New England Seacoast Tour


This past weekend I was able to catch the last New England Seacoast tour of the season. The morning started off with a 9:30am departure from Boston. The bus was very clean and spacious. You could tell our tour guide, Dick, had done this tour many times before but clearly enjoyed his job. He was very enthusiastic and told us more facts (including which parts of Boston used to be under water and how to interact with the local Mainiacs- people from Maine) about New England than you ever wanted to know. We also heard many stories that he had accumulated over the years.

1. Our first stop was in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. This is a beautiful beach about 15 miles south of Portsmouth. Here we stopped for some photos and a bathroom break but didn’t stay too long because all the businesses were closed for the winter. I definitely want to come back here in the summer months to enjoy some fried clams and ice cream. This beach is supposedly ranked as the third best beach in America but I could not confirm this fact. As far as New England beaches go, this one was very well maintained and looked like it would be a thriving tourist destination in warmer months.

2. After enjoying the beach, we made our way to York, ME to see Nubble Light. I had been here once before and it is just as nice as I had remembered it. This is the most photographed lighthouse in Maine and it is easy to see why. This area has some of the highest value residences in the entire state of Maine. After viewing Nubble Light, we continued our bus journey and viewed the mansions along the coastline. One house we passed featured a heated Roman bath (including white columns)in the front yard. Imagine relaxing in your personal Roman bath while enjoying the picturesque coastal views!

3. Next stop on our tour was Kennebunkport, ME, a quaint New England town. Kennebunkport is one of the most popular vacation spots in New England because of its upscale art galleries, shops, and river/coastal views.

Once in Kennebunkport we stopped at the Pilot House for a quick bite to eat. I had the lobster roll and clam chowdah (like a true New Englander). After lunch we had some free time to shop, grab dessert and explore the town on our own. I especially enjoyed seeing the nearby houses and seeing how delighted the tourists from far away were (we had people from Australia, Texas, and Britain on our bus). Some people on the tour had never experienced fall foliage and New England culture.

Kennebunkport is also well-known because of its longtime summer resident, former president George H.W. Bush. Our bus slowed down long enough for me to snap a quick picture through the window so that you can get a glimpse of the oceanside “Bush Compound”.

At 3:45pm we left Maine and headed back to Boston. Overall, I was impressed with this tour. The time was well managed and we were able to see a lot in a relatively short amount of time. I would highly recommend booking this trip when it reopens in the spring, especially if it is your first time in the area.

The only question now is, “Where to go next?!?”

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Halloween Tours- Frightening!

We hope that you all enjoyed the long Columbus Day weekend. Now that you are back to work isn’t it time to start thinking about the next holiday already? While most people don’t have Halloween off from work it is still a great time of year to take a spook-tacular tour. There is something special about this time of year. Maybe it’s the costumes, the candy corn or the tacky black and orange color combination that keep popping up. Everyone likes a good scare…where will yours be this year?

Here are our top picks for this Halloween!

Haunted Vegas Tour: This spirited and spooky ghost tour will take you to the haunting grounds of Bugsy Siegel, Liberace, Redd Foxx and Elvis.

French Quarter Ghost 1-Day Tour: You’ll visit New Orleans sights of documented haunting, ghosts, spirits and see the French Quarter residences in which unbelievable events took place.

Ghosts & Gravestones – Savannah: Savannah is often referred to as “America’s Most Haunted City”. Discover the only house in Savannah to undergo an exorcism and hear frightening tales of mayhem!

Salem – Witch City 1-Day Tour: In Salem, we’ll step back to 1692 and visit the Salem Witch Museum. Travel down Derby Street past Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Custom House & the House of the Seven Gables.

If you really want to go all out…make sure that you dress for the occasion. In costume, that is! The most popular 2008 Halloween costumes for kids are Hannah Montana and Indiana Jones. For the older folks, Princess Leia and Batman Dark Knight make the top of the list.

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Shades of Red, Orange, and Yellow- New England Fall Foliage

The GotoBus team considers ourselves lucky to be located in Cambridge, MA. Cambridge residents, also known as Cantabrigians, enjoy living steps away from popular Revolutionary War historical sites and the diversity that its famous academic institutions, Harvard and MIT bring. New England is one of the best places to see the autumn leaves change. The leaves have just started to turn here so there is plenty of time to still book your New England fall foliage sightseeing trip. Click here to track the New England fall foliage and try to predict when the colors will “peak.”

GotoBus has some great travel options for a fall foliage getaway. It is better to leave the car at home and take the bus or else you might ruin the trip looking for parking and navigating our curvy one way streets. Check out some of our top picks!

