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Austin + Hill Country Panoramic Tour with Stops

Take the ultimate guided tour of Austin with stops along the way to get out and enjoy the scenery on our Texas Hill Country tour!

Quick Details

  • Duration: 2.5 Hours (with stops)
  • Pickup and Drop-off: Austin Visitor Center
  • Languages: English & Español (headphones provided)
  • Numbers of stops: 3-4
  • Vehicle Type: A Mercedes-Benz glass-top bus with a convertible feature
  • Extras: Receive discounts through our Pink Tag Partners Program
  • Guide Tips: On this tour, we get out for light (optional) walks so be sure to:
    1. Wear comfortable shoes
    2. Bring a hat (with ties to prevent it flying away)
    3. Bring water to drink (in sealed containers – no cup holders on board)
    4. Bring sunscreen if you need it
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$ 59.99 $ 51

What makes the Texas Hill Country Tour different from our other tours?

This is the longer version of our 90-minute tour Austin and Hill Country tour, and includes several stops to enjoy Austin’s attractions. 

Experience the multilayered reputation of Texas’ Capital City on this extended tour of Austin that pulls out all of the stops. Grab a seat in our luxury convertible Mercedes tour van and take in the gorgeous 360-panoramic views as you move through this music-driven metropolis that we call home.

Expect a deep dive on the history and culture from our expert guides; stops to get out and take pictures; and the local insider knowledge that comes from taking one of our small-group tours. We’ll even point out all the things to do in the Hill Country, TX. 

Take in landmarks like the capitol, university, Driskill Hotel, the stomping grounds of legends like Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, then head over to Barton Springs, Mount Bonnel, and Austin’s Award Winning Central Library. You’ll be so jam-packed with Austin info and experiences that you’ll feel like a local yourself by the end of the Texas Hill Country  tour!

Additional highlights include:

  • This is a GPS-powered audio tour with real-time entertaining conversations about the sights you see.
  • The panoramic bus offers 360-degree views of the city with a convertible top feature that can be open or closed, with expert narration from a local guide

Points of Interest

About the Guides

As a family business, AO Tours strives to hire professional guides with enthusiasm and deep knowledge on the state capital of Texas. Depending on the tour, you may be with an actor, a comedian, or local resident who can tell you the best places to eat, where to catch a live show, or where to get off the beaten track. Each tour is a little different than the next thanks to this group, who you can learn more about here.

About the Vehicle

You won’t miss any views in our Mercedes-Benz 14 passenger panoramic sprinter. In our unique vehicle you get 360-degree angles of the city sights, with a retractable roof that’s easy to open and close, making for a unique and comfortable way to see all of Austin’s city architecture. Check out our photos and videos to get a better sense of the experience!

 

Important Booking Information

Pickup and Drop-Off Location

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 tours depart on schedule – Thanks!

 

My Tour of Austin Texas

All places were memorable however I especially liked the hill country. Our driver Doug gave enlightening details on each area of the city where we toured.

– Susie_J via Viator
Well organised tour

Tour provides a framework for the Austin experience. Takes you through the city's main spots, up to the highest hill and through residential areas so that you get a flavor of Austins past, present and future.

– Simone_B via Viator
Doug the tour guide

Doug your guide the best. Answers all questions. I would recommend to learn insights of Austin. I enjoyed the 90 minutes.

– crappieg via TripAdvisor
Austin overview in detail

What a great way to experience Austin. Tour covers a lot of ground with a mix of prerecorded information about the parts of Austin we’re traveling through, alongside the commentary from our tour guide (Doug - who was superb). Highlights for me were Mount Bonnell & Texas State Cemetery (Gene Cernan - what a hero) The tour provides great information, and I’d suggest you do it early in a visit to Austin, it’ll give great guidance on where to spend the rest of your visit.

– WanderingScott via TripAdvisor
Great Experience

An interesting tour of Austin with Doug, the tour guide. Knowledgeable, good personality and sense of humor. Recommend.

– gkraus1 via TripAdvisor
Great ride

We had a great time on this tour. The weather didn't co-operate so we didn't get to have the top open but it was still an awesome ride. Doug, our guide was very knowledgeable and told us some very interesting stories. The views and sites were wonderful.

