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New Goodies!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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Spring is on it’s way and will (hopefully) bring some warmer weather to our side of the world, soon. We’ve been busy preparing new tours and activities to add to our catalog, and some of them are now available for reservations. Check out some of our new options below.

Chicago Favorites Food Tasting & Walking Tour

This one goes out to all the food lovers out there. If you’re interested in exploring the city of Chicago while satisfying your palate, here is the perfect 3-hour stroll through the city. his tour operates outside as much as possible, but will make use of Chicago’s unique underground Pedway system in extremely cold weather. During the warmer days, you’ll enjoy the large promenades of the Loop.Along the way, you’ll try some of the foods Chicago is best known for doing right, including pizza, brownies, hot dogs, and a couple of local brews (more…)

Riverside Cemetery Walking Tour in Asheville

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Thomas Wolfe's Headstone

Headstone of Thomas Wolfe

This spring, escape the doldrums of the every day norm with a memorable mountain trip to visit the Riverside Cemetery in Asheville. The stunning mountain vistas along Blue Ridge are only surpassed by the charming cities and people. Asheville will show you the natural beauty of the mountains, and our cemetery walking tour will introduce you to the legacy of those who built its rich culture.

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Riverside Cemetery is nestled in the Montford Historic District, one of Asheville’s gems. It is one of the largest historic districts in the state with over 600 contributing structures, the majority of which were built between 1890 and 1925. Our Historic Riverside Cemetery Walking Tour in Asheville is the perfect way to spend a day in Asheville, marveling at stately mausoleums and hearing the stories and legends of the many famous Smoky Mountains men and women of all walks of life.

Look Homeward, Angel

Look Homeward, Angel

Stroll through scenic Riverside Cemetery, a Victorian, rural, garden cemetery and treasure tree repository. This beautiful location is the final resting place of many local and several nationally known personalities such as writers Thomas Wolfe, O’Henry and artist Kenneth Noland.

Stories of soldiers and desperados, artists and philanthropists abound in this peaceful spot. There are even some stories that claim the dearly departed can still be seen posthumously, including Thomas Wolfe, author of the coming-of-age classic “Look Homeward, Angel.” But we say visit the gorgeous cemetery to find out for yourself! ;) Don’t miss out on this enlightening, serene walking tour to visit the elite of days gone by in Asheville.

Ghosts of Atlanta Walking Tour

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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No sign of ghosts yet... just a Vampire :[

No sign of ghosts yet… just an innocent Vampire :[

“Are you a Believer?” That was the very first question posed to our group by our Ghosts of Atlanta Walking Tourguide, dressed up as a ghostly host from beyond. She was, of course, referring to believing in Ghosts. Being that this was Halloween Night 2011, I was of course dressed up as a cute, sultry Vampiress. “Discover the history of war, murder, suicide and the tragic spirits who were left behind.” So, did we spy a few spirits still haunting downtown ATL? Why would I spoil the surprise?? ;) Do YOU believe in Ghosts???

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Haunted Victorian House

Haunted Victorian House

I will, however, let you in on a few fun secrets… are you familiar with Ghost Hunting equipment? No, I’m not talking about Ghostbusters Proton Packs. I’m talking about EMF Meters, EVP Equipment, Radars, Temperature “Cold Spot” Gauges, and yes, there are even popular Apps for Ghost Hunting. We all got to try out some of this cool equipment along the way, and saw TONS of creepy old places in downtown Atlanta. One that still haunts my memory is the old abandoned Medical Arts Building on Peachtree Street. It is one of the few remaining oldest structures in Atlanta, and has been vacant for over 20 years… or has it? Find out more tales of mystery and gore on the tour. We also saw a hotel where there was a deadly fire where hauntings still occur, as well as several cemetery sites and haunted Victorian-style houses that have so far survived being renovated or torn down. And that is is only the tip of the iceberg as far as what you will see and learn on the tour.

