Stepping beyond the velvet ropes into secret rooms at Versailles, touring the Vatican without the crowds, or enjoying the raucous revelry of Mardi Gras from a private balcony in New Orleans? These exclusive benefits are “typically-reserved- for-the-rich-and-famous.” Viator travel resource is bringing these exclusive opportunities well-within reach – both in terms of ease of booking and price – for all travelers.
The following listing is a collection of some of Viator’s most exclusive experiences for travel in 2014.
Most exclusive experiences for travel Europe:
Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican’s Secret Rooms (a Viator exclusive) includes entry through a reserved entranceway, a rare private tour of the Sistine Chapel after its closed to the public (with guide commentary – normally forbidden!) and a visit to hidden corridors and secret rooms that are usually closed to the public like the Niccoline Chapel or the Bramante Staircase.
Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters includes a private viewing of the palace’s Royal Quarters, priority entrance through a reserved door, access to off-limits private rooms like Louis XVI’s library, and first entry to the State Apartments and Hall of Mirrors.
Moulin Rouge Show with Exclusive VIP Seating and 3-Course Dinner delivers the ultimate night out in Paris with exclusive seating in a private balcony providing the best views in the house, along with skip-the-line entry, a fabulous 3-course Parisian dinner complete with Champagne and wine.
‘Game of Thrones’ Private Tour of Malta and Viator Exclusive: ‘Game of Thrones’ Walking Tour of Dubrovnik offer unprecedented access to the landmarks and locations used in the filming of the popular HBO series complete with insider gossip from the set and expert commentary on the locations.
Most exclusive experiences for travel in Asia / Pacific:
Volunteer at Panda Breeding Center with Optional Panda Holding – this is a roll-up-your sleeves, once-in-a-lifetime chance to see giant pandas up close as you help clean enclosures, prepare food and record panda behavior at the non-profit research and breeding facility. An upgrade adds a photo session (and a cuddle) with a baby panda.
Mt Fuji Private Tour Including Exclusive Visit with Monks at Sengen Shrine – travelers from Tokyo who book through Viator can ride the famous bullet train to Mt. Fuji where they have the opportunity to meet with a resident monk at the Shinto temple, who shares personal life stories and history of the temples and Buddhism.
Early Access to The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set delivers fans of the films and interested travelers to the set via private mini-coach (arriving before the crowds), along with breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn and photo opps outside Bag End.
Grand Canyon Sunset Helicopter Tour with Dinner – After a luxury helicopter flight over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon West Rim, guests will land and enjoy a gourmet dinner complete with fine china, silver, Champagne and the amazing sunset.
Mardi Gras Parade Premium Viewing Stands provides revelers with access to private, elevated viewing stands (above all the huge crowds) along the routes of top parades from March 1 to 3.
Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial blends new and old NYC icons and includes first access to the Empire State Building’s 86th floor, skip-the-line entry to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and timed entry to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center.