Immerse Yourself in the Vibrant Culture of New York City with In-Person and Virtual Mid-Manhattan Walking Tour
By Joanna Allen at Allen Batista Travel, Inc.
When many people think of Mid-Manhattan, two of the most famous buildings in the world – The Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building -- often come to mind. Mid- Manhattan is probably the busiest, most populous, and most valuable piece of real estate in the entire world.
It is home to one of the most ethnically diverse districts in America, hip stores, museums, and a thriving scene of street performers. Explore the delights of this area of Manhattan and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of New York City. It's simple to become lost since there are so many sights and streets to navigate.
Scroll down for a list of things to do on an in-person and virtual Mid-Manhattan Walking Tour.
Can't get to New York City right now? No worries; we'd like to bring New York City to you
New York City is on their bucket list for many travelers. However, traveling to New York City is not always an option.
If so, you may now relax in your home while taking advantage of this thrilling, interactive online experience. Interest in virtual experiences has exploded during the pandemic. The virtual Mid-Manhattan tour not only provides a form of solace for individuals who truly like exploring new places, but they also make certain locations more accessible for others whose budgets do not favor travel.
Therefore, whether this is your first or 100th time visiting Midtown Manhattan, this tour is for you since it includes both the must-see attractions as well as a few secret sites and lots of wonderful food breaks. You will undoubtedly have a fantastic time while also picking up some intriguing facts.
1. Times Square
Times Square is the spot where night never comes because it is so light there that it nearly feels like daytime when you are there at midnight. Times Square is busy with tourists and local alike Nevertheless, it's a sight you should see once in your lifetime.
Plus, if you’re planning on getting tickets to a Broadway musical during your vacation to New York, odds are you’ll see several theaters along the way on your walking tour!
2. Grand Central Terminal
This Midtown institution is not just another transportation hub in New York. Due to its romantic ambiance, restaurants, and stunning architecture, Grand Central Terminal has been one of the city's most popular attractions for more than 100 years.
The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, the famous Whispering Gallery, and the distinctive clock are just a few highlights of this early 20th-century location.
3. Recognize the History and Architecture of Manhattan
Are you fascinated by the rich architecture and history of Manhattan? You're covered with this personalized walking history and architectural tour of Midtown Manhattan. With this private walking tour, you can discover how Manhattan came to be, including the distinctive architectural features that characterize its skyline.
Your tour will transport you from Midtown to Grand Central Terminal, passing some well-known and significant structures and monuments along the way. We meander New York City’s streets at a leisurely pass.
4. Join Your Favorite Heroes in a Side-by-Side Pose at Madame Tussauds New York
Have you ever visualized yourself in a movie that you enjoy? Or maybe you've visualized yourself in the White House's Oval Office. If so, Madame Tussauds New York is the location to visit in order to bring your fantasies to reality.
You may "meet" your favorite superheroes, movie figures, TV show characters, and many more at this tourist attraction, which has wax figurines and sets that closely mimic famous people and locations.
5 You Can't Miss Bryant Park
Between 40th and 42nd Street, Bryant Park is a tranquil haven in the heart of Manhattan. Bryant Park, located between 40th and 42nd Street in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, provides the tranquility you need to temporarily escape the busy metropolis.
This is the ideal area to unwind or rest when the weather is pleasant because there are numerous little cafés scattered throughout the park. Reading or sunbathing are popular activities in the park's wide meadow.
Bryant Park is a popular place for ice skating in the winter since the grassy field is transformed into an ice rink and the walkways become the Bryant Park Winter Village. Numerous holiday vendors selling decorations, trinkets, and food may be found here. Don't miss the free movie showings in Bryant Park if you're in New York this summer!
6. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Moreover, the renowned St. Patrick's Cathedral is located in Midtown Manhattan. The Irish patron saint was dedicated to the stone and marble neo-Gothic chapel in 1879.
Any time of day, it can accommodate up to 2,500 individuals to find serenity. It is the largest neo-Gothic cathedral in the United States and the tenth largest church in the entire globe. The thin towers provide an outstanding hideaway in the heart of Fifth Avenue as they rise almost majestically to a height of almost 100 meters.
The most magnificent religious structure in New York is St. Patrick's Cathedral!
7. From the Empire State Building, See the Finest of New York City in 360 degrees
Unimpeded 360-degree views of New York City will enthrall you from the pinnacle of the famous Empire State Building. One of the most well-known open-air observatories in the city is on its main deck, which is on the 86th level.
