1-Day Houston City Sightseeing Tour from Houston

Tour Code: GOL-HOU-102
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Guide: Chinese, English
Quality: Budget
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1-Day Houston City Sightseeing Tour from Houston
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Overview

Experience: UNESCO, Family

Extra (Excluded): Wifi, Meal etc...

Tour Guide:Chinese, English


Available Days :

Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat (2019-01-01 To 2019-12-31) | Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat (2020-01-01 To 2020-12-31)

Highlights :

During this tour you will be visiting Houston Museum of Natural Science along with the Morian Hall of Paleontology, Burke Baker Planetarium; the Cock Butterfly Center and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Rice University and its monuments and much more.

Itinerary

The first visit of the day will be to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. During your stay here, you will see; The Morian Hall of Paleontology, Burke Baker Planetarium; the Cock Butterfly Center and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. Our very next visit will be to the Rice University, and the memorial of, William Marsh Rice; “Willy’s Statue” and James Turrell’s skyspace; Twilight Epiphany. We will also visit Toyota Center (outside visit). Next, we will pass by Hermann Park. In the afternoon, we will visit George Ranch Historical Park.


Attractions

George Ranch Historical Park, TX

The George Ranch Historical Park is more than 100 years old. Just 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston, it covers a 20,000-acre working ranch featuring livestock, historic homes, and costumed interpreters. The Park educates people about Texas history through programming that inspires learners of all ages. It offers an immersive informal experience to the guests of the past times.

Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX

Houston Museum of Natural Science offers a memorable experience. There is guided tour available, and you can visit the dinosaur exhibit. It is interactive and informative. There is an excellent collection of the fossils, and there is a perfect layout of the fossils with replications.

Houston, TX

Houston in Texas is a large metropolis, extending to Galveston Bay. It is linked closely with the Space Center Houston, flight control complex and the coastal visitor center at NASA’s astronaut training. The city’s downtown includes the Theater District and the Historic District featuring upscale restaurants and 19th-century architecture.

Rice University, TX

Rice University is one of the comprehensive and prominent research universities. This university offers an interdisciplinary and creative approach to higher education. Here the student gets matchless opportunities to learn through classroom interaction and distinguished faculty assist throughout the program or course.

Toyota Center, TX

Toyota Center is situated in downtown Houston and is an indoor arena. It acquires its name Toyota, after the Japanese automobile manufacturer. The arena houses the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets, who are the primary users of the building.


  • The order of itinerary may change without any notice depending on weather situations or for some other unforeseen circumstances.
  • The order of activities held during the tour is planned by the tour guide. So, it may be different from what is mentioned on the tour page. On fewer occasions, Tour Guide has to skip an attraction or few during the tour depending on weather, traffic, group interest or some other reason.
  • Some attractions are seasonal. So, when they are closed they will be replaced with some other attraction.
  • You can skip some optional activities during the tour and plan something on your own. Make sure that you coordinate with Tour guide and stay with the group with next activity. Please note you cannot stay on the bus if you skip some optional activity.
  • Probable hotel names are mentioned in the itinerary. It can be similar or a different hotel of the similar rating. Exact Hotel details can only be provided one day before the departure.
  • Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel.
  • These tours are conducted in a group. A group can have people of several cultures. We expect each person to coordinate with Tour guide to make sure things are on track.
  • Though attractions are optional but you have to at least take 2 attractions.

Pricing


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What's Included

  Most of the tours are carried out in air conditioned bus. A minivan can also be used depending on the number of people booking the tour.

  Inclusive of all taxes.

  Tour is accompanied by the tour guide.


What's Excluded

  Fares for air travel and transport from home to and from the location chosen for pick-up.

  Expenditure for personal purposes.

  Fee for Optional Activities and entrance. Pay in cash to the tour guide. He will arrange tickets.Some attractions might be closed on public holidays. Optional activities price may change or can be different as displayed on the website.

  A minimum tip of $10 per passenger per day for Tour Guide and Driver is not included in the price of the tour package. Pay it in cash to Tour guide and bus driver. This service fees collected from passengers complement the incomes of the driver and the tour guide.

