Supplier Interview with Urban Oyster Tours

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We interviewed Oyster Tours, who specialize in sharing local secrets around New York, revealing the best food and drink hot spots! These walking tours are not to be missed and can be enjoyed by tourists and the whole community.

1) Please tell us a little about the history of ‘Urban Oyster Tours’ and how it got started?

 We started Urban Oyster Tours in 2009 and the genesis behind it was a desire to create a much better travel experience for both the traveller and community.  We saw two issues we wanted to address.  One was the proliferation of large bus tours that really keep people from truly interacting with a place and its people.  The other was the proliferation of chain stores in NYC.  We wanted to address both of those problems so we created a company that offers small group, intimate, walking tours that focus on the unique, local businesses that you can only find here in NYC.  Particularly those business specializing in food and drink.  Today we operate six different tours all over the city, we have 7 passionate guides working for us and we have connected thousands of locals and visitors to amazing local spots.

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2) What is the best part of your Job?

The best part of my job is bringing someone to a place that they love and didn’t know about before.  Whether it’s an amazing cheese shop, a brewery, a cocktail bar, or whatever, seeing people’s eyes light up when they taste the undiscovered delicious food or drink is a great satisfaction for me.

oyster3) Do you have any news about ‘Urban Oyster Tours’ or exciting information or a story you’d like share with our readers?

We are launching a new tour!  It’s our East Village Craft Cocktail Tour.  The tour will take people to some of the best cocktail bars in New York City.  Guests will learn all about cocktails, their history, how they are made, prohibition and gangsters, and the explosion of the craft cocktail and distilling movement of the present day.  The tour will visit 3 different bars where everyone will get a cocktail and we’ll also visit New York’s best wine and liquor shop.

oyster74) What do you think makes ‘Urban Oyster Tours’ experiences unique and special for customers?

Our unique tours are small group experiences that take you inside the local NY.  We believe in supporting small, local businesses and all our tours are a celebration of the unique businesses and entrepreneurs that make NY what it is today.  Guests on our tours discover both old and new shops, meet the people behind the counter, and taste a lot of great food and beverages.  Plus they are lots of fun and because of this focus locals enjoy our tours just as much as visitors.

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5) What’s your most frequently asked question from customers?

Usually the questions we get are how to get back to the places where we just went!  Fortunately we provide everyone with a map.  The other questions we get are about where else to eat and drink in NYC and we are always happy to share our recommendations.

oyster106) Is there any other information you’d like to share about ‘Urban Oyster Tours?

Only that we pride ourselves on contributing to our communities by supporting local businesses.  All our tours only visit local businesses whom we do pay for the tastings the groups receive because we want to support their businesses and help them grow.  Guests can be sure that we are taking them to places they too will want to support once they know about them and taste their delicious offerings.

Thank you so much to David, for answering all our questions and sharing all that Oyster Tours have to offer! Check out a tour compilation video here!

Here is a list of all the awesome tours you could go on!

Carroll-Gardens-Tour_300x240Brooklyn Food Tour of Carroll Gardens:

 

 

 

 

Brooklyn-Beer-Tour_300x240Brewed in Brooklyn Beer Tour

 

 

 

 

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Brooklyn-Beer-Crawl_300x240New York Craft Beer Crawl Tour 

 

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US Supplier Interviews coming soon!

We have recently been in contact with a few of our US Suppliers to find out more about what they have to offer. We have sent them a quick 5 questionnaire asking more about the background and inspiration behind their experiences.

In the mean time check out their Facebook pages and some photographs of the events!

Agatha’s Murder Mystery Restaurant: http://on.fb.me/1z2gyH1

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Birds Eye View Helicopter Tours: http://on.fb.me/1JvYM4V

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Boston Pizza Tours: http://on.fb.me/1CqyVXt

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Blue Crab Chesapeake Charters: http://on.fb.me/1FsgJ5P

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See all experience days we have to offer here.

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Easter Facebook Competition- WIN a £100/$100 Experience Day

belfieWhat better way to Spring into Easter then with a festive competition? The clocks have gone forward and the Easter holidays are underway! Make your Easter that little bit more memorable with a cracking day out and really make it a ‘special’ occasion.

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This Easter, we are offering you the chance to WIN an Experience Days Gift Certificate, worth $100 (£100) – to treat yourself and a loved one (or ones)! Receive a truly unique gift from over 2000 products on our website at www.experiencedays.com

 

Choose from a huge assortment of: exhilarating adventures, serene pamper days and creative crafts from around your metro, to embark on a totally new experience.

