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From Iceland's Blue Lagoon to the Great Wall of China: the top travel experiences to try in 2017

Julie Delahaye

If you're after inspiration for your next holiday, look no further. New research has revealed the best 20 travel experiences of 2017 and with everything from walking the Great Wall of China to exploring the Grand Canyon by helicopter, there are some seriously wanderlust-inducing ideas.

Travel brand Contiki asked 18 to 35 year olds to share their most coveted travel plans to compile the ultimate 'No Regrets List' of 2017 – scroll below to find your next adventure…

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1. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

This breathtaking lagoon is a geothermal spa set against the backdrop of Iceland's stunning landscapes. The waters are a balmy 37 to 40 degrees and self-cleanse every 40 hours, while their silica, algae and minerals make for a great skincare boost!

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Bathing in Iceland's Blue Lagoon topped the list 

2. See the Great Pyramids of Giza

Built over 5000 years ago and nestled on the west bank of the Nile by the expansive Sahara Desert, it comes as no surprise that the Great Pyramids top most people's bucket lists. Make sure to check out the oldest and largest Great Pyramid – it's one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

3. Walk the Great Wall of China

There's no doubt that the Great Wall is awe-inspiring: at 21,196 kilometres long and over 2,300 years old, it's sure to make for a walk to remember.

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The Pyramids of Giza are one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

4. Relax on the beach in Byron Bay

Holidays are all about unwinding, and what better place to relax than the golden sands of Byron Bay? If you'd prefer something active, there's also the opportunity to kayak the mangroves or even to go dolphin spotting!

5. Road trip along Route 66

This iconic highway runs 2,448 miles from Chicago to LA, and has inspired countless artists, authors and singers. Stay in vintage motels or old school diners for an old school American feel.

6. Take a gondola ride in Venice

If you're planning a trip to the City of Water make sure to explore its world-famous canals in a traditional gondola – your gondolier could give you some great tips for making the most of your stay too!

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The Great Wall of China spans over 21km

7. Cuddle a koala in Queensland

Travel up the East coast of Australia to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spend time with these adorable mammals, and learn more about their way of life.  

8. Visit Yosemite National Park

One of the oldest nature preserves in the whole of the United States, this park's 1,200 square miles boasts everything from cascading waterfalls and weaving streams to jaw-dropping granite formations.

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The Great Barrier Reef boasts over 1500 species of tropical fish

9.  Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Renowned for its incredible wildlife, a snorkelling trip could leave you dolphins, turtles and even reef sharks, not to mention there are over 400 types of coral and 1500 species of tropical fish.

10. Zipline through the rainforest in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has some of the longest zipline courses in the world so you can soar through its tropical canopy while checking out the beautiful surroundings and exotic wildlife. 

For more information head to contiki.com 

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