We at Travel Secrets love city bus tours. The bus-eye view is total value for money, considering how nicely it shows you a city’s hotspots, letting you get off when and where you want. It’s like going around a map, really! Bonus: you get to rub shoulders with the locals. Hop on with team TS for a bus ride across the world’s most stunning cities.
The Big Bus lets you discover the best of Vancouver, at just $40 per adult. Buy a pass for the whole family, and you pay only $90. Buses leave every 15 to 20 minutes in peak season, and make 21 stops, including Downtown, Gastown, Yaletown, Stanley Park, Robson Street Shopping Distrcit, Granville Entertainment District, Chinatown and the English Bay Beach. You can hop on and off
for a leisurely two days.
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As the merry open-top bus winds its way through the streets, you realise how impossibly good looking Scotland’s capital is. Compare Edinburgh’s Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions, to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Hear about the Horrible Hangings of Grassmarket, and marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you. See the Royal Mile which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House. Prices from £12.00 for adults and £5.00 for children. Tickets are valid for 24 hours.
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MAKE FRIENDS WITH MADRID
With a 21 Euro ticket, you can hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid. Can’t speak Spanish? Relax! The tour offers commentaries through a headphone audio system in 14 different languages You get a map of the city and discount checks for different shops and
restaurants. Depending on the season, buses leave between 8 and 15 minutes, and every route takes about 80 min.
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The City Sightseeing, open top, double deck bus tour of Athens costs £15.00 for adults and £6.50 for children. It takes around 90 minutes and covers central Athens, commencing at Syntagma Square. Tracing the history and culture of Athens from ancient times to the present day, it lets you scout for shopping hotspots, too. Look forward to world-famous museums, with spectacular views of ancient temples, the Acropolis and Parthenon.
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FALL IN LOVE WITH LONDON
Ride around the Thames, soaking in the sights and sounds of lovely London. More than 80 stops, a choice of 3 routes and countless
photo opportunities! Live guided and multilingual commentaries, and a chance to view some of the world’s most famous attractions.
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This article was first published in the Jan-Feb 2013 issue of Travel Secrets Magazine.