DC-Chocolate-Class_300x240Indulge in true Easter splendour with a Chocolate Making Workshop. Hand-crafted, high quality, great tasting chocolate will be supplied from the finest cocoa beans from around the world to, satisfy any chocoholics dream. Guided by a Master Chocolatier, the history of chocolate will be explored along with the techniques in mastering the art – with plenty of tastings along the way! From rolling your own truffles to swirling melted cholate and dipping them in a variety of toppings to decoratively pipe, shape and coat the sweetest of creations. This experience is perfect for anyone with a rich taste for the confectionary delicacies and the ideal way to end your Lent!
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Does this sound EggShellLent to you?

So how do you enter? …it’s very simple:

1.  Head over to our Facebook page:
2.  Like us.
3.  Comment in the competition post, guessing how many chocolate bunnies you can see in the Easter Basket.

Don’t miss out on the chance to win a £100/$100 Experience Day – head on over to the competition, NOW! …Competition winner to be announced on Easter weekend.

Best of luck and have a Hoppy Easter!

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Easter Holiday Activities

PicMonkey CollageEaster Weekend has arrived and what better way to use that extra bank holiday then embarking on a unique experience day out? Easter is simply flourishing with the abundance of Spring and it’s the optimum time and temperature to enjoy the huge variety of experience gifts we have to offer. Easter is a time for family, and your spritely kids are surely in for a treat with one of our outdoor activities – ranging from an adventurous Helicopter Tour to an exploratory Mountain Bike Tour.

Smoky-Mountains-Helicopter-Tour_300x240Literally explore new horizons with our Smoky Mountains Helicopter Tour for two in Tennessee. See the state from a completely new vantage point as you are suspended at 1,500ft above spectacular sites such as the Douglas Lake and the French Broad River. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States and one not be missed! The flight takes you on an 8 mile exploration through clear blue skies, accompanied by an expert pilot; the 20 minutes of serene bliss will surely fly by!

Flavors-Of-New-York-Food-Tours_300x240Take a juicy bite out of the Big Apple and tantalise your taste buds with the delicacies of New York. This 2.5 hour ‘Flavours of NYC Food walking Tour’ is by far the tastiest way to explore New York. The best way to Manhattan’s heart is through its stomach! Delve into homemade, Eastern European-style savoury indulgences; with a juicy New York hot dog, a real hand rolled bagel accompanied with ‘Schmear’ (soft cheese) and a true NY style Pizza slice. Finally, sweeten your guided tour with locally made Ice cream and an Old Fashioned Brooklyn Egg Cream, releasing the inner New Yolker in you! Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable guide will entertain you and share all his best recommendations in what makes New York taste so great.

Michigan-Mountain-Biking_300x240Cruise through the picturesque landscape of the beautiful Bois Blanc Island, located on Lake Huron and the Straits of Mackinac. The Bike Tour for Two on Bois Blanc Island encompasses nature’s beauty, featuring a stream of boreal forest and fen communities that stretch from the Islands coast line right up to the Islands interior, creating a unique habitat for rare and protected species such as the Eastern Massauga Rattlesnake and Dwarf Lake Iris. This Mountain cycle ride ventures through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is a wonderful romantic experience to share with a loved one.

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Put your hands on the potter’s wheel and sculpt a masterpiece. The Pottery wheel lesson in Stamford will teach you the basics of how to work with clay- this includes techniques required to centre, cone, pull, shape and decorate. Or embark on a lesson of hand building and sculpting; contract clay structures using the slab technique that allows you to shape and texture. After, the wet clay has been transformed to your own personal art work, it is then ready to be glazed. Once the piece has dried through it will be heated in the Kiln- creating a final delicate ceramic product that can be treasured. The Stamford Pottery class is just over an hour long that allows you to embrace your creative and crafty side. You will be sure to leave the class with a new knowledge of pottery perfection, as well as a tangible piece of your craftsmanship to truly commemorate the day.

This Easter, celebrate and rejoice in the glorious Spring weather with friends, family and loved ones with a day full of festivities!

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Make the Most of Daylight Savings…

daylightsavings headerNow that we’ve all ‘sprung forward’ and adjusted our body clocks to Daylight Savings (unless of course you’re based in Arizona!), you’ll have plenty of time to spare in the evenings…more time for activities! So make the most of the glorious evenings coming your way, and fill them with fun and unique experiences.

