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Optional Tours

Optional Tours Add to Your Commodity Classic Experience

 

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TOUR REGISTRATION INFORMATION Tours may be reserved online, by mail or via fax. Use the printable tours registration form above if you would prefer to mail/fax your order. Deadline to pre-register for tours is January 29, 2020. Tours are not included with convention registration.

 

Out and About Events is the official tour provider for Commodity Classic. We encourage you to register early in case tours fill up. Incomplete order forms cannot be processed (online or otherwise). Registration received on-site at Commodity Classic will be accommodated subject to space availability.

 

Out and About Events reserves the right to cancel any tour if the required minimum number of participants is not met by January 29. Refunds for any tour cancelled by Out and About Events will be mailed to registrants without penalty. Changes and cancellations must be received in writing by Out and About Events no later than January 29. No refunds will be issued after this date. Confirmation will be sent via e-mail within 3 business days of receipt of tour order.

 

For question pertaining to tours, please contact Out and About Events at (210) 778-6909 Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Central or email at cctours@outandaboutTX.com. Tours may not be reserved by telephone.

 

All tours include transportation unless stated otherwise. Tour prices are not inclusive of local 8.25% sales tax.

 

TOURS AT A GLANCE

 

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LBJ Ranch

$134.00 Includes lunch

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Explore the scenic back-roads of the Texas Hill Country and learn about the Great Trail Texas cattle drives from South Texas to midwestern markets which shaped this area along with the German migration of the 1840’s. Our first stop is the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, once known as the "Texas White House" and now a part of the National Park Service. You will also visit a living history farmstead of pioneers at the Sauer-Beckmann Farm. The farm recreates rural farm life from 1900-1918. It is a real working farm, where the park docents wear period clothing and work at milking the cows, canning the beans, or working in the gardens.
 
From here we will stop for lunch at an authentic German biergarten in the historic town of Fredericksburg, where you can also visit the Nimitz Museum and National Museum of the Pacific War. On our way back we will stop to revel in the storied musical history of the town of Luckenbach, made world-famous by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and many more artists and colorful characters!

 

Day Trip to Magnolia Market / Waco, TX

$88.00 Lunch on your own   

Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Magnolia Market at the Silos, owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, is designed to inspire you to love the space you’re in.

 

We’ll depart the Grand Hyatt at 8:00 a.m. to arrive in downtown Waco at 11:30 a.m., where you can visit the Magnolia Market gardens, bakery, silo shop, and get lunch on your own. A free trolley covers some 8 blocks of the downtown Waco footprint. Highlights include the Dr Pepper Museum, Salvage Sisters, and Junque Queens. Pick up to-go food items for our return trip. We’ll leave Waco at 3:00 p.m. for a stop at Harp Design Company as seen on Fixer Upper,  filled with furnishings made with re-claimed wood and other custom design elements. We’ll leave at 4:00 p.m. to arrive at the Grand Hyatt at 7:30 p.m.

Toyota Plant

$39.20

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
A tour of the 2.2 million square foot Toyota Tundra Manufacturing Plant reveals what goes into the manufacturing of the truck before it rolls off the assembly line. Explore areas of the state-of-the-art facility that includes the body weld shop, where stamped steel pieces are welded together using computer-controlled robots. Visit the plastics shop where critical components such as bumpers and instrument panels are made. Overhead,you will see conveyors transporting the trucks to the final assembly line. Note: Closed shoes and long pants are required on this tour. Guests must be at least 6 years of age for this tour.

 

TMMTX Campus Rules

– A valid photo ID will be required for each adult scheduled for the tour.

– Cameras are allowed in the Visitor Center, but must be checked in at the registration desk before the plant tour. No cameras or camera phones are allowed in the manufacturing facility.

– Children, 6 years of age or older may take the tour with their parent or adult guardian.

Clothing Requirements:
Since this is a tour through an operational manufacturing facility, there is a certain dress code that must be followed without exception:

– Long pants (no skirts, no shorts)

– Shirts must have sleeves (short sleeves acceptable: no sleeveless or cap sleeves)

– Closed toe shoes must be worn. (No sandals or open toe shoes).

– Safety glasses and hard hats will be supplied and must be worn at all times during the tour.

 

Central Market Cooking Class

$99.00 Includes lunch10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Learn the numbers behind HEB’s Central Market: how many tons of produce they process in a day, number of shoppers they service, etc.—staggering numbers to process. Tour the aisles and meet with various departments who will share the incredible lengths they go through to protect their providers and to maximize the product. This might include the butcher, fish monger, wine purveyor or bakery. We are then off to the classroom which overlooks the entire market.

 

HEB’s expert cooking school staff will focus on creating Southwest Cuisine in a hands-on, small-group format. Sharpen your knife skills, perfect your pairings, and learn cutting-edge culinary techniques!

 

San Antonio Sampler

$73.00 Includes lunch

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Discover the sights, sounds and flavors our city has to offer. We begin with a privately chartered barge ride through our famous waterways. The meandering banks take us through a century of history, legend and lore. And when it comes to history, nothing defines San Antonio quite like The Alamo, so to understand and appreciate the significance of that great battle we’ll take in the award-winning IMAX film “Alamo: The Price of Freedom.”
 
But what’s a trip to San Antonio without tasting its cuisine? Enjoy a great buffet lunch at the Historic Menger Hotel. Known for its beauty and charm, this great hotel was used by Teddy Roosevelt to recruit his famed Rough Riders. Our final stop is at the most famous mission in San Antonio, the Alamo herself. The Alamo is where 189 defenders fell to Santa Anna’s army of more than 2,000 on March 6, 1836. The heroism of these “Texicans” paved the way to Texas independence.

