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Shereen Travels Cheap in Portland

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Shereen Blogs for the “Budget-Minded Travel Enthusiast”

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A couple of weeks ago, the lovely Shereen and her husband decided to give our service a try. She’s got tons of wonderful travel tips and activity recommendations for many of our favorite cities, but living in the Portland area, she opted for a ride on the Portland History Boat Tour. It’s amazing how we can live in a city yet know so little about its historical undertones. This was the case for Shereen. Although she’s lived in the city for roughly 15 years, the tour proved to be a highly informative selection.


“We learned very interesting facts about where we live, like how all 9 bridges over the river are completely different and why each was built the way it was and when. We also learned about the island that is used by the city for rock and gravel, the new construction along the river and the history of our city’s importing and exporting.”


Views from the Water

We’re so glad Shereen and her husband enjoyed the tour, and we hope others are also encouraged to be a tourist in their own city. Sometimes we get so intrigued by attractions that are miles away and forget the goodness right in our own backyard!

You can read Shereen’s full post here, and make sure to add her to your travel list on twitter: @Shereentrvlschp.

Bohol Firefly Tour in the Philippines

Sunday, March 4th, 2012
Enjoy firefly-watching in Bohol, Philippines

Enjoy firefly-watching from Bohol, Philippines

This evening small group tour begins with a gourmet organic dinner at the Bee Farm Restaurant on Panglao Island.

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After dinner, proceed to the Loboc River, either in Loay town or at the Loboc jetty, to board a pumpboat that will take you downriver at a slow, leisurely pace.

Along the riverbanks, trees are festooned with the myriad lights of fireflies, some covering the entire foliage of the trees.

This natural phenomenon has long been a local sight but organized tours did not come about until 2005 when it was recognized as a unique, wondrous spectacle, especially for city dwellers.

During the migration season, you can even catch a glimpse of birds sleeping among the branches of the mangrove trees that line the river. Truly an awesome experience as only Mother Nature can present!

Bee Farm Restaurant on Panglao Island

Welcome to the lovely Bee Farm Restaurant on Panglao Island

Bee Farm Restaurant on Panglao Island

Enjoy a gourmet organic dinner before your riverboat ride

Visit Philippines Tours today to book your reservations.  If you have questions, or need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to email or call us toll-free at 888-599-1639. Our friendly staff of agents will be glad to assist you in any way possible.

Fall in Love with Niagara Sightseeing Tours

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
Enjoy fall foliage & fantastic views of Niagara

Enjoy fall foliage & fantastic views of Niagara

Nothing spells a Roaring Good Time like a visit to Niagara Falls. Now is the perfect time of year to see spectacular views of vibrant fall colors and one of the greatest Natural Wonders of the World. Explore the great outdoors, enjoy fun-filled fall festivals, and be sure to visit Old Fort Niagara to discover its haunted history!

Traffic has become increasingly insane at Niagara Falls over the years. Driving through stop-and-go traffic to then find no parking spaces can leave you stressed out and definitely not enjoying your visit. Do yourself a favor and take a stress-free tour from NYC or Toronto! My favorite is our Niagara Falls Wine Tasting & Waterfall Day Tour from Toronto. You will stop along the way to the Falls for a special visit to an award winning winery where you can enjoy a free sample of Ice Wine, a sweet treat made from local frozen grapes. You will then continue on to the charming village of Niagara-on-the-Lake and then on to the falls.

I would also highly recommend our Niagara Falls All American Illumination Tour. In addition to the spectacular and colorful night time Illumination of the Falls, this tour also includes a thrilling ride aboard the world famous Maid of the Mist Boat, Viewing the Falls atop the American Observation Tower, the adventurous Cave of the Winds Trip to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls, Attraction Fees, Parking Fees, Road Tolls, Pick-up & Drop-off Service, and much more.