Enjoy the greatest view of Times Square, Central Park, the Hudson River, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and more from the top of this Manhattan landmark. This famous structure is fascinating both inside and out. Admire the Art Deco-inspired ceilings in the lobby.
If you want to be amused by a light show, take the elevator up to the 80th level. Using traditional viewfinder binoculars, take in an amazing augmented reality presentation. You may see interactive exhibitions on the second level that chronicle the history of the Empire State Building, from its construction to how it entered popular culture.
Enjoy a Virtual and In-person Walking Tour of New York City's Midtown Manhattan
Get your shoes ready and explore Midtown Manhattan, where you may engage in interesting activities like seeing New York City from above or just experiencing the good life. Visit places and sites to have a better understanding of Midtown Manhattan's local culture.
Join knowledgeable tour guides from travel companies such as Allen Batista Travel to explore the secrets and splendor of 20th-century American architecture. To join, all you need is access to the internet and the ability to broadcast audio and video. Two ways to experience the Mid-Manhattan walking tour – virtually or in person.
By Joanna Allen at Allen Batista Travel, Inc.
Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to experience nature, adventure, and wildlife viewing. Visitors can engage in activities such as zip lining, hiking, white water rafting, birdwatching, surfing, and fishing because more than 25 percent of the country's territory is protected for natural parks, reserves and wildlife refuges.
Costa Rica is one of the most developed countries in Latin America. Additionally, English is a second language in the country, making it easy to travel the nation.
We have compiled a list of the top things to do in Costa Rica by staying at Drake Bay Greenleaf Hotel because we are travel enthusiasts with a preference for the Central America.
Costa Rica's top tourist destinations
In Costa Rica, there are countless attractions to discover, making it impossible to see them all in one trip. Here are the top tourist destinations.
You can arrange Allen Batista Travel, Inc. to customize your itinerary. You might even fall in love with the Drake Bay Greenleaf Hotel and decide to stay there the entire time. But wherever you travel, you'll undoubtedly see some stunning natural scenery and get a taste of the welcoming culture of Costa Rica.
What can visitors expect to do at Drake Bay Greenleaf Hotel?
Drake Bay Greenleaf Hotel should unquestionably be on everyone's list of places to visit in Costa Rica. The majority of visitors to hotel come for the animals in Corcovado National Park, but you can't help but fall in love with the town at the same time. The majority of people will travel there by boat, so you'll get to view it in all its splendor.
The property will initially come into view as miles upon miles of dark golden sand running along the shore, backed by palm trees and charming lodges built into the hillside. It's difficult to explain, but the moment you get off the boat, you feel as though you've reached a magical place.
1. Corcovado National Park
One of the biologically varied locations in the world, Corcovado National Park, is accessible from the hotel. You may witness a variety of Costa Rica's magnificent and uncommon animals, including tapirs, scarlet macaws, toucans, monkeys, and, if you're extremely lucky, jaguars, in Corcovado.
Many guests only plan to stay one night. We would advise staying more time if it were up to us. In the Cao Island Biological Reserve, you can go diving or snorkeling among a plethora of other activities.
2. Participate in diving or snorkeling at the Cao Island Biological Reserve
Undoubtedly, visiting Corcovado National Park is a highlight of a trip to Drake Bay Greenleaf Hotel. But it would be unfortunate if you skipped out on the other fantastic things in the region.
Let's start with one of Costa Rica's top underwater locations. A nature reserve called Cao Island is 20 kilometers (or approximately 12.5 miles) off the Osa Peninsula's shore. The visibility and variety of marine life make it one of the top underwater locations in all of Costa Rica.
Many diverse fish species, including parrot fish, Moorish Idol, puffer fish, and many more, may be found in the coral reefs that surround the island. Other aquatic creatures like turtles, sting rays, moray eels, and white tip reef sharks are also very likely to be seen.
While submerged, your guide will point out things for you to view, and after you're back on the boat, you may learn more about what you saw.
3. Go on a coastal walk to find undiscovered beaches and see some monkeys along the way
The coastal walk from the hotel to San Josecito Beach is the ideal way to spend the day if you want a break from tours. You can go at your own leisure, see the wildlife for yourself, and it's free!
You get to experience a number of private bays along the trip and get the opportunity to observe some Capuchin monkeys.
Starting at the left-hand end of Drake Bay beach, a 10-kilometer coastal trail leads to San Josecito Beach. You should spend about 2.5 hours on the trek.
