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Best of the Best Things to do 2023
Travellers' Choice
Travellers' Choice

Best of the Best Things to Do

Bucket List Experiences - World

We award Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best to experiences and attractions with a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from our community over a 12-month period. Each winner has passed our rigorous trust and safety standards. Fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor’s 8 million listings are awarded Best of the Best, signifying the highest level of excellence in travel.

Congrats to all of the 2023 winners and a big thanks to the travellers who made it possible.

Below are the 2023 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Bucket List Experiences—unique activities that will make your trip and give you the best stories for a lifetime.

Drive an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) at full throttle across the sands and enjoy an exciting program of other desert exploits in one fuss-free trip with this premium experience from Dubai. Hit the red dunes of the Lahbab desert, bump around a 60-minute ATV circuit, and relax Bedouin-style at the 5-star Al Khayma camp. Sip coffee, ride camels, and enjoy an Arabic-costume photoshoot, barbecue-buffet, dance shows, and stargazing before returning.
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 Duration: 6h
 Ages 14-99, max of 15 per group

3,532 reviews
Travel confidently with Alpaca Expeditions, Peru's #1 Tour Operator!. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu along the ancient footpath of the Incas directly into Machu Picchu through the famous Sun Gate. Experience many historic, archeological Inca sites on the way, with expert, local, indigenous guides who share insider knowledge of their Inca culture. Cloud forests, stunning mountain scenery, gourmet chefs & scenic campsites await you on this pilgrimage adventure journey of a lifetime.
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 Duration: 4 days
 Ages 5-75, max of 15 per group
3,729 reviews
When your cruise stops at Juneau, see whales in their natural habitat on this whale-watching boat trip, all without the fuss of organizing shore transport. Prebook to secure your place, board a comfortable boat with outdoor decks and heated cabins, and cruise Alaska’s waters to see marine life in the wild. Then, enjoy guaranteed sightings of humpback whales, with a naturalist providing commentary on their behaviors as you cruise.
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 Duration: 3h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
5,776 reviews
Explore Ireland on this full-day Cliffs of Moher and Galway tour from Dublin. Travel into rural Ireland by air-conditioned coach with your guide and enjoy panoramic views over the Emerald Isle’s spectacular countryside. Journey along the Wild Atlantic Way to the Cliffs of Moher where you can explore for a couple of hours. After a brief stop at Burren National Park, visit Galway to explore the cobblestoned streets and immerse yourself in the local culture.
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 Duration: 12h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
4,622 reviews
Visit Aruba’s Natural Pool and Baby Beach on a unique off-road 4WD adventure to the island’s top natural attractions. Ride in a 4x4 Land Rover, specially designed to traverse the rugged terrain of Arikok National Park. Stop by landmarks like the California Lighthouse and Natural Bridge, with free time to snorkel and swim at the Natural Pool and Baby Beach. A barbecue lunch and cold beverages are included in your full-day tour.
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 Duration: 9h 30m
 Ages 2-99, max of 9 per group
3,701 reviews
Soar through the skies of Cappadocia on this magical hot-air-balloon tour in Turkey. Choose your flight duration, and ascend into the atmosphere where you can admire the region’s lunar landscape from above. Before your flight, enjoy a buffet breakfast with coffee or tea. No trip to Turkey is complete without treasuring this unforgettable experience.
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 Duration: 3h 30m
 Ages 6-99, max of 4 per group
1,144 reviews
Whether you’re pressed for time or on a budget, see more of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay in less time on this day cruise. You’ll visit a fishing village, kayak through rock arches to explore lagoons and caves, and stop at two gorgeous beaches, including Ba Trai Dao Beach. Along the way, soak up spectacular scenery and enjoy a delicious lunch with bottled water.
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 Duration: 9h
 Ages 1-80, max of 15 per group
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Swim with manatees on this nature-focused Crystal River tour. Appreciate these majestic animals in their natural habitat, under the watchful eye of an in-the-water guide who strives to ensure safe and respectful interactions between human and manatee at all times. Tours include snorkeling gear at no additional cost, and professional underwater photos are available for purchase after the tour.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 3-99, max of 13 per group
