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The 2018 Bucket List – 50 best destinations you shouldn’t miss out on

With 2017 coming to an end, it is that time of the year to start planning your new year resolutions. Is one of your resolutions – Travel? You’ve hit the jackpot – 50 destinations that we’ve handpicked for your wish list. This one is more special though – Our Bucket List 2018, complete with 50 best destinations comes with uber cool itineraries and a planner to the boot!

So go on and pick your places, for all things planning, you got us!

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Famous for – Party | Art | Gardens

Pose beside your favorite superstars and click a dozen selfies at the famous wax museum of Madame Tussauds, embark on a guided bike tour alongside the Amsterdam’s canals admiring the city’s rich architectural history and the scenic views which include wooden windmills, breweries, and churches, witness the beauty of tulips in full bloom at Keukenhof Garden, ride on a canal cruise and explore the Rijksmuseum, and go on a tour of the Royal Palace, the National Monument, and Albert Cuyp market.

Best time to visit: March – May

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2. Antalya, Turkey

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Famous for – Traditions | Coastline

Immerse in the traditional Turkish experience on offer at your hotel and experience the country’s vibrant culture, relax in a Turkish-style Ottoman bath that comes inclusive of a rejuvenating massage, go on a boat trip across the long-sandy coast of the Mediterranean oasis of Manavgat, dive into the Mediterranean, take a trip to the Düden Waterfalls, camp in the national park of Köprülü Canyon, wander around the urban green space at Karaalioglu Park, and pay a visit to the triumphal arch of Hadrian’s Gate.

Best time to visit: April – May

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3. Auckland, New Zealand

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Famous for – Adventure | Coastline

Soak in the breathtaking views from the iconic Auckland Sky Tower, explore the exotic flora on offer at the Auckland Botanic gardens, feel the ultimate rush of your life as you try out the Auckland Bridge Bungy Jump, wander through the tranquil Eden Garden, go on a walking tour across the Auckland Art gallery, Albert Park, and University of Auckland, be fascinated by the Hobbiton Shire Film Set, enjoy a delicious dinner and catch a mesmerizing sunset as you go sailing in a luxury yacht from viaduct harbor.

Best time to visit: November – April

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Related: Why Auckland should be on your bucket list?

4. Bali, Indonesia

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Famous for – Temples | Honeymoon | Sunset Views |Traditional Dances

Spend time in the Beachwalk Shopping mall, enjoy a spectacular traditional Balinese Kecak and Fire dance performance, catch a mesmerizing sunset by the popular tourist attraction of Tanah Lot, hike the active volcanic site of Mt.Batur, go on a family trip to Bali Safari and Marine Park, try out your hand at the best river rafting experience on offer across Ayung River, talk part in a walking coffee-plantation tour in the Kintamani Village, and sail in a traditional wooden ship at sunset.

Best time to visit: May – June

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Related: Your ultimate Bali shopping guide

5. Barcelona, Spain

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Famous for – Architecture | Culture | Food & Drinks

Hike through the unusual rock formations and explore the multi-peaked rocky range of Montserrat, watch the charming shows on offer at the restaurant-theatre of Palacio del Flamenco while you relish the outstanding Spanish flavors, take a visit to the unfinished modernist marvel of La Sagrada Familia church, discover the cultural richness and architectural heritage of medieval Girona and Costa Brava, go on a sightseeing tour of Barcelona’s main attractions which include Gothic Quarter, Park Guell, & Montjuic and wander across the bustling La Boqueria market.

Best time to visit: March – June

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Related: Spain uncovered: the perfect Barcelona and Madrid vacation

6. Bath, UK

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Famous for – Baths | Roman architecture | Museum

Take a candlelight tour of the well-preserved public bathing site of Roman Baths, find your way through the lovely late Medieval church of Bath Abbey carrying a Victorian Gothic interior, go on a leisurely walk along the historic bridge of Pulteney Bridge and stay transfixed at the beautiful views of River Avon, marvel at the wonderfully laid-out building complex of Royal Crescent, and explore the compact museum of Jane Austen centre that chronicles the life & the era of the famous writer, Jane Austen.