– jdc957 via TripAdvisor
Great overview

The tour provided current and historical information about Austin and Texas. I'm glad I did the longer version. It was great to get out and experience some places.

– Karen S via TripAdvisor
Great time

Loved our tour guide!! He was funny, knows how to tell a story and keep people very entertained! We had a small hiccup with the door and even then he handled it perfectly!!! Highly recommend this tour and tour guide to others.

– Lisa_S via Viator
The adventure

Fantastic view , beautiful houses , great restaurants .👍❤️🎸🎶🤗🥰 The people are nice , good driver and great tour guide.

– Lenilou_D via Viator
Great tour to get overview of Austin!

This was a great overview of the city. Our tour guide was wonderful and answered our questions about the city & ACL. Lovely tour, would highly recommend.

– med5063 via TripAdvisor
Austin Panoramic Tour

My favorite part of the tour was Mt. Bonnell, breathtaking. Our tour guide, Doug, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Austin is a unique city with many surprises to explore.

– OnAir538478 via Viator
Great tour!

Very fun and informative tour! Learned a lot about Austin! Our tour guide Doug was great! Highly Recommend this tour!

– Dustin_A via Viator
It was a really good value.

I did the "Austin + Hill Country Panoramic Tour with Stops" tour, and really enjoyed it. Since I flew in and did not rent a car, this was the best way I found to see the areas outside of downtown that I could not get to on foot. Ari was an excellent guide, and it was a beautiful day for an open-air tour. It was perhaps a little on the pricier side, but when you consider it's a very small-group tour (I think the van only seated maybe 12 and there were only 4 of us on board) and the tour lasted 2.5 hours, it was a really good value.

– Amy J via Google Reviews
Austin Panoramic Tour

My favorite part of the tour was Mt. Bonnell, breathtaking. Our tour guide, Doug, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Austin is a unique city with many surprises to explore.

– OnAir538478 via Viator
The tour is a great way...

The tour is a great way to get a feel for all the different neighborhoods and our tour guide gave us a lot of good ideas to follow up on. We swam in Barton Springs later that day after seeing it on the tour. Wonderful time.

– MaryEllen_M via Viator
Great tour!

Very fun and informative tour! Learned a lot about Austin! Our tour guide Doug was great! Highly Recommend this tour!

– Dustin A via Viator
First Day in Town Tour

What a great way to see the best parts of Austin on my first day in the city! I got some great ideas of places to visit over the next few days and when I visit again. Doug was great at pointing out some fun spots, as well as insights about different areas.

– tle371 via TripAdvisor
Great overview for people with limited time in lovely Austin

I enjoyed being able to have an overview of Austin. Our driver and guide Doug was entertaining and regaled us with stories and pointed out good local places to visit. Because of the tip, I visited the Austin Central Library which was awesome.

– AdeleGee via TripAdvisor
Historical facts and the diversity of the city

The highest peak in Austin and going through the cemetery. Historical Building and architecture of buildings.

– Margaret_D via Viator
Had a lot of fun

My wife and I had a lot of fun. We went on the Austin + Hill Country Panoramic tour with stops. Got to know several interesting spots we wouldn't have known to visit by ourselves, and learn about the local history and recent events. We followed some of the suggestions for activities after the tour and got to enjoy a nice evening out as well :) thank you!!

– Agustina R via Google Reviews
Great tour - especially at beginning of your trip

Tour was great! I think our tour guide was Carson and he was hilarious and so chill. Very knowledgeable and the route taken made a lot of sense for when I wanted to revisit many of the spots we passed. Just the right amount of time for a tour and especially in this hot weather - well air conditioned van was very much appreciated. PS - do this tour at the beginning of your trip if you were being spontaneous like I was! Wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for my trip and this tour gave me some ideas

– terryestheraugustin via TripAdvisor
Unforgettable experience

I enjoyed the view from the hill country top,it was marvelous and the tour guide and driver was exceptional. He does his work well and knows the city around quiet well too.

– Anna_K via Viator
Really Good Tour

Really enjoyed your tour. We learned a lot about Austin. And really liked that we got to see quite a bit of Austin and some of the surrounding area. Would have liked to go down Congress St. and back around by the Austin sign, and seen a little bit of the UT campus but realized timing is everything. Thanks so much for a really good tour!

– Terry F via Viator
This tour covers Austin...

