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London Wax Museum Unveils 3 New Michael Jackson Figures

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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Madame Tussauds, the London wax museum, has a thrilling new exhibit. Seriously, it’s off the wall, and some might even say it’s bad (in a good way, of course). I could continue with MJ song title puns all day, but then I’d never get to the display details.

A couple weeks ago, on the day before the anniversary of his death, Michael Jackson was immortalized in wax by London’s popular museum. The three incredibly life-like statues portray the star’s physical and artistic transformation, starting from his Jackson 5 years, to the Dangerous decade, and lastly through the time period leading up to his untimely demise.

Music lovers of all backgrounds will enjoy the arrangement, and it’s already drawing new visitors to the London attraction. Join the party!

You can book tickets here.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Ever wonder who the Ripley in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” is? Okay, maybe you didn’t, but we’re about to fill you in.

Robert Ripley was born in 1890, in the brand new town of Santa Rosa, California. He grew up to be a talented cartoonist, and eventually created a newspaper panel series featuring oddly quirky facts and details. The series spawned a popular radio show, which eventually evolved into a television series (once sound entered the film world).

He stood firmly behind every outlandish claim and provided proof for each fact he presented. As we all know, his legacy continues to live on, and each Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum provides a uniquely bizarre perspective of all the weirdness in the world.

On that note, if you’re headed to London anytime soon, we’ve got a special treat for you! (more…)

Top 10 New Year’s Eve Activities Around the World

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

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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…)

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. ;)

The Total London Experience

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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Londons skyline by Tom Soper Photography

London’s skyline by Tom Soper Photography

London is a big place, so we can see it can be a bit intimidating to be dropped off in the middle of Trafalgar Square with a heavy pocket full of British pounds and a huge map in your hand. Where to start? Where to go? Do not fret, traveler, because we have an answer for you – Total London Experience Tour.

This tour is for the traveler who has a limited amount of time but wants to see all of London! This popular tour also serves as an introduction for people who want to get an overall feel for the city and then go back to their favorite destinations later. Either way, this tour has so much to offer that you will definitely feel like you’re getting more bang for your buck!

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Parliament by OisinLunny

The tour begins at 8:45 AMwith a drive to see many of London’s famous monuments – Parliament and Big Ben, Downing Street, the official London residence of the British Prime Minister, Trafalgar Square and much more. There will also be a stop for you to take pictures of Westminster Abbey.

With this tour, not only will you witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, you will get special access to the Household Calvary and talk to real troopers!

Next stop is St. Paul’s Cathedral, London’s historic church, where you will be taken on a guided tour of this building’s rich history and take a closer look at the cathedral’s magnificent dome and interior. After an ethereal experience at St. Paul’s, you’ll go back in time when you visit The Tower of London with another guided tour of its fascinating history as a royal palace, mint, zoo, treasury, and prison. Here, you will be able to see the Crown Jewels including the Cullinan diamonds and Koh-i-Noor.

The tour will start to wind down with a wonderful cruise on the Thames River, perfect for seeing the Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Parliament, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, and many other must-see sights. Your last stop will be on the famous London Eye to get a bird’s eye view of the entire city.

Quintessential London - red phone booths by doug88888

Quintessential London – red phone booths by doug88888

But wait! That’s not all! *cue the game show music* You’ll also receive a free Soho Walking Tour with the purchase of this tour. Explore this thriving, artistic, and eclectic area of London on this guided walk.

If you’re crunched for time and you want to get the most from this city, try our Total London Experience Tour!

To see a complete listing of our London tours, click here.

- Kris
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The Beauty of St. Paul’s Cathedral

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

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Though there are countless pictures of Westminster Abbey on tourists’ cameras, let’s not forget St. Paul’s Cathedral, also known as ‘the Nation’s Church’. Located at the top of Ludgate Hill, St. Paul’s Cathedral has a history to boast and breathtaking views of the city.

After the Great Fire of London in 1666, the cathedral was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren and is thought to be his greatest achievement. It takes 528 steps to get to the very top of the cathedral. On your way up, your first stop will be the Whispering Gallery where you can hear a whisper across the room.There are 119 more steps to the Stone Gallery, then 152 steps to the Golden Gallery where you can see a spectacular panoramic view of London.

Multimedia tours are included with the purchase of admission. In these multimedia tours, guests are given iPods to help them experience an audio and visual guided tour of the history of St. Paul’s Cathedral. These tours will be offered in a number of languages and lasts up to 90 minutes.

Photo by dw*c

Photo by dw*c

Another tidbit about the cathedral that many may have overlooked is the American Memorial Chapel located at the east end of the cathedral behind the High Altar. The memorial honors the 28,000 Americans who were killed on their way or stationed in the UK during World War II. Their names are written in the 500 page roll of honor in which a page is turned once a day. This section of the cathedral contains the only stained glass windows in the entire building. The windows depict plant life and animals native to the United States and references historic American events.

There is so much to see and do at St. Paul’s that it can definitely be made into a day trip on its own. With the journey to the top of the chapel, the multimedia tours, and the American Memorial Chapel, there are a number of things you can do! You can also go downstairs and see the Crypt, wander through the Collections, or even dine in the café.

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to plan your visit to St. Paul’s. It has taken 15 years to meticulously restore the entire cathedral, and for the first time ever, people can see how Wren originally envisioned his masterpiece.

To purchase admission tickets for St. Paul’s Cathedral, go here. To see more London Tours, visit our website.

- Kris
http://reserve123.com/

(Source: St Paul’s website, telegraph,LondonEnglandTours.net)

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.”

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 www.londonenglandtours.net.  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!


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