What You'll Get
Though a chartered yacht is a comfortable way to tour the seas, it can only navigate hills with the help of hundreds of unhappy pack goats. Tour the rolling splendor in terra-firma style and comfort with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a Hill Country wine tour from Gray Line San Antonio, an $89 value. This deal does not include the cost of wine tastings ($25 a person for all three wineries) or lunch.
This meandering 6.5-hour tour provides riders with accessible transit and the cranial expansion of delighted and challenged palates. You'll cruise through the scenic Texas Hill Country and stop at three handsome vineyards, where you'll have a chance to sample their decadent grape blood. Each stately autobus steed can accommodate 55 passengers in cool cruising comfort, providing roundtrip service (with free hotel pickup/drop-off). Tours leave at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m on Sunday. See the sidebar for a listing of Groupon-eligible weekend tour dates (additional dates may be added in the event of riots, chanting, and enthusiastic crowds overturning the bus).
After tippling back the fine fermentations of each bucolic grape ranch, you'll steam over to history-soaked Fredericksburg for shopping and lunch on your own in the charming German town. Countermand the effect of the wine with the opposite polarity of Fredericksburg's famous beers, swing by the National Museum of the Pacific War, or pick up some antiques such as hand-whittled orchard peaches and solid oak lederhosen.
Participants must be 21 or older; 48-hour advance reservation required. This deal is not valid Fourth of July weekend.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. 48-hour advance reservation required, but 7-day notice is recommended. Tour subject to 48-hr rescheduling if date does not fill. Valid for tour and transportation only, wine-tasting optional for $25 fee. Not valid 7/3-4. Must be at least 21. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Gray Line
In 1910, Louis Bush led his first tour of Washington, DC, loading passengers into the refurbished chassis of a Mack truck that he had painted blue and gray. From this humble beginning, Louis expanded his Gray Line tours throughout the United States and abroad. The company currently hosts tours in more than 700 destinations across six continents and all three moons. However, Gray Line's expansive international scope isn't nearly as important as its commitment to a narrow, regional focus. Each tour aims to introduce visitors to some distinctive facet of the city's identity, from the ghosts of Savannah, Georgia’s, historic district to the towering redwoods of San Francisco’s Muir Woods. During the chauffeured sojourns, guides dole out intriguing tidbits of local knowledge, giving the groups some invaluable insight into the areas’ histories and cultures.