Top 10 bucket list destinations

14 June 2017

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

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Seeing the Aurora Borealis in Norway

The Northern Lights

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.

Feel the dry desert breeze from the Sahara and contemplate 5,000 years of human history in the magical land of the pharaohs. Find out more here

Visiting the Egyptian pyramids

The Pyramids of Giza

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.

Set sail on a magical voyage to the Northern Lights. Find out more here

Road trip down Route 66 in the US

Famous Route 66 road mark

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. Find out more here

Walking the Great Wall of China

A section of the Great Wall of China at sunset

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!)

From the Great Wall to the impressive Terracotta Warriors, embark on a remarkable China tour and take in all the iconic sights... Find out more here.

Experiencing an African safari

A lion on 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).

South Africa's remarkable canvases will unfold before you on a holiday that you will never forget. Find out more here

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

The Grand Canyon

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!

Join a scenic tour of America with the chance to see Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. Find out more here

Going on a cruise in the Caribbean

Caribbean Island

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.

Tempted by an ocean cruise around the Caribbean? Find out more here

Seeing the Taj Mahal in India

The Taj Mahal

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.

Discover the highlights of India's famed Golden Triangle: Old and New Delhi, the regal splendour of Jaipur and Agra on the holiday of a lifetime

Riding a gondola in Venice

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.

Take a tour of the Veneto region in north-east Italy and travel into the heart of an area with a character and charm all of its own. Find out more here

Diving in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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 the highlights of Australia on a once in a lifetime adventure. Find out more here

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