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Best Global Experiences Revealed

Tripadvisor’s latest survey alongside Viator reveals traveller’s favourite experiences worldwide in their Travellers’ Choice Awards of 2020.

With previous surveys revealing the best beaches and tourist destinations worldwide as selected by users of Tripadviser and their companies, this year the world’s largest travel platform is announcing the best experiences.

Calculated using an algorithm based on both the quality and quantity of ratings and reviews over a year long period, the results can also be broken down into different types of experience and location. The data for this year’s awards was collected in 2019.

The top five experiences in the world are in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany, Holland, Italy and United Arab Emirates.

The highlights of Northern Ireland day trip from Dublin.

A day trip that leaves from Dublin to take guests on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Giant’s Causeway, the rope bridge of Carrick-a-Rede and the Northern Irish capital, Belfast.


giants causeway in ireland

Visitors take a black cab tour of Belfast docks and neighbourhoods to feel some of the history and conflict that the city has experienced. The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is accessible and can be walked over. The scenic and historical Antrim Coast and Giants Causeway have been used for filming, including Game of Thrones. It homes a visitor centre and walking tours are available.

The Giant’s Causeway can also be visited virtually.

Half day walking tour of Berlin.

For travellers wanting to learn about the Nazis, Prussian Kings, historical eras and the modern stories of Potsdamer Platz, the half day walking tour of Berlin has proved to be popular.


brandenburg gate in berlin

The Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate are both included as are Reichstag and the Holocaust Memorial.

Cruise of Amsterdam’s canals on board an open-air boat.


the canal and boats of amsterdam in holland

Sit aboard an open-air boat to see some of the sights Amsterdam has to offer. The boats have a bar and blankets are provided. Sailing from Anne Frank’s House there are multiple trips each day. Small group canal cruises also leave more room to sit back and enjoy the sights including those of museum quarter.

Pizza and gelato cookery classes at a Tuscan farmhouse.

Take in the beautiful Tuscan scenery whilst learning to create the food favourites of pizza and gelato. Professional, native chefs will host the lesson to create three courses of delicious, traditional food. Trips can include transportation from Florence and meals are accompanied with wine or beer.


a tuscan view in italy

The number one experience worldwide as rated by Tripadvisor’s travellers is based in Dubai.

Red dunes and camel safari with a desert barbecue.

Experience the Arabian Desert with a half day trip that takes travellers dune bashing, sand boarding and camel riding. A barbecue dinner is served at Al Khayma Camp whilst live dancing is performed. The trip also provides the perfect opportunity to watch the sun set over the red dunes.


camel riding and the sun set of the dubai desert

Ben Drew, President of Viator said: “No one simply travels to a destination to stay in their hotel room and calls it ‘memorable.’ Viator and Tripadvisor give more travellers the opportunity to experience the richness that a destination can offer, making memories that will last a lifetime whether its sandboarding in the Arabian desert or making pizza in a Tuscan farmhouse. This year’s winners illustrate travellers’ appreciation for experiences that are truly unforgettable and that they’ll remember and talk about for years to come.”

Almost 400 experiences were recognised in the Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2020.

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