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Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour

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Austin, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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
Bottled water
Driver/guide
A 'bucket list tour' of Austin gives you a city overview
Tour inside the Texas State Capitol
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

602 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 and the graffiti park. 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:  
The Driskill
Stories including LBJ and Lady Bird's first date
Stop At:  
Texas State Capitol
Your tour of Austin begins at the visitor center, where you'll meet your guide, who takes you on an exploration of the city. Unlike double-decker bus tours where you are dropped off at the biggest attractions to sightsee on your own, this tour introduces you to several locations that you'll pop into for a few minutes each, learning about them from your guide, whose in-the-know commentary provides more insight than you could get elsewhere. As you go, cross of items from your bucket list, including the inside of the Capitol and the graffiti park. Take a photo in front of the Austin postcard, and enjoy a sweet treat at the food trucks. You'll learn about art, music, culture, food, history, parks, famous residents, and how the locals 'Keep Austin Weird.' By the end of your tour, there is no doubt that you will know why people love Austin. Come as strangers, leave as friends.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
University of Texas at Austin
See the home of the Longhorns
Stop At:  
Zilker Metropolitan Park
Famed site of Austin City Limits music festival
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Greetings from Austin Mural
Photo opportunity with iconic mural
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats
Hear to details of the 1.5 million bats that live under Congress Street Bridge
Stop At:  
Austin Detours
Your tour of Austin begins at the visitor center, where you'll meet your guide, who takes you on an exploration of the city. Unlike double-decker bus tours where you are dropped off at the biggest attractions to sightsee on your own, this tour introduces you to several locations that you'll pop into for a few minutes each, learning about them from your guide, whose in-the-know commentary provides more insight than you could get elsewhere. As you go, cross of items from your bucket list, including the inside of the Capitol and the graffiti park. Take a photo in front of the Austin postcard, and enjoy a sweet treat at the food trucks. You'll learn about art, music, culture, food, history, parks, famous residents, and how the locals 'Keep Austin Weird.' By the end of your tour, there is no doubt that you will know why people love Austin. Come as strangers, leave as friends.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children requiring car seats (90 lbs. or less) must bring them along and arrive early to install. Children of any age must have a ticket as well. We cannot allow sitting on laps in the bus due to liability.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time.
  • Tour departs from the Austin Visitor Center located at 602 E. 4th St, Austin, TX 78701.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Austin Detours LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 Guided Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour?
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 Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "A bit campy but you have to be to be a good guide." See review
  • "I recommend taking some notes so you can revisit the spots he drives by or mentions during the time in the van (which is very comfortable by the way), there's too much to remember." See review
  • "You are allowed to enjoy booze on tour inside the van." See review

Reviews

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Best Tour Ever
Courtney_H
, Mar 2020
Our tour guide was Matt and he did a fantastic job. I felt like I gained a great appreciation and knowledge of the city of Austin. I highly recommend this tour and ask for Matt to be your tour guide.
star-5
Informative and fun time
TomM
, Mar 2020
We were in Austin for a wedding and decided to make it a long weekend and have a chance to see Austin before heading back to new jersey. We had previously booked trips through Viator, a subsidary of Trip Advisor and were never disappointed. We sure weren't disappointed this time. Our guide Steven was extremeny knowledgeable about Austin and its history. He is also a professional comedian and his presentation was both informative and funny. Our tour of the state capitol building was amazing. Steven also took us through several neighborhoods and explained the significance of eack. Also recommended several places to eat and drink.Great time! I highly recommend it!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Steven is one of our bests! I'm so happy to read y'all had a great time on your tour. Thank you for the review and thank you for taking a tour with us!
star-5
Loved it!!
RayniandLori
, Mar 2020
Highly, highly recommend! Small group which was what we wanted and STEVEN Mc. was a fabulous tour guide. He was funny ( really funny), knowledgeable and his true love of Austin ( home grown boy) came thru. 2 hrs was perfect and covered all the basics. He was also glad to help with all our after tour questions about restaurants, bars, music etc. Much better than the big, impersonal tours for sure!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Isn't Steven just the best? Thanks for taking the time to review him. Come back and see us again soon!
star-5
Best of Austin
Carolyn_M
, Mar 2020
It was interesting to find Austin Is divided into several districts, each with their on uniqueness. Visiting the capital was full of history.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for the 5 star review! Austin truly is so dynamic and ever changing. Come back and see us again soon!
star-5
Bobby the great entertainer
Steve
, Mar 2020
Bobby was an entertaining guide who knew a lot about Austin kept the whole tour engaged the length of the tour Would recommend if you need to get an incite on what to do with your time in Austin
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Bobby is one of our bests! So happy to read he had y'all entertained the whole time. Come back and see us again soon!
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Austin City Tour
Carolyn_M
, Mar 2020
Enjoyed learning a little history of Austin and seeing the different areas. Visited the Capital. Visited some food trucks for a snack and saw some murals.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the 5 star review!
star-5
Great experience
Bonnie_A
, Mar 2020
We had never been to Austin so we chose this tour. Michael, our tour guide was great. We enjoyed being introduced to parts of Austin we would not have found on our own. I highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks again Bonnie! Come back and see us again soon.
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Awesome
Linda
, Mar 2020
My first time in Austin was awesome due to a great overview tour by a fabulous tour guide (Ike)! This is the perfect introduction to the city in a small group with lots of information from a local. Do it!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you so much for the 5 star review! We're so happy we could help make your first Austin experience a memorable one.
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austin highlights
CSB
, Mar 2020
Having Ike as our tour guide was great since he was so informative and fun! He was very accommodating, patient answering our questions, and kind. He knew his town, loves Texas, and helped us to see why he does..
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Ike truly is both informative and fun! Thank you so much for the review.
star-5
Austin small group tour-5stars
Selena_C
, Mar 2020
Rose gave me excellent overview of the Capital and surrounding area of Austin. Will definitely recommend to family and friends.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you so much for recommending us to your family and friends!

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