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Painted Churches, Space Center Houston, Moody Gardens & Galveston Attractions December 5 - 8, 2017

Ozarkland Group Tours & Reunions

Schulenburg-The Painted Churches, Space Center Houston

Moody Gardens & Galveston's Attractions.

December 5 - 8, 2017

Tour Includes

  • 4 days and 3 nights' accommodations
  • 8 Meals - 3 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunches (L) & 3 Dinners (D)
  • Attraction admissions/fees
  • Luxury Motor Coach transportation
  • Baggage handling for 1 bag per person
  • All taxes, gratuities on included items
  • Games, music, entertainment, and refreshment, & snacks enroute
  • Mobile telephone available for emergency use
  • Gift for each person booked on the tour
  • Ozarkland Group Tours & Reunion Escort exclusively

Highlights

  • Tour the Painted Churches in Schulenburg area
  • Admission Ticket for Space Center Houston attractions includes the NASA Tram Tour
  • Two Day Admission Ticket for Moody Gardens Attractions plus Iceland & Festival of Lights
  • Admission Ticket for Texas Seaport Museum plus Tall Ship Elissa, a theater presentation & the Galveston    Immigration Database
  • Admission Ticket for The Great Storm of 1900 at Pier 21 Theater
  • Explore The Strand
  • Admission Ticket to visit the 1892 Bishop's Palace
  • Dinner at Gaido's Seafood Restaurant
  • Guided tour of historic sites & points of interest in Victoria TX
  • Guided tour of historic sites & points of interest in Goliad TX 

Cost Per Person

$1150 pp double occupancy

$1440 pp single occupancy

$1053 pp triple occupancy

$1005 pp quad occupancy

Schedule 

Day 1- Tuesday, December 5th. San Antonio to Schulenburg to Galveston.  Pickup at San Antonio Airport Security Parking.  Depart at 7:30am. Travel the short distance to Schulenburg, TX and pickup our step-on-guide for the Painted Churches Tour.  

  If you've lived in Texas for any length of time you've heard of the Painted Churches of Fayette County. They have appeared in magazines, on television programs, and in newspaper features around the state and beyond.  The term "Painted" comes from the elaborate faux-finished interiors - painted by itinerant artists who advertised in church bulletins and newspapers. Several were resident artists in San Antonio. Gold-leafed, stone and polished marble columns and ceilings are (upon closer examination) actually finely-fitted woodwork. The paint - mixed on site - is still vibrant and bright - even after all these years.

Schulenburg Area Painted Churches:

  • High Hill - St. Mary's Catholic Church (German) (1906). The elaborate faux marble columns and ceilings make this church one of the ones not to miss. The grayish blue stone capping the buttresses and accenting the brick was quarried from the nearby town of Muldoon. Called the "Queen of the Painted Churches" this church receives many visitors each year admiring the beautiful stained glass windows and interior artwork. It also holds a picnic on Labor Day each year, starting off with Mass, then great food and entertainment. All are welcome.
  • Ammannsville - St. John the Baptist Church (Czech) (1919). The Catholic church and a school opened in 1890. Destroyed by the hurricane of 1909, the church was rebuilt. It burned shortly thereafter and had to be rebuilt a second time. Known as the "Pink Church" and is famous for the stained glass windows illustrating the Czech history in the area.
  • Dubina - Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Czech) (1912). Simple stenciling and framed Stations of the Cross at the Dubina Church. Founded in 1856 by a group of families of Northeastern Moravia (now the Czech Republic), this church boast excellent murals that had been painted over some time in the past and then discovered by a parishoner.
  • Praha - St. Mary's Church (Czech) (1892). Just south of the railroad tracks that run parallel to highway 90. Praha is listed in Lindsay Baker's Ghost Towns of Texas. Prior to the coming of the Czechs, Praha was called Mulberry by the Anglo settlers. Praha has a huge gathering every year when thousands descend on the church grounds for a veteran's reunion. This church boasts the work of Swiss-born artist Gottfried Flury from Moulton, Texas, who mixed his own custom paints and created a ceiling that is beautiful and unique. Other artists include Rev. Louis Netardus and Gene Mikulik.

About half way through the tour, lunch will be provided at the Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurant in Schulenburg.  Continue the tour after lunch then travel to Galveston, TX.  Check into the Moody Gardens Hotel 409-741-8484.  Dinner provided at the hotel.  (L, D)

Day 2- Wednesday, December 6th. Galveston to Space Center Houston & Return.  After breakfast provided at the hotel, depart for Space Center Houston.  A lunch meal ticket will be provided for you.  Plan to stay at the Space Center for 4 - 5 hours.  Recommend you google Space Center Houston and download the "Map and Guide" to plan your time at the center.  Your admission ticket to Space Center will include the following things to see and do:

  • A must see is the new international landmark Independence Plaza, presented by Boeing. Touch interactive displays, see NASA artifacts and learn about the legacy of the space shuttle program. The one-of-a-kind Independence Plaza is the only place in the world where visitors can enter a shuttle replica mounted on top of the original space shuttle carrier aircraft.
  • Learn how astronauts live and work aboard the International Space Station in the Living in Space presentation. Explore the technology developed by NASA and other in the International Space Station Gallery. Watch the film "Journey to Space" in Space Center Theater with stunning 4K ultra-high definition, new audio and an all-new-giant screen.
  • Experience the thrill and excitement of witnessing an actual space shuttle launch in the Mission Briefing Center then learn about future NASA programs and missions in Mission Status Center.
  • See flown spacecraft such as Apollo 17, walk through Skylab Trainer and touch an actual moon rock in the Starship Gallery.
  • Board the NASA Tram Tour and see history in the making. Stops include Mission Control, astronaut training facilities and Rocket Park, where you will see the enormous Saturn V rocket.
  • The NASA Tram Tour is the only part of your day that will be guided as part of your admission ticket. Touring the inside of the center is self-guided. Please use the "Map and Guide" to plan your day. Audio tours are available for an extra charge at the Information Desk.

