- 6 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
See the most iconic sites of central Houston and historic Galveston on a 6-hour amazing tour. In Galveston, enjoy free time to explore the famously scenic town, which is located on the Gulf of Mexico. See ornate Victorian mansions, the Galveston Seawall, the Strand historic district and perhaps even hit the beach or amusement park during your visit. You can even get out on the water during a optional dolphin-watching tour with complimentary tickets. Before heading to Galveston, get to know Houston on a 75-minute city tour by double-decker bus.
Alternate vehicles may be used according to number of participants ,weather or traffic conditions.
Note: 6 hour tour includes travel time to and from attractions.
- Comprehensive tour of the city
- Family friendly
- Fully narrated tour
- Great overview and orientation of the city
- Instant Confirmation
- Professional guide
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Optional Dolphin Watching Tour (must specify in special requirements at checkout)
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Go to Visitors center in downtown to meet your double-decker bus for a fully-narrated sightseeing tour of Houston’s most iconic sites. Your 75-minute tour by open-top bus passes by Convention Center,Minute Maid Park—home of the Houston Astros baseball team, Houston’s Historic district, Buffalo bayou,Downtown Aquarium, Financial district ,The heritage society Park,Mid-town and more.
After touring central Houston with your knowledgeable guide, transfer to a comfortable bus that takes you on a 55-minute drive to reach Galveston, a historic town located on the Gulf of Mexico.
Nicknamed Oleander City, Galveston features miles of white-sand beaches, seaside restaurants, specialty shops and a fascinating history. More than 60 structures of architectural significance are spread among its six historic districts. Your coach passes one of the most famous buildings, a stunning Victorian mansion called the Bishop's Palace, aka Gresham's Castle.
During your time in Galveston, enjoy close to three hours on your own to explore. You can purchase lunch in the historic Galveston Strand district then stroll the shops and soak in the small town’s ambiance. Visit the Galveston Seawall, a 10-mile levee with breathtaking views of Galveston Bay. If you would like to take a dolphin-watching tour on Galveston Bay, your guide can provide you with complimentary tickets for the boat.
At the designated time, simply meet your guide to re-board your bus for the return trip to Houston.
Throughout the day, learn from the informative commentary provided by your guide while a professional driver handles the navigation. You get to relax as you see iconic sites and learn about the history of Houston, Galveston and Texas during a fascinating 6-hour tour.
Note: 6 hour tour includes travel time to and from attractions. When you arrive back in Houston, your bus returns you to the Visitors Center where your tour ends.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- 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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Tour staff is friendly enough. Guide’s knowledge could have been better. The worst part was the van. After bus tour of Houston which was good, we were stuck on a van with no a/c to go to Space Center and Galveston. Had great seafood lunch and did a 45 min dolphin watch which was OK, nothing great though.
Good tour around Houston and company acknowledged the fact that it was cold, so provided different vehicle so we weren't outside. We stopped at places for photos and then continued our tour.
Enjoyable trip to Galverston with driver Antonio providing interesting information about the city.
Ryan our guide for Houston was great! Knowledgeable of the area, building, and fun facts. He went out of his way to provide blankets for seats. 1hr ride to Galveston, couple 10 min stops at wall, Bishop house. Needed more time to site see. Bring snacks! Saw dolphins, but next time I’d rather sitesee
To a certain extent, this is a ride to Galveston and then you have free time there. The additions to that are: 1 a fantastic city tour with great explanations of the history and buildings. 2 stops at Bishops Palace and the beach. Spend about ten min at each. You have free time to see Galveston then, about 2 hours. I actually went back to Bishops house to do the tour during my free time as well as the tour of the Moody Mansion. The city tour of Houston was quite good
Would never have found anything without the driver. Taylored our tour because only 2 of us. Dolphin tour great. Advertisement needs to explain starting time and place before you pay.
We really enjoyed the Houston sightseeing tour and the commentary was excellent and informative. Even though the driver stopped for photo opportunities we thought it would have been great to stop for longer at some points of interest like a local farmers market, beautiful park and interesting sculptures and art work - like a hop on hop off bus. Of course this couldn't happen in 1 1/2 hours so we were pleased with the tour offered but maybe in the future there could be an alternative longer tour offered.
The trip to Galveston was really interesting and the driver was very engaging. The dolphins frolicked around us in the harbour, there was time to have some lunch and a wander around too.
Very bad experience. Once we started our tour in the morning, the staff didn't check our reservation. She had neither checked our booking information nor the number of participants. When the morning tour to downtown Houston completed, she dropped us down at a Museum to the restroom and took some photos for around 10 minutes. When we got back to the meeting point, the bus had gone!!! She left us behind without counting people. When we called back to the service center, they asked us to get back to the hotel within 30 mins by ourselves. It's absolutely ridiculous. How helpless we are as a tourist in an unfamiliar place to get back to the hotel by ourselves?!!! Eventually, we asked someone for help and took tram to the nearby station and rush back to the hotel. When arrived, we found 3 of other participants. They told us that they were brought by other bus and gone to the NASA Space center with other tour. The bus then broken down and finally, the original bus came back to took them back to the entrance of the hotel and they were told to wait for at least 45 mins for another bus to start the second half day tour. Eventually, we all spent for almost one hour for another bus to start the pm tour to Galveston, with anger and empty stomach. And the worse thing is, no one get back and express apology to us afterwards for such fault arrangement!!! We are very disappointed to this local tour which left us bad experience in Houston!
We enjoyed this tour...both drivers were knowledgeable and it was obvious that they both enjoyed sharing that knowledge. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy exploring these cities without having to drive in extreme traffic.
We really enjoyed both parts of the tour. Firstly the tour of Houston was excellent with a great guide who was interesting and courteous to all guests. Secondly we went to Galveston and had a wonderful afternoon with a super tour guide who went out of her way to look after us all. We particularly enjoyed the castle museum. Thanks.
The shuttle was later than the time frame given, and I almost missed the window to have my luggage checked, and had to run to the gate.
This trip was amazing!!!
My parents and I are so happy we booked your trip. It was the best way to get a look at the city and the tourguide was doing a great job!!
The guide showed us the beautiful sights of galveston. We loved it!
And we got lucky at the dolphin tour!!
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
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.
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.
Galveston tour was great - could have done with more time there.
Did not need the City tour included
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.
I read the mixed reviews, but went ahead and bought this tour anyway. What a mistake! What we received was a total rip-off, worth much less than we paid, and vastly different from the description used to sell it on Viator. Austin, the professional guide on the Houston leg provided a continuous commentary, but when he told us that little Saigon is named after the Chinese immigrants we had doubts about his professionalism. Then one hour into the 90 minute city tour, at the museum, we were shunted onto another vehicle for our trip to Galveston because we were running late. It was 11am. Denise introduced herself as our driver and guide. She drove us to and from Galveston, but apart from giving us a page of printed info with an itinerary that didn't match ours, saying welcome to Galveston, and pointing out some of the mansions she was certainly not a guide. We asked two questions, that she was unable to answer. I bought this tour on the basis of there being a professional guide and a driver all day, ie 2 people providing the service, as clearly stated on the sales page, and feel cheated by what we received. The tour we received was not up to the standard of other Viator services I have bought.