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.

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

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?

Submit Your Travel Story to GotoBus

We are planning on rolling out a contest “Submit Your Travel Story to GotoBus.com.” We will pick a winner every week and the winner will recieve a trip for two for free! The article can be from 300 words up to 2000 words, and the contest is open to every travelers who have taken a GotoBus tour.

I would like to take a vote here:

If you’re picked as the winner of the week, which tour would be the most preferable for you and your date, friend or family?

Looking forward to your comments!:))

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

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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Vegas! Laughlin! London Bridge! A $99 Bus Tour

This is an article featured in L.A. Times by Rosemary McClure, a talented writer at L.A. Times who took our L.A. to Grand Canyon 3 day tour. This is really an interesting, offbeat read! I have quoted the first part of the article and attached the article link to the post.

For more information about our L.A. to Grand Canyon tours, please visit http://www.gotobus.com/cgi-bin/tour.cgi?depart=Los%20Angeles&attraction=canyon&date=&ignore=1&days=&keywords=&order=popular

TOURS & CRUISES LAS VEGAS & GRAND CANYON

Vegas! Laughlin! London Bridge! A $99 bus tour

Throw in the Grand Canyon for a bargain 3-day roundtrip tour from Los Angeles.

By Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer

May 17, 2007

Las Vegas, Nevada

The online advertisement listed a jaw-dropping price: Three days of sightseeing, including transportation, hotels and entertainment, for $99.

“No way,” I told a colleague. “You probably end up spending $99 on the tour and $70,000 on a time share in Barstow.”

Editor’s note: This week, we’re experimenting with a new interactive map feature, where you can view the trip itinerary and contribute your comments and photos. Note that all contributions will be moderated by L.A. Times staff, so there may be some delay in posting. We invite you to weigh in on our new Travel Message Boards with your comments and feedback.
But the cheapie tour was a genuine deal — and there was never a timeshare pitch. For less money than I spent on my last trip to the supermarket, I was whisked to the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. I had some spine-tingling moments of adventure; I got a taste of international travel; and I had a little time left over to shop, gamble and sightsee.
I even acquired a new name: Tammy Chan. And Times photographer Anne Cusack, who accompanied me, was re-christened Becky Wong. But more about that later.

This low-cost bus tour was part of a burgeoning segment of the U.S. travel industry that caters to budget vacationers. Cut-rate companies, based mainly on the East and West coasts, advertise on the Internet and are sharply competitive, offering sightseeing tours for about a third the price of many long-established companies. They slash prices, cut corners — so there’s a definite element of surprise, risk and adventure in traveling with them. But the bottom line is this: With transportation and hotels included, this bus trip was a genuine travel bargain, albeit with some downsides.

For full article, please visit http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-trw-cheapvegas20may18

Customer Feedback: East Coast 5 Day Deluxe Tour Package, $345

“We are now home after taking the pat2247 trip with Mike as our guide. We think he was just wonderful and that the trip was out of this world, we saw so much and enjoyed it all very much. Our only regret was that we could not keep up to everyone due to our age, lots of walking, the rooms were super, the driver good & safe, our fellow passengers all very nice, it was perfect, we loved the trip and will tell everyone how good it was. Thank – You Mike. ps we also enjoyed Mario.”

For more information about the East Coast 5 Day Deluxe Tour Package, $345, please visit
http://www.gotobus.com/cs/c168/vacationpackages_newyorkdeparture_/eastcoast5_daydeluxetourpackage.html

5 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Bus Tour

Planning a trip can be exhausting. You finally decided to take a bus tour, which include the transportation, hotels, a well-planned itinerary, plus a travel expert who have the insider scoop and will guide you through the journey.

Nice, isn’t it? You get on the bus, put down your luggage, kick back, and someone will take care of the rest. However, before getting on the bus, there is some homework for you to do. We have designed a five-step guide for you to easily find your perfect bus tour.

1. Going through a Travel Agency.

This is a world of collaboration. Instead of hitting tens and hundreds of different tour operators, a smart way will be going through a travel agency where you can compare all the tour itineraries, schedules and prices all in one stop. Online travel agencies have gone a long way to make it easy for travelers to search their trips efficiently by key words, times and locations. A lot of times travel agencies also offer additional discounts and promotional vacation packages for those who travel on a tight budget.

2. Knowing your Limits.

Before planning for a trip, ask yourself some questions: Where does the trip start? For how many days? Where are the places you want to visit? And how much do you plan to spend without breaking your bank? Most of the online travel sites allow travelers to search for trips by using the 3 Ds: Departure, Destination, and Duration.

Another question that is commonly neglected by travelers is “How intense the bus tour you want it to be?” Do you want to visit lots of places in a weekend getaway, or you want to take it slow by staying in one place? With an escorted tour, visiting a lot of attractions in a short amount of time maybe perfect for those who want to get the most out of their journey; however, not so much for those who prefer to relax and take their time. If you’re not sure about the intensity of the tour, pick up your phone and call the agency to talk to a real person.

3. What is Included?

As the travel industry gets fiercely competitive, travel agencies are tightening their margins to attract more customers. It is not uncommon for travelers to find too-good-to-be-true travel deals with a little extra time and effort researching online. However, what you see is not always what you get. For a bus tour, transportation and accommodation are almost always included. Other factors you might want to take into account include: Does the tour provide airport/hotel pick-up? Which attractions are paid for and which ones are optional (admission fees not included)? Is the travel insurance included? What hotels are you staying in?

4. What Language Do You Speak?

This one seems obvious but is neglected very often. Most of travel agencies in the U.S. require tour guides who speak English. However, there are many tours out there that are guided by people who speak multiple languages. It is not uncommon to find someone who is trilingual and can guide a tour in fluent English, Spanish, and Chinese. For those who speak English as a second language, it could be nice to find a tour that is guided in your mother tongue. On the other hand, if you prefer the tour guide to speak one language instead of switching among five other languages, you might want to avoid multiple language tours.

5. Rules, Rules, Rules

Is there a refund policy? What is the cancellation policy? Do they take credit card or check? Visit the website and understand the legal aspect of the agency will not only protect you for your rights, but also give you some ideas of when and how you want to book a tour.

Afterall, knowing what to expect and plan ahead is always the safest way to enjoy your trip!

For more information about escorted bus tours and great travel deals, visit GotoBus.com, a leading online travel agency offers bus tours and vacation packages throughout more than 200 operators in the U.S. and Canada.

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Customer Feedback: New York to Washington D.C. 2 Day Tour

This is an email from one of our customers who took the NYC to DC two day tour.

“Hello, I would like to thank you very much for the tour to Washington DC last weekend. It was really great. Everything was organized very well. The tour guide (Steve) gave us a lot of interesting information, the pace and the timing were perfect. Thanks once more.”

Please find more information about our NYC to Washington D.C. 2 Day Tour, $85, at: http://www.gotobus.com/cs/c128/newyorktowashingtondc2_daytour.html

Again, thanks Steve and all our terrific tour guides who take pride in their work and try their best to give our customers a lifelong experience. 🙂