Valuable vacation time should not be wasted traveling, which is why Mauiva AirCruise’s guided group tours use private planes to whisk travelers between destinations. With this deal, multicity vacations begin with a flight from either New York City (for the All-American East Experience package) or Los Angeles (for the Western Wonder Experience package). Upon landing, a motorcoach escorts passengers to a Hilton, a Hyatt, or another four-star hotel, where guests’ bags await in the room. The next day, a certified travel host leads sightseeing tours and other activities, such as wine tastings and scenic drives, before the group heads to the next city. Along with 11 meals, the six-day All-American East Experience package visits 20 eastern attractions, including Niagara Falls, Toronto, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Washington, DC, Mount Vernon, Arlington, and more. Beginning at Niagara Falls, the travel host arranges rides on the iconic Maid of the Mist boat tour, which drifts right into the basin of the 2,600-foot tall Canadian Horseshoe Falls. A short bus ride takes the group to Toronto for a view of the city’s skyline from the CN Tower, followed by a wine tasting at Caroline Cellars Winery in nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake. Back in America, the tours stops by Hershey, home to Hershey's Chocolate World, where visitors make custom candy bars and learn the history of the chocolatiers before heading to the nation's capitol to see its numerous historical sites and Jimmy Carter–brand sausage emporiums. Click here for a full itinerary. The trip requires only three hours of total flight time.Along with 13 meals, the seven-day Western Wonder Experience package visits 29 western U.S. attractions, including San Francisco, Sonoma County, Yosemite National Park, Fresno, the Grand Canyon, and the Hoover Dam. The first two days are split between Monterey and San Francisco, with the travel host leading the group to Monterey's 19th-century Old Fisherman's Wharf before exploring the new wharf replete with sea lions, a fishing fleet, and a maritime museum. Following that, a cruise ship shuttles passengers to the 22-acre Alcatraz Island for a visit to America's most notorious prison. The tour also sets time aside for sightseeing at the Golden Gate Bridge and the many herbal shops, temples, and pagoda-topped buildings of San Francisco's Chinatown. Over the weeklong venture, travelers will also head to Yosemite and Fresno before flying over to Las Vegas for easy access to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. Click here for the full itinerary. The trip requires only five hours of total flight time.
Bespoke Tours arranges customizable, luxury-vehicle-chauffeured city excursions through Manhattan, playing the part of tour guide, travel concierge, and itinerary planner. On a Ladies Who Lunch excursion, expert glamour guide Letitia Burrell settles two guests (a maximum of 12 on the tour, both men and women welcome) in a luxury accommodation and conducts them on one day of appetite-piquing adventures in one of Brilliant's luxury Mercedes Benz vehicles. Tourists begin the trip with an afternoon pickup at the W Hotel on Park Avenue, followed by a jaunt to several gourmet shops serving wine and chocolates, during which guests will enjoy meeting award-winning chefs and sommeliers during exclusive tastings. A one-night stay of slumber atop plush pillows in a luxury hotel concludes the excursion, along with gift bags from the day's tastings.
About a block from the Algonquin, the blazing marquees of Broadway light up the night, competing for attention with the neon-coated buildings of Times Square. On West 49th, the 1922 Ambassador Theater lures sightseers into an auditorium lavished with plaster molding and gilt designs. There, the Tony Award–winning Chicago unfolds with vaudevillian glitz and iconic jazz numbers (tickets included with this Getaways deal). Though many of the city's landmarks are within walking distance of the theater district, a three-hour cruise on a double-decker ferry around Manhattan from Circle-Line Sightseeing provides a more panoramic view of the skyline, skimming past the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty (tickets included with this Getaways deal). When it comes time to explore again on foot, Central Park awaits about a 30-minute walk north of the hotel. There, as autumn turns to winter, the bare tree branches complement the sleek lines of surrounding skyscrapers, and ice-skating rinks reflect glimmering city streetlights and nature's streetlights, the smiles of children.New York Guest's agents live in the city and work in central Manhattan, enabling them to handpick itineraries (such as this one) based on local expertise.
Though impressively metropolitan in their own rights, with their powers combined, Ben Wagenberg and Marty Grabstein would be the ultimate New Yorker. They're both NYC natives, of course—Ben spent his college years memorizing Manhattan's streets as a cab driver, and Marty grew up working in his family's Brooklyn deli before becoming a stage actor who also picked up roles on shows such as Law and Order.
Today, they share their intimate knowledge of NYC with both locals and tourists with Ben and Marty's Bagel Tours of New York. Each tour starts out with New York's "most iconic food"—a hot, fresh bagel—before Ben or Marty escorts groups through various food- and culture-based explorations of Manhattan. The SOHO tour looks beyond the designer-label signage that dresses many of the 'hood's storefronts, and instead studies the cast-iron architecture behind it before stopping for coffee and dessert at an Italian café. The Grand Central Tour celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of America's most treasured landmarks, and in Gansevoort groups walk the High Line, an elevated-railway-turned-grassy-park, before visiting area meat markets. Clients can also choose to create a custom tour, requesting jaunts through Little Italy, Chinatown, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' vacation sewer.
Peter Pan used to lead people on legendary tours of a place called Neverland via flight. Peter Pan Tours Of Central Park's tour guides stick to Central Park and pedicabs, but they conduct a tour no less magical. They help visitors explore the sights, history, and surrounds Central Park at a leisurely pace, conveying all the important details to visitors in six different languages.
They run their tours year-round, rain or shine, equipping their rickshaws to deal with the weather. In the summer, they sport shady canopies, which can have a transparent cover attached to fend off precipitation. In wintertime, they grant each guest a warm blanket, the canopy as a windshelter, and respite from having to trudge through snow or sludge.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: 1 Hour Central Park Pedicab Guided Tour
Pro Tip: Let us take you to the hidden spots no guidebook knows.
Good for Kids: Yes