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Top 5 Things To Do in Memphis for New Year's 2012!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

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Happy New Year 2012!

Happy New Year 2012 from Reserve123!

Fare Thee Well, 2011… Now it’s Time to Ring in the New with 2012! Break out your goofy 2012 glasses, confetti, and noise makers and get ready for the big count down.

Have you ever experienced New Year’s Eve in Memphis? If not, you are missing out, my friend. Check out Reserve123.com’s Top 5 Things To Do in Memphis for New Year’s 2012!

5. Memphis Cocktail Walking Tour – As any Memphian can tell you, the best way to experience the city is with a drink in your hand! This two-hour walking tour goes beyond the bars of Beale Street and visits historic downtown drinking establishments and favorite local taverns to sample some true Southern charm. From classic Southern cocktails and rare Tennessee whiskeys to delicious martinis, you’ll enjoy a unique taste of Memphis!

4. Mojo Music Bus Tour in Memphis – The Home of the Blues comes alive on this city tour aboard the only Music Bus in Memphis. Rock the streets on the coolest ride in town and see Beale Street, Sun Studio, Stax Records, the Lorraine Motel, movie locations and more, while hearing music performed live. It’s the only tour in town that puts Memphis music history in the hands of real musicians – 90 minutes of high-energy fun!

Visit with The King

Visit Graceland, Home of The King

3. Graceland Music Attractions Pass – Enjoy a sightseeing day tour to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. PLUS – you get admission to the Rock N Soul Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and the Sun Studios Tour. See Graceland with its fabulous displays of Elvis memorabilia, including the audio tour. Tour two of Elvis’ airplanes. See the Sincerely Elvis exhibit and the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. A shuttle will take you across Elvis Presley Boulevard to enter Elvis’ 14-acre estate. With the new digital audio guide featuring the voices of Lisa Marie and Elvis, you will enjoy a specially-produced audio tour presentation and even more information on specific exhibits.

Explore the History of Memphis

Explore the History of Memphis

2. Historic Memphis Walking Tour – What better way to start your day than with a leisurely stroll through tree-lined downtown Memphis. Your guide will unfold the story of this rowdy river town and its inhabitants – tough frontiersmen like Davy Crockett and Sam Houston; dashing Confederate soldiers and Civil War spies; gamblers, speculators, and fancy ladies who arrived by steamboat and train; gangsters and machine bosses fueled by Prohibition-era greed. Along the way, you’ll see sweeping views of the river from the rooftop of the beautiful Madison hotel, along with stately architectural landmarks, such as Court Square Fountain, the Lincoln American Tower, and much more.

Hard Rock Cafe Guitar Drop!

Hard Rock Cafe Guitar Drop in Memphis!

1. Countdown on Beale Street – On December 31st starting at 7:00 PM hordes of people will flock to Beale Street for the city’s biggest New Year’s Eve party! As the locals say, it’s time to “bury your blues” to start the New Year with a clean slate.

Bands will start playing in Handy Park at 7:00 PM, and there will be a guitar drop at the Hard Rock Cafe at Midnight! Expect the bars to be packed and the party to overflow into the street. New Year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Style!!

Swing on by Memphis Tours now to book your tour reservations and hotel accommodations. Happy New Year from Reserve123!

We pick our favorite tours for the Fall – Pt 2.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Photo by Ray Wise

Photo by Ray Wise

This is a continuation from our Favorite Falls blog post.

Honestly, any tour in Savannah in the fall would be great,  especially ghost tours.  Walking tours are fun and you can get a real feel for the city and its history.” – Michael

I couldn’t agree more. Savannah can get really hot, but it starts to cool down in late September – early October. Savannah is definitely a walking city, so walking tours are pretty common.

