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Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo

I have to admit it had been years since I visited a zoo, with concerns about animal rights and the moral issues involved in keeping wild animals in captivity the main things that kept me away. But I had heard good things about Singapore Zoo, and about the changed thinking that was now commonplace amongst […]

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February 16, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Book a Private Guide for your Shore Excursions!

Private Guides Cruise Shore Excursions

Spend some time talking to regular cruise-goers about shore excursions and a common view becomes clear: generally speaking, the shore excursions offered by cruise lines are cookie-cutter operations, designed to move large groups off the ship, through some points of interest onshore, and back onboard again with a minimum amount of fuss.

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February 10, 2012 by | 1 Comment

The Joy of Trip Planning

Caribbean

At the recent PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Conference a speaker waxed lyrical about their new web site, which would relieve its users of the burden of travel planning, letting them get hours of planning done in a few minutes instead. And they considered that a good thing!

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January 26, 2012 by | 1 Comment

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!

NaplesShoreX-Positano

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

delivery

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