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When Good Trips Go Bad… And Then Get Good Again

Friday, November 15th, 2013

cloud icon with design on blue sky backgroundAnyone who has ever been on a trip to anywhere probably knows that when you travel, things don’t always go as planned. Luggage gets lost, flights get delayed, taxi cab drivers render you helpless and afraid for your life, and once in a blue moon, the United States Government shuts down.

Every Reserve123 Team member is dedicated to ensuring the arrangements we make for our customers go off without a hitch, and if there is some sort of mishap, we work our best to correct the issue and get things back on track. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite correct the Government Shutdown issue (although, many of us likely had downright brilliant ideas regarding a resolution), so closures and cancellations began to affect our customers’ reservations.

To our delight, we were able to help one of our groups make the most of their trip, despite the ongoing fiasco in our nation’s capitol. (more…)

Top 10 Tours & Activities in the USA

Friday, April 5th, 2013

There are countless things to do in our great nation. In any given city, town, metropolis or even rural area, chances are there’s a cool sight to see or unique tours to try.

So, whether you’re looking to visit the states for the very first time, or your a citizen seeking to explore a different side of the country, this list may help you decide where to go and what to do. Here are our most popular stateside product offerings, after the jump!

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Fall Fever: Foliage Tours

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Fall Foliage Bicycle Tour in Boston

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Yes, October boasts some great festivals, but this month also provides some amazing scenery. Nature’s canvas transforms into a collage of colors this time of year, especially in New England. So if you’re looking for a way to kill time until Halloween, try a tour through the foliage.

The Boston bike tour takes a lovely route that’s a favorite among locals, and it’s the best way to see the green side of the city. From the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue to the popular shores of Jamaica Pond to the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum, this chain of gardens, reserves, and open space displays some of the most colorful flora as the fall sets in.

Bike around the Capitol (Boston)

New Yorkers looking for a small escape from the city can opt for a relaxing ride through the Hudson Valley.

Hudson River Valley Fall Foliage Van Tour

If you choose the van trip (pictured above), you’ll be with a small, intimate group. What’s even better, you’ll get to visit the George Washington Bridge – “also known as the most beautiful bridge in the world.” Get ready to travel through luxuriant foliage suddenly awash in yellows, oranges, and reds.

Sights on the Hudson River Valley Fall Foliage Van Tour

You can also absorb the best autumn scenery from the water. The Hudson Valley River Cruise provides another easy way to sneak a peek at the vibrant red, orange and yellow bursts of leaf color as the trees go through their world-famous seasonal change.

Hudson Valley River Cruise

Enjoy the panoramic wonder of spectacular colors as you sip on hot cider and light refreshments while cruising up the Hudson Valley River to the Palisades. There is also a available!

If you’re in or near New England this time of year, come be apart of the magic!

Fall Fever: Our Favorite Autumn Activities

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Jump into the fall season!

Happy fall, travelers!

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… Oktoberfests, pumpkin spices in kitchens, the paper brown leaves that autumn brings, these are a few of our favorite things! That’s right, autumn is here, officially. For those of us in the states/regions that actually experience season changes (sorry, Southern California), this means colorful leaves, and crisp, cool air. Dust off your favorite jacket, put an extra blanket on the bed at night, and get ready to enjoy the season. We understand football games may have much of your attention this time of year, but there are lots of reasons to get off the couch – or out of the bar – and absorb the great outdoors. Here are our favorite autumn activities.

Oktoberfest(s)

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The Oktoberfest website calls this event “the world’s biggest fair.” The famous beer festival is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and it’s 16 days long. Yes, 16 days of beer, parades, rides, and music. Sound like fun? The party ends this weekend, so if you’re up for an impromptu trip to Germany, go for it! Those of us stuck in reality can enjoy one of the many stateside Oktoberfests. San Francisco, New Orleans, Tulsa, Savannah, and even Savannah, Georgia all have their own version of the popular beer festival, and there’s also a pretty big one in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Check out our list of the best Oktoberfests around the United States.

