London, UK - Open any paper or magazine or switch on the television and you can bet that it won't be too long before someone mentions the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate on 29 April. If the antics of the Royal Family leave you cold, then at least you have the opportunity to get away from it all, thanks to a happy conjunction of bank holidays, with an extra one added to the mix by Prime Minister David Cameron, who recently admitted that he camped out on the Mall at the time of the 1981 Royal Wedding between William's parents. And, with a little help from Viator.com
, the leading resource for researching and booking nearly 9,000 trip activities and experiences at the best prices, would-be escape artists booking in GBP will receive a 10% discount* on all bookings made between now and April 30th for travel any time, simply by entering the promotion code "NOTINVITED" at checkout.
Dan Hart, General Manager, Europe and Asia for Viator.com says, "British people who are fed up with all the talk of the Royal Family have seen the opportunity to take three days' annual leave and get 11 days off. Thousands of British people will jet off around the world and leave any thoughts of the nuptials of William and Kate far behind. In addition to our 'not invited' promotion, Viator has some great ideas for planning their escape.?
Far, far away
The furthest away you can get from London on the day of the wedding is the South Pacific. To make sure you have no chance whatsoever of catching sight of the wedding broadcast, where better than a cave for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour
from Auckland. Two hours out of Auckland are the famous glow-worm caves of Waitomo, illuminated by thousands of the critters suspended from the ceiling.
Avoiding the television
A television audience of more than a billion will watch the Big Day on television and it will be hard to avoid. Or, perhaps not. Pennsylvania's Amish people live their lives without resort to modern technology. No electricity and no television mean no Royal Wedding. The Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip
from New York takes in sightseeing in Philadelphia as well as a tour of an Amish farmhouse in Lancaster County with an Amish guide.
Let the good times roll
Every last Friday of the month, hundreds of rollerbladers descend on Bordeaux's Place Pey-Berland for a free skate called the Nuit des Rollers around the city. By happy coincidence, April's event happens on the same day as the Royal Wedding, giving you a tenuous excuse to get away. Tie it in with the Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip
, raising a glass to the good fortune of being away from the UK.
Do you do voodoo? I do.
The place to be on 29 April is New Orleans, the opening day of its Jazz and Heritage Festival. Take a New Orleans Super City
tour during the day to see famous cemeteries, learn about voodoo and marvel at the houses of the French Quarter. As night falls, head for the festival to catch the likes of Robert Plant, Mumford and Sons and Wyclef Jean as well as more traditional jazz musicians.
Look backwards not forward
Rather than thinking about potential future kings, immerse yourself in the lives of the tried and tested monarchs of history and who better than serial husband Henry VIII. Find out all about the wives - watch out Kate - who were divorced, beheaded or died on a tour of one of Britain's most stunning palaces, Hampton Court with Skip the Line: Hampton Court Palace Tickets
Travellers planning an escape, wedding-related or not, can visit the Viator Travel Blog for more inspiration (http://travelblog.viator.com
) as well as Twitter (http://twitter.com/ViatorTravel
) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ViatorTours
) pages for the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news.
* Please note that this offer is available for new online transactions only and cannot be applied to any existing booking. Bookings made by phone are not eligible for online discounts. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or discount and is not valid for gift certificates or Disney theme parks & attractions. This offer expires April 30, 2011.
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