This tour covers Austin well, our guide Joel was friendly and knowledgeable with great suggestions for restaurants, activities, and exploring such a great city! Please tell Joel thank you for such a great tour!

– Michael_F via Viator
Great variety of sights

Our guide Joel. He was very informative kind and thoughtful in caring for his group. He is very knowledgeable of the city and was a pleasure.

– stacysL9480HP via TripAdvisor
Great way to see the city on a time crunch.

Great way to get your bearings around the city and to learn a lot in a short period of time. Arianna was a great tour guide. Small group and air conditioning were a plus. She knew her way around the city and we stopped at some beautiful places.

– Tracie S via Viator
Highly recommend!!

Overall a great experience… Wonderful transportation, great tour guide, and a perfect amount of time to ride around the city in style.

– Josh V via Google Reviews
Awesome tour

Outstanding tour guide Carson and exceptional tour of beautiful AUS and surroundings. Highly recommend!

– U7739RVnatashaa via Viator
Great informative tour....

Great informative tour. Very friendly guide. My husband and I really enjoyed it and will certainly recommend it to our friends who are planning to visit Austin next month!

– Dan_H via Viator
Great experience

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. We highly recommend for someone who wants to see both downtown and the hill country. The van was very comfortable and with great views of the scenery.

– madamspagan via Viator
City and hill country tour

Great trip with AO Tours to familiarize ourselves with the city and surrounding area. Views were great with the glass top and sides open. I would highly recommend this tour.

– kltkerrytaylor via TripAdvisor
I will definitely do this again any time we have a visitor.

Had to make a change to plans the day before due to unforeseen circumstances, and Mary did an excellent job finding another tour that worked with our schedule. THANKS, MARY! So, i took a visiting friend and we did the 2 1/2 hour tour on Sunday with Ari as our guide. I'd done one before, and thought it was "...ok..." - but a different friend visiting brought me back to try again... AND I'M GLAD I DID! Maybe knowing what to expect helped, or maybe having a friend who enjoys history made a difference, but I was very pleasantly surprised! I love the added stop at the Driskoll, and being allowed to leave from there (our car was parked a block away, but it would have been a 4 block walk from the visitor center). The brief stops at Barton Springs, Mount Bonnell and the Driskoll were short but just right. Ari was very knowledgeable and had a few good stories to add! I will definitely do this again any time we have a visitor. And I plan on bringing my 93 year old mom on the 90 minute (non-stop) tour.

– Peggy F via Yelp
Well informed and entertaining

I took the Austin & Hill Country sightseeing tour. The stops were a good taste of places and activities that we would want to go back and visit longer. Joel, our tour guide & driver, was well informed and entertaining.

– Olivia K via Google Reviews
Ranks at the top!

Our tour guide was knowledgeable friendly, humorous and easy to understand. We had head phones with some prerecorded narration plus the driver’s comments. Both were appreciated. Every stop was enjoyable and nicely timed. We were blessed with beautiful weather so the top was open. We have done city tours in many places as we travel and this was one of the best. It was nice to avoid Austin traffic!

– Vacation03184402551 via TripAdvisor
Joel our Driver/ Guide...

Joel our Driver/ Guide was amazing. He really brought the trip to life. The time went so quickly and there did not seem to be anywhere that Joel could not go in the van. A great day.

– Antony_M via Viator
Definitely recommend the 2.5 hour tour!

Had an awesome time exploring Austin with my tour guide Cameron. He was very knowledgeable and welcoming. Definitely recommend the 2.5 hour tour!

– Ashley S via Google Reviews
Great Overview tour of Austin

Our guide was great with tons of knowledge and facts. We wish we would of done the tour the first day in Austin to get better overview. The panoramic van was fantastic on this chilly February day.

– Krissy L via TripAdvisor
Great tour

Great way to get an overview of the city. Would recommend doing the tour early in your trip so you know where you want to spend your time! Open air van was really comfortable. Prompt, well organized and fun!

– Laxmi_S via Viator
Fun and informative!

Relaxed and informative tour! It was a beautiful tour of the city and some of the hill country. Ari was informative and friendly! Highly recommend.

– AllisonB1893 via TripAdvisor
Visiting Austin was awesome!