Apple Picking

It’s our personal belief that apples taste better when you pick them yourself. They’re bigger, they’re juicier, and they have a louder crunch when you bite into them. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about who’s had their hands on your fruit. They go from nature’s hand directly to yours – fresh, nutritious, and ready to be devoured. Many orchards make fresh apple cider on site and offer free tractor rides around the farm.

Pumpkin Patches

We couldn’t mention apple picking without suggesting a trip to a pumpkin patch. The plumper the pumpkin the broader your carving possibilities, and you can always use the remnants for some homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pudding, or whatever else you fancy! Better Homes and Gardens has some unique recipes; fun carving tips and tricks can be found here and here.

Fall Foliage Bicycle Tour in Boston

Fall Foliage Rides

Whether you’re in Washington, DC; Sedona, Arizona; Ottawa, Ontario; Springdale or Van Buren, Arkansas; Boston, Massachusetts or New York City we’ve got a fall foliage ride for you. Between train trips, bike tours and river cruises, there are quite a few ways to admire the changing colors of nature; oh, the fun you’ll have, and oh, the pictures you’ll take!

Speaking of pictures, we can’t wait to see all your lovely fall photos. Feel free to tag #Reserve123 on social media so we can take a look and share with our online community.

Walk This Way – Walking Tours Around the World

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

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Let’s face it – you’ve got it, and it’s time to flaunt it. One of the best ways to discover the hidden secrets of any locale while traveling is to get off the beaten path and explore for yourself! Whether you choose to blaze your own trail or let the local’s in the know show you the secret hot spots, Walking Tours are not only as good as it gets for up-close encounters, but also very affordable and excellent for your health. Score. So polish your stylish catwalk and get ready to turn heads while traveling! Check out Reserve123′s top picks of some of the most unique walking tours around the globe.

Stroll through the Rainforests of Hawaii

Stroll through the Rainforests of Hawaii

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Oahu Mountain Rainforest Walking Tour from Honolulu – Journey to the scenic mountains high above the shimmering waters of Pearl Harbor to a place that time has passed by. In this beautiful setting we walk into a forest that includes Hawaiian honeycreepers, scarlet-flowered Ohia and majestic Koa trees. This tour involves 4 miles of walking over a 3.5 hour time span; appropriate for moderate fitness level. Includes free Honolulu hotel pickup and return. These tours are limited to just 14 participants to provide a personal touring experience, so order early to ensure your space!

See the natural & creative beauty of Queenstown

See the natural & handmade beauty of Queenstown

Art & Nature Walking Tour in Queenstown New Zealand – Soak up nature and art on this walking tour through Queenstown. Meet local art communities and gain inspiration from their work. Learn about some of New Zealand’s unique plants on a leisurely stroll through the Botanical Gardens. Meander past buildings and sites steeped in local history and wrap up a pleasurable morning spent walking with a delicious lunch on the waterfront. Life doesn’t get more relaxing than this.

Go to the Movies in London

Watch? LIVE the Movies in London!

London Film Walking Tour – Come along on a two hour guided walking tour through famous London film locations, TV studios, ancient streets, pubs, churches and other places of historical interest taking in the River Thames, The Strand, Fleet St and into the City of London. You’ll be able to stand at the same London film locations that were used in films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Da Vinci Code, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Mona Lisa, Four Weddings and a Funeral and more!

Discover the dark, buried history of Rome

Discover the dark, buried history of Rome

Skip the Line: Crypts & Catacombs Tour in Rome – Are you brave enough to see the Rome Catacombs? Become Indiana Jones as you discover imperial and early Christian Rome by peeling back layers and millenniums of history. Descend into the Eternal city’s underground burial chambers, its long winding catacombs and its crypts. Go below and beyond to a time when Christianity was considered a simple cult whose members were executed as pagans and buried as martyrs. The one and only tour that takes you to crypts and catacombs from different historical eras, in diverse locations and with varying styles!

