By Jenni Williams | March 31, 2014

Easter Holiday New York City

Easter Eggs In the Big Apple

Many travelers only think of visiting New York at key times of the year, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. These are, of course, great times to visit, with all the celebrations making the city even more breathtaking than normal. These holidays also offer fantastic opportunities for you to take part in a Photo Trek Tour, enabling you to have once in a lifetime photographs taken of your fabulous holiday. A snapshot in time of you, your family or friends enjoying the trip of a lifetime. However, after these two big holidays have been and gone there are still an awful lot of months in the year left and New York is certainly a place that can be visited and enjoyed at any time. So, could a trip around Easter be a good time to plan a visit?  With the weather beginning to (hopefully!) warm up, you may be surprised at the events that New York has to offer you.

Shopping opportunities not to be missed

Whilst across many other countries Easter can mean shops and recreation facilities shut up for the weekend, New York, happily, is not one of them. So, if part of your plans entails some full-on retail therapy you can be rest assured that New York will not disappoint you, with shops open on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday. If you are planning to shop you’ll need to get your money sorted.  The Dollar has been struggling recently in the international money markets and whilst the new reports regarding the Federal Reserve have improved its position a little, now is still a great time for those not based in the US to exchange their Euros, Pounds or Peso. The Pound Sterling is particularly strong at the moment against the Dollar meaning that those from the UK should be able to make their money go that little bit further when visiting New York. However, wherever you are traveling from the general rule is that it pays to organize your dollars sooner rather then later and take advantage of strong exchange rates.

Easter Bonnet Parade

Outside of New York and the US it’s probably not well known there is an amazing parade in the city on Easter Sunday. As you can imagine, New Yorkers know how to put on an Easter bonnet parade and there is just about every kind of bonnet that can be imagined. From the most creative constructions to the simplest of designs, young and old take their bonnet creations seriously and this fun event is open to all. Why not make your own, come along and join in; with Photo Trek Tours offering 5th Avenue  as one of the destinations on its itineraries, it’s a great chance to be become a New Yorker for a day. The parade starts on 49th Street and works it way up 5th Avenue. For those wanting to watch rather than be part of it, one of the best vantage points is the area around St Patricks Cathedral.

Visit an Easter Bunny or two

Continuing the Easter theme – you could also take a trip down to Central Park and visit the fantastic zoo along with the children’s zoo that has its own petting area. For kids it’s a lovely opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the smaller animals – there’s sure to be an (Easter) bunny or two for you to have a cuddle with. And, for those that love animals on a larger, wilder scale – ones that you probably don’t want to be petting – there is of course the main zoo as well, that has over 150 different species for you to watch and learn more about.

Of course, once you have finished at the zoo there is the rest of Central Park to explore, another of the gems that New York has to offer its visitors. That’s the thing about this great city, as soon as you have visited one great place; you step outside and find another one. Forget the awful winter that the East Coast has experienced this year, get online and get booking to come and experience the warmth of hospitality, the variety of sights and the fantastic experiences that New York has to offer at Easter.

By Marc Samuels | March 4, 2014

Semi private tours for the solo traveler in New York City

Are you traveling to NYC to go sight seeing? Many times people travel alone (also known as solo traveler) and are unsure of great ways to spend their time here in New York, one of the best things to include in your plans is a Photo Tour which lets you take in the sights while having wonderful photographs taken to preserve your memories for a lifetime!

PhotoTrek Tours solo traveler photo tour

Being a solo traveler in New York City can be overwhelming, let us make it easier for you while taking priceless photographs which you can enjoy for a lifetime.

Being an individual traveler opens up many opportunities while sight seeing, such as the independence you just won’t find in large groups or on a bus. With PhotoTrek Tours you can enjoy our Semi Private Tour and have the intimacy of New York while being able to stop and take in the scenery rather than just drive past it! One of the best parts to our tours is our expansive knowledge of what to do and where to go in New York City, this helps you have not just fantastic memories from your travel here but also ones that are more interesting, while getting to see the many notable features and places here in our beloved city!

Photo tours take you through many wonderful sights of NYC such as the Air & Space Museum, Broadway, Brooklyn, Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal and so many more! Locals to New York know where the spots are, how to get to them and those fun little spots many people don’t know of, let someone who knows the area guide you through the city so that you can relax, take in its majesty and most of all build memories!

Our professionally taken photographs look great and capture YOU with so many great locations as a background that you will be eager to show these photographs to your friends and family! New York is truly an experience, no other city in the world is quite like it – make sure that when you visit New York City you also book a Photo Tour and get the most out of your time here in America’s finest city!

