Travelers have voted—with their TripAdvisor reviews—on the top places you need to experience in your lifetime and the way you need to see them. Trekking to Europe’s highest observation point in Zurich. Learning to cook classic Creole cuisine in New Orleans. Gazing upon the largest Buddha in Hong Kong. Visiting Croatia’s most iconic Game of Thrones sites. Or watching an authentic Sumo Wrestling Tournament in Japan. These are just some of 25 best travel experiences, tours, and activities in the world according to TripAdvisor users. Whether you’re in the middle of planning a trip or just daydreaming about your next vacation, use this list of the world’s best travel experiences as a guide for creating an unforgettable getaway.
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1. Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence
Nothing says Italy like dining on fresh pasta in the Tuscan hills. Make your Italian vacation dreams come true with this Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse tour from Florence, which whisks you away from the busy city to a peaceful country retreat with fabulous views. This experiential travel option also includes a visit to an authentic local market and recipes for classic dishes like bruschetta and tiramisu. Recreate the meal from scratch with friends and family back home to share your new-found skills.
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2. Berlin Bike Tour
This Berlin Bike Tour makes it easy, safe, and fun for visitors of all ages to explore this amazing city. Your guide takes advantage of the city’s extensive network of bike trails so that you’re rarely riding near traffic as you head to top Berlin attractions including the Berlin Wall Memorial, Spree River, and Tiergarten park in just a few hours. One TripAdvisor user even found the tour enjoyable while pulling a kid on a trailer, noting, “It’s great for kids, easy on the legs and an absolute must if you’re visiting—we will return to Berlin as a result of this tour.”
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3. New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
New York City, New York
New York City never sleeps, but if you do, consider making the most of your time in the Big Apple by taking this New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour, one of the best travel tours for NYC visitors. Traveling by bus helps you optimize sightseeing all around Manhattan, from the National 9/11 Memorial to Central Park, while learning about the city from a guide with lots of knowledge about New York’s roots. Consider timing your tour for warmer weather to fully enjoy the New York Harbor Cruise included with seasonal tickets—an unbeatable sightseeing value.
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4. Sydney BridgeClimb
Step your Sydney sightseeing up a gear by taking on the Sydney BridgeClimb. The tour takes you up steep inclines, across catwalks, and over ladders to reach the summit where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city, including Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour. With multiple departure times from dawn until dusk (and even a mini climb for those who aren’t up to the full challenge), the Sydney BridgeClimb is an exhilarating thrill for visitors of all ages. This tour even includes guides trained in helping you conquer your fear of heights, so you have no excuse not to give it a try!
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5. Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Get ahead of the crowds when you book this Vatican VIP Experience with skip-the-line-entrance to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Not only do you visit with a guide who answers all of your questions about one of Italy’s most famous sites, but you also make the most of your time by avoiding the infamously long queues. An early-morning start (incentivized by an included breakfast buffet) means that this tour even finishes in time for you to continue sightseeing in the afternoon and evening. One TripAdvisor reviewer said, “With early morning access into the Vatican, this tour is worth every penny. Our guide was informative and educational about any aspect the small group asked about.”
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6. New Orleans Cooking Class
New Orleans, Louisiana
Southern hospitality meets soul food on this New Orleans Cooking Class, rated one of the best travel experiences in the world and the USA’s top food-related tour on the list. Join a professional chef in cooking up New Orleans classics like gumbo, jambalaya, pralines, and red beans and rice, all accompanied by stories about New Orleans history (and some hearty samples). Though the class is super informative, it’s also laid-back enough to perfectly fit into your New Orleans vacation vibes.
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7. Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance
Rotorua, New Zealand
This Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance is no cheesy tourist trap. The cultural experience starts as soon as you board your bus in Rotorua; a guide informs and entertains for the entire trip out of the city. When you arrive, you’re greeted with dancing, fires, music, and a traditional feast. One TripAdvisor user raved that it was a “fun and fantastic evening for the whole family.”
