San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2007
As the annual commemoration of Earth Day approaches on April 22, Viator.com, the leading online resource for researching and booking activities in 75 countries worldwide, is helping travelers minimize their climate footprint. Viator’s diverse selection of eco-friendly activities in destinations around the world and new suggested guidelines for sustainable living and travel will help travelers truly experience their destination while taking steps to protect the environment.
As part of its Earth Day commemoration, Viator is also giving away 100,000 miles of carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org and Viator Gift Certificates as part of a Writing Contest (http://travelblog.viator.com/earth-day-writing-contest/) to encourage traveler awareness and participation.
Last week, Viator announced a partnership with Carbonfund.org and its intent to become 100% carbon neutral, starting with offsetting the company’s corporate travel, and helping to educate travelers about minimizing their own climate footprint. Information on Carbon Offsets, Sustainable Life and Travel, as well as the Earth Day Writing Contest can also be found on the Viator Travel Blog at http://travelblog.viator.com/.
Viator’s in-house travel experts have hand-selected some popular eco-friendly activities around the globe.
A Little Legwork Means a Smaller Footprint
Cycling tours are a great way to help protect the environment and to truly experience the vibe of a destination by riding through its streets without any barrier between the traveler and the local sights, sounds or smells. Viator offers nearly one-hundred cycling tours around the world. The Half Day Cycling Tour of Barcelona with an entertaining native English speaking guide offers a different perspective of the city, some fun, and the chance to meet other travelers. The Sydney Cycling Tour features the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, and more than 30 other important sights. A quick trip on the train from Paris with bike in hand culminates in the Cycling Tour of Versailles with up-close access to Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon, the Grand Canal and the famous Chateau of Versailles. The Half Day Berlin City Afternoon Cycling Tour packs two full days worth of independent sightseeing into a 4-hour, expertly guided experience including historical overviews and glimpses into the Berlin of today. Other cities easily explored on two-wheels through Viator.com include Chicago, London, Maui, Montreal, Paris, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
Travelers Stepping Lightly
Walking tours are among some of the most popular activities in any destination because of the full exposure they provide to the atmosphere of a destination, not to mention being carbon free. During the Venice Past and Present Walking Tour -- St Mark's Square, Bridge of Sighs, Grand Canal and Rialto, this enchanting city is discovered through its extraordinary architecture, labyrinth of narrow alleyways and prevalent medieval flavor. The roots of rock, punk and glam can’t be traced to one city or club, but the people and places that formed much of the foundation of those musical genres are explored on NYC's Original Rock 'n' Roll Walking Tour throughout the historic Lower East Side. The goal of the Madrid Tapas Evening Walking Tour is to leave travelers with a lasting affinity for the city through an introduction to the real Madrileno lifestyle accompanied by traditional Spanish food and drink enjoyed in some of the hidden corners of central Madrid. Viator offers walking tours in more than 70 destinations, including favorites like Amsterdam, Florence, New Orleans, Prague, San Francisco and Tokyo -- also well explored by foot.
Nature as the Destination
When the environment becomes a destination’s main attraction, one way to get close to it is by grabbing a paddle and taking to the water. The 3 Bay Cruzade from Los Cabos is a combination kayak and snorkel adventure that discovers the magnificence of secluded bays in Mexico like Twin Dolphin, Santa Maria and Chileno Bay. During the Canoe Cave Explorer Tour at Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Thailand, a skilled canoe guide takes travelers through the famous Phang Nga Bay and up close to newly discovered sea caves and 'Hongs', open-air cliff-lined cylindrical tidal lagoons. The Half Day Double Island Sea Kayaking Tour explores Palm Cove Beach in Australia aboard single or double kayaks and includes time for snorkeling and spotting local wildlife like dolphins, turtles and manta rays. The Cayman Islands, Mission Bay in San Diego and Lake Mead in Las Vegas offer more opportunities to take to the water with Viator.com.
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 http://www.viator.com and through its growing global network of more than 4,000 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.
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