If you’re not sure where to begin, then fear not, we have put together a few suggestions to help you occupy your evenings, and brighten up your weeks…

Memphis-Dinner-Cruise_300x240Why not ‘spring’ into the season (pardon the pun) and spend and evening on a magnificent sightseeing Dinner Cruise in Memphis? Ignore the clocks, and step back-in-time, as you board the beautiful, historic Paddle-wheeler, and take in the sights of the “Mighty” Mississippi River. Dine in true Tennessee style, on the mouth-watering buffet BBQ – with pulled pork, marinated chicken and bread galore! Priced for 2 people, you can while away the sunset, dancing along to the some R&B, Jazz, and naturally, the Blues. There is of course an on-board bar, so why not have yourself some fun this spring time?…all aboard!

 

Las-Vegas-Gondola-Dinner-Cruise_300x240Perhaps you’d prefer a more intimate evening cruise? If you’re in Vegas, and looking for a little romance away from the bright lights of the Strip, then why not use your evening wisely, and head out on a Gondola Dinner Cruise for 2? Situated just outside of the city, you and a loved one (or a friend) will board a beautifully sculpted gondola, on the picturesque waterfront of Monte Lago Village. After a delicious meal of your choosing – from the accommodating menu – you can relax to the gentle music and share some quiet time as you watch the sun slowly set beyond the horizon.

 

Phoenix-Painting-Classes_300x240If you’re just looking for some evening fun on a budget, then why not gather up a group of the girls (or boys) and head on down to one of our many art classes, and painting nights. Whether you’re based in Boston, Houston, Seattle or LA, there is a painting class to suit you. And you needn’t worry about getting thirsty – many of our classes are BYOB, or have a well-stocked fridge – so you can have a few giggles, while you put your new-found artistic talents to the test, and create your very own masterpiece to take home.

 

Miami-Pub-Crawls_300x240Maybe you’re looking to give your Monday nights a boost? Then why not give the Pub Crawl Tour of Miami a whirl? Grab a mate and sip your way through the trendy Coral Gables area, savouring the history, culture and of course flavour of some of America’s, South America’s and even Europe’s finest. Who says you can only enjoy a drink at the weekend?!

 

 

Sunset-Helicopter-Flight-Philadelphia_300x240Or if you really want to push the boat out and impress on date night, then the Sunset Helicopter Tour over Philadelphia is a sure-fire win! Gain a whole new perspective of this great city, as you fly over the spectacular Delaware River and past the Philadelphia skyline – sunset is arguably the most beautiful time to fly, so make the most of the beautiful weather which is sure to come your way, and treat someone special.

So there really is no excuse – get out there and enjoy yourself…make the extra hours count!

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St. Patrick’s Day Hangover Cures

St patricks header 2So, as you would expect, St Patrick’s Day 2015 kicked off with a bang across the globe, with street parties and parades from Dublin to Indianapolis. If, like many people all over the world, you’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day in the traditional fashion, then the ‘Luck of the Irish’ probably won’t save you from your hang over. However, we’re here to help you sort the myths from the remedies, and provide a few suggestions to help soften the hang over the blow, the following morning.

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We’ve all heard it said that ‘hair of the dog’ is just what you need to get over ‘the night before’, however scientists suggest that whilst a Bloody Mary may sound appealing, a Virgin Mary would actually be far better. The alcohol will feel like it is temporarily helping your hang over symptoms, but it will inevitably cause more damage in the long run and cause a delayed hangover effect which may in fact feel worse than the original! So maybe just stick to the juices?!

Greasy Breakfast

Pancake-BreakfastEveryone needs a classic grilled breakfast when they’re feeling rough, right? It may surprise you to find out that there is actually no evidence to suggest that waffles, bacon or pancakes have any hang-over-healing effects. However, most people will still tell you that they swear by it! Scientific research suggests that if we really want to help ourselves, we should stick to nutritional foods that are easy to digest, such as cereals and carbs – this way the calories can get straight back into your system, boosting your blood sugar levels, and giving you more energy to begin the healing process.

Sports-Drink-STACK-629x289Hydration & Exercise

This one may seem obvious, but if you’ve spent the following night hugging the porcelain throne, then hydration is key! Get on the water or the Gatorade, and re-hydrate that body!