Pilgrim’s Path 1-Day Tour $35

USA, Canada Eastern Deluxe 8-Days Tour (BOS) $620

Plimoth Plantation 1-Day Tour $55

Fall Foliage 1-Day Tour $55

Eastern Panorama 8 Days Tour * Fully Guided * $1219

Salem – Witch City 1-Day Tour $35

Boston to Montreal 3-Day Tour $188

Autumn on Cape Cod 1-Day Tour $55

Boston to Acadia, Maine 2-Day Tour $155

Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, Concord 1-Day Tour $55

New England Seacoast 1-Day tour $55

Detroit, Cleveland, US Niagara Falls, Albany 3-Day Tour $239

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What Happens in Vegas…Stays in Vegas!

While GotoBus is well known for our low cost inter-city bus lines and touring options, some people may not be aware that we also offer tickets to top shows. Currently, we have seven shows playing in Las Vegas and everyone knows that a trip to Sin City is not complete without seeing a show or two!

Jubilee Show at Bally’s
Bally’s Hotel , Bally’s Las Vegas
Donn Arden’s Jubilee! has entertained Las Vegas for more than 20 years! Why the longevity? Perhaps it’s the eye-catching, toe-tapping musical numbers staged on million-dollar sets. Or perhaps it’s the costumes designed by Bob Mackie, shining brighter than any multi-color sign on The Strip.

V The Ultimate Variety Show
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
Unique specialty performers from around the world come together in “V”, the fast-paced showcase of record breaking, jaw dropping, uproarious, turn-of-the-tables performances and comedy where the specialty acts rule the show! Every show includes magic, special effects, death-defying stunts, wild comedy, visual artists, physical insanity and much more!

Steve Wyrick Show
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
Steve Wyrick pulls out all the stops for this one-of-a-kind, mega-illusion magic experience. Wyrick performs some of the most imaginative and mind-blowing illusions anywhere. His signature, larger-than-life illusions will headline the show, but it will be Wyrick’s personal touches that will make his show unforgettable, allowing audience members to be as close as they can handle for a magic experience like no other.

Ice Show
Riviera Las Vegas
It is ice. It is air. And it is everything unlike anything in between. 42 of Russia’s most disciplined & athletic performers converge on one frozen stage to bring you an unprecedented epic production based on works by the founder of Moscow Ice Circus, Sergey Ryshkoff and adapted by the team of Emmy award winning Debra Brown.

Le Rêve Show
Wynn Las Vegas
Le Rêve presented exclusively at Wynn Las Vegas, offers breathtaking performances in an intimate aqua theater in-the-round. The show features aerial acrobatics, provocative choreography and artistic athleticism. The cast of 85 captures the imagination with their outrageous antics and daring feats of strength and agility.

KÀ Show
MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas
KÀ by Cirque du Soleil is an unprecedented theatrical event. A masterpiece in storytelling, KÀ uses acrobatic performances, the thrills and action of martial arts techniques from all over the world, plus innovations in puppetry and multimedia to tell the epic tale of twins on a perilous journey to fulfill their shared destiny.

“O” Show
Bellagio Las Vegas
“O” pays homage to the magic of the theatre from the simplest street performance to the most lavish of operas – where anything is possible and where the drama of life plays itself out before your very eyes. The Las Vegas show O followed in the footsteps of Mystere, proving that the popularity of the Cirque De Soleil company was no fluke.

The Cirque De Soleil “O” Show is definitely at the top of my wish list. See reviews of the show here. Tickets to all shows can be purchased at http://www.gotobus.com/shows/.

What shows do you want to see?
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Fall Back to Summer

Fall is near. More often than not you notice yourself grabbing sweaters rather than the usual tank top and flip-flop combination that carried you throughout the summer. Don’t fret. Now is the perfect time to use up your left over vacation days before they expire. Pack up the kids for a trip to Florida! Columbus Day (October 13th) is right around the corner and this is a great opportunity to plan an extended weekend getaway.

GotoBus has many touring options in Orlando and Miami. Go for a couple days or plan an entire week away.

If theme parks are your thing (or your kids). We’ve got that covered!

Parks Available:
Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center and Animal Kingdom
Universal Studios: Universal’s Islands of Adventure
SeaWorld Orlando
Wet ‘N Wild
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

If you want to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty and schedule in some beach time you may want to consider an Everglades Safari or a trip to Marcos Island.

Whatever you choose, your friends will be jealous of your deep tan lasting well into November. They don’t call Florida the sunshine state for nothing!

