with murder stories from Austin's past without a skimping on the morbid details. See some of the city's highlights as you make your way three cocktail bars. Have the chance to order some of the city's legendary cocktails. Hear about the grisliest killings the city has ever seen while taking in the breathtaking views the rooftop bars have to offer.

Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

3. Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

Embark on a full-day tour from select Downtown San Antonio or Downtown Austin hotels through the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country. Visit the former home of U.S President Lyndon B. Johnson, also known as LBJ Ranch, explore Fredericksburg, stop by Luckenbach, and end your day at a Texas winery. After pickup at your hotel in San Antonio or Austin, head out of the city toward the famous Texas Hill Country. Make your first stop in Johnson City to visit the home where President Lyndon B. Johnson spent his younger years. Continue on to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and have time to explore LBJ Ranch, also known as the "Texas White House." Be sure to stop by the hangar to see LBJ's plane, and view the many exhibitions on site. From there, head down to the charming town of Fredericksburg, a historic German town. While there, have time to shop at boutique stores and enjoy lunch in the square. Be sure to make time to taste some wine at one of the many wine tasting rooms throughout the town, and check out the fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of the Pacific War. This portion of the tour is flexible and you will have time to explore at your own pace. Afterward, experience the magic and music of Luckenbach, Texas, "where everybody's somebody." Step back in time in this tiny Hill Country Town that was established as a trading post in 1849, making it one of the oldest settlements in Texas. Kick back, relax, and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a town known for exuding the Texas state of mind. Enjoy some good ol' country music before heading back to the city. Finally, end your day traveling through Texas vineyards. Learn about the development of the Texas wine industry and even visit one of the area's award-winning local wineries. Tastings are optional and will be an additional fee. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in either Downtown Austin or Downtown San Antonio.

From Austin: Half-Day Hill Country Wine Shuttle

4. From Austin: Half-Day Hill Country Wine Shuttle

Love wine but don’t want to pay high prices for a private wine tour? This is the one for you. Your wine shuttle will take you from downtown Austin into the Texas Hill Country for an afternoon of winding roads, beautiful views, and all the amazing wine you could ask for at 3 wineries. Meet your guide and group in downtown Austin and get ready to board the shuttle. Ride in style in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter van with a friendly local guide. Cruise through the scenic Texas Hill Country and stop at 3 different award-winning wineries for tastings. All reservations will be made on your behalf in advance. Just show up and have a good time tasting some of Texas' finest wines and food. Move at your own pace at each of the locations and rest assured that transportation is taken care of. Return to Austin.

Austin: Secret Food Tour

5. Austin: Secret Food Tour

Skip the tourist traps and get to know the real Austin foodie scene with a local guide, in this 3-hour tour of Austin. Make your trip to Austin memorable with this unique insight into its food culture.  Austin’s city slogan ‘Keep Austin Weird’ is a great way to describe the diverse range of delicious food that you will sample on this tour. Visit six unique stops in the historic city center. You will try dishes dating back to the Aztec days, and you will learn about the influence these traditional dishes have on modern Austin cuisine. You will also taste contemporary Austin dishes that have been influenced by cuisine from all over the world and that shape the modern flavors of this modern metropolis.

Austin: Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour

6. Austin: Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour

In Austin’s Haunted Pub Crawl, take a deep dive into the city during the Old West days. Stop over in a few bars to look at some of the weird and unusual history, and death that the city has dealt with. Learn from your guide about Driskill Hotel, one of Austin’s finest and oldest hotels that probably houses more ghosts in it than guests, and about how the city’s locations all have stories of a troubled past.  Each location and each spirit has a story that they want to tell, a story that can be found on every street corner and every brick, each one uniquely different from the last. Learn the stories of Austin one drink at a time.

