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Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

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Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get to know Austin on this guided bus tour. Hear about the history of the Texas capital aboard a roomy Mercedes-Benz sprinter van. This open-air vehicle comes equipped with headsets that offer both English and Spanish language options. See local hangouts, hip and historic neighborhoods, and Central Texas Hill Country. Along the way, stop to take photos at locations such as the Driskill Hotel, Barton Springs, and the Austin Public Library.
  • See historical sites and popular attractions on this tour
  • This tour is a good option for first-time visitors
  • Travel comfortably in ​a luxury air-conditioned vehicle
  • Depart from the conveniently located Austin Visitors Center
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GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Signature PinkTag Partner Souvenir luggage tag
Tour in a luxury air conditioned vehicle
Covers all the iconic Austin sites
Earbuds (you may also use your own)
Food and Beverage not included, but you can bring your own food/beverage
State required child safety seat for infants & young children
Gratuities
Parking Fees
602 E 4th St , 602 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

We can be found inside the Austin Visitors Center at 602 E 4th Street. Parking is available in the garage at 601 E 5th Street. Street parking is also available for $2/hr and can be paid using the Park ATX app.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please allow us 72 hours notice for ADA accessible vehicles
  • Please note: Adult guests with children younger than eight years of age (unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches) will need to bring a child safety seat, this is Texas State Law
  • Please contact us with any health concerns you may have. There will be stops at locations with uneven surfaces.
  • As of 05/04/2020 – We are offering tours by reservation only.
  • Special accommodations for wheelchair accessible needs will be addressed by management. Special arrangements may require as long as 72 hours’ notice to secure.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY AO Tours Austin
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Sightseeing Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Sightseeing Tour.

