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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Reserve123 Tours

Last weekend we had the opportunity to try a great service called Reserve123. The site provides a long list of tours and activities available in cities across the U.S. You can choose from bus tours to cruises. Reserve123 brings together great tour companies to give you the largest selection of tours in one place. Rates are reasonable and Reserve123 makes it super easy to book your tours.

Before leaving for our LA trip, Reserve123 asked if we might like to go on a tour in Portland first. My husband is a native Oregonian, but I am not. Although I’ve lived in Portland for over fifteen years, I don’t know the history like many people who grew up here do, so we chose a historicalboat tour on the Willamette River that talked about all 9 bridges in Portland.

Reserve123 set up the tour for me and I confirmed with the owner (Captain Seth) where we would meet for departure. On the day we were to take the tour, we met the Captain at the dock and learned about his vintage wooden boat once we climbed aboard the 1961 Tolleycraft. The little jetboat can hold three or four “tourists” and is very comfortable. It was originally sold for family recreation.

Captain Seth, who runs Portland Boat Tours, got started with his tour company this season via Kickstarter. His backers were smart in helping him begin his tours, because Seth is very knowledgeable in Portland bridge history and the past of the city in general. We learned very interesting facts about where we live, like how all 9 bridges over the river are completely different and why each was built the way it was and when. We also learned about the island that is used by the city for rock and gravel, the new construction along the river and the history of our city’s importing and exporting.

Eric and I had a fantastic time on the boat and getting to know Seth and our city better. Captain Seth may be done for the season, but his tours will resume next Summer to take more visitors and locals up and down the river to learn more about how Portland was built from the ground up and developed into the thriving and eco-friendly metropolis it is today. Not only did I find Reserve123 easy to work with, but he let me know how easy they were to work with on the back side. He told me they had helped him get quite a bit of business by partnering with them.

With 11,000 tours and activities to choose from, Reserve123 is as comprehensive as it gets for making your trips the best they can be. They only partner with reliable tour companies and offer insurance and fantastic customer service, so it’s like having a travel agent working for you on your vacation. You choose your tour(s), reserve and pay online and then confirm with the tour company directly if you wish.

The Historical Boat Tour is not the only tour available in Portland. There are many others to choose from, just like there are in other cities. With the holidays coming up, you’ll be spending a lot of time with your family. Reserve123 can help you do some affordable activities either with your whole family or in order to get away from them for a few hours and do something fun and interesting. You can now purchase Reserve123 gift cards as well, for the person who has everything, but loves to travel. Tours make great gifts and you can either choose one as a present or give a gift card where they can decide which activity sounds best to them.

If you want to see the extensive list of tours and activities available for your home area and your vacation destination(s), check out Reserve123’s website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I received a free tour for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.


  1. I am going to check the site. I really want to try Chicago's architectural boat tour. Thanks for sharing this information. It is really nice to have a vacation. I love cruises and boat tours as well. My last one was the whale watching oban tour but this is in Scotland. This time, I'll try to go around the US first.

    1. I highly recommend them. They make booking really easy and have really high quality tours available. We enjoyed this tour and the one we did in LA and look forward to doing some around town this summer.


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