Posts Tagged ‘Dinner Cruise’

The Best Eats in Nashville

Friday, October 25th, 2013

chicken stand1. Mafiaoza’s

With countless pizza toppings for an any-way-you-want-it experience, two for one slice and beer specials, and free bits of dough for the kids to play with while you wait, Mafiaoza’s is the place to be if you’ve craving a good, southern pie. They’ve even got gluten-free options available upon request!

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Activities Around the World

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Style with Reserve123.com Tours & Activities

New Year’s Eve is right around the bend, which means it’s time for party people around the world to get ready before time runs out! For the serious celebrators, there are some awesome activities worldwide that simply can’t be missed.

Almost everywhere in the world people will stay up late to see the old year out and the new year in with church bells ringing, fireworks, countdowns, music and merriment. As the clock nears midnight in every time zone, these top 10 cities will push the limit of festivity. Ringing in the new year on any of Reserve123′s New Year’s Eve Tours & Activities is a fantastic experience. Celebrate the New Year in style with spirited parties, cruises, bonfires, fireworks, and much more. (more…)

Disa and Lauren Take San Francisco – Part 2

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

No one escapes from Alcatraz… except for the notorious Lauren and Disa!

Welcome back, travel friends! Click Here for the awesome first half of our adventure – Disa and Lauren Take San Francisco – Part 1!

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Day 4 and 5 of Disa and I’s adventures in the misty City by the Bay included the epic Monterey & Carmel Tour by Bus from San Francisco on Thursday, then on Friday the Chinatown Walking Tour in San Francisco, then cruising to explore the infamous ex-federal prison of Alcatraz Island, then going on an enchanting San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise around the beautiful bay at sunset. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the virtual tours.

Thursday:

  • The Chronicles of Monterey: The Sea Lion, the Sandwich, and the Nautical Globe. The Monterey & Carmel Tour by Bus from San Francisco is a fully narrated 11-hour tour that departs from and returns to San Francisco. This tour showcases California’s natural, rugged Central Coast. As we made our way south-bound from San Francisco, we passed by M5 Industries, which is the headquarters for Myth Busters, a science entertainment TV show on the Discovery Channel. The Fire Station is close by for a reason. ;)

Yours truly took every photo opportunity to capture the beauty of the scenery

  • As we continued our journey past Daly City, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz and beyond to the right of our luxury coach we could see the gorgeous rocky coastline with a few nice sand beaches and tide pools. Something interesting that we learned is that the reason Monterey has such a wealth of marine life is because of Monterey Canyon underwater, which descends over two miles – twice as deep as Arizona’s Grand Canyon – and is home to giant kelp forests and a myriad of sea creatures. I would love to go scuba diving there someday! We could also distantly see (and mainly hear) several sea lions off on the rocks further from the shore.

Just a taste of the seaside scenery on the journey to Monterey, California

  • When we reached the famous Cannery Row in Monterey, we were welcomed with vistas of scenic piers, tons of cool little shops, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and seaside restaurants. You might see sailboats in the marina or kayakers. After reading the sumptuous menu posted outside, we decided to dine for lunch at Louie Linguini’s. I was pretty super excited about this seafood pizza, and for good reason. Salmon, crab and shrimp! I’m a seafood hound. Disa ordered the Spinach Salad, Goat Cheese, & Bacon Sandwich. Absolutely delicious. I seriously wish I could eat there every day now! :D

Decisions, decisions… everything was delicious at Louie Linguini’s in Monterey!

