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Top 50 countdown of once-in-a-lifetime experiences
Join us as we count down to our top 50, most sought-after experiences that you must do within your lifetime!
With spectacular coastal views, dramatic mountain passes, beautiful waterfalls, and ancient castles seen along the way, the scenic Ring of Kerry is one area you will never forget.
Founded in the middle ages The spectacular Alcázar of Seville, is the oldest Royal Palace in use in all of Europe. The Palace is a spectacular mix of ancient Moorish and Christian architectural styles.
Travel on the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the top of this iconic mountain some 2,128m above sea level, where you will enjoy spectacular views of lakes and mountains and spend a night in the Pilatus Kulm Hotel, for dinner in its grand dining room.
This rugged and dramatic 14 km of cliffs on the coastline of West Ireland are one of Europe's true natural wonders of the world and can be seen in numerous Hollywood films. A visit to the nearby Aran Islands is possible from here.
Instantly recognisable, the 18th-century Brandenburg Gate is not just an iconic landmark but a modern-day symbol of both unity and peace, as well as the site of remarkable fireworks, display each New Years' Eve!
Perhaps the most recognisable structure in the world, the iconic Eiffel Tower provides breathtaking views over the city of light. The Tower is often illuminated at night, and so a spectacular emblem for the city itself.
Growing from Amsterdams Golden Age in the 17th Century its famous canals are best explored by boat, or with the majority of locals on 2 wheels crossing is many beautiful bridges.
The 227 islands of Greece are home to breathtaking beaches, monumental mountains, picturesque fishing villages, and some of the worlds most important ancient treasures.
The remarkably well preserved Roman city of Pompeii was buried by a volcanic eruption in 79AD from the nearby volcano of Versuvius. What remains of the city are truly remarkable, and visitors have the opportunity to explore the streets and buildings as they were thousands of years ago.
One of the most spectacular yet remote wonders of the natural world, the massive sandstone monolith located in the red centre of Australia has been a sacred site for indigenous Australians for millenia, and certainly boasts a unique aurora.
Bordeaux is home to the most productive and perhaps most famous winemaking regions in the world. Beautiful villages such as St Emillion and Graves in the Medoc are home to ancient vineyards and gorgeous cobbled streets, and some of the world's best and most expensive wines.
Explore the former royal residence and marvel at the iconic Hall of Mirrors in one of the worlds most stunning palaces. Stroll through its magnificent gardens and admire the spectacular fountains.
Famous for its cypress trees, rolling hills, and extensive vineyards, Tuscany has incredible views at every turn. Combine these with the iconic cities of Florence, Siena, or Luca and you have the dream destination.
As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a must-visit for lovers of art, history and culture everywhere. From the iconic Duomo to the treasures of the Accademia and Uffizi Gallery, there are spectacular sights and monuments in abundance as you explore the historic Tuscan Capital.
Wild and vibrant, history-rich and alive with tradition, the Scottish Islands of Skye, the Orkneys, and the Outer Hebrides offer so much to visitors with some of the finest scenery in the world.
Home to some of the world's most famous artistic treasures, including 'la joconde' - better known as The Mona Lisa.
The famous Fjords of Norway are simply breathtaking, but with over 1,190 Fjords they can be hard to navigate. With steep cliffs, narrow passages and diverse wildlife a visit really would be the trip of a lifetime.
Perhaps the world's most famous castle. Located in the heart of Bavaria Neuschwanstein captures the imagination of all who visit. The castle itself is as fairytale as you can get, and the views from inside are equally as magical.
You too can experience what it is like to live like a Queen (or King) whilst touring Buckingham Palace. When the Palace is not open to the public, all are welcome to enjoy the traditional ceremony of the "Changing of the Guard", pageantry at its finest!
Still yet to be completed, this unique symbol of Barcelona endures as Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece.
A trip on the Jacobite Steam Train is a must-do journey whilst in Scotland. A chance to take in the beauty of the West Highland line in style on a day trip from Fort William to the fishing village of Mallaig. The scenery is some of the most beautiful in the world.
Once described as the best view in the world by none other than Bill Clinton, The Alhambra Palace is a spectacular wonder of the world both inside and out. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most important surviving remnant of the period of Islamic rule in the Iberian Peninsula.
The beating heart of the Christian world, marvel at an uncountable array of historic treasures in the Vatican Museums, then gaze in wonder at the legendary ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Spanning Sydney Harbour the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's widest and tallest steel arch bridge. A giddying climb to the top may not be for the faint-hearted but is certainly richly rewarded with some amazing views.
Originally the processional route of Kings and Queens of a bygone age, the Royal Mile in Edinburgh is a must-visit for history-lovers everywhere, linking the Castle and the Palace of Holyrood. No visit to Edinburgh is complete without visiting the Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels.
