10 holiday experiences to add to your bucket list

If you could wave a magic wand and have any holiday experience in the world, what would it be? We round up our top 10

If you could wave a magic wand and have any holiday experience in the world, what would it be? We round up our top 10 …

Seeing the Aurora Borealis in Norway

Experiencing these awesome, glimmering curtains of light tops the list. Increase your chances of catching Mother Nature’s lightshow by heading for the Northern Lights hotspot of Alta in Norway – the town has low precipitation, which means clear skies are more likely, increasing your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis.

See the Northern Lights on a cruise to Norway.

Visiting the Egyptian pyramids

Ancient history comes to life on a grand scale in Egypt – there are plenty of temples to see but the big draw is the pyramids. So cross them off your list – enjoy a double whammy of seeing the step pyramid of Zoser at Sakkara, then join an optional excursion to Giza to see the pyramids there, not to mention the mysterious sphinx.

Discover the history of the ancient Egyptians on a holiday to Egypt.

Road trip down Route 66 in the US

Do a Chuck Berry and get your kicks on Route 66 – also known affectionately as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, it runs from the West Coast up to the Great Lakes, from Los Angeles to Chicago via Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma, Tulsa, St Louis and Springfield.

From Chicago to LA, live the dream and travel the iconic Route 66 across America.

Walking the Great Wall of China

So it can’t be seen from the moon* but that doesn’t stop a walk along the Great Wall of China clocking in as the fourth most popular holiday experience. In 220 BC, sections of earlier fortifications were linked to help defend against attacks, and according to UNESCO, the resulting wall became the world’s largest military structure. (*But if you happen to be in a low earth orbit, you may be able to spot it if the conditions are right!)

Take in all the iconic sights of China on a tour with Saga.

Experiencing an African safari

Spotting the big five comes in fifth – and if you’re wondering what they are, your safari must-see list comprises lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros (if you’re feeling ambitious – or lucky! – add giraffe, hippo, cheetah and zebra to the list).

See the big (and little) five on safari.

Taking a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas strip

As the saying goes ‘What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’. But if it’s a helicopter flight across the amazing Grand Canyon and over the bright lights of Sin City, then you’d want to let everyone know about it!

Discover the highlights of South West America on a tour with Saga.

Going on a cruise in the Caribbean

It’s the ultimate luxury, discovering the relaxed charms of the Caribbean as you sail from one paradise island to another – think sandy beaches, palm trees, coral reefs, lush landscapes and warm welcomes.

Reasons to take a Caribbean cruise.

Seeing the Taj Mahal in India

This stunning monument is an enduring testament to love. Built by Shah Jahan in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, his favourite wife, and completed in 1648, it’s a truly unique building, the colour of the marble appearing to change as the day progresses.

Link to Taj Mahal article

Riding a gondola in Venice

What could be more romantic and evocative than exploring the canals of Venice on a gondola? These iconic little boats have plied their trade for more than 300 years and are the quintessential way to get a feel for the City of Bridges.

Enjoy the romance of Venice on a small ship cruise.

Diving in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Last but by no means least, is the world’s largest coral reef. At over 2,000km long, more than 400 coral species make up the individual reefs within it – as well as the colourful corals, you’ll also see bright sponges and more aquatic life than you can shake a flipper at!

Discover Australia on the holiday of a lifetime with Saga.

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