The Fisherman’s Wharf of Monterey, and our fantastic view from Louie Linguini’s

  • After our seaside escapades in Monterey, we were on our way southbound again along the famous scenic 17-mile road. We traveled through Pebble Beach, learning about the highly exclusive and outrageously pricey golf courses on each resort, and enjoying the views of really, really ridiculously good looking houses and estates along the coastline. There is a great variety of architecture to see, and interesting stories you’ll hear aboard the tour. We also stopped to see this natural anomaly, the “Lone Cypress Tree” growing where it is said that no Cypress tree *should* ever grow. Another of the mysteries of the Universe…
  • Finally, we arrived at the beautiful seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Yes, they do prefer the whole city name said correctly, so get it right. The city is known for its amazing art galleries, bakeries and restaurants, and of course there are the miles and miles of white sand beaches. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll down Ocean Avenue to explore the fabulous shopping turf of the wealthy. It is here that you will find the first gallery of Thomas Kinkade, the Thomas Kinkade Gallery in the Garden. You pass by the cottage door, follow the stone walkway, and into a beautiful garden exhibit with a very fine collection of the world famous painter’s masterpieces. It reminded me of one of my favorite books, The Secret Garden.

Sound like a local by saying the city’s full name, Carmel-by-the-Sea!

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a dream come true for art, food, and beach enthusiasts

Re-energizing with caffeine in a scenic courtyard near Ocean Avenue

The Orignal Gallery of Thomas Kinkade, The Garden Gallery Cottage of Carmel

  • We concluded our adventures south of San Francisco driving back through Silicon Valley, but first stopped at the lovely, historic Mission San Carlos of Carmel. It is the second mission in upper California, and is still home to a Catholic parish. We arrived just before the church bells gonged the evening time.

Photo Op Stop at the historic Mission San Carlos of Carmel by the Sea

Friday:

  • We started the day off with a fascinating and very informative walking tour through Chinatown, on the Chinatown Walking Tour in San Francisco. Our tour guide, Linda, gave us an excellent historical, cultural, medicinal, and culinary overview of Chinatown. This tour is definitely another “must-do” in San Francisco! Chinatown is like a city within the city filled with mysterious sights, where an ancient culture from the other side of the world survives and flourishes with remarkable authenticity. I loved the pagoda-style architecture of the buildings and shops ranging from martial arts weapons displays to Hello Kitty merchandise. What a cool place to shop and explore!

Linda explained the rich history behind this mural and many buildings

Awesome martial arts weapons display at a shop in Chinatown

Chinese School passes on the language and cultural traditions of generations

  • Linda told us that a majority of the people in Chinatown today are actually Christians, but you will still find many Authentic Buddhist Temples. From the street, we wound our way up a narrow, steep staircase to a beautifully adorned temple. Inside we saw entire walls decorated with red ribbons with the names of deceased loved ones written in gold. For many residents, deceased loved ones may not have been buried nearby or inaccessible in the East, so a ribbon serves as a token of veneration. Chinese Ancestor Worship is the belief that deceased loved ones possess the ability to influence the fortune of the living. Gifts of oranges or flowers are customary, or simply time spent remembering and honoring those dearly departed. Tangerines and oranges sound like “luck” and “wealth” in Chinese, respectively. That is why you will see many oranges as gifts for good fortune.

Buddhist Temple adorned with lanterns, gold antiques, and incense urns

  • Inside the temple, we found dazzling altars adorned with red lanterns, priceless gold antiques, incense filled bronze urns, and more. I was even given the unique opportunity to be a test guinea pig for the traditional Chinese Fortune Sticks and the Chinese Yin-Yang. For the Chinese Fortune Stick (or Divination Sticks), I was handed a circular wooden container filled with many long, flat wooden sticks with a different Chinese symbol at the end of each. Linda asked me to think of any kind of life question that I wanted an answer for, and concentrate on it, then to tilt the container and shake it until only one fortune stick fell out. Sure enough, only one stick fell out. Linda looked up the meaning of the fortune stick and gave me a small slip of paper written entirely in Chinese, and told me I could have the note translated more in depth with a Chinese expert, but basically it meant that research is important to me. I can’t argue with that – I love me some science! Next, Linda handed me two pairs of wooden moon blocks (jiaobei) which she said symbolize the Chinese Yin-Yang. She said the objective is again to ask it a question (aloud or not), and then drop the blocks. You hold the pieces together, flat sides facing each other, and drop them to the ground. How the blocks fall determines the answer. If it lands with both flat or rounded sides facing up, the answer is no. If one side lands flat and the other rounded, the answer is yes. I asked “Will it rain today?” Yin-Yang: one side landed flat and the other rounded, so the answer was yes. It did not rain in San Francisco that day, but I also failed to specify *where* it would rain, so it definitely rained somewhere in the world!

