Paris, France (Feb 17, 2010) – Customers know best. In its 10 travel picks for 2010, City-Discovery.com announced that customer reviews, ratings, shared photos, and repeat sales of tours featuring famous attractions determined the results. According to the travel website, Eiffel Tower dominates the list, giant monuments rule the lenses of travelers across the globe, and cities in Europe and the USA are top destinations.
"Our goal is to broaden and improve the site's travel itineraries," said Emmanuel Issaurat, company president and website co-founder. "Knowing our customers' choice in where to go and what to do helps us plan and tailor our services based on customers' preferences. Every minute counts in travel, and vacation time should be savored."
About the results, he said: "The Eiffel Tower is first, with the Statue of Liberty a close second. Eight of the most popular attractions based on customers' choice are from Europe and the USA; the other two are the Great Pyramids of Egypt and Mt. Fuji in Tokyo."
Top 10 Attractions on City Discovery
1. Eiffel Tower (Paris)
Built by Gustave Eiffel between 1887 and 1889, and considered the greatest symbol of French architecture, the Eiffel Tower will always be one of the most recognized and visited structures in the world. Paris's iconic skyline wouldn't be the same without it. Recommended Paris tours on the website, such as the 2CV Convertible Eternal Essential Tour of Paris and the Day Bike Tour of Paris, feature the Eiffel Tower as main attraction.
2. Moulin Rouge (Paris)
French for Red Windmill, the Moulin Rouge is a cabaret built by Joseph Oller in 1889. It is located in Paris's red light district, Pigalle, on Boulevard de Clichy, and is marked by a red windmill on its roof. Visitors can relive the heyday of the can-can's birthplace with activities such as Dinner and Dance Show at Moulin Rouge and Dinner at Eiffel Tower plus Cruise and Moulin Rouge.
3. Niagara Falls (New York)
Straddling the borders of Ontario and New York, the Niagara Falls are voluminous waterfalls on the Niagara River. It is the most powerful waterfalls in North America renowned both for beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. Visitors to New York can catch more than just a passing glimpse of this natural wonder on the Niagara Falls by Air Day Trip, one of City Discovery's bestsellers. Depending on the season, travelers can either explore the falls onboard the famous Maid of the Mist or journey behind the falls or go through the scenic tunnels built through the rock.
4. Statue of Liberty (New York)
The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by the people of France to represent the friendship established during the American Revolution between the two countries. Helicopter tours such as the New York, New York Helicopter Ride and the Lady Liberty Helicopter Ride or the New York 75-minute Liberty Cruise provide sweeping views of the American icon as well as other New York City landmarks. The Classic New York tour is also one of the city sightseeing options featuring a visit to the Statue of Liberty.
5. Stonehenge (London)
A symbol of mystery, power and resilience, the Stonehenge is one of Britain's greatest national icons. Located in the English county of Wilshire, it is a prehistoric monument composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. Its original purpose is unclear to this day; archeological experts speculate that it once served as a temple for the worship of ancient earth deities. More of the Stonehenge can be learned on Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge Tour and Stonehenge and Bath (Late Departure).
6. Mt. Fuji (Tokyo)
The highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji is also one of Japan's 'Three Holy Mountains' (along with Mt. Tate and Mt. Haku). Located just west of Tokyo, Mt. Fuji's symmetrical cone is one of Japan's famous symbols, frequently depicted in artworks and photographs. Seen on a clear day, this active volcano is one of Japan's most visited natural attractions. Mt. Fuji can be viewed and enjoyed on tours like Mt. Fuji Hakone 1 Day Return by Shinkansen and Mt. Fuji Hakone and Onsen 2 Days (The Prince Hakone Course).
7. The Colosseum (Rome)
An elliptical amphitheatre used for gladiator matches and public spectacles, the Colosseum is the largest ever built by the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. The Colosseum and other famous Roman landmarks are included in the Imperial Rome Tour and Ancient City Walking Tour Experience.
8. The Vatican (Rome)
Ruled by the Bishop of Rome – The Pope, the Vatican is an ecclesiastical state that came into existence in 1929. It is a land-locked city-state consisting of a walled enclave within Rome, and has an area of approximately 44 hectares and a population of less than a thousand. It is also the sovereign territory of the Holy See (Sancta Sedes) and the location of the Pope's residence (Apostolic Palace). More of the Vatican and its many landmarks can be visited with some of City Discovery's bestselling tours such as The Vatican and The Vatican + Catacombs.
9. London Eye (London)
Also known as the Millennium Wheel, the London Eye is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe, with a height of 135 meters (443 feet). It has become London's most popular paid tourist attraction since it was erected in 1999. Recommended City-Discovery.com tours and activities in London include Historic and Modern London, The Total London Experience, Bateaux London Luxury Evening Dinner Cruise and The London Eye River Cruise Experience.
10. Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)
Egypt is as rich in history as much as it is cloaked in mystery. Its great pyramids, built as tombs and monuments for Egyptian rulers, are some of the most amazing constructions in the world. The Full Day Tour of the Giza Pyramids, Memphis and Sakkara; and the Sound and Light Show at Giza Pyramids offered on the website highlight these ancient wonders.
About City Discovery
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