Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

Reserve123 In Europe

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Are you on Instagram? If not, you should truly join. For those visually-driven social media users, Instagram is a Godsend. Twitter is for those of us who have something to say to the world; Instagram is for those of us who have something to show the world, and unlike Pinterest, the content is (usually) created by the user. If you’ve ever sat alone in a nice, little park for lunch and thought, “I wish I could share this moment with someone,” you need Instagram.

The Reserve123 team is all over the map, and most recently, Nikita spent some time in Europe. She was kind enough to take us on her photo journey via Instagram, and my goodness, ’twas a beautiful journey!

Champs Elysee – Paris, France


Stockholm, Sweden


Üsküdar – Istanbul, Turkey


Sacré-Coeur – Paris, France

The Musée du Louvre – Paris, France


Louisiana Museum – Copenhagen, Denmark


La Seine – Paris, France


Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey


Det Ny Teater – Copenhagen, Denmark

You can check out all of the instagram photos under the #Reserve123 hashtag, and feel free to tag us whenever you snap a picture abroad. We love seeing the sights with you. Also, leave us a little note after you follow us so we can return the favor.

Happy travels!

Gaudi: In Case You Needed A Reason to Visit Barcelona

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Gaudi’s symbolic salamader in Parc Güell

Maybe you’ve heard of Antoni Gaudi, and you may or may not be familiar with his creative brilliance, but we’d like to help you get (re)acquainted. A native of Spain, Gaudi studied architecture in the late 1800s, and legend has it that his peers and professors weren’t sure whether he was a fool or a genius. Well, thankfully for us, Mr. Gaudi let his work speak for him, and he was clearly determined to tell the world that he was no fool.

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His style of artistry has been coined as Catalan Modernism, and there really are no words that accurately express its beauty. You’ll have to check it out for yourself! These days, Antoni Gaudi’s works are regarded as individualistic and extremely distinct – his inspirations derived from his passion for architecture, the natural world, his faith and love for Catalonia.

La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece

We’ve got a few options if you’re looking for a guided experience through the goodness. The Artistic Barcelona Tour explores Gaudi, Modernism, and Gothic structures throughout the city, so you’ll get a taste of each style. You’ll start by walking along Paseo de Gracia, to see Gaudi’s famous apartment buildings, which include Casa Batllo and La Pedrera. It also includes a visit to Gaudi’s bizarre Parc Guell, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Careful, you may get willingly lost in the whimsical design of this bizarre but compelling public park.

Those interested in something more focussed on Gaudi’s contribution to the Catalan culture might like the Gaudi Walk & Wine Tasting. Did I mention it includes wine tasting? That’s right, you’ll take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Barcelona, soaking in the beauty and absorbing new knowledge of each location, and to conclude, you’ll be invited to savor the aromas and enjoy the full embrace of the flavor of the region’s star wines while basking in the hospitality of a traditional Catalan restaurant. The groups are always small and intimate, so you might even make a few new friends along the way! (Cheers)

We’ve got other activities that include some of Gaudi’s architecture, so feel free to check here for other options. Hopefully you’ll be as artistically stimulated as we are by his works.

Happy travels!

The Majesty of Lucerne

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Lucerne  by Patty926

Lucerne by Patty926

Lucerne is located in North-Central Switzerland and is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne. It is the most populous city in Central Switzerland and is a tourist favorite, ranking #5 on the list of the most popular tourism destination. A small and quirky city, Lucerne has something for everyone. The Fasnacht is a carnival before  Lent where ‘march any direction you like’ parades happen all over the city. The city also has a number museums like The Swiss Transport Museum and The Rosengart Collection. The Lucerne Blues Festival is coming up next month (Nov. 5 – 14) with international artists celebrating the long forgotten art of the blues.

Lake Lucerne is one of the most scenic lakes in the world, with beautiful rolling mountains surrounding a very uniquely shaped body of water. It’s an experience to remember while either driving or hiking around the lake. Lake Lucerne borders three Swizaz cantons – Schwyz, Uri, and Unterwalden- with each city having a portion of the lake named after their respected location.  This 44 square mile lake is known for it’s beauty and has a number of resorts along its shores.

