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Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip

Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip
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Tour snapshot
See modern Houston and historic Galveston in one day
Duration:
6h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Experience both the Lone Star State’s bustling modern and quaint historic sides with this tour of contemporary Houston and storied Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico. Explore downtown Houston by double-decker bus before setting off to admire the Victorian mansions and Strand district in Galveston. Round-trip transportation leaves time for the beach or a dolphin-watching boat tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Sightseeing by double-decker open-top bus in downtown Houston
  • Free time to take in the architectural heritage districts in Galveston
  • Optional afternoon dolphin-watching boat tour or beach break
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Sightseeing by double-decker open-top bus in downtown Houston
  • Free time to take in the architectural heritage districts in Galveston
  • Optional afternoon dolphin-watching boat tour or beach break
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5920GALV
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • 1302 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA Located at Convention center district behind the Four Seasons Hotel
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 1302 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA Located at Convention center district behind the Four Seasons Hotel
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1302 Dallas St
    1302 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
    Located at Convention center district behind the Four Seasons Hotel
    See address & details
  • 1
    Houston City Tours
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Minute Maid Park
    Houston Museum District
    Buffalo Bayou Park
    JPMorgan Chase Tower
    1892 Bishop's Palace
    Downtown Aquarium
  • 2
    The Seawall
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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28 reviews
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Scott K
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Couples
Driver was great, but had no mask. Also no mask discipline enforced in van. The dolphin watch part was also canceled with no prior notice and no reimbursement for that part of the tour we missed. It was the right call, it was way too cold.
Written January 26, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Antonio R
hank you for your message, masks are optional in Texas and all our drivers and tour guides are fully vaccinated ;The complimentary Dolphin watch tour is a optional activity subject to availability and weather conditions. Safety is our priority.
Written January 28, 2022
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dugyoda
Wellington, New Zealand24 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
The Houston sightseeing was for 90 minutes. There was then a 15 minute break before we boarded a bus to take us to Galveston. The bus drops off those going to The Houston Space Center. There was an issue with the bus so we transferred to another bus.
Galveston was great but needs an extra hour. At present the tour is only 3 picture stops, 45 minutes for lunch and a 50 minute boat ride in the harbour to see dolphins.
Written July 1, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Familyfun1_12
Airdrie, Canada76 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
Tour of Houston was very good - it was a rainy day so appreciated that we had alternate enclosed bus rather than the double decker however on a sunny day it would be an awesome way to see the city. Host was very informative. This is NOT a hop on-hop off tour. Takes you thru the historical district, theatre district, financial district, stadium/convention district and museum/medical district.
Then transfer buses and off to Galveston - due to lower numbers we went as part of the tour that got dropped off at NASA. Unfortunately it was a very rainy day so unable to enjoy the beaches and boardwalk in Galveston but did some dining and walking thru the many, many gift shops (Galveston is a cruise shop port!). If it was a sunny day, the amount of time on the island is not enough to spend a day bath beach, so to speak, I would suggest of going to Galveston for that purpose, rent a car or get a shared ride (Lyft/Uber) and go for the day.
Tour bus driver was good, very friendly, funny. Family run business. Easy to find the pick up point - close to all hotels in the area of the convention centre/stadiums. Definitely recommend.
Written September 3, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mary_ann126
Philadelphia2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
I can highly recommend this tour! First you sit on top of a tour bus and get a 90 minute tour and history of the city, with it’s beautiful buildings, art, parks and attractions. Our tour guide, Antonio, entertained us with his knowledge, humor and great story telling. I learned so much!
The second portion of our tour was a ride to Galveston on an indoor bus. We were surprised to learn so much history to this beach town. Our tour guide, Carmen, was equally knowledgable, warm, and interesting. We made a few stops to learn about the area and had a great lunch of fresh seafood at a restaurant on the bay. It was wonderful. We were only visiting Houston for two days and this was a great way to learn about the area. If you have a day, you will not regret this tour.
Written June 6, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Baba G
7 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Felt very spoiled during this trip, all the attention was on us, as if we had a private tour. Tour guide was very knowledgeable about Houston and about Galveston . Felt safe , in the store they provided hand sanitizer and you can buy snacks prior ot the trip and souvenirs . We had a nice family day together and shared the history from the tour with other family members who have lived here for years and had no idea about an underground tunnel . The restaurants near the pier are very good and they have more shops one block away from drop off and the boat Ride was very nice and we saw so many dolphins and the Galveston face on the building.
Overall , it was a great trip if you just want to take a break and learn about this lone star state.
Written September 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jolene B
1 contribution
May 2021 • Friends
Antonio was our guide and was super knowledgeable and professional. We did the city tour two days in a row and because we were a small group, he totally changed it up the second day and took us to all new places. Fantastic way to get an overview of the city!