One of the most scenic train journeys in the world, the Bernina Express is both a miracle of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed route full of stunning scenery, ranging from clear blue lakes to majestic alpine peaks.
Perhaps the most recognisable Neolithic stone circle in the world, Stonehenge is around 5000 yrs old and the most important and best-preserved stone circle in the world. The site is aligned in the direction of the sunrise of the summer solstice and the sunset of the winter solstice.
Bear witness to one of the world's most spectacular sights by entering the Arctic Circle by train in Norway to see the magical aurora borealis between September and March.
The historic waterfront of Copenhagen, Nyhavn is a picturesque mix of colourful 17th and 18th-century townhouses, beautiful old wooden ships, great restaurants, and numerous canal cruise tours. No visit to the Cosmopolitan capital of Denmark is complete without a visit to the iconic statue of Hans Christian Andersons The Little Mermaid.
Travel to the top of 1 mountain on a spectacular cable car, then cross between 2 of Switzerland's mountain peaks on the Peak Walk suspension bridge some 3000m above sea level. This outing can be enjoyed with a 2-3 hour break a journey on the Golden Pass or as a day trip from Montreaux or Lausanne.
The grand Schönbrunn Palace was once the main residence of the Royal Habsburg family, who ruled the vast Holy Roman Empire. Its rooms and gardens are simply spectacular, and there is no better place to listen to an orchestra play the music of Mozart or any other of Vienna's numerous famous musicians.
Lake Como is one of the world's most beautiful areas of water, and its banks are dotted with spectacular villas and luxury hotels. Bellagio is the gem of the lake, located on a peninsular jutting out into the centre of the lake, with picturesque cobbled lanes and elegant buildings.
"The hills are alive"....you too can experience the spectacular setting of the legendary Sound of Music movie, by retracing the steps of the Von Trapp family during this extensive tour, set in the unforgettable backdrop of the breathtaking Austrian Alps.
No visit to the Scottish Highlands is complete without a trip to the legendary Loch Ness. Whilst we can't guarantee a sighting of Nessie herself, the beautiful setting of the Loch and nearby ruins of Urquhart Castle are a must-visit when visiting this part of the world.
Originally the only way of travelling between the Old Town and Castle district, the medieval Charles Bridge is now rightly a symbol of the city, replete with 30 different statues and the opportunity to have your portrait immortalised in this historic setting by one of the abundant street artists.
No region in the world captures the real Christmas spirit than the towns and villages of the Alsace region in France and Germany. During the festive season, their traditional Christmas markets become the hub of the community and should be high on the bucket list of many.
It's a true honour to be able to pay respects to the fallen heroes who made the greatest sacrifice so we can live the free lives we live today, and there is no better place to do this than on a visit to the legendary landing D-day beaches and cemeteries of Normandy. This can be done with a stay in Normandy, or as an easy day trip from Paris.
This beautiful corner of Switzerland is home to a perfect Mediterranean microclimate. Geneva, Lausanne both feature gorgeous old towns, whilst together with cosmopolitan Montreux lakefront town centres to enjoy. A relaxing lake cruise and wandering around the beautiful Chateaux de Chillion is a must!
A once-in-a-lifetime combination of luxury, history and delicious Scottish cuisine will be combined with the jaw-dropping Highland scenery and some exclusive off-train activities.
Take to the sea and visit the jaw-dropping island of Capri, home to the stunning Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is a dark cavern where the sea glows electric blue, the result of sunlight passing through an underwater cave.
Step into the ancient world and follow the footsteps of Romans and Gladiators with a visit to the world-famous Colosseum. An iconic monument that ALWAYS gets the thumbs up!
One of the most beautiful train rides in the world. To further enhance what is already a must-do journey, upgrade to the new Excellence Class for an exclusive gastronomic experience, complete with aperitif, a five-course meal and accompanying wine. Swiss scenery and style combined.
With its clusters of pastel-coloured houses clinging precariously to sheer cliffs, lush green mountains as a backdrop, and the azure blue Mediterranean lapping into harbours, the Amalfi Coast is about as picture-perfect as a destination can get.
One of the world's true masterpieces, visit the tiny Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie and bear witness to Da Vinci's The Last Supper.
One of the modern seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is a building of true beauty. Built to mourn the death of his beloved wife by the Shah Jahan in 1632, its magnificent shape and changing colors in the Indian light have captured the imagination of all who have visited.
Possibly the most famous luxury train ride of them all, the Venice-Simplon Orient Express allows you to journey in unparallelled comfort and luxury, as you relive the "Golden Age of travel".
Not just the highest train station in all of Europe, but the journey of a lifetime to reach its snowy peak with dramatic views of the iconic swiss alps. From the top enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of vast mountaintops, natural scenery, and neighboring countries.