San Antonio History Trip

Photo Courtesy of San Antonio CVB / Richard Nowitz

From its Native American occupation, discovery by Spanish explorers, old missions, the Battle of the Alamo, and the Old West, the history and attractions of this beautiful city can entertain groups for days.

Our Old West tour has many options from which you can choose including the following:

The Alamo

Built in 1724, the Alamo was first named Misión San Antonio de Valero and was originally intended to serve as a home to missionaries and their converts in this region. The Alamo played a critical role in the Texas Revolution against the Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana and his army. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty. Photo Courtesy of San Antonio CVB / Stephanie Colgan.


The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower is a historic Roman Catholic Church and is distinguished as one of only a handful of church buildings in the U.S. (and one of only four in the State of Texas) bearing the papal designation of minor basilica. Constructed in the Great Depression (1929 – 1931), the Basilica is a treasury of art, master craftsmanship and relics. Today, the Basilica stands as a monument to the great faith of devotees of St. Thérèse from throughout the United States and world. Photo Courtesy of San Antonio CVB.


Mission Trail Tour

Explore centuries of the history and culture when you visit the five missions of San Antonio: Mission San Antonio de Valero or more commonly known as the Alamo, Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission San Francisco de la Espada. Photo Courtesy of San Antonio CVB / Doug Wilson.


San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Cathedral was founded in 1731 and is the oldest, continuously functioning religious community in the State of Texas. The Cathedral building has the added distinction of being the oldest standing church building in Texas, and for all of its more than 275 years, has been serving the people of the Archdiocese and San Antonio. Today, San Fernando Cathedral functions not exclusively as a Catholic Cathedral, but as a center of unity and harmony for all the God-loving people of San Antonio and beyond. Photo Courtesy of San Antonio CVB / Al Rendon.


The Buckhorn Museum & Texas Ranger Museum

Located in the heart of downtown, The Buckhorn Museum & Texas Ranger Museum occupies over 8,000 sq. ft. and creates a dynamic guest experience that depicts the vast history of Texas Rangers. The museum is divided into three distinct venues. First, the Ranger Gallery begins the adventure by portraying the early history of the Rangers originating with Stephen F. Austin’s colony and the formation of the Ranger Force through the mid-1800’s. Next, guests enter Tales of the Texas Rangers, a gallery of fifteen displays each depicting a unique story that showcases the dynamic history of the Rangers. The final stop in the museum is Ranger Town, a re-creation of old San Antonio that encourages guests to explore and learn more about life as a Ranger in the old West. Ranger Town features eleven storefronts with names that take guests back to San Antonio at the turn of the century. Photo Courtesy of San Antonio CVB/ Al Rendon.


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The team at Kaleidoscope Adventures can customize a complete historical San Antonio travel package catered to your needs and curriculum. We will assist you with hotel accommodations, transportation, attraction tickets, meals, sightseeing, shopping, and special events plus more.


For a FREE, no-obligation quote, please call (800) 774-7337 or request information online at Free Trip Quote.