Viator, a TripAdvisor company, offers a range of incredible experiences all around the world — and with so many to choose from and hundreds of destinations worldwide, we’ve rounded up the best ones. With Viator, travelers can skip going through travel agents, or the complexities of arranging sightseeing, and book tours online. From compact city walking tours through to flying over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter or seeing eerie, unique sights found nowhere else on the planet, here’s our selection of the top Viator tours to add to your bucket list:
Ultimate Day Tour of Paris
If you only have 24-hours in Paris or you are pushed for time, hop on the Paris one-day sightseeing tour, which will take you around the city’s best sights. Across the day, you’ll see the best bits at the world renown art museum The Louvre, visit the city’s historic Notre Dame Cathedral, and drift along the River Seine in a boat. You’ll also be wined and dined at the Eiffel Tower’s 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. And, if you’re looking to do something a little different, you can also go on a more grizzly tour of the eerie Paris catacombs, which are home to the remains of six million people.
Helicopter Ride Over the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, and one of the most special places to visit in the United States. The Grand Canyon National Park is definitely best seen with a tour but how about an unforgettable helicopter tour of the canyon? See incredible red rock gorges, vivid turquoise rivers, and get a bird’s eye view of one of the most mighty canyons in the world. A helicopter tour really gives you an idea just how big the canyon is. It’s one of the most breathtaking activities in Arizona and you’ll be able to snap incredible photos that will look like they are fresh out of National Geographic!
San Francisco Bike Tour
Want to know the best way to see San Francisco? It’s by bike! San Francisco is one of the coolest cities in the world and cycling through it gives you the perfect opportunity to stop and take pictures as and when you like. Head on this essential San Francisco bike tour, which is a five-hour day trip past some the best sights in the city, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Baker Beach, and famous neighborhoods such as Mission District and Haight-Ashbury. Your guide will tell you tons of interesting facts about the city along the way too.
The Northern Lights in Reykjavik
The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most fascinating phenomena, and the elusive lights can be hard to spot. Sign up for a northern lights tour in Reykjavik, where you have a very high chance of seeing the lights during the winter months. You’ll hop on a bus and venture into Iceland’s dark and mysterious countryside — the lights are best seen when you’re far away from artificial city lights. The best bit is, with Viator you’ll receive a full refund if you cancel at least 24 hours before the trip, so if weather predictions suggest the following week is going to be cloudy, you can reschedule for another time. If you didn’t get lucky seeing the Northern Lights, here are some more awesome things to do in Iceland.
Tapas Tour of Madrid
A tapas tour in Madrid is an excellent way to see the Spanish capital. This small-group tour will take you around some of the tastiest tapas joints in Madrid and give you the chance to get off the tourist trail. You’ll be able to sample Iberian and Serrano ham, Spanish tortillas, pimientos padron, pulpo and much, much more. Your guide will be a local foodie who definitely won’t be letting you go home hungry! When you need to walk everything off, here’s your itinerary for 48 hours in Madrid.
England in One Day
England in one day? Yes, it is possible to see the best of the country on a one-day whirlwind tour. On this 12-hour tour you’ll see the ancient, mysterious Stonehenge, the Roman town of Bath (which is a UNESCO world heritage site), the quaint Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birth town). You’ll be able to kick back on an air-conditioned coach and soak up the great British countryside from the window as you drive between places. This tour boasts excellent reviews and photos — if you’re pushed for time during your visit to the UK, it’s a great option.
Local Tour of Rio de Janeiro
If you don’t have much time to spare in Rio de Janeiro, hop on this full-day Rio tour, which shows you all the most important spots in the city. This compact eight-hour tour will take you to Copacabana beach, which oozes life-loving Brazilian vibes, the lush Tijuca Forest, the epic Christ the Redeemer statue, and you’ll also ride the cable car to the Sugar Loaf Mountain — an truly incredible experience.
Ancient Rome Colosseum Tour
For any history buffs, this Ancient Rome Colosseum tour should be at the top of your list. The three-and-a-half hour tour will take you around historic Rome and you’ll be able to skip the long queue at the main entrance to the Colosseum and stroll in the footsteps of Gladiators. All this comes with an informative guide telling you some of the bloody stories that took place beneath your feet. You’ll also visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.