Best time to visit: April – October

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7. Belfast, Ireland

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Famous for – Architecture | History

Travel back in time as you explore the maritime heritage monument of Titanic Belfast, feel the history of Belfast come alive at the ornate structure of Belfast City Hall, glance through the extensive collection of art, ceramics, and archaeological displays at the classical renaissance building of Ulster Museum, unwind in the beautiful environment of the Botanic Gardens, go on an interesting exploration of HM Prison Crumlin Road, wander around the lush trails, and enjoy the unparalleled views from Belfast Castle.

Best time to visit: May – September

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8. Bordeaux, France

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Famous for – Wine | Architecture

Climb up to the top of the historical structure of Pey Berland and be mesmerized by the panoramic view of the whole city of Bordeaux, drift along the waters of River Garonne & savor the taste of perfectly crafted wines on-board, if this doesn’t satiate your love for wines take an escape to Grand Cru Chateau & Saint Emilion Village and be seduced by the aroma & the flavor of exotic range of wines, attend a Sunday service at the landmark 11th century Catholic cathedral of Bordeaux, and roam around the iconic city square of Place de la Bourse.

Best time to visit: May – October

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Related: 21 places to visit in France that will make you Instagram famous

9. Bruges, Belgium

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Famous for – Medieval Architecture | History

Take a picnic to the tranquil Minnewater Lake which comes with wonderful spots to catch the panoramic views of the city, study the interesting murals & understand the fascinating history on offer at St. Salvator’s Cathedral, admire the neogothic building of Provinciaal Hof, lose yourselves to the magic of Historium Brugge that teleports you back in time, enjoy the spectacular views from the medieval bell tower of Belfry of Bruges, and appreciate the extensive collection of primitive Flemish artworks on showcase at Groeningemuseum.

Best time to visit: April – May, and September – October

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10. Brussels, Belgium

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Famous for – Beer | History | Architecture

Take a visit to the magnificent church of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, go on a tour of Brussel’s famous landmarks which include Grand City & European parliament, walk past the historic neo-renaissance building of Hotel de Ville, spend a wonderful time with your family at the Minature-Europe Model Park, discover the flavor of the world famous Belgium Beer at the popular breweries, and learn everything about the country’s rich heritage of brewing beers.

Best time to visit: April – May, and September – October

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11. Budapest, Hungary

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Famous for – Gothic Architecture | Coastline

Feel the authentic vibe of the city come alive at the iconic square of Hosok Tere, hop on a cruise & go exploring the tourist attractions of Buda Castle, Chain Bridge, and Gellert Hill on the go, also take an extensive exploration of Buda Castle to make the most of it, get away from the buzz of the city to the tranquil Margaret Island, dive into the Szechenyi Bath, go on a wine tasting tour to the Faust Wine Cellar, stroll across the dazzling Chain Bridge, catch a Hungarian Folklore show, and look-out at the views from the neo-gothic Fisherman’s Bastion.

Best time to visit: March – May, and September – November

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Related: Hungary for adventure: life-changing things to do in Budapest

12. Cape Town, South Africa

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Famous for – Views | Hiking | Culture

Go on a hike to the significant tourist attraction of the Table Mountain & ride on the aerial cableway on your way back to revel in the views, take a stroll around the well-maintained Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden which carries an indigenous collection of plants, spend time at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, learn everything about the underwater creatures at the Two Oceans Aquarium, tour the Castle of Good Hope, go on a historic trip to Robben Island, and catch a sunset at Lion’s Head.