The historical parts of Austin were of most interest to us! My daughter and her boyfriend both live in Austin and there were parts they had not seen that we visited and learned about on our tour.

– Beverly_C via Viator
see a lot of Austin in comfort.

Our tour guide, Joel, was knowledgeable and professional. I moved to NC from Austin in 2006. I was blown away at Austin's growth. Along the way Joel gives excellent recommendations on restaurants and sights. Worth every penny.

– Jeffrey_K via Viator
Highly recommended!!

Highly recommend this tour. It was a great overview of Austin in only a couple of hours. Joel, the tour guide, was engaging & gave such great info on the tour.

– RBSontheroad via TripAdvisor
This is definitely worth while to get a sense of what Austin has to offer

We had a tour that used the open air van which was great. It happened to be a not too hot day so it was nice to ride around and see the sites without looking through a window. Our tour guide was personable and knowledgeable. He was attentive to all questions and making sure that we all got from the trip what was important to us. Overall, this is a great way to see Austin and included a couple of stops along the way to roam around a bit. Being new to the city, you can get a good overview of the neighborhoods, history, and other notable sites. This is definitely worth while to get a sense of what Austin has to offer.

– William W. via Yelp
Introduction to Austin

Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and relaxed. She shared historical facts as well as helpful tips. The tour vehicle was ideal for a full view. We utilized the convertible feature during the cooler part of the morning and then closed the top when the temperature increased. I recommend this tour even if you are a local.

– vharrison2013 via TripAdvisor
Worth the money

I would definitely recommend hiring these people. Our guide was really knowledgeable. He even stopped a few times so we could get better views of the river and lakes. One stop even included a stop for a delicious dessert and bathroom break. The river break was one of the best.

– Phyllis_T via Viator
Great introduction to Austin

It was a great introduction to Austin. Our tour guide was Ari and she was very informative and accommodating. She made several stops including a stop for coffee. I recommend taking the tour early in your visit so that you can know the places you want to explore in more detail later.

– Rebecca D via Google Reviews
Excellent tour, fabulous

Excellent tour with a really good tour guide. We enjoyed the experience in a super clean comfortable vehicle. The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. Austin truly is a beautiful city. This tour shows us places we would not have got to see. Worth every penny don’t hesitate to take the tour.

– Lorraine_K via Viator
Worth it!

Loved our tour guide! Learned so much in an enjoyable and engaging way. A great way to get a thorough overview of Austin

– Debbie H via Viator
Austin Tour

Guide was very knowledgeable and what a fantastic way to see Austin! Comfortable transport action, enjoyable.

– Kathy10189 via TripAdvisor
Excellent tour!

I enjoyed traveling up through the hills and seeing the beautiful homes on the water. The tour offered a lot of great information about the history of Austin, current events, and informed you about the city’s culture. We made stops at some beautiful places that we later visited on our own.

– R7075JXlaurenc via TripAdvisor
GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

What a great time! Tour was exactly as advertised and more. Our host was very accommodating and prompt. Would easily consider taking this tour again.

– Barbara_G via Viator
Comfortable Trip

It was a great experience. The driver/tour guide was very nice and considerate of my parents (they are late 60’s-mid 70’s). Great way to see the sights and not have to personally drive around town. This was a 46th anniversary trip for my parents and they thoroughly enjoyed it and so did I. Tips: wear a hat and sunscreen due to heat and bring water/beverage. The tour we took was 2.5hr in a convertible and we loved it because we were prepared.

– leftyjessi via TripAdvisor
Relaxing tour

This tour gave us the experience of seeing an area of Austin to which we never would have ventured. The weather was hot, but the A/C was pumping and the retractable roof allowed a nice breeze to cool things off.

– Jeffrey V via TripAdvisor
Fun in the sun!

We had a wonderful, knowledgeable guide and she handle the bus like a pro with all of the extra holiday traffic. Great off the beaten path sights and beautiful views. We had the top down so be sure and bring sunscreen and water to keep hydrated. Excellent trip, Thank you!!

– mfrobles via TripAdvisor
Highly Recommend!

This is one of the best, if not the best, tour we have been on. Guide was fun and informative, van was immaculately clean, and took us to interesting places in Austin we would not have seen ourselves. The weather was nice so the open air part of the trip was wonderful.

– Susie via Viator
Our guide was excellent.