I volunteered to test the Chinese Yin-Yang at the Buddhist Temple

Honoring ancestors is a special way of remembering deceased loved ones

  • Next stop: the Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Factory!! The sweet aroma of the freshly made fortune cookies is sure to lure you in whether you can read the Chinese store signs or not. Inside, you will find fortune cookies of all shapes and sizes, and watch as cookies are made right in front of you.
  • Linda gave us each delicious circular samples of the freshly-made fortune cookies. Yum! You can even order custom fortune cookie messages there at the factory. I wish I’d had time to return to order some fortune cookies with custom messages… with the lyrics to “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, so I could pass them out to my friends, just to drive them crazy. *evil laugh* :D

Our next stop was at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory with a free sample!

At Golden Gate Fortune Cookies you can even order custom fortune messages

  • We also stopped at Stockton Street Food Markets, where you will find an amazing variety of local and exotic foods. This is the place to be to buy the freshest and cheapest produce, meats, live seafood, and dried herbs.

Stockton Street Markets offer the freshest and most exotic foods in the Bay Area

  • After our journey through Chinatown, we walked to In-And-Out Burger at Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch, because it’s just so delicious. After another glorious round of double-double cheeseburgers, we proceeded to walk off the calories to Pier 33 for our second tour of the day, and the most famous sightseeing attraction of San Francisco — Alcatraz Island!!!

The Guard Tower looms ominously high over former prison grounds

Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelley, and other famous inmates

  • Alcatraz was a federal penitentiary that operated from 1934 to 1963, riddled with mysteries and dark mystique. Once home to the likes of Al “Scarface” Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelley, and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud, the Federal Bureau of Prisons used the facility as a maximum security prison. It housed prisoners too notorious or dangerous to be held elsewhere. Alcatraz was closed in 1963 due to its expense. The trip includes the ferry ride to the island and an amazing self-guided audio cell block tour, complete with actual interviews of former guards and inmates. Alcatraz is still known today as one of the world’s most legendary prisons.
  • Here’s a fun fact: Juan Manuel de Ayala was the first Spaniard to document Alcatraz Island in 1775. He also charted San Francisco Bay, and named the island “La Isla de los Alcatraces,” which translates to “The Island of the Pelicans.” You will still find Alcatraz covered with a countless number of seabirds, although the California Brown Pelican is not known to nest on the island today. Instead, you are likely to see hundreds of Western Gulls, and, if you are lucky, you may get a glimpse of pelagic cormorants, California gulls, pigeon guillemots, or black oystercatchers.

Alcatraz is a sanctuary for a variety of seabirds, most prominently Western Gulls

  • If you’re more of a nature lover than a mystery or history buff, walk along the Agave Trail. The trail begins near the ferryboat landing on the east side of Alcatraz Island and continues to the southern tip of the island. The Agave Trail passes through a protected bird sanctuary and features beautiful plants and flowers. This trail also offers fabulous views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

This is how a typical cell would look upon a prisoner’s arrival to Alcatraz

I’ve been bad. On the plus side, now I can polish my Cell Block Tango.

