TripAdvisor Reveals the World’s Best Travel Experiences
TripAdvisor recently announced the first Travelers’ Choice Awards for Experiences. (Winners were determined based on reviews and ratings from millions of users.) If these tours and activities don’t spark some serious wanderlust, we’re not sure what will!
Local Market Tour, Cooking Class, and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse (Florence, Italy)
We’re getting hungry just thinking about this deep-dive into Tuscan cuisine. It begins with a trip to a local market in Florence to scope stalls of fresh produce, cured meats, olives, and balsamic vinegar as well as select ingredients for the cooking class. Next up, is a scenic drive to a farmhouse, where travelers are taught how to prepare traditional dishes—while sipping a glass of Chianti—before sitting down to taste the fruits of their labor. Discover the other best foodie cities in the world.
Berlin Bike Tour (Berlin, Germany)
Germany’s capital is a vibrant metropolis filled with history and culture. The best way to explore all that Berlin has to offer? We’ll give you a hint: It has two wheels. This bike tour is a great opportunity to learn about the city’s complex past and visit top sights like Alexanderplatz, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Berlin Wall Memorial. These unique travel experiences might put all of these destinations to shame.
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour (New York, New York)
So much to do, so little time! When you want to maximize every minute in the Big Apple, this sightseeing tour via bus and boat is a fantastic solution. With commentary from knowledgeable guides, it takes tourists to all the key spots—including Federal Hall, South Street Seaport, the 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. Check out these hidden gems most New Yorkers don’t know about.
Sydney BridgeClimb (Sydney, Australia)
One of Australia’s largest cities, Sydney is brimming with iconic landmarks—and there’s no better place to see ’em all than atop the Harbour Bridge. This unforgettable climb is completely customizable (ascend to the halfway point inside the inner arch or go up the summit). No matter which route you choose, there are ample photo opportunities and plenty of pauses to soak in the sweeping panoramas. If this sounds more thrilling than terrifying, scope out these epic vacations for adrenaline junkies.
Vatican VIP Experience (Rome, Italy)
Included in this VIP experience is an exclusive breakfast at the Vatican with early access to museums. Peep enchanting architecture, classical sculptures, and Renaissance masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Stanze di Raffaello, before members of the general public set foot inside Prepare for your trip with a deeper look inside the Vatican.
New Orleans Cooking Class (New Orleans, Louisiana)
The Big Easy serves up a scrumptious medley of French, Spanish, African, Caribbean, and Cajun influences in its cuisine. Culinary enthusiasts consistently rave about this cooking class, set in a converted 19th-century molasses warehouse. Students whip up classic Creole specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines alongside expert chefs. Of course, the highlight is digging into all the deliciousness.
Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance (Rotorua, New Zealand)
Ask anyone who has been to Rotorua and they’ll tell you that watching a traditional performance, discovering local customs, and joining in a hangi feast at Tamaki Maori Village is an absolute must. The immersive evening commences with a welcome ceremony by New Zealand’s indigenous people, followed by haka song and dance as well as delectable food.
Niagara Falls Tour (Niagara Falls, Canada)
Niagara Falls wows with its gushing waters, hypnotic cascades, and mesmerizing mist. The first stop on this epic tour is the famous Skylon Tower. Next, head to Journey Behind the Falls. Then, set sail on a Hornblower Cruise (April through November) or visit the Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara Fury (December through March). And did we mention hotel pick-up/drop-off and skip-the-line tickets are part of the package?
Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus (Vancouver, Canada)
Be sure to bring your camera! Picture-perfect moments abound on this round-trip excursion from Vancouver to Victoria. It all starts with a scenic ferry across the Strait of Georgia and around the Gulf Islands. After docking in British Columbia’s capital, hop on a bus to the many landmarks, neighborhoods, and parks. Afterward, enjoy three hours to roam free. The pièce de résistance is a 90-minute stroll through the exquisitely landscaped Butchart Gardens. Planning a getaway to the Great White North? Brush up on the top travel destinations in Canada.
Wicklow County Tour from Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)
Witness the beautiful Irish countryside, get an overview of the wild landscape, partake in a complimentary whiskey tasting, and savor authentic cuisine on this full-day tour of Wicklow County from Dublin. Soak in the vistas as you pass through Dalkey and Sandycove, stop at Avoca Handweavers to purchase handmade goods, commune with nature at Wicklow Mountains National Park, live out your Braveheart fantasies at Lough Tay (where scenes from the film were shot), and recharge at a pub before venturing to Glendalough.