Written May 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rhodie O
2 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
I love the fact that i was able to combine two things i wanted to do. I got the city tour of houston, but i got the smaller more intimate trip of Galveston that hit the major highlights as well. Only downtown is no hopping off to take pictures or the i love houston sign
Written May 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Elaine
1 contribution
Jun 2022
This tour did NOT match the online description!!!! It was extremely disappointing!!! We spent 10 minutes at the seawall overlooking the beach. We did NOT get to walk the beach as mentioned in the description. Our driver was very nice but did not listen to us. 3 or us wanted to go to the Pier and 2 wanted to go on the dolphin boat. She dropped us off near the restaurants and the Pier was too far to walk to in the 2 hours we had on our own (not 3 as listed in the ad) I don't understand how this tour got such great reviews - I'm guessing they are fake reviews. We were led to believe that we would have 3 hours on the beach and we weren't even able to walk on the beach at all. Extremely disappointing!!!!!
Written June 21, 2022
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Antonio R
Dear guest, Thank you for your comments, our Galveston tour includes only what is described in the site. This are scheduled panoramic city tours that includes travel time in between cities and with a time frame to follow by tour guide and all the participants. Local attractions may take more time and are not included in this itinerary. Only Private tours may offer options where you can explore and spend the day at your favorite attractions, that gives you time to spend a day in the beach. We look forward to serving you again. Thank you.
Written June 23, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

stacy c
13 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
They canceled on me last minute . And no one replied to my messages not answer my calls. I called the number they say to call and no answer. I messaged them and a person didn’t reply, like a personal message, like other companies. Instead, it was a copy and paste mass message.
Written June 22, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Antonio R
Dear Guest, All tour services services requires a minimum of participants and is very clear before you requested your booking .We tried to accommodate on our next tour you and called you in advance and offered other tour options for that day and more dates available for the Galveston tour. Unfortunately you chose a date that was not available. All services are subject to availability. Thank you!
Written June 23, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Shannen G
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
I don’t think I have a favorite part. I loved the whole tour. Our tour guide was amazing!! She was so knowledgeable about Galveston and the history. She took us to an amazing restaurant. My mother and I felt like we have known her are whole life. She was so sweet and answered all of are questions.
This tour is well worth the money.
Written April 9, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Leanne W
Leanne W
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Great tour
Came from Minneapolis area to Houston for vacation. Was so amazing to see NASA, mission control, displays of real s
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The amazing lady at the visitors center
The tour was nice however the lady back at the visitor center was so helpful, friendly and amazing. She gave us ti
410sheilahp
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Houston 2022
We are very satisfied with our experience. It’s very informative, interesting, and fun. I would highly recommend it
mattpE663HRi
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Great Experience!
Effortlessly bilingual and pretty interesting bits of information. The sunset views throughout were awesome too!
pedrogS3090CR
pedrogS3090CR
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Horrible tour
Very rude and incompetent staff. The tour itself is short and doesn't provide any chances to get off or take photos
monicaaJ5134YD
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Great City Tour for the Hairston Family
The Hairston Family enjoyed our Hop-On & Hop-Off City Tour. We learned some great information about Houston. It w
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DWH890awh
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Houston city tour
One of the biggest rip offs around this was the worst tour I have taken their site said hop on hop off. IT IS NOT
mwanjec2019
mwanjec2019
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Good
Using the local transport ie bus and tram and walking. Mase the experience fantastic. The drivers and people r fri
Bingsgard
Bingsgard
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Learn about Houston and NASA Space Center
It was a very nice trip around Houston. A great way of getting to know the town. The trips to Space Center was perf
714susanj
714susanj
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Great overview of Houston and Space Center
Tour was great -- learned a lot about Houston and the Space Center. Just enough time at both. Bus was prompt and co
Malwa M
Malwa M
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Well worth the experience!
It was great, I enjoyed all of it. The city tour started on time but there was a slight delay on the NASA tour star
debrag768
debrag768
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Downtown Houston tour
Tour guide was great, informative , friendly. It’s very hot in Houston so plan for the heat! Our driver did his b
Neal M
Neal M
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Great Tours of Space Center and Houston City.
The tour was well organized and quite enjoyable. The bus trip to the Space Center was comfortable and the amount o
P2918MClorik
P2918MClorik
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Very interesting.
I learned more about the Houston Financial District.I don't have time to say more.i am not saying more.
612santie
612santie
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Great way to see all the major downtown Houston attractions and learn about the history of Houston. Very good tour guide
Great tour of downtown Houston. Great way to see the city and explore the major attractions. Tour guide was very kn
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