4. Take a tour to see dolphins and whales
One of the best spots in Costa Rica to observe whales and dolphins is Drake Bay Greenleaf hotel.
Whale watching - The hotel is transformed into a humpback whale playground from mid-July through October. The whales travel to area during these months to reproduce and give birth in the warm, tropical waters.
You might even be fortunate enough to see a heat run, in which numerous males chase a female in an effort to mate with her.
Spotting dolphins - The same period as the whale watching season is also one of the best times to see dolphins. The area's waters are home to several dolphin species, including bottlenose, common, spotted, and rough tooth.
A dolphin and whale watching cruise will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience!
Crocodiles can be seen while kayaking along Rio Agujitas
The Rio Agujitas river is ideal for kayaking. You can fully appreciate the jungle surroundings and simply listen to the sounds of the local fauna.
Travel during high tide if you decide to go on this kayaking trip. If not, the river will grow too shallow, causing your kayak to just dredge the bottom. Very boring!
You have the option to go sea kayaking when the river ultimately opens up to a bay on the water. The majority of hotels in the area of Rio Agujitas will lend out kayaks and be able to advise you on the ideal time to go. There is also the option to rent a boat if you'd rather stay on dry land.
Perks of staying at Drake Bay Greenleaf Hotel
You'll be on the beach at the hotel, about one minute by foot from the Osa Peninsula and 11 minutes from Drake Bay Hiking Trailhead. This hotel is 0.6 miles (1 km) from Playa Colorada and 4 miles (6.5 km) from Corcovado National Park.
Make use of the complimentary wireless Internet connection and concierge services, or pamper yourself with an on-site massage. Have a meal at the restaurant or some snacks at the cafe. The hotel additionally provides room service (during limited hours).
At the daily, complimentary breakfast, complimentary reception, socialize with other visitors. To end your day, have a drink at the bar or lounge.
Live and enjoy to the fullest
You can experience a new way of life, such as that of nomads while staying in one of Costa Rica’s beautiful hotels. Your family could take part in this unusual adventure together. Enjoy the Pacific region with a true sense of adventure: in some areas of Costa Rica, you may combine hiking with white water rafting, kayaking, snorkeling, and other activities.
The people of Costa Rica are friendly and peaceful, and they know how to have a good time. When you return home, leave here with a fresh outlook on life and a greater sense of gratitude for what has been provided to you.
By Rania Perales at Allen Batista Travel, Inc.
When was the last time you traveled abroad? Perhaps, it was for your best friend’s destination wedding. Perhaps, it was right before the pandemic hit
The Covid-19 pandemic has made it important for individuals to decompress, rest and escape for your mental and physical well-being. What a better way to relax than to book an international vacation on a Classical Greece sightseeing trip!
For some travelers, this will be their first time traveling abroad since the Covid-19 pandemic, which might bring a lot of stress and worry seasoned vacationers are familiar with: Who’s planning this trip? What am I going to do over there? When should I visit? Where will I stay? How will I even get to point B from point A?
Fear not, our travel experts will make your international trip all the more worthwhile. To ease the tension up a bit, let’s go over the basic facts.
Currently, 1 USD is equivalent to 1 EUR. Not great news for the Euro, but a perfect opportunity to travel now!
For those who love structure and planning, here is a tentative schedule prepared for your convenience. On the other hand, for those who have spontaneity in their veins, here is a curated list on what to experience in Greece:
What to Try
Can you even say you visited Greece if you didn’t eat a gyro (yee-row)? They can be found on the menus of restaurants or tavernas or served at your local speciality shop. Gyros typically contain chicken or pork cooked rotisserie-style, and are often served with veggies, potatoes, tzatziki (tuh-zee-kee) sauce, and lemon all in a pita wrap. Some places serve it with fries too!
Second thing you must try is a frappé, which if you did not know (myself included, thank you Antigoni) was accidentally invented by a representative of Nescafé in Greece. Embrace Greece’s all-hours coffee culture and enjoy a cup whenever you can!
For stunning views and drinks, go to City Zen Rooftop Bar or Athens 360 Rooftop Bar, both of which are located in the center of Athens. Enjoy a drink or two of ouzo, all while looking at the Acropolis at night, considered to be one of the best views. This is the perfect time to highlight your trip to Greece on Instagram.
Now this may sound a bit bizarre, but plan for one of your beach days to not have an early end. After a nice day of sunbathing and strolling around the sand, let loose and unwind at beachfront clubs such as Akanthus or Bolivar.