You're in for a treat in Boston

Get a Taste of Boston at Beacon Hill

Boston Chocolate Walking Tour of Beacon Hill – If you’ve never taken a decadent chocolate walking tour, you’re in for a treat (lots of them actually). A friendly, outgoing expert guide will whisk you off into a world of exotic imports, closely guarded recipes and intimate tastings. The destinations are always carefully selected from the very finest each city has to offer – artisan chocolatiers, celebrated restaurants and more.

Book your Walking Tours now easily with www.Reserve123.com – don’t let loads of fun and great savings pass you by! And don’t forget your camera. ;)

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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We pick our favorite Fall tours – Pt 1.

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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FallThe first day of Fall is September 23 (it’s so close, but so far away) and with that comes different scenery, cooler temperatures, and less crowds in all of your favorite or soon-to-be-favorite cities. Take advantage everything that comes with Fall by traveling! And boy, do we have the tours for you!

I asked the office what tours would they recommend for Fall traveling.

The Boston Tour by Bus is awesome in the Fall. You get to see the Fall changing of the leaves, the scenic area of Boston, and all the wonderful history the city has to offer. We can even see the Fanueli Hall and Quincy Marketplace.” – Janice

“I loved the Savannah Foody Walking Tour which is a great tour in the fall. There is a lot of Savannah history given by your tour operator and then you get to sample some great foods from the various restaurants and eateries in the area. Some of the locations even give you samples to take home! The samples are good portions and you’re full after your done. So you get great food, history and exercise all in one!” – Theresa

“For this time of year, the New England Seacoast is the best place to be. In only the months of September & October, there are fall foliage tours from Boston to the Cape or up the New England seacoast to Kennebunkport. I always arrange private tours for my groups every year for their Boston Experience. I say the Fall Foliage tours are the best tours for the fall. My groups always love them.” – Amber

Emerald Necklace and Fall Foliage Bicycle Tour in Boston
Bear Mountain Fall Foliag Cruise from New York City

“Italy and Tuscany in particular is spectacular at this time of year…the weather is beautiful, the summer rush is over and Italy is magical in as the evening begins. There is just something that soothes your soul to watch a sunset in Tuscany.” – Carolyn

Private Tour of Pompeii, Positano, & Almalfi Coast from Naples Italy
Chianti, Tuscany Excursion from Florence, Italy
Medieval & Renaissance Walking Tour in Florence, Italy

Look for Part 2!

- Kris
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Wet & Wild Boat Tours in the City of Champions

Friday, June 17th, 2011

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Boston is pretty awesome. Boston has recently dominated in sports, with the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and New England Patriots each winning World Championships within the last decade. You know what else is cool about Boston? The DUCKS are taking over!!! Splash into the funnest sightseeing around on our super-popular Boston Duck Tours!

What better way is there to explore the iconic sites and history of downtown Boston, and then plunge straight into the Charles River to see even MORE? It’s time to board your “DUCK,” an authentic World War II amphibious landing vehicle, and prepare for a tour like no other. Get ready for a fun-filled ride through Boston that you’ll be quacking about to all your friends!

For even more wet & wild fun in Boston, hold on tight on our High-Speed Thrill Boat Ride in Boston! The wind will roar, the music will blare, and you will soar across Boston Harbor at full blast. Two turbo-charged diesel engines with 2800 horsepower will leave you trying to pick yourself up off the boat’s deck at the end of the tour with a mischievous grin from your inner speed demon.

Dare to enter Pirate waters, matey? Then come sail away on our privateer ship! A short journey to the fine city of Salem will begin your seafaring adventures aboard our Schooner Sail from Salem! The new Schooner is a full-scale replica of the once famous privateer ship “Chebacco” that captured 21 prizes before being wrecked in the Bay of Fundy in 1814. You will learn about the fishermen, pirates, traders and the privateers of the Revolution and the War of 1812.

