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2007 Press Releases

Viator Provides Travelers with a 'Big Easy' Cure to the Winter Blahs and Blues - The New Orleans Experience

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Mardi Gras Season or Year-round, Viator Helps Travelers Experience All New Orleans Can Offer While Supporting the Crescent City Rebuild

San Francisco, CA. - February 1, 2007 - With Mardi Gras fast approaching, the time is right to plan a visit to New Orleans and take in all the sights, sounds and tastes that this Louisiana city is known for. Many of the hotels, attractions, tours and restaurants throughout the city are back in business and by visiting the Big Easy, travelers can actively contribute to rebuilding this important city as it continues to rebound from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

"New Orleans has always been a favorite destination of travelers from all over the world, especially during this time of year when the mood is high and the temperatures are typically mild," said Rod Cuthbert, founder and CEO of Viator. "We're delighted to offer a wide array of New Orleans activities to help travelers take the guess work out of what's up and running, in particular during Mardi Gras season when there's no better place to be. All of us at Viator are proud to be working with the local tour operators and owners to show travelers the continued tradition and magic of this wonderful city."

See It All - Even in a Day
For those visitors that may be short on time, there are numerous tours that provide a tremendous overview of the city. Starting at $55.00, The VISITicket: New Orleans Power Pass offers visitors the best value for attractions throughout town. As New Orleans rebuilds, the Post Hurricane Katrina Tour, starting at $53.00, spends over three hours in a variety of neighborhoods impacted by Katrina and highlights the rebuilding efforts. The New Orleans Cajun Bayou Tour, starting at $60, explores the Cajun back country on water and on foot. The historic Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise, starting at $19.50, cruises by the bustling activity of America's second largest port, the city skyline, as well as Chalmette Battlefield.

Calling All Spirits!
New Orleans has been called the most haunted city in America, and offers travelers a bounty of spirit and ghost tours. The New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour, starting at $17.00, investigates some of the grim and ghastly deeds perpetrated in the old French Quarter. For those looking for a 'biting' good time, The Vampire Tour, starting at $17.00, explores the dark and mysterious world of the undead, with a visit to a noted Vampire tavern to boot. The New Orleans Ghosts and Spirits Tour, starting at $21.00, takes in many haunted sites throughout the Big Easy.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Mardi Gras season is the perfect time to take The Southern Comfort Cocktail Tour, starting at $23.00 as travelers learn the history of Pimm's Cup, the Hurricane, and see where Southern Comfort was created in 1874. The art of cooking Jambalaya is the souvenir visitors bring home after taking the New Orleans Cooking Class, starting at $28.00. Experts in Creole/Cajun fare teach local specialties including Gumbo, Jambalaya and the ever-so-yummy local treat, Pralines. Dinner at the Court of Two Sisters Restaurant, starting at $53.00, allows travelers to savor the local history associated with 150 years of Creole cuisine.

Famous Neighborhoods on Foot
One of New Orleans' oldest neighborhoods is discovered on the Garden District Walking Tour, starting at $19.00, and includes marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. A local expert highlights all the history and life of one of the oldest neighborhoods in America during the French Quarter Walking Tour, starting at $24.00. No tour of this area would be complete without a beignet and café au lait at Café du Monde in the historic French Market.

* All prices listed are per person and are accurate at press time. Due to Mardi Gras activities around the city, tour schedules may vary. Travelers are encouraged to check all schedules carefully.

About Viator
Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences  the things you do when you get there, providing access to more than 5,000 sightseeing tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in more than 75 countries, as well as customer reviews, star ratings and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator - the Latin word for traveler - offers online consumers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities that meet a variety of tastes and preferences, including sightseeing tours, theater tickets, soft adventure trips, attraction passes, wine and culinary excursions, and many "well kept secrets" off the beaten path. Viator's in-house travel experts help take the guess work out of planning by hand-picking respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service. Viator, founded in 1995, sells its products directly to consumers at and through its growing global network of more than 3,500 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.

Kate Sullivan, 1-973-568-7589

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