The Three Hour Tour
No you won’t get lost like the folks on Gilligan’s Island, but you’ll want to get lost in one of the many places you’re going to visit on your private three hour tour of Houston.
Tour Houston, America’s fourth largest city in a luxury SUV private tour conducted by Certified Professional Tour Guide, Phil Stewart.
Phil will take you on a whirlwind tour of the Houston with the first stop on the banks of Buffalo Bayou, where Houston began in 1836. Learn about Houston’s founding by the Allen Brothers. Gaze at our skyline and learn the secrets of the tall buildings you see before you. Learn about Houston Street names, and the heroes of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.
Move on to Old Market Square, and learn about the early commerce of Houston, the sights and sounds of Houston’s marketplace from a bygone era. See Houston’s oldest building and learn about the only bar in the world that is a tailor shop by day, and a bar at night. Continue on to Minute Maid Park, home of the World Champion Houston Astros, and one of the worlds few retractable roof sports stadiums. Explore the beautiful campus of Rice University, one of the finest institutions in the world, often called the “Harvard of the South.” Learn about Rice’s unusual beginnings, and how “the Butler did it” in the untimely death of William Marsh Rice. Finally, explore the largest medical complex in the world. Marvel at these numbers. The Texas Medical Center is over 1,000 acres employing 125,000 workers with 10,000 hospital beds, and home to 54 institutions of higher learning.
Yes, the Texas Medical Center has been at the forefront of medical research for the last 75 years. Learn how Drs. Denton Cooley and Michael DeBakey pioneered cardiac research and heart transplants. We’ll discuss the more than 10,000 doctors who are renowned for their pioneering of heart transplants, and serve millions of patients a year. You’ll learn about the founding of the Texas Medical Center, Hermann Hospital and the development of the M.D. Anderson Hospital, as the premier institution for cancer research in the world.
We’ll proceed down Fannin Street to NRG Stadium and wonder in amazement at the retractable roof, then we’ll visit the Astrodome, known as the “Eighth Wonder of The World”. We’ll discuss the great sporting events performed under both the roofs of the Astrodome and NRG Stadium over the past 60 years. We’ll learn about Houston’s western heritage and the famous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world. You’ll also visit historic Hermann Park and see the park’s magnificent gardens.
Finally it’s off to River Oaks, the toniest of the tony neighborhoods in the United States. We’ll learn about the rich and famous of Houston, and lives they lead in those stately mansions. As time permits we’ll circle by the Galleria, an international shopping destination with more than 375 stores which host more than 24 million visitors annually. Please return to “shop till you drop.” Finally, we’ll return to the banks of Buffalo Bayou where your tour began and the place of Houston’s birth.