…if you can handle it, gentle exercise is a great way to get the blood flowing more effectively, and stimulate your body. Combine this with water, and nutritious foods, and you’ll soon find yourself well on your way to recovery.

shamrock bannerFor those of you who are brave enough to face the outside world, we’ve put together a few suggestions to help you deal with the day and get your mojo back!…

Food-Cart-Tour_300x240Las-Vegas-Food-Tours_300x240Why not head on down to one of our many fantastic food tours, and line your stomach with some true culinary delights? Whether you’re in NYC, downtown LA, or Chicago we have a food tour to suit your needs – complete with pizza, hot dogs, chocolate and ice-cream to mouth-watering veggies, falafel and chicken – your roller coaster of a stomach will soon begin to feel more settled!

 

If you can’t handle walking for your food, then perhaps aSavannah-Dinner-Cruise_300x240 brunch cruise would be more suitable? With the fantastic River Brunch Cruise in Savannah, you and your guest can take in the historic views of River Street, whilst gorging yourself on a decadent buffet featuring all of your favourite breakfast and lunchtime treats. Then recover from your food coma, by basking in the sunshine on the upper deck of the vessel.

Central-Park-Bike-Tour_300x240If you’ve managed not to go too overboard on the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, and feel like a little air would do you good, then why not give our Central Park Bike Tour a whirl? You and your guest may choose one of three exciting guided tours, and don’t worry about the bike and helmet –these are provided upon arrival. As previously mentioned, the gentle exercise is sure to do you a whole world of good, and you will discover something new along the way…although you’ll probably be inclined to opt for one of the afternoon slots, after all…sleep is the best St Patrick’s day cure of all!

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Easter Sunday Celebrations and Post Lent Indulgences

5We’re nearly half way through Lent! The start of Lent began February 18th also known as Ash Wednesday which is just after Shrove Tuesday may be more popularly known as Pancake Day! Lent is the ultimate test of will power and self-discipline for many.

Another incentive of ‘giving up’ is the positive change it may have on our lives that lasts beyond the 40 days of Lent. In order to find out what the most popular item people attempt to give up, Twitter conducted a poll to its users and listed the top 100 most common items.
Here is a quick list of the top things people give up for Lent:
Charleston-Tours1. Sweets- Candy
2. Coffee (caffeine)
3. Alcohol
4. Fast Food and Takeaway
5. Meat
6. Pizza
7. Chocolate
8. Social Networking
9. Swearing
10. School
How have you coped so far? I, myself have been trying to give up chocolate and have managed a strong 12 days (I started late due to some much needed comfort food after a week of being ill..) However, temptation will get the better of me as this Saturday I am indulging in a Chocolate Making Workshop. Yet! If you have done better than me (which I’m sure many of you have!) then why not reward yourself and truly celebrate with one of your most loved treats on Easter Sunday (5th of April).
I have therefore comprised a list of the top cosseting experiences to truly embrace the end of Lent.

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For my fellow chocoholics:
Boston-Chocolate-Workshop_300x240The Boston Chocolate Making Workshop
The Boston Chocolate Workshop is 2 and a half hour long class for all those with a sweet tooth. Learn with a Master Chocolatier in a private dining room, creating delicious handmade chocolate truffles. The workshop will guide you through the techniques of rolling, dipping and decoratively piping, shaping and coating your unique truffles. In the process you will embark through a journey of the history and origins of chocolate leaving the class as a chocolate connoisseur accompanied with beautiful gift packaged boxes to take home and spoil your envious friends and family.

Atlanta-Wine-Tasting-Classes_300x240Wine Tasting Class in Atlanta
The Wine Tasting Class in in Dunwoody, GA is a two hour fun culinary group class that operates on weekday evenings. Prepare your palette for a bouquet of typically six to twelve tastings of wine. Taste the varying exquisite levels of body, tannin, sweetness, dryness, fruity or earthiness for an evening of sophistication. The tasting will also encompass a selection of deli foods to complement each wine, the platter will include; artisanal chesses, salami, crackers and breads. The evening will then fall to a close, with dessert of chocolates and seasoned almonds. This gourmet class is ideal for wine novices and experts, providing a spectacular evening of elegance in the world of wine.

Seattle-Latte-Art-Class_300x240Seattle Barista Class
I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us need our caffeine injection in the early hours of the morning and perhaps increasingly so throughout the day, which is why we all know that one coffee addict. Take a hiatus on Starbucks and all other mass produced coffee houses. Learn to brew the perfect cup of coffee or espresso during this tasty three hour barista class in Seattle. This hands on class takes place in Kent, Washington at the Seattle Barista Academy. Receive a lesson in the perfect balance between grinding beans, amounts of water and milk and how to select the right coffee. When the experience finishes, invest your new barista techniques with provided recipes to take home and recreate a rich, bold and smouldering roasted coffee morning.