Best time to visit: February – March

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13. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Famous for – Culture | Temples | Food

Discover the scenic, natural wonders of Chiang Rai, ride on a traditional boat along the Mekong River, have a relaxing bath at the Mae Khajan hot springs, click photographs by the 13th-century historical landmark of Suan Dok Gate, indulge in a Khantoke style feast at Chiang Mai cultural centre & enjoy the exotic tribal dance performances, catch the wildlife in action on your excursion to Chiang Mai Zoo, trace your way through the nature trail to the enticing Monthathan Waterfall, and feel the art come to life at the museum of Art In Paradise.

Best time to visit: November – February

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Related: The best Thailand family vacation itinerary

14. Corfu Island, Greece

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Famous for – Coastline | Architecture | Beaches

Swim in the warm, turquoise waters of Palaiokastritsa beach, get enough of history from the impressive neo-classical museum of Achilleion, have a sumptuous seafood meal at the lovely fishing village town of Kassiopi, get the best out of nature at its best at Canal d’Amour Beach, go on a family picnic to the enthralling waterpark of Aqualand, visit the landmark Old Fortress of Corfu steeped back in history, and take a day trip getting to the top of the compact, ornate Monastery of Paleokastritsa.

Best time to visit: May – September

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15. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Famous for – History | Coastline | Architecture

Head to the peaceful oasis of Lokrum spotting peacocks & rabbits, sail in a carrack-style cruise to the UNESCO World heritage listed Stari Grad, go on an evening stroll along the narrow alleyway of Stradun making a short shop at the restaurants along the way, admire the baroque architecture of Dubrovnik Cathedral, go on a pleasant stroll through the tranquil garden of Trsteno Arboretum, soak in the fascinating views from the historical fortress of Lovrijenac, plunge into the Adriatic sea and indulge in snorkeling & kayaking.

Best time to visit: April – September

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16. Edinburgh, Scotland

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Famous for – History | Grandeur | Architecture

Wander around the massive grounds of Edinburgh Castle & take a tour of the 11th-century landmark to understand the history of Edinburgh, go on an informative trip to the National Museum of Scotland, take a fascinating tour of Mary King’s Close, unwind at the pristine Princes Street Gardens which has a special something for everyone, hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat to enjoy great views of Edinburgh, glance through the wonderful collection of art pieces at the Scottish National Gallery, and try the Scotch Whisky Experience.

Best time to visit: May – September

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17. Florence, Italy

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Famous for – Renaissance Architecture | History | Culture | Food

Visit the magnificent Florence Cathedral & be amazed by the beautiful frescoes adorning the ceiling, take a tour of the town of Siena & San Gimignano, stop by the lovely Chianti region to taste local Tuscan wines, enjoy a scenic drive north of the Tuscan countryside making your way to the prettiest destination of Cinque Terre, spend time in the buzzing square of Piazza Della Signoria, go on a romantic walk with your loved one along the Ponte Vecchio, feel the Renaissance age come alive inside the walls of Uffizi Courtyard.

Best time to visit: April – May, and September – October

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Related: The ultimate guide to Italy – Where to go, what to see

18. Hallstatt, Austria

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Famous for – Ski Resorts | Tranquility | Architecture

Lose yourselves to the stunning scenery from the Hallstatt Skywalk “Welterbeblick”, wander around the charming old town of Hallstatt, ride on a funicular & learn everything about salt mining in Salz Welten, get acquainted in the lovely Central Square of Marktplatz, pack a picnic & unwind by the tranquil lake of Hallstatter See, check out the interesting collection of painted skulls & bones at Hallstatt Ossuary, disconnect from the outside world at the serene Hallstatt Lutheran Church, and be awed by the amount of artifacts & exhibits inside the historical Hallstatt Museum.

Best time to visit: January – March, and April – June

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19. Hong Kong, China

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Famous for – Skyscrapers | Nightlife | Shopping

Take a trip to the Lantau Island & ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cablecar to Tian Tan Buddha admiring the skyline of Hong Kong along the way, photograph next to the shimmering landmark structure of the Hong Kong Clock Tower, listen to the Symphony of Light Show from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, enjoy the enthralling roller coaster rides at the Ocean Park Hong Kong, hop on the peak tram & have an unparalleled view of the whole of Hong Kong, go on a family picnic to the exciting new world of Disneyland, and meet your favourite artists at Madame Tussauds.

