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Houston, United States

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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See the key sights of central Houston and historic Galveston on a comprehensive coach tour. Begin your day of sightseeing with an overview tour of Houston by double-decker bus. In Galveston, enjoy free time to explore this scenic Gulf of Mexico town at your own pace. Admire the historic Victorian mansions, the Galveston Seawall, and the Strand historic district. Other optional activities include hitting the beach or going on a dolphin-watching tour by boat.
  • Half-day Galveston and Houston sightseeing tour
  • Take in the Gulf of Mexico and perhaps even spot some dolphins
  • Learn about the architectural heritage districts in Galveston
  • Marvel at the ornate Victorian architecture of the Gresham’s Castle
  • Take a dolphin-watching tour, shop, purchase lunch, or hit the beach in Galveston
  • Tour downtown Houston’s most famous landmarks by double-decker open-top bus
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Optional Dolphin Watching Tour (must specify in special requirements at checkout)
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
1302 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Kick off your day of sightseeing in Houston and Galveston by meeting your open-air, double-decker bus in downtown Houston. Your fully narrated sightseeing tour covers Houston's City Hall, Chase Tower, Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros baseball team), Houston’s Museum District and more.

Then transfer to a comfortable coach for the drive to Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico with miles of white-sand beaches. During your time in Galveston enjoy hours on your own to explore the seaside restaurants, specialty shops, and historic sights at your own pace. Your knowledgeable guide has several ideas for you to plan your personalized day.

If you'd like, purchase lunch in the historic Galveston Strand district then stroll the shops and soak in the small town’s ambiance. Find fabulous views of the city on the 10-mile levee, Galveston Seawall. Another option is taking a dolphin-watching tour by boat on Galveston Bay, for which your guide can give you complimentary tickets.

At the designated time, simply meet your guide to reboard your coach for the return trip to Houston and the Convention Center where the tour ends.
Stop At:  
Houston City Tours
Head to the Visitors Center in downtown Houston to meet your double-decker bus for a fully-narrated sightseeing tour of Houston’s most iconic sites.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Minute Maid Park
Your 75-minute tour by open-top bus passes by Convention Center and Minute Maid Park—home of the Houston Astros baseball team.
Pass By:  
Houston Museum District
Pass by Houston's historic district, home to shopping and dining.
Pass By:  
Buffalo Bayou Park
See this winding, 124-acre green space featuring views of the Houston skyline plus a fountain & a skate park.
Pass By:  
JPMorgan Chase Tower
Pass by this landmark in Houston's Financial District
Pass By:  
1892 Bishop's Palace
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.
Pass By:  
Downtown Aquarium
Houston's Aquarium features sea life from around the world.
Stop At:  
The Seawall
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
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Houston City Tours

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.

  • 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.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip?
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip.


43 Reviews
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Tour is not all worth
, Mar 2020
Overall the tour is not at all worth. The tour had two parts (1) Houston Sightseeing (2) Galveston. The Houston sightseeing tour was about 1.5 hours, we did not have stops because we had to continue for the next Galveston tour. So, the tour was just going over all the buildings just from outside, which was not interesting. The second part of Galveston was also not worth. This part had one stop at Galveston that too not at the sea, it was just at boat terminal, which did not have any interesting view. The only good thing was the boat ride for watching dolphin (this costs $10 if you purchase separately). So, the complete tour was as if we are going to Galveston just for the boat ride and have lunch at the boat terminal.
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Not Much in Galveston
, Jun 2019
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 & Galveston. Had great seafood lunch and did a 45 min dolphin watch which was OK, nothing great though.
Good tour around Houston and company...
, Jan 2018
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...
, Dec 2017
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...
Syed Hassan A
, Dec 2017
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...
Geoff P
, Nov 2017
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...
Craig M
, Oct 2017
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.
ReLly electic mix of architecture in...
Jennifer B
, Oct 2017
ReLly electic mix of architecture in the buildings at Galveston.
Very bad experience. Once we started...
Amy C
, Oct 2017
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...
Mable Clarann K
, Aug 2017
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.

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