- With great value on accommodations and meals, Angkor Wat represents the best value for U.S. travelers at $2971 for a one-week trip for two.
- The Grand Canyon is another experience of a lifetime value for U.S. travelers, at $3003 for a week-long trip for two.
- Santorini is the most expensive trip, with flights at $2500 per person round-trip and travel totaling $9364 for two.
|Experience of a Lifetime||City||Round-trip Flight (per person)||Hotel||Round-trip Taxi||Dinner (per person)||Tour (per person)||Total (per person)||Total for 2 for one week|
|1||Visit Angkor Wat||Siem Reap||$||933||$||79||$||14||$||14||$||171||$||1211||$||2971|
|2||Visit the Grand Canyon||Phoenix||$||212||$||215||$||34||$||40||$||240||$||741||$||3003|
|3||Walk the Great Wall of China||Beijing||$||1020||$||102||$||36||$||35||$||355||$||1548||$||3990|
|4||Marvel at the wonder of the Taj Mahal||Agra||$||1235||$||79||$||135||$||16||$||474||$||1939||$||4330|
|5||Go on safari in South Africa||Nelspruit||$||1576||$||77||$||129||$||15||$||151||$||1948||$||4332|
|6||Visit the Galapagos Islands||Santa Cruz||$||1075||$||220||$||32||$||37||$||188||$||1552||$||4616|
|7||Dive the Great Barrier Reef||Cairns||$||1634||$||126||$||38||$||47||$||376||$||2221||$||5598|
|8||See the Northern Lights||Reykjavik||$||1093||$||284||$||271||$||74||$||198||$||1920||$||5877|
|9||Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu||Cusco||$||1066||$||237||$||21||$||28||$||899||$||2251||$||5890|
|10||Admire the sunset over Santorini||Oia||$||2500||$||482||$||124||$||39||$||151||$||3296||$||9364|
|Experience of a Lifetime||Hotel||Bookable on TripAdvisor for||Saving against average hotel rate||Experience||Bookable on TripAdvisor for||Savings against average attractions rate|
|1||Visit Angkor Wat||Popular Residence Hotel, Angkor Wat||$45 per night||43||%||Angkor Temples Small-Group Tour||$69 per person||60||%|
|2||Visit the Grand Canyon||Radisson Hotel Phoenix North, Phoenix||$116 per night||46||%||Small-group deluxe Grand Canyon and Sedona day trip||$176 per person||27||%|
|3||Walk the Great Wall of China||Rishengchang Hotel, Beijing||$63 per night||38||%||Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing with Lunch||$62 per person||83||%|
|4||Marvel at the Wonder of the Taj Mahal||PL Palace Lords Inn Agra, Agra||$49 per night||38||%||Viator Exclusive: Private Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour, Dine with a View and Optional Photographer||$136 per person||71||%|
|5||Go on safari in South Africa||Protea Hotel by Marriot Nelspruit, Nelspruit||$79 per night||-3||%||Full-Day Kruger Park Open Vehicle Safari from Hazyview||$67 per person||56||%|
|6||Visit the Galapagos Islands||Cucuve Suites, Puerto Ayora||$173 per night||21||%||Full-day Floreana tour||$196 per person||-4||%|
|7||Dive the Great Barrier Reef||Half Moon Bay Resort, Cairns||$89 per night||29||%||Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns||$119 per person||68||%|
|8||See the Northern Lights||Arctic Hotel, Reykjavik||$104 per night||63||%||Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik||$52 per person||74||%|
|9||Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu||Sonesta Hotel Cusco, Cusco||$137 per night||42||%||Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco||$352 per person||61||%|
|10||Admire the sunset over Santorini||Alexander's Boutique Hotel of Oia, Oia||$288 per night||40||%||Oia sunset and traditional villages tour in Santorini||$84 per person||44||%|
- Return flight: Round trip flight from main airport(s) serving destination, for travel between 9/1/16 - 1/31/17
- Airport taxi: Return taxi between destination airport and city center
- Dinner: Starter, main meal and bottle of local beer
- Hotel: Accommodation in a 4-4.5-star hotel
- Tour: Average cost of bookable day tours for each experience of a lifetime
Return flights: Prices specify the average cost of a return flight from the main origin destination airport(s) to each experience of a lifetime destination. Pricing displayed is for travel dates between September 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 based on searches made between August 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016. Weighted average prices were determined using impressions for each itinerary and fare quoted by the respective provider. Origin airports and destination airports list available upon request.Airport taxi: Prices specify the average cost of a return taxi journey between destination airport and a city center location in each destination city. This includes other transport modes if required (e.g. Santa Cruz ferry + taxi for Galapagos Islands). Source: local website (e.g. taxi company, airport, tourist information). Dinner: Prices specify the average cost for one person of a starter course/entree, main meal, plus beer at a 4-5-'bubble' rated restaurant on TripAdvisor. Source: Restaurants were randomly selected from TripAdvisor, filtered by 4-5 bubble rating. Prices were obtained from menus on restaurant websites by Kantar TNS. Prices were collected from a minimum of 5 restaurants per destination. Data collected August to September 2016. Dinner meal items include:
- Starter course/entree: Prices recorded for two typical local dishes per restaurant (actual dishes vary by destination).
- Main course: Prices recorded for two typical local dishes per restaurant (actual dishes vary by destination).
- Beer: Price recorded for one typical beer brand in each destination (price of bottled water used instead of beer for Agra, as beer prices not widely listed).
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