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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.

Strike a Pose while Touring Zurich, Switzerland

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

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Photo by Simon Clemenger

Photo by Simon Clemenger

Fall is the best time of year for flattering fashion and romantic sightseeing. Zurich is the best place to be for both. The Swiss metropolis will be turned into one of the coolest spots of this fall’s fashions. Enjoy fantastic fall & fashion events, Mountain Tours, Chocolate Tasting Tours, and Sightseeing in Switzerland!

If you’re a fashionista, don’t miss the Charles Vögele Fashion Days Zurich, which will take place from the 9th to the 12th of November 2011. National and international designers will present their newest collections in an exclusive atmosphere. They will be supported by international music artists of the “Fashion Rocks” charity event, which was extremely popular in New York and London.

Explore inside the Ice Grotto in Lucerne

Explore inside the Ice Grotto in Lucerne

I would recommend our Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Tour from Zurich. Experience the beautiful city of Lucerne and the stunning sights of Mount Titlis on the Eternal Snow Tour! Relax and enjoy the sights on a coach ride down the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne. In Lucerne, there will be a short city tour to see the main sights of this gorgeous city such as the famous Lion Monument. Next, enjoy some free time to discover the city at your own pace. Your journey continues upwards when you board the revolving cable car, Rotair, and see spectacular sights of the glacier’s deep crevasses and gigantic ice boulders. At the top, magnificent views of Mount Titlis and the Alps await you. Choose to partake in many optional activities such as dining at a restaurant, enjoying the views from a sun terrace, or taking a trip to explore inside the Ice Grotto. This tour also includes a trip on the Ice Flyer and a ride on the Fun Lift in the snow!

Chocolate Tasting

Chocolate Tasting

Savor the sweet things in life on our Chocolate Side of Zurich Tour in Switzerland. This delicious tour includes a Zurich West-Side City Tour, visit to the Lindt & Sprungli Chocolate Outlet Store, complimentary hot orange punch, coffee or tea at the restaurant of the viewpoint Waid. Your multilingual live guide (English, Spanish & German) will introduce you to the trendy district of Zurich West. Great shopping opportunities await you in Kilchberg, outlet-shop of the famous Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory. Buy some of the most delicious Swiss Chocolates at best conditions!

From November 25-27, Blickfang in Zurich will feature an international design fair for furniture, fashion and jewelry at the Kongresshaus Zürich. Discover innovative labels, meet over 200 designers personally, and get some fantastic shopping done that you won’t find anywhere else. Designers will be presenting all the little things that make life more beautiful and fun.

Charles Vögele Fashion Days - November 9-12, 2011 in Zurich

Charles Vögele Fashion Days – November 9-12, 2011 in Zurich

Visit Zurich Tours to find the best selection of Tours & Hotels in Zurich, Switzerland. Book your reservations online and save or call toll free for assistance with reservations, group bookings and private charter transportation services!

Autumn Sightseeing in Salzburg, Austria

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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Salzburg in Autumn - Photo by ekkykmanet

Salzburg in Autumn – Photo by ekkykmanet

Salzburg, also called the “German Rome” by Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in the late 16th century, is a land of stunning natural beauty, snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes, and architectural marvels. Salzburg Tours offers a grand variety of unique tours and activities during the autumn sightseeing season.

Are you afraid of the dark? On our Bavarian Mountains & Salt Mine Tour from Salzburg you can challenge your bravery on a 100-foot-slide into the Grottos! Wearing the traditional miners’ clothing, you enter the mines and hear the historical as well as the legendary tales of the fascinating underground world. Using the same slides as hundreds of miners before you, enter the mysterious world beneath the surface of the earth. After a raft ride inside the caves on the salt lake and a miniature train ride, you will end your adventure with some Bavarian specialities during a stop in Berchtesgaden.

Now through the end of October, locals and visitors will flock to the charming towns and villages where traditional fall festivals celebrate the season of the harvest. At the Salzburg Harvest Festival you will savor culinary delights such as Austrian doughnuts, bacon, spirits, and much more. “Enjoy life to the fullest” – that is the motto of the Harvest Festival. For the best variety of sightseeing, be sure to take our Austrian Lakes & Mountains Bus, Boat & Railway Tour.

