Pink Tag Partner Program – Get Your Money’s Worth!

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Each and every guest receives a pink AO Tours Austin luggage tag when they take the Austin & Hill Country 90 minute tour, which packs lots of discounts and premiums for you to take advantage of during your visit to Austin.

Just show your AO Luggage-Tag to take advantage of the goodies listed below:

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Discounted admissions Uptown /Capital District
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10% off most Gift Shop Merchandise Convention Center District
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Free Appetizer West Austin – Both Locations
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Free Guitar Pick East 6th Street District
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FREE Bottle of water East 6th Street District
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25% Off Food Purchases East 6th Street District
 LLP-LogoTextOnlyColor-With-CityJPEG  10% off Tours and Rentals East Side – South Shore
LC_LOGO_Purple2 Long Center for the Performing Arts: 10% discount on select Long Center Presents performances
PROMO Code: AOTOUR use to buy online, over the phone or at the window –  just pick up your tickets at the window with an ID and  Pink Tag
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  LOGO_FINAL_with_TM_large Texas National Outfitters: $20.00 off purchase of boots, or 10% off regular merchandise, or a Free boot coozie with purchase (1115 S. Congress Ave.) South Shore
Manuels-logo Manuels: complementary nachos with purchase of entree (310 Congress Ave., & 10201 Jollyville Rd.) Congress Ave & Great Hills
ChangosLogo_1 Changos: complementary nachos with purchase of entree (3023 Guadalupe St.) UT Campus
freedmens-ad Freedmen’s: 10% off the total bill  – excluding alcohol (2402 San Gabriel St.)  West         Campus

 

cannon-belle Cannon + Belle: Complementary Chef’s Special Appetizer with purchase of entree from 5 to 10 PM      Convention  Center

Check back soon, we’re constantly adding new partners!


We Did it Again! – Awarded Best Local Tour Operator for 2016

Austin Overtures was very excited to be awarded “Top Rated Small Group Tour of Austin and Texas Hill Country” for 2014 and 2015.  Well that excellent record continues – we just received notice we have received that accolade for a third year in a row. “Top Rated Small Group Tour of Austin and Texas Hill Country” for 2016.

AO Tours (Austin Overtures Sightseeing) has provided our “Austin & Hill Country in 90 Minutes” Tour for 13 + years now and our experience shows.

Viator is the world’s leading resource for researching, finding and booking tours and travel experiences worldwide.  We have received this award specifically because of our great customer reviews.

We encourage you to come and experience this 5 star rated Austin tour in our comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. You will see what Viator is so excited about – the Best ( and most affordable) tour in Austin.

AO Tours Wins Viator’s Best Local Tour Operator for 2014 Award


AO Tours Recognized for Superior Service by TripAdvisor for 2016

We  are happy to announce that AO tours has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

AO Tours (Austin Overtures Sightseeing) has provided our “Austin & Hill Country in 90 Minutes” Tour for 13 + years now and our experience shows.

We encourage you to come and experience this 5 star rated Austin tour in our comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. You will see what TripAdvison is so excited about – the Best ( and most affordable) tour in Austin.

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Awarded Best Local Tour Operator for 2015

Austin Overtures was very excited to be awarded “Top Rated Small Group Tour of Austin and Texas Hill Country” for 2014.  Well that excellence continues – we just received notice we have received that accolade for a second year in a row. “Top Rated Small Group Tour of Austin and Texas Hill Country” for 2015.

AO Tours (Austin Overtures Sightseeing) has provided our “Austin & Hill Country in 90 Minutes” Tour for 12 + years now and our experience shows.

Viator is the world’s leading resource for researching, finding and booking tours and travel experiences worldwide.  We have received this award specifically because of our great customer reviews.

We encourage you to come and experience this 5 star rated Austin tour in our comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. You will see what Viator is so excited about – the Best ( and most affordable) tour in Austin.

AO Tours Wins Viator’s Best Local Tour Operator for 2014 Award


Pink Tag Partner of the Month- The Long Center

This month’s Pink Tag Partner is the iconic Long Center! The Long Center is preforming arts venue that houses everything from Orchestra performances to the Blue Man Group. Whatever sort of performances you could want, The Long Center is sure to have. With a diverse schedule, there is always something to see at the Long Center. Are you in the mood for a Classic Shakespearean Play? Or do you want to laugh out loud out at Stand up comedy? No matter what you are feeling, there will be a performance that will satisfy. It is fun for all ages with shows like “Disney in Concert” and “Chugginton Live!” Any performance you choose to attend will make for an unforgettable night and serves as the perfect compliment to any AO tour!