Best time to visit: October – May

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Related: The most epic 4 day Hong Kong itinerary to travel with kids

20. Ibiza, Spain

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Famous for – Beaches | Parties | Tranquility

Bask in the views of a stunning sunset at the fantastic beach of Cala Comte, get closer to the work of contemporary art at Museu d’Art Contemporani, try your luck in Black Jack & American Roulette at Casino de Ibiza, take a walking trip to the pleasant district of Sa Capelleta, go on a soul-stirring journey to the fascinating island town of Es Vedra, get to the top of the town of Dalt Villa enriched with history & culture, stay transfixed at the stunning views from atop the Castle of Ibiza, and have a blasting Ibiza Boat Party.

Best time to visit: March – September

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21. Istanbul, Turkey

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Famous for – Mosques | History | Traditions

Soak in the interesting blend of Islam and Christianity at the spectacular premises of Hagia Sophia Museum, take a tour of the impressive Blue Mosque, dance in the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire at the splendid Topkapi Palace, enjoy a relaxing cruise ride along the Bosphorus Strait, discover the wide range of spices at the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, learn the rich Byzantine history at the Hippodrome of Constantinople, experience the splendour of Dolmabahce Palace on a guided tour, and catch the traditional Turkish Dance at Hodjapasha Centre.

Best time to visit: April – May, and September – October

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22. Jordan

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Famous for – Heritage | Ancient Sites | Architecture

Go on a slow exploration of the world heritage site of Petra marvelling at the architectural beauty & the intricate carvings, explore the picturesque Wadi Rum desert on a 4*4, get close to the ancient ruins at the Kerak Castle, feel the ancient Jordan come alive at the impressive Amman Citadel, soak in the stunning views from atop the Ajloun Castle, plunge into the natural Ma’in Hot Springs, hike the gorgeous & grand Monastery of Al Deir, and check out the fabulous collection of vintage cars at the Royal Automobile Museum.

Best time to visit: April – May, and September – October

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23. Krabi, Thailand

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Famous for -Beaches | Watersports | Temples

Get in harmony with the nature at the Mu Ko Lanta National Park, discover the work of the wonderful artisans & artists at the Krabi Town Walking Street, ride on a speedboat to the scenic Koh Tup island, go snorkelling in the azure waters of Koh Gai island, pack a picnic lunch to the Koh Poda Island, explore the grotto caves & swim in the warm water of Phra Nang Cave Beach, take on a challenging climb to the historic site of Wat Tham Sua for a spiritual experience, catch an amazing sunset as you laze around the Railay Beach, and take a plunge into the natural Emerald Pool.

Best time to visit: All year-round

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Related: PickYourTrail’s Thailand food picks

24. Kyoto, Japan

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Famous for – Culture | Temples

Visit the most famous Shinto shrine of Fushimi Inari-Taisha for a thorough Japanese cultural experience, be spellbound by the glistening beauty of the golden shrine of Kinkaku-Ji set amidst landscaped gardens, find your way to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kiyomizu-Dera, wander around the impressive Nijō Castle & appreciate the cultural significance of Kyoto, spend some time in the evening at the charming, quaint town of Gion, slowly unravel the beauty of Arashiyama, and dance in the rich autumn colours on offer at the Ginkaku-Ji Temple.

Best time to visit: March – May, and September – November

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25. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Famous for – Snow | Ski resorts | Alpine Villages

Take on a journey to the mesmerizing alpine destination of Jungfraujoch & spend time inside the Sphinx Observatory counting the stars, gaze at the unforgettable views from the Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, ride on a cable car to the top of the breathtaking summit of Schilthorn, listen to the intriguing sound of the water crashing on the rocks at the Trümmelbach Falls, go on a hike to the Kleine Scheidegg, and go zooming in a zip line at the Adventure Park Interlaken.

