ALL TOURS ARE OPERATING, though some are modified due to COVID.
Cooped Up by COVID? Then, get out San Antonians and Visitors! This is a perfect time to enjoy an outside activity in the fresh air and sunshine while enjoying a rare and surprising glimpse of San Antonio that will forever alter your perspective of this place you call home! We’re abiding by social distancing.
You've found the "UNtours" of San Antonio, garnering praise from the well traveled & media alike, because they really are unlike others in San Antonio - whatever their UNofficial ranking. Rather than a dry list of factoids and being similar to the next tour offering, you will be treated to an extremely well crafted, in depth consideration and be fascinated by information you simply will not hear elsewhere!
Just read the REVIEWS and HOW they are written compared to the plethora of reviews for other tour companies.
Indeed, see why discerning travelers even describe our tours as being the highlight of their trip and some of the best tours they've taken anywhere in the world!
GET READY TO BE EDUCATED & ENTERTAINED AT ONCE!
SAN ANTONIO & MISSIONS: DO NOT MISS THESE TOURS
"We are walking tour addicts; we travel often and always add at least one walking tour to our itinerary, even in cities we visit often and know well. Given the size of San Antonio and its rich history over several centuries, I was quite surprised by how few options for walking tours I was able to find on line, and of those few, only San Antonio Walks and Drives fit the bill — the others seemed rather mundane and kitschy. My 17 year old son and I just spent the day with Gary— first, on the amazing History Tour, and then on the stunning Missions Tour. Gary’s tours were akin to crash college courses. He is well versed on the subjects and passionate about the accuracy of the information. He is a splendid story teller, and we finished our day having learned what happened, to whom, where and why. There is so much more to this dynamic city, and its place in Texas, the USA and the world, than I ever imagined. If you want to really learn about San Antonio, and the history of South Texas, spending time with Gary is an absolute must".
Sloantravel, New York City, NY 4/24/2019 - TripAdvisor
BEST TOUR OF ANY CITY I'VE EVER BEEN ON: NON-CHEESY, HIGHLY INFORMATIVE, AND ENTERTAINING
Wary of organized tours for tourists, I wasn't planning on touring in San Antonio. After reading the reviews, I decided to give it a try. What a great choice! The 2 hour tour flew by and I learned more per minute than I could have imagined. The guide's story was artfully crafted to have an arc that took you from time period and location to the next. Fantastic ability to help us visualize the drama and bloodshed that is San Antonio's legacy, including the lesser-known roles of native and Texano populations. I would recommend this hands down, and already have. A must-see in a must-visit city.
Greenie_Christina Willmette, Illinois, 5/15/2010 TripAdvisor
BEST DAY IN SAN ANTONIO
Called same day for private tour of San Antonio Missions. Gary, the owner moved heaven and earth to make it happen for us. Luxurious car service, pick up at La Cantera Resort, and we were off for the best day ever! San Antonio has an Aqueduct!! The only one in the US and Gary took us there as part of the mission extravaganza. From detailed history of each mission, to the importance of the missions for Texas and US history Gary kept delivering the hits. And as we asked for more, he kept it coming. 4 of the best hours ever, learning what every Texan should know. Along the way he offered various historical facts about the city, the architecture, the guy is a real font of fabulous facts. Oh, and food recommendations... Gary knows where to go for the best eats. We plan to hook up with Gary for another tour in the early winter. Book him! Let him make your San Antonio stay an adventure.
Pwhite61, Houston, Texas 9/7/2018 TripAdvisor
SAN ANTONIO IN A NUTSHELL - DELIVERED IN AN INFORMATIVE AND ENGAGING WAY
The two hours we spent with Gary went by really fast. Knowing practically nothing about the Alamo, Texas or even early US history, we felt that we under-stood all three by the end of the tour. Gary blends the history, the people, the buildings, the context and the meaning in an engaging story-like talk. There was just the right amount of walking around, and care taken to ensure that the stopping points were in the shade and mostly places where we could sit down. In the heat of a San Antonio summer, we really appreciated that. We'd definitely recommend it to anyone else who visits who wants education rather than entertainment. That's not to say it wasn't entertaining - it was - but we learnt more in two hours than we have all week.
Thank you Gary - you were the highlight of our San Antonio visit.
Wendiellen, London, United Kingdom 6/30/2011 TripAdvisor
My husband and I took this 2-hour walking tour in mid October with Gary. He was an extremely knowledgeable and interesting tour guide in this beautiful neighborhood. The houses we discussed represented many different styles of architecture which he explained clearly, and each had a story he told about its history and occupants. This is one of the best architectural and historical walking tours I have taken and I strongly recommend it to anyone who has a serious interest in either subject.
Geminiviolin, Northampton, Massachusetts 10/2012 TripAdvisor
Our group worked with San Antonio Walks and Guide Gary on two tours during a November 2017 Art and Architecture Study trip to San Antonio. The purpose of our trip was to raise funds for our city's Art Museum. First, Gary provided a walking architectural tour of downtown San Antonio. Over a two-hour period, Gary discussed the Alamo, its architecture and the great battle, and then pointed out a number of beautiful Art Deco period highlights downtown, including the Scottish Rites Temple and the Drury Hotel lobby. We concluded at the historic San Fernando cathedral. Our second tour highlighted the Spanish Colonial Missions. Over four hours, we visited each of the four missions. Gary provided many details about the missions, their purpose, culture and architecture, and showed us details that a casual visitor would likely not notice, such as the waterworks and the beautiful 18th-century frescoes.
Gary kept the tours interesting and adhered to our schedule. Our group is older, and the tours, while active, were well-paced. I highly recommend him for those who want more detailed information about this historic city and its architectural gems. He also offers a tour of the Alamo and the famous battle, but we did not try that one. I would particularly recommend San Antonio Walks for corporate groups, and anyone interested in history, architecture and culture. Best of all, Gary is a pleasure to work with! And, if you need restaurant recommendations, he knows the best chefs in town.
DavidB21431 11/27/2017 TripAdvisor