6 hour private tour with lunch by the sea, guided by your friendly space expert
This 6 hour private tour gives you an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the history, current programs and future plans for space exploration guided by a real space expert. You will drive from the HOU airport (or nearby hotel) to the Johnson Space Center where NASA trains the astronauts and operates the US human space exploration programs. You will visit the Space Shuttle and the actual hardware used to send our astronauts to the moon. Your guide will explain everything you see and answer all of your questions in a way that you will easily understand. Then, you will go to the Kemah Boardwalk for lunch at one of the lovely waterfront restaurants. You will have some free time after lunch to enjoy a relaxing stroll, do some shopping or go on an exciting amusement ride before driving to Galveston.
Your guide will pick you up at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) or a nearby hotel, and drop you off at the Galveston Cruise Terminal in time to board your ship. This tour can be customized for other pick up points.
1. Pick up by private van at the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) or a nearby hotel.
2. Drive to the NASA Johnson Space Center.
3. Photo stop at the Space Shuttle. Your guide worked on this engineering marvel for 17 years.
4. Visit the Mercury/Redstone and Smokey Joe rockets.
5. Visit an actual Saturn V rocket that launched the Apollo astronauts to the moon. It's the full length of a football field… very impressive!!
5. Drive to the Kemah Boardwalk for lunch.
6. Free time for a leisurely stroll by the sea, souvenir shopping, or an exciting amusement ride.
7. Board the van at the Kemah Boardwalk main entrance.
8. Drive to the Galveston Cruise Terminal and board your ship.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up at the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) or a nearby hotel(within 10 miles / 16 km of the Space Center). Gather your luggage and meet your guide outside the baggage claim area. The best place for pick up at HOU is across the first drive though lane. Look for a silver Town and Country van. Your guide will be wearing a red NASA baseball cap.
PICK UP AT HOU AIRPORT NO LATER THAN 9:00 AM.
You may make advanced arrangements with you guide for an alternate pick up location such as the Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) or a center city hotel. The extra charges for alternate drop off locations will depend on the additional time and distance involved.
End location: Drop off at the Galveston Cruise Port or a nearby hotel (within 10 miles / 16 km of the Cruise Port).
Duration: 6 hours
Times may vary due to traffic and weather conditions.
9:00 am Pick up at the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU)
or 9:30am at a nearby hotel.
10:00 am Start your guided tour at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
11:30 pm Lunch at the Kemah Boardwalk.
1:30 pm Drive from Kemah to Galveston. DEPARTURE TIMING FOR THIS PART OF YOUR TOUR IS CRITICAL.
2:30 pm Drop off at the Galveston Cruise Terminal in time to board your ship.
2012 Chrysler Town & Country 7 passenger van
The van is large enough to comfortably carry 5 guests plus 2 pieces of checked luggage per person. Extra luggage or oversized luggage may require some bags to be stored in the passenger seating area.
Your private tour price includes the friendly, helpful services of a real space expert as your guide plus transportation in a safe, comfortable van. There will be a bottle of cold water for each guest in the van. The tour starts with your pick up at the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) or a nearby hotel (within 10 miles / 16 km of the Space Center), goes to the NASA Johnson Space Center Rocket Park, then to the Kemah Boardwalk for lunch, and ends at the Galveston Cruise Terminal in time to board your ship.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 $USD - Per person for lunch, snacks and drinks, not including souvenirs or amusement rides. You will be able to pay with any major credit card or cash.
Lunch at the restaurant in Kemah will be at your own expense. Prices for lunch are typically $20 to $30 per person, plus drinks. All major credit cards are accepted.
For an additional charge, you can be picked up at alternate locations such as the Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) or a hotel near the Galleria shopping district, or the center city theater district, or the Amtrak train station, or the Houston bus terminal. Please coordinate your alternate drop off locations with your guide who will set up a custom tour to meet your specific needs. You will be able to pay these extra charges in advance using the on line system.
If desired, your guide will be happy to suggest hotels, restaurants, shopping venues, ground transport and airline flights that fit your needs and your budget, and will gladly adjust the details of your tour itinerary accordingly.