Getting to a destination is half the adventure, but once you’re there, how do you decide what to do?
Well, Viator have done a wrap up of the best activities to suss out when visiting TripAdvisor’s top three from the Traveller’s Choice Awards of 2015.
Whether it’s a unique experience or some penny pinching partying you’re after, here are the top tours for each hot spot.
Capital of the south and epicentre of Moroccan tourism, Marrakech is changing fast but holding on to its character.
Once the hub of camel caravans from the south, it remains an exotic destination that lives off its looks and its wits.
Discover the multiple facets of Marrakech with a stroll in the labyrinth of the narrow streets of the Medina amongst its famous Souks. Visit beautiful palaces and monuments of Marrakech including Bahia Palace.
>From $49 per person
Experience the history and drama of old Morocco on this day trip across the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech. Cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to reach Aït Benhaddou, a well-preserved Kasbah and UNESCO World Heritage site.
Continue to Ouarzazate, where movies including ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Gladiator’ have been filmed. Check out the panoramic view of the ancient Taourirt Kasbah, while learning about stories of the region with your guide.
>From $172 per person
Experience a carnival of exotic sights in Djemaa El-Fna in Marrakech, explore the Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, ride a camel in the Sahara Desert and lounge on the beaches of Essaouira during this nine-night journey through southern Morocco.
>From $1,607 per person
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, the capital city of its province of the same name, is a popular destination for travellers in north western Cambodia. Its close proximity to the iconic Angkor Wat and nearby floating villages mean there’s plenty to do, see and experience during a trip to this incredible town.
Wander the markets lined with handmade goods, take in a Royal Ballet performance, trek through temple ruins or take a relaxing boat ride on the great Tonle Sap.
Explore Angkor Wat and other remains of the Khmer Empire on this private tour from Siem Reap.
Beginning at the south gate of Angkor Thom City, you’ll explore the Bayon before continuing to Baphuon temple. With a knowledgeable private guide, see the Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas, the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper Kings.
After lunch, spend most of the afternoon at Angkor Wat, the best-preserved part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed archaeological park.
>From $105 per person
Take your adventure to new heights on a five-hour zipline tour inside UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. This Flight of the Gibbon treetop adventure from Siem Reap takes you up seven staircases, across four hanging bridges and along 10 ziplines that cross over the jungle canopy with 21 platform stations in between.
Two guides per group of nine ensure safety at all times and explain what to look for in the surrounding rainforest.
>From $143 per person
This overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery near Siem Reap includes a half-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the famous Angkor Wat with a knowledgeable guide before exploring the Bayon in Angkor Thom City.
Learn different forms of meditation and awaken before dawn to participate with the monks’ chanting and prayer for an immersive experience in daily life.
>From $311 per person
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Istanbul is one of the world’s truly great romantic cities. Its history tracks back from Byzantium to Constantinople to its place at the head of the Ottoman Empire. Today Istanbul hums as Turkey’s cultural heart and good-time capital.
Get to know Cappadocia on an action-packed overnight tour. With a one-way flight from Istanbul included, plus hotel accommodation and excursions, the tour includes everything you need to see Cappadocia.
Enjoy a hike through Rose Valley, see the fairy chimney rock houses in the village of Çavuşin and explore the UNESCO-listed Göreme Open-Air Museum. Upgrade to include a hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia if you wish!
>From $371 per person
Take a hassle-free tour of Istanbul’s most famous attractions with your own private guide.
You’ll enjoy personalised attention on your private tour of magical Istanbul and its signature sights: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace.
>From $146 per person
Explore the aromatic maze of stalls that make up Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, and then hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a jaunt along the famous Bosphorus Strait.
Enjoy some free time to explore the bazaar and browse stalls, then follow up with a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise and see a collection of sights including the decadent Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress.
>From $54.68 per person
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