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By Marc Samuels | January 2, 2014

NYC Winter Wonderland

Happy New Year from Photo Trek Tours!

Ringing in the new year in New York is an American pastime, some would even say it is part of our heritage in this great nation! Really, who could disagree with that sentiment! Here’s three of our favorite places to visit during the New York City Winter Wonderland!

Central Park
Dating as far back as 1857 Central Park has been a mainstay in the NYC area. Drawing people of all ages and walks of life to bask in the beauty of New York’s energy, city life and nature which is nestled into the areas busy surroundings it provides an experience many would have trouble finding elsewhere. One can’t help but feel captivated by the winter scenes of the natural beauty of the North Eastern United States!

Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge is a majestic and powerful sight, reaching across the East River, this bridge is known world wide for its architecture, history and beauty. Originally designed in the late 1800′s to carry horse and buggy, the bridge has been preserved incredibly and today serves nearly 125,000 people per day. This iconic feature of New York should be on everyone’s must-see list to experience its architecture and detailed craftsmanship.

SoHo, Manhattan
SoHo, sometimes spelled Soho, is a wonderful community tucked away in the Lower Manhattan area and is known for its community of art, galleries, shops and trendy boutiques. Often when people think of New York having Cast-iron architecture, the images their mind conjures often come from SoHo’s timeless detail which dates back to the mid 1800′s. In addition to the arts and crafts, SoHo is singularly recognized for its architectural beauty, making it not just a location but a true experience, especially during the winter months.

If you plan to spend time in New York during these winter months, be sure to put these places on your list, you won’t regret the experience and memories which will last a lifetime.

By Marc Samuels | December 6, 2013

Things to do in NYC during The 2013 – 2014 Holidays

Looking for some great things to do in New York City during the 2013 – 2014 holidays?

New York is busy all year round, but there is a special feeling in the air around this season as everyone gets excited for the New Year! We’ve found four ways to spice up your time in town this year and experience some of the seasons joy in The Big Apple!

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular:

The Radio City Music Hall will hold its annual Christmas Spectacular as always and we are certain it will be a great show as well as provide a fantastic taste of the NYC flavor of the season! Fun for the entire family, this event provides fun and culture sure to leave wonderful memories of your Christmas season!

Bryant Park Holiday Shops:

The Bryant Park Holiday Shops are a seasons favorite here in New York! What trip is complete without some memorabilia and this is where you find the unique items which will stand out for years to come! A staple in the community for both locals and tourists, this warm and welcoming event is a great way to have some fun without breaking the bank!

Ice Skating At Rockefeller Center:

Want to have some fun and stay active? Fun for the family and adults alike, the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating is widely known and renowned for its beauty, romance and fun environment! What a great way to work off some of that fantastic food that NY cooks up, especially this time of year! Make sure to visit this wonderful event and take home memories which will last a lifetime!

Lincoln Center – The Nutcracker 2013 – 2014:

No holiday season in New York City is complete without the arts and few events capture the season in such majesty as The Nutcracker! This fun filled adventure embraces the season with story, show, dance and music to bring you a complete buffet of arts and culture! Make sure to put this on your Christmas wish list for Christmas 2013 – 2014 and take home a memory which can truly be the center of a visit to this fantastic city during this magical time of year!

By Marc Samuels | November 20, 2013

Macy’s New York 2012 Flower Show

For at least 40 years, Macy’s as sponsored a Flower Show that is always a highlight of the Spring season here in New York City.  Should be a definate stop off for both people visiting New York City and locals alike.  This year, the show runs from March 27 – April 10 and extends outside the store for the first time.  Some nearby activities include going to the Empire State Building, Exploring the theater district and times Square and stopping by Bryant Park.  Below, courtesey of the Macy’s website, is a list of the featured gardens and locations this year:
Featured Gardens
Main Floor

Antebellum Garden

Featured along the main aisle, this new garden is inspired by the flora of the American Southeast. Transport yourself to the gardens of Charleston, Savannah and Atlanta as you take in the palmetto palms, dogwoods, gardenias, magnolias and camellias.

 

Japanese Garden

Presented by Carnegie Hall’s Japan NYC Festival, the Japanese garden, located along the 35th street aisle, is a quiet, peaceful space featuring plants, materials and design from the Far East. Look forward to seeing different kinds of bamboo, heavenly palms, azaleas, pines, cypress and mums. Presented by Carnegie Hall Japan NYC.

 

Tropical Garden

A celebration of the earth’s bounty to humanity, the Tropical Garden features trees and shrubs that grow in equatorial areas around the world and produce everyday delicacies such as cacao (chocolate), coffee, kumquats, mangos, sugar cane, citrus, papayas and bananas.

