New York City TV and Movie Sets

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Visit Your Favourite TV and Movie Sets in the Big Apple!

While you are on Comfort Tour’s New York City bus tour, make sure to visit the sets of your favourite movies and TV series during the allotted free time!
These are just some of our favourite spots:

Sex and the City – Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment:

New York City’s most fabulous lady lived in a brownstone on the Upper East Side – 245 East 73rd Street, between Park and Madison to be exact! Here, Carrie Bradshaw had many moments on the iconic front steps and at the window, where she is seen writing her column in many of the episodes of Sex and the City. If you get the chance to visit Carrie’s apartment on your trip to Manhattan, don’t expect to see Manolo Blahnik wearing, Cosmo sipping, single ladies. This brownstone is actually located in the heart of the West Village of Manhattan at 64 Perry Street, a tree-lined street in a quiet neighbourhood.

Friends – Monica Geller’s Apartment:

There is no way that this apartment could not make our favourites list! Monica Geller, who is played by actress Courtney Cox, lives in Apartment 20 of an apartment unit in Greenwich Village. The apartment was handed down to Monica from Grandma Geller and is the one of the main sets used in the show. Located on the corner of Grove and Bedford in Greenwich Village, you can go see this apartment with the iconic fire escape and fulfill your Friends fan dreams!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Holly Golightly’s apartment:

For all of the Audrey Hepburn fans out there, this is a definite spot to visit! See where Miss. Holly Golightly lived with the company of her pet cat and her neighbour, Paul. In the movie, Holly’s small apartment address is 167 East 71st Street located on the Upper East Side of a neighbourhood borough in Manhattan. However, in reality, the actual house number is 169! Holly’s apartment is now a multi-family home of 2,880 square feet, and the property is valued at around four million dollars. Make sure to bring your big, black sunhats when visiting!

Serendipity – Serendipity 3, Restaurant and General Store:

Serendipity (n): the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

That is exactly what happens to Sara and Jonathan played by Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack in the movie, Serendipity. In the film, Sara and Jonathan share a frozen hot chocolate at a little restaurant on the first night that they meet. This restaurant is called “Serendipity 3” and is located at 225 East 60th Street in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Since the film, the restaurant has been known for their frozen hot chocolate. Also, the table that Beckinsale and Cusack sat at while filming is now referred to as the “Star Table”. Established in 1954, this restaurant is a hot spot for locals, tourists, and celebrities. Stephen Bruce is the owner and even made an appearance in the movie itself! Bruce plays the staff member that Jonathan asks if it is okay to go back into the restaurant to look for his scarf. If you plan to stop for a bite at Serendipity 3, make sure to call ahead of time and make a reservation.

Comfort Tour Canada has bus tours departing from Toronto to New York City every weekend this summer! With a great mix of fully-guided tours and free time, you will be able to see all that New York City’s attractions have to offer. During your free time, why not go on a movie and TV set adventure to check out some of these places mentioned. Book a tour with Comfort Tour Canada today!

Follow the Royal-Brick-Road!

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Have you booked one of our tours to London and Paris and are having a hard time deciding what to do or see during your free time in London? Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a part of the British Royal Family? We’ve created an exclusive Royal Road for you to follow to get a taste of what it is like to be a King or a Queen!

Follow this road to experience the royal pomp and pageantry as you discover the majestic part of London!

Tower of London:

Built around 1365 to house Edward III’s treasures, this building is one of only two left from the medieval Palace of Westminster after an 1834 fire. This world-famous historic landmark gives you the opportunity to see the Imperial State Crown and other royal treasures in the Jewel House. While you’re there, be sure to check out some of the exhibitions going on throughout the summer such as the Line of Kings exhibit – showcasing the Tower’s collection of arms and armour!

Kensington Palace:

This royal residence was Princess Diana’s last home. Visit the Fashion Rules: Dresses from the Collections of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana exhibit and indulge in exquisite dresses once worn by these royal leading ladies. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon tea party and at the Orangery restaurant. Remember, pinkie up!

Queen’s Gallery:

The Queen’s Gallery is a public art gallery located at Buckingham Palace. This gallery showcases works of art from the Royal Collection. You can admire Queen Mary’s diamond ring at The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760 exhibit as well as the Diamond Jubilee state coach!

Westminster Abbey:

Consecrated in 1065, this breathtaking abbey is the crowning and burials site of most English monarchs since 1066. It also houses Poets’ Corner; the burial place of Charles Dickens and other writers. Visit the site that held the extravagant 2011 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

Fortnum & Mason:

Established in 1707, this British store is famed for its food hall, hampers and china. Bring home gifts for your family from Fortnum & Mason, the official grocers of HRH the Price of Wales since 1863.

Royal Birthday:

You are cordially invited to celebrate Prince George’s first birthday. On July 22nd, Buckingham Palace will be opening their doors to launching Royal Childhood; a special exhibition of artefacts from different generations of childhood within the royal family. You will see 250 years of toys, clothes, unseen photographs and film footage. Happy Birthday, Prince George!

