Go…With Jo! Tours and Travel in Harlingen, owned and operated by Jo Liston, is well known for providing a variety of fun tours to Winter Texans. With fewer tours going into Mexico these days Go...With Jo! has created a number of fun tours in Texas and one special Christmas tour of Branson, Missouri. These tours are designed for Winter Texans who might like explore other parts of Texas as well as to offer a chance to enjoy the Branson Christmas celebrations without having to do the driving.
The Branson Christmas Shows tour is a seven-day tour that will leave on Dec. 8. The group will see several shows including Miss Laura’s Players, Shoji Tabuschi, Dublin’s Irish Tour & The Celtic Sisters, the Dixie Stampede Christmas Dinner Show, the Brett Family and SIX, a newer show in Branson that features six brothers who sing and play their hands for musical instruments.
A dinner cruise on the Branson Belle is included. In all, ten meals are included along with three bedtime snacks of cobbler with ice cream or ice cream sundaes while staying at the Savannah House in Branson. The cost of the trip is $959 per person.
A new tour has been created this year at the request of some Winter Texans who wanted to see these sights and Jo thought others might enjoy them as well. Christmas in East Texas will leave for five days on Dec. 8.
The tour will visit a number of East Texas sites including the Depot Museum in Henderson and the New London School Museum. For those unfamiliar with this tragedy on March 18, 1937, New London school, which was heated with gas, blew up when an instructor turned on a sanding machine in an area that was filled with a mixture of gas and air. The switch ignited a flame that was carried below the school building. Witnesses said the school was lifted up and then crashed to the ground with the roof caving in. The blast killed 294 of the school’s 500 students as well as a number of teachers. An entire generation of the city was lost.
Other stops will include the East Texas Oil Museum and the Rangerette Museum in Kilgore, the Howard Dickinson Home in Rusk and a trip on the Polar Express Train, which is really the Texas State Railroad all dressed up for the holidays. The tour will visit the town of Marshall, which is on the “Trail of Christmas Lights” tour. They will slip across the border into Louisiana for a visit to Sam’s Town casino in Shreveport before heading home. One stop on the homeward bound leg will be in Cleveland for the Texas Music Hall of Fame. This tours costs $625 and includes four nights in a hotel and seven meals.
For those who want to stay closer to home, on Nov. 28 there is a three-day trip to San Antonio that includes a stay at Drury Plaza River Walk Hotel. There will be visits to the Institute of Texas Culture, the SAS General Store and the Mission San Jose along with a morning riverboat cruise. Those with German heritage will especially enjoy the visit to the Guenther House and Steve’s Homestead, where the original Pioneer Flour Mill was located in the Old King William area of San Antonio that was the original German section of San Antonio.
The $379 price of this tour includes two lunches and two breakfasts plus hot hors d’oeuvres that will be served during the trip. This tour will be offered again on Dec. 14 and will include the beautifully decorated Lambermont historic home instead of Steve’s Homestead.
For those who enjoy the annual presentation at the “Christmas House” near Falfurrias, the tour will take place on Dec. 8 and again on the 13th. Every room in the house is decorated for the holidays with a collection of memorabilia collected over a lifetime. The tour includes lunch and time for shopping at Santa’s Workshop. The cost is $75.
For those who prefer to travel for the New Year’s holiday, Jo has a two-day tour going to Monterrey.
“Traveling in Mexico is not as popular as it once was,” says Liston, “but I have never had any problems in Mexico.” She formerly offered tours of San Miguel Allende and Copper Canyon, but has not offered them for awhile, but will offer this Monterrey trip this season. The cost is $265.
Go…With Jo! has two tours of the King Ranch area planned. The first is Nov. 22 to the famous King Ranch Hands Breakfast where cowboys cook breakfast and demonstrate early cowboy skills used on the ranch. The second tour is on Dec. 27 when guests will tour the ranch to learn about the life and times of Richard King, the steamboat captain (on the Rio Grande River) who founded one of the world’s largest ranches. Other visits include the Henrietta Memorial Museum, the Sellers Market, and the Running W Saddle Shop. Guests will enjoy a Texas style barbecue at Caesar Kleberg’s Camp House. The cost of this trip is $75.
There will be several two-day trips offered to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel. The next trips are on Dec. 9 and Dec. 24. The tour is $80. She will also offer weekly trips January through March, but the dates have not been confirmed yet.
In addition to arranging these special tours Go…With Jo! is a travel agency that can book trips all over the world. Winter Texan friends who may enjoy traveling together in the summer might want to talk to Liston about a special location. She says Ireland is a very popular location to visit. But she can arrange a tour just about anywhere people might want to go.
For more information about the trips, contact Go…with Jo at (956) 423-1446 in the Lower Valley or (956) 664-1446 in the Upper Valley (McAllen area). Go…with Jo is located at 910 Dixieland Road in Harlingen.