 

Hydrangea Garden

One of the most beloved flowers of spring, the beautifully big and colorful hydrangea gets its very own garden in the 34th street aisle. Enjoy a gorgeous variety of this crowd favorite including hydrangea trees, oak leaf hydrangeas, lacecap hydrangeas, viburnums opulus, nikko blue and endless summer hydrangeas.

 

Desert Garden

If you can stand the heat, head over to our cactus and succulent garden. An array of unusual beauties from hot, dry and arid regions, this garden features barrel cactus, euphorbia, kalanchoe, air plants, saguaro cactus and more.

By Marc Samuels | May 21, 2013

5 Tips for a Romantic NYC Getaway This Summer

NYC Tours

While there are many destinations for a romantic getaway this summer, no place can offer quite what the Big Apple can. From the world-class shopping and dining to the simplicity and loveliness of the parks, this is a city where every couple can enjoy a getaway that they’ll both remember forever. Use these tips to help plan a romantic NYC getaway for you and your someone special this summer!

Book a Luxurious Hotel Package

Every traveler can book a romantic stay for their vacation, no matter what their budget. Treat your significant other to a fantastic stay at one of New York City’s luxury hotels like the Trump SoHo, the Four Seasons or The New York Palace and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable vacation. One way for couples to stay in NYC on a romantic trip who don’t have thousands to spend on their hotel is to check out the discounts and packages at any fabulous New York City Hotel. Many hotels have put together special packages for romantic getaways, which often include complimentary champagne, room service, free cocktails in the lounge and more.

Take A Limo Ride from the Airport

Rather than riding into town in a yellow taxi, book a limousine to pick the two of you up and take you to your hotel. While many think limo in NYC are only for the celebrities, they doesn’t usually cost much more than your average taxi ride. Plus, your driver is waiting for your pickup at the ready and you’ll have plenty of room to spread out and get comfortable after a long plane ride until you get to your room. A NYC limo is actually an extravagance you can always afford, and one that you’ll never regret.

Enjoy the Music

Of course there’s nothing more romantic than dinner and a show, and all of the Broadway shows this summer are fantastic! From sultry musicals like Chicago to classics like Phantom of the Opera, there’s definitely a show on Broadway for you and your sweetie. Another summer perk in New York City is the free summer concert series. Spend an evening in one of the beautiful NYC parks listening to classical, jazz, rock or bluegrass! There’s a new concert every weekend, and it’s fun to try something new and enjoy a summer evening outdoors.

Catch a Movie

Musicals and concerts are great, but the Rooftop Films Summer Series is another popular attraction this season that couples love! Catch some of the new independent films of the year, ranging from documentaries to animated comedies. There’s certainly something for everyone at this film festival, and summer evenings don’t get much better than taking in a movie on one of NYC’s beautiful rooftops.

Capture the Moment

Sightseeing as a couple can be romantic whether you venture out by day or night, but your tour guide on the fantastic PhotoTrek tours is also a professional photographer, and can capture you and your true love enjoying the sites together. PhotoTrek Tours specialize in capturing the magical moments in honeymoons, romantic marriage proposals – or the couples who came to NYC for a romantic getaway just because! Definitely capture the special moments and take home some unbelievable photos on your next trip.

By Marc Samuels | March 6, 2013

Traveling Tips to Make Your New York City Tours and Sightseeing More Enjoyable

New York City Tours

New York City is one of the most admired and visited metropolitan cities of the United States. This is the reason why this great city can offer great sightseeing like no other city possibly can. No matter whether you have a tight budget or have hefty amounts to spend, the Big Apple has everything you need to entertain you. A New York City Tours can be an ideal source of enjoyment if you are in quest of fun or yearn for exclusive experiences. Its energy and vibrancy completely embrace you as you set foot on this beautiful land.

Diverse cultures, outstanding landscapes, great scenic beauty, unequaled vistas, and friendly locals; the Big Apple has all the basic elements to make your New York City Tours an unforgettable experience. It is usually no problem to find an economical flight to this city. You are prone to find a special, appealing, and fascinating activity wherever you go.  New York City is in a constant state of buzz where you find yourself surrounded by various activities. When visiting enjoy one of the many sightseeing tours New York has to offer.

Take the Subway

The New York City subway can be the ultimate way to travel when touring the different sites in NYC. It is faster and more affordable as compared to a taxi. Furthermore, this means of transportation answers various traffic related issues. This underground service is available to cater you at any time of the day. There are various websites and other resources that can help you to determine the train that can take you to your favorite tourist attraction on your New York City Tours such as Central Park, The Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights promenade and other locations around New York.