Scary Ghost Walking Tour
Walking Martini Tour

“My favorite fall tour would have to be the Medieval Halloween Banquet in London because I love monsters, theatrics, food, and boos. :)  We have a bunch of Fall tours that may tickle your fancy, whether you like celebrating the season or Halloween!” – Lauren

“My recommendation for the PERFECT Fall tour is definitely the Fall Foliage Tour by Bus from Boston. It’s only available for about 6 weeks, but it’s always been a favorite of our customers. There isn’t anything prettier than New England when the leaves change. I have personally been in Vermont and New Hampshire during this time and the colors are spectacular!” – Barbara

I always book the Open Top Hop On/Off Tour when I am visiting New York.  I normally stay in Manhattan so my guests and I walk to Gray Line New York’s office and pick up our boarding passes.  The tour picks up and drops off at all the popular attractions (Empire State Building, Chinatown, Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller Center, etc.).  With a map in hand (available at the Gray Line office), we plan our stops.  When we are done, we simply go back to the drop off site and wait for the next bus to come by.  It’s never more than 15 minutes.  The guides are very knowledgeable and you can tell they are proud of their city.  It’s a great way to see a large city in a short amount of time.” – Sacki

“My favorite tour would have to be the “Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Guided Tour in Nashville”. I got to go backstage when I went to the Opry with Michelle and Barbara and it was great! The dressing rooms are AMAZING and you get to see where the stars hang out.   A must for country music fans!” – Allison

- Kris
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Vacation Packages in the Music City

Monday, January 24th, 2011

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Travel to the country music capital of the world, Nashville, TN and enjoy a fantastic vacation, complete with hotel accommodations, tours, and shows! Our popular vacation packages are specially tailored to suit your travel interests. Nashville is undoubtedly the perfect destination to visit on your next holiday. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, our vacation packages are perfect for you!

The Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry

Our Opryland Weekend Vacation Package in Nashville has everything you’re looking for at a great value. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what Music City is all about. Check in to your luxurious room at the Opryland Hotel on Friday and get ready for the show that made Country Music famous, the Grand Ole Opry. Saturday morning, it’s time to explore what Nashville’s all about on a comprehensive city tour, including visits inside the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Saturday night will be special. Cruise down the Cumberland River aboard the historic General Jackson Showboat, featuring a delicious dinner and an exciting stage show. For details of this wonderful vacation package, see the itinerary below. Experience the best of Nashville in luxury and style!

Home of the Stars Tour

Home of the Stars Tour

The Downtown Nashville Rhinestone Cowboy Weekend Vacation Package is also very popular. Don’t miss this honky-tonkin’-inspired Weekend Package with accommodations at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel in Nashville. This is your chance to experience Music City’s distinct personality and hospitality. Get ready for Honky Tonk Heaven on Friday night! Start off with some sightseeing and then head to Second Avenue and Lower Broadway to check out some of Nashville’s hottest night spots. Enjoy yourself because you won’t have to do any of the driving! Saturday starts off with a tour through Nashville’s beautiful neighborhoods to see the homes of the stars, like Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Martina McBride and many more. That evening, grab your Stetson and pull on your boots for a trip to A Cowboy Town! Nothing’s better than some live music and cowboy comedy, served up with a delicious campfire cookout. Live it up for a weekend, like a Rhinestone Cowboy.

General Jackson Dinner Cruise & Show

General Jackson Dinner Cruise & Show

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend on the Downtown Nashville Weekend Vacation Package with Hotel Pick-up! This package includes a stay in a deluxe room at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel. On Friday, get ready for the show that made Country Music famous – the Grand Ole Opry! Then on Saturday morning, it’s time to explore what Nashville’s all about on a comprehensive city tour – including visits inside the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Saturday night includes a Dinner Cruise aboard the historic General Jackson Showboat, enjoying the views, a delicious plated dinner and a very enjoyable stage show. Visit Nashville Sightseeing to see all of our great Vacation Packages!

Kick off the New Year in Nashville

Monday, January 17th, 2011

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Have you made a resolution to travel more in 2011? The New Year offers tons of exciting new tours, attractions and shows all over the world, and Nashville’s vibrant music and entertainment scene spans a variety of genres with something for everyone! There’s more to the famous Music City than excellent shows and concerts – experience day & night city sightseeing tours, take a chilling ghost tour, enjoy a cozy carriage ride, or a totally wild experience at the Nashville Zoo!