On the popular Cave of the Winds tour, you will find that vanity is not an option next to that magnitude of Mother Nature’s incredible power. At Bridal Veil Falls, approaching the “Hurricane Deck,” be sure to take off your hat and hold on tight to it, or it will no doubt be doomed to a watery grave. The Hurricane Deck is so named because tropical storm conditions are present when you are that close to the Falls. It’s wet, it’s windy, it’s cold, it’s scary, and yes – you will get soaked to the bone. And you will absolutely LOVE IT. ;)

Hurry if you want to take a boat tour! After October 24th, the Falls will close as the water begins to freeze during winter. Check out Niagara Falls Tours for all of the best things to do in Niagara Falls from both New York and Canada!

Valentine’s Day Cruises & Tours in San Francisco

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

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Aphrodite's Valentines Dinner Dance Cruise


Still don’t know what to do for your special someone for Valentine’s Day? Shame on you. Well, you are in luck. Whether you’re visiting the Golden City or a San Francisco local, there are plenty of fun new things to do for two! Personally, I would recommend taking your sweetheart on Aphrodite’s Valentines Dinner Dance Cruise in San Francisco. Enjoy sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge in your sweetheart’s arms. This cruise is a perfect romantic event for your Valentine celebration. This special cruise includes a delicious dinner and music to dance the night away. First, guests are served a 4-course gourmet dinner. After dining is complete, there is music for dancing, hosted premium bar, and wonderful views of San Francisco from the ocean. You and your Valentine are bound to have a wonderful time!

Valentines Dinner Train from Oakdale

Valentines Dinner Train from Oakdale

You might also enjoy the Valentines Dinner Train from Oakdale. The Sierra Railroad is commonly known as The Movie Railroad. With its superb scenery, this railroad is singled out by movie producers from around the world as a preferred location for filming. The Sierra Railroad has been featured in over 300 motion pictures, television programs and commercials. The train is comprised of elegantly refurbished dining cars with five different in-laid woods in art deco patterns adorned with delicate sconces and a lounge car that includes a full-bar with dance floor. The historic Sierra #42, a 50-year old Baldwin Diesel engine, pulls the dinner train. Relax as you roll through the countryside and enjoy soft lights and candles while you are served a delicious dinner, complimentary glass of champagne and roses for the ladies. Afterwards, retire to the lounge car for your favorite cocktail and music on the Sierra Railroad.

Romance Food Tour

Romance Food Tour

Want to savor more of the sweet things in life? Take your Valentine on our Romance Food Tour in San Francisco! During the morning and afternoon tours, you’ll start in the most obvious part of San Francisco for romance, North Beach. For every part of your experience, you’ll not only try the food, but will frequently get to see how it’s made. From enjoying great coffee to truffles, bread and pastries to special deli treats and olive oil, you’ll have all of the knowledge to create special moments for your Valentine long after Valentine’s day is over. During the evening tour, you’ll get in the right mood by starting off with a wine tasting at a local winery. San Francisco is home to multiple cultures steeped in romance. Stroll through the back streets of Chinatown and North Beach by twilight, including tasting dim sum from one of the oldest bakeries in Chinatown. Delve into Chinese mysticism and culture, as you explore local sculpture and architecture. Uncover hidden secrets known only by intrepid locals. You’ll be astonished by the new finds in secret alcoves.

Vampire Valentines Tour

Vampire Valentines Tour

If you’d like a tour with more of a bite to it, sink your fangs into our Vampire Valentines Tour in San Francisco. For over 100 years, the upper class Nob Hill area has been home to San Francisco’s rich and famous citizens. Mighty railroad barons built their mansions atop the hills. Some of the cities finest hotels and restaurants are there today. But beneath all this wealth and opulence lies a secret: vampires live in tunnels below here. Learn the darker side of San Francisco’s Nob Hill. Spend Valentines Evening discovering the mysteries from an exotic 127-year old Vampire who tells tales of Grace Cathedral. Join us on this exciting tour on February 14 for an experience you will never forget! You might call it, “True Love and History with a Twist.” This tour has been featured on HBO, Showtime, The Travel Channel, The History Channel, The Learning Channel (“A Dating Story”), Evening Magazine, Mornings on 2, KRON 4 Weekend News, and Bay Area People.

