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Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get a comprehensive overview of Austin on this sightseeing tour. See famous landmarks along with hidden gems, real neighborhoods, and food trucks. Learn about Austin's history and culture with commentary from your guide and hear fun facts about the city that even the locals don't know. Plus, choose a morning or afternoon departure to easily fit this tour into your schedule.
  • Explore Austin without getting lost with a guide
  • Tour the Texas State Capitol and visit other interesting locations
  • Check out some food trucks and other off-the-beaten-path sites
  • Travel with a smaller size group for a more personalized tour
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Driver/guide
A 'bucket list tour' of Austin gives you a city overview
Texas State Capitol
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Parking fee is $10.00 for up to 8 hours
602 E 4th St , 602 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Meet inside the AUSTIN VISITOR CENTER

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide at the Austin Visitor Center and board your bus to begin your tour.

As you stop for a few minutes at each destination, hear informative commentary from your guide about the location's history and particularities. Stops include a variety of sites, such as the inside of the Texas State Capitol building. Pick up a sweet treat at the food trucks and snap a photo in front of the Austin postcard.

Learn about the art, music, culture, food, history, parks, and famous residents of Austin, and how the locals live up to the slogan 'Keep Austin Weird.'
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Rainey Street Historic District
Popular Austin spot with bungalows converted to bars and restaurants.
Pass By:  
6th Street
Check out the live music venues and popular nightlife spots on 6th Street, better known as "Dirty 6th."
Stop At:  
Texas State Capitol
Learn a little about Texas history and when your guide takes you on a brief tour inside the Texas State Capitol building. Enjoy the beautiful architecture and take a moment to snap a few photos!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
University of Texas at Austin
See the home of the Longhorns.
Stop At:  
Greetings from Austin Mural
Great photo opportunity with this iconic piece of street art.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
South Congress Avenue
Cruise down South Congress Avenue --the gem of the South Austin neighborhood-- with its many unique local shops, restaurants, and live music venues.
Pass By:  
Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching
Cross over the Ann W. Richards Bridge on Congress Ave (also known as the “bat bridge”) which is home to the largest urban bat colony in the world.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour departs from the AUSTIN VISITOR CENTER located at 602 E. 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time for check in. We are unable to delay the tour for guests who arrive late.
  • Guests with young children must provide their own car seats and arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour to install them in the van as our guides are not permitted to handle car seats.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Parking is available in the Austin Convention Center Garage which is connected to the Austin Visitor Center. Enter the garage on E 5th St between Red River and Sabine.
  • The tour runs rain or shine, however we reserve the right to cancel the tour in the event of extreme weather and/or hazardous road conditions that would potentially affect the safety of our guides and guests.
  • Guests with limited mobility are welcome to bring a wheelchair or portable scooter on board to be folded and placed in the rear of the van. The vans are not equipped with a ramp or wheelchair lift however, so all guests must be able to step up into the vehicle (about 12 inches).
  • We do not permit animals or pets of any kind. Guests with a service dog MUST contact the tour operator in advance to request approval.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If you have cold or flu-like symptoms or if you are feeling ill in any way, please do not join the tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Austin Detours LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide.

