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Group Tour vs. Private Tour

Private Guide Gavin in London leads a tour

At Viator, we’re realists. We know that the tours we offer, no matter how varied or flexible, may not suit your exact needs every time. Even though we work hard to offer tours “for everyone,” we also understand that sometimes the nature of your group or the specific things you’d like to see and do […]

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December 15, 2011 by | Comments Off on Group Tour vs. Private Tour

Hop-On Sydney Harbour: A Winner!

Old Ship-Sydney Harbor

I’ve been a fan of the Hop-On, Hop-Off tour for ages; the benefits are outstanding and the only downside a lingering worry for some that they might be a little, well, déclassé. Nonsense to that, I say! So, I was in Sydney last week and took up an invitation from our team there to check […]

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August 22, 2011 by | Comments Off on Hop-On Sydney Harbour: A Winner!

San Francisco Sightseeing: Top 4 Things to Do

Dolores Park view

San Francisco is invariably one of Viator’s Top 10 destinations, and that’s no coincidence. While some destinations need to be seen once and may then be safely crossed off one’s list – I’m not naming names, that would just start arguments – the City by the Bay is a lot deeper than that, and seems […]

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August 8, 2011 by | Comments Off on San Francisco Sightseeing: Top 4 Things to Do

Viator’s European Shore Excursions: A Big Hit!


Back in February I wrote about Viator’s new focus on shore excursions for cruise passengers, pointing out the numerous good reasons to look further than your cruise line’s own offerings. Since then we’ve added a range of new excursions around popular European ports that are already proving to be big hits.

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July 28, 2011 by | Comments Off on Viator’s European Shore Excursions: A Big Hit!

Europe’s Castles & Chateaux: Why so Popular?

Viator iPhone Appication

Viator offers quite an array of tours that showcase the magnificent castles and chateaux of Europe, and they are consistently amongst our highest rated tours. What is it about a day spent wandering around old buildings that people find so appealing? I decided to investigate; here are my findings…

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June 20, 2011 by | 1 Comment

[VIDEO] New York Food Tours A Chowhound’s Delight


When our New York City team heard that I would be in town recently, they twisted my arm very, very hard (it took all of three microseconds) to persuade me to check out some of our new food tours in Manhattan and Brooklyn. As more and more people make cuisine one of the key focal […]

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June 14, 2011 by | Comments Off on [VIDEO] New York Food Tours A Chowhound’s Delight

Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant: An Update

Group on the tramcar restaurant

Our correspondent Phillipa Burne wrote a lovely post on Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant back in 2009; I was in Melbourne recently and wondered if anything had changed. The Tramcar Restaurant has become even more popular in the ensuing years, and I was keen to discover if my 2011 experience was any different to Phillipa’s. What […]

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May 23, 2011 by | Comments Off on Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant: An Update

All About Kakadu National Park

ubirr rocks and floodplain

There are some good reasons why Kakadu National Park, in Australia’s Northern Territory, is such an iconic destination. But somehow those reasons are hard to put into words, except in a less than “formal” fashion. Here goes, with some random thoughts about this (OK, I’m stealing a word from Oprah) awesome place:

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May 12, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Introducing: Launceston, Tasmania


Growing up in Hobart — Tasmania’s capital, and the largest of its cities — I freely admitted to looking down my nose at Launceston. As far as we southerners were concerned, the only thing going for our northern neighbour was its proximity — less than 2 hour’s drive — to us. My, how things have […]

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April 7, 2011 by | 1 Comment

New York City Helicopter Tours: An Update

Lower Manhattan & Battery Park, taken on the tour

Is there any better place in the world to take a helicopter flight than New York City? If there is I want to go there, now! But some recent changes in flight regulations for helicopter operations in the New York City airspace made me wonder how much the tours had been affected. To find out, […]

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March 21, 2011 by | Comments Off on New York City Helicopter Tours: An Update