Guests are also highly encouraged to take photos all along the way. InfraRed cameras may be hard for the average person to feel the need to indulge in for ghost hunting. However, a little brightening in Photoshop for night photos can sometimes do the trick. The photos below are an example. The one of the left is the original photo taken at night of a haunted cemetery on the tour, said to have several ghosts of Civil War soldiers. The one on the right is the same photo, simply brightened up a bit with Photoshop. Is the camera lens suddenly dirty (while all of the other photos were perfectly clear), or are the small “orbs” in the photo more than meets the eye? You be the judge. One thing is certain – you could choose to enjoy some coffee or “spirits” at the nearby Café Intermezzo afterward. Welcome to the Dark Side of Atlanta…

Dirt on the camera lens, or Ghost Orbs?

Dirt on the camera lens, or Ghost Orbs?

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!

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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. ;)

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.

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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
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Masquerades & Festivals in Venice

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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“The surface of Venice is constantly metamorphosing [and] painting Venice is almost like being a restorer, peeling off the layers to find the picture after picture underneath.” ~ Arbit Blatas

Venezia, also known as La Serenissima – The Most Serene, is the city that ironically floods twice a day with the rising water level and grand architecture of the sinking buildings, and was the heart of art and commerce during the Renaissance. Venice is home to many year-round festivals & masquerades.

Cheers to the new year with the Regata delle Befana – The Witches Race. Imagine a race in a boat with ONE oar with competitors dressed up as witches on the misty waters of the Grand Canal. Now that is a sport I would watch.

The famous Venice Carnival begins about two weeks before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday / Martedì Grasso). Experience the colorful masquerade balls & costume parties that took place in 18th century, beginning as a celebration of expression and wearing masks to hide the identity between social classes. Venice will explode with color, music, art, performance, dancing, and acrobatics. International costume & fashion designers will also present awards for the best masks of the Venetian Carnival.

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go.”
~ Truman Capote

The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art festival held every two years, on odd-numbered years. It begins in June and ends in November. Art, architecture, music, dance, theatre, and cinema all have exquisite exhibitions. The 54th Venice Biennale began on June 4th and will continue through November 27th, 2011. From the mediocre to the eccentric, the festival is an incomparable feast for the senses and art in all of its monstrosity and glory. In fact, there is so much to do that you may have a sensory overload.

The Venice Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica) is also a part of Venice Biennale, and is the oldest film festival in the world. This annual event occurs in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, with screenings held in the historic Palazzo del Cinema. The coveted Golden Lion is awarded to the best film of the festival, and the Volpi Cup awarded to the best actor and actress. The 68th festival is scheduled to take place from August 31st to September 10th, 2011. Luci, Camera, Azione – Lights, Camera, Action!

If you are new to Venice, unmask the true beauty of this mysterious, charming city on our Hidden Venice Walking Tour. Leave the hordes of tourists behind, and discover the Venice of your dreams. And your trip is not complete without a romantic Gondola Serenade Tour – this tour also offers a dinner option of a delicious 4-course meal with drinks included at a local resturant. Venice Tours will make your trip to this famous lagoon a truly magical experience.

I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs;
A palace and a prison on each hand:
I saw from out the wave her structures rise
As from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand:
A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
Around me, and a dying Glory smiles
O’er the far times, when many a subject land
Look’d to the winged Lion’s marble piles,
Where Venice sate in state, thron’d on her hundred isles.

I loved her from my boyhood; she to me
Was as a fairy city of the heart,
Rising like water-columns from the sea,
Of joy the sojourn, and of wealth the mart;
And Otway, Radcliffe, Schiller, Shakespeare’s art,
Had stamp’d her image in me, and even so,
Although I found her thus, we did not part;
Perchance even dearer in her day of woe,
Than when she was a boast, a marvel, and a show….

