SOURCE: VirtualTourist.com

February 01, 2007 10:00 ET

To Croatia, for Love? VirtualTourist.com Releases List of Top 10 Unique Romantic Destinations

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 1, 2007 -- VirtualTourist, a leader in social-networking travel websites, steers travelers toward cozy spots less frequented with the release of VirtualTourist's Top 10 Unique Romantic Destinations. Its destination picks, which originate from VirtualTourist's database of over 1.4 million travel tips, skip Paris and New York City in favor of places like Croatia and Quebec City.

"When VirtualTourist.com covers the destinations you've heard of, we give you real insider info you won't find anywhere else. So it's no surprise that our list of romantic destinations includes places not commonly suggested, such as Vanuatu over Hawaii, for instance. VirtualTourist is a gold mine of advice, and it offers many paths to adventure," said Giampiero Ambrosi, general manager of VirtualTourist.com.

VirtualTourist's worldwide membership of more than 830,000 people includes luxury travelers, backpackers and all types in between. Accordingly, VirtualTourist's tips span nearly every budget as well, from the best resorts in the South Pacific to tent-camping in Croatia.

"On VirtualTourist.com, hundreds of thousands of travelers around the world freely share ideas on where to stay, what to avoid. If you're looking to have a unique experience, go armed with the recommendations of our members who have been there," said Ambrosi.

VirtualTourist's travel guides consist exclusively of user-generated content and offer travel advice on more than 25,000 destinations. VirtualTourist's Top 10 Unique Romantic Destinations represents some of the less common intimate getaways for travelers to consider this season.

VirtualTourist's Top 10 Unique Romantic Destinations*

1. Dubrovnik, Croatia - George Bernard Shaw called this ancient walled city "paradise on Earth." Its timeless quality means you can fall in love again and again.

2. Santorini Island, Greece - A sea-ringed volcano, sensational sunsets and renowned local wines win over hearts every time.

3. Québec City, Canada - This historic city with a Euro flavor knows how to charm. Take in museums, the atmospheric Old Town and scenic riverside strolls.

4. Charleston, South Carolina, USA - Infused with Southern hospitality, Charleston enchants with a historic downtown, carriage rides and a romantic harbor.

5. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - A fortified medieval village, this Bavarian highlight has a fairytale feel. Explore an old castle, stroll down winding alleyways.

6. Udaipur, India - This lakeside jewel, with a palace as its crown, is woven with narrow lanes and countless awe-inspiring views.

7. Porto Venere, Italy - This colorful Mediterranean village, with a 16th century castle and incredible local cuisine, is named after Venus, the goddess of love.

8. Saint-Émilion, France - In vineyard country, this destination lures the visitor with wineries and a medieval charm.

9. Port Vila, Vanuatu - An air of romance lingers in this South Pacific city, full of friendly people and lush tropical scenery.

10. Ushuaia, Argentina - Follow your love to the ends of the earth. The world's southernmost city boasts natural beauty, wildlife and views of snow-capped peaks.

About VirtualTourist.com

VirtualTourist is the largest online travel community in the world and a premier resource for travelers seeking an insider perspective. On VirtualTourist, real people share real advice on places they've traveled as well as their hometowns; they research and plan trips, and they interact with other avid travelers via forums and email. VirtualTourist boasts more than 1.4 million travel reviews and 2.7 million photos on more than 25,000 destinations worldwide. Unbiased, user-generated content on Hotels, Attractions, Local Customs, Tourist Traps and much more is posted entirely by VirtualTourist's more than 830,000 registered members from over 220 countries and territories. Among VirtualTourist's awards and accolades: "Sites that Changed the World," The Guardian; "Favorite Website," Newsweek; "35 Best Travel Sites," Travel + Leisure.

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