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star-3
Nice scenic drive. Not as factual as I expected.
JoAnne_S
, Jun 2022
Guide had some interesting information and stories to share, but he didnt sound certain of quite a few facts. Maybe it was just style, but he said things about the growth in the city that were just not correct.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
HI JoAnne, Would you mind contacting us to provide us with some more detailed information about your experience? We can assure you that this is not what we want our customers to experience. -AO Tours Austin (512)-659-9478
star-2
Save your money and time!!
Tifani_K
, Jun 2022
This was a very disappointing adventure. The bus was extremely hot, we were told owners do not care and they know others have complained. 3 “stops” were closed, hardly any information was given. It was a waste of time and money!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for coming back to us with more details. I have discussed all this with our guide. The stops he included were Mt Bonnell, Texas State Capitol & the Driskill Hotel. Once he realized the Library was closed he added in the Texas State Capitol. We are addressing the heat issue. We have installed an additional ac system along with other remedies and continue to monitor if it's adequately cooling the vehicle. Were you able to hear the narration though out the tour using earbuds connected to the sound system? I have sent you a personal message in addition to this response. Mary Davidson
star-5
Great informative tour....
Dan_H
, May 2022
Great informative tour. Very friendly guide. My husband and I really enjoyed it and will certainly recommend it to our friends who are planning to visit Austin next month!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Dan, Thank you for the wonderful review and rating. We're delighted to hear you had a great tour. -AO Tours Austin
star-5
Great experience
madamspagan
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. We highly recommend for someone who wants to see both downtown and the hill country. The van was very comfortable and with great views of the scenery.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi! Thank you for the wonderful review and rating! We're so glad you enjoyed the tour with us. -AO Tours Austin
star-5
Rey good way to see Austin, TX
Lee_R
, Apr 2022
The tour covered a lot of Austin and the tour guide was ver6 knowledgeable about the area. The recorded narrator gave some very good historical information about the different landmarks and sites as well. Seeing the tall man looking up and the view from Mount Bonnell was my favorite sites.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi Lee! We're delighted you had a great tour with us. Sounds like you got to see some of our favorite sights. Thanks for the wonderful rating. -AO Tours Austin
star-5
Awesome
Brendan_H
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was great The beautiful homes on the river accompanied by all the local knowledge was really good
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi Brendan, Thanks for the great review! So glad you enjoyed the tour. -AO Tours Austin
star-5
Fun time in Austin!
sherry_y
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Ari was so great and we ended up hitting up 2 spots I personally wanted to check out! All the stops were lovely, Mt. Bonell and the Grettings from Austin mural. The open bus is a lot of fun and a nice idea to embrace to nice weather!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi Sherry! Thanks for the lovely review and rating. We're delighted you had a great tour with Ari. -AO Tours Austin
star-5
Great overview of Austin!
Michael_M
, Mar 2022
Joel was an excellent tour guide! We learned so much and loved seeing all the sights. It was just the right balance of driving and stops to get out and explore a little.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much for the great review and rating! - AO Tours Austin
star-5
Perfect way to see the city
Leslie_G
, Mar 2022
Nice way to see a lot of the city and learn too! My hostess who lives here said we hit lots of great spots!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Leslie, Thank you so much for the great review! We're delighted you had a good time! - AO Tours Austin
star-5
Joel our Driver/ Guide...
Antony_M
, Feb 2022
Joel our Driver/ Guide was amazing. He really brought the trip to life. The time went so quickly and there did not seem to be anywhere that Joel could not go in the van. A great day.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi Antony! Thanks so much for the wonderful review and feedback. We're delighted you had a great time with Joel! Come back anytime! -AO Tours Austin
star-4
Great tour
Laxmi_S
, Feb 2022
Great way to get an overview of the city. Would recommend doing the tour early in your trip so you know where you want to spend your time! Open air van was really comfortable. Prompt, well organized and fun!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi Laxmi, Thank you for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed the tour. -AO Tours Austin
star-4
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Tom_H
, Feb 2022
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star-3
Average
Alex_S
, Dec 2021
The van was nice and clean, the tour was 70% prerecorded. The big disappointment there was no any stops.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hi Alex, Thanks for your feedback. Can you confirm the date you took the tour? The Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Sightseeing Tour is definitely designed to have stops, so I would like to address this issue with our guides. Thank you
star-5
Visiting Austin was awesome!
Beverly_C
, Nov 2021
The historical parts of Austin were of most interest to us! My daughter and her boyfriend both live in Austin and there were parts they had not seen that we visited and learned about on our tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for the wonderful review and feedback! Glad you enjoyed our tour. Come back anytime! -AO Tours Austin
star-4
see a lot of Austin in comfort.
Jeff_K
, Oct 2021
Ore tour guide, Joel, was knowledgeable and professional. I moved to NC from Austin in 2006. I was blown away at Austin's growth. Along the way Joel gives excellent recommendations on restaurants and sights. Worth every penny.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for the kind review! Joel is a rockstar and we're lucky to have him. Glad we got to show you around Austin again. -AO Tours Austin
star-5
Fun and informative tour
Patricia_P
, Sep 2021
Totally enjoyed our tour of Austin and the Hill country. The weather was nice enough we were able to have the top open, morning tour. Joel was very friendly and informative of everything we did. Other passengers were accommodating by not talking so we could hear everything being said. It was a lot of fun. A great way to see Austin and have some idea of places you would want to go back to spend longer a time. I highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Patricia, Thank you for taking the tour and leaving us a great review! We're delighted you had a good time on the tour with Joel. Come back anytime! -AO Tours Austin
star-2
Really search out safe...
Lynn_K
, Sep 2021
Really search out safe trips during this covid time so was very disappointed my open air trip was a closed bus after 30 minutes. It wasn’t that hot with the breeze. Expressed this to driver. Was nervous and anxious the entire two hours.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your concerns. We're very sorry we didn't meet your expectations. We try to do everything we can to keep our guests safe. This is our first year to use our new convertible van, and we're learning how to best accommodate all of our guests during high temps, wind, and rain. We have made the decision to keep it closed when it can becomes too hot when left open for some of our more heat sensitive guests. Once opened the van is very difficult to cool back down when temperatures are high, so it’s best to close before it gets too hot inside. We understand this made you feel uncomfortable from a Covid perspective. We do not make a commitment to keep the van open at all times. We will take corrective action to make sure this is clear in our tour information. We do ask that our guides wear masks and we offer mask to those who don’t have a mask, and ask guest to not join us if they are sick. Additionally, we have taken extra precautions to make sure the van is sanitized between tours to help us provide Covid safe tours. Please contact us directly if you would like to give us any additional feedback. You can reach me at 512.659.9478 or mary@aotoursaustin.com
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth it!
Debbie_H
, Jul 2021
Loved our tour guide! Learned so much in an enjoyable and engaging way. A great way to get a thorough overview of Austin
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Debbie, Thank you for the GREAT review! We're so glad you had a good time. - AO Tours Austin
star-5
Excellent tour, fabulous
Lorraine_K
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour with a really good tour guide. We enjoyed the experience in a super clean comfortable vehicle. The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. Austin truly is a beautiful city. This tour shows us places we would not have got to see. Worth every penny don’t hesitate to take the tour
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for the wonderful review! We're really glad you enjoyed the tour and your experience with us. -AO Tours Austin
star-5
GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!
Barbara_G
, Jul 2021
What a great time! Tour was exactly as advertised and more. Our host was very accommodating and prompt. Would easily consider taking this tour again.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for the WONDERFUL review! We're delighted you enjoyed the tour and your experience with us. Come back anytime! -AO Tours Austin

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