TripAdvisor Reveals The Top Landmarks Of 2018

The travel website TripAdvisor just released its 2018 list of the world’s most popular landmarks. Writers behind this study said they determined their findings using a sophisticated algorithm able to measure the number of positive reviews for all the landmarks listed on their site over the past year.

 

Number one this year went to northern Cambodia’s massive Angkor Wat Archeological Park. Situated near the city of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat measures about 155 square miles, making it one of the largest temple complexes in the world. Built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat has one of the world’s most impressive collections of Hindu and Buddhist-inspired architecture.

 

Spain’s Plaza de España in Seville took the second place on this year’s landmark list. Created in 1928 for a major exhibition, guests absolutely love the Plaza de España’s ideal location in the Parque de María Luisa.

 

Winner of the third place spot on TripAdvisor’s list was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dubai. Although this opulent mosque has the largest carpet in the world, it is not the largest in the world. Saudi Arabia’s holy Masjid al-Haram, of course, has the distinction as the world’s largest mosque.

 

Coming in fourth place this year was the Vatican City’s Saint Peter’s Basilica. With an interior length of 693 feet and a width of 450 feet at the transept, this masterful basilica remains the largest Roman Catholic church in the world.

 

Another major site in Spain clinched the fifth place position on TripAdvisor’s 2018 landmarks list. The Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, which was initially a mosque, is now one of Spain’s most impressive Roman Catholic cathedrals. Visitors are especially impressed with this church’s hundreds of columns made with precious materials like onyx and jasper.

 

From number six to ten, here are the rest of the top picks on TripAdvisor’s 2018 list: the Taj Mahal, Duomo di Milano, Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Budapest’s Houses of Parliament.

 

TripAdvisor Announces Top Specialty Tours Of 2017

Travel company TripAdvisor just revealed the top ten specialty tours of 2017. While the most popular tours of last year were focused on bringing guests to iconic monuments, TripAdvisor also saw a huge growth in new industries like culinary tours.

The top spot for 2017’s list of TripAdvisor sponsored tours went to a walking tour of Rome and the Vatican. People who book this one-day tour get to skip lines into major monuments including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and the Vatican Museums. This walking tour costs about $140 per person.

Second place went to TripAdvisor’s exclusive cruise down the Chicago River. This particular river cruise takes guests by some of the Windy City’s most recognizable buildings like the John Hancock tower and the Aon Center. This tour lasts about 75 minutes and costs only $40 per person.

La Città Eterna comes in yet again at the number three on this list. The major differences with this tour and the first is that it includes a walk through the Roman Forum and lasts only half a day. This special tour also costs $140 per person.

Amazingly, Rome won the fourth spot on this list as well. This tour is significantly cheaper at only $33 per person, but guests get no privileged access to attractions. Instead, guests get to ride in a big tour bus for either one or two days to some of the hottest sites around Rome.

Rounding out the top five is a special tour of the massive Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona, Spain. Guests on this $45 tour will get to cut to the front of the line and experience this masterpiece by artist Antoni Gaudí in relative peace.

From number six to number ten, here are the remaining tours on TripAdvisor’s list: priority access to Paris’ Eiffel Tower, London’s Harry Potter experience at Warner Bros. Studio, a tour of NYC’s Empire State Building, a half-day tour of islands on the Venetian lagoon, and a one day tour of Tuscany. All of these tours on this list are still available on TripAdvisor’s website.