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The Long Center is known for featuring local artists and entertainers. AO is lucky to have Keith Paxton, a professional actor and performer at the Long Center, on our team. When Keith isn’t giving tours, he is acting in major theatre productions at the Long Center. He graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos with a BFA in acting and went on to study with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Keith has had roles in many Shakespearean productions including “Orlando,” “As you like it,” “Cassio,” and “Othello.” Most recently, Keith had the role of Christian de Neuvillette in Austin Shakespeare’s production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” which was put on at the Long Center. Make sure to keep an eye on the Long Centers event schedule to see all of Keith’s future productions. With this long list of accomplishments, you won’t want to miss Keith’s tours with AO, where he is sure to put on a good show!
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The Long center not only has great shows, but it has amazing views; it is beautifully located along Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. It provides breathtaking scenes of the city skyline and the sparkling water. You can get there early and take go canoeing before your show, or even take a stroll next the water after the performance.
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As part of our Pink Tag Partner Program you will receive 10% of on select Long Center Performances! You can use the promo code AOTOURS online, on the phone, and at the window. Just bring your Pink Tag and ID when you pick up the ticket and you will be good to go! With a deal like this, and everything the Long Center has to offer, how could you not go see a show? Check out their website and see just how many shows you’ll want to see.


Pink Tag Partner of the Month- Wild About Music

To welcome in the holiday season, AO Tours will begin posting about a Pink Tag Partner of the Month to highlight businesses in the Austin area. To learn more about all our Pink Tag Partners and the discounts they offer when you use your AO Tours Pink Tag, see the options on our Pink Tag Partner Program page. Remember to take advantage of the great local deals you have access to after you take an AO Tour through the heart of Austin and the scenic Texas Hill Country.

This November, we invite our guests to celebrate the live music capital of the world by visiting Wild About Music, one of our tightest partners. In a city full of world famous music traditions like the Austin City Limits and South by Southwest music festivals, you can find the world’s first art and gift gallery dedicated to the celebration of music. Wild About Music is owned by some of Austin’s most successful local businesspeople, Fred Schmidt and Shelley Meyer, who also own the iconic stores Austin Rocks Texas and Toy Joy.

Wild About Music offers an eclectic mix of merchandise, including t-shirts, souvenirs, and even AO Tour tickets! Wild About Music’s variety can meet all your musical gift needs. You can come check out the art featuring rock legends and Austin sights, try out some new guitars, or take home a t-shirt celebrating your favorite band to remember your visit. Get a feel for the city in this classic Austin business, locally owned and managed in support of our local economy. The helpful staff is always available to answer questions about the merchandise and the music scene in Austin. Wild About Music does everything it can to Keep Austin Weird!

As part of our Pink Tag Partner Program, Wild About Music offers AO Tour guests great deals. If you buy your AO Tour ticket in store, you will receive a discounted ticket price of $21 and a 10% discount on all items in the store, excluding art work. Any AO Tour guest can bring in his or her Pink Tag after taking the tour to receive a free guitar pick, regardless of how or where the ticket was purchased.

Wild About Music is the only member of our Pink Tag Partner Program that also serves as one of our tour departure locations. Our tours pick up directly from Wild About Music at least three times every day. You can find more information about our tours and departure times on our Daily 90-Min Tours page.

Conveniently located at 209 E 6th Street, Wild About Music is right in the heart of downtown Austin near hotels like The Driskill, The Omni Austin, and  The InterContinental Stephan F. Austin. There are also many restaurants and bars nearby like B.D. Riley’s Pub and Restaurant. Stop by while enjoying the exciting Austin downtown experience to see the world’s first art and gift store dedicated to music. Wild About Music is open 10a-9p Monday through Thursday, 10a-10p Friday and Saturday, and 10a-6p on Sunday. Check out their website http://www.wildaboutmusic.com for more information.

 

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AO Tours Gives You Three for One

AO Tours has presented our signature tour “Austin + Hill Country in 90 Minutes” since 2003.

For the last decade the tour has been providing a quick and entertaining way to experience Austin and the neighboring Texas Hill Country. One of the hallmarks of the Tour is the amazing mix of veteran guides who personally interact with our guests coupled with a narrative sound track.

In effect our tour becomes a 3-D interactive way to experience Austin + the Hill Country.

The narrations, which are professionally produced tracks, give our guests comprehensive Austin info in a fast paced humorous format. The voice talents on the narrations are local theatrical talents; Chris Gibson and Cami Alyis. Chris Gibson has been an AO Tour Guide since 2006. Chris is also an award winning Step On Guide (Texas Travel Counselors Oct. 2008.)CHRIS_500x332

Chris is an actor and tour guide by trade. Graduate, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (1990). Producer of the Orlando International Fringe Festival (2001-2004). Co-producer and performer, La Putain avec les Fleurs”. Production Manager at Orlando’s Mad Cow Theater (2005). Actor for Mad Cow and The Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Actor for The Austin Playhouse, Zach Scott Theater, Salvage Vanguard Theater, and The Da! Theater Collective.

