Save up all your vacation days for this one.

By Maggie Seaver
June 28, 2019

If we had to name one overarching trend in travel right now—especially among millennial travelers—it would be travelers' desire for amazing experiences. That could mean anything from booking unique activities they’d never do anywhere else (like going on a world-class scenic hike or taking a whiskey distillery tour); choosing a local restaurant gem instead of hitting the typical dining hot spots; or seeking an unforgettable tour of a famed historic site—you know, to get the full effect.

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Anyone in need of travel inspiration—and not just for where to go, but for what to do—is in the right place. TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Awards are here with a definitive ranking of the world’s best travel experiences of 2019. And it’s officially official: The number-one experience (quite literally anywhere around the globe), is a City Wonders guided tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy.

City Wonder’s Faster-Than-Skip-the-Line Vatican tour promises to let you—you guessed it—skip nearly four hours of long lines for an up-close-and-personal look at this once-in-a-lifetime destination. The touring company lets travelers take full advantage of its tight partnership with the Vatican, allowing for the ultimate tour experience. “Exclusive benefits include entering the Vatican before opening hours, access to restricted areas, skip-the-line and highly trained expert guides…[all] within three hours,” according to TripAdvisor. With access like that, it’s no wonder millions of travelers worldwide have named this the best experience ever. It probably goes without saying that you should look into taking one of these exclusive guided tours if you ever find yourself in Rome.

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Want more travel inspiration? Below are the top 10 experiences around the world from TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Awards.

1. Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour — Lazio, Italy

2. Chicago Architecture River Cruise — Illinois

3. Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour — Tuscany, Italy

4. Snorkeling Silfra Tour with Pick up — Capital Region, Iceland

5. Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Tour — Las Vegas, Nevada

6. Private Guided Tour on a Vintage Sidecar from 1 Hour to 7 Hours — Ile-de-France, France

7. 1-Hour Luxury Canal Tour starting at Anne Frank House Amsterdam — North Holland Province, The Netherlands

8. Best of Ubud Tour with Jungle Swing — Bali, Indonesia

9. Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk — Shaanxi, China

10. Kaituna River White Water Rafting — North Island, New Zealand

Find all Travel Choice Award categories and winners here, from the best restaurants to rentals.

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