  • Alcatraz was well known for having an excellent menu compared to other prisons. Warden James Johnston believed that good food in the cafeteria would help to quell dissension among the prisoners. So why was the Mess Hall regarded as the most dangerous place of Alcatraz? Imagine angry, hungry men with knives (even with steak knives, when the menu called for such) gathering together three times a day… A few food and fist fights broke out occasionally, but the armed guards on the outside catwalk rarely ever had to break the windows with their rifles, and never had to fire warning shots or release the tear gas canisters.
  • One bad-tempered incident occurred when Warden Johnston was attacked while standing routinely near the Mess Hall door and beaten up by inmate Burton “Whitey” Phillips. Phillips was later sent to the Treatment Unit in Cellblock D for the assault – a dark, barren cell of Solitary Confinement, also known as “The Hole.” He didn’t leave the Treatment Unit until years later when Warden Johnston retired.
Alcatraz Mess Hall Food Menu

The food quality at Alcatraz was regarded as the best in the prison system

The Mess Hall of Alcatraz was considered to be the most dangerous place.

  • I highly recommend reading the story of the Alcatraz Spaghetti Riot of 1950. Inmates had to find cunning, creative ways to communicate for an organized anarchy under the constant supervision of the prison guards. The inmates were rebelling because they were tired of bland spaghetti. Personally, I think the inmates may have been a bit spoiled. Red velvet cake on the menu?! Dang, prisoners ate great back then. Perhaps the riddles inspired by the hit mystery-thriller FOX TV show “ALCATRAZ” can shed light on the mystery… I would also recommend reading the story of the Battle of Alcatraz.

Guards’ recreational office near the Lighthouse of Alcatraz Island

The iconic Lighthouse of Alcatraz Island, now a museum that can be toured.

  • Disa and I escaped from the sinister clutches of Alcatraz in time to return to our secret hideout and freshen up for our charming sunset dinner cruise along the bay aboard the San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise. We were so lucky that it was a clear night without the dense fog rolling in yet. Very pretty sunset. Cheers to an amazing week in San Francisco!
San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

Aboard the San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise with dazzling sunset views

Lovely dinner cruise views of the Golden Gate Bridge and more around the Bay

Amazing views of Alcatraz Island and the ferry for the Night Tour

Beautiful sunset as we passed by Alcatraz Island on the Dinner Cruise

  • What you get on this amazing dinner cruise? A sightseeing yacht cruise (Fri. – Sat. is 3-hours, Sun. – Thurs. is 2.5-hours), a 4-course seated dinner, coffee and tea, live entertainment and dancing, scenic San Francisco Bay views, and available for purchase are soft drinks, wine, beer and cocktails from the full-service bar. Truly a magical evening out for any occasion along the scenic Bay as you watch the sun set, the stars come out, and the city lights of San Francisco glistening next to the water edge, all while enjoying an amazing 4-course dinner and dancing to live entertainment.

Our Appetizers were South American Scallop Ceviche with Fried Plantain Chips

2nd Course: Fontina, Leek & Carrot Tartlet with Champagne Shallot Vinaigrette

Disa ordered the Roasted Chipotle and Garlic Marinated Bone In Pork Chop

I ordered the Salmon Moqueca with Peppers, Red Coral Rice, & Black Beans

For desert, we had these super cute and delectable Blueberry Pies!

Marvelous views of the Golden Gate Bridge and a passing Sailboat out in the Bay

Another gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset in the Bay

That concludes our overview of amazing adventures in The Taking of San Francisco with Disa & Lauren. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and seeing some of our journey as much as we enjoyed being there. Stay tuned for more pictures and new videos as we continue to share our experiences throughout Reserve123′s social media networks. You’re going to love seeing even more of our trip photos and the video magic we captured on each tour!

