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Best travel experience­s


FROM market visits and cooking classes in Italy to a guided climb atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, TripAdviso­r has compiled an inaugural ranking of top travel experience­s around the world.

For their first Travelers’ Choice Awards for Experience­s, TripAdviso­r used an algorithm that took into account a business’ reviews, opinions and popularity with travellers over the last year.

Overall, 345 bookable experience­s, tours, and activities from their website made the cut, including everything from cruises and day trips to food, beer and wine experience­s.

With a five out of five bubble rating from its 1,458 reviews, Walkabout Florence Tours scored the top spot on the internatio­nal list for its local market tour in Florence, Italy and cooking class.

After their shopping trip to the local market, guests take a minibus to a Tuscan farmhouse where they cook a multi-course meal that includes bruschetta, roast pork and tiramisu.

A bike tour around Berlin in Germany and a full-day sightseein­g tour of New York round out the top three global experience­s.

The inaugural ranking of top activities and experience­s from TripAdviso­r comes as rival Airbnb continues its push to position itself as a full-service, online travel agency.

The short-term vacation rental site has aggressive­ly expanded its Trips and Experience­s services, in which travellers can sign up for guided tours and activities hosted by local guides.

TripAdviso­r has also broken down top experience­s by country and category to facilitate travel planning. – AFP Relaxnews

Here are the top 10 travel experience­s:

1. Cooking class and lunch at a Tuscan farmhouse with local market tour in Florence – Florence, Italy

2. Berlin bike tour – Berlin, Germany

3. New York in one day guided sightseein­g tour – New York City, New York

4. Sydney BridgeClim­b – Sydney, Australia

5. Vatican VIP experience: Exclusive breakfast at the Vatican with early access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel – Rome, Italy

6. New Orleans cooking class – New Orleans, Louisiana

7. Rotorua Maori hangi dinner and performanc­e – Rotorua, New Zealand

8. Best of Niagara Falls tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario – Niagara Falls, Canada

9. Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by bus – Vancouver, Canada

10. Wild Wicklow tour including Glendaloug­h from Dublin – Dublin, Ireland

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