Treat yourself and your sweetheart to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with San Francisco Tours. You can also visit for tons of other Valentine’s Day tours in hundreds of cities all over the world. Online reservations are available as well as our toll free customer service assistance. Don’t wait until it’s too late – book your Valentine’s Day tours today!

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Endless Excitement in Niagara Falls

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of those places that everyone should see at least once.You can take tours by boat, van, bus, helicopter, airplane, or jet boat to see the magnificent waterfalls.

My personal favorite is the Niagara Falls All American Illumination Tour by Van. This tour features all the adventure, beauty and natural wonders of Niagara Falls, USA. Visit the oldest state park in the USA, Niagara Falls State Park. Enjoy a thrilling ride aboard the world famous Maid of the Mist Boat, view the falls atop the American Observation Tower, experience the adventurous Cave of the Winds Trip and descend to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls, view the powerful churning waters of the Niagara River Gorge and the Hydro-electric Power Plants, and see the spectacular and colorful night time Illumination of Niagara Falls!

Need PassportThere are many other fun things to do for both adults and children. I highly recommend experiencing the mystery and art of illusion at Greg Frewin’s Las Vegas Dinner & Show in Niagara Falls. This Las Vegas Style Magical Review features spectacular appearances by rare and majestic tigers. Your imagination will be captivated and you will be AMAZED “Beyond Belief.” Get your tickets before they disappear!

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Valentine’s Day the Boston Way

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Valentine’s Day is right around the bend, and what better way to surprise your sweetheart than to climb aboard the Odyssey for an elegant dinner cruise in Boston Harbor? Tantalize your taste buds with delicious cuisine, champagne, and a chocolate fountain, then dance the night away with your special someone against the backdrop of the dazzling Boston skyline!

The Elegant Valentines Day Dinner Cruise in Boston Harbor is described as follows:

Nothing’s more magnificent than a Valentine’s Day celebration on the water aboard Boston’s most luxurious cruising vessel, Odyssey. Distinctive cuisine. Live entertainment. Dancing cheek to cheek. Breathtaking views. Laughter and intimate conversation.

Includes one boarding photo package per couple, champagne toast, single rose per couple, and chocolate fountain. Create a memory that will last as long as your love.

Online reservations are available as well as toll free assistance for group tours and private charters.  In addition to the Elegant Valentines Day Dinner Cruise in Boston Harbor, there are may other fantastic tours and activities to choose from in Boston.  For more infomation, please visit BostonTours or email

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Catalina Glass Bottom Boat Tours are Tops

Monday, June 1st, 2009

When visiting California, there are so many amazing and beautiful places to see, so it should be no surprise how fantastic your experience will be when you decide to embark on a sightseeing adventure in Catalina.When looking through the tour options, one tour that stands out from the rest is the Glass Bottom Boat Tour.If you are traveling with a few children, it is a nice and entertaining way to show them the island.

Your tour begins at Green Pleasure Pier where you board the Sea View boat.  You will immediately be able to see how crystal clear and sparkling the waters are.This makes it so easy to see all the fish swimming under you, and there are even food drop tubes where you can feed the fish.Of course, this will probably be the children’s favorite part hands-down!

The tour lasts about 45 minutes and is a great choice for curious kids, since they are kept entertained the whole time by all of the beautiful wildlife they are seeing.The adults are not left out, however, since it is a great opportunity to take pictures.  You may even want to make postcards out of some of them when you return from your trip.

Of all the things to do in the area, this tour is a must especially for nature buffs.They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this tour is worth one thousand and one!  Check out tour details at

Tours of the Falls By Van

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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If you are looking for a great way to see Niagara Falls but have your days filled up with other activities, the Niagara Falls All American Illumination Tour by Van is definitely the way to go.Depending on the day, tours leave between 4:30 and 6 pm for a fantastic chance to see the Falls at night in all their splendor.

When you give this tour a try, you will be impressed by what a brilliant view you are able to get at night.The Falls are lit up brightly for everyone to see, and you get to view them from several vantage points – atop the American Observation Tower, aboard the Maid of the Mist boat, and from the base of the Bridal Veil Falls during the Cave of the Winds Trip. These are only a few of the places featured on your trip, as you will also get to see Niagara Gorge, some Hydroelectric Power Plants, and much more.