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GotoBus Expands Online Travel Service to China

Cambridge, MA September 8, 2008 — GotoBus, the leading online ticketing company for inter-city bus lines and bus tours, has expanded tour service to China. With the existing leadership in their U.S. and Canadian tour service, the company is actively increasing their international offerings.

GotoBus introduces travelers to popular destinations in the post-Olympic China such as Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Guilin, Nanjing and Tibet. Whether it is exploring ancient cities or modern architecture that excites you, visitors can find a tour that is perfectly suited to their needs and within budget. These tours range in duration from 4 to 16 days and many cover more than one city allowing travelers to become fully immersed in Chinese culture.
Beijing Tours: These tours include numerous sightseeing opportunities with stops at the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall of China, and the Ming Tombs.
Xi’an Tours: Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses, as well as, the Ancient City Wall which was constructed in the early Ming Dynasty.
Shanghai Tours: A tour through Shanghai reveals the beauty of Yu Garden, the Bund, and the Jade Buddha Temple. Shopping on Nanjing Lu, one of the world’s busiest commercial streets is not to be missed!
Guilin Tours: Explore the scenery in Guilin with a cruise on the Li River and discover the Reed Flute Cave. The natural views here are said to be the “Best under Heaven.”
Nanjing Tours: This location features the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Nanjing Museum and much more.

Tibet Tours: Travel through Lhasa to see the Tibet Museum and Potala Palace. Check out the Drepung and Jokhang monasteries to learn more about Buddhist history.
In addition to these traditional tours, GotoBus has also released a unique Date your Love in China 8-Day Tour. Departing in November, January, and March, this cross-cultural dating tour explores some of China’s most awe-inspiring sites while meeting up to 150 single women throughout the excursion. This tour travels through Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. It is the perfect combination of sightseeing, enjoying fine local cuisine and dating.

All new China tours are fully narrated by a bilingual, experienced local guide. Additional details and ticketing information can be found at GotoBus China Tours.

GotoBus.com covers diversified inter-city bus and bus tour service including the Chinatown Bus which connects major US cities. Expanding bus travel service to China cannot be more natural to the online ticketing company for bus travel.

About GotoBus.com
GotoBus is the leading online marketplace for bus tickets and tours. The GotoBus online booking system, similar to those used by major airlines, makes it easy for travelers to quickly compare schedules, prices, and pickup/drop-off locations for over 200 bus companies throughout the United States and Canada. GotoBus.com is the fastest growing gateway for bus travel on the Internet. In February 2007, The Washington Post featured GotoBus.com as one of the best travel websites and named it “Best of the Web” in the “Motorcoaches” category.
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Top 10 Customer Favorites from August

This past August was filled with a lot of bad news. Unemployment was on the rise and the economy is still not doing well. Many are being pressured by soaring prices at the pump and some even settled for a “staycation”, believing that they could not afford a real holiday. Too bad they didn’t find us! Bus travel is convenient, cost effective and provides a much needed getaway from life’s daily pressures.

Our customers are keenly aware that a fabulous vacation can be had on a shoestring budget. If you missed out this past month, it’s not too late to book a fall trip. Autumn is a great time to travel with cooler temperatures and less tourists. Our top attractions for the month of August were as follows:

1. Niagara Falls
2. Washington D.C
3. Philadelphia
4. Boston
5. Newport, RI
6. 1000 Islands
7. Baltimore
8. Toronto
9. Las Vegas
10. Grand Canyon

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New Dating Tour to China Launches

Have online dating sites got you down? Tired of the bar scene? Refuse to let your mother set you up on another blind date? Sometimes you just need a change of scenery and a fresh outlook to meet someone special. Take a vacation away from it all and meet new friends!

GotoBus.com has just posted a unique Date your Love in China 8-Day Tour. Departing in November, January, and March, this cross-cultural dating tour will allow you to explore some of China’s most awe-inspiring sites while meeting up to 150 single women throughout your excursion. Enjoy numerous sightseeing opportunities and fine local cuisine throughout your stay.

Here are some tour highlights:

Beijing
In a revitalized post-Olympic Beijing you will visit many sites, including the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China, Ming Tomb, the Olympic National Stadium “Bird’s Nest”, and the National Aquatics Center “Water Cube”. Your hostess will guide you through the first mini-dating event where you will have the opportunity to meet new people and learn more about Chinese culture.

Hangzhou
Enjoy the natural beauty of Hangzhou, one of China’s most important cities, and the West Lake. Here you will experience another dating event. This evening’s party is the perfect time to get to know someone special and practice your Chinese.

