Anytime of year is a great time to visit Waco, Texas—home of HGTV Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines. See where it all began for the couple and explore their city known as the Heart of Texas. Waco is also home to a lively cultural district, Baylor University, and the popular soft drink, Dr Pepper. A tour of Waco with local guides reveals many locations seen on Fixer Upper and even passes a couple of the renovated homes. An entire free day allows for shopping at the Magnolia Silos, located just blocks from your hotel, as well as several other stores featured on the show.
While in the region, you’ll explore another of Texas’ trademark attractions—the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Once home to cowboys, cattlemen and outlaws, now not only will you find hectares of cattle pens but a 10-block district encompassing galleries, restaurants, saloons and western shops in the refurbished buildings once used during Fort Worth’s cattle-boom era. The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame showcases history’s top cowboys and cowgirls and you can watch a herd of legendary longhorns walking the runway—descendants of cattle Christopher Columbus brought over from Spain.
- A full day free for shopping at Magnolia Silos and stores frequented by show hosts
- Pass a few of the Fixer Upper homes on a tour of Waco with a local guide
- Hotel accommodations blocks from Magnolia Market and on free trolley route for getting around at leisure
- Visit Jimmy Don Holmes’ JDH Iron Designs
- Explore Homestead Craft Village
- Guided tour of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
- Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Dallas, Texas
- 3 nights accommodations
- Breakfast daily
- 2 lunch, 1 dinner
- Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
- Ground transportation
- Hotel baggage handling
Note: This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking is required.
Sun, Nov 7: Fly to Dallas, Texas and transfer to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, once home to cowboys, cattlemen, and outlaws. See the Old West come to life before your eyes as the daily cattle drive passes before you. Enjoy a Texas-style barbeque lunch followed by a guided tour that reveals the rich history of the area and the stockyards, as well as the background of the “World’s Largest Honky Tonk,” Billy Bob’s Texas. Check in to the Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards for one night and spend the rest of your day perusing the shops and museums at the stockyards. (Meal: Lunch)
Mon, Nov 8: Depart Fort Worth for the Homestead Craft Village, a traditional crafts village offering demonstrations of woodworking, pottery making, fabric crafts, cheese making, basket weaving, iron work, and more. Explore the shops with one-of-a-kind handcrafted items and enjoy a locally sourced lunch. Continue on to Waco for a guided tour and see the Suspension Bridge, historic homes and neighborhoods, Baylor University, Harp Design Co., and pass by a few of the Fixer Upper homes. A highlight will be a stop at Jimmy Don Holmes’ JDH Iron Designs, frequently featured on the show. Check in to the Hotel Indigo Waco-Baylor for two nights and enjoy the evening and dinner at leisure. (B,L)
Tue, Nov 9: Today is free to shop! Magnolia Market is just blocks from the hotel. Take your time shopping in the Market, playing games on the lawn, checking out the garden, and dining at the food trucks located at the Silos. The free Silo District Downtown Trolley makes it easy to get around to local museums and the unique shops, many of which that have been featured on the show. Be sure to stop by the Waco Visitor Information Center and take a selfie with a life-size cutout of Chip and Joanna! Enjoy dinner with the group. (B,D)
Wed, Nov 10: Following breakfast depart for Historic Downtown Grapevine, a walkable, preserved historic area with winery tasting rooms, one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Check out the farmers market or try some wine ice cream at Sloan & Williams Winery before heading to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport nearby and your flight home. (B)
Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards. Nestled in the heart of the Historic Stockyards, the hotel offers the perfect combination of convenience, comfort, and Southern hospitality with bold Texas overtones. Highlights: In-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant. • bar. •. outdoor pool • fitness center.
Hotel Indigo Waco-Baylor. This modern hotel is just a few blocks from the Magnolia Market and ideally situated for independent exploration. Highlights: In-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor/outdoor pool or hot tub • fitness enter.
- Package with Air
- Double P/P – $1,399
- Triple P/P- $1,339
- Single – $1,629
- Land Only
- Double P/P – $1,009
- Triple P/P – $949
- Single – $1,239
* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge
Ambassadair Trip #8315
Documents Required: Valid U.S government-issued I.D.
Deposit Per Person: $200
Final Payment: 08/27/21
Cancellation Fee Per Person: Booking-71 Days: $100; 70-0 Days: No Refund
Trip Insurance: Optional Trip Insurance through Travel Insured. To purchase, call your Ambassadair Travel Counselor.