Are you ready to plan your own adventures to the City by the Bay? We want to earn your business with the best customer service around. Book your tour tickets online and save or call us toll free for assistance with reservations at 800-410-8233 or at our local phone number which is 678-320-2200. Did you know that Reserve123 also offers a San Francisco Hotel Directory, Rental Car Services, and even Airline Tickets? Leave everything to your travel friends at Reserve123.com and we guarantee that just as Tony Bennett so smoothly serenaded, you’ll leave your heart in San Francisco. ;)

Adventures in the Philippines

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Discover the "Pearl of the Orient Seas," the Philippines

Discover the “Pearl of the Orient Seas,” the Philippines

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The Philippines, coined the ‘Gems of the East,’ consists of 7,107 islands, and most of them are very small. All of the islands have a lot to offer to tourists, from the typical “sun, sea & beach” holidays to Eco Adventures deep into the diverse geography of these beautiful tropical islands. And don’t forget to meet the people – they are very friendly, and the country welcomes tourists, as they bring money to the country to support local businesses and the economy. From swimming with dolphins in coral waters, to exploring volcanoes and hidden waterfalls, to going out on the town to meet the people (perhaps trying some “tuba” coconut wine) and learn about their rich culture, the Philippines really has it all.

Embark on a full day small group excursion to the town of Pagsanjan, Laguna located two and a half hours south of Manila. Your destination is the Majestic Pagsanjan Falls. Take a scenic boat ride on a native dugout canoe (banca.) As the boat is skillfully maneuvered upstream by two boatmen, the landscape diversifies with beautiful boulders, steep gorges and lush tropical vegetation. Return downstream by “shooting the rapids” as expert boatmen steer past huge boulders in churning waters at top speeds. With its booming waters cascading down the cliff 900 feet below, this is truly an exhilarating, spine-tingling, adrenaline-pumping ride!

Next, hit the beach on our Mactan Island Snorkeling & Picnic Tour from Cebu City. This full day fun in the sun small group tour combines the excitement of riding on a motorized canoe (banca) with snorkeling, swimming or diving in the small islands of the Mactan Channel. Feed fish and soon you will have these colorful creatures feasting from your hands. Enjoy a refreshing swim in reef waters or free diving. A delightful lunch of grilled seafood, chicken or pork with fresh fruits for dessert will be served picnic style on a white sand beach. Whatever you choose to do, your time at Mactan Island is sure to be memorable and fun.

There’s no better way to end your day than enjoying a delicious buffet dinner of Philippine delicacies on board a floating barge on the Loboc River. Our Loboc Riverside Dinner & Night Cruise in Bohol offers a peaceful atmosphere and soft, soothing river breeze to help you unwind. Afterwards, transfer to another barge which will float you upriver towards Busay Falls, with a live band playing music to entertain you. Let the river and the lovely choir performances of the local talents of Loboc serenade you. Drinks are also available on board. You’ll love the cooler temperature of the day, beautiful tropical scenery, and relaxing ambiance.

The beautiful White Beach of Boracay Island

The beautiful White Beach of Boracay Island, Philippines

When it comes to Filipino Hotels, there are some real gems of resorts and world-class business hotels. Friendly people and smiles abound in the Philippines, and a high level of English is spoken on most islands. Our Philippines Hotel Directory features a fantastic selection of popular hotels, exceptionally low rates, and the convenience of being able to book your hotels and tours in one place.

Welcome to Miami – The Magic City

Monday, November 21st, 2011

 “Out of this World” Miami Skyline by Claudia Domenig

“Out of this World” Miami Skyline by Claudia Domenig

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Party in the city where the heat is on, all night on the beach till the break of dawn. Welcome to Miami – Bienvenido a Miami! True as Will Smith’s smooth serenade, Miami is the place to be while everyone else is worrying about breaking out their car windshield ice scrapers soon. All you need to work on is your tan and exploring The Magic City! Miami Tours is waiting to help you make your escape.

Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise

Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise

Celebrate this Thanksgiving with family and friends by making memories extra special. Imagine Thanksgiving dinner where you ALL can relax for a bountiful buffet-style Thanksgiving Day feast! Escape the stress and hassles of the season aboard the Venetian Lady luxury yacht for a special holiday cruise. Your delicious meal features all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings and an open beer & wine bar. But get your tickets quick – space is limited!

