Paris, France (November 6, 2009) - Customers of City-Discovery.com, a website that specializes in bookings for sightseeing tours, travel experiences, and ground transportation worldwide, can now watch videos of popular travel experiences on the site. Professional two-minute videos of a destination's special attractions and activities are now available for selected tours, including the ever-popular walking tours to more adventurous travel experiences like crocodile-watching, zip line adventures, and ultimate space experience in Orlando.
Videos are high-quality movies featuring either voice-overs or virtual tours by professional guides, with music in the background. They are produced in partnership with tour suppliers from various destinations.
"Our goal is to bring the travel experience closer to the customer," says City Discovery vice president Wladimir Guez. "The online video tours will give prospective customers a better sense of what the destination and tour will be like. This is especially important for first-time travelers or budget-conscious ones who want to be reassured that they will be getting their money's worth by booking a tour."
"Also, as more travelers research trips and activities online before traveling, being able to see the actual activities on video beforehand goes a long way towards eliminating guesswork about the reliability of tour providers," Guez adds.
The video listings join the set of new and enhanced features on City-Discovery.com, which includes itineraries, expanded media content, shareable wish lists (called WishBox on the web site), and travel gift certificates that can be exchanged for tours. Soon, user-generated videos will be available, making the media content on the site more interactive.
In the meantime, for a sample of tours with videos from among City-Discovery.com's roster of over 5,000 tours and attractions in 300 destinations, travelers can check this list out.
Exploring the Vatican
The Vatican City Walking Tour Experience is an entertaining and eye-opening experience of the Vatican, the small city state nestled in Rome and official home of the Pope. Beginning with a walk around the fortified walls of the city, the tour moves forward with fascinating commentaries on ancient Christian art and sculpture housed in the famous Vatican Pinacoteca, where a copy of Pieta by Michelangelo can be admired, as well as priceless works of art by Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci, Guido Reni, Caravaggio, and Pietro Perugino. Other Vatican highlights include the Pinecone and Belvedere Courtyards, Hall of Muses and Greek Cross Room, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Swiss Guards.
In the video, host Jason Pittelli, head guide of Love4Adventure tours, introduces iconic monuments and landmarks in the Vatican in a personable and easy-to-follow manner. Meanwhile, travelers interested in a more fast-paced exploration of Rome and the Vatican may prefer the Escorted Cruiser Bike Tour. Equipped with an audio guide MP3 player, participants get to know the area's diverse history, while pedaling along from the Colosseum to the Imperial Forums and from the Vatican to Piazza di Spagna.
Biking in Florence
Florence Bike Tour lets travelers explore Florence, the Cradle of Renaissance Culture, on a bike. Passing through narrow streets, on pedestrian areas, and past magnificent monuments, the bike tour is an exhilarating way to enjoy a city with fellow travel and bike enthusiasts. The video of the activity shows the tour escort riding with and guiding the group, giving interesting commentaries about sights and attractions including the medieval district of Duomo
Visiting Mt Fuji in Japan
Mt. Fuji is Japan's most famous symbol, attracting sightseers and climbers from all over the world. Its exceptionally symmetrical cone has captured the imagination of countless artists and poets throughout the ages. One-day trips like Mt Fuji Hakone and Motorcoach Tour of Mt. Fuji and Hakone allow travelers to get in touch with nature and enjoy amazing views of the mountain and valley beside it. A scenic cruise on Lake Ashi, extending from the foot of Mt. Fuji, is included in the activities. The return to Tokyo is by Shinkansen or bullet train from Odawara Station.
Encounters with an astronaut, gators, dolphins, and treetops
These things to do in Orlando include close encounters with astronauts, spaceships, dolphins, alligators, and treetops. The Ultimate Space Experience includes a Space Pass, giving space enthusiasts the opportunity to take lunch with a genuine astronaut and a two-hour fully-guided tour of the Kennedy Space Center. Gatorland Tour features fun and adventure in the protected habitat of over 4,000 alligators, as well as snakes and other exotic animals. On the other hand, the Key West Shallow-Water Experience gives participants the chance of a lifetime to spend time at a dolphin lagoon as well as explore the natural splendor of the Florida Everglades and experience some of the Miami Vice lifestyle. While the Zip Line Glide and Ride Eco Adventure highlights aerial adventures over Florida's wetlands and through an ancient cypress forest.
All City Discovery tours and activities bear the City Discovery Best Price Guarantee, making it easy for travelers to book their preferred travel adventures at the lowest possible price online. For more inspiration on what trip to take, visit www.city-discovery.com.
About City Discovery
City Discovery is a leading provider of sightseeing tours, travel experiences and ground transportation worldwide. With over 5,000 carefully selected travel activities in 300 destinations and user-friendly features such as traveler reviews, wishbox, suggested itineraries and gift certificates, City Discovery sells directly to consumers through City-Discovery.com and a network of over 7,500 travel agencies and affiliates. City Discovery is available in 13 languages and has offices in USA, France, Italy, Greece and the Philippines.