Best time to visit: April – June

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Related: On your calendar – Switzerland’s lineup

26. Lisbon, Portugal

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Famous for – Heritage | Gothic Architecture | Nightlife

Lose yourselves to the wonderful views from the iconic structure of Belem Tower, learn about the history & the heritage of Lisbon at the interesting Sao Jorge Castle, go on a family trip to the interactive Lisbon Oceanarium, feel the authentic ambience of Lisbon get to you at the Rossio Square, explore the vibrant quarters of Bairro Alto, make a quick stop at the souvenir shops & the restaurants around the bustling square of Praça do Comércio, explore the grand interiors of Jeronimos Monastery, take a trip to Sintra and pay a visit to the Sintra National Park & Palace.

Best time to visit: March – May, and September – October

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Related: Exciting things to see in Portugal!

27. Lombok, Indonesia

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Famous for – Beaches | Nature | Tranquility

Unwind with your family at the breathtaking Kuta beach, take on a climb to the Mount Rinjani early in the morning for panoramic views of Lombok, go on island hopping getting a bit of everything, learn surfing at the Selong Belanak beach, learn about the local culture of Lombok at West Nusa Tenggara State Museum, relax by the white sandy beach of Tanjung Aan, catch a lovely sunset at the scenic spot of Batu Bolong Temple, and break away from the neon & the noise by paying a visit to the tranquil gardens of Pura Agung Narmada.

Best time to visit: April – October

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28. London, UK

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Famous for – Historic Attractions | Gothic Architecture | Culture

Go spinning in the world’s largest observation wheel of London Eye all the time gazing at the panoramic views, drift away on a romantic cruise with your loved one along the Thames river, learn everything about the magical world of Harry Potter by touring the famous Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio, take on a guided tour of Windsor Castle, Bath, & Stonehenge, spend time in the historic public square of Trafalgar, travel back in time as you come to face with the history on offer at the Buckingham Palace, and go through the wonderful collection of artifacts at the British Museum.

Best time to visit: April – June, and September – October

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29. Malaga, Spain

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Famous for – Culture | History | Gothic Architecture

Stroll through the lovely ruins & gardens of Alcazaba of Málaga, be awed by the extensive collection of Picasso’s artwork at the Museo Picasso Málaga, stay for a complete mass at the charming Malaga Cathedral, have a gala time with your family at the intriguing theme park of Tivoli World, explore the artistic world of Carmen Thyssen Museum showcasing wonderful pieces of Spanish artwork, click mental images of the exotic collection of cars at the Automobile & Fashion museum, and indulge in thrift shopping along the street of Calle Marques de Larios.

Best time to visit: May – June, and October – November

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30. Mauritius

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Famous for – Beaches | Nature

Ride on a catamaran to the beautiful paradise island of Île aux Cerfs, hike through the pristine Black River Gorges National Park & interact with the rich nature on offer, go on an early morning trip to sight the interesting phenomenon on display at the Seven Coloured Earths, unwind at the tranquil oasis of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, get cozy with your favourite book on a hammock at the pristine beach of Flic-en-Flac, and take an educational journey into the world of sugar & get insight into the process involved at the L’Aventure du Sucre.

Best time to visit: May – December

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31. Melbourne, Australia

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Famous for – Culture | Nightlife

Go on a day tour to the Philip Island, befriending Penguins, Koalas, and Kangaroos on your way, hop on a Puffing Billy steam train at Belgrave & go on a scenic journey through the forest, glance through the art exhibits at the National Gallery of Victoria, shop at the Queen Victoria Market, ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel & gaze at the dramatic view of the city, see the aquatic animals come alive at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, and catch a game of live cricket at the amazing Melbourne cricket ground.