  Travel insurance.

  Though the meals are excluded, but the guides will arrange them for you.

  Room fees of personal nature, such as, laundry fees, telephone, service fees of valets, expenses on alcoholic drinks and what you buy from the mini bar. However, specified fees may be included.

Important Notice: Passengers are discouraged from purchasing admission packages from sources outside and trying to use them for this tour provided at a discounted price. In case they want to do so, they must arrange transport the same day.


Attraction Prices

Attractions Adult Child(3-11 yrs) Senior (65+ yrs)
George Ranch Historical Park, TX $15.00 $10.00 $12.00
Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX $25.00 $15.00 $15.00

  • All the prices are listed in USD.
  • Tour display price is based on double occupancy. It is the price each person will pay if a group of two is traveling.
  • Prices may change without any notice.
  • Prices include hotel accommodation, transportation and taxes.
  • Admission Tickets to different places and meals are NOT included in the tour price.
  • Mandatory Tip for tour guide and driver are NOT included.
  • Only the tour guide can purchase entrance tickets for you. Pre-purchased tickets are NOT acceptable.
  • A free (i.e. Buy 2 Get 1 Free) person, not showing up on a departure date will result in a penalty. The penalty is usually the fourth person price, but it varies. Free person has to pay for some admission tickets that is included in the tour package price of Paid Person.
  • There must be at least one passenger of 18 years for every booking made with GoldenBusTours. For Children between the age group of 2 to 14 years, a different price will be charged. Please refer to Child price on our pricing calendar. Child Age may vary between different bus operators. Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel. If the 5th person is infant you will be charged normally then with the second room as an expense.
  • Activities are optional though, but each customer has to participate in 2 activities at least. No city pass allowed. Some attractions are mandatory. Each customer has to take part in them and have to pay for them in cash.

Departure Location

Departure Location

  • 9090 Southwest Fwy, (Crowne Plaza Near Sugar Land) Houston, TX 77074 at 7:30 AM
  • 9999 Bellaire Blvd, (Chinatown Houston) Houston, TX 77036 at 7:45 AM

Return Location

  • Usually the same as departure location but different time. Some locations are only for pickup.

Important Notes

  • Arrive at departure location 10 to 15 minutes before the mentioned time to make sure you catch the bus on time. If in case you are late, the bus will not wait for you at the location and ultimately you will miss the entire tour (no refund in this case).
  • Return time on the website is just an estimation. Expect some variation always. Time may change depending on traffic and weather situations
  • There is a possibility that tour operator may use a shuttle to drop you off at the return location. It usually happens in the case of multiple return locations.
  • You can leave the tour at any place only after signing a Tour Departure Form for leaving the tour early.
  • Please note that price will stay the same even if you leave the tour early.
  • If you have booked a pre-tour hotel stay, then you will have to arrange your own transport from hotel to departure location.
  • If you have booked extra night hotel after the tour, then you will arrange transport from drop off point to hotel.
  • On West Coast tours some bus operators have a lot of departure locations. A slow start is expected on these tours.

Policies

Cancellation and Refund Policy

No matter the reason for the cancellation, we are forced to carry costly charges from out travel and hotel providers in the form of penalties and fees that re-incurred when there is a cancellation of confirmed or pending bookings. As such, there are cancellation penalties or fees incurred. Determination of the time of cancellation will be done when the notice is received and confirmed by our office. You must make any notice of cancellation directly to GoldenBusTours by email or webmail at the Contact Us section.

We reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure with respect to operating requirement or circumstances beyond control. In case a cancellation is made at any given moment in time before departure, our only liability as GoldenBusTours will be to refund you, the passenger with the amount we received for the booking of the tour. We will try our best to re-book the same or similar tour. We are not responsible for any cancellation penalties that may have been incurred on any other travel arrangements inclusive of separate purchase of air tickets.

We are not liable for any other travel arrangements that have been affected as a result of the cancellations.


Cancellation charges 

⇒  A 15% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 13 days or more before the departure date.

