12 tourist destinations under the radar for 2023 according to experts

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We interviewed major tour operators to find out what underrated travel destinations should be on our radar for next year.

According to the experts at G Adventures Tauck Intrepid Travel, the EF Go and Trafalgar trips are the top secret destinations to add to their 2023 travel bucket list.

View of Taktsang Monastery or Tiger's Nest Monastery, The Famous Tibetan Buddhist Temple on the Cliff in Paro Bhutan
Bhutan is often called “the last Shangri-La” due to its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and sustainable development.Photo credit: Khanthachai C / Shutterstock.com

1. Bhutan, South Asia

“Bhutan will open the historic Trans-Bhutan Pass by the end of this year after a gap of 60 years. This amazing little country offers beautiful scenery and beautiful local villages to walk through and spirituality is the cradle of the whole concept of national happiness. Bhutan is an adventure under the radar 2023. – Senior Public Relations Manager Marina Goodwin

Beautiful panoramic view of Lagoa do Fogo lake in Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. "Lagoa do Fogo" in São Miguel Island, Azores. Panoramic image of Lagoa do Fogo, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal.
Lagoa do Fogo on Sao Miguel Island in The AzoresPhoto credit: DaLiu / Shutterstock.com

2. The Azores, Portugal

The Azores are a hidden gem for America. Not crowded with travelers easy to reach and like Iceland is visually stunning and warm. It’s a very easy walk and some of the most stunning views you can imagine. The food is very good the people are very friendly and the prices are reasonable. This should be on everyone’s to-do list by 2023-2024. – Yves Marceau Vice President of Products at G Adventures

Sunrise in Puerto de Santiago city, Tenerife, Canary island, Spain
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3. Tenerife, Spain

Another destination that everyone should consider is one that Americans don’t frequent. This is Tenerife. Winter is like Florida. United now have direct flights from New York but London Madrid is easily accessible via Paris and Amsterdam. It’s cheap and the island is beautiful. Most people can walk and the food and wine is world class. – The Adventures of Marceau G

Dubrovnik castle and city on the adriatic sea
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4. Croatia

Our cruise preparation bill is suitable for those exploring new countries such as Croatia and Greece. Every weekend night of your small sailing group you dock on a different island or a better city. You can dine on the beach, stroll the old town during the day and spend your free time swimming or relaxing on the boat. I was skeptical about sailing adventures until the first one (I’m not a sailor) but I was hooked. It’s a great way to disconnect while still being able to see and experience a different place. – The Adventures of Marco G

overlooking the Bay of Naples
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5. Sorrento, Italy

If hiking and sailing aren’t your thing, try living like a local in Italy or Croatia. It is an experience that opens the mind and drowns the senses. Tourists stay in one place (you can drop off your bags!) but explore the area deeper. The hosts make tourists feel like visiting old friends by sharing the environment and culture with them. The accommodations are comfortable and have en suite bathrooms so even if this isn’t your home away from home the atmosphere is intimate and immersive. The journey is also short enough that several days can be added separately at the city gate of arrivals if desired. – The Adventures of Marceau G

Egypt Jordan and Israel were very popular before the Covid-19 outbreak and with so many people now back in Europe this is the perfect time to experience these amazing places before they get back on everyone’s bucket list.

Hieroglyphics at Valley of the Kings
Jeremy Palmer, CEO of Tauck Valley of the KingsPhoto credit: Whatafoto / Shutterstock.com

6. Egypt

Egyptian attractions like the Valley of the Kings give visitors the chance to take a trip through history – but Egypt isn’t just for history buffs. This unique destination is also suitable for foodies, architecture lovers, culture lovers, photographers and adventure travelers. Here are 7 reasons to add Egypt to your bucket list.

dead sea in Jordan
Dead Sea, JordanPhoto credit: Fadi Sultaneh / Shutterstock.com

7. Jordan

Pair a visit to Egypt with a trip to Jordan on Tauck’s Jordan & Egypt: Petra to the Pyramids. Enjoy a three-night Nile River cruise and a 4×4 adventure across the lunar landscapes of Wadi Rum. Of course, no visit to Jordan is complete without a peek at Petra and a soak in the Dead Sea. Tauck also lets you pair a Jordan tour with a visit to Israel.

Dome of the Rock Jerusalem
Dome of the Rock, JerusalemPhoto credit: Beata Bar / Shutterstock.com

8. Israel

Take a discussion tour of biblical proportions. This two-week Israel-Jordan tour explores the historical culture of Tiberian religious and artistic traditions, Petra, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Intrepid travelers book popular destinations such as Morocco, Egypt, Ecuador, Turkey and Peru, as well as popular destinations such as Antarctica, Costa Rica and Everest Base Camp. We have good sales.

Penguin Antarctica
Matt Berna, president of Intrepid Travel, North America Penguin AntarcticaPhoto credit: Sue Davies / Travel For Life Now

9. Antarctica

If glaciers and penguins are your thing, check the southern continent off your bucket list and explore the snowy wilderness of the Great White Continent on an amazing Antarctic adventure tour.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland
Seljalandsfoss waterfall in IcelandPhoto credit: Wirestock Creators / Shutterstock.com

10. Iceland

Iceland is rich in natural beauty that is home to glaciers and geothermal glaciers and other geothermal wonders. Brave Travel offers many ways to experience Iceland. If you’re lucky you might see the Northern Lights!

Majestic waterfall in the rainforest jungle of Costa Rica. Tropical hike.
Majestic waterfall in the rainforest jungle of Costa RicaPhoto credit: Galyna Andrushko / Shutterstock.com

11. Costa Rica

Whether you want to travel or lie on the beach Costa Rica is a great Central American vacation destination. Here you will find beautiful cloud forest a beautiful national park with unique birds and other amazing animals. Intrepid Costa Rica tours take visitors from the jungle to the coast.

Everest Base camp
Tibetan prayer flags are a common sight on an Everest Base Camp adventurePhoto credit: Daniel Prudek / Shutterstock.com

12. Everest Base Camp

Stunning Views of the Intrepid Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour is one of the most stunning and beautiful in the Himalayas. The only problem? You must be between 18 and 29 years of age for this adventure.

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