Bandltanz, © SLT, Trachtentanzgruppe im Hintergrund Kirche

Bandltanz, © SLT, Trachtentanzgruppe im Hintergrund Kirche

Celebrate the “golden autumn days” with a wonderful selection of sightseeing tours and activities for fall at Salzburg Tours. Be sure to also check out our Salzburg Hotels with exceptionally low rates, and the convenience of being able to book all of your tours and hotels in one place! :)

Announcing our new twitter contest – #boohaiku

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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Announcing our new Twitter Contest – #BooHaiku! All the information you need to know is in the video, but just in case, here’s the contest details again.

Write your best #boohaiku and submit it via Twitter by adding the hashtag – #boohaiku. If you need more room for your poem, you don’t have to add the @reserve123, just make sure you add #BOOHAIKU, please!

The contest starts today and ends this Thursday at 6 p.m. (EST). The grand prize is two tickets to or $50 off any of our ghost tours around the world! To see all of our ghost tours, just head right over here.

So there, my little Edgar Allan Poe or Shakespeare (whatever floats your boat), go forth and start brainstorming. We want your funniest, scariest, or weirdest haikus that are Halloween related. You’re only 17 syllables away from going on any ghost tour in the world!

Need a little incentive? Here are our Top Ten Ghost Tours:

1. Savannah, Georgia -Savannah Scary Ghost Tour
2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -
Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour Philadelphia
3. Salem, Massachusetts -
Salem Haunted Footsteps Walking Tour
4.Charleston, South Carolina -
Haunted Old City Jail Waling Tour
5. New Orleans, Louisiana -
Vampire Tour
6.
Las Vegas, Nevada –Haunted Vegas Ghost Tour & Show
7. London, England -
Jack the Ripper Whitechapel Walking Tour
8. Prague, Czech Republic -
Prague Walking Ghost Tour
9. Paris, France -
Private Catacombs Walking Tour
10. Bucharest, Romania –
Dracula Weekend Transylvania

If you need some inspiration, here’s another haiku we wrote:

“Fat Cat”

Poor fat cat
Too fat
Fast car on the road
Slow cat
So sad…
Poor fat cat

:) I wrote that one! *bows* Thank you.

Write your #boohaiku and submit it today for your chance to win Ghost Tour tickets!

Tweet us! Reserve123 on Twitter

-Kris
http://reserve123.com

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
www.reserve123.com

Enjoy cooler weather with these walking tours

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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This is around the time of the year where you can get a breath of fresh cool air (especially in the South where the Reserve 123 office is located) and realize that the weather is starting to cool off. It’s time to put away those weird misters that people wear and start to enjoy the cooler temperatures! What better way to enjoy the changing season than with walking tours – a much more slow and romantic way to see a new city or learn more about your hometown.  I picked some of my favorite walking tours that I’m sure anyone will enjoy.

Photo by Gail

Photo by Gail des Jardin  from flickr

French Quarter Walking Tours in New Orleans

The New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tours take you on a walk through the Quarter and shows you sights and tells you stories that many visitors miss. There’s more to this city than meets the eye; there’s the architecture, the food, the folklore, and the music to get you started, but there’s more to learn in this 2 hour tour.

Photo by Outdoor Traveler from flickr

Photo by Outdoor Traveler from flickr

Charleston Strolls History Tour

This tour was mentioned in Southern Living Magazine, the New York TImes and the AAA Tour Book (only the absolute best and coolest for Reserve 123 customers :) ).  Enjoy the Old South as you meander through alleys passing hidden gardens in Charleston’s historic district on the 2-hour ‘A Walk With History Tour’.  Learn about one of the country’s oldest cities and enjoy historic highlights and famous landmarks, including Rainbow Row, The Battery, antebellum mansions and the Old Exchange Building. You need at least four people to do this tour, so make sure you bring your friends!

Photo by BeastandBean from flickr

Photo by BeastandBean from flickr

Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour in Bucktown/Wicker Park Chicago

Walk through the streets of Chicago and take a glimpse at unique venues, histroic mansions, and some inside information on local entertainment and restaurants. You’ll be able to taste wonderful samples from a number of restaurants that will fill you up, so make sure you’re not too hungry when you come.