Fun fact about Lake Lucerne: Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata gets its name from music critic Ludwig Rellstab’s description of the first movement, that it’s like moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne.

View from Rigi by nlnnet

View from Rigi by nlnnet

We have a number of tours that feature the beautiful Lake Lucerne and the city:

Lucerne City Tour from Zurich Switzerland is easy and relaxed travel plan for busy travelers who only have  day in Lucerne.

Mount Rigi Tour from Zurich Switzerland is the kind of tour that will take you all around the city starting with a coach drive to Weggiss, then you’ll hop on a cog wheel train to the top of Mount Rigi, a prime spot for landscape pictures. You take a boat ride to Lucerne and finish the tour with a  ride the cog wheel train down the mountain to.

Hope you visit Switzerland soon and see the lovely city that is Lucerne and it’s gorgeous lake.

- Kris

Autumn Adventures Around the US

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Fall is the perfect time to get out and see the vibrant colors of nature, whether you are jet-setting across the country or hanging out in your own backyard.  With the weather getting cooler outside, it becomes easier to get active and enjoy an outdoor adventure or two without breaking too much of a sweat.

Here are a few activities to consider when planning your fall outings:

-Check out the historical town of Salem, Massachusetts for a look inside the history of the Salem Witch Trials

-Watch the change of season in the Berkshires, where you will see vibrant bursts of color in the trees and witness the harvest of beautiful autumn fruits and vegetables

-Venture out on horseback in the San Francisco area and explore the valleys, preserves, and beaches that define the area

-Enjoy an exciting trip to Boston and take in a baseball game to watch the Red Sox play during the post season

-Set out on a fishing trip in Orlando, Florida and catch a “reel” winner!

-Visit a ranch in Texas and live like a cowboy

Reserve123 has a wide array of activities that will keep you entertained throughout the fall season, and their scope is not limited to the United States.

Worldwide tours are available, from Europe to Asia, Canada to Africa and everything in between.  You can find out more about tours and activities in your area of interest by visiting

London: A Trip That’s Fit for a Queen

Monday, November 24th, 2008

London, England is a wonderful place to visit whether you grew up in Europe or elsewhere.  As soon as you enter the confines of the city, you realize that it is strikingly different from the rest of Europe.  In fact, many Brits do not consider themselves to be part of Europe at all.  England is centrally located so it is quite easy to hop on a plane and arrive at another European location in a short period of time.  With budget airlines like easyJet and Ryanair, it is not only convenient but cost efficient as well.

Your first time in London you might feel a little overwhelmed with all that there is to see and do.  That is, unless you enlist the help of a reputable touring company to assist you in setting your travel itinerary.  There are a few things that everyone would agree should be on the agenda:

Changing of the Guard – This is one of the mainstays that London is most known for.  On the Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace & Changing of the Guard Tour you will visit Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the Queen and witness the ceremonial changing of the guard who stands watch at the palace entrance.  You may even see the colorful flag, known as the Royal Standard, which means that the Queen is at home.

Westminster Abbey – This famous church is the burial place for many aristocrats, monks, and poets as well as kings and queens.  Among those laid to rest, some of the most recognizable names are William Shakespeare, John Keats, Elizabeth I, and Laurence Olivier.  If you have the time, be sure to make the journey up to the top and look down for an unbeatable view of the entire structure.  You can also attend a church service if you happen to be in the right place at the right time.  The echoing of the organ and the overall vibe of this gorgeous building make it a must-see location on your trip.

Crown Jewels – If you take the Historic & Modern London Tour, one of the stops on your journey will be at the Tower of London.  This has been the home of the Crown Jewels since 1303 when they were stolen from Westminster Abbey.  They are currently held in the part of the Tower called Jewel House, where they are open to the public for viewing during specified hours for a fee.  This stop, however, is included in the price of the Historic & Modern London Tour should you decide to take advantage of it.  Among the goodies you will see are beautifully adorned crowns, swords, orbs, and scepters once worn by British royalty.

Liverpool – For those devoted Beatles fans out there, Liverpool is a definite must.  The Beatles and Liverpool Tour highlights many of the locations critical to the Beatles’ journey to stardom.  You will take the train from Euston Station to Liverpool where you will be introduced to the Beatles’ history via the Magical Mystery Tour.  You will also have time to shop around, visit the Beatles Story exhibition, and stop at galleries and pubs along the way.

