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July 4, 2016 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Big Bus Tours: Chicago

Big Bus Tours is pleased to announce a number of new products and experiences as the Chicago tour marks one year in operation:

Chicago tourists can now benefit from the Zoo Link, providing service to three additional stops in Lincoln Park; included with every Deluxe and Premium ticket bought. A classic trolley takes customers to the Chicago History Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo and The Peggy Notebaert Museum, with $1 savings on entry to both museums and 10% savings at retail outlets within the zoo when purchased through Big Bus Tours. Chicago’s Panoramic Night Tour is also now available, inviting tourists to see the city’s entire skyline lit up – from River North’s vibrant nightlife scene to The Magnificent Mile. The evening loop departs at 8.15pm daily. Alternatively, the Big Bus Tours Deluxe Loop can now be combined with a Shoreline Sightseeing lake tour and a ticket to 360 Chicago for a full circle experience of the waterfront city, with the introduction of the Triple Play Package, saving visitors $15 when bought together.


For those looking to venture further afield, Big Bus Tours Chicago has partnered with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) to launch Chicago’s Historic Neighborhoods Tour. The 90-minute tour takes the open-top bus beyond downtown, led by a certified CAF docent to guide visitors around Greektown, Little Italy, Pilsen, Chinatown and Bronzeville, running twice daily.

Big Bus Tours Chicago has also just launched its first language option for its tours. Every bus is now equipped with headsets that play a pre-recorded version of the Big Loop tour in Spanish.

Big Bus Tours: Las Vegas

This summer Big Bus Tours Las Vegas will introduce their ULTIMATE packages which combine a number of experiences to maximize any visit to the city. The ULTIMATE tours include a Grand Canyon West Rim Combo and Grand Canyon South Rim Combo. Both packages include three full days of hop-on, hop-off open top sightseeing, a Big Bus Panoramic Night Tour, a day tour of Laughlin Nevada and a choice of two bonus tickets which can include CSI: The Experience, Highroller Observation Wheel, a VIP Dine 4 Less Meal Card or famed Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

Big Bus Tours: Miami

Big Bus Tours Miami has commenced a new Miccosukee Experience Package. Visitors seeking a cultural element to their trip can join this walking tour through a Native American village, where Miccosukee women can be seen crafting detailed patterns, beading and carving wood. An airboat ride will venture the historic Everglades featuring native plants, alligators and birds in their natural habitats and includes a stop at the authentic Miccosukee hammock-style Indian Camp. At over 100 years old, this is where skilled natives can be seen to overpower creatures up to 9 feet long with their alligator hunting techniques, holding the animal’s jaw open with their head. A 24-hour Big Bus Tour and 4-hour Miccosukee tribe tour is priced at $90.

Big Bus Tours: New York City

After a successful two years of business in New York City, Big Bus Tours has opened a new visitor center located in the heart of Times Square, furthering their position as ambassadors to New York City visitors. During 2015 750,000 visitors were welcomed on a Big Bus Tour and with 2016 expecting 1.5 million passengers the year is anticipated to be better than ever.

Big Bus Tours has now added value to their 2- and 3-day packages. This includes an exclusive walking tour to the 9/11 Memorial through Lower Manhattan with SANDEMAN’s Walking Tours. A free 1-hour bike rental is also now offered for Big Bus Tours customers to retrace their routes and continue to explore the city like a local, be it through Central Park or across the Brooklyn Bridge.

In 2015 Big Bus Tours New York City launched the Big Adventure Pass allowing visitors to utilize the hop-on, hop-off tours while visiting the top NYC attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty and One World Observatory. Most recently Big Bus Tours has partnered with The New York Pass, the leading attraction pass in New York City, to offer their customers Big Bus hop-on, hop-off tours as an inclusion in the pass.

Big Bus Tours: San Francisco

Big Bus Tours San Francisco has recently updated their tour route, increasing the bus frequency to every 10-minutes or less. In addition to the fun and knowledgeable Big Bus Tours guides that the company is renowned for, in March of this year, new multilingual tours launched on all buses. Available in 10 languages – including Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish – these guides provide insightful experiences for even more customers.

Big Bus Tours San Francisco has also expanded their activity with attraction partners to ensure customers a wide range of activities, including land, sea and air tours. A third new Pier 39 partner has just been announced, with strong relationships continuing with Fisherman’s Wharf neighbors and partners throughout the city. These include a co-branded campaign in Fisherman’s Wharf with Madame Tussauds and the San Francisco Dungeon.

 Big Bus Tours: Washington, D.C.

Big Bus Tours Washington, D.C. is proud to have recently renewed their exclusive relationship with the National Park Service and the Department of Interior as the authorized concessioner for Interpretive Visitor Transportation Services for the next 10 years. As the USA’s national parks and landmarks continue to attract visitors in the centennial year of the National Park Service, the relationship allows Big Bus to provide unparalleled access to the National Mall and Memorial Parks by providing the official hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the National Mall, America’s Front Yard. Big Bus Tours is pleased to have this prestigious relationship as one of their many in the city, making Big Bus an integral part of Washington, D.C.

Big Bus Tours Washington, D.C. always strives to improve upon its place as the premiere operator in the city. To that point, they have been working with a number of the city’s key venues and museums to improve access, ensuring guests a more convenient and in-depth sightseeing experience. As a result, Big Bus now stops at Adams Morgan – a neighborhood popular with D.C. locals; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Newseum, which houses the CNN Politics Campaign 2016: Like, Share, Elect exhibition, telling the story of the 2016 presidential campaign in real time. Scott William, COO of the Newseum says, “We’re delighted to have our partners Big Bus Tours stopping at the Newseum…we work together to ensure visitors to the nation’s capital have an amazing experience.”

Additionally, each Deluxe Big Bus ticket, which already includes 48-hour access to all 4 loops and admission to Madame Tussauds, now also comes with a free Night Tour, which alone is valued at $39.

Big Bus Tours: Philadelphia

Following Philadelphia gaining the status as the first U.S. city to be names a UNESCO World Heritage City, Big Bus Tours Philadelphia has launched reordered commentaries in 6 languages, to include French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish as visitors from across the globe come to the epicentre of American democracy, home of the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell.

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