Shop at Bayside Marketplace

Are you new to Miami? Join our fun-filled Miami City Tour, which includes time to shop til you drop at the famous Bayside Marketplace, the popular Miami waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping complex, right on the water. With over 100 shops, boutiques and a variety of restaurants, there’s something for everyone! See movie star & millionaire mansions, The Art Deco District, Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Miami Beach, and learn why Miami is called “The Magic City.”

In addition to being the hometown of TV’s famous moonlighting serial killer Dexter, Miami also offers killer shopping deals and activities this month. Take part in a Turkey Trot to stay in shape this holiday season, or take the kids to the famous Miami Children’s Museum. Don’t miss out on Black Friday Shopping in Miami! Consider helping those less fortunate this holiday season with Feeding South Florida. I would also recommend topping off your turkey comas with a special trip to Santa’s Enchanted Forest – a winter wonderland right in Miami!

Miami Hotel Reservations

Miami Hotel Reservations

Let Reserve123 book your Hotel in Miami for you. We feature a fantastic selection of hotels, exceptionally low rates, and the convenience of being able to book your hotels and tours in one place. Experience the best tours in Miami and enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Miami Tours features a wide variety of tours, activities, and attractions to make your visit special. We also offer fantastic Orlando day trips, great night life excursions, city tours, dinner shows, visits to the world famous South Beach. Book online and save, or call us for toll free assistance. See you in the Magic City! 8)

Entertainment & Sightseeing in Washington DC

Friday, August 5th, 2011

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When’s the last time you explored beyond the National Mall in DC? Experience the most sophisticated entertainment and sightseeing excursions in the Capital Region of the United States – all for less than you’d imagine. Whether you’re cruising the Potomac River or headed toward the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains for a wine tasting tour, there’s no better way to discover the finest treasures off the beaten path of The Capital of the World than with DC Tours to introduce you.

Elegance at its best. Creative plated cuisine. Live entertainment. Dancing and impeccable service. All aboard a sleek and sophisticated all-glass vessel, designed to travel under the low bridges of DC. An impressive backdrop for life’s most memorable moments. Our Elegant Potomac River Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to experience the nation’s capital from a unique vantage point. Escape to the signature elegance and total entertainment experience only a true luxury cruising vessel can provide. Arrive at the Marina dressed to impress for an enchanting evening with spectacular views of DC’s famous monuments illuminated. Click here to see even more of the cruises we offer.

While you’re dressed to the 9′s, exercise the art of espionage planning your incognito route to the International Spy Museum! Your top secret mission will require more cleverness and suave than 007 himself. Adopt a cover, break codes, identify disguised spies, and become the subject of covert surveillance throughout your visit. This incredible interactive museum examines actual events, reveals true stories, and presents hundreds of authentic tools of the spy trade. Destroy this message after you’ve read it.

I would also highly recommend savoring the fine wine varieties of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains area on our Northern Virginia Wine Tasting Minibus Tour. Enjoy hours of relaxed touring to local vineyards in a luxury minibus. Your tour includes a visit to three unique vineyards, a light snack, an in-depth tour of the wineries, and access to the Tasting Rooms. Treat yourself to of the best of the Nation’s Capital and discover the true beauty and history of Washington DC!

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!

Great Trips for a Fabulous 2010

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

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The new year brings a new set of opportunities to enjoy life on a higher level.  This year, why don’t you make your New Year’s resolution to travel as much as you can? Now that we are well into the winter season, it’s almost time to start thinking about the spring, and what better way to do that than to look at booking your first trip of the season?

Florida is beautiful all year round, but especially in the warmer months.  Spring is a favorite season of many because it’s not too hot and not too cold.  Florida has a lot to offer in the way of sightseeing, so this is the best way to check out activities that are exciting to you.  As you know, there are plenty of cities in Florida, so there is sure to be at least one that strikes your fancy.  Here are some suggestions to consider:

Miami is a sizzling hot city with a unique vibe, one that will have you pumped up to party the night away.  Many stars have called Miami home, including Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, and Rosie O’Donnell.  One visit and you’ll definitely see why!

