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I Heart New York Tours

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The Big Apple, The Concrete Jungle, The City that Never Sleeps, call it what you want, New York has garnered an unrivalled reputation for good reason.  With so much to do and so many places to see, it can be overwhelming trying to decide. Here is a list of some of the top things to do whilst in NYC:

  1. New York Helicopter Tour

New York was built from the ground up, so it makes the most sense to see it from the sky! You’ll feel like a VIP as you soar around the New York skyline. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of iconic New York landmarks including Central Park, the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. 

 

  1. Statue of Liberty Cruise

Take a cruise out to see the lovely “Lady Liberty” and the nearby Ellis Island on a Statue of Liberty Cruise.  You’ll also get spectacular views of the New York skyline including the Brooklyn Bridge and Chrysler Building.  

  1. Central Park Walking Tour

Escape the hustle-and-bustle of New York, without ever having to leave the city, on a peaceful Central Park Walking Tour. On this intimate tour you’ll learn about the park’s history whilst exploring major landmarks and other less common, local hotspots.

  1. Fifth Avenue Shopping Tour

Fifth Avenue is the epitome of luxury and wealth as it is one of the most expensive streets in the world. On this shopping tour, you’ll be treated to the expert services of an NYC-based stylist who will show you how to master New York style, regardless of whether your budget is more high street chic than luxury designer boutique. 

  1. Empire State Building Observatory Express Pass

Skip the queue and ascend 86 floors to the top of the Empire State Building. From the Observatory you’ll see all five boroughs that make up New York. On a clear day you’ll be able to see as far as Connecticut and New Jersey!

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Fantastic Activities in Florence

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Florence has a rich history, so there are plenty of things to indulge in. For the cultural connoisseurs, there are brilliant art and architectures tours and for those looking for gastronomic indulgences there is everything from wine tastings to cooking lessons.  

Here are some experiences to get you inspired:

1.       Galleria dell’ Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

You don’t need to be an art history buff to appreciate the spectacular Renaissance works on display at these two galleries. Michelangelo’s iconic Statue of David is one of the many brilliant works at the Galleria della Accademia.

2.  Cooking Course with Dinner in Florence

The Italians are known for their cooking for a reason and on this tour you’ll find out why. At the Florence cooking school you’ll learn how to prepare classic Tuscan delicacies. You’ll then be able to taste your handiwork accompanied by fine wines. 


3.    Pisa Sightseeing

Go on a sightseeing tour of Pisa and see the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa.  Besides the famous leaning tower, there are plenty of other marvellous landmarks to explore in the Piazza dei Miracoli, including the Baptistery and the Cathedral.

4. Gucci and Prada Outlets

Keep your credit card handy because if you love shopping, this tour is not to be missed.  You’ll take a trip to the high fashion outlets that house some of Italy’s most luxurious labels including Gucci, Prada, Giorgio Armani and Fendi, all at discounted prices!

5. From Florence to Chianti by Vespa

What could be more relaxing than taking a leisurely drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany on a scooter? En route you’ll bypass breathtaking sights including medieval villages, castles and wineries.  

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Fun in Phuket

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There is more to do in Phuket than just lying on a sandy beach—not that there’s anything wrong with that! Take advantage of the island’s gorgeous surroundings with a scenic activity or tour. From Elephant Safaris to River Rafting, there are plenty of ways for you to get back in touch with nature. Here are some of our favourites:

 

1.  Elephant Safari

What better way to explore the lush jungle than on the back of an elephant? You will travel from the elephant camp, situated at the top of a mountain, and get stunning views of Chalong Bay and Phi Phi Island as you descend.

2. Phuket Fantasea Show and Dinner

Family meal times will never be the same after this experience! You will be treated to a spectacular cultural show complete with dancing and an elephant circus while tucking into some Thai delicacies. 

