The LBJ Ranch - "The Texas White House"

Texas Hill Country & LBJ Tour (departing Austin)

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Tour the beautiful Texas Hill Country with its peach, pecan & olive orchards; vineyards, wildflowers, and LBJ's boyhood home & ranch

Highlights

Explore the scenic backroads of the Texas Hill Country & learn about Texas cowboys & the Great Trail Texas cattle drives. Visit LBJ's ranch & take a guided tour of the "Texas White House" with a National Park Service tour guide. See award-winning wineries & orchards, then visit Fredericksburg, a historic & picturesque German town. Shop & have lunch at an authentic German restaurant & biergarten (optional), or explore the home of Admiral Chester Nimitz & the National Museum of the Pacific War (optional). Experience the magic & music that is Luckenbach, Texas—where "everybody is somebody!"

Inclusions

  • Admission to LBJ Ranch
  • Admission to the guided tour of the "Texas White House"
  • Hotel Pick-up at downtown Austin hotels & certain suburban hotels

Exclusions

  • Optional admission to the Nimitz Museum & the National Museum of the Pacific War
  • Optional Gratuities

Please Note

  • This tour is only available when there are at least 6 passengers
  • Bring water
  • Eat breakfast beforehand
  • Tour duration may vary based on traffic, weather, day of week, length of stops at LBJ National Park Visitor Center in Johnson City and/or LBJ Ranch Tour

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Apr 06 2017
This tour was both fun and informative. Anthony went out of his way to ensure a great day. Because we did not have a car, we would have missed a lot if we had not booked a grey line tour. Touring the countryside and visiting the Texas White House exceeded our expectations.
Dec 30 2016
Very informative . Felt like we were back in the 60s and 70s. Recognized many of the furnishings which were in our homes.
Reply From Gray Line:
Thanks for the great review Carl! We're glad to hear it was an enjoyable experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on board another great tour in the near future--

The Gray Line Team
Dec 05 2016
I was surprised that most of the tour was done by a cd that most of the time didn't work.We went to a different winery that was only a place to purchase it.I saw the same place in Fredericksburg, so it was a waste of time that stop.Also, as we got to the national park before going to visit the house, we stop in a farm, no much explanation what I was supposed to see there. Walked in the middle of the road. Another waste stop.I WOULDNT RECOMMEND THIS TOUR
Reply From Gray Line:
Hello, 

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts and observations on the quality of the experience after you completed it. We certainly do wish for all our tour experiences to be seamless, enjoyable, unique and worthwhile, and apologize that you felt anything else but 100% satisfied at the conclusion of the event. We will touch base with our local team in Austin and discuss ways in which it may be possible to better the overall experience for customers who will be joining us on future tours. Again, we do apologize for the inconveniences or displeasures on your day, and thank you for bringing them to our attention. 
Oct 28 2016
Very informative driver nice country
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itinerary

ITINERARY

Travel along the beautiful, scenic backroads of the Texas Hill Country, with a brief stop at the LBJ National Historic Park Visitor Center in Johnson City. After you'll visit the town of Stonewall, the peach capital of Texas and home to the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. Enjoy a tour of the LBJ Ranch, located along the picturesque Pedernales River.

During your tour, you will discover how the German migration of the 1840s and 1850s influenced the development of this picturesque area. You will hear about the role of the Texas cowboy and the great cattle drives from South Texas to mid-western markets, and you'll learn about the legacies of both LBJ—America’s 36th President—and Lady Bird, his beloved wife.

We will visit the quaint German town of Fredericksburg, known for great shopping, western & regional art, biergartens, bratwurst, Texas-European fusion furniture, and home & ranch decor. In this picturesque little town is where you can visit the Nimitz Museum & National Museum of the Pacific War. If you prefer, you can shop and eat lunch at an authentic German biergarten, or go to a wine tasting (or 2!), or sample award-winning beer at the Fredericksburg Brewery. We make this Fredericksburg part of the tour flexible, so you'll have time to browse the town and do whatever pleases you!

We will stop and take in the storied musical history of the colorful town of Luckenbach, made world-famous by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P Nunn, Hondo Crouch, and many more artists and colorful characters.

Finally, we will discuss the development of the Texas wine industry as we drive through Texas vineyards and visit one of the area's award-winning local wineries.
We’ll be traveling from Austin, one of the fastest-growing cities in the US, to the west, on Highway 290 into the heart of the great German migration of the 19th century.

We will stop for a break in Johnson City at the LBJ National Historic Park Visitor Center.

After our brief stop in Johnson City, we will head west to tour the beautiful LBJ Ranch and Texas White House on the Pedernales River.

After the LBJ Ranch, we will head further west to Fredericksburg, where you will have 1 to 2 hours of time on your own to eat lunch, taste local wine, shop, taste local beer, try the local whiskey, or just sit and take in the beautiful surroundings.

From Fredericksburg we will drive past vineyards on our way to legendary Luckenbach, Texas—where "everybody’s somebody."

From Luckenbach we will take a scenic route through the Texas Hill Country, back on Highway 290, to the lovely William & Chris Winery, and then head back to Austin.

Tour duration may vary based on traffic, weather, day of week, length of stops at LBJ National Park Visitor Center in Johnson City and/or LBJ Ranch Tour