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300 Years of Architecture, History, and Culture

  • 11/03/2019 - 11/07/2019
  • 5 Days
  • Starting price $2,895

San Antonio’s diverse and captivating blend of history, art, and architecture makes it a signature destination in the Lone Star State. Experience the architectural heritage of San Antonio, from its unparalleled Spanish colonial past exemplified by the Alamo and other UNESCO World Heritage Missions to the cutting-edge contemporary art center, Ruby City, one of the most anticipated buildings of 2019, designed by Sir David Adjaye OBE. Cruise along the San Antonio River Walk; discover Texas’ first modern art museum, the McNay; and observe the Spanish, Mexican, and German influences apparent in different neighborhood personalities. Gain access to exclusive private homes; dine at The Gallagher, a historic 1833 ranch headquarters, and learn about the history behind the Pearl Brewery, now a 22-acre mixed use housing and retail complex that is also a top cultural and culinary destination - the crown jewel in the re-vitalization of San Antonio’s downtown.

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Max. guests - 30

Architectural highlights

  • Enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour of David Adjaye's Ruby City and be among the first to explore one of the 14 most anticipated buildings of 2019.
  • Take in five UNESCO World Heritage Missions including The Alamo.
  • Enjoy a special architectural tour of the Pearl Brewery complex, a revitalized industrial space which features the unique Hotel Emma, retail, fine dining and much more.
  • Visit the Fairmount Hotel, the largest intact building ever moved, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Tour the Victorian-era King William neighborhood, a designated Cultural Arts District.
  • Explore the re-imagined Hemisfair Park, site of the 1968 World’s Fair.
  • Explore the wondrous San Antonio Botanical Garden, featuring the first ever built project by architect Emilio Ambasz, now celebrating its 30th anniversary.


More highlights

  • See the The Gallagher, a historic 1833 Texas ranch headquarters meticulously restored by a local architect.
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Missions San Jose, Concepcí́on, and Espada.
  • Visit the McNay Art Museum, the first museum of Modern Art in Texas.
  • Have lunch at the historic Roosevelt Library, one of San Antonio's earliest public libraries, and now a private home and architectural showroom
  • This trip qualifies for 18.5 AIA learning units.



The Westin Riverwalk - Luxury Riverfront hotel with a Spanish Colonial feel in the heart of downtown San Antonio on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk. The rooftop pool and bar offers a panoramic view of downtown San Antonio including the 1968 Tower of the Americas.


Also included

  • 4 nights accommodations
  • 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 reception and 2 dinners
  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert.
  • All guided visits and entrance fees for all included visits
  • Land transportation by private motor coach as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.
  • Service charges, taxes and gratuities for guides, bus drivers, porters, and restaurant staff


What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing on stairs.



  • $2,895 per person, based on double occupancy; residents - please call for local pricing
  • $595 single supplement
  • A deposit of $750 per person, payable by Master Card, Visa or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by August 5, 2019.


Not included

Airfare and air departure taxes and fees; airport transfers, airline baggage fees and excess baggage fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; food and beverages not part of the included meals; items of a personal nature; gratuities to housekeeping staff; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.


Architectural Adventures tours are managed by professional tour operators retained as independent contractors by The American Institute of Architects. To read Architectural Adventures full Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer visit To read the tour-specific terms and conditions from our tour operator International Seminar Design, Inc. visit


Photography credits: Homepage - Ruby City ©Linda Pace Foundation; Itineray - San Antonio Botanical Gardens ©joevare




Begin your journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to San Antonio. After checking into the hotel, meet the local expert guide and fellow travelers and depart on an architectural walking tour of downtown. Wander through La Villita, the original neighborhood in San Antonio before stopping at The Fairmount Hotel, the largest intact building ever moved, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architect who orchestrated the move will give an overview of the hotel’s history. See the re-imagined Hemisfair Park, site of the 1968 World’s Fair, and meet with a Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation official. Stroll along Commerce Street, past some of the most important historic buildings, and make a stop at The Esquire Tavern. Opened in 1933 at the end of Prohibition, this tavern is known for having the longest wooden bar in Texas. End the day with a festive welcome dinner.

Accommodations: The Westin Riverwalk
Meals: Dinner

Cruise the San Antonio River

Embark on a chartered river boat cruise on the San Antonio River highlighting the architecture along the Riverwalk and the Museum Reach, narrated by AIA San Antonio members. Spend the remainder of the morning at the Pearl, a bustling revitalized industrial space housing restaurants, shops, and apartments, and enjoy a historic architectural tour of the Hotel Emma and the Pearl Brewery complex. One of the only breweries to survive Prohibition, the Pearl is now a destination for retail, and fine dining, with one of three locations of the Culinary Institute of America. Enjoy walking through the King William District, a stunning historic San Antonio neighborhood built in the mid-1800s by enterprising German immigrants. Once in King William District, visit private homes and tour the only National Trust Residence in the State of Texas, Villa Finale.

Accommodations: The Westin Riverwalk
Meals: Breakfast

See World Heritage Missions

Explore internationally renowned UNESCO World Heritage Missions of San Jose, Concepcí́on, and Espada. Learn the missions’ stories of 17th Century explorers, native American groups of the Southwest, Spanish colonization, and the restoration and preservation of the missions. Have lunch at the historic Roosevelt Library, built in 1929 and home to the Western European Architecture Foundation’s Gabriel Prize. The Library is also near where Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders trained before being deployed to Cuba in the Spanish-American War. Visit Sir David Adjaye’s cutting-edge Ruby City, a $16 million dollar private Contemporary Art Center with a dramatically angled roof and a color palette inspired by the natural landscape of the Southwest. Enjoy a special reception at a contemporary two story penthouse located in what was originally a 1920s factory on Camp Street.

Accommodations: The Westin Riverwalk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Reception

Contemporary art in Texas

Enjoy a morning landscape and architecture tour of the San Antonio Botanical Garden, an expansive public garden showcasing native Texas landscapes, including Emilio Ambasz' groundbreaking conservatory now celebrating its 30th anniversary. Take a docent-led tour of the McNay Art Museum, a 1929 Spanish Colonial revival mansion, which became the first museum of modern art in Texas. Enjoy a driving tour along the Broadway Cultural Corridor on the way back to the hotel. Gather for a special Texas style farewell dinner at The Gallagher, a historic 1833 ranch headquarters, meticulously restored and enhanced by a local architect and entrepreneur.

Accommodations: The Westin Riverwalk
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The Alamo and Departure

Spend the morning at the iconic Alamo, for a private tour of the grounds and the complex by a preservation expert working to unlock the history of this iconic building. Transfer independently to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
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