Nashville Nights & Lights Tour with Dinner

Nashville Nights & Lights Tour with Dinner

The Nashville City Tour gives a wonderful and complete overview of historic Nashville and the major landmarks of the city.It includes trips to Music Row, the State Capitol, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ryman Auditorium, home of the original Grand Ole Opry. The tour ends perfectly with a dose of live country music and refreshments at one of the downtown Honky Tonks. On the Nashville Nights & Lights Tour with Dinner you’ll enjoy lots of sightseeing as you watch as this charming city light up at night, enjoy a delicious southern dinner, as well as a visit to the fabulous Gaylord Opryland Hotel. There, enjoy free time to explore the 4.5 acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls!

Haunted Ghost Tours

Haunted Ghost Tours

Step into the world of the unknown with the Ghost Tour in Nashville! Search along the shadowy streets of downtown Nashville and hear stories of the unexplained and strange on the Nashville Haunted Ghost Tour. Visit several old churches that were used as hospitals during the battle of Nashville and feel the presence of the soldiers that died there and still remain. I would also recommend the Civil War Battle of Franklin Tour from Nashville. The Battle of Franklin was among the bloodiest of the Civil War. Your tour will take you to the Carter House, a modest farm house that was ground zero for this historic fight between the Union and Confederate Armies. Hear the stories of the soldiers who fought and died in these fields, and walk amongst the buildings still standing while bullet-riddled walls still testify to the savage nature of conflict.

Private Carriage Tour in Downtown Nashville

Private Carriage Tour in Downtown Nashville

Come and enjoy a relaxing horse-drawn Private Carriage Tour in Downtown Nashville! You and your group will be the only ones on the carriage, traveling just like the early leaders of the country did. See the church President Andrew Jackson attended (he would have arrived by carriage, too) and the State Capitol. Find out how Tennessee became a state and see River Front Park, which was one of the largest Union camps in the Civil War. Also learn about Fort Nashborough and Davy Crockett, Adelphie Theater. You’ll even learn the best restaurants and hot spots in Nashville to visit.

See the Bengal Tigers at the Nashville Zoo

See the Bengal Tigers at the Nashville Zoo

Your stay in Nashville is not complete without a trip to The Nashville Zoo! Our Nashville Zoo Admission Ticket allows you the opportunity to spend the day with tigers, alligators, elephants, and many many more animals. From African elephants to Bengal tigers and red pandas, Nashville Zoo provides a safe haven to rare animals found all over the world. Get over to Nashville Sightseeing for countless wonderful shows, tours, and fun things to do!

Stellar 2009 Lineup at the Grand Ole Opry

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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What do Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, and Darryl Worley have in common? Not only are they mega-stars, but they are all scheduled to grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry this season. The Opry has a killer lineup this year, and country music fans who can definitely should make it a priority to get over to Nashville to catch a show.


Tuesday Night Opry is back in session, and several notable performers will be appearing, including Charlie Daniels, Diamond Rio, and Craig Morgan. The Opry also recently kicked off a new Thursday night series called Opry Country Classics, which showcases some of the most groundbreaking country music that paved the way for country artists and made the genre as well-loved and appreciated as it is today.

Since its start as a radio show in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry – originally known as WSM Barn Dance – has been a major launching off point for country music performers, giving birth to many of today’s brightest stars. Many performers feel that they owe their start in the business to the Opry, and in a lot of ways they are right. The platform that the venue provides for artists is unparalleled and the exposure they are given is hard to duplicate anywhere else. Many a life has been transformed by experiences on the famous stage, and I suspect that this will continue far into the future.

To secure tickets to the show of your choice, it is imperative that you book early. The Opry is a big seller among locals and visitors to Nashville, and the window of opportunity for getting tickets is pretty narrow. Regardless of when you decide to visit, it is sure to be an evening to remember. One of the best ways to secure tickets is through http://www.nashvillesightseeing.com or http://viptickets.us.

Exclusive Vacation Packages Available in Nashville

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Nashville, Tennessee is a popular place to visit, whether you are a major country music fan or are just looking for something a little different to do for a few days.  Recently, Nashville Sightseeing has started to offer several vacation packages designed to keep Nashville’s visitors entertained and informed throughout their stay in Music City, one of which is bound to be a match for your particular needs.