The Classical Greece land tour includes nine nights hotel accommodations, all sightseeing activities, nine breakfasts, one lunch and six dinners, luxury bus transportation, and of course, a bilingual guide provided.
Our travel experts are here to help!
By Lindsay Denton
Being in such a gorgeous place, the Maldives have simplified their way of life. No worries on their minds. The weather is almost always ideal, with clear blue skies, refreshing breezes at night, warm sunshine in the morning, and brilliant iridescence in the evening.
Most visitors take a long flight to get here and choose to stay at one of the several resorts scattered around the nation, each of which often has its own island. If you'd like to visit the island and have a taste of paradise yourself, whether you are on your honeymoon or just exploring beautiful places, here are a few of the things you'll want to know before your Maldives vacation.
Seven Things You Need to Know Before Your Maldives Vacation
A total of almost 90,000 square kilometers is occupied by the atolls that make up the Maldives, making it one of the most geographically dispersed nations on Earth. Consider the time and money needed to get there from the airport (in Malé) when making your trip plans.
Getting to the most remote resorts sometimes involves a pricey seaplane ride and may need an overnight stay at the airport. Your trip to the Maldives can become quite costly. But there are ways to go about it. We at Allen Battista Travel, as always, have gathered all of the most important things you need to know before your Maldives Vacation.
The Maldives do not need any kind of visa for entry prior to arrival. A free 30-day tourist visa is available upon arrival for all nations. This is what you'll need when filing for this visa.
Consider taking a boat ride from Malé instead of the flight
Velana International Airport is located close to Malé, the capital, and several private island resorts provide boat or seaplane transfers to and from the airport. Seaplanes leave from a separate airport, so even though the puddle-jumper trip may seem faster, it's really the longer choice.
Pick the boat ride over the plane ride. The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is just 40 minutes away on the resort's boat. Gili Lankanfushi, home to idyllic Robinson Crusoe-style villas, can is reached in 20 minutes by motorboat.
45 minutes by boat will take you to the barefoot-luxury One&Only Reethi Rah. Make sure to keep breakables safe and have adequate bags for them while you're on the ride.
You don't have to spend a fortune on accommodation
You have a lot of accommodation options when coming to the Maldives. You may choose between resorts that appeal to divers (diving resorts), families (holiday resorts) with a wide variety of activities, and the ultra-rich (luxury resorts) with impeccable service and amenities.
The overwater bungalow is another iconic accommodation in the Maldives, and it is often constructed on stilts over a lagoon. These may be more exposed to bad weather, farther from the resort's amenities, and have a smaller pool than other options.
On the plus side, the farther you go from the city, the quieter the islands get and the better the diving becomes. Many resorts, particularly smaller dive resorts, tend to specialize in guests of a single country or language.
And many of them are very inexpensive. Most resorts accept guests of all nationalities and have at least some English-speaking personnel available; not knowing the local language might make you feel awkward in social situations and cause difficulties in activities like scuba diving. So make sure you learn a few phrases.
Instead of paying cash, think about using points
It's possible that now is a good moment to cash in on points you've accumulated over the last year. Prices for a night in a villa at the chic new JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, for example, begin at 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. There are times when you can get a room at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort for 85,000 Bonvoy points. And if you have Hilton Honors points, you can stay in the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi for 120,000 points a night and get the fifth night free.
You have to dress appropriately
Remember that the Maldives is a Muslim nation, and dress accordingly. Bring sarongs and coverups for the trip to the beach. Bikinis are also inappropriate beachwear. However, this is no longer a problem since most islands now include specially designated "bikini beaches."
Bikinis are quite acceptable on picnic islands, beach bars, diving boats, and at exclusive resorts. Some hotels may also offer private beaches, gardens, or sundecks. But ensure you are covered when you're not in these private zones.
We will also advise you not to bring too many valuables even if you are moving here. You really won't need to be showing off here. It's much better to protect them while away and put them in storage while traveling.
Businesses in the Maldives operate on a Sunday–Thursday schedule. After the lunchtime Friday prayer, most businesses are closed for the day. Except for the ferries connecting Male, Hulhumale, and Villingili in the capital region, public ferries do not run on Fridays. Also, these boats stop service between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every Friday, so passengers may pray.
Alcohol is prohibited
On the local islands that are inhabited, including the city of Male, drinking alcohol is against the law. You are nonetheless permitted to drink alcoholic beverages at private resorts, safaris, or tour boats that may provide alcoholic beverages to guests.
Simply put, you should not drink in the city among the locals. This is very important to know before your Maldives vacation.