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Several charter bus tour operators based in Houston, Texas offer guided sightseeing tours for travelers interested in learning about the city's Texan heritage, culture, and exploring the Houston museum district, amongst other sites. Houston bus tours can provide in-depth knowledge about the area's most popular districts, neighborhoods and traditions, and give travelers the opportunity to see dozens of attractions, including the Houston Astrodome, the San Jacinto Monument and the Houston Zoo.
Travelers interested in taking a Houston bus tour can choose from tours that head straight to the Houston Space Center and surrounding sites, go through the Houston museum district, or all-day tours that trek through downtown Houston and the business district to see sites including Rice University, Chase Tower, Galleria Mall and the Houston Astro Dome.
As of April 2010, Houston bus tour operators include: Houston Tours, First Class Tours and Tour Houston. Houston Tours offers the City of Houston Tour, a 3.5 hour tour that leaves from the Astro Dome and goes through downtown Houston and makes stops at destinations including the Water Wall, Williams Tower and the Galleria Mall. First Class Tours and Tour Houston offer private charter bus tours and customized itineraries for travelers that want to choose the sites and destinations to explore in Houston. Attractions in downtown Houston include the Holocaust Museum, the Downtown Green Market, the Hermann Park Conservancy and the Contemporary Arts Museum.
Some Houston bus tour operators offer a narrated tour of the sites along the trip to provide travelers with insights, legends and stories about each destination, while others are designed for travelers interested in a more self-guided experience. Bus tours that travel to specific destinations, such as Rice University, the Houston Space Center, and Chase Tower may offer travelers with the opportunity to enter the attraction or site for self-guided or guided tours. A separate admission fee may apply for tours of various attractions.
Some tour operators offer both standard and extended city tours, so travelers can choose from several tour itineraries based on the time they have available for the trip. Extended tours may include lunch in the Galleria Mall and Houston's popular restaurants, and longer visits to some of the area's top attractions. Houston bus tours offer pick up and return service for hotels in a specific operating area, and may charge a surcharge for pickups and returns outside of their zone. Some charter tour operators offer narrated tours in different languages, including Spanish, German, Italian, French and Portuguese.
As of April 2010, the City of Houston tour from Houston Tours is $40 per adult and $20 for children between 4 and 11 years of age. The extended city tour is $65 for adults and $30 for children between 4 and 11 years of age. Fees do not include admission fees for attractions. Rates for charter bus tours by First Class Tours and Tour Houston vary depending on the itinerary, number of people in the traveling party and the season.
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