My biggest problem with this tour was that it was simply disorganised. The tour company had insisted that I be collected from my hotel and bussed to the ticket counter, so I was picked up at 8.20am. We then drove in circles around downtown San Antonio until 9.05am picking up other guests, on two occasions returning to hotels at which we had already stopped. At 9.45am we were sat in the bus at Alamo Plaza waiting to leave, only to be told that we were two passengers short so we were just going to wait a few more minutes. We eventually set off just before 10am. By this point, I had been sat on that bus for ninety minutes - my hotel is less than a ten minute walk from Alamo Plaza! I was not the only passenger who was extremely unimpressed by this, particularly considering how much the ticket cost. We had lost an hour of our tour, which the driver reassured us he would make up. This never happened.
The journey to the LBJ ranch took about an hour and a half. Following a rapid drive through the grounds, we managed to spend about thirty minutes in the house and then it was back into the bus. We arrived in Fredericksburg at about 1.30pm and were told that we needed to be back at the pick up point by 3.30pm. For those who were wanting to have a meal in a restaurant, this left barely any time to explore the area.
I sacrificed lunch for shopping. If you're not too bothered about getting a proper meal, I would definitely recommend stopping off at the Kuhl Frozen Yoghurt place on Main. They don't have a lot of flavours, but some are quite interesting (cake batter, anyone?) and there are all sorts of toppings and sauces. I did regret not having a real lunch though. Even walking slowly and browsing through about 50% of the shops, I still only managed to stretch the trip to about seventy five minutes.
Once we got back to San Antonio, we went round and round downtown again. I was the last to be dropped off, despite my hotel being so close to the tour base. Having been picked up at 8.20am, I didn't get back until 5.15pm. Of that, only about three hours were spent actually doing anything. This tour was so bad that I didn't even bother leaving a tip for the driver.
Good points: someone else gets to drive.
Bad points: expect a lot of waiting around.
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