Shanghai
In Shanghai, you will discover the beauty of the famous Yu Yuan Garden and see the Temple of the Town Gods. You will also have the chance to shop ‘til you drop on Nanjing Lu, one of the world’s busiest shopping streets. In the evening, you can participate in a dating event on a romantic cruise ship and check out the Shanghai nightlife.

If planning a trip abroad sounds intimidating, fear not, as everything will be taken care of for you. This tour includes an experienced English/Mandarin tour guide, roundtrip airfare, admissions fees, 5-star luxury hotel accommodations and most meals.

What are you waiting for?

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Top 10 Hottest Getaways 2007

We have recently put together a summer travel guide for those who want to get the most out of their getaways– without a car or a map!

According to a survey conducted by tripadviser.com, the world largest travel planning and social site, the Top 10 Summer Getaways for 2007 are:

1. Orlando, Florida- The Orlando 5 Day Tour Package, $389
2. Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas, Nevada- L.A. to Las Vegas Tours, starting $99.
3. Maui, Hawaii- Hawaii tour 1-7 Days, starting from $299.
4. The Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona- Las Vegas, Grand Canyon West Rim 3 Day Tour, $144 .
5. Central Park, New York, New York- New York City 1-Day Tour
6. Alcatraz, San Francisco, California –San Francisco 5 hour Comprehensive Tour, $60
7. Top of the Rock Observation, New York, New York-Shop, Hop and Top 3 Day Value Package, $109.
8. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay, California- Monterey, Bay Aquarium, Carmel and 17-Mile Tour, $81.
9. Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas, Nevada
10. San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California-San Diego Zoo One Day Tour, $45

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GotoBus.com’s Top Picks for the 7 Natural Wonders in the US

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) July 18, 2007 — GotoBus.com (http://www.gotobus.com/), the world’s leading online travel site for more than 1,500 bus tours, sightseeing tours and vacation packages in the US and Canada, has hand-picked best bus tours for you to experience the Top 7 Natural Wonders in the U.S.

Number One:

The Grand Canyon, AZ — Whether you believe it took millions of years or whether you believe its an obvious result of a great flood, its become irrelevant when you see the scale. If you want to challenge yourself — step on the newly built Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass bridge hanging 4,000 feet from the Colorado River. We recommend the L.A. to Grand Canyon, Las Vegas 3 Day Tour, $99

Number Two:

Yosemite National Park, CA — Did you know what 95% of the Yosemite National Park is designated wilderness? This is where the hordes of people gather to get away from the hustle bustle of city life … however, it is not difficult to take a walk and find your own little sanctuary among nature. The Valley floor is also the center to see places like Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, etc. Our Tours to Yosemite departing from L.A., starting $120.

Number Three:

Niagara Falls, NY — There is something about Niagara Falls that appeals to the nature lover, daredevil and artist in everyone. Three large waterfalls falling 61 meters with large amounts of water pouring over. A must see. Take the well-known “Maid of the Mist” boat ride, which takes you right into the Falls. GotoBus’s most popular New York to Niagara Falls 2 Days Tour, $110 , now buy two get one free.

Number Four:

Sequoia National Park, CA — Enjoy the magnificent, giant trees in the Redwood National Park. The size and beauty of these trees is only enhanced by having them all in one place, creating the perfect cool environment with lots of fresh air. Try ourSequoia, Lake Tahoe, Napa 3 Day Tour, $138.

Number Five:

Yellowstone National Park, CA — Yellowstone has plenty over 10,000 hot springs and geysers. Throw in trees and a swim in hot pools and you’ll be in heaven. Try our Yellowstone, Mt. RushMore, Arch 7-Day Tour Package at $394

Number Six:

Ruby Falls, TN — 200 million years in the making, Ruby Falls is a 145 foot underground waterfall over 1120 feet beneath the mountain’s surface. The fascinating story of Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls is told by their unusual geological phenomena. Join our Boston to Tennessee 4 Day Tour, $218.

Number Seven:

Shenandoah Caverns, VA — See beautiful underground formations like the famous Breakfast Bacon once featured in National Geographic. Take the Washington D.C., Shenandoah 2 Day Tour, $100.

About GotoBus
GotoBus is the leading online marketplace for bus tickets and tours. The GotoBus online booking system, similar to those used by major airlines, makes it easy for travelers to quickly compare schedules, prices, and pickup/drop-off locations for over 100 bus companies throughout the United States and Canada. GotoBus.com is the fastest growing gateway for bus travel on the Internet. In February 2007, The Washington Post featured GotoBus.com as one of the best travel websites and named it “Best of the Web” in the “Motorcoaches” category.
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