⇒  A 40% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 3-12 days or more before the departure date.

⇒  A 100% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 3 days before the departure date.

⇒  A 100% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs on departure day.

An add-on fee of 6% for handling fees is charged in addition to the above penalties.

 

There is no refund for unused features. You forfeit the entire payment when you are a no show.

In order for there not to be a cancellation, a minimum number of participants are required. We reserve the right to cancel a scheduled trip although every effort is made by us to ensure that normal operations are maintained.

Note: More 30 days after the completion of the tour, we cannot grant any refunds.

Buy 2 Get 3rd Free: 

⇒  In the case of free passenger cancellation kindly update us 7 days before the departure. 

⇒  In the case of late cancellation request or free passenger does not show up on tour day then $128 will be charged.

Cancellation and reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection. If you reschedule tour and later decides to cancel it then cancellation charges will be applicable to the original departure date and not to the rescheduled one.

Reservation, Booking & Redemption

Terms & Conditions

Any travel service purchases indicate your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions set out herein.

You are advised to carefully read through and understand these Terms & Conditions before making your booking.


Tour Confirmation

You will get an email immediately once you place an order. Tour Confirmation usually takes 2, 3 days except for urgent order. Urgent orders can be confirmed in a day or even few hours, but we can’t assure success in these cases. On fewer occasions, some of the others may require a longer period of time for confirmation. You are advised not to book airline tickets unless you have received the confirmation.


E-Ticket (Mandatory to be on bus)

Your e-ticket includes complete operator information such as local telephone numbers at your destination. You are required to print the e-tickets and bring them along with you on the trip. They will be needed as proof of purchase.


Changes in Booking

You may incur a fee for any revisions or alterations made to the reservation when the booking has already been confirmed. Cancellation fees may be applied to things such as name changes or corrections. They may also apply to tour date changes or tour itinerary changes. Please note that no departure changes are permitted 72 hours before departure.


Changes in Tour Itinerary

We are continuously striving to improve tour itineraries and features. In the event of unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the control, we do reserve the right to vary the itineraries and to substitute hotels. Duplicate departures may operate during certain peak periods, sometimes in reverse order. As such, hotels may vary from those included on the itinerary pages.

Reschedule

​If you wish to reschedule your tour (change the departure date or choose a different tour) then a reschedule fees may be applied. A reschedule fees of $25 or 6% (which one is higher) will be applied. Please note that all reschedule requests should be made before 18 days of tour departure. Requests made after the mentioned duration shall not be entertained.​

Cancellation and reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection.

Pricing

1. One room can accommodate maximum 4 people. Even if you are 5 people including 1 month old baby you still need 2 rooms.

2. If you can carry your child up to 3 years of age then you do not need to book seats for him. It may vary from one tour to another.

3. Service providers hold the right to change the itinerary and hotel arrangements without any notice.

4. Child (0-9 years) and Single traveler going on the tour have special rates. These prices vary from one tour to another.

5. Meals and Attractions are not included. You can ask your tour guide to try to arrange the meal for you as per your requirements. For attractions, admission fees pay it to the tour guide on the tour.

6. Prices may change without any notice because of prices fluctuation in the market.

7. All prices mentioned on the website are in US dollars.

8. In Case of Bank Wire Transfer customer have to bear Wire transfer fee.

9. Tour package price is inclusive of taxes.

10. Tour Prices are every individual and in view of room inhabitance.

11. Final hotels booked may not be same as the one mentioned on the website.

Child Rate:

Child rates are applicable for children between (0-12 years) of age. Parents are advised to bring car seats for the safety of their child.

Buy 2 Get 3rd discounted: Get 3rd Ticket on special discounted rates on the purchase of 2 tickets.

Responsibility

1. We highly recommend you to provide your flight details while booking tour with us or at least send us flight details via email 3 days before your tour departure. In case of non-compliance, you will be asked to join your hotel on the first day of tour at your own expense
 
2. Please check our return timings before booking your return flights at the end of the tour. During high season (National and Summer Holidays) book your flights at least 1 hour later than the suggested time.

