Booking a few things to do in advance can take out the stress of arriving in a new place. You can touch down and get straight into the action: skip the line at famous monuments or jump on a hop-on hop-off bus, join a walking tour for an insider's view, learn to cook like a local, or even dive with sharks. With a little planning you won't miss any of the big highlights.
Whether you're craving things to see in New York City, or want to explore la belle Paris, a tour is a great way to get straight to the heart of a new place. Lonely Planet's huge range of sightseeing tours and activities gives you choice galore, from elephant orphanage tours to Italian cooking classes.