3,723 reviews
Silfra is one of the world’s most dramatic snorkeling sites—it’s a glacier meltwater-filled rift formed by the drift of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. This tour makes snorkeling the rift as easy as possible by including a guide, dry suit and snorkeling equipment, and Silfra entrance fees. After you’ve snorkeled, you’re offered hot chocolate and cookies.
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 12-99, max of 15 per group
1,968 reviews
In just one day, it’s possible to visit top Costa Rica attractions like Arenal Volcano, La Paz Waterfall, and Arenal Hot Springs when you book this guided tour from San Jose. All-inclusive private transport smooths over otherwise tricky transportation logistics, and your guide keeps you well entertained and informed as you explore. This tour includes all entrance fees plus two meals, adding up to a great value.
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 Duration: 14h
 Ages 5-80, max of 15 per group
514 reviews
Ölüdeniz is not only famous for its laid-back tourism and its natural beauty, the magnificent mountain of Babadağ, which forms a dramatic backdrop to the resort, has made it one of the most popular places for paragliding in the world. Visit Ölüdeniz during the summer months and will nearly always see colorful canopies flying high above you, floating effortlessly through the air before they and the people they’re carrying make a smooth landing on the beach. Look closely, you’ll see that, although some are solo pilots, most are tandem paragliders with experienced pilots at the controls; it is they who take care of all the practical things, while you are having the experience of a lifetime. Located on the coast at 1960 meters, Babadag is pretty unique and flying like a bird from one of the several take-offs close to the summit, you’ll be sure to have an awesome paragliding experience too, and one that you’ll always remember.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 4-80, max of 5 per group
3,381 reviews
This Rotorua zipline tour takes you soaring through a centuries-old forest canopy as you switch between the six zipline cables suspended 72 feet (22 meters) above the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view as two expert guides suit you up with safety equipment and teach you about the forest environment. Bonus: you can later download photos taken of you during your treetops adventure. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 6-99, max of 10 per group
2,320 reviews
Feel the adrenaline rush of soaring from the top of Oahu’s longest ziplines on this guided tour. Start with a short ATV ride to the top of a mountain. Then enjoy spectacular panoramic ocean and mountain views of Oahu's famous North Shore from long, high and extra-quiet ziplines ranging from 500 to 2,400 feet. Along the way, encounter rappels, sky bridges, scenic boardwalks, and a couple of surprises for some fun activities that challenge in a safe and controlled way.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 7-99, max of 12 per group
1,295 reviews
Visit the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat before the crowds. With this small-group tour, you’ll be able to enjoy the serenity of the temple complex just as the sun is rising. Appreciate the changing colors and shadows and snap some incredible photographs. Then, your guide will be able to relay some of the fascinating history of the site as you wander amongst the preserved temples.
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 8–9 hours
 Ages 0-75, max of 15 per group
2,396 reviews
Enjoy a mix of activities on one tour. Drive to the desert for dune bashing and sandboarding sessions, then take a short camel ride. Next, it’s time to unwind at a traditional Bedouin camp with henna painting, shisha smoking, refreshments, and more. A full buffet dinner is served while Nashaat show “group of ladies” dance and tanoura dancers entertain the crowd.
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 Duration: 6h
 Ages 3-70, max of 15 per group
1,073 reviews
Get up close with sharks and other marine wildlife on this boat tour from Key West. Travel on board an eco-friendly, 34-foot catamaran just a few miles off the coast of Key West. See dolphins, stingrays, turtles and birds and learn about Key West’s waters, and then watch as the pilot drops bait to draw a variety of sharks right to the edge of the boat. Bring a camera to capture the excitement as these super predators swarm. Cold drinks, snacks and polarized sunglasses are included on this Key West shark cruise.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
1,092 reviews