Chris is currently giving tours part time while he is on tour with the show The Intergalactic Nemesis. Chris and Cami’s current local theatrical engagement is “Industry Night”   (Austin’s New Old School Variety Hour)

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So, not only do you get a personal tour guide, you also get two amazing theatrical talents providing you with the best Austin & Hill Country tour.

And don’t forget no sun block required!


Londoners are invading Austin!

And these days its pretty easy to invade – British Airways  began offering direct 10 hour flights in March of this year (2014)  – definitely the fastest way to get to ATX from London.

The new interest in Austin from the UK has resulted in a number of travel writers checking out Austin, and many of these Londoners sing the praise  of  AO Tours (Austin Overtures Sightseeing Tours).

A good example was recently published by Kaye Holland of Just About Travel :

“Most visitors to Texas rush to the bright lights and big hotels of Dallas but look through recent travel ‘It lists,’ ‘hot spots’ and ‘must visit destinations’ and one Lone State city emerges triumphant. And it’s not the Big D.

Rather it’s the state capital, Austin, that is lauded as the most original, fascinating and increasingly fashionable place to holiday in Texas. And in my mind, Austin – a quirky, bohemian island in the middle of uber conservative Texas – is the only place to live if you’re going to relocate to the Lone State.

For while there are American towns with more history and culture, no city delivers quite as enticing combination of individualism and sheer fun as Austin. To get the inside story on the city, try  a tour with Austin Overtures  – experts on all things Austin. Through Austin Overtures,  I discovered places that I might not otherwise have done: I learnt that Austin is the birthplace of Whole Foods (and that locals are a tad annoyed that the biggest branch is now in London and not Austin). And I  also got to see the renowned University of Texas (nearly half of Austin’s population has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher), the historic and haunted Driskill Hotel (a local landmark whose guestbook is full of doodles from the rich and famous), the suburb of Rock Round (the home of Dell computers), and beautiful Barton Springs Pool – the perfect spot to beat the heat on a hot summer’s day…..

 

For Kaye’s full article – Click Here.


Best Local Tour Operator for 2014 Award

AO Tours (Austin Overtures Sightseeing) has provided our “Austin & Hill Country in 90 Minutes” Tour for 11 + years now and our experience shows.  One of our on-line partners Viator has just awarded us “Top Rated Small Group Tour of Austin and Texas Hill Country” for 2014.

Viator is the world’s leading resource for researching, finding and booking tours and travel experiences worldwide.  We have received this award specifically because of our great customer reviews.

We encourage you to come and experience this 5 star rated Austin tour in our comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. You will see what Viator is so excited about – the Best ( and most affordable) tour in Austin.

AO Tours Wins Viator’s Best Local Tour Operator for 2014 Award

 


Here are some example reviews on Viator:

Bethwyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April  2014

This was a quick and ver informative tour it gives you lots of choices for places to go back to our tour guide was lovely.

Jan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great overview of Austin in a short time. The tour guide gave a good description of the areas and was accommodating to requests along the way. A worthwhile experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

I give it a 5 star! The tour was excellent and very educational. It also provided a good overview of the city and surrounding hills. The driver knew his subject and provided lots of information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The guide was wonderful. It was educational, and we learned so much about the city and the surroundings. It was an easy trip to book. The people at the Visitor’s Center were friendly and helpful. I would certainly use this source again.


Austin’s Best & Least Expensive Hop-on Hop-Off Bus

For the past 11 years AO Tours has recommended the “AUSTIN TWO-STEP” hop on hop off bus experience. One of the best options for the guest that wants to get the most out of their sightseeing dollar is to take “Tour Austin & Hill Country in 90 Minutes” and then jump on a Capital Metro Bus – a 24 hour pass for just $2.00 or $3.00 for the MetroRapid bus.

1. Take our Signature Austin & Hill Country in 90 Minutes tour

2. Jump on a Capital Metro Bus

MetroRapid helps you make the most of your time. Special technology allows all MetroRapid vehicles to catch more green lights to stay on schedule
MetroRapid helps you make the most of your time.

STEP ONE: Register for our most popular tour ” Tour Austin & Hill Country in 90 minutes” -it is very easy to do it departs 22 times a week.

STEP TWO: Check Capital Metro’s Schedule Book or plan your Hop On – Hop Off experience on Capital Metro’s Trip Planner – just enter your start point and your destination and the Planner gives you all the necessary information to hop on the bus of your choice.

Our tour showcases downtown, the Texas Capitol Complex, The University of Texas, Historic East Austin, and the Texas Hill Country in West Austin.  At the end of the tour you will have a great idea of what Austin is all about, and it is really a great orientation to Austin.
Austin sightseeing couldn’t get any better!