Ride in a New York City Taxi

Travel in a cab that has appropriate markings and equipment. Choose a cab whose roof light is properly glowing. People driving cabs in New York City are known for their fast driving. However, it is your right as a passenger to ask him/her to avoid using a cell phone, to reduce speed, or to decrease the radio volume.  Generally, I try to avoid cabs whenever possible. The subway is really your most efficient way to get around.

Take a Walk

You can take up different New York City Tours to explore the Big Apple. If you prefer to be on your own, then you should decide your course beforehand. While striding on bustling streets, be conscious of your atmosphere. It is vital to not get preoccupied by a cellular phone conversation or any other disturbance as you are likely to miss many historic and wonderful attractions on the way.

When rightly equipped with a NYC map, you can easily find your way in the city. The city possesses an efficient transportation system for the general public. Having its own set of rules and policies, New York City is perfectly able to mesmerize you with its infinite offerings and attractions. So, plan your next tour to NYC to make it the most treasured memory of your life.

By Marc Samuels | February 13, 2013

Spending Valentine’s on Tours New York City

Tours New York City

How much does Valentine’s Day usually cost you? Fifteen dollars for chocolates? Forty dollars for flowers? A hundred dollars for a lavish dinner? Your Tours New York City on Valentine’s Day can severely affect your financial savings if you don’t spend wisely. You don’t have to be unromantic, but you can possibly enjoy Valentine’s Day without spending hefty amounts. You just need to take on some pragmatic romantic ideas for your beloved partner.

You can choose to celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day with your loved one with a  Tours New York City. Providing virtually endless romantic spots and destinations to pick from, including a loving coach ride in Central Park, ice skating in Rockefeller Center, or a poetic Broadway play, NYC serves as an absolute getaway for romantic couples seeking an extraordinary evening while enjoying a NYC tour. Only a few other cities in the entire world can meet the romantic charm of the Big Apple. It is no wonder that New York City is such a renowned Valentine’s Day destination for its stunning Manhattan skyline sights, dazzling radiance of Broadway, and beautiful landscapes of Central Park.

Following are some of the most workable ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day without breaking anyone’s heart or even the bank.

Set a Table for Two

Enjoy your special evening with an amazing meal for two at the finest eating spots in New York City. Make sure to reserve your dinner table well in advance as loads of couples descend on romantic restaurants at Valentine’s Day. If you believe that a romantic dinner is an essential element of your Valentine’s Day celebrations, then you can enjoy an intimate meal without squandering a large fortune. You can easily find exclusive offers on meals in your local NYC area. Furthermore, restaurants sometimes offer special promotions for Valentine’s Day celebrations, so make sure that you check all the local papers.

You can have a romantic dinner without being hoarded into an eatery jam-packed with couples. You can stay in to enjoy a calm and more intimate evening. Find a grocery store that can provide you a luscious and inexpensive meal. Serve your dinner by candlelight along with your favorite drink. The opulence of your home as well as the nonexistence of other couples may make this a superior choice in terms of atmosphere and expenditure.

Experience your Romantic Side

When enjoying a Tours New York City, celebrate a special Valentine’s Day by taking a romantic carriage ride in Central Park. While enjoying your partner’s company, you get to witness the ultimate natural beauty of this great park. Moreover, you can cuddle together in this warm and comfortable ride to enjoy wintry views of Central Park. No matter if you are an expert or amateur ice skater, you can ice skate along with your partner at a top-notch ice skating park.

Visit a comedy theater to enjoy an amusing play. You can also take your partner to your favorite NYC club to dance all night long to the tunes of your choice. Thus, you can utilize your Tours New York City to familiarize yourself with salsa, Latin dance, disco, or any other form of dance.

By Marc Samuels | February 8, 2013

Sightseeing in New York, The City of Wonders

Tours in New York City

Tours in New York City or the Big Apple is a city of historical landmarks, skyscrapers, theaters, museums, parks, and other tourist attractions. This heavily populated US city comprises of five boroughs, namely the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. Every single borough has its own significance and distinct features. Besides having a rich history, Brooklyn consists of great amusement parks and beautiful beaches. Manhattan, one of the most sophisticated areas of New York City, is jam-packed with skyscrapers. As compared to other boroughs, Manhattan is the hub of diverse attractions involving entertainment, culture, arts, and historical masterpieces.

Pick your Favorite New York City Tourist Attraction

When it comes to taking Tours in New York City, you may be overwhelmed with an endless list of attractions and sites. The city offers the awe-inspiring canyon land, architecture, business industries, art, fashion, and culture to enjoy. Full of rich and effervescent history, New York City has plenty of resources to mesmerize different age groups.