For those who do not have 5 or 6 hours to spare but still want to get the most that Niagara Falls has to offer, check out the Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Tour by Van, which departs during the day to Canadian Wine Country for a chance to taste an assortment of wines and learn about the history of four area wineries.

If the thought of a wine tour doesn’t excite you, the Niagara Falls Royal Canadian Tour by Van should.In four to five hours, this small group tour takes you inside the key viewing areas of the Falls and also includes a trip on the Maid of the Mist for a closer look.

Fort Lauderdale, the ‘Venice of America’

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Fort Lauderdale, located in Broward County, Florida, is often referred to as the ‘Venice of America’ because of its intricate and expensive canal system.  It is a popular destination for tourists and is a major yachting area with 42,000 yachts and 100 boatyards and marinas.  Conveniently located a few miles from Miami, there are a number of tours and activities that take you to this nearby city.

For a day of fun with the kids, book the Swamp Safari Day Package from Fort Lauderdale.  This package includes a one hour eco tour on a Swamp Buggy, which is specially designed to provide elevated views of the frontier while passengers ride through the cypress heads and wetlands.  A 20-minute Airboat Tour and an educational Alligator and Snake Show or Swamp Critter Show are also included.  This is a great way to introduce your kids to Florida wildlife, and you will likely see deer, hawks, wild hogs, bison, water buffalo, and other rare species.  You will also learn a bit about Seminole legends and folklore as the safari takes you onto their Reservation where they have dutifully cared for the land and worked to preserve its natural balance.

Additional tours are offered by airboat, airplane, boat, ferry, and more.  You can also travel to Miami to visit the homes of celebrities or take in the Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show in Fort Lauderdale for a unique interpretation of traditional dinner theater.  No matter what you decide to do, you will never be bored.  The weather in the area is beautiful and allows you to take advantage of a wide array of outdoor activities like charter fishing in Miami, an Everglades Day Safari from Ft. Lauderdale, or a Jungle Queen Cruise.  When you are finished seeing all there is to see in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, take an Orlando Day Tour from Miami for a change of pace and some theme park fun!

For all the details on tours and activities like these, visit

Take a Break in Tampa

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

If you are looking for a nice warm place to visit this winter, Tampa, Florida should definitely make your short list.  With beaches that go on for miles and an infectiously friendly atmosphere, this city was clearly designed with tourists in mind.  So when you are ready to start planning your next getaway, consider the place that has it all!

Once you have made your decision on where to go, it is only fitting that you choose a tour company that will have you covered from arrival to departure.  With Tampa Tours, you are sure to have all of your sightseeing needs met and exceeded.  Whether your idea of a great time is spending a romantic evening on the water or checking out the area wildlife, you will not be disappointed by your experience.

When you are in the mood to have a leisurely day taking in the scenery, the Deluxe Little Manatee River Canoe or Kayak Trip is just what you need.  You can float down the river at your own pace while you soak up the beautiful surroundings and take some time to appreciate the wildlife that you see around you.  Some of the animals you might see on your trip are manatees, turtles, fish, birds, and alligators.  You may also spot some hogs, otters, and deer along the way so keep an eye out!  Towards the middle of your day, you can go fishing, check out the lay of the land, or stop off for a waterside picnic.

In Tampa, the activities don’t stop just because the sun goes down.  If you are still in the mood for some action, check out one of the dinner cruises on offer.  A fantastic combination of fine dining and entertainment, these cruises are a definite crowd pleaser and an excellent chance to check out the sights without braving the city traffic.  Similar trips are available at lunch time as well if that is more to your liking.

One such cruise is the Dinner Dance Cruise from St. Petersburg.  With incredible waterfront views of Tampa Bay, you are able to see so much more than you would by land because you have the opportunity to do so from many different vantage points.  As you take a walk up and down the decks you will see the city lit up as it stands out against the night sky.  The view, in combination with the food and entertainment, makes your trip that much more memorable so it is a great activity to share with friends or loved ones.

For more ideas for how to spend your time in Tampa, visit and see why this city has become a favorite for travelers around the country and the world.

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