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Tourism in San Antonio and Austin hasn't gotten to the point where companies are arranging packaged coach tours of the region, but some companies do offer special-interest tours for a day or half-day to sites in the Hill Country. Gray Line Tours (tel. 800/341-6000; www.grayline.com) offers a daylong bus tour of the Hill Country from San Antonio and another through the same area focusing on Hill Country wineries.

Si Texas Tours (tel. 888/748-3927 or 840/460-4565; www.sitexastours.com), which operates out of the Hill Country town of Bandera, occasionally offers bus tours of the Hill Country, but usually serves as a charter service for groups.

From Austin, Wine Tours of Texas (tel. 877/693-0800 or 512/458-5466; www.winetoursoftexas.com) offers a variety of winery tours through the Texas Hill Country, either half-day or full-day trips. They can accommodate almost any size group. Texas Toast Culinary Tours (www.texastoastculinarytours.com), based in Fort Worth, Texas, will occasionally offer tours to small-town barbecue joints in central Texas around Austin.

Historic Texas Tours (tel. 210/467-2534; www.sanantoniofoodietours.com), based just outside of San Antonio, offers half-day food tours of the city.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.