Comfort Tour Canada offers a London/Paris tour package for 9 days and 8 nights. We provide fully guided tours to all of the main attractions of each city. For each day that you are in London, you will also have the opportunity to go see sites and attractions at your own leisure. Following the Royal Road is a perfect activity to do during your free time to explore the majestic city of London! Embrace your adventurous side and book one of our London/Paris tours today!

Pennsylvania Highlights: Lancaster, Gettysburg and Philadelphia

Philadelphia-Gettysburg Bus Tours from Toronto

Discover the diversity of Pennsylvania as you visit the Amish countryside in Lancaster, tour the historic battlefields of Gettysburg and explore the cosmopolitan city of Philadelphia! Join Comfort Tour Canada on our Philadelphia-Gettysburg Bus Tours from Toronto to experience the best that Pennsylvania state has to offer!

On Day 2 of the tour, you will enjoy a fully-guided tour of Philadelphia accompanied by a ‘period costumed’ Licensed City Guide. The tour will include visits to many famous historical sites including the Independence Hall, Franklin Court, Liberty Bell, Society Hill, Liberty Place, Betsy Ross House, Christchurch and much more! Philadelphia has a lot to offer and this is your chance to experience this beautiful city.

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On Day 3 of the tour, you will visit the Gettysburg Military Park and Battlefield with a Licensed Battlefield Guide.  The famous battlefield is approximately 24 square miles and incorporates 1400 monuments to the men who fought in Gettysburg. This tour will include the Film, Cyclorama and Museum Experience.  “The “Battle of Gettysburg” Cyclorama at Gettysburg National Military Park is a [series of’] fantastic 3-D painting that bring the fury of the final Confederate assault on July 3, 1863 to life and provide the viewer with a sense of what occurred at the battle long touted as the turning point of the Civil War.”

Also on Day 3, enjoy an Amish Farmlands guided tour for the ultimate Amish experience! The Pennsylvania Amish of Lancaster Country are the oldest Amish settlement in America. “The cornerstone of “The Amish Experience” is the Amish Farmlands Tour, taking you deep into the heart of the oldest Amish community in the world, as well as some of the most beautiful farmland you’ll ever set eyes upon. Roadside stands, bake shops, or a visit to a craft or quilt shop on an Amish farm… are among the unique happenings that may be enjoyed on your 90 minute Farmlands excursion.”

Without further ado, Comfort Tour’s  Philadelphia-Gettysburg Bus Tours from Toronto will provide you with the opportunity to not only experience the history of Pennsylvania, but also the hip and chic lifestyle of the state.

For more information about the tour, please visit our website: http://comforttour.ca/

Rockefeller Center New York City

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The Rockefeller Center, originally known as Radio City, is one of the skyscrapers you will see when our bus tour to New York City. The Rockefeller, at 70 stories high, is a complex of buildings developed in the midst of the Great Depression. It is the world’s largest privately owned building complex and a prominent cultural, business, and tourist attraction in Midtown.

Rockefeller Center – also referred to as a ‘city in the city’ – is an exceptional example of civic planning. All buildings share a common design style, Art Deco, and are connected to each other via an underground concourse, the Catacombs. The complex is nevertheless well integrated in the city of New York, especially along Fifth Avenue.

The land beneath Rockefeller Center was originally pastureland which was purchased by Dr. David Hosack in 1801. He created a public garden, the Elgin Botanic Garden, which served as a promenade as well as a laboratory for herbs. Hosack willed the land to the State of New York which gave it to Columbia University in 1811. The Rockefeller’s leased the land from 1928-1985 when they bought it outright. During the late 1920’s, John D. Rockefeller Jr. went on to build a commercial development for the young network-broadcasting industry despite the depression. Completed in 1940, the complex was originally named “The Radio City” with RCA, RKO, and NBC as the primary tenants.

Initially, the complex consisted of 14 buildings while today, the Rockefeller Center consists of 19 buildings and covers 11 acres. It is still the largest privately owned building enterprise ever undertaken in the United States. It was also the first private real estate project to include extensive garden landscaping at both street and rooftop levels. Rockefeller Center was declared a national historic landmark in 1988.

These days, Rockefeller Center’s central gathering place has expanded from a fairly small skating rink and Channel Gardens into a much larger destination including the three blocks of Rockefeller Plaza and all the smaller plazas on 49th and 50th Streets. Rockefeller Center is also famous for annual Christmas tree. Over five miles of lights are used to decorate the tree every year.

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View from ‘The Rock’ (Rockefeller observation desk)

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View from ‘The Rock’ (Rockefeller observation desk)

The Rockefeller Center is also known for the many works of art that enrich the complex. Many of them portray the ideals of Enlightenment, such as ‘Progress through Science’.  The observation deck atop Rockefeller Center’s GE Building – promoted as ‘Top of the Rock‘ – boasts panoramic views of Central Park and the Empire State Building. During your free time on our tour, if you would like a beautiful view of Manhattan, you can do so by visiting this Top of the Rock observation deck.