If you are unsure what else to do while you are in London, and to book a space on one of these amazing tours, visit  If you book your tickets online you will save $5 per adult ticket.  That’s 5 more dollars that you can be spending on souvenirs!

Spending Time in the ‘Capital of Europe’

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Brussels, the capital city in Belgium, is home to over one million residents and brings in many tourists from Europe and elsewhere every year.  To see the city, there are many attractive options available to you, depending on your preferences.  You can walk the city and enjoy its many sights on foot, or you can hop on a tour bus for a flexible travel experience that shows you the highlights of this beautiful location that is admired throughout the world.

While you are in the area, you may want to consider taking a side trip to Amsterdam, Antwerp, or Bruges to shake up your sightseeing adventure.  There are buses available to take you to each of these locales and to help you take full advantage of all that this region has to offer.  Once in your city of choice, you will have a chance to get out and see the sights on foot, since there is no better way to absorb the sheer exquisiteness of it all than to see it up close for yourself.

Understandably, a favorite activity for many who visit Belgium is the Brussels Chocolate Private Walking Discovery Tour.  While the Swiss are famously known for their chocolate treats, Belgian chocolate is simply divine.  Taste it once and you will be hooked forever.  Take part in a chocolate workshop and demonstration and see how the professionals prepare the delectable goodies that are adored all over the world.

Once you’ve had your fill of chocolaty goodness, book a seat on the Best of Belgium Coach Tourfor a thorough overview of three of Belgium’s most picturesque cities: Brussels, Antwerp, and Bruges.   In Brussels, you will check out famous highlights such as the Grand Place, Manneken Pis, and St. Michael’s Cathedral.  Next, on your trip to Antwerp, you will ride through Diamond Quarter, Napoleon Dock, and many other must-see places in the area.  Finally, you will head over to Bruges, where you will take a boat trip on the canals and visit some palaces and cathedrals including Provincial Palace, St. Severius Cathedral, and Palace of Liberty.

As you can see, there is much to do if you are open to the many possibilities.  For even more exciting trip ideas, visit  This is a great way to plan your trip and see everything just as you wish.

Choose Vienna as your Holiday Destination

Friday, October 31st, 2008

By choosing Vienna, Austria as your vacation, you would be selecting an absolutely perfect site to spend your holiday.  Vienna is a wonderful city as it has the third highest quality of living within the European Union and has plenty of opportunities for you have an enjoyable time during your stay.

While visiting the city, Vienna Tours can provide you with a number of tours and attractions.  Many tourists tend to take boat tours in Vienna or enjoy the Sound of Music Tour.  Other tours offered take you to the many historic sites around the city.  Vienna Tours even provides vacations to other cities nearby.

One of the most popular tours people enjoy is the Prague Bus Tour.  You take an exciting drive aboard a roomy tour coach through the beautiful historical areas of Moravia, the Czech Republic’s eastern region. 

When you reach Prague, you will realize why it is called “The Golden City.”  With some of its architecture dating back to the 14th Century, the city is full of architectural gems and cultural splendor.  You will ride through the economic and cultural center of Bohemia, the core of the former Czechoslovakia. 

After lunch, you will see an array of famous sites throughout the city including Charles Bridge – the stone Gothic bridge built in 1172, the National Theatre, the Jewish Cemetery, Wenceslas Square – the beautiful area full of shopping, eateries, hotels and casinos, and the elaborate homes on the Moldavian river banks.  This tour is a favorite among tourists!

Another great tour is the Panoramic City Tour with Boat Ride.  On this thrilling tour of Vienna, you will take a relaxing boat ride which will provide excellent views of the stunning city.  As you float down the Danube, you will catch views of the Wiener Prater – the large public park, the 826-foot high Danube Tower complete with a rotating restaurant that you may enjoy later during your trip, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s most well-known building the Hundertwasser.  The building contains apartments, offices and terraces but looks more like a painting than a building. 

On the way back, you will see the magnificent hills of the Vienna Woods and amazing sights of the vineyards.  This is a perfect way to relax during your vacation while still seeing the wonderful city of Vienna.