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8. Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Ontario
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Manage all of your essential Niagara Falls experiences under a single booking with this Best Of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario. See why the Canadian side boasts the best views as you head up to the top of Skylon Tower (skipping the line with priority tickets), and then continue to Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara Gorge Trail, and a seasonal cruise or 4-D experience. From hotel pickup and drop-off to avoiding traffic and parking, and being able to safely leave your belongings in the van as you explore, the convenience of visiting Niagara Falls with a reputable guided tour can’t be beat. One TripAdvisor reviewer had this to say, “This experience truly made our vacation to Niagara Falls!…Our tour guide made sure to share Niagara Falls tips, trivia, and history with us along the way which greatly added to our memorable experience! His advice even got us the best viewing spot on the Hornblower cruise. The tour groups are small (ours had 6), so you really feel like you are getting special treatment.”
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9. Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus
Vancouver, British Columbia
This guided tour from Vancouver to Victoria is one of the best travel experiences for visitors to the Vancouver area. Efficient private transportation in shuttles and buses is followed by a public ferry ride for a taste of local life, and guided commentary answers all your questions about the area without being overwhelming. The tour still visits must-see Vancouver Island sites, too, including the Butchart Gardens.
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10. Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin
Without a car, it’s still possible to explore the Irish countryside on this guided tour from Dublin to Wicklow and Glendalough. Let someone else handle the driving as you admire Ireland’s famously lush scenery on board a comfortable bus. Funny and informative commentary from your guide throughout the drive makes the transportation time fly between destinations including Sally’s Gap, Wicklow Mountains National Park, and Glendalough. Entrance fees are already included, too, making this trip a sightseeing bargain.
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11. Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour
Cycle through the streets of Barcelona to must-see destinations such as the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Cathedral, and the Arc de Triomf on this Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour. The price is a steal—it includes easy-to-ride bikes and a guide who is full of fun facts and stories about the city so you learn just as much as on a traditional walking tour. One TripAdvisor user appreciated the opportunity for experiential travel with her three sons, noting, “We walked our bikes a little through the Gothic quarter as there were a lot of tourists but once we got out into the more open areas of the city we could easily cycle everywhere. Barcelona has great bike lanes which made it all very safe and enjoyable.”
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12. Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
Travelers love how easy it is to get between Zurich and Jungfraujoch on this guided day trip to the Top of Europe, one of the best travel tours in Europe. Transit connections between a coach and a cogwheel train are pre-planned, pre-booked and foolproof, eliminating possible travel snags. Plus, your guide gives you pointers to make sure you visit all of the sites you traveled to see, including Alpine Sensation, the Ice Palace glacier walk, and the Sphinx Observatory (which has a fabulous panoramic view of Alps from Europe’s highest observation point).
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13. Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau Half-Day Tour plus Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour
See top Poland UNESCO World Heritage sites without any rush on this guided tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow. The tour takes place over two days, so that you can fill your afternoons and evenings with other top Krakow sights and attractions. By bundling the two popular tours into a single outing, you also cut down on costs, resulting in savings that you can spend during your free time.
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14. Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
The Great Ocean Road is regularly ranked one of the best travel experiences in Australia, and no trip to Melbourne is complete without doing at least part of the 151-mile drive. Going with a guided tour not only makes it possible to visit without the logistics of renting a car, but also means you can maximize sightseeing while letting someone else handle the driving. This Great Ocean Road Ecotour stands out from similar options because it’s done in a van rather than a bus so you can maneuver into the tight sightseeing spots that larger groups drive right by.
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15. Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
Amazing landmarks are even more unforgettable when visited as part of an informative guided tour. Join your guide and a small group of 15 people or fewer for a one-day trip to Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon—two locations that are difficult to visit in a single trip without a rental car. From vista points to fun facts, your guide points out what makes each sight special and provides tons of information about the sights en route.
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16. Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament
If you don’t book your tickets to Tokyo’s Sumo Wrestling Tournament in advance, you might miss out on one of Japan’s most in-demand cultural experiences. Travel to the Sumo Museum like a local on a high-speed train, and then head into the Grand Sumo Tournament armed with information about who’s wrestling and what to look for during the matches. Upgrade to include a local dinner and make an easy evening out of your trip. TripAdvisor reviewers enjoyed the extra information provided by tour, with one saying, “Traveling to the tournament with a guide was useful to understand about the procedure prior to each match, and how match sponsorship works.”
