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TRAVEL ADVISORS from around the world have shared their top selections for the experiences that should be on every traveller’s list this year.

Virtuoso’s 2024 Luxe Report was compiled from its annual survey of 20,000 agents across 54 countries and 1,200 travel agencies.

Here are Virtuoso’s nine must-have experiences for 2024:


Discover dark sky tourism with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Norway or Iceland to witness the Northern lights, a phenomenon that has fascinated humanity for thousands of years.

Stargazers who prefer a warmer climate can view the total solar eclipse on April 8 in Northern Mexico.


Set off for a slow safari that grants an unhurried view of Africa’s landscapes and quieter inhabitants, providing an ideal counterbalance to the more adrenaline-inducing wildebeest migration and lion hunts.

According to the Luxe Report, wildlife conservation is a top priority for sustainable tourism in 2024.

Whether gorilla trekking in Rwanda or bird watching in Botswana, travellers can maximise the effect of their spending on conservation and environmental programs with the help of a professional travel advisor.


Seek solace from the stresses of daily life in the happiest country in the world or the Land of Smiles.

Bhutan’s mountain air and warm-hearted locals provide sanctuary for visitors in search of authenticity and enlightenment.

Another optimal wellness destination, Thailand welcomes spiritual travellers looking for more than the traditional Thai massage. Aside from well-known areas like Chiang Mai and Koh Samui, the country offers an array of tranquil beaches and hidden oases for relaxation and renewal.


Behold the ephemeral beauty of Japan’s springtime Sakura or consider a winter visit when ski season is in full swing and Mount Fuji’s summit is blanketed in snow.

Japan’s unique culture coupled with delicious cuisine captivates travellers, making it the Luxe Report’s top reemerging destination in 2024.

Explore a rare and remote wilderness on an expedition cruise to Antarctica or the Galápagos Islands.

Exhilarating and customisable, adventure cruising is one of the leading travel trends for the coming year and allows nature lovers unparalleled access to some of the most memorable and pristine landscapes on Earth.


Journey from Paris to Istanbul aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Departing in late August, this voyage across Europe features a guided tour of Budapest, lavish four-course meals and a pianist in the evenings.

Arrive in Paris ahead of schedule to attend the 2024 Olympics, taking place from July 26 to August 11, or simply to enjoy the famed City of Light – the epicentre of exquisite art, dining, shopping and sophistication.


Pursue pastime passions in a new setting. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a must-see for gardening enthusiasts, while the Strahov Monastery in Prague is a remarkable haven for bookworms.

From set-jetting in New Zealand to samba-ing at Rio Carnival, endless possibilities await travellers inspired by their special interests.


Cultural cuisine provides invaluable insight into a destination’s history and way of life, while also directly supporting the local community.

Sample Peruvian picarones at the Mistura Food Festival, indulge in delectable street food in Slovenia or arrange a hands-on cooking class with a family in Vietnam.


Charter a private island and revel in the freedom of absolute seclusion with no timetable except your own.

Dive with endangered species, explore underwater caves and secret waterfalls or refuse to leave the comfort of your own pristine, white-sand beach – all paths lead to paradise.