Black Bear Winery bus transports passengers from the bustle of Manhattan to the quiet idylls of upstate vineyards. Melissa leads each expedition, usually to and from Black Bear Winery—a winemaking facility nestled among the trees and hills of Chenango Forks just north of Binghamton. In a fully furnished private room, the winery's staff guides visitors through tastings of all-natural fruit wines, which are made from fruits such as black currants, red raspberries, and gooseberries instead of fake plastic grapes. Melissa's visits also include pairings with local cheeses and, occasionally, a group lunch around the communal table.
The organizers behind SunFull Adventures delight in taking Manhattanites out of the city for outdoor adventure. In the summer, groups set off for mountain hikes, lake kayaking, and historic cave expeditions. In autumn and winter, luxury buses depart for full days of wine tasting and food nibbling in landscapes of rolling hills, deep forests, and farmland. Guides also arrange expeditions further afield to such exotic locales as Costa Rica, Hawaii, Europe, and Pennsylvania.
NYSee Tours explores renowned sights in New York City with three combination bus-and-walking tours, each led by effusive guides who flavor the sights with history, anecdotes, and their distinct personalities. Under the direction of owner and lifelong New Yorker Fred Pflantzer, they lead tours to prominent destinations including Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, the Southstreet Seaport, Lower East Side, and parts of Brooklyn, including Williamsburg and Red Hook. The Brooklyn Grand tour shepherds tour-goers through notable Brooklyn neighborhoods and landmarks, including Prospect Park, Greenwood Cemetery, and Williamsburg, stopping for lunch at Fairway Market in Red Hook along the way. On the Get Acquainted East Side tour, passengers take in New York City history with stops at South Street Seaport, Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Union Square, and the New York Public Library.
Get America Tours's knowledgeable guides escort groups of sightseers on more than 20 extended and mini tours. Tours journey to places like New York City and the Grand Canyon on 1- to 11-day jaunts taken at a comfortable pace, allowing patrons to hit the area's highlights and spend time soaking up their new setting. Highly trained guides share a wealth of information about history, local gems, and cultural tradition with their tour members. Some guides, able to speak Spanish and German, are also trained as multilingual emissaries. Passengers are ferried across the United States and Canada in either buses, vans, or minivans, depending on the number of passengers, ensuring that tours are never cancelled due to a lack of passengers or an overabundance of giant stuffed animals.
Offering one of the most convenient ways to get to the Manhattan island, NY Waterway lets visitors forego paying bridge tolls, suffering traffic delays, and carrying their cars around with them once in the city. The company's ferries jump across the Hudson River, East River, and Lower Bay, dropping passengers at terminals throughout the city. NY Waterway buslines, meanwhile, crisscross Manhattan, taking patrons down busy thoroughfares to their waiting boats free of charge. The company has been moving precious cargo—people—to and from in New York City since 1986, when the Mets won the World Series largely due to their ability to get to the games on a ferry.
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.