Best time to visit: March – May, and September – November

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Related: Best things to shop for in Australia

32. Moscow, Russia

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Famous for – History | Culture

Be taken aback by the majestic structure of Moscow Kremlin, soak in the electrifying atmosphere at the Red Square which comes alive with grand performances during special occasions, visit the picturesque landmark of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, explore the massive park of Kolomenskoye on a golf cart, stock your bags with Russian goodies from GUM, get familiar with the Russian artwork at the Tretyakov Gallery, catch a live opera performance at the impressive Bolshoi Theatre, and do not miss the opportunity to see the extensive collection of armoury, costumes, and jewelry at the Kremlin Armoury.

Best time to visit: May – October

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Related: Trainspotting at the Moscow Metros

33. Nice, France

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Famous for – Art Museums | Tranquility

Go on a scenic exploration of the glamorous Mediterranean Coastline of French Riviera dotted with dramatic attractions along the way, go for a relaxing evening stroll along the Promenade des Anglais etched in history, get a closer look at the work of Matisse at Musée Matisse, go on an outstanding tour of Musée Marc Chagall with each wall carrying a different story to tell, admire the collection of contemporary art at Musée d’art moderne et d’art Contemporain, gaze at the dancing water fountain at Parc Phœnix, and go on a visit to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Basilica of Notre Dame de Nice.

Best time to visit: May – July

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34. Reykjavik, Iceland

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Famous for – Nightlife | Art | Cuisine

Snorkel in the natural, blue waters of Silfra, watch the surreal Northern Light as the night sky dances in a ribbon of colours, pack your binoculars & rush to the North Atlantic to indulge in some Whale watching, be astonished by the sheer beauty of the stunning Lutheran church of Hallgrímskirkja, get acquainted with the impressive space of Harpa, take a tour of the Perlan & drink in the 360 degree views of Reykjavik, have a look at the interesting exhibits at the Icelandic Phallological Museum, photograph next to the Sun Voyager, and visit the National Museum of Iceland.

Best time to visit: May – September

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35. Rotorua, New Zealand

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Famous for – Hot Springs | Culture | Nature

Enjoy a boat ride into the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves, discover the culture & the traditions of the Maori people & indulge in a Hangi feast at Tamaki Maori Village, fall in love with the intricacies of filmmaking as you scurry around the Hobbiton film set, learn about the culture of New Zealand at the interactive Rotorua Museum, take a dip in the bubbling hot spring of Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, try your hands at Kaituna River Rafting, laze around the enchanting Lake Rotorua, and unwind with your loved one at Polynesian Spa.

Best time to visit: September – November

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Related: Ultimate New Zealand road trip itinerary: Tips and How to Plan

36. Santorini, Greece

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Famous for – Coastline | Tranquility | Beaches

Appreciate the wonderful work on display at the Santorini Arts Factory, understand everything about winemaking at the Wine Museum, go on an unforgettable sea kayaking journey with the moonlight & the stars as your witness, get close to the preserved ruins from the bronze age at Akrotiri, explore the Museum of Prehistoric Thera steeped back in time, take a stroll across the surreal Black beach, tour the Volcanic Islands & Hot Springs on a boat, and stay transfixed at the sweeping views of sunset as you ride on a Caldera Catamaran Cruise.

Best time to visit: April – May, and September – October

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37. Seychelles

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Famous for – Beaches | Water activities | Honeymoon

Reach out to the giant tortoises at the Curieuse Island, go snorkelling in the unspoilt beauty of Sainte Anne Marine National Park, dive into the crystal clear waters of Anse Lazio, explore the man-made island of Eden Island with your loved one, ride on a horse along the shores of a beach, watch a romantic movie with your better half in a open air theatre under the stars, chill out with the uniquely looking coconuts available at the Praslin island, and be blown away by the British architecture as you go on a stroll across the Victoria Street.