New York City is an ideal destination for people longing to take up a relaxing sightseeing vacation either alone or with friends and family members. It is one of the most admired and visited tourist destinations as it presents something attractive to individuals with diverse preferences and interests. Tours in New York City and the key attractions of the Big Apple are the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, and various others. No better way to explore it all than a New York City Tour.  There are so many options.  Private walking tours of NYC, photography tours, bus tours, food tours and so on.

While wildlife enthusiasts are sure to enjoy visiting the Bronx Zoo, nature aficionados may find New York Botanical Garden worth visiting. For eager shopaholics, New York City presents ample opportunities like Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, and various other affordable shopping centers.

Choose the Best Time Period

The perk of taking Tours in New York City is that it welcomes visitors and tourists from all parts of the world without considering any racial differences. New Yorkers are mostly sociable people who help others by all possible means. You may want to visit this great city for its tempting schemes and discounts on renting a cab or hotel room. Since no particular season is reserved for traveling purpose, you can explore this great city at any time of the year. However, at the festive period of New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and Thanksgiving, you may experience pretty high traveling and lodging fares.

Find NYC’s  Best Shopping Deals

While enjoying a NYC tour, you can search for outstanding shopping deals at a variety of New York City’s shopping places. You can visit FAO Schwarz, Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, or other designer outlets. These shopping destinations are particularly valuable for shopping addicts who have a never-ending craving to avail the best and most feasible shopping deals. As a tourist in New York City, you can explore various other shopping alternatives including malls, flea markets, and lavish shopping destinations so as to acquire exclusive as well as affordable items and products.

Besides offering brilliant tourist attractions and lavish shopping destinations, the Big Apple is much known for its thriving nightlife. While on your tour of New York City, you can visit loads of clubs to enjoy moving music and happening events.

By Marc Samuels | February 4, 2013

New York City Private Tours While Staying in Your Budget

New York City Private Tours

The Big Apple is a remarkable city for its abundant landmarks and iconic artistic events. However, it can leave a considerable impact on your traveling budget. A New York City Private Tours is much more than shopping at Fifth Avenue or any other designer outlet. You can avail many other offerings such as succulent food items from street vendors, free visitations to parks, free museum visits, and inexpensive transport options to enjoy your New york City walking tour without breaking the bank.

Enjoy Interesting Places at no Cost

Though a few of the most renowned attractions demand admission charges, various NYC attractions are free. For instance, New York City Private Tours include the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center are such attractive gems where you don’t need to pay any fee to step inside. Central Park, the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, and various others are some additional free attractions of New York City.

Be a Sensible Shopper in New York City

New York City isn’t actually known as an inexpensive spot for shoppers. Nevertheless, this doesn’t imply that you necessarily have to exhaust your savings to shop in New York City. This great city offers effective alternatives including loads of economical and affordable shopping destinations for people following a strict budget while having a New York City Private Tours. The Big Apple is home to remarkable bargains and shopping deals that may range from discounted designer wear to inexpensive handmade jewelry.

Shop for Economical Presents

You can choose good and inexpensive presents in Chinatown. This is an area where you can easily find souvenirs at pretty reasonable prices. If you intend to bring mementos to your friends and family back home, then you can pick up the most feasible item from a variety of fascinating products. While shopping, you should also reward your shopping expertise by devouring an inexpensive hotdog from your nearest street vendor.

Look Beyond Popular Attractions

Excessively long waits, never-ending queues, and swarming sights dominate a majority of the Big Apple’s popular tourist attractions. You can become a savvy visitor by escaping large crowds so as to enjoy a better view of the city’s culture and history. Make sure to opt for some of New York City’s lesser recognized cultural attractions. You can visit Roosevelt Island which is a centre of historical buildings and striking gardens. Moreover, you can witness artistic works by Mathew Barney and Andy Warhol at the Fisher Landau Center. A majority of these gems are situated far from the city’s hustle and bustle and also provide a myriad of eccentric museums, eateries, and other multi-purpose shops.

Take up Cheap Bicycle Tours in New York City

Bike tours of the Big Apple can possibly cover the city’s entire attractions and offerings. You can witness its crowded streets and tranquil landscapes. These tours enable you to spend some hours or an entire day observing enthralling neighborhoods and well-known landmarks, parks, holiday markets, and other attractions.

Thus, you don’t have to spend hefty amounts to enjoy many of New York City’s attractions.  As a matter of fact, you just need to spend wisely to make the most of your New York City Private Tours.

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