3. Before booking any tour make sure to go through every detail like tour itinerary, tour price, cancellation policy,  reschedule and refund policies.

4. You should either bring a printed copy of your E-Ticket or bring it in your smartphone on the day of tour departure. You should also bring a valid photo ID along with your E-Ticket. In the case of any issues for not carrying E-Ticket or Photo ID GoldenBusTour will not be responsible.

5. Make sure to provide a valid phone number so we can reach you in the case of any emergency.

6. Please read all important notes, inclusion, exclusion section, terms and conditions, policies and below notes.

    6a. Tour Operator holds the right to cancel the tour at any time depending on poor weather condition or some other unforeseen circumstances. However, GoldenBusTour will update its customers about the cancellation and shall not be held accountable for charges other than tour fees.

    6b. Change in tour price will not affect any confirmed booking.

    6c. Tour Operator can change the order of itinerary at any time without any notice.

7. You will be responsible for your travel documents during the tour.

8. Reach Departure location about 20 to 30 minutes before departure time. Unfortunately, no one will wait for you in case you get in late. The bus mostly has Bus Operator name and logo on it. Even if you are five minutes late and miss the bus then GoldenBusTours or Tour Operator will not be responsible. There will be no refund in this case. You will be charged 100% tour fee.

Reviews

Reviews

Varun Sangha
  • 85
  • 3

Golden Bus Tours is really an amazing company, it was my first tour with Golden Bus Tours and i really intend to do it again. Great organization and punctuality, really nice and helpful tour guide who deserved his daily tip for sure, and very comfortable cozy and clean bus. In my opinion this was one of the best tour companies. I just wish id admissions and food were included, that would have been really amazing.

Ling Tsai
  • 82
  • 6

That tour was really almost everything i had hoped for, the only thing that i did not like is that admissions were not included, but was really very well organized and we were accompanied by a very good tour guide, he was a young gentleman but he was very well educated and very well aware of the attractions we visited.

Robert C. Toner
  • 77
  • 9

That tour was really almost everything i had hoped for, the only thing that i did not like is that admissions were not included, but to be honest it was really worth it. Great organization and hospitality and really nice tour guide. I really thing Golden Bus Tours did an amazing job.

Amber
  • 28
  • 6

A perfect 1 day guided tour to make your weekend memorable. I wanted a break from my work and decided to go on this bus tour. It was a great experience and a nice break for me. However, I had issues with the tour guide as he did not let us use restroom. Apart from this everything was perfect. I have shortlisted a couple of tours and will soon take them as well.

Maya Pritchard
  • 0
  • 0

the tour guide was amazing and very helpful. I actually laughed harder on this tour than I have at any comedy show ever, and all of his humor was totally clean and appropriate for the various ages of guests. Highly recommend GoldenBusTours.

Peng Tung
  • 0
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I really appreciated was that the tour guide truly cared about each person\'s experience and ensured we were all getting to know each other and were taken care of. I would give this tour 10 stars if I could- thank you guide and the GoldenBusTours Bus Tour team!

Sergey Yermolayev
  • 0
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This was our first tour of Houston City, and we couldn\'t be happier that we chose this one day Tour to show us around. Our tour guide was the real deal. Her energy and love for Houston City (her hometown) is evident throughout the one day tour.

金戸 陸
  • 0
  • 0

What really made the trip amazing was the insiders perspective that only a true local could give you. If you are thinking about taking another tour you should just \"FUGGITABOUTIT\".Do it with GoldenBusTours. Appreciated.

Josh Richards
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The 1-Day Houston City Sightseeing Tour from Houston was amazing! The tour guide was a great guide and she had a lot of interesting back-stories of the sightseeing and the Houston city. Definitely should come to this!

Phyllis Dorsey
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For the best part- The tour guide was extremely captivating with this hilarious commentary and in-depth knowledge of Houston City. It was evident right away that tour guide has a passion for his home town, the various cultures, and the preservation of important landmarks.

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