 

Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard

$103.00 Includes lunch & wine

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Let your palate be your guide as Sandy Winoker, owner of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, leads you through an introductory sampling of olive oils. You'll begin to get acquainted with their flavor complexities, such as fruitiness, bitterness and pepperiness! Learn how to prepare the perfect salad dressing, as well as other culinary tips on how to use olive oil. Discover the secret to understanding labels and concepts as well as its health benefits.
 
Following your tasting, guests will be served a delicious lunch featuring salad with olive loaf bread, chicken and beef kabobs with puttanesca sauce and to round out the day, olive oil gelato. Texas wines will be served alongside the meal. Each guest will receive a gift upon departure, hand-picked by Sandy.

 

Seersucker Distillery

$84.00 Includes lunch

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Learn about the distilling and production processes behind Seersucker Southern Style Gin and Cinco Vodka. Cinco Vodka is produced with wheat and distilled in a hand-hammered copper still with no filtration. Founders Kim & Trey Azar also produce Seersucker Southern Style Gin, currently the only gin produced in San Antonio.

 

Our tour will be led by the head distiller and you’ll see the process from start to finish along with the packaging and distribution channels for the products made by the Azar family. Their supreme mixologist will bring the finer points of creating the perfect gin cocktail for your enjoyment. Buffet lunch from Texas Pride Barbeque is included.

 

Missions & Markets

$50.00 Lunch NOT included

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
San Antonio is home to one of the few national parks located within an urban setting—the Mission Trail, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Mission San Jose, located just south of downtown, you’ll enjoy an informative film followed by a walk through the grounds of the largest and best restored of all the missions. The church is one of the most beautiful in the country with its elaborate carvings on the chapel façade.

 

A quick driving tour of downtown San Antonio will include the Spanish Governor’s Palace (a national historic landmark) and San Fernando Cathedral, the original church of the Canary Island settlers built in 1731 and one of the oldest churches in continuous use in the country. El Mercado, or Historic Market Square, our next stop, is the largest Mexican-style marketplace outside Mexico. With two distinctive shopping and dining locations, there is something for everyone!

Running Through Town

$22.00 Bottled water provided

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
A professional running instructor will guide our group on a 3.5-mile run from the Grand Hyatt into the historical King William neighborhood, then into Southtown, an up-and-coming artist community, and finally start the path of the Museum Reach along the Riverwalk. What a great way to get to see the architecture, culture and people that live in our host city, and get some exercise before the start of the day’s events.

Heritage Tour

$70.00 Lunch NOT included

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
One of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of Texas, the King William Historic District, with its tree-lined avenues and picturesque homes, recalls a more gracious era. Prosperous German merchants who made their mark in San Antonio in the late 1800’s built the grand homes of this area.

 

You’ll visit The Guenther House, built in 1876, carefully restored, and now a museum, store and restaurant. It’s then on to the “Queen of the Missions,” Mission San Jose. Established in 1720, this is the largest and best restored of all five missions. Tour the Indians' quarters as well as the Spanish soldiers' quarters. Discover the Briscoe Western Art Museum, a collection of art and artifacts that tell the vast and multifaceted story of the American West.

 

Afternoon in Boerne

$47.00 Lunch NOT included

12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The historic town of Boerne, Texas is a delightful German community filled with antique stores and boutiques galore. Many shops have merchandise indigenous to the Texas Hill Country and Texas folklore. Your guide will acquaint you with popular spots for browsing and shopping as well as our favorite, the Boerne Wine Company, where you can journey through their wonderful wines. The hands-on discovery begins with generous samples in a casual, comfortable setting featuring their unique Enomatic wine dispenser with many wonderful choices.

 

Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour/Competition

$55.00

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Discover your inner sleuth in this fun, fast-moving, authentically San Antonian team challenge—part city tour, part energetic competition. You and your group will zip around town stopping at major landmarks and offbeat spots to take photos, solve clues, decipher riddles, play games, and gather items.

 

It’s so much fun you won’t even realize that by the end you’ll have seen many of San Antonio’s main attractions. A  lighthearted awards ceremony will include prizes for the winning team.

 

Drink Up History Walking Tour

$45.00

3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
There are only “four unique cities in America: Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco, and San Antonio,” according to a quote attributed to both Mark Twain and Will Rogers. There’s no better way to fully experience what makes San Antonio unique than by bypassing ubiquitous chains in favor of drinking in some of the most historic bars in Texas!

 

In this truly unique boutique pub crawl, join our tour guide Emzy, a passionate Texas history buff and fan of spirits, for a fun and interactive TASTE of San Antonio. Emzy will share history, stories, and a drink with you at three different pubs during this walking tour. One beverage per person at each of the three stops is included. Must be 21 to partake. Identification must be presented.

 

Sisters Grimm Haunted Walking Tour

$26.00

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
It’s said that “Dead men tell no tales.” Or do they? From its humble beginnings as a Spanish settlement in 1691 to the bloody battle at the Alamo, San Antonio’s history is rich in haunting tales. Discover Old San Antonio’s most haunted places and uncover the history that lies waiting for those who dare to enter their doorways.

 

Take a peek inside the Menger Hotel, the “Most Haunted Hotel in Texas,” and just a block away, peer into the Emily Morgan Hotel, one of the city’s first hospitals and where many men and women lost their lives. Explore the San Fernando Cathedral, where people are buried within the walls and visitors claim to see faces mysteriously appear. Uncover the legends behind Bexar County Jail. You’ll be fascinated by the stories shared during this unique walking tour!