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17. Inner Circle Access of Stonehenge including Bath and Lacock Day Tour from London
London, United Kingdom
This tour of Inner Circle Stonehenge takes place either at sunrise or sunset and offers you an exclusive travel experience reviewers claim is “one of the most amazing things we’ve done…standing inside the stones while the sun went down was indescribable.” Not only do you get to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stonehenge from a perspective most never get to appreciate, but you also arrive either before or after the crowds, making for a quieter tour of the iconic structure. Round out your tour with a visit to the 13th-century village of Lacock and the Roman Baths—all visited with the benefit of a knowledgeable tour guide.
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18. Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour from Munich by Train
This Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour from Munich is one of the best travel experiences for history lovers. Your guide informs with context that you might miss on your own, and provides commentary during the included train ride from Munich. One TripAdvisor reviewer said, “I found this tour to be extremely informative and handled with respect and sensitivity. It does involve a fair bit of walking and it was quite warm when I visited so a hat and water bottle [were] very useful. Our guide, Keith was very knowledgeable and made the visit well worthwhile.”
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19. Viator Exclusive: ‘Game of Thrones’ Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
If traveling to another country doesn’t take you far enough, try traveling to another world on this Game of Thrones tour of Dubrovnik. See the city through the eyes of your favorite Game of Thrones characters: walk through Lovrijenac Fortress, gaze upon Blackwater Bay, and upgrade to stroll through the palace gardens at King’s Landing. Your guide is a huge fan of the show and provides insider commentary about the actors and the filming.
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20. Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise with 4-Course Dinner and Drinks
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
When in Amsterdam, exploring the city’s famous network of canals is irresistible—so why resist? Booking this Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise is a classy and easy way to sail through the historic heart of the city. Enjoy a four-course meal freshly prepared onboard and unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks during your cruise. Highlights include the Anne Frank House, Red Light District, and Skinny Bridge. TripAdvisor reviewers especially recommend this trip as an ideal introduction to the city. One user said, “The cruise boat was warm and comfortable, the food was excellent, drinks were plentiful and the chef and crew cheerful and attentive.”
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21. Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sea monsters notwithstanding, Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s gems and a perfect day trip from Glasgow. Combine it with other nearby attractions including Cairngorms National Park, Stirling Castle, and the town of Glencoe on this Scottish Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow, which gives you all the fun of a day trip without any of the planning. It’s an especially great choice for travelers with a limited amount of time in Scotland who want to make the most of every day.
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22. Skip the Line: Catacombs of Paris Small-Group Walking Tour
Discover the dark side of the City of Lights on this Skip-the-Line Catacombs of Paris tour. Hear spooky stories from the city’s past as you explore the macabre catacombs with your guide and small group. The catacombs are a popular way to see a different perspective on the city—and they have the crowds to prove it. You’ll save hours of wait time by booking this skip-the-line tour in advance, leaving more room in your schedule for Paris’ other top attractions.
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23. Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
For Reykjavik visitors, the Golden Circle tour is a classic day trip with endless ways to explore. Cut through the clutter of the many tour options by going with this Golden Circle Day Trip, rated one of the best travel experiences in the world by TripAdvisor users. The tour takes you straight from central Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Strokkur waterspout, before returning to your hotel with a better sense of Iceland’s natural wonders.
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24. Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
Make your trip to Lantau Island as easy as possible with this Lantau Island and Giant Buddha tour from Hong Kong. From buses to ferry rides, travel with the comfort of door-to-door transportation on your way to the Lantau Giant Buddha—a must see for Hong Kong visitors. This tour includes all entrance fees, lunch, and even a cable car ride so that you don’t have any surprise costs during your trip. TripAdvisor users liked how convenient the tour made the whole experience. One reviewer noted, “A very enjoyable day with a well-informed guide. It was great to have everything taken care of.”
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25. The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
Salzburg’s Original Sound of Music Tour is so good it will literally have you singing at the top of your lungs! Frolic and hum as you visit filming locations for the original Sound of Music, including Mirabell Gardens, Lake Wolfgang, and the Mondsee Cathedral. Your guide points out where favorite scenes from the movie were filmed and leads sing-a-longs on the bus ride through the Austrian Lake District. Travel doesn’t get much more pleasant than this.
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