~ Lord Byron

Firenze… che bella città!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

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Florence (Firenze in Italian) is the capital cityof the Italian region of Tuscany, and iswell known as la bella cittá, meaning “the beautiful city.” Florence is the city to fall in love, explore the incredible art and architecture of the city, and live life to the fullest. And gelato should be involved in there somewhere too.

If you are new the the city, I would recommend the Evening Introduction walking tour to learn the layout of the city and see many popular landmarks with an expert local guide. Begin the walk in the late afternoon, when the city tends to be a bit calmer, with the potential for a gorgeous sunset during your explorations. Your guide will talk about everything from art to architecture, food to festivals, and everything in between. This Florence tour also provides the opportunity to go over any logistical questions (using the public transport system, buying stamps, etc.) and pick your Florence guide’s brain for local favorites for dining, drinking, shopping, and special events.

Next, grab a friend and hop on vintage Italian Vespa scooters for our Ice Cream & Wine Tasting Tour in Tuscany! Explore the gorgeous landscape without the restrictive itinerary of a bus or car. Your experienced guide will take you along the rolling hills and valleys of picturesque Tuscany. Enjoy tasting more than 140 different types of wine, sample tasty pork and cheese products, as well as Chianti, Grappa, Vin Santo, Olive Oil, and homemade ice cream. Delizioso!

If you’re interested in learning how some of the world’s greatest artwork was created, then it’s back to the drawing board for our Fresco Tutorial Tour in Florence Italy. This interactive workshop provides both an informative lesson in the history of fresco and a hands-on experience with the materials and techniques of fresco creation. This is a Florence travel experience not to be missed! Whatever your interests are during your visit, Florence Tours is the perfect place to make your vacation dreams a reality. Ciao for now! ;)

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!

Cruisin’ through the Castro

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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The Castro, the historically famous area of San Francisco where Harvey Milk began his political career as a gay activist, is still a popular destination for travelers looking to get a feel for the life and times of residents during the gay rights movement.  Those looking to get the real Castro experience can take the Castro Cruisin’ Historical Walking Tour and learn more about what gives this area such a significant place in history.

See how this part of San Francisco has changed and what remains the same on this amazing tour dedicated to the vibrant and diverse area known as “The Castro.”  The tour pays tribute to the empowerment of the LGBT population which began as a result of Harvey Milk’s start in politics and success in becoming the first openly gay man elected to public office in the state of California.

Guests on this journey into history can expect a great intro into what makes the Castro the largest “gay mecca” in the world.  Insights by a local tour guide and visits to Harvey Milk’s residence and camera shop, Pink Triangle Park and Memorial, and the Human Rights Campaign Action Center add additional layers to the cultural significance of this area.

For more information on this tour, visit www.SanFranciscoTours.us.

Historic Homes in Charleston

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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For two and a half hours that is worth spending, take the Historic Homes Tour in Charleston.It features dramatically beautiful homes and landscapes that have been well preserved.Charleston’s Historic District has stood the test of time, and it comes to life through the stories left behind, now told by the skilled tour guides leading you down these flower and plant lined streets.

Historic Homes Tour in Charleston

Historic Homes Tour in Charleston

One of the stops on the tour is the Edmondston-Alston House, which houses the valuable possessions of the Alston family including their paintings, furniture, books, and silver which remain in virtually the same place they have been for the last 150 years.Many of the treasures were collected on family trips abroad.

Next, you will visit the Nathaniel Russell House, circa 1808, located in one of the most exclusive residential neighborhoods amid the canopied streets of this gorgeous area.This house is an incredible sight, with its elaborate designs and geometrically shaped rooms.Other historic sights along the way include the historic Rainbow Row, where houses are painted all in pastels, the High Battery, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, and the historic County Courthouse and City Hall.You will also have an amazing view of Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter, where the first shots were fired marking the beginning of the Civil War.

This tour is a must for those wishing to capture the brilliance and charm that is Charleston.With its rich history and lovely architecture, tied together by an expert tour guide, you are sure to have a fun and educational time to remember for years to come.


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