Posts Tagged ‘wine tasting’

Wine Tasting Tours By Carriage in California Wine Country

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013


California wine country: three beautiful words that roll off the tip of your tongue. Fittingly, this region of the country also provides beauty for all your other senses. The sights are stunning, the air smells and feels fresh and crisp, the atmosphere is breezy and calm and the wines are deliciously alluring.

Are you planning a visit anytime soon?


Fall in Love with Niagara Sightseeing Tours

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
Enjoy fall foliage & fantastic views of Niagara

Enjoy fall foliage & fantastic views of Niagara

Nothing spells a Roaring Good Time like a visit to Niagara Falls. Now is the perfect time of year to see spectacular views of vibrant fall colors and one of the greatest Natural Wonders of the World. Explore the great outdoors, enjoy fun-filled fall festivals, and be sure to visit Old Fort Niagara to discover its haunted history!

Traffic has become increasingly insane at Niagara Falls over the years. Driving through stop-and-go traffic to then find no parking spaces can leave you stressed out and definitely not enjoying your visit. Do yourself a favor and take a stress-free tour from NYC or Toronto! My favorite is our Niagara Falls Wine Tasting & Waterfall Day Tour from Toronto. You will stop along the way to the Falls for a special visit to an award winning winery where you can enjoy a free sample of Ice Wine, a sweet treat made from local frozen grapes. You will then continue on to the charming village of Niagara-on-the-Lake and then on to the falls.

I would also highly recommend our Niagara Falls All American Illumination Tour. In addition to the spectacular and colorful night time Illumination of the Falls, this tour also includes a thrilling ride aboard the world famous Maid of the Mist Boat, Viewing the Falls atop the American Observation Tower, the adventurous Cave of the Winds Trip to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls, Attraction Fees, Parking Fees, Road Tolls, Pick-up & Drop-off Service, and much more.

On the popular Cave of the Winds tour, you will find that vanity is not an option next to that magnitude of Mother Nature’s incredible power. At Bridal Veil Falls, approaching the “Hurricane Deck,” be sure to take off your hat and hold on tight to it, or it will no doubt be doomed to a watery grave. The Hurricane Deck is so named because tropical storm conditions are present when you are that close to the Falls. It’s wet, it’s windy, it’s cold, it’s scary, and yes – you will get soaked to the bone. And you will absolutely LOVE IT. ;)

Hurry if you want to take a boat tour! After October 24th, the Falls will close as the water begins to freeze during winter. Check out Niagara Falls Tours for all of the best things to do in Niagara Falls from both New York and Canada!

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! ;)

Entertainment & Sightseeing in Washington DC

Friday, August 5th, 2011

When’s the last time you explored beyond the National Mall in DC? Experience the most sophisticated entertainment and sightseeing excursions in the Capital Region of the United States – all for less than you’d imagine. Whether you’re cruising the Potomac River or headed toward the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains for a wine tasting tour, there’s no better way to discover the finest treasures off the beaten path of The Capital of the World than with DC Tours to introduce you.

Elegance at its best. Creative plated cuisine. Live entertainment. Dancing and impeccable service. All aboard a sleek and sophisticated all-glass vessel, designed to travel under the low bridges of DC. An impressive backdrop for life’s most memorable moments. Our Elegant Potomac River Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to experience the nation’s capital from a unique vantage point. Escape to the signature elegance and total entertainment experience only a true luxury cruising vessel can provide. Arrive at the Marina dressed to impress for an enchanting evening with spectacular views of DC’s famous monuments illuminated. Click here to see even more of the cruises we offer.

While you’re dressed to the 9′s, exercise the art of espionage planning your incognito route to the International Spy Museum! Your top secret mission will require more cleverness and suave than 007 himself. Adopt a cover, break codes, identify disguised spies, and become the subject of covert surveillance throughout your visit. This incredible interactive museum examines actual events, reveals true stories, and presents hundreds of authentic tools of the spy trade. Destroy this message after you’ve read it.

I would also highly recommend savoring the fine wine varieties of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains area on our Northern Virginia Wine Tasting Minibus Tour. Enjoy hours of relaxed touring to local vineyards in a luxury minibus. Your tour includes a visit to three unique vineyards, a light snack, an in-depth tour of the wineries, and access to the Tasting Rooms. Treat yourself to of the best of the Nation’s Capital and discover the true beauty and history of Washington DC!

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!

Eat, Drink, and be Merry Aboard the Napa Wine Train

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Having never been to this region before, this was a fantastic way to be introduced to some of California’s most beautiful landscapes.  Be sure to catch this or one of the many other wine train options when you are in the area.  It is a can’t miss opportunity for seasoned wine tasters and amateurs alike.

Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco

Want to be wined and dined? The Napa Wine Train from San Francisco is the way to go! Enjoy a delectable lunch aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned motorcoach as you make your way through California Wine Country.  First you will travel north into Napa Valley, where you will board the wine train and enjoy lunch as you head past some of California’s world-famous vineyards.  There will be wine, of course, as there is complimentary wine tasting available in the tasting car.

Tours currently depart at 9:15 am on Fridays only from November through April and Wednesdays and Fridays May through October.  Reserve your spot early to ensure travel on your date of preference.

See Beautiful Sedona by Jeep

Friday, November 7th, 2008

The most requested tour in the Sedona area is the Sedona Soldier Pass Red Rock Jeep Tour, where passengers go 4-wheeling through the rugged terrain once traveled by General George Crook during the Apache campaign in 1871-72.  This tour’s scheduled stops include Devil’s Kitchen and the Apache’s Seven Pools.  It covers a lot of ground in an hour and a half and includes hotel pick-up in Sedona.

The Full Moon 4×4 Jeep Adventure in Sedona, which is another excellent option for your stay in Sedona, gives you an incredible view of the red rocks at night as they are illuminated by the full moon.  There is no way to adequately describe the feeling as you hike along the trails guided by the light of the moon.  It is truly magical.

Another way to see Sedona is through a Jeep tour of Sedona’s Red Rock Country complete with wine sampling at some of the local vineyards in the Page Springs area just west of Sedona.  The wineries you will visit in Page Springs on the Northern Arizona All Inclusive 4WD Wine Country Tour are Javelina Leap Vineyard, Oak Creek Vineyard, and Page Springs Cellars.  You will not want to miss this tour of three out of the five area wineries, as it includes a 4×4 adventure along remote Sedona roads for an amazing view of the red rocks.  This tour is best when taken in the summer or early fall, at peak harvest time.

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Take a Trip to Lo Stivale

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

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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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