Guest, Spouse Pass & City Tours
USGIF offers GEOINT 2011 attendees and exhibitors the option to bring a spouse or guest for a reduced cost compared to full-symposium registrations.
GEOINT 2011 Spouse & Guest Pass
Spouse/Guest passes are $75 and one can be purchased along with each full-symposium registration. Each pass includes admission to the exhibit hall after 4 p.m. and access to the GEOINT 2011 Welcome Reception at Historic Sunset Station, GEOWalk Corporate Hospitality Night and Closing Celebration with Boogie Knights.
For GEOINT 2011 USGIF will again offer GEOINT attendees’ spouses and guests access to the exhibit hall networking receptions and evening activities. These passes can be purchased during the registration process.
San Antonio Tours
Given the tremendous positive feedback of last year’s city tour options, we are once again offering additional à la carte tours and activities each day of the symposium.
San Antonio Showcase
Monday, Oct. 17
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Mission San Jose is the first stop of the day. Established in 1720 and the largest and best restored of the missions, San Jose is the showpiece of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. The Japanese Tea Gardens, in Brackenridge Park, is next and features beautiful floral displays, a waterfall and a safe habitat for new Koi and aquatic plants. The next stop on this tour is the Southwest School of Art and Craft, now on the National Register of Historic Places. These beautiful limestone buildings are located in the heart of downtown San Antonio. The last stop of the tour bridges the past with the future and is referred to as the “Pearl District”, which is undergoing a transformation from historic brewery to an iconic culinary and cultural gathering place where you can eat, live, learn, work and play on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River.
The Haunted Past
Monday, Oct. 17
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Explore the paranormal side of San Antonio as guests take a fun and leisurely stroll through the downtown streets of this historic city. Guests will hear the tales of our haunted past and if they are lucky, they may even enjoy a visit from the past. The tour will take guests to the “hot and haunted” spots such as the Menger hotel where guests will hear about their 43 separate apparitions or sightings.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kick your heels up and “wine” your way through the Texas Hill Country as you head towards one of the fastest growing regions in the country for wine production and ranked second only to Napa Valley. The first stop on your journey is the Texas Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, named in 1846 after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Nestled in the Perdenales. Guests have free time to enjoy shopping or eating in the many and varied stores, or visit the Admiral Nimitz State Historical Park featuring the Pacific War Museum. The next stop is one of the most well known of the Texas labels, Becker Vineyards & Lavender Fields. The Vineyard was established in 1992 by Richard and Bunny Becker and was planted on a site of native Mustang grapes much prized for winemaking by German neighbors and their ancestors. Enjoy the history and sharing of stories while sipping on great wines in your own souvenir wine glass. On the trip back to San Antonio, guests will stop in Luckenbach. This tiny
hill country town where “everybody’s somebody”, was established as a trading post in 1849 making it one of the oldest settlements in Gillespie County.
Up & Down San Antonio
Tuesday, Oct. 18
departs at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 2:00 p.m.
The first stop will be a tour of The Guenther House. Founder of the Pioneer Flour Mill, Carl Guenther, raised his large family in this old limestone house with stairs leading to multiple levels. Next we head 750 feet in the sky to the historic Tower of the America which has a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside! Tower of the Americas at Hemispheric Park was designed by San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford for the 1968 World’s Fair. At the time it reigned as the tallest observation tower in the United States until 1996. After descending, guests land at the historical shops of La Villita known for their quaint shops and being San Antonio’s first neighborhood. The final destination will be Market Square, or “El Mercado” as its known by the locals. El Mercado captures San Antonio’s Mexican and Hispanic heritages. Its two blocks of shops are filled with everything from piñatas and pottery to colorful clothing and onyx carvings to metal work, woven baskets and blankets.
Reflections of the Past
Wednesday, Oct. 19
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The day begins with a tour of the McNay Art Museum. Mrs. McNay, herself an artist, left her residence and collection for all to enjoy. A major portion of her wealth, as an endowment, operates the museum today. The collection includes notable examples of Gaugan, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Picasso. Next will be a tour of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Founded in 1980, it encompasses 33 acres in the center of the city of San Antonio. Guests will visit the formal beds, comprised of four large rectangular display areas that are changed seasonally to display a variety of fun colors and textures, and The Native Texas Trail. Following this is a tour of the beloved San Fernando Cathedral which was founded in 1731 and has the added distinction of being the oldest standing church building in Texas, and for all of its more than 275 years, has been serving the people of the Archdiocese and San Antonio. Our last stop, will be a cool ride along the historical and famous San Antonio River. Your tour captain will give you fun and historic information about the city from the river.
*All prices are based on tours of 22 or more.