3. Buddha Cave Temple, Elephant Safari and White Water Rafting

Experience the most of Phuket on this all-encompassing tour! You’ll visit the Golden Buddha, trek through the jungle on an elephant, go swimming in a refreshing river and go on a thrilling white water rafting adventure, all in one day.

4. Thai Cooking Class

Want to bring a little of Thailand home with you? Learn how to cook traditional Thai dishes from a world-renowned chef and you’ll be able to relive your adventure in Thailand—by the mouthful—for years to come. 

5. Phang Nga Bay by Long-tail Boat Tour

Go on a boat cruise around Phang Nga Bay on a traditional Thai long-tail boat. With no less than 42 islands, there are plenty of captivating sights. Highlights include the Gypsy Village, a village built entirely on water using stilts and the infamous James Bond Island featured in “The Man with the Golden Gun.”

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See the Sights in Sydney

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When you think “Sydney” chances are the first thing that comes to your mind is the Sydney Opera House. A Sydney Opera House tour is obviously a must-do activity but there are plenty of other things to do in Sydney. From a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb to Wine Appreciation Course, here are our picks for the best things to do:

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  1. Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
    This is one of the most popular things to do in Sydney for good reason. Climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivalled views of the city. You can choose the time of day you want to climb from dawn, day, twilight and night.
  2. Surfing Lessons
    Hang ten! What place could be better than Bondi Beach to learn to surf? Bondi Beach is renowned for having the best waves in Australia. This lesson is perfect for those looking to catch their first wave.
  3. Sydney Opera House Tour
    You know what it looks like from the outside, but this tour will show you what it looks like on the inside! You’ll learn about the history of the Sydney Opera House then visit its major concert halls, where a staggering 2,500 performances are staged annually.
  4. Sydney Harbour Cruise
    Dine under the stars on an evening Sydney Harbour Cruise. The perfect romantic night out, you’ll see the twinkling lights of Sydney Harbour while enjoying a sumptuous three-course meal.
  5. Hunter Valley Tour and Wine Appreciation Course
    Enjoy a tranquil day sampling some of the finest wines in Australia. On this comprehensive tour, you will learn about the winemaking process from vine to bottle, all while sampling some fine wines and tasting platters.

 

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Come to Cape Town

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Cape Town is arguably Africa’s most popular tourist destination, for good reason. Cape Town provides the best of both worlds, by combining the convenience of city living coupled with magnificent views of nature. Here are some activities that you must put on your Cape Town itinerary:
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1. Shark Cage Dive
Come face-to-face with one of the world’s most notorious predators, the Great White Shark, on a Shark Cage Diving Tour. If you prefer to keep some distance between you and the sharks, enjoy the experience via boat. You’ll see a variety of sea life from penguins to seals.

2. Whale-Watching
If you don’t like sharks, why not try a more-friendly Whale Watching Tour? The tour will take you to the seaside town of Hermanus, a world-famous whale watching destination. There’s no need to bring your binoculars, as the whales come to within twenty metres of the shore!
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3. Cape Peninsula Tour
Explore the natural beauty of Cape Town and its surrounding area, on this comprehensive tour. See rare and endangered flora at Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the adorable penguin colonies at Boulders Beach.

4. Cape Town Township Tour
Get to know Cape Town through the eyes of a local on this informative cultural tour. You will visit a range of areas from the oldest township of Langa to the colourful streets of Bo Kaap. Try some local delicacies, learn about the impact of apartheid and see the work of traditional craftsmen.

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Cape Town Winelands Tour
What could be better than sampling delicious wines surrounded by spectacular scenery? You will visit some of the best wine estates in Cape Town and partake in expert-led tasting sessions. Plus there are many opportunities to explore the towns and estates.

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Explore Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is a city of dichotomies. Where else will you find coffee shops selling marijuana situated next to ancient churches? The city’s varied culture means there is an attraction guaranteed to pique the interests of every traveller. From the enlightening to the leisurely, here are the top things to do in Amsterdam:

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1. Canal Cruise

Amsterdam is connected by a series of canals, so one of the fastest (and most scenic!) ways to orientate yourself with the city is to go on a canal cruise. Relax aboard a guided tour and discover hidden treasures including houseboats and the splendid architecture of the many bridges. You’ll see there is a reason why Amsterdam is called “The Venice of the North.

