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Aug 12, 2010 - Paris    2 Comments

Eiffel Tower

Hours of Operations: Jan 1 – Jun 17: Elevator – 9:30am to 11:45pm (Final lift at 11:00pm, 10:30pm for top floor), Steps – 9:30am to 6:30pm (Final admittance 6:00pm)

Jun 18 – Aug 28: Elevator / Steps – 9:00am to 00:45am (Final lift at midnight, 11:00pm for top floor, Final admittance for steps at midnight)

Aug 29 – Dec 31: Elevator – 9:30am to 11:45 pm (Final lift at 11pm, 10:30pm for top floor), Steps – 9:30am to 6:30pm (Final admittance at 6:00pm)

Admission: Adults: Elevator to 2nd floor -8.10, top floor – 13.10, stairs to 2nd floor – 4.50

Youth (12 – 24): Elevator to 2nd floor – 6.40, top floor – 11.50, stairs to 2nd floor – 3.50

Children (4 – 11): Elevator to 2nd floor – 4, top floor – 9, stairs to 2nd floor – 3

Get There: Take Metro line M6 to Trocadero, Passy, or Bir-Hakeim stations; Metro line M8 to Ecole Militaire station; Metro line M9 to Trocadero or lena station; Finally you can take the Suburban Rail RER C7 to Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel or Port de l’Alma station.

The Eiffel Tower is an 1889 iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris that has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower, which is the tallest building in Paris, is the single most visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World’s Fair.

Jan 1 – Jun 17: Elevator – 9:30am to 11:45pm (Final lift at 11:00pm, 10:30pm for top floor), Steps – 9:30am to 6:30pm (Final admittance 6:00pm). Jun 18 – Aug 28: Elevator / Steps – 9:00am to 00:45am (Final lift at midnight, 11:00pm for top floor, Final admittance for steps at midnight), Aug 29 – Dec 31: Elevator – 9:30am to 11:45 pm (Final lift at 11pm, 10:30pm for top floor), Steps – 9:30am to 6:30pm (Final admittance at 6:00pm)
Aug 9, 2010 - New York City    No Comments

Statue of Liberty

Hours of Operations: Ferries going to Liberty Island will depart at 8:30am between May 29th and October 11th.  The last ferry to leave Liberty Island is at 6:00pm.

Admission: Free

Ferry Fees: Children 4-12: $5, Seniors 62+: $10, and individuals over 13: $12 for a day pass. Lines to board ferries are often over 90 minutes and you should factor these wait times when planning your trip.

Get There: If you are staying in Manhattan you can take the Metro, Line 1, to South Ferry Terminal station.  From there proceed to Whitehall Terminal Manhattan (Ferry South) to board the ferry.

The Statue of Liberty (originally called Liberty Enlightening the World (French: la Liberté éclairant le monde)) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of American independence.

Jul 13, 2010 - London    No Comments

Trafalgar Square (London, England)

Trafalgar SquareHours of Operation: N/A

Admission: N/A

Get There: Charing Cross is the nearest tube station to Trafalgar Square, with an entrance located in the square.  Charing Cross can be reached via the Northern or Bakerloo tube lines.

Trafalgar Square is a square in central London, England. With its position in the heart of London, it is a tourist attraction, and one of the most famous squares in the United Kingdom and the world. At its centre is Nelson’s Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. Statues and sculptures are on display in the square, including a fourth plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art. The square is also used as a location for political demonstrations and community gatherings, such as the celebration of New Year’s Eve in London.

Jul 13, 2010 - London    1 Comment

The Tower of London (London, England)

Tower of London, London EnglandHours of Operation: The Tower of London is open Tues – Sat from 09:00 – 17:30, and Sun – Mon from 10:00 – 17:30 between March  and October, and from 09:00 – 16:30 Tues – Sat, or 10:00 0 16:30 Sun-Mon in the winter months between November and February.

Admission: Adults £17.00, or £14.50 for students with valid ID.

Get There: Use District or Circle lines to Tower Hill station. Follow directional signage to the Tower. The main entrance is a five minute walk from the station.

Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London (and historically as The Tower), is a castle and scheduled monument in central London, England, on the north bank of the River Thames. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is separated from the eastern edge of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It is the oldest building used by the British government. The Tower served as a fortress, a royal palace and a prison (particularly for high status and royal prisoners, such as the Princes in the Tower and the future Queen Elizabeth I). It has also served as a place of execution and torture, an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, the Royal Mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

The Tower of London website offers advice on planning your visit, and allows you to purchase tickets online before you go – you’ll be able to save a little money by doing this.  Note however that advance tickets are valid only for 7 days from the purchase date.

Jul 13, 2010 - London    2 Comments

Tower Bridge (London, England)

Tower Bridge, London EnglandHours of Operation: While visitors can see the Tower Bridge at any time, there is an exhibition at the bridge that is open from April – September 10:00 – 18:30 (last admission 17:30) and from 09:30 – 18:00 (last admission 17:00) between March and October.