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star-5
A Really Awesome Experience
Karen_K
, Aug 2022
The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Always invited questions. It was such an enjoyable and educational experience. Learned so much about the history of Austin and also learned new and exciting places to eat. It was capped off with complimentary gelato which really made the whole experience awesome!. I would definitely recommend!
star-5
We’ll worth it
Thomas_B
, Aug 2022
Friendly and informative guide. Nice vehicle. Felt I saw a great deal of Austin 2 hours. Gelato at the end was a nice touch
star-5
Amazing tour in Austin
Robin_K
, Aug 2022
Our Tour guide was great. Very friendly. He made the tour a lot of fun. Visiting the State Capital was Amazing.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Happy to hear that you enjoyed the Best of Austin Tour! Thanks for the 5-star review!
star-5
Informative and a fun...
Julie
, Jul 2022
Informative and a fun tour!! Our tour guide was patient and knowledgeable to answer all our questions.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
It's great to hear that you had an informative and fun tour! Thanks for the 5-star review! -AUSTIN DETOURS
star-5
Great tour!
Michelle_T
, Jul 2022
Amazing tour of Austin in very comfortable van! Chris, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable, and enhanced everyone's experience by pointing out the interests of all! Absolutely a must on your first day in Austin!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're thrilled that you enjoyed the Best of Austin Tour with Chris as your guide! He's fantastic! Thanks for the review. -AUSTIN DETOURS
star-5
Great tour guide, short but good tour
Ashley_E
, Jul 2022
The tour was really great but the tour guide Kelly Carson made it even better! The fact that she is a local who has deep family roots within Austin made it feel closer to home. Her knowledge was thorough and her driving etc was safe. The fact that it was her first day and I couldn’t tell that was amazing. She shared with us at the end of the tour that it was her first day I was impressed . We did it all in two hours on my 1 day in Austin all before I caught a flight! Was a good buy
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're so glad that you had a great tour with Kelty! Thanks so much for the 5-star review! -AUSTIN DETOURS
star-5
We had a good time
Maylene_H
, Jul 2022
The guide was super nice and friendly. The gelato was yummy, perfect for a hot summer day. We enjoyed the experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're thrilled that you had a good time! Thanks for the review! -AUSTIN DETOURS
star-5
Great beginning
Virginia_A
, Jul 2022
Great couple of hours. Made me excited to get out and explore more by getting my bearings around town and learning best places to go to eat, drink, and visit. Lots of fun facts that brought areas to life.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the Best of Austin Tour and that you're excited to explore more of Austin! Thanks for the 5-star review!
star-5
Great tour of Austin!
Caroline_G
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide, Evan, did a great job showing us the highlights of Austin and covered multiple sites and areas of the city. He is very knowledgeable about the city and provided a lot of recommendations for restaurants, music venues and other events. Pace of the tour was great.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks so much for sharing your experience! We love Evan and we're thrilled that you enjoyed the Best of Austin Tour with him as your guide. Cheers!
star-5
Phenomenal Guide for this Tour of Austin.
Cristina_F
, Jul 2022
William was a phenomenal guide. He added so much enthusiasm to our tour. I enjoyed it very much. He made sure we had a good time and I would say he was also very generous.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're thrilled that you enjoyed the Best of Austin Tour! Thanks so much for the nice review!
star-5
Amazing
George_Z
, Jul 2022
Nick the tour guide was amazingggg. You tour the city and learn the history of austin. Visit the capitol and even got to eat some gelato!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks so much for the excellent review! -AUSTIN DETOURS
star-5
The best way to understand Austin!
Amy_W
, Jul 2022
Evan was absolutely the perfect guide! We got a fantastic overview of Austin, with lots of tips on where to go and what to do & eat. Completely the best tour ever. He even bought us Gelato! Thanks for a wonderful tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We love Evan and we're so happy to hear that you had a fantastic time on the Best of Austin Tour with him as your guide! Thanks for the excellent review! -AUSTIN DETOURS
star-5
Highly recommended
Michele_v
, Jul 2022
Great way to orientate yourself around the town. Very informative, knowledgeable and friendly tour guide,
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks so much for the 5-star review!
star-5
Austin is fun!
Susana_S
, Jul 2022
The whole tour experience was great, it is our first time visiting Austin and doing this tour really helped us plan out the rest of our time here in Austin. Thank you Evan Ford.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
It's wonderful to hear that you had a great tour with Evan and we're so glad that it helped you plan the rest of your time in Austin! Thanks for the review!
star-4
Great guide for the tour
Catherine_S
, Jul 2022
Nick saverino the guide saved the day after the original guide did not turn up. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and funny, he brought a lot of personality and memorable stories to the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're really happy to hear that everything worked out well! Nick is fantastic and it's great that you enjoyed touring with him. Hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Fun Austin Tour
LeAnn_M
, Jul 2022
We learned a lot about Austin, past and present, and heard about places and events we want to explore further on our own.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks so much for the 5-star review!
star-5
Austin 2hr small tour
Dmitry_B
, Jun 2022
Nick was an amazing tour guide, both informative and entertaining. We got to see the highlights of Austin. My favorite part was the state capital building. Next time I have other family or friends visiting, will definitely take them on this tour again. Highly recommended!
star-5
Must do tour
candice_t
, Jun 2022
Ike was great. I definitely recommend this tour for anyone visiting. Amazing from began to end! The bus was clean and comfortable.
star-5
Trace was amazing!...
Michelle_L
, Jun 2022
Trace was amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour, super informative and his recommendations were awesome! Thanks Trace!
star-5
Great overview.
Ray_M
, Jun 2022
Our guide made the city com alive. Great overview for folks passing through who want a feel for the city.

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