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Let Viator.com's Best of 2007 Inspire Unforgettable Experiences in 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Travelers Booked, Bloggers Blogged and Viator Tallied: 2007's Most Popular Activities & Destinations with Recommendations for 2008

San Francisco, CA (January 8, 2008) - Viator.com, the leading online provider of destination activities and experiences worldwide, has compiled the most popular activities and destinations of 2007, as well as popular blog posts and other recommendations as part of its "List Mania" to help travelers create unforgettable experiences every time they travel in 2008.

"It is no surprise that Rome, a true classic, ranked number one for 2007, with Paris a close second," said Rod Cuthbert, founder and chairman of Viator.com. "While many iconic attractions haven't changed dramatically over the years, Viator gives travelers something special, like the ability to bypass lines, exclusive and private tours, or advance access to frequently sold-out activities."

Top 10 Most Popular Viator.com Destinations in 2007

10. Tokyo
9. San Francisco
8. Venice
7. Sydney
6. Florence
5. London
4. New York City
3. Las Vegas
2. Paris
1. Rome

Cuthbert has put together a list of five destinations he recommends for every traveler's wish list this year, with some that reflect the most popular of 2007, but others that in his view just shouldn't be missed.

Rod's Top Five Travel Destinations for 2008

5. Beijing, China - A giant-scale city where everything is worth seeing including the Great Wall and Forbidden City, Beijing, as host of the Summer Olympics, will be shining brightly this year.
4. Barcelona, Spain - The moment you arrive in Barcelona you'll feel great, with wonderful food, superb shopping and beautiful art everywhere. This compact city is well explored by foot.
3. London, England - London is so vast, even the locals haven't seen it all. Stay in charming Mayfair, take a bike tour of East London, and visit Brick Lane for the best Indian food anywhere.
2. Venice, Italy - Words can't describe its beauty. Visit Venice in the off-season, sip a glass of wine while watching the sunset at the Rialto, or listen to a Vivaldi concert at one of 150 churches.
1. Tasmania, Australia - My hometown features a relaxed pace of life, stunning natural beauty (as a World Heritage site), and a modern lifestyle featuring fine wines and extraordinary cuisine.

Top Five Most Popular Family Experiences in 2007

5. The Duck Tour, Boston
4. It's a tie - Dolphin Swims in Orlando, Florida and the Dominican Republic
3. Singapore Zoo Jungle Breakfast with Orangutans
2. Disneyland, Paris
1. Universal Studios, Orlando

Top 10 Most Popular Experiences in Europe in 2007

10. Venice in One Day - The Original Venice Walk and Grand Canal Boat Tour
9. Dinner and Show at the Moulin Rouge (Paris)
8. Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Rome Walking Tour
7. Paris Illuminations Tour and Moulin Rouge Show
6. Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Georgian Bath (London)
5. Rome Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Bus Tour
4. Milan City Sightseeing Tour including il Cenacolo - Da Vinci's "Last Supper"
3. Eiffel Tower Dinner and Moulin Rouge Show (Paris)
2. Naples and Pompeii Day Tour from Rome
1. Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour (Rome)

Top 10 Most Popular Experiences in the U.S. and Canada in 2007

10. The Ultimate Grand Canyon Tour Combo (Las Vegas)
9. Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour
8. Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ranch Adventure (Las Vegas)
7. New York Elegant Dining Cruise
6. Grand Canyon Skywalk, West Rim and Hoover Dam Motorcoach Tour
5. The Big Apple Helicopter Flight (New York City)
4. The New York Pass
3. Niagara Falls from New York by Air
2. Ultimate Grand Canyon 4-in-1 Helicopter Adventure (Las Vegas)
1. Grand Canyon All American Helicopter Flight (Las Vegas)

Top 10 Most Popular Experiences in Australia in 2007

10. Phillip Island: Penguins, Koalas and Kangaroos Day Tour from Melbourne
9. Great Ocean Road Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
8. Sunrise Breakfast Balloon Flight over the Yarra Valley (Melbourne)
7. Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon and Alice Springs 3-Day Tour
6. Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise on the MV Sydney 2000
5. See Sydney and Beyond Smartvisit Card
4. Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant
3. Colonial Tramcar Restaurant in Melbourne
2. Blue Mountains Deluxe Eco Day Tour (Sydney)
1. Sounds of Silence Restaurant (Ayers Rock)

Top 10 Most Popular Experiences in Asia in 2007

10. Kyoto and Nara Day Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Todaiji (Kyoto)
9. Singapore by Night including Dinner at Boat Quay, Night Market, Raffles Hotel
8. Guangshou (Canton) China including Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Hong Kong)
7. Dynamic Tokyo - Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony, Sumida River Cruise
6. Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Kyoto and Nara 3-Day Sunrise Highlights Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo
5. Hong Kong by Night at Revolving 66 Restaurant and Junk Cruise
4. Singapore Night Safari
3. Nikko World Heritage, Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfall (Tokyo)
2. Kyoto and Nara 2 or 3-day Sunrise Express Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo
1. Mt. Fuji and Hakone Day Tour from Tokyo: Return by Bullet Train

Travelers are advised to check out the Viator Travel Blog for upcoming list mania like the top 50 most popular destinations, the top 10 traveler reviews and photos, as well as recommendations and suggested traveler itineraries for destinations worldwide.

About Viator
Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 5,500 tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in 75 countries. Viator - the Latin word for traveller - offers travelers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities with helpful resources like customer reviews, star ratings, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator's in-house travel experts have picked respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service, all backed by Viator's low-price guarantee. Founded in 1995, Viator sells its products directly to consumers at www.viator.com and through its global network of more than 1,000 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Through its collection of company operated and affiliated sites, Viator welcomes nearly 2 million visitors per month. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.

Contact:
Kate Sullivan
1 (973) 568-7589
PR@Viator.com

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