Cruise on over to Boston Tours to start your summer fun in Boston Harbor! Book your tours and tickets online and save or call us toll free at 800-301-3239. You can also drop us a line here for any questions. See you out on the wild blue!

Feasts & Festivals in Boston

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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There is SO much to see and do in Boston in June!! Enjoy the perfect weather, gardens & trees in gorgeous bloom, the busy Harbor, and a host of popular activities and special events. You’ll have a hard time deciding what to do. Whether you’re a new visitor to the Cradle of Liberty or local Patriot, there are a few fantastic must-do’s I highly recommend for you.

First up is the 29th annual Scooper Bowl! This “all you can eat” ice cream extravaganza benefits the cancer-fighting Jimmy Fund. From June 7th to 9th, skip on over to the Boston City Hall Plaza to enjoy ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet from nine of the nation’s leading ice cream companies. If you are lucky, I will not have devoured all of the deliciousness by the time you get there.

If you’re more of a chocolate connoisseur, treat your taste buds to our Harvard Square Chocolate Walking Tour in Boston! If you’ve never taken a decadent chocolate walking tour, you’re in for a real treat (lots of them actually). A friendly, outgoing expert guide will whisk you off into a world of exotic imports, closely guarded recipes and intimate tastings. The destinations are always carefully selected from the very finest the city has to offer – artisan chocolatiers, celebrated restaurants and more. No matter how much you already love chocolate, you’ll appreciate it more deeply than ever after indulging in these tours. Life is too short to not appreciate the little sweet things, right? ; )

Boston is well known as an historic Old Towne, but it really is a modern city as well, striving for respect and unity. From June 3rd through June 12th, enjoy a colorful fun-filled festival that embraces the community’s diversity, encourages change, and celebrates progress in society at Boston Pride Week! Family, friends, and neighbors will join together for 9 days of activities for everyone, from the the first Flag Raising at City Hall to the Parade to the Block Party. If you’ve never ventured to the Boston Pride Week, you are seriously missing out!

Lovely day for a picnic, isn’t it? Take a sightseeing tour of the beautiful Cape Cod area on our Seashore & Lighthouse Tour with Picnic Lunch from Cape Cod! This tour is packed with breathtaking views of areas you may never see on your own. Included is a nice picnic lunch which you’ll enjoy at a scenic Cape Cod location. This exciting tour will take you along the historical Old Kings Highway on the north side of Cape Cod. Highlights include viewing Cape Cod Bay from Scargo Tower, Old Sea Captains homes, The Cape Cod National Seashore, Fort Hill, Salt Pond, Nauset Lighthouse, Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham Light, and much more.

Celebrate the 32nd Annual Hong Kong Boston Dragon Boat Races and Festival on June 11th & 12th! Watch brightly colored dragon boats race down the Charles River between JFK Street and the Western Avenue Bridge. Don’t miss the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese dance and music, traditional Japanese drumming, and various Asian performances. There will be plenty of Asian foods at the festival to enjoy as well!

For the most magnificent view of Boston’s skyline, get out into the Harbor yourself! On our Boston Dinner Cruise you will enjoy a sightseeing boat tour around the harbor, the delicious grand buffet, and an energetic floor show to entertain you. Relax, dance to one of the best DJ’s in town, and stroll the decks of the ship under a canopy of stars. It’s a dazzling good time and the most exciting way to see Boston.

Then from June 29th-July 4th, join the city in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Harborfest! Boston is definitely a favorite yearly destination for 4th of July festivities. The city’s annual Harborfest includes a concert with fireworks over the harbor. Enjoy the Extreme Sailing Series, Party on the Plaza, Chowderfest, and much more. Visit Boston Tours to book your favorite tours and hotel today!

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 info@BostonTours.us.

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