Load the Motor Coach at the designated time and return to the hotel. 

  Free time to explore Moody Gardens' attractions to include the Festival of Lights and ICELAND: you will receive a two (2) day admission ticket for the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, Discovery Museum, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, Festival of Lights and ICELAND Ice Sculptures.  As one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, Festival of Lights has become a holiday tradition for families and groups alike. Enjoy more than one million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. ICELAND: Ice Sculptures, A Caribbean Christmas; Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole new level of cool! A skilled team of master ice carvers has charted your course for the  ultimate Caribbean Christmas! Embark on a breathtaking undersea journey made of two million pounds of ice!  You can also skate around on the area's only outdoor ice skating rink (bring your own skates or rentals available for $7), try out the Arctic Slide or take pictures with Santa.  Full Buffet Dinner provided at the Garden Restaurant at Moody Gardens. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Thursday, December 7th. Galveston & Moody Gardens.  After breakfast provided at the hotel, depart for Galveston to enjoy some attractions in the Pier 21 Area and The Strand.

  Admission to the Texas Seaport Museum includes self-guided tours of the museum and Elissa, a theater presentation and access to the Galveston Immigration Database.  The museum is home of the celebrated 1877 tall ship ELISSA.  Explore the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark which has also been designated one of America's Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Walk ELISSA's decks and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the world's oceans. In the adjacent museum and theater, witness the story of ELISSA's dramatic rescue from the scrap yard and her meticulous restoration.  Look for ancestors with a one-of-a-kind computer database containing the names of more than 133,000 immigrants who entered the United States through Galveston, "The Ellis Island of the West". 

  Admission to Pier 21 Theater to see THE GREAT STORM, the story of the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston Island on September 8, 1900, a Category 4 hurricane ripped through Galveston, Texas, killing an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 people. At the time of the 1900 hurricane, Galveston, nicknamed the Oleander City, was filled with vacationers. Sophisticated weather forecasting technology didn't exist at the time, but the U.S. Weather Bureau issued warnings telling people to move to higher ground. However, these advisories were ignored by many vacationers and residents alike. A 15-foot storm surge flooded the city, which was then situated at less than 9 feet above sea level, and numerous homes and buildings were destroyed. The hurricane remains the worst weather-related disaster in U.S. history in terms of loss of life.  This new HD version shows incredible detail and clarity in the black and white photos taken after the disaster and used in the documentary.

  Take some time to visit The Strand: Galveston's 70-block historic downtown is a veritable treasure chest of culture, from the 19th-century architecture that made The Strand a National Historic Landmark to its shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and theaters.

  Admission to visit the 1892 Bishop's Palace.  1892 Bishop's Palace: Galveston's grandest and best-known building, the Bishop's Palace is an ornate delight of colored stone, intricately carved ornaments, rare woods, stained-glass windows, bronze dragons and other sculptures, luxury materials and furnishings, and impressive fireplaces from around the world (including one lined with pure silver!).  Built by lawyer Colonel Walter Gresham and  designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston's premier architect, this Victorian castle was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America. The home was built from 1886 to 1892.  If you can only visit one of Galveston's architectural treasures, the exquisite Bishop's Palace is the one to see.

After visiting the 1892 Bishop's Palace, Load the motor coach and return to the hotel for more free time to explore Moody Gardens.  Dinner provided this evening at Gaidos Seafood Restaurant; super food, opened in 1911, offers Gulf views, and has a nautical theme.  Back to the hotel after dinner and get ready to depart Friday morning. (B, D)

Day 4 - Friday, December 8th. Galveston to Victoria to Goliad to San Antonio.  After breakfast provided at the hotel, load the motor coach and depart for Victoria, TX.  Rest break enroute.  Upon arrival in Victoria, enjoy lunch on your own at Fossati's Delicatessen; the oldest deli in Texas, and one of the oldest restaurants in the United States. Located in Victoria, Texas, Fossati's was opened in 1882 by Italian immigrant Fraschio ("Frank") Napoleon Fossati.  After lunch, meet our step on guide and enjoy some history with a guided tour of Victoria.  Founded in 1824, a dozen years before the 1836 Alamo battle, Victoria probably has more historic markers for a city of its size than any in Texas. It doesn't take long to find five or six of them in Victoria's main plaza alone. Many of the nearby houses, with their wraparound verandas, porches and balconies, have their own historic markers. 

  Depart Victoria and travel the short distance to Goliad, TX to visit Historic Goliad!  Nestled in the San Antonio River Valley amongst magnificent old growth oaks, Goliad is a place of nature, history and heritage.  Goliad is home to the beautifully restored Presidio La Bahia and Mission Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit). Built in 1749, they represent the only Spanish Colonial mission-fort complex in existence in the Western Hemisphere and played crucial roles in Texas history.  The complex around the Presidio La Bahia is also home to the gravesite of Colonel Fannin and his men and to the birthplace of General Ignacio Zaragoza.  No trip to Goliad would be complete without a visit to the charming Courthouse Square - home to the historic courthouse, restaurants, antique and gift shops, historical markers, and the famous hanging tree.

  Homeward bound after our tour of Goliad. Continue travel to San Antonio.  Take time to recall the many memories and other great experiences we have enjoyed and shared with our friends (old and new) on the tour. Back home by 6:00 - 6:30PM. (B)