Panama City is another great place to see, so it is no wonder that it has become the ultimate spring break destination.  There are plenty of things to see and do, including a Dinner & Dancing Yacht Cruise designed to showcase the beautiful St. Andrew Bay.  An all-you-can-eat feast is included, and live music so you can dance to your heart’s content.

Visit Orlando for some family-friendly fun and a visit to Fun Spot Action Park, where you can ride a go kart and take a leisurely ferris wheel ride; whatever suits your mood.  Kids will be thrilled to learn that there is also an arcade!

No matter what you do and where you go this spring, Florida is sure to deliver exactly what you’re looking for.  Check out the above links or visit http://www.tours-florida.us/ for more specific offerings.

City Meets Country in Washington

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

There is so much to do in Washington state that you will never be bored, even for a minute.  You can choose to stay in Seattle and take a cruise out on Elliott Bay, or you can escape to the wilderness for a quiet and peaceful time with nature.

If you are interested in the former, Washington Tours has lots to choose from.  You can enjoy a romantic sunset on the water on a Seattle Dinner Cruise or go out earlier in the day for a Lunch Cruise.  The scenery in unparalleled, and the food is a wonderful complement to the trip.  If you are traveling with children, don’t worry.  There is plenty for the little ones to eat and they will love to look over the side of the boat at the water below and watch the sights as they pass you by.

If the quiet serenity of the outdoors is more your speed, think about doing the Great Northwest & Rockies Train Vacation, which departs from Seattle.  You get the best of both worlds: the comfort of a luxurious sleeping car and the ability to be close to nature during the day, visiting sights like Glacier, Mt. Rainier, and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  For nine days you will hit all the highlights of the area and enjoy top-notch food and drink.

This trip is packed with activities and sightseeing, so it would be impossible to list it all and do each dayjustice.  Visit www.washingtontours.net for a more detailed daily itinerary and dates of availability.  Remember to book early to ensure that you are able to leave on your date of preference.

Journey through History on a Tour of Philly

Friday, December 12th, 2008
Philadelphia is a great place to spend some time, and whether it’s hot or cold outside there will always be tons to see and do.  Also known as the ‘Birthplace of America’ and the ‘City of Brotherly Love,’ it is packed with historical sites and was once the home of Betsy Ross, the creator of the American flag, and author Edgar Allan Poe.   A few such distinguished sights in the area include the Liberty Bell – which was one of the most prominent symbols of the Revolutionary War and today symbolizes justice and liberty –  Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was mulled over and approved, and the First and Second Banks of the United States. 
Once you arrive in Philly, you will see that there are more attractions than you know what to do with.  An excellent way to cover a lot of them at once is the Philadelphia City Tour by Trolley.  On this survey of the city, you will get to see the Liberty Bell up close, along with Betsy Ross’s house where she was thought to have conceived the idea of the American flag, the US Mint, Chinatown, the Academy of Music, and thirteen other notable locations.  As an added perk, you can hop on and off the trolley as many times as you would like, as your ticket will be valid all day.  If you decide to stay on the trolley and go straight through, the trip takes about 90 minutes.
Should you seek a more leisurely tour, you can take the ever-popular Philadelphia Carriage Tour.  For one hour, you get to sit back and enjoy the ride as you take in the historic sights and learn about their humble beginnings.  As your horse navigates the tree-lined streets of the National Historic Park, which is also the most historic square mile in the country, you will be amazed at how far the nation has come and will get an idea of where we came from.  Society Hill is also a feature on this tour, and it is the largest collection of 18th century homes and churches in America.  This is not all; you will also pass Betsy Ross’s house and much more.  The carriage tour option is wonderful for families but can also serve as a romantic way to spend part of an evening with a loved one.

 

If you have done these two tours and are still thirsting for more, you can do a scenic dinner cruise or tour the town by Segway.  This is definitely not an exhaustive list, so take a look at all that Philly Tours has to offer for your next trip.
 

 

 
 

 

 


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