Our guide was excellent. We were a party of six sisters 5 from St. Louis MO, and a transplant from Alaska. We enjoyed the tour with Ari.

– Patricia via Viator
Great City Tour

A very comprehensive city tour of Austin in the comfort of an open convertible Sprinter driven by Ari, our expert guide. Included landmarks, parks and architecture as well as interesting history! Nice photo ops and 2 stops to stretch our legs and do a bit of additional sightseeing. An excellent value for the experience!

– SandyandIke via TripAdvisor
A must-do even if you lived here for years!

The experience was awesome! Joel was very informative and personable! I've lived in Austin for 20 years and learned a lot! Will be doing it again with future out-of-town guests!

– serita2021 via TripAdvisor
If you're not sure what to do, this tour is it by far.

It was engaging, our tour guide was great and was very informative. We'll worth a cost. If you're not sure what to do I recommend this tour. Thanks for a great after.

– Angel_A via Viator
Terrific tour!

Guide was great! The weather was great! Really cool vehicle!!! The Hill Country was particularly beautiful and so surprising that it is in Texas.

– Jerry W via Viator
Great tour

Excellent views of Austin highlights. Great description by your guide.

– Linda L via Google Reviews
Lovely way to see Austin

This was a very comfortable and interesting tour. In the past we have always booked on the hop on/ hop off bus, this is so much better! Love the open top of the van. Love that we are able to get out and explore at different stops. Love the commentary provided both by the guide and the pre programmed audio. Loved that it was a small group with extra Covid precautions. Really loved everything about this❤️

– Venusbrandy via TripAdvisor
An excellent snapshot into the history of Austin!

The entire tour was amazing. Ari was an amazing tour guide and is passionate about living in Austin. The tour is with several places to go after the tour too!

– 23adriannam via TripAdvisor
Great Intro to Austin

Loved the views of the lake from the hilltop. Joel was a terrific driver and guide. The two snd a half hour trip allowed several opportunities to get up and walk around for a few minutes.

– Julia B via Viator
Did the panoramic tour

Van was very comfortable and the tour was good. Learned a lot about Austin's history. Weather was just right this weekend for being outdoors. Bonnell Park was the best part. Beautiful short hiking trail on Lake Austin.

– Julie J via Google Reviews
Great overview of the city

Our driver, Ali, was very knowledgeable about the Austin area and provided an excellent overview of the city. I would highly recommend the 2 1/2 hour tour because you have the opportunity to see some of the sites by getting off of the bus.

– MaryAnn via Viator
Great tour!

I really enjoyed this tour. Normally I’m not a big tour guy but this won me over. The fact that it was open air on a gorgeous day certainly helped. Ari was a great guide. She has a good knowledge of Austin and was willing to drive with the top down. She handled a couple of curve ball questions well plus she’s an excellent driver. You get to see a lot. Would definitely recommend it Thx, Ari!

– dandV9322QQ via TripAdvisor
Highly recommended!!

"Having Malina as our guide was my favorite aspect of the tour — she’s PHENOMENAL!!! This was my second tour with Malina; she knows the city so well that she’s able to share insights and “behind the scenes” details and history, which makes things extra interesting!"

– kimkV7144UH - Via TripAdvisor
BEST Tour Company in Austin, TX!

"AO Tours, an iconic company in the City of Austin. Their amazing tours are fit for any size groups. I have been many times with various clients and never disappointed. Recently, we rode in their new lux tour bus, it was so much fun, very comfortable, the glass roof was impressive and when opened you felt the awesome city. The audio explanation of the sights was on spot, including the Spanish version. AND...they are sanitizing their vehicles every day with a hospital grade product via their tech machines. Talk about a Clinically Clean touring service!"

– Exploration440169 via TripAdvisor
AO Tours Awesome!!!

"Our tour guide was Malina she was great! We opted for the panoramic van tour that took us to the hills of Austin. This tour provided headphones to listen to the narration of the different stops , provided hand sanitizer and is Covid Compliant. The most exciting part of the tour for me was visiting Mount Bonnel to my surprise it was a mini hike to get to the top but the views were worth the hike. I recommend this tour to all first time visitors to Austin. I learned a lot about Austin on the tour and I'm better prepared for my next trip to Austin."

– Kim T via Yelp