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Gift of Travel: Over 5000 travel experiences with City Discovery Gift Certificate

Paris, France (December 11, 2009) – Having a hard time looking for the perfect holiday gift? Well, 'tis the season to be merry,  and City Discovery.com, a website that specializes in bookings for sightseeing tours, travel experiences, and ground transportation worldwide, offers a solution to gift-giving woes – the City Discovery Gift Certificate.

Available in four currencies (USD, AUD, EUR, and GBP) and various denominations (from 25 to 500), the City Discovery Gift Certificate can be used to purchase any of the 5000 tours and attractions in 300 destinations available on the site.  

"Not only does it eliminate the guesswork in gift-giving, it also allows recipients to customize trips according to their own idea of a dream vacation," said Emmanuel Issaurat, City Discovery's president. "A gift certificate can be redeemed during the holidays and year round to book a vast range of activities, from sightseeing tours to cruises, photo tours, cooking lessons, spa experiences, shopping trips, and cabaret entertainment."

Gift certificates are valid for a year from date of purchase, giving plenty of time and opportunity for recipients to choose what they want to do or where to go from among all the available options on City-Discovery.com. As all tours and attractions have been strictly screened for quality and service, travelers using the City Discovery Gift Certificate are guaranteed big value for money on any travel experience.

For an overview of the choices available, experts from the site have put together this list.

Dare loved ones to do something different this year. City Discovery features a number of out-of-the-ordinary activities for adventurous travelers such as Elephant Riding and Bamboo Rafting in the jungles outside Chiang Mai, Swimming with Dolphins in Los Cabos, and solving the Northern Lights Mystery in Reykjavik.

For holidaymakers with a taste for aerial sightseeing, helicopters tours in New York City and over the Grand Canyon in Phoenix; balloon rides over the architectural masterpieces in France, mountain landscape of Switzerland, and ancient ruins of Luxor; and skydiving in Prague and Bogota will surely deliver some unforgettable memories as well.

Urban adventurers also have the benefit of a wide selection of sightseeing activities in top cities, including Athens, Florence, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, and Singapore. In Paris, touring in style in the iconic French car, the Citroën 2CV, is a very popular option. One such activity on City Discovery is the 2CV Convertible Eternal Magic Tours of Paris, where tour participants are chauffeured by knowledgeable and friendly guides through the heart of Paris, inviting a fresh perspective of the city.

Photo tours, such as Paris thru the Lens – City of Lights, offer a more specialized coverage of a city's attractions. They also offer photography enthusiasts as well as professional photographers the chance to capture interesting details about the city and improve their photography techniques.

Hop on hop off bus tours, segway and walking tours, and bike tours round up the city sightseeing experiences available on the site.

City Discovery also offers a Dinner Dance and Show at Moulin Rouge. The activity treats participants to a delicious dinner and amazing show – the famous French Cancan and a spellbinding performance of Feerie. This tour and other nightlife activities featuring shows, cabarets and concerts are major bestsellers on City Discovery. Travelers find them ideal for capping off a day of sightseeing, especially as they are sometimes combined with dinner cruises.

But for a truly relaxing experience, travelers can book cruises that are not packaged with shows or sightseeing activities on land. Samples of these activities include the Traditional Dinner Cruise in Amsterdam, featuring a 4 -course gourmet dinner aboard a luxury glass-dome motor launch; Dhow Cruise with Dinner through the modern and traditional sights and sounds of Dubai Creek; Danube Bend Tour, departing from Budapest and featuring three scenic towns along the famous river; and a one-day cruise to the fascinating Greek islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.  

Stepping up the pampering experience, City Discovery also hosts a lineup of spa tours that lets travelers simply indulge their senses. Bestsellers include soaking in the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa situated in the middle of a large lava field in Iceland; and the Health and Relaxation experience in the mineral-rich Dead Sea.

Finally, City Discovery's selection of food, wine, and gastronomic activities cater to travelers with a stronger interest in pursuing unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences. Activities like Wanna be Italiano Cooking Class and Wine and Cheese Tasting in Florence can give fascinating insights into the relationship between a city's cuisine and culture.  


Why the City Discovery Gift Certificate Makes the Perfect Gift for the Holidays (and all year round)

Gift of Travel, Gift of Choice - With over 5,000 travel activities in 300 destinations across the globe to choose from, recipients have plenty of options. Flexibility and versatility characterize their decision on how, when, and where to use it.

Zero guesswork – Stumped for ideas? The City Discovery Gift Certificate is a perfect solution to the holiday gift-giving dilemma. Just fill out the form, choose the currency and a denomination between 25 and 500, and it's done. Recipients can choose their dream vacations themselves.

Holiday Rush-proof - Beat the holiday rush and avoid the crowds. With this gift option, there is no need to look for a parking space and wait in long lines while lugging heavy shopping bags in crowded stores. This convenience is especially useful when deciding a gift at the last minute.  

Eco-friendly - With no wrapping paper, ribbons, tape and boxes to waste, the City Discovery Gift Certificate can be sent electronically, making it as eco-friendly a gift as possible.

Priceless Travel Memories – From planning to going on that perfect vacation, travelers accumulate a collection of priceless memories.  Even the pickiest friends and relatives can enjoy this simple yet meaningful gift.

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.

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