From Austin: Texas Hill Country Brewery & Distillery Shuttle

7. From Austin: Texas Hill Country Brewery & Distillery Shuttle

Escape the hustle and bustle of Austin on a guided day trip to Texas Hill Country. Hop on this half-day shuttle to spend the afternoon sampling craft beer and spirits at 3 of the finest breweries and distilleries in the area including Beerburg Brewing, Treaty Oak Distillery & Family Business Beer Co. Get a designated driver and local guide to escort you in a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter van. Be sure to come hungry because each spot also offers a mouth-watering menu of delicious food options like pizza, tacos, and BBQ (at your own cost). Depart from the Austin Visitor Center and be driven for about 40 minutes. First, head to Jester King, a brewery, kitchen, farm, and event hall on a 165-acre ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Taste their beer fermented with wild yeast or order a cocktail. Next, spend an hour at Beerburg Brewing, a farm-to-table brewery and kitchen between Austin and Dripping Springs. Sample beers brewed with native Texas plants that are hand-harvested onsite. Finally, go to Treaty Oak Distilling, a distillery scattered with ancient live oak trees in a serene hill country setting. Visit their tasting room to try craft cocktails made with Treaty Oak Whiskey and Waterloo Gin.

Austin: Lost Legends of Texas Pub Crawl

8. Austin: Lost Legends of Texas Pub Crawl

Join this lost legends of Texas cocktail walking tour and embark on a journey through the wildest aspects of Texas history. Enjoy bar hopping, sipping on cocktails, and learning from your guide all about Texas's local legends and darkest secrets. Meet your guide at Trifecta bar to begin your crawl. Start your tour by purchasing from their huge list of bourbons and martinis. Next, walk to Dumont's Down Low in Austin's Warehouse District. Explore this historical bar and feel like you have been transported back to the early-1900s. Feeling thirsty? No worries, order another beverage of your choice, we recommend the Suffering Bastard. Continue walking to your next stop, Shiner's Saloon; where you will be able say howdy to the bartender and order something tasty. Head to your last stop, the Halcyon. This casual bar serves some of Austin's most innovative cocktails. Experience a night in Austin that you won't forget. Full of history, fun, and top-notch cocktails. This tour is right up your street if you like strong drinks and strong history.

Austin: Breakfast Taco Tour

9. Austin: Breakfast Taco Tour

If you're in Austin to soak up the local culture, then tasting your way through inventive tacos and to-die-for queso is a must. Visit 3 different taco joints in Austin's South Lamar neighborhood with dishes ranging from traditional tacos to unique culinary creations. Come hungry and be ready to explore Austin and its culinary delights. Meet up with your guide and group and set off for a morning-time tour sure to leave a wonderful taste in your mouth. Your friendly and all-Austin tour guide will make sure the experience is entertaining and informative. Set off to discover South Austin by way of its tacos. Head to 3 carefully selected joints and sample some classics as well as some innovative fusion-type tacos. Relax on transfers between the locations in an air-conditioned vehicle. Taste a series of dips, including Austin's famous queso and guacamole. End the tour full of experience and tasty fare and ready for the day ahead.

Dripping Springs: Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting

10. Dripping Springs: Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting

Treat your taste buds to an exquisite tasting of smooth signature extra virgin olive oil and tangy balsamic vinegar at the Texas Hill Country Olive Co. in Dripping Springs. Pair these tastings perfectly with a delicious compilation of finger foods in an intimate setting. Sample a Hill Country creation without big crowds and tuck into delectable local oil and vinegar tastings. Learn all about the making of these liquids and see which one you like best. Top it all off with a tasty pairing of small bites, made to perfectly combine with and enhance the olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

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Our tour guide Kelty was excellent! She was born and raised in Austin and did a great job giving us fun facts about Austin and interesting tidbits about the venues we visited. She was super friendly and at the end our the excursion she gave us personalized recommendations for other things to do in Austin based on the conversations she had with us! BBQ was good and the wine was surprisingly great at both of the vineyards

We had a relaxed half day on the tour which brought us to two wineries and a famous BBQ location. Our guide was informative and humorous which made the day very enjoyable. We will do more tours in the future.

We had a great time! Our tour guide, Evan, had a lot of interesting information and fun facts. Every place we visited took good care of us.

Loretta our guide was professional, she answered all of our questions, she made our tour very enjoyable.

Love it! Great group of people on the tour and Jax was so much fun!