There are so many tours, attractions and activities in Vienna, Austria.  Reserve your tickets today at 

Explore One of the most Picturesque Cities in Europe

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

A trip to Edinburgh, Scotland should definitely be in your upcoming vacation plans as it is considered one of the more picturesque cities in Europe.Its rugged, yet luscious green setting mixed with the Medieval and Georgian architecture makes it not just a beautiful place to visit, but an interesting one as well.

To keep yourself busy during your stay, book lots of activities in the area.Edinburgh Tours offers plenty of tours, activities and attraction tickets in Edinburgh and some surrounding areas.

For a complete look at the city, something every tourist must do, book the Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off City Tour.Aboard the double-decker bus, you will learn all about the history of the city and explore famous locations.With over 25 stops throughout the tour, there is no doubt that you will be pleased with everything the city has to offer.What is great about this tour is that you can get on and off at your leisure, seeing your favorite spots for as long as you wish.It is the only way to see the city!

Some of the locations you can view and visit are the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht, John Knox House, Greyfriers Bobby, St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood Place and the Museum of Scotland.

One of the most famous aspects of Scotland is Loch Ness.You can visit the famous locale on the Loch Ness & the Highlands of Scotland Tour.This is the ultimate tour of Scotland as you will see sights such as Stirling Castle – one of the five castles you will see throughout the day and the one that was dominated by Rob Roy and William Wallace, Ben Nevis wooden mill where you will have lunch, and Fort Augustus.

You have the chance of cruising along Loch Ness aboard The Royal Scot and maybe catch a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.The sights of the area are simply stunning and it will be hard to top this fantastic experience.

Other tours offered by Edinburgh Tours include visits to Stirling Castle, the Kingdom of Fife and Rosslyn Chapel.

With such wonderful cultural and historical aspects of this city, you will be entertained for your entire visit.Make it a vacation of a lifetime by booking your activities through Edinburgh Tours at today!

Take a Trip to Lo Stivale

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

 Go International Vacations

Italy, or Lo Stivale (The Boot), is a beautiful country which is great for the simple tourist or the extremely educated one as well.You could spend weeks there and never find yourself bored.It is known for pizza, pasta, wine, the mafia, ruins and renaissance palaces but there is certainly more depth into this fantastic country.

Tours in Italy can help provide you with a vacation of a lifetime where you can see both the typical tourist spots that are must sees, as well as places you never knew existed.While visiting the country, you can see the cities of Florence, Rome, Venice and Pisa.You can view dinner shows, world renowned museums, learn the history of the country, and simply hop around the country seeing all the wonderful amenities it has to offer.You will take something away from this country that cannot compare to anything else.

On the Guided Tour of Accademia & Uffizi Galleries you will see two of the most famous picture galleries in the world.You will learn the secrets, tales and legends of the Renaissance artists whose work is seen throughout the museums.In the Accademia Gallery, you will be immersed in the masterpieces of Michelangelo and see ‘David,’ ‘I Prigioni’ and ‘San Matteo.’At the Uffizi Gallery, you will find the stunning artwork of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio and even more Michelangelo.

There is nothing better than fine Italian wine and you will have the chance to taste some of the most delectable wines in the world.Included in the Wine Tasting Guided Tour is a brief history of wines and Chianti, winemaking techniques, vineyards, and proper glass usage as well as the tasting of four esteemed wines.This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a true part Italian culture and something that will always be remembered.

A great way to see one of the fashion capitals in the world is on a City Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Tour.Aboard the fun open-top, double-decker bus in Milan, Italy, you will see and explore some of the most famous sites in the country and the world.A great part about this tour is that you can see everything at your leisure so you can take time to see your favorite parts of the city.

The Rome Excursion Bus Tour shows you the most important parts of Italy’s history.You will stop and see the Trevi Fountain – the most famous and arguably most beautiful fountain in Rome, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon which was built as a temple to the Roman Gods and has since been used as a Catholic Church, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Colosseum – once used for gladiatorial contests and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore.A scrumptious lunch is also included during this amazing tour of the beautiful city of Rome.

With so much to do in Italy, you could stay for a lifetime.Tours in Italy provides you with the perfect activities for your vacation and you are sure to be thrilled.Reserve your vacation packages with Tours in Italy on the website,

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