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One of the advantages of retirement is having the time to travel. While wintering in the Rio Grande Valley, many Winter Texans enjoy taking advantage of short excursions to nearby destinations such as San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Gruene, King Ranch and other Texas locations. Go with Jo Tours offers tours to all these destinations as well as an array of other locations including New Orleans and Las Vegas. She also continues to offer trips to interior Mexico and other international destinations.

San Antonio is a favorite destination and three trips are planned for this year. On Nov. 27 the San Antonio Lights Up Tour will include reserved seats for the 34th annual Holiday River Parade, two nights at the Drury Plaza River Walk Hotel, four meals and hot hors d’oeuvres, and visits to the Institute of Texas Cultures, the Guenther House & Steve’s Homestead, the SAS General Store, an evening riverboat cruise and the Alamo and Mission San Jose.

The San Antonio Christmas tour is Dec. 13 with almost the same agenda minus the parade. Tours are $379 per person double occupancy.

A combination San Antonio and Fredericksburg getaway will be offered Dec. 18 with two nights in San Antonio and a trip to Fredericksburg Trade Days and Biergarten, the LBJ National Park & Texas White House, the San Jose Mission and Gruene, the original German colony in Texas.

The final trip to San Antonio will include the San Antonio Rodeo. The dates are to be announced, but the rodeo is usually around the end of February.

Liston is planning two King Ranch tours this year on Dec. 26 and Jan. 21. Learn the history of this ranch that is so much a part of the history of South Texas. It includes the 12-mile loop tour with a guide who gives the history of the King Ranch.

On Nov. 16 and Dec. 5 visit the Christmas House near Falfurrias. The Minton Sisters love Christmas and every room of their home, including the bathroom is decorated for the holidays. The trip includes lunch and shopping at the Minton Sister’s Santa’s Workshop. The Christmas House has become a tradition for many Valley residents.

Quilters get ready! Jo plans a tour of three major quilting stores in Corpus Christi on Feb. 16. Bring a sack lunch.

Go with Jo also offers longer tours to other locations. A six-day tour of Big Bend that includes a visit to the Hallie Stillwell Museum, McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis and the Castolon Historic campground is planned for Feb. 28. A New Orleans Extravaganza will be held twice on Jan. 31 and Mar. 6. This is a six-day trip that includes the Tabasco Company, a New Orleans City Tour, the WWII Museum, Laura: A Creole Plantation, and lunch at the Cabin Restaurant.

This year Jo is offering a new tour: Boogie On Over to Beautiful Biloxi on Feb. 21. It includes a tour in the Martin’s Accordion Factory, a crawfish lunch boil, an ecological boat tour, a city tour of the Rose de Lima Church and the Mardi Gras Museum, Café Du Monde and five nights in a hotel.

In addition to these tours, Jo offers international destinations. Jo will be leading a tour of the Holy Land when this paper comes out and says local churches often ask for tours. The tours are planned to fit their needs. During the summer she took a tour to Egypt, Lebanon and Israel and did not have any problems. Winter Texans who are interested can contact her to plan a tour. Other trips include an eight-day Taste of Ireland on Feb. 21, and a Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise in September.

Joe travels into Mexico into locations like San Miguel Allende and Mexico City. She recently toured Chiapas as well. In spite of the problems along the border she had no problems with the trip.

For information about any of these tours call (956) 423-1446 in Harlingen or (956) 664-1446 in the Upper Valley. Or call 1-800-999-1446. For more information see

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