When your clients are visiting these top 2017 Travelers’ Choice winning-landmarks, they’ll want to know how to make the most of their trip. Here is what you can tell them.
The most iconic landmark in India is also the most romantic — built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife, the white-marble Taj Mahal is adorned with floral carvings, precious stones, and quotes from the Quran. Hear the stories of love and loss on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site; strike a pose in front of its famous reflecting pool; or watch the sunrise behind this iconic building on a day trip to the Taj and Agra Fort from Delhi.
When the fountains are turned off and the water in the reflecting pool is calm, your customers will be treated to a crystal-clear reflection of the majestic Taj Mahal — suggest them to bring along a professional photographer on your private tour to capture the moment.
St. Peter’s Basilica is the gateway to Vatican City — with the Renaissance art, papal history, and crowds to prove it. Every day, tens of thousands of people visit the basilica to see Michelangelo’s Pietà, attend papal mass (services led by the Pope himself), and climb the cupola (St. Peter’s Dome). For an exclusive experience, have your clients see artworks by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini before everyone else on an early-access museum tour. Consider combining your visit with a rare private viewing of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums or have a guide lead them to the perfect spot to witness the Pope’s weekly address in St. Peter’s Square.
The Vatican Grottos, where Pope John Paul II is buried, are located below the Renaissance basilica.
Cordoba’s great mosque–cathedral may exist because of a clash between ruling faiths — the 8th-century mosque was consecrated in the 13th century — but the blend of Moorish, Mudéjar, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture is the most fascinating, if not harmonious, design in Spain. Your clients will admire the Islamic prayer hall and Christian basilica, and climb the Torre del Alminar bell tower for views of UNESCO–listed Cordoba — have them take a dip in the Arabian Baths or explore the Jewish Quarter and Alcázar de los Reyes Cristiano on a city walking tour. Day trips are available from Seville, Malaga, Granada, and Costa del Sol.
Must-sees include the Capilla Mayor, Muslim mihrab (prayer niche), and the Patio de los Naranjos courtyard, lined with orange trees — have your clients get the architectural details on a guided tour with local wine tastings.
Imported white marble and chandeliers made of Swarovski crystal are the building blocks of Abu Dhabi’s modern Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, attracting worshippers and visitors with its opulent design. Sugget your clients to experience the grand mosque and the capital of the United Arab Emirates with a three-part cultural tour that includes a desert safari excursion and dinner on an Arabian dhow cruise, or have them make the most of a day trip from Dubai on a combo tour to the mosque, Ferrari World, and the Yas Island theme park.
This year’s winner of the top landmark in the world, according to TripAdvisor travelers is both the crown jewel of ancient Khmer architecture and present-day Cambodia. Angkor Wat truly earns its spot on any traveler’s itinerary for Southeast Asia. Aside from its UNESCO status, the sheer size and beauty of this 12th-century temple draw millions of visitors every year to the Cambodian countryside. Your clients will see intricate bas-relief carvings inside, then explore Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm Temple, and Angkor Thom on a small-group .