Best time to visit: May – September

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Related: Top 20 Romantic things to do in Seychelles

38. Shanghai, China

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Famous for – Skyscrapers | History | Architecture

Get to the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower and the dine at the in-house restaurant as you stare at the panoramic views of Shanghai, stroll around the beautifully lit waterfront neighbourhood of the Bund, spend an afternoon at your own pace at the tranquil oasis of Yu Garden, have fun with your family for a whole day at the themed Shanghai Disney Resort, go window shopping across the popular Nanjing Road, be a part of the cultural activities on display at the People’s Square, learn a great bit of the Chinese history at the Shanghai Museum, and revel in the intriguing atmosphere at Xintiandi.

Best time to visit: March – May, and September – October

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Related: Perfect vacation to China: secrets from the Orient

39. Sintra, Portugal

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Famous for – Architecture | Tranquility

Take a tour of the splendid Pena Palace photographing the architectural gem that it is, experience the truly fascinating attraction of Quinta da Regaleira, climb to the top of the Castle of the Moors for unparalleled views of the city, get to the Cabo da Roca set at the edge of Sintra & proclaim your love by screaming to the top of your lungs, make a small detour to the hidden gem of a destination of Museu Anjos Teixeira, get a glimpse of the grandeur lives of the kings at the Palace of Sintra, trek to the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and pay a visit to the Monserrate Palace.

Best time to visit: May – June, and September

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40. St. Petersburg, Russia

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Famous for – Architecture | History

Take on a free guided tour of the delightful Salvador Dalí Museum, break away for a picnic to the naturally splendid Fort De Soto Park with your family, strike poses inside the gorgeous site of Sunken Gardens, go on a drive through the steeped Sunshine Skyway Bridge, load your bags with souvenirs & your tummy with food at the John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk, appreciate the nice collection of art on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, make a quick stop at the Vinoy Park which is home to plenty of events around the year, and take your kids along to the interesting Great Explorations Children’s Museum.

Best time to visit: June – September

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41. Sydney, Australia

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Famous for – Nightlife | Unparalleled Views

Have a bird’s eye view of the whole city from the Sydney Tower Eye, visit the Echo point in the Blue Mountains for spectacular views of the Three Sisters, enjoy on a relaxing cruise along the Parramatta River, drive on the incredibly popular Sydney Harbour Bridge, walk around the vibrant neighborhood of Darling Harbour, catch picturesque views of the Opera house from the Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, hop on a helicopter for incredible views of Maroubra, Coogee, and the popular Bondi Beach, and get enough of the nightlife by stopping at the lively bars in Sydney.

Best time to visit: All year round

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42. The Hague, Netherlands

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Famous for – Architecture | Ambience

Climb the historic Scheveningen Lighthouse and stare at some of the best views of the North Sea, take a break from the buzz of the city at the beautifully laid Paleistuin park, get a fair share of the nightlife at the Hague by heading to the Holland Casino, be amazed by the incredible work of art by Escher in the namesake Escher Museum, escape into the miniature world of Netherlands at Madurodam, scamper through the compact museum of Mauritshuis, drink in every bit of the Gothic architecture on offer at the Binnenhof, and have unlimited fun at the amusement park of Duinrell.

Best time to visit: June – September

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43. Tokyo, Japan

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Famous for – Nightlife | Shopping | Temples

Awe at the stunning views of Tokyo from atop the Tokyo Skytree, click photographs of the iconic Tokyo Tower, be pleasantly surprised by the number of rides at Tokyo DisneySea, getaway to Odaiba in the evening for some shopping & dine at the quaint restaurants ogling at the mesmerizing views of the bay, have a serene experience at the magnificent temple complex of Sensō-Ji, relax on the tranquil grounds of Shinjuku Gyoen, make friends with panda at Ueno Zoo, and shop for fresh produce at Tsukiji fish market or just have a hearty lunch.