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If you can’t afford that flight ticket to Italy, why not try our Boston Pizza Tasting Tour. Yes, that’s right a tour of pizza. Taste authentic wood fired brick oven pizzas that are made with the freshest ingredients to give yourself the ultimate slice of Little Italy. If you are a local, this is the perfect way to find your new regular pizza hang out. During the Boston tour you will also have the chance to see the cultural roots of Boston, exploring five of the historic Freedom Trail sites. This is the ultimate experience gift for any pizza lover (and we know a few!) and the ideal indulgence for the real Italian within you!

These experiences are all family friendly as well as an ideal way to spend a day with a loved one. The weather is getting warmer and nature is truly at its best, which is why we are recommending the Pizza tasting tour which regularly starts round 11am or 2pm and makes for the perfect relaxing afternoon to stroll around in the warm sunshine. As Mother’s Day is also fast approaching (May 10th) we would also recommend the Wine Tasting evening to bond over your appreciation for grapes truly at their all-time finest. Let us know about your Lent experience and what you plan to do to celebrate the 40 day fast!

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St Patrick’s Day

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St Patrick’s Day, 17th of March…where celebrations concentrate on Irish themes, drinks and food. What’s not to love? St Paddy’s Day is a widely celebrated holiday where people get into the spirit by dressing in green clothes and eating green coloured food – in some towns, water is even dyed green! The most notable and vast body of water that has ever been dyed green was the Chicago River in 2005!

st_patricks_parade_2010_leprechaunMost Irish clubs and pubs will normally hold parties and offer special deals to honor Ireland’s most famous patron saint- St. Patrick.  Large city parades often commence, creating a lively atmosphere and an incredible experience to watch. For centuries, Ireland has produced some world renowned beverages (this probably explains their strong drinking culture).

What are you doing for St Patricks Day? We thought we would help you out with a few experiences that have some Irish charm to them and perfectly encompass the home of the green leprechaun!

Pizza-Tours-Boston_300x240Why not combine two of Ireland’s greatest specialities- beer and food?! The ‘Historic Pub and Pizza Tasting tour of Boston for two’ will be sure to make you merry and satisfied. The tour explores Boston’s historic North End neighbourhood, which includes a ferry ride across the Harbour with picturesque views of Charlestown’s Navy Yard, USS Constitution and much more. Click here to sit back and relax in one of Boston’s oldest taverns, whilst you indulge in delicious slices of pizzas and a cool brew, whilst learning some interesting historical facts along the way!

 

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The New York Craft Beer Tour’, focuses on craft beer, a recent revolution in the drinking industry which has become more of an art form. Explore Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as you embark on a guided tour that will educate you in the nuances of all things beer!  This tasty tour is a pub crawl but with rich substance, that will leave you ever the beer connoisseur.

 

Brooklyn-Beer-Tour_300x240Why not take your knowledge and love of beer, one step further and become your very own brew master? The ‘Brooklyn Beer Making Workshop’ will teach you how to make and bottle your own delicious beer, including all expertise on malts, grains and yeasts. Nestled in Brooklyn; (the heart of beer innovation) this experience is ideal for aspiring brewers and beer enthusiasts alike.

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Or, if you’re after something a little stronger and want that Irish kick, why not opt for the Philadelphia Prohibition Cocktail Tour? Explore the heart of Philadelphia’s centre in a two hour cocktail extravaganza! The tour will take you back in time, to the 1920s, and let you sample the period cocktails, popular at the time. Whiskey Punch, The South Side and The New Orleans Buck Fizz are all typical cocktails during the tour. This experience is a unique gift with authentic liquor cocktails that will provide you a truly traditional St Patricks Day.

 

Book now to have a ‘whale of a time’ this St Paddy’s Day!

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Fun Facts

  • The largest Irish-American populations includes: New York, New Orleans and Seattle.
  • The most common St Patricks Day symbol is the shamrock. The shamrock is the leaf of the clover plant and is a symbol of the Holy Trinity; it is often associated with being lucky.
  • The holiday has been celebrated in the Northern American continent since the late 18th
  • There are around 32 longest running public parades commencing on St Patricks Day across America.

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Historical background:

St Patrick was one of the Irelands patron saints that is remembered on March 17, the day originally took place in 1940 and was positioned so that festivities would not fall on Palm Sunday and avoid Holy Monday (the last Monday before Easter Sunday).

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Put a Spring in your step with the perfect adventure day!

