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An Old World Italian Christmas

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Christmas in St Peter’s Square

The Italians know how to do a party! And Christmas in Italy is exactly that. They begin their celebrations 8 days before Christmas Day and it goes on afterwards until around the 6th of January. A full three weeks of merriment. These traditions fall along religious lines and are festive times of prayer, worship, gifts and food!

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December 8th begins with the Novena. It is a sacred church service that begins prayer services until Christmas Mass. This is the day of the Immacolata and is noted by the appearances of all the nativities and the Christmas Trees are lit.  In the evening families will gather round their nativity and pray and sing songs. Decorations are left up until the 6th of January. It’s very bad luck to leave them up any longer.

There is fun Italian proverb that goes: La vita è come un albero di natale, c’è sempre qualcuno che rompe le palle.

In English that’s: Life is like a Christmas tree, there’s always someone who breaks the balls.


Wonderful Weihnachtsmarkt – where traditions thrive!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The world is constantly looking for the most elegant and modern Christmas. Instead of red and green, as they are so passé, let’s decorate with purple and silver! Modern is the key. Maybe you have done that for a few years and are now ready to get back to the traditional in a big way. Well, why not go back to the place where most of our Christmas traditions  began. And to do that, you have to begin in Germany.

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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.

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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)

Discover Chicago’s Hippest Shopping Tour

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

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Reserve 123 offers shopping tours? What?! That’s right. Your dreams have come true. We know that any woman (or a fairly confident man) will say that he or she doesn’t need a tour guide to show them how to shop. However, your mind will be changed on this special tour through the Windy City, where you will not only get VIP treatment, but also get to look like a cool in-the-know local in the process.

One of the coolest things about our Bucktown & Wickerpark Shopping Tour in Chicago is that it’s not your typical tour. You won’t have a flock of people in Hawaiian shirts and sun visors. It’s a tour that shows you all of the well-known and local secrets that Chi-town really has to offer, and the little quirks you would miss without a guide. Put your map away and make life easy for yourself with a savvy local Chicago guide, which means more fabulous shopping time for you, and less time looking baffled with a map on the sidewalk.

Your new best friend (guide) will walk you around Bucktown and Wickerpark to visit all the hard-to-find boutiques. You’ll also be able to visit local chocolate shops and coffee houses to see where real Chicagoans hang out and be one of them. You’ll also get shopping discounts (10%-25% of all boutiques), feeling-like-a-million-bucks champagne toasts, and sample sales. Yup, sample sales – which means dresses that you thought you could never afford, can now be in your closet. Rule.

Some things that are good to know:

  • A walking tour to boutiques exclusive to Chicago.
  • Requires 2 people, which means it’s made for you and your BFF!
  • It can be a 2 hour tour to a 3.5 or 4 hour tour.
  • Neighborhood Trivia!
  • Delicious treats from local cafes (optional and not included in the cost of tour)
  • Shopping for something specific? Tell us in advance and we’ll see what we can do!

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- Kris

San Diego Summer Sightseeing Excursions

Monday, July 18th, 2011


With the approach of the highly-anticipated San Diego Comic Con 2011 only days away, fans have no doubt already designed their perfect SDCC panel schedules of science-fiction & celebrity bliss, which the powers that be allow us but once a year. Whether you’ve got a coveted ticket to the most popular comic convention in the world or prefer to avoid the crowds out on a city excursion or a boat cruise in the azure bay, be sure to make time this summer to enjoy the splendors of this charming city. Here are a few ideas for fun things to do and sightseeing tours.

Fold up your map, put away the guidebook, and discover the San Diego most visitors never see. Zip all over town in a GoCar for a GPS-guided adventure! As you drive, it tells you where to turn and what you’re passing, and it waits patiently if you want to stop. As soon as you turn your GoCar back on, the tour picks up where you left off. That’s the best thing about it – you’re on your own schedule, not a tour bus operator’s. Experience the coolest sightseeing in San Diego!

Salty bay breezes, sparkling waves, and stunning views make San Diego ideal for cruising. Enjoy gracious hospitality aboard our San Diego Dinner Dance Cruise as you take in views of the Coronado Bridge, Cabrillo National Monument, and California sea lions. Your evening includes welcome champagne, 3-courses pre fixe, 2 entree dinner, salad, & dessert. After dinner, dance the night away or stroll the spacious decks to watch San Diego light up along with the stars.

