From river cruises to food tours: The world’s best bucket-list experiences

Jun 25, 2019
A fast-track tour of the Vatican City claimed the top spot. Source: Getty

For many retirees, the end of employment means the opportunity to finally tick off all those travel experiences they haven’t have time to do when travelling with the family and fitting in holidays around work. But it can be hard to know which ones are worth doing and which are actually a letdown.

TripAdvisor has just announced the winners of their Travellers’ Choice Awards for experiences and, as can be expected, European experiences featured heavily in the top 10, with a fast-track tour of the Vatican City claiming the top spot.

A Chicago architecture river cruise took the runner up spot, followed by a Tuscany one-day sightseeing tour. Meanwhile, a snorkelling trip in Thingvellir Park, Iceland and an electric bike ride through Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas rounded out the top five.

A snorkelling trip in Thingvellir Park, Iceland came in at number four. Source: Pixabay

Experiences like a tour of Paris on a vintage motorcycle sidecar, a one-hour luxury canal tour in Amsterdam, a tour of Ubud, a town in Bali, and an evening food tour of Xi’an, city in China, in a tuk-tuk also made the top 10.

Meanwhile, a white water rafting trip on the Kaituna River in New Zealand came in at number 10.

Kaituna River in New Zealand. Source: Getty

“In the last year, TripAdvisor has doubled the number of bookable tours, attractions and experiences offered to travellers because we know experiences are often the most fun and memorable parts of a trip,” TripAdvisor spokesperson, Laurel Greatrix said.

“With more than 200,000 experiences on our sites, these winners are in an extremely competitive field and represent the best-of-the-best, according to travellers themselves.”

What are your thoughts on this? Have you ticked off any of these bucket-list experiences before?

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