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11 Top Travel Destinations to Have on Your Bucket List

If you're looking to plan the ultimate travel journey, here some of the the top destinations on an average traveler's bucket list. From the historical wonders of Egypt and Italy, to the stunning landscapes of Africa and Iceland, each of these destinations offer something unique and unforgettable. With the expert team at GET taking care of all the planning, you can relax and enjoy your adventure without the stress of managing the details.

Safari Wildlife

1. Africa: The Cradle of Humankind

The Maasai Mara: A Wildlife Spectacle

The Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is renowned for its incredible wildlife and the Great Migration. Witness millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles as they traverse the plains in search of greener pastures. 

  • Best Time to Visit: July to October
  • Activities: Safaris, bush walks, and cultural visits or learnings with the Maasai people.

Victoria Falls: The Smoke That Thunders

Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is one of the largest and most famous waterfalls in the world. Its thundering waters and mist create a breathtaking spectacle.

  • Best Time to Visit: February to May
  • Activities: Admire the powerful curtain of water from various vantage points in Zimbabwe, helicopter flights over Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River.

Make sure to check out these article to make sure you know all the right Tips for Taking Photos on an African Safari, how to pack for wine country and safari, and how to bring home wine and spirits if you're planning a safari or trip to South Africa's winelands. .

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There's no chance you'll miss out on the wildlife in Africa, especially the Big Five! Search for wildlife such as lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, antelope, and wildebeests.

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Italy Rome Colosseum Evening

2. Italy: A Journey of History & Cuisine

Rome: The Eternal City

Rome, the capital of Italy, is a treasure trove of ancient history, art, and architecture. From the Colosseum to the Vatican, every corner of Rome tells a story. Check out this article on the Best things to Do in Rome to learn more about this gorgeous city.

  • Must-See Sites: Colosseum, Vatican City, and the Pantheon.
  • Local Delicacies: Try authentic Roman pasta dishes like Carbonara and Cacio e Pepe.

Venice: The City of Canals

Venice is one of the most unique and romantic cities in the world, known for its winding canals, stunning architecture, and rich cultural heritage. It's a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Italy. Check out this article for more Top Things to Do in Venice.

  • Must-See Sites: St. Mark's Basilica, the Grand Canal, and the Rialto Bridge.
  • Local Experiences: Take a gondola ride through the canals, explore the Doge's Palace, and enjoy Venetian cuisine such as cicchetti and seafood risotto.

Amalfi Coast: Italy’s Coastal Gem

The Amalfi Coast is famed for its dramatic cliffs, colorful villages, and crystal-clear waters. It's a perfect destination for both relaxation and exploration.

  • Best Time to Visit: May to September
  • Activities: Exploring the Cinque Terre villages, boat rides, and enjoying local seafood.
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Australia Barrier Reef Coral

3. Australia: The Land Down Under

The Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, never fails to dazzle. Australia's amazing natural wonder is home to over 1,500 species of fish, 215 different birds, 3,000 mollusks, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, and 30 species of dolphins and whales. The reef is a big bucket-list item for the world's nature-lovers, divers, and snorkelers. Read this article to learn more about the natural wonders of and Top Sites to See in Australia.

  • Best Time to Visit: June to October
  • Activities: Strap on a snorkel or visit an underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft to take in the menagerie without getting your hair wet.

Sydney: The Harbor City

Sydney, known for its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, offers a blend of cosmopolitan city life and stunning beaches.

  • Must-See Sites: Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Harbour Bridge.
  • Activities: See the city from the water on a Sydney Harbour cruise. Take a stroll along the iconic harbor, visit one of the city’s many bars, pubs, or restaurants, or simply while away the day at the beach. 
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Egypt Valley Of The Kings Tourists Inspecting Hieroglyphics

4. Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs

The Valley of the Kings and Pyramids of Giza

Explore the Valley of the Kings, home to the magnificent tombs of Egypt's Pharaohs, and the Pyramids of Giza, among the most recognizable and awe-inspiring structures in the world. These ancient wonders stand as a testament to Egypt's rich history and architectural prowess. Check out this article to learn more about the Great Pyramids and other Top Sites of Egypt

  • Best Time to Visit: October to April
  • Activities: Visit the mortuary Temple Hatshepsut with an Egyptologist, see the enigmatic Sphinx, and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.

Nile River Cruises

A cruise on the Nile River offers a unique perspective on Egypt’s historical sites. Float past temples, tombs, and villages that have stood for millennia.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to April
  • Activities: Visiting Luxor and Aswan, exploring temples, and enjoying traditional Egyptian cuisine.
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Greece Santorini Oia Greek Islands

5. Greece: The Birthplace of Democracy

Athens: The Cradle of Western Civilization

Athens, Greece, is a city where ancient history meets modern vibrancy. From the Acropolis to bustling markets, Athens offers a rich cultural experience. Check out this article for more amazing sites in Greece.

  • Must-See Sites: Acropolis, Parthenon, Arch of Hadrian, and  the remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
  • Local Flavors: Savor Greek dishes like moussaka, souvlaki, and baklava.

Santorini: A Picture-Perfect Island

Santorini is famous for its stunning sunsets, white-washed buildings, and blue-domed churches. It's a perfect romantic getaway.

