Archive | September, 2011

[Contest] Win a Christmas Markets Tour from Salzburg!

Win 2 tickets to the Christmas Market Tour in Salzburg!

***Editor’s Note: The contest is now closed. Stay tuned for a winner!***In the Northern Hemisphere, the weather is turning crisp, the leaves are turning golden, and believe it or not, the holidays will be here before you know it. Start getting in the mood with a Christmas Markets Tour from Salzburg! Few countries do Christmas […]

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September 30, 2011 by | 2 Comments

Top 5 Pagodas in Historic Bago, Myanmar (Burma)

Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago - photo courtesy of Christopher Voitus via Wikimedia Commons

For the explorer with a keen nose for early Southeast Asian anthropology, there are not many peoples that can exceed the historical and cultural significance of the Mon, one of the region’s earliest. With a large denomination currently residing near to and long the Thai-Burmese border, they have remained through time protecting their heritage as […]

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September 30, 2011 by | Comments Off on Top 5 Pagodas in Historic Bago, Myanmar (Burma)

Top 10 Characteristics of a Great Tour Guide

You could be standing inside a 12th-century French chapel, surrounded by rare stained-glass windows created for a king; the architecture is astounding, but if you don’t know what you’re looking at, its history and relevance, which king, why and when, you’ll be missing out on so much.

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September 29, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Meet Private Tour Guide Smaragdi Dize in Nafplio, Greece

Viator Local Expert Smaragdi Dize

Meet Smaragdi Dize, one of Viator’s local experts in Nafplio, Greece (and a highly rated licensed tour guide you’ll find at Viator Private Tour Guides).

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September 28, 2011 by | Comments Off on Meet Private Tour Guide Smaragdi Dize in Nafplio, Greece

[VIDEO] Spirit of Melbourne Cruise

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruise down Melbourne’s Yarra River is a novel way to dine and offers the opportunity to see this attractive city from the water.

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September 28, 2011 by | Comments Off on [VIDEO] Spirit of Melbourne Cruise

Save 50% on ALL Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour dates!

Eiffel Tower!

HURRY! On sale for 3 days only! Book a Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Ticket and Small-Group Tour at a 50% discount! For this limited time only, you can save 50% on ALL Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour dates. This deal is only available for 3 days – so hurry! You must book by […]

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September 27, 2011 by | Comments Off on Save 50% on ALL Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour dates!

Happy World Tourism Day!

World Tourism Day - Photo courtesy of the UNWTO

Today is World Tourism Day! The United Nations World Tourism Organization started World Tourism Day in 1980 to raise awareness about tourism and its effects on economies, societies and politics in countries around the world.

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September 27, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Venice in a Day

Ponte di Rialto, the most important bridge in Venice

If you’ve only got a day to see this jewel of the Adriatic, there are a few ground rules that you need to obey. Firstly, be selective in what you want to see. Don’t try to cover everything. Venice is such a treasure trove that it would be impossible to do it justice in just […]

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September 26, 2011 by | Comments Off on Venice in a Day

Balloons, Bars, and Ballistics in Dallas

Exterior of the Sixth Floor Museum

To say that this wasn’t what I expected from Dallas would be an understatement. Downstairs at the Nasher Sculpture Center, I’m met with a room that contains a glass wall and door. It is full, pretty much floor to ceiling, with golden balloons.

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September 23, 2011 by | Comments Off on Balloons, Bars, and Ballistics in Dallas

Blue Mountains: A Different Kind of Australian Wilderness

Fairy Penguins are some of the most attractive residents of the Blue Mountains

OK, close your eyes and picture the Australian wilderness…. If you are like me, you probably have an image of a sun baked red dirt path heading off into the horizon. Actually, there is a whole different kind of wilderness in Australia in the Blue Mountains, just a short bus ride from Sydney. (You can […]

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September 21, 2011 by | Comments Off on Blue Mountains: A Different Kind of Australian Wilderness