Explore even more of the magnificent Pacific Ocean at La Jolla – and there’s no better way than in a kayak! On our La Jolla Sea Cave Kayak Tour from San Diego you will discover southern California’s surf culture, observe abundant wildlife, and view a variety of unique marine environments. This 2-hour guided kayak tour will take you to the gorgeous La Jolla Sea Caves and through the fascinating marine paradise of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Best of all, no experience is necessary!

One of our most popular excursions is of course cruising to lovely Catalina Island. Little over an hour’s drive northbound of San Diego is Dana Point, your departure port towards the Island of Romance. Our convenient Catalina Ferry – Dana Point to Avalon – Roundtrip provides fast, comfortable ferry service between Catalina Island and Dana Point on the Southern California coast. Be sure to reserve your seats a minimum of 4 days in advance – dates sell out quickly.

San Diego is very close to the exotic enchantment of Mexico, but driving your own vehicle is not advised, and most U.S. rental cars are not permitted to cross the border. Our day trips from San Diego make everything easy. Take a fantastic day trip to Rosarito Beach Mexico from San Diego to enjoy the scenic Baja Gold Coast. This tour even includes free hotel pick-up and drop-off from listed hotels. Enjoy shopping in Rosarito, tanning, sightseeing, delicious Mexican food, and much more.

One of the most beautiful metropolitan cities in the world, San Diego is absolutely full of fun things to see and do! Book your reservations online at San Diego Tours and save, or call us toll free at 800-303-7197 for reservations, group tours, and private charters. To San Diego City… And Beyond!!

Sightseeing in San Francisco

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco - the infamous and notorious former federal prison

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco – the infamous and notorious former federal prison

I had an amazing time on my trip to San Francisco, thanks to several fantastic tours I had the opportunity to take. An absolute must-do tour in San Francisco is to visit the notorious former prison on Alcatraz Island! This is the most popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, and the Alcatraz Tour & San Francisco City Tour that I took combines a wonderful 3-hour San Francisco city tour with a tour of “The Rock”. Take a sightseeing excursion through San Francisco, and enjoy a tour of Alcatraz Island. You will thoroughly enjoy touring Alcatraz and walking through the cell block where Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelley, and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud, and many others were once held. The infamous prison is located on Alcatraz Island – just a 10-minute ferry ride from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Alcatraz tours are often sold out up to two weeks in advance, so be sure to book early.

The Painted Ladies

The Painted Ladies

On the San Francisco city tour, you will see all the major sights in San Francisco – from Alcatraz Landing to the Golden Gate Bridge to the Pacific Ocean to the Twin Peaks and to Chinatown. Tour highlights include Fisherman’s Wharf, The Marina District, San Francisco Bay, Palace of Fine Arts, Presidio National Park, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and Pacific Ocean, Italian North Beach, Victorian Homes (Painted Ladies), Cable Cars, Nob Hill, Civic Center, City Hall, Opera House, Financial District, Union Square, Coit Tower, Bay Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, and so much more.

Muir Woods

Muir Woods

Another excellent tour is the Muir Woods & Wine Country Tour by Van from San Francisco. Journey north over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy solitude and peace as you stroll through 1000 year old trees towering 260 feet tall. Muir Woods is the only old-growth coastal redwood forest in the Bay Area and one of the last on the planet. Continuing on the excursion, take in the stunning scenery as you travel father north into Sonoma Valley, one of the most prized wine regions of Northern California. Once in the Wine Country, you will spend the afternoon sampling wines at three to four wineries. Then, as the day unwinds you will journey back to San Francisco, and enjoy a picturesque stop at the Golden Gate Bridge to witness the awe-inspiring view of the city from the Marin Headlands – the perfect ending to one very memorable day.

Dinner Dance Cruise

Dinner Dance Cruise

The San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise was my last wonderful experience in San Francisco. As the sun sets, and city lights twinkle from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate, this Dinner Dance Cruise turns on the charm. A four-course, sit-down meal includes appetizers, salad, a choice of entrée and dessert, while live music and dancing round out this ideal sightseeing trip or special evening out. It’s the perfect way to end the day and perhaps take in a beautiful Pacific sunset as you board the ship, and later cheers as you watch San Francisco light up at night along with the stars.

