Austin + Hill Country Sightseeing Tour

So much Austin, so little time.

Quick Details

  • Our most popular tour!
  • Start Times: 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:30 PM
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • 2 downtown locations for departure/drop-off
  • Receive discounts through our Pink Tag Partners Program

What makes this the best City Tour of Austin?

It’s the original and most comprehensive overview tour of Austin’s great culture and history. Tour covers 30 miles, 50+ points of interest, in 90 minutes.

There is nothing ordinary about this sightseeing tour, which is a showcase of “All Things Austin.” This tour not only gives you a fascinating overview of the city’s history and culture, it also cuts through the edge of the Texas Hill Country. We give you the big picture while still leaving you with plenty of time to explore the places that interest you most all in the comfort of a custom high-top 14 passenger Mercedes-Benz tour van. Have a larger group? Call us and we’ll take care of it.

Our professional and entertaining guides will show you Austin’s tourist attractions and must-see iconic points of interest, and give you insight into Austin’s rich history. We’re the only Austin tour to include the historic and trendy East Austin, the African American Cultural Historic District. Discover local hangouts, the live music scene, unique (weird) culture, extraordinary gastronomic scene (this town is a foodies dream destination), local arts, outdoor lifestyle, lively parks, trendy shopping districts, and the Hill Country’s lakes and vistas.

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Locations

Now departing from two locations in Downtown Austin, TX 78701:

615 Congress Ave. (Wild About Music) OR 602 E. 4th Street (Austin Visitors Center)

Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure to check-in and board.

NOTE: Seats are subject to resale if we have not heard from you or you are not checked-in 15 minutes prior to departure. Our Austin city tours depart on schedule – Thanks!

  • Chevron down Check out the points of interest covered below
  • 2nd Street District

    Austin City Limits Live, Moody Theater, City Hall (B), Boutique Shopping & Dining, and the Willie Nelson Statue.

    Lady Bird Lake

    South Shore, Bat Bridge (Congress Ave), Lady Bird Lake (G), Butler Park, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Palmer Events Center, and ZACH Theatre.

    Barton Springs Road

    Restaurant Row, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool(H), and the Zilker Botanical & Prehistoric Gardens. (I)

    Hill Country & Highland Lakes

    Texas Geology & History, Lake Austin, West Lake Hills, Wild Basin Preserve (J), Scenic Downtown Overlook, and the Pennybacker Bridge. (K)

    Historic West Austin

    Moonlight towers, Mount Bonnell (L), Camp Mabry(M), Laguna Gloria, and Mayfield Park.

    Market District

    Upscale shopping, restaurants and bars(N), Whole Foods Market’s Headquarters, and Book People.

    The Warehouse District

    United States Federal Courthouse, Republic Square Park, and many night clubs & bars. (O)

    Historic East Austin (Including the African American Cultural Historic District)

    Texas State Cemetery (F), French Legation (E), Moonlight Tower, Huston-Tillotson University.

    East Sixth Street area

    Night clubs & bars, Brush Square Park, Dickinson-Hannig Museum, The Driskill Hotel, Pecan Street, Live Music Venues, O. Henry House & Museum.

    State of Texas

    Texas State Capitol (A) & Visitor Center, Governor’s Mansion, Congress Ave., and the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum

    University of Texas At Austin

    U.T. Tower (C), The Drag, Campus Drive, the L.B.J Presidential Library (D), Texas Memorial Museum, Royal Memorial Stadium (P), Harry Ransom Center, J. Blanton Museum, and U.T. Performing Arts Center.

    Mentions

    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Research Center, SoCo-South Congress, Cultural Austin, Food Trucks & Trailers, music venues, and George Washington Carver Museum.

Pink map with points of interest covered on tour
  • Chevron down Cancellation/Prepayment
  • Make sure you have a spot on the bus by buying your tickets online! Click on the “Book Now” button to pay for your reservation online. Online ticket purchases are non-refundable, but reservations may be changed (subject to availability).

  • Chevron down Discount Information **
  • For Students, Seniors 55+, Military, and Convention Tag Holders – Must present ID upon arrival.

  • Chevron down Parking & directions
  • 1. Wild About Music located at  615 Congress Ave.

    Wild About Music is a Art and Gift Gallery located on the East side of Congress Ave.  Street Parking – $1.20 per hour up to three hours.

    2. The Austin Visitors Center is located at 602 East 4th St.

    Street Parking – $1.20 per hour up to three hours.

    Austin Convention Parking Garage –  601 E. 5th street

    The Garage entrance is located on the opposite (north) end of the Visitors Center building – the entry to the Garage is on 5th St between Red River and Sabine Streets. (601 E. 5th St.)

  • Chevron down Children *
  • Child safety seats must be provided by parents whose children legally require them. Please see the laws at the follow link: Texas Department of Safety

    There must be at least one adult over the age of 18 with each party that includes a child.

  • Chevron down Pets & service animals
  • We do allow service animals, but we ask that you give us prior notice to allow for us to accommodate you safely. Non-service animals are not allowed without prior authorization by Mary Davidson – AO Tours Austin Owner.

  • Chevron down Pink Tag Partners
  • Take our most popular tour and get the pink luggage tag that gets you discounts all over town. Learn More

  • Chevron down Additional
  • Our 4:30 p.m. tours are only available on Saturday and Sunday from February through October. We don’t operate on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Easter – we have reduced schedules on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

    The Austin tour route may be modified because of traffic, construction, weather, parades, and sporting events.

    Request for special accommodations will be addressed by management. Special arrangements may require as long as 72 hours’ notice to secure.

    Austin Overtures Corporation retains the right to remove customers from our group tours for reasons that impact on the enjoyment or safety of other tour members, such as, but not limited to, unsocial or unruly behavior, or the carriage of prohibited substances and materials.

 

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City Sightseeing Tour Reviews

"Great experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Especially enjoyed the tour of hill country west of Austin. Would definitely recommend this tour."

– Brian S. on Yelp

"The tour was great. The guide was even better. My only regret was downing a jug of water and not taking a bathroom break before the tour. This experience made me want to take bus tour is every new city if visit. The tour helped me gain better sense of what sites I was interested in exploring and provide a history of the Austin."

– Amber K. on Yelp

"It’s a quick way to see sights that you would probably not visit unless you know the city well. I’m glad that Aiden was our tour guide. His personal stories and touch of humour added to the recorded information. I enjoyed the tour despite the downpour."

– Raj D. on TripAdvisor