If you want to browse all of our walking tours, check out our website. If you have any questions, email me at kristina@reserve123.com or leave a comment in the comment box.

What is your favorite city to see in the Fall? Please leave an answer in our comment box.

- Kris
http://reserve123.com/

Savannah’s #1 Fall Destination – Top Ten Things To Do

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

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East Jones Street in Savannah, Ga

East Jones Street in Savannah, Ga

Autumn is in the air. I mean, it really is. Georgia has been in  a state of cool weather this whole week which puts most of everyone in the office in the mood for Fall!

Travel+ Leisure Magazine announced that Savannah is America’s #1 Fall Destination! Read about it here. In honor of this announcement, here is a Top Ten List of Things To Do from one of our office employees Kris, Reserve 123 social media ninja, Savannahian, and the person who is writing this post.

Kris’s Savannah Top Ten
1. Ordering lavender ice cream at Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlor.
2. Smuggling fried chicken in my purse at Mrs. Wilkes.
3. Getting tattooed at Anonymous Tattoo.
4.
Wandering down up and down Bull Street and Drayton Street.
5.
Driving through Oglethorpe Avenue and Liberty Street.
6.
Grabbing water and reading magazines at the fancy Parker’s on Drayton Street.
7.
Eating breakfast at the once fire station, now J. Christopher’s.
8.
Eating an unhealthy amount of donuts at Baker’s Pride.
9. Looking at old knick knacks at The Paris Market
10.
Watching weird movies at the Sentient Bean’s Psychotronic Film Night

Reserve 123 is working on City Guides and we have one for Savannah! Here are some of our popular Savannah Tours perfect for the Fall:

Savannah Scary Ghost Tour (One of our more popular tours)
Savannah Movie Tour (See where the modern classic movies were filmed)
Foody Tour in Savannah (Sample food from Savannah’s finest restaurants)
Savannah Riverboat Moonlight Entertainment Cruise (open until October!)

Click here to see all of our Savannah Tours/Packages.

We love Savannah and want you to enjoy your stay too, so if you have any questions or some helpful pointers, leave them in that too convenient comment box.

- Kris
http://reserve123.com/

Halloween Haunts for Hire!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

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Trick or treat?! We usher in the Fall season with massive planning efforts for Halloween over the coming weeks.  For those who don’t plan on staying home to hand out candy this year, here are a few of the places you can go to get spooked:

Plymouth, Massachusetts: Ghosts, orbs, and grave sites, oh my! On the Fright Night Halloween Ghost Tour in Plymouth, you can get an education on the different types of ghosts that stalk the area around Burial Hill.  Mystery and macabre come together on this lantern-lit walk where you can photograph the area and, later, watch for orbs of light in the developed pictures.

Washington, DC: On another walk, the Georgetown Ghost Walk, you will learn about the ghosts and spirits still haunting our US capital.  A trip through DC’s finest Victorian style neighborhood reveals much about the interesting lives of its now-dead inhabitants as they sometimes reveal themselves in spirit form.

Dallas: Whether you choose a Halloween-themed show like Keith & Margo’s Halloween Mystery Dinner Adventure or to put a different spin on things with the Haunting & Healing Paranormal Event in Dallas, you’re in for a good time for sure.  The dinner show includes an hors d’oeuvres reception, full 3-course sit-down dinner and dessert, and live entertainment in the form of an interactive live action murder mystery where you get to solve the crime and figure out whodunit.  The Haunting & Healing event gives you face time with four paranormal experts, which has been enjoyed by the likes of the queen of England and Dr. Seuss.  The experts channel their unique energy into a powerful grid of light and healing for all to witness.  It is truly a sight to behold.

London: If you happen to be overseas this Halloween, check out the Medieval Halloween Banquet in London.  The Brits do it up right with a celebration of the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII taking possession of the throne.  Live entertainment, a night of disco, and a four-course banquet menu, along with unlimited beer and wine during the meal, make this a festive event to be enjoyed by all.  Not to mention the cast of characters in full dress, which adds to the delightfully scary atmosphere of it all.

No matter where you go or what you do, be sure to make it a scary day for the record books.  If you would like more information on any of these tours, visit www.Reserve123.com and tour type search for “Halloween.”

Autumn Adventures Around the US

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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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 www.Reserve123.com.


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