The Music City Weekend Vacation Package provides a wonderful balance between activities devoted exclusively to music and those that cover the overall sightseeing experience.  When you arrive on Friday night, you will enjoy an evening with the talented stars of country music at the Grand Ole Opry.  Depending on the day, you can expect to see new and rising stars or legendary performers of the past and present.  Then, on Saturday morning, you will set out on the Nashville City Tour where you will be introduced to Nashville’s most famous sights before being let loose to do some shopping and exploring on your own.

Saturday night is reserved for a ride aboard the General Jackson for a dinner cruise and show.  “Country Music USA” is the show that is currently running, and it can be seen from mid-March through mid-November.   Accommodations during your weekend stay will be provided by either the Sheraton Music City or Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort, and packages can be reserved with or without hotel pick-up for the Friday night Opry performance.

To see Nashville from a different perspective, consider booking the Rhinestone Cowboy Music City Weekend Vacation Package.  On your first evening in town, you will start out with a driving tour through downtown before you go and check out some of the hottest clubs in the area.  Enjoy a complimentary drink and settle in at Legends Corner, your honky tonk headquarters for the night.

On Saturday morning, you will take a tour of the homes of some of country music’s biggest stars including Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, and Trisha Yearwood.  With a drive through the neighborhoods of the rich and famous, you will get a taste of the places these stars call home.  Finally, on Saturday night you are in for a treat with the “A Cowboy Town Wild West Show & Campfire Supper.”  In between activities, you will relax in style at the Sheraton Music City.

Should you decide that a Nashville vacation is right up your alley, take a look at what Nashville Sightseeing has to offer.  You can visit them online at www.nashvillesightseeing.com.

Gatlinburg Getaway

Friday, February 6th, 2009

On the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park lies the beautiful city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  This popular tourist destination draws a crowd because of its numerous attractions, both natural and man-made.  Gatlinburg has the only ski resort in all of Tennessee, called Ober Gatlinburg, which doubles as an amusement park.  It is also home to a variety of shows, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and other family-friendly attractions.  As an added bonus, the city is situated near Pigeon Forge, making it easy to access Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country.

In addition to the assortment of activities mentioned above, visitors to Gatlinburg might be interested to learn the haunted history of the area.  On the Gatlinburg Haunted Ghost Tour you get the chance to discover the supernatural side of this part of the world, with a stroll down the streets and alleys leading to haunted hotels and buildings located downtown.  You will be entertained from start to finish as you listen to stories about a murder committed at a famous hotel there and the ghosts who still haunt it.  This trip into the unexplained lasts 90 minutes and the time will fly by quickly as you get lost in the guide’s animated and informative narrative.

Another way to walk the area is on a scenic hike.  The Homestead Hike from Gatlinburg will take you back in time as you explore the most historically significant parts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, navigating through forgotten homesteads and learning about some Cherokee lore and Appalachian tall tales.  Throughout the trek, your guide educates you on the way of life of the Native Americans back when the land was being settled, before the introduction of grocery stores and pharmacies.  This is a fantastic activity for school field trips, corporate retreats, and religious groups and gives everyone added insight into the history and inner workings of life before the conveniences of technology.

Gatlinburg should definitely make your short list of vacation destinations whether you decide to travel in the winter or when it is warmer outside.  For more information on how to get the most out of your stay, visit www.gatlinburgtours.net.

Dining Cruises on the Tennessee River

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Chattanooga, nicknamed the “Scenic City,” is the fourth largest city in Tennessee and finds itself at the epicenter of cultural and artistic activities geared towards tourists.  It is the home of several well-known museums and centers of higher education and also distinguishes itself by its scenic paths and greenways.

Among the many activities available in Chattanooga, a relaxing cruise is one that captures the interest of large numbers of travelers.  To see the very best of the city, take the Chattanooga Dixieland Dinner Cruise which takes you on a two and a half hour long trip along the Tennessee River.  This is an excellent activity for the entire family, and is also the perfect place to spend one-on-one time with a loved one.   As an added bonus to the fabulous scenery that you will enjoy aboard the riverboat, you will also partake in a southern style meal with a menu that is to die for.  Featured items include slow-cooked prime rib and shrimp creole and include a vegetable, starch, salad, and dessert.