Soar above the great plains of Serengeti national park on this exciting hot air balloon ride. Join a small group and take to the skies in the early morning hours for a serene flight over the UNESCO-listed park. See several species including lions, elephants, zebras, wildebeests, and giraffes when they’re at their most active in the morning. After touching down, feast on a lavish bush breakfast in the middle of the Serengeti.
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 Duration: 5h
 Ages 7-100, max of 15 per group
797 reviews
Explore Mendenhall Glacier on this exclusive adventure tour into the Alaskan Wilderness. Your expert guides will lead you on a journey across Mendenhall Lake where you will paddle together with a small group past icebergs, giant waterfalls, and wildlife. On your way to the ice, you will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery of mountain peaks nestled in the Tongass National Forest. Upon landing the canoe at a remote beach site, your guides will safely lead you on an interpretive hike around the rocky surfaces located directly in front of the glacier. Here you will discover the magnificent ice features up close. Views of specific glacial features like Ice Caves and Moulins cannot be guaranteed due to the nature of the constantly moving ice. Every tour is unique and space is limited, making this Juneau’s most exciting and sought-after adventure tour.
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 Duration: 5h
 Ages 12-80, max of 14 per group
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2,492 reviews
Travel from Marrakech to Fes with a stop in the desert along the way with this small-group transfer-tour hybrid. You'll visit the Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou, spend time in the Gorge of Todra, and take an overnight camelback safari to a desert camp in the Sahara, all in three days.
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 Duration: 3 days
 Ages 0-100, max of 15 per group
305 reviews
Explore the waters off Cozumel with a group of up to 15 people on a 39-foot catamaran with this private boat charter. Customize the itinerary to suit your interests, with help from the captain and let the crew take care of everything, including lunch, snacks and drinks. Simply relax and enjoy the views, or go snorkeling and paddleboarding in the water.
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 Duration: 6h
 Ages 0-120, max of 15 per group
276 reviews
Ha Giang Motorbike Loop Tour, we arrange Luxury Small Group tour Maximum around 4 to 6 people in one group, we are a proffesional organize tour start from Hanoi or start the tour from Ha Giang, we have many years experience motorbike tour, and we have proffesional riders with long time experience driver, safe and fun for you, all our driver have licence and hight quality bike, we have unique tour itinerary, and own route you can see the most beautiful part of Ha Giang, our 3 days tour will take you to see 7 ethnic minority, and learn and see the real culture of mountain villages people, fun, safe, get off the beaten track, see most spectacular landscape
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 Duration: 3 days
 Ages 1-77, max of 15 per group
894 reviews
Embark on an adventurous Northern Lights chase in Northern Norway aboard a Land Rover Defender. With a professional photographer as a guide and a small group, you'll get plenty of attention and tips on how to capture the best possible photos of the Aurora Borealis. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Tromoso are included for convenience, as well as all thermal gear to keep warm and a portion of homemade soup.
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 6–9 hours
 Ages 4-99, max of 8 per group
424 reviews
Squeeze in as many of Tanzania’s wildlife parks as possible on this 4-day safari tour. With a small group, visit Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater where you enjoy several game drives through the national parks. Your goal is to spot as many animals as possible such as lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, buffalo, and hippos. This is an adventure not to be missed when visiting Tanzania.
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 Duration: 4 days
 Ages 1-99, max of 6 per group
345 reviews
An unforgettable experience dedicated to the discovery of places of inestimable naturalistic value accompanied by real seafarers. Lots of sun, baths, flavors, emotions and laughter. Between a test with the SUP board a bit of snorkeling, if lucky, we could also receive a greeting from dolphins and turtles that swim freely near our coasts.
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 Duration: 7h
 Ages 0-80, max of 15 per group
1,027 reviews
Fly over Rio de Janeiro on this hang gliding or paragliding tour. You do not need experience. Receive a short training session before heading off the Pedra Bonita ramp, located within the Tijuca National Park. Enjoy a unique perspective of the city before landing on São Conrado beach. Flight duration depends on weather conditions.
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 Duration: 1h 30m
 Ages 14-100, max of 8 per group
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