The Embarcadero & Cupid's Span in San Francisco

The Embarcadero & Cupid

These tours gave me a great taste of what San Francisco has to offer, and I would recommend them to anyone who plans to visit the area. Visit San Francisco Tours and Alcatraz Island Sightseeing to plan your stay at the City by the Bay. Perhaps Tony Bennett put it best with these famous song lyrics: I left my heart in San Francisco. High on a hill, it calls to me. To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars. The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care. My love waits there, in San Francisco, above the blue and windy sea. When I come home to you, San Francisco, your golden sun will shine for me!

Anaheim to Los Angeles

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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The Los Angeles Grand Tour from Anaheim is just what you need to add a little glitz and glamour to your day.  Walk down the same path as the stars by visiting Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Melrose Avenue, Rodeo Drive, and more of the famous spots known across America and abroad.  Because Los Angeles is so huge, your tour will depend on the area you are staying in.  If your hotel is in the Los Angeles area, you can take the Los Angeles Grand Tour from Los Angeles, while those staying in Hollywood, Pasadena, the Valley, and surrounding areas can participate in the Los Angeles Grand Tour or the combination Grand Tour and Movie Stars Homes Tour. 

A great way to get the overall vibe of a city is to see it at night.  Take the Los Angeles by Night Tour from Anaheim to see the Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, where the Academy Awards were originally held.  Then make your way over to City Walk at Universal City, the site of Universal Studios, for some fine dining and something Los Angeles is known for – shopping.  Finally, check out Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame before heading down the Sunset Strip to Beverly Hills where you can shop like the stars do on famous Rodeo Drive.   

As you can imagine, there is much more to see in Los Angeles than can possibly be covered in one blog post, so visit for more fun ways to spend your vacation in the ‘City of Angels.’

Spectacular Views from Monterey and Carmel

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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While you are visiting the San Francisco area, be sure to take the Monterey and Carmel Tour by Bus from San Francisco.  This 11-hour tour is fully narrated by a professional tour guide who will keep you entertained and informed as you travel south through Santa Cruz and see some of the most gorgeous views of the Central Coastal area.  In Monterey, you will stop at Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and explore the beautiful shoreline.  There are also opportunities for shopping and other activities in the area.

You will then travel along 17-Mile Drive to the city of Carmel, which takes up only one square mile.  There will be featured stops in the gallery and restaurant district of Carmel-by-the-Sea.  Check out the breathtaking view from the Lone Cypress, with its rocky terrain and spectacular view of the water below.  This tour is packed with great photo ops along the way and is a great activity for children and adults.     

Optional add-ons to this tour include tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a bay cruise.  For added convenience, you can pick up the tour from the San Francisco Airport area.  There is plenty more to do in San Francisco than can possibly be covered on one page, so for more information please visit

Cruise from Athens to Hydra, Poros & Aegina

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

For a day of island hopping, book a place on the Hydra, Poros & Aegina Cruise Departing from Athens, Greece where you will travel to three drastically different Greek islands. This is a worthwhile trip for those who want to get a taste of island life without booking accommodation on each island.Hydra, one of the Saronic Islands in Greece, is located between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the island except for the garbage trucks, so tourists and locals travel by foot, horse, donkey, and water taxi. On this tour you will see the island on foot as you enjoy some free time to look through the shops, take a swim, or just explore the town, known simply as Hydra port. It is made up of a crescent-shaped harbor surrounded by commercial establishments like restaurants, galleries, markets, and shops. You will notice that a large number of the visitors in the area are from Athens.

Next up on the tour is a short trip to the island of Poros, which is a small Greek island-pair in the southern portion of the Saronic Gulf. It is located about 32 miles south of Piraeus and its surface area is only about 12 miles. The two islands that make up Poros are Sphairia to the south and Kalaureia to the north. Poros is an area with rich vegetation and a mountainous landscape, and it is a popular resort for short vacations.

Finally, before heading back to Athens you will reach Aegina, where you can opt to take an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia for an extra cost or you can make your way to the main town. This is the largest of the Saronic Islands and is the closest to Attica. It is also a popular summer resort spot and a second home to many Athenians.

The total time allotted for the tour is 10 hours, and it is well worth it. You will enjoy getting a feel for the differences between each island and getting to wander around town and see how the locals live.  Visit for more information on this and other tours and activities.

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