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2. Red Light District tour

There is no other place comparable to Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District. A tour of the district allows you to see past the often overwhelming spectacle of half-dressed girls and cannabis-shops aplenty and understand the history of the district. Informative, educational and amusing, a Red Light District tour will give you insight on a key aspect of Amsterdam’s culture.

3. Anne Frank’s House

Whether you have read Anne’s diary or not, when you walk in the same spots the Frank family spent years hiding from the Nazis, you just begin to comprehend their situation. Visiting Anne Frank’s House is a very emotional and eye-opening experience but one that you absolutely must do. At Otto Frank’s request, the house was left unfurnished after the Nazis raided it and the windows remain blacked out, offering you a glimpse of how they lived.

4. Bike Tour

Amsterdam’s preferred mode of transportation always amuses car-reliant travellers. (Have you seen a multi-storey bike parking lot before?) With the narrow streets and everything in close proximity, bikes are the quickest method of travel. Experience the city through the eyes of a local and go on a bike tour. Nervous about pedalling around a foreign city? Don’t worry as there are special bike lanes and lights and you’re more likely to come across fellow cyclists than cars. And of course, don’t forget to wear your helmet!

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5. Keukenhof

If you fancy a quick day trip out of the heart of the city, visit the picturesque Keukenhof gardens. There is a reason it is one of the most popular gardens in the world with its immaculate flower displays that literally go on for miles. (It is the largest flower bulb park in the world after all!) Every year a staggering seven million flower bulbs are planted in accordance to a specific theme. Time is of the essence as the garden is only open from about March to May because of the flowering season.

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Diamond Jubilee Events

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Imagine doing your job for 60 years without a real vacation or sick day? That is something worth being honoured for! The Royal Family are attending numerous engagements, not just in the UK, but in far-reaching places of the Commonwealth from Jamaica to Australia, to commemorate the Queen’s impressive six decades as Monarch. The celebrations will culminate with a series of spectacular events on ‘The Central Weekend,’ 2-5 June 2012. Here are just some of the not-to-be missed activities:

1.      The Big Jubilee Lunch – Sunday 3 June, 2012

Every good celebration involves food, so get together with your friends, family and neighbourhoods and celebrate the Jubilee by sharing a meal. The idea comes from the Big Lunch initiative whose goal is to foster a sense of community and togetherness among residents. After all, nothing bonds people more than breaking bread. If you’re in the UK, your local authority may already have a party planned so contact them directly to find out further details. Not in the area? You can still get in on the action and host your own Big Jubilee lunch in your hometown, be it a street party, picnic or celebration in your backyard.

2.     The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant – Sunday 3 June, 2012

A thousand boats will join Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh as they travel in their Royal Barge from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge, in one of the largest flotillas ever on the River Thames. Roads and bridges will be closed so people can gather along the Thames to view the spectacle and viewing screens will be set up, if you don’t get a spot at the front!

3.      BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace – Monday 4 June, 2012

If you were lucky enough to score tickets to this prime event, you’ll see some of the best of British perform at Buckingham Palace. The line up includes Jessie J, JLS, Elton John, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, and Ed Sheeran, just to name a few. For the rest of us, the concert will be broadcast live in the UK and around the world.

4.      Carriage Procession and Flypast – Tuesday 5 June, 2012

The final day of the Jubilee celebration is jam-packed full of activities. After The Queen attends a special service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, a reception and a Jubilee lunch, she and the other members of the Royal Family will travel along a Processional Route by Carriage from the Palace of Westminster to Buckingham Palace. At Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family will make an appearance on the balcony and there will be a Flypast. For front row seats, you better starting queuing now!

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