  • Best Time to Visit: April to November
  • Activities: Wine tasting, learning about the volcanic origins of the island, marveling at the beauty of the Aegean Sea.
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Iceland Gullfoss Waterfall Canyon Of Ölfusá River Southwest Sunrise Expert Travel Adivice Glaciers Gysers Waterfalls

6. Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice

The Golden Circle

Iceland’s Golden Circle route encompasses some of the country’s most stunning natural attractions, including Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

  • Best Time to Visit: Sept-March to see the Northern Lights
  • Activities: Photography, wild horses, geothermal spa visits, and exploring waterfalls.

Reykjavik: The Vibrant Capital

Reykjavik is a city of contrasts, where modern architecture meets Viking history. It's a perfect base for exploring Iceland's natural wonders.

  • Must-See Sites:  Perlan Museum, Old Reykjavík, the 19th-century parliament building, Höfði House, and the Blue Lagoon.
  • Local Experiences: Enjoy Icelandic cuisine and exploring nearby glaciers.
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France Paris Louvre Museum Reflection Pool Pyramid Expert

7. France: The Epitome of Elegance

Paris: The City of Light

Paris, France, is synonymous with romance, art, and culture. From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Paris offers endless attractions and experiences. 

  • Must-See Sites:  Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Louvre Museum, and  the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Culinary Delights: Indulge in French pastries, cheese, and wine. Check out this article on How to Order Like a Local in a French Bakery.
  • Local Experiences: Create your own unique fragrance with a certified 'nose' at one of France's most famous perfumeries.

Burgundy: A Region of Fine Wine and Rich History

Burgundy is renowned for its world-class vineyards, historic towns, and exquisite cuisine. It's an ideal destination for wine lovers and history enthusiasts. Check out our curated collection of Perfect Trips for Gourmet Travelers & Wine Enthusiasts, or browse all our Wine Country River Cruises, one of the BEST ways to explore Europe's vineyards. 

  • Best Time to Visit: Any time, really. September to October for the grape harvest season.
  • Activities: Wine tasting at renowned vineyards, exploring Van Gough's beloved Arles, climbing the steps of the Palace of the Popes itself—it’s worth it! 
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Ireland Tours Cliffs Of Moher

8. Ireland: The Emerald Isle

Dublin: A Blend of History and Modernity

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a city full of literary history, vibrant pubs, and friendly locals. It's a perfect starting point for exploring Ireland. 

  • Must-See Sites: Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse, See the Guinness Storehouse, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
  • Local Experiences: Enjoy traditional Irish music, travel along the River Liffey, and view the famous Book of Kells.

The Cliffs of Moher: Ireland’s Natural Wonder

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. These dramatic cliffs offer stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. Check out this article for other stunning sites to add to your Ireland Photo Bucket-List.

  • Best Time to Visit: April to September
  • Activities: Photography, walks, bird watching, and enjoying the visitor center.

Check out this article for more amazing Places to Visit in Ireland.

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Great Britain England London Uk Tower Bridge Thames River

9. Great Britain: A Tapestry of History

London: A Global Metropolis

London, the capital of Great Britain, is a city steeped in history yet buzzing with modernity. From iconic landmarks to world-class museums, London has it all.

The Scottish Highlands: Rugged Beauty

The Scottish Highlands offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK, from rolling hills to deep lochs and historic castles.

  • Best Time to Visit: May to September
  • Activities: Photography, visiting castles, and exploring quaint villages.

Check out these articles to learn more about the Best Places to Visit in the United Kingdom, the Best Things to Do in Scotland, and the Best Places to Visit in England.

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Portugal Porto Two Boats On The Douro

10. Portugal: A Land of Discoveries

Douro Valley: A Scenic Wine Region

The Douro Valley in Portugal is a picturesque wine region known for its terraced vineyards, winding river, and charming estates. It's a perfect destination for wine enthusiasts and nature lovers.

  • Must-See Sites: Porto São Bento Railway Station, Guimarães Old Quarter, Pinhão's historic train station.
  • Local Flavors: Try traditional dishes like Bacalhau à Brás and Pastéis de Nata, and don't miss the region's famous port wine.
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Fátima: A Place of Pilgrimage

Fátima, one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, is known for the apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported by three shepherd children in 1917. It's a destination for spiritual reflection and historical exploration.

  • Best Time to Visit: May to October
  • Activities: Visiting the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, exploring the Chapel of Apparitions, and attending the candlelight processions.
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TREASURES OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

11. Spain: A Fiesta for the Senses

Barcelona: A City of Art and Architecture

Barcelona, the capital of Spain's Catalonia, is a city that blends stunning architecture with a vibrant cultural scene. From Gaudí’s masterpieces to bustling markets, Barcelona is a feast for the senses.

  • Must-See Sites: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and La Rambla.
  • Culinary Experiences: Enjoy tapas, paella, and Catalan dishes.

Andalusia: The Heart of Spanish Culture

Andalusia is known for its rich history, flamenco music, and stunning architecture. Explore cities like Seville, Granada, and Córdoba to experience the essence of Spain.

  • Best Time to Visit: March to May and September to November
  • Activities: Visiting Alhambra, enjoying flamenco shows, and exploring historic neighborhoods.
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