2012 Press Releases
Enjoy the World's Most Popular Attractions Like an Insider—Without the Crowds—from Viator
September 6, 2012
San Francisco, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2012)—Long lines and crushing crowds don’t have to be part of the travel experience when visiting the world’s most popular landmark attractions. Savvy travelers can now avoid the masses and enjoy special perks with "Viator VIP Exclusives" from Viator.com—the leading resource for researching and booking more than 10,000 tours and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries. These exclusive activities are available only through Viator, and offer travelers special benefits including off-hours entry and behind the scenes access to non-public and secret spaces, not available to other visitors, at a selection of top sights and attractions worldwide.
“Our staff works very closely with local tour operators around the world to make it very easy for all travelers to find the best things to do in their destinations and, discover things they didn’t even know they could do like touring the Sistine Chapel after hours,” said Ms. Barrie Seidenberg, Viator president and CEO. “We’ve made all the connections and even pulled a few strings to deliver unprecedented access and experiences our customers will never forget.”
VIP Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial
This action-packed VIP tour combines New York City’s newest sites with its most iconic attractions, highlighted by private access to the Empire State Building before the doors open to the general public. The tour also includes skip-the-line entry to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, entry to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center, a bus tour of midtown Manhattan including Times Square and Rockefeller Plaza, and a cruise around the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and other attractions.
VIP Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of Vatican’s Secret Rooms
Viator’s VIP access at the Vatican offers travelers a once-in-a-lifetime private viewing of the Sistine Chapel along with unprecedented access to secret rooms and areas of the Vatican that are typically off-limits to the public, including the Niccoline Chapel, the impressive Bramante Staircase, the opulent Room of Gold and Raphael’s Rooms. The tour includes a three-hour small-group VIP tour of the Vatican Museums including skip-the-line entry; a private 30-minute tour of the Sistine Chapel after its doors are closed to the public; and access to many of the Vatican Museums’ classic attractions.
VIP Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters
On this nine-hour tour of the Palace of Versailles, travelers will enjoy priority skip-the-line entrance to this UNESCO World Heritage site through a reserved door, unprecedented access to magnificent private rooms that are normally off-limits to the general public such as Louis XVI’s library, and priority entrance to the State Apartments and the famous Hall of Mirrors as soon as the palace opens—before the crowds arrive. Following the tour of the palace, guests have ample time to wander through the lush, beautiful gardens.
Even More Insider Access
Viator also offers skip the line access and private and exclusive viewings and tours at other top attractions worldwide. Special access includes a private viewing of Stonehenge, skip the line access at Florence’s Duomo and Accademia Gallery and private access to the Vasari Corridor, a skip the line sunset tour of the Eiffel Tower, bypassing the lines at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and a deluxe helicopter flight that includes landing on a private bluff at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. To browse additional VIP and exclusive tours and activities, as well as for details on the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news, visit www.viator.com and the Viator Travel Blog as well as Viator’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Viator® is the world’s leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 10,000 tours, attractions and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries. Viator—the Latin word for traveler—offers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities via its Web and mobile platforms with resources such as more than 330,000 traveler reviews, ratings and photos, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator’s in-house travel experts hand-pick trusted local operators to ensure quality, value and service, all backed by a low-price guarantee. Viator sells its products through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the Viator Ultimate Experience Guide for iPad, the Viator Shore Excursions website, local language sites for European, Latin American and Asian markets and more than 2,000 affiliated sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is a privately held company, with lead investment from The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Founded in 1995, Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.