While you gaze out at the illuminated sights and enjoy your evening under the stars, you also get to enjoy the musical stylings of the “Riverboat Ramblers,” a talented group whose repertoire ranges from old favorites like the “Tennessee Waltz” and “Sweet Georgia Brown” to newer party hits like “Electric Slide.”  Whether you love to dance or prefer to sit on the sidelines and just listen, you are in for a wonderful night of entertainment and fun.

Take time out from your busy schedule and plan a trip to Chattanooga.  For cruise schedules and options, visit www.chattanoogatours.com.

Nashville by Day or by Night

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Enjoy the sights and sounds of one of America’s greatest cities: Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry and the famous Music Row area that houses hundreds of businesses related to country, gospel, and contemporary Christian music.  Legions of stars currently call Nashville home, including country music greats Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, and Trisha Yearwood.

While you are in the area, be sure to check out the Nashville City Tour, which hits several of the city’s landmarks in a three-hour span of time.  It gives a wonderful and complete overview of historic Nashville and the major landmarks of the city and includes trips to Music Row, the State Capitol, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the famous Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry.  The tour ends perfectly with a dose of live country music and refreshments at one of the downtown Honky Tonks.

For a crash course on Nashville’s nightlife, check out the Nashville Nights Tour where you can watch Nashville come alive at night as you visit several clubs on Honky Tonk Row and enjoy live music and a complimentary drink.  What better way to truly grasp the spirit of the city than to embrace it yourself with a night out on the town?

Country music is not the only reason to visit this great city, however.  The General Jackson is the world’s largest showboat and its cruises are among Nashville’s most popular activities.  Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise and show, which lasts about 3 to 4 hours and provides for a fun and entertaining time for adults and kids of all ages.

There are also a variety of other tour options, from trolley tours to a Jack Daniels Distillery Tour and everything in between.  For more on this great city and to book tours and activities in the area, visit www.nashvillesightseeing.com.

Walking in Memphis

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Visit Memphis, Tennessee – or the “River City” as it is sometimes called – and you will be amazed at all there is to do.  You can stop by Graceland for a look at a wide array of Elvis memorabilia or take a tour of Sun Studios for an insider’s view of the history of Rockabilly music.  There is also a vibrant nightlife scene in Memphis that you have to experience at least once in your life.  These are only a few of the things you will see on your trip to the area.

Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn paid tribute to the city with his hit song “Walking in Memphis,” and for good reason.   He mentions many of the things that distinguish Memphis from other cities, especially the strong musical influence that can be felt in every square inch of the city.  The Delta blues, one of the earliest styles of blues music, originated here, and then of course “The King” himself, Elvis Presley, was born and raised in the Memphis area, rocketing to stardom after being signed by Sun Studios.

Once you visit Graceland, you will have a better understanding of what made Elvis so famous in the first place.  You will walk through the museum and see many of the sparkly jumpsuits he used to wear, along with his collection of awards, gold records, and automobiles.  As an added bonus, you can walk through the section of the museum that is devoted to Elvis’s military service.  You can look through all the items related to his army duties including his fatigues and uniforms.  The Graceland Tour & Ultimate Rock N Roll Tour is a great way to combine all of these things into one trip, allowing you to see not only the history of Elvis’s career, but also the memorable sites that have shaped Memphis and the music industry in general.

If you would like more of an overview of the area without spending all of your time at one attraction or on one subject matter, check out the Historic Memphis Walking Tour, which is offered from March through November when the weather is warmer.  You will learn all about the defining moments in the city’s history, from music to the Civil War and everything in between.  As you walk along the Mississippi waterfront, you will hear stories of how Memphis has changed the American cultural landscape and will visit Cotton Row, several historic Civil War sites, Court Square, and more.  From March through December you can see the darker side of Memphis on a Haunted Ghost Walking Tour that features Handy Park, the Orpheum Theater,and Cotton Row.

You can book your trip and learn about more tour and activity options by visiting Memphis Tours at www.memphistours.us.


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