Admission: Tower Bridge Exhibition – Adults £7.00, Students with valid ID £5.00

Get There: Tower Hill station can be accessed from the District and Circle lines to the north side of the Bridge. London Bridge station crosses the Northern and Jubilee lines brings you to the south bank of the River Thames with Tower Bridge just a short walk away.

Note: If you’re going inside to the exhibition, the main entrance of Tower Bridge Exhibition is located at the North West Tower of the Bridge; allowing entrance into the Bridge’s iconic structure.  On exiting the Bridge, follow the painted blue line on the floor which leads you directly to the magnificent Victorian Engine Rooms and the second part of your tour,  located on the south side of the Bridge at river level on Shad Thames.

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London.

If you’d like to see the bridge lift in person, a schedule of lift times can be found on the Tower Bridge website.

Jul 13, 2010 - London    No Comments

St. Paul’s Cathedral (London, England)

St Pauls Cathedral, London EnglandHours of Operation: St. Paul’s Cathedral is open for sightseeing Mon – Sat from 08:00 – 16:00, (galleries Mon – Sat 09:30 – 16:15). On Sundays the Cathedral is open for worship only (no sightseeing). Special services or events may close all, or part, of the Cathedral at short notice, so please consult the Cathedral Calendar for more details.

Admission: Adults £12.50 (£9.50 for students with valid ID).

Note that a Super Tour of the Cathedral and Crypt is highly recommended for your first visit to St Paul’s. The tours last 90 minutes and commence at 10.45, 11.15, 13.30 and 14.00 (limited numbers). Super Tour Prices: Adults £3.00, Students £2.50.

Audio Guides are also available for £4.00 (£3.50 for students) between 09.00-15.30.

Get There: The nearest Underground station is St Paul’s on the Central Line (2 minute walk). Mansion House and Cannon Street stations on the District and Circle Lines are also within walking distance. Central line trains run every four minutes on weekdays and every six minutes at weekends

St Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral on Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London, England, and is the seat of the Bishop of London. The present building dates from the 17th century and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It is generally reckoned to be London’s fifth St Paul’s Cathedral, all having been built on the same site since 604 A.D. The cathedral is one of London’s most famous and most recognizable sights. At 365 feet (111m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world.

Jul 13, 2010 - London    No Comments

Piccadilly Circus (London, England)

Piccadilly Circus, London EnglandHours of Operation: N/A

Admission: N/A

Get There: A popular meeting place and important city intersection, Piccadilly Circus has its very own tube stop, called – you guessed it – Piccadilly, on the blue Piccadilly metro line.

Piccadilly Circus is one of the most photographed sites in London.

The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the heart of the West End. Its status as a major traffic intersection has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right. It has been said that a person who stays long enough at Piccadilly Circus will eventually bump into everyone they know.

One of the most photographed sights in London.
Jul 13, 2010 - London    No Comments

The London Eye (London, England)

London Eye, London EnglandHours of Operation: The London Eye is open daily, closing only on Christmas Day and New Years Day.  The hours however, vary depending on the season.  From October – March, the London Eye has flights from 10:00 – 20:00 (from 10:00 – 17:30 on Christmas Eve, and from 10:00 – 15:00 on New Years Eve), in April, the Eye is operational between 10:00 and 21:00.  In June, the London Eye is open from 10:00 – 21:00 Sun – Thurs, and 10:00 – 21:30 Fri – Sat.  For the months of July and August, the London Eye is open from 10:00 – 21:30 daily, and in September the London Eye flies everyday from 10:00 – 21:00.

Admission: A ticket for the London Eye costs £17.95 for adults.  However, travelers can save 10% if they book their tickets in advance. See the London Eye website for details.

Get There: Waterloo is the closest tube station to the London Eye – about a 5 minute walk away from the attraction. Exit the station following signs for the South Bank.

The London Eye is the world’s third largest observation wheel, situated on the South Bank of the Thames with magnificent views over London.

Jul 3, 2010 - Featured    No Comments

Save up to 70% on your Air Travel

Save up to 70% on air travelFinding a vacation that fits your budget is easier than you think, and saving up to 70 % on your air travel is a great start!

Just as Tripsidoo helps you plan your vacation by providing information about popular attractions, The Flight Network specializes in cheap flights from the US and Canada.  So decide where you’d like to visit, and then let us take care of the rest.  With travel savings like this your dream vacation is likely closer than you think!

Jul 3, 2010 - Featured    No Comments

New York Hotel Deals

New York Hotel DealsIt may be called the ‘city that never sleeps’ but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need a place to rest your head.

However, just because you need to find a hotel for your trip to NYC, doesn’t mean that it needs to be expensive.  Tripsidoo  helps you find vacations that fit your budget, and one of the ways we do that is by finding you awesome deals on New York City hotels!

New York City is a center for media, culture, food, fashion, art, research, finance, and trade. It has one of the largest and most famous skylines on earth, dominated by the iconic Empire State Building.  It’s home to the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, Times Square, and many celebrities.

The city is split into 5 boroughs – and its recommended that you visit them all!  Each could actually be a large city in its own right, and where you live, work and play in New York says something to New Yorkers about who you are.  Just hop in a cab and explore!

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