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It’s just over one month until the first day of Spring (21st of March) the days are getting warmer and lighter and the zingy freshness of Spring is upon us!

Charleston-Tours_300x240Nature is at its best, with canopies of green stretching out and the sweet smells of flowers blooming. It’s time to take advantage of the beautiful countryside and bask in the historic town of Charleston during a 2 hour scenic walking tour!

This tour begins with a friendly tour guide, who will guide you through historic landmarks and hidden gems. Wind though the Holy City’s oldest streets, cemeteries, churches and its pre-revolution dungeon as the dark side of Charleston is also exposed.

San-Diego-Bike-Tour_300x240Could the outdoors be any more spectacular than in San Diego, California? The San Diego Bike tour stretches 13 miles along the Pacific Beach. Cruise down the boardwalk, and through the back streets of La Jolla Cove and Clams Cave, finishing at Sunny’s Jim Cave. Make sure you bring your camera as you can expect to see all curious wildlife inspecting you as you pass by, including sea lions and cormorants!

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If you’re feeling something less adventurous and want to just unwind in a social environment the New York BYOB Painting Class is perfect. The art lesson is tailored to suit every skill level from beginners to advanced! The class is sure to teach you a new artistic skill as a professional Art teacher will guide you through a variety of painting techniques and tools you need in order to create your own unique masterpiece. With the chance to bring your own wine or bubbly this is a perfect way to let the creative and grape juices flow!

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For the ultimate relaxation combined with the beauty of the outdoors, embark on a two hour sunset cruise aboard the American Rover on the Elizabeth River. The 135’, three mastered topsail schooner will have you gliding through the waves, absorbing all the spectacular views of the Battleship Wisconsin, NOAA Headquarters, Norfolk Southern Coal Piers and much more! The ship is an exquisite work of craftsmanship and a truly majestic vessel.  Entertainment will be provided throughout the evening with a live band and commentary from the Captain, ensuring a picturesque romantic sunset cruise.

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If you and a friend’s favorite meal of the day is Breakfast (as it is the most important after all) then this experience is the ideal gift! Truly indulge in the home comforts of sweet pastries and warming coffees in this mouth-watering Coffee and Chocolate Food Tour. The tour escorts you to Boulder’s best independently owned coffee shops. Taste authentic coffee and learn about its rich history along with barista demonstrations throughout this tour for a delicious 2 hour breakfast!

If you are struggling on what to do this Spring, see our website: www.experiencedays.com to delve on your own unique adventure!

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Experience The Ride!

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I recently flew across the pond to visit the Big Apple on vacation. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to partake in some of the exciting experiences we sell with our American sister- Experience Days.

Picture1The RIDE is like nothing I have ever seen before; operating as a moving theatre, the bus will guide you on a journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan, where passengers can expect to see a host of theatrical performances in this unique moving show. The audience watches the tour in a cinematic experience facing sideways to look out through the floor to ceiling glass windows, allowing a panoramic viewpoint that allows the viewer to see New York in a whole new perspective.

Picture2Nat and I met our group outside 42nd street at 8th Avenue right outside Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant. The bus was hard to miss and we were shortly welcomed on board! Our tour guides for the evening were Jackie and Scott- both made the whole ride extremely entertaining, bouncing off each other to form a hilarious comedy duo.

11015907_10206074192999090_1516119792_nThe tour lasts 75 minutes and is half a theatrical show and half a tour bus. It was a combination of historical attractions stopping at New York’s most popular landmarks as well as a glance at the pure talent of some true New Yorker performers. First stop was Times Square where we were wished a ‘Happy New Year’ by our first performer of the night; I don’t want to spoil all the acts as most are dressed as regular pedestrians so keep your eyes peeled! Due to the set – up of the bus which includes stadium seating, 40 monitors, 3000 LED lights & surround sound, making the ride really stand out (especially at night). One of the most exciting parts of watching the acts unfold before us were passer-by’s own reactions who were equally as surprised as us!

10994814_10206074703611855_67049855_nThere was a lot of audience interaction and we were made to feel immediately at ease throughout the tour. The whole tour is extremely stimulating and consists of a talented ensemble of singers, dancers, musicians, actors and rappers so you will be sure to find something of interest whatever your preference!  This experience is a rarity in that it is appropriate for all ages and would be perfect for the whole family.

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Thank you so much The RIDE for such an energetic and engaging fun journey through NYC. Nat and I note it as our favourite experience in NYC and I would not hesitate to recommend this experience to anyone visiting or staying in New York!

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