Best time to visit: March – May, and September – November

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Related: 9 Must Do Experiences in Tokyo

44. Turin, Italy

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Famous for – Architecture | Grandeur

Be impressed by the best piece of architecture on display at the Royal Church of San Lorenzo, explore the puzzling collection of Egyptian antiquities on display at the Egyptian Museum, spend some time getting around the artistic square of Piazza Statuto, make your way through the labyrinth of underground passages uncovering the mystical passageways, tunnels, and cellars in Turin, go on a guided tour of the Royal Palace of Turin & feel the centuries-old stories come alive, and get your hands on the incredible collection of lanterns at the monument of Mole Antonelliana.

Best time to visit: April – October

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45. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Famous for – Culture | Landscape

Get the best of nature at the breathtaking expanse of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, listen to the soothing chants of the monks inside the serene structure of Gandantegchinlen Monastery, understand the rich Mongolian history at the National Museum of Mongolia, study through the fascinating architecture of Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, indulge in people watching at the splendid Sukhbaatar Square, have a gala time with your family at the National Amusement Park, and get a glimpse into the Mongolian culture at the Choijin Lama Temple.

Best time to visit: May – October

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46. Venice, Italy

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Famous for – Canals | Romance | Architecture

Take some time off your busy schedule & admire the beauty of Grand Canal, take a tour of: Murano – learning about the history of glass-making factories, Burano – peeking inside the centuries-old lace making houses, Torcello – a closer look at the Byzantine churches, be carried by the intricate decorations at Saint Mark’s Basilica, bask in the authentic vibe of Venice at St Mark’s Square, and drift on a gondola as you engage in a romantic conversation with your loved one or walk hand-in-hand across the brightly lit Rialto Bridge.

Best time to visit: January – December

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47. Vienna, Austria

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Famous for – Grandeur | Christmas Markets

Wander around the huge royal structure of Schonbrunn Palace, dance to the rhythm of a live concert at Kursalon Hübner, go on a trip to the scenic old-town area of Bratislava, go on a cruise along the Wachau and Danube Valley, sit for an entire mass at the Romanesque St.Stephens Cathedral, go spinning around in the completely lit giant Ferris wheel of Prater, bask in the glory at the imperial palace of Hofburg, roll with the pandas, penguins & polar bears at the grounds of Tiergarten Schönbrunn, and take on a enjoyable walk around the buzzing Museumsquartier.

Best time to visit: April – October

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48. Vik, Iceland

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Famous for – Tranquility

Stroll across the one-of-a-kind black sand beach of Reynisfjara clicking impressive pictures as you go through, go on a drive to Dyrhólaey to catch a crimson-filled sunset, take on a slow-paced exploration of quaint Vik i Myrdal Church overlooking the village, spend time at the picturesque Icelandic church of Reyniskirkja, and get adventurous by going on a Paragliding Tandem.

Best time to visit: May – September

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49. Zagreb, Croatia

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Famous for – Nature | Architecture | History

Soak in the serene atmosphere of the lovely Zagreb Cathedral, take a break from the buzz of the city & dance in the colours of Zagreb Botanical Garden, get close to the masterpiece monument of the Spring of Life & click some dozen photographs for your Instagram, take a tour of the majestic Varazdin and Trakoscan Castle & enjoy the stunning views from the top, go on a walking tour of Zagreb learning about the rich history and the culture of Croatia, discover the beautiful fall colours as you find your way through the enchanting forests & the azure blue waters of Plitvice Lake, and go on a hike to the wonderful Krka National Park.

Best time to visit: April – October

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50. Zurich, Switzerland

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Famous for – Alps | Winter | Views

Take a boat ride to the centre of the epic Rhine Falls & savour in the enchanting landscapes of the countryside, take a short trip to Lake Zurich, have a cup of coffee & awe at the pristine views, hop on a cable car & ride to the top of Mount Rigi for breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, get acquainted with the quaint church of Grossmünster complete with fancy decorations & bronze doors, if that didn’t satiate your quest for a historic church, head to the colorful Fraumünster adorned by beautiful tall windows, and be swayed by the wonderful collection of artwork displayed in the Kunsthaus Zürich.

Best time to visit: April – October

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