14 dream holidays to tick off your bucket list

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From Good Housekeeping

Dream holidays take you to the breathtaking places you've seen in magazines and on social media but have always wanted to experience for yourself.

They allow you to witness rare events, like wildlife encounters that you can't even imagine, and take you to heavenly destinations across the world, while ticking new things off of your travel bucket list.

If you're feeling ready to put your holiday dreams into action but can't decide where to go, we're here to help you on your way, with our carefully curated selection of ultimate holidays that are one-of-a-kind, exclusive and allow you to travel with like-minded Good Housekeeping readers.

From seeing Japan during the picture-perfect cherry blossom season to riding through Scotland's Hollywood-worthy countryside, these are the places to tick off your holiday wish-list. Check out the dream holidays to take in 2020.

1. Witness the Northern Lights in Norway

The Northern Lights are one of nature's phenomenons that you need to see to believe. With easy access to the natural light display that other parts of Europe doesn't offer, Norway is our top pick for an Aurora hunting holiday, where you can search for the mysterious green lights on a cruise around the Lofoten Islands, Tromso, Bergen and the North Cape. What's more, you can experience the incredible sight in the company of TV star Carol Kirkwood this year.

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With Good Housekeeping's exclusive trip that takes in the Northern Lights by cruise to give you the best possible viewings, we're so sure that you'll spot the displays that if you don't, we'll give you another trip for free! Grab a spot on our 2020 trip with Strictly and BBC Weather star Carol Kirkwood. BOOK NOW

2. Spot tigers and marvel at temples in India

If you've never been on a safari holiday but have always dreamed of witnessing incredible creatures in the wild, India is an amazing place to have your own Jungle Book adventure, where you'll spot majestic Bengal tigers in their natural habitat.

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On our exclusive trip to northern India, you'll also visit the Taj Mahal, discover the hilltop forts of Rajasthan and sleep in an Indian mansion. BOOK NOW

Alternatively, you can take in South India as sleep in a traditional houseboat and experience authentic village life on a relaxing escape. BOOK NOW

3. Experience nature's beauty aboard Canada's Rocky Mountaineer

For the train ride of your life, climb aboard one of the most incredible trains in the world that take you through Canada's breathtaking natural scenes. A ride on the Rocky Mountaineer is like no other, taking you through pristine forests, winding river canyons and lush green fields.

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There's plenty of wildlife to look out for, too, including bears, elk, eagles and mountain goats. On this heavenly railway journey, soaking up the wonderful surroundings from your carriage with panaromic views - and there's more.

Our dream holiday to Canada includes a tour of Lake Louise, time to explore Vancouver, a few days checking out the glaciers of Alaska and the chance to ride a helicopter over the impressive Rocky Mountains. BOOK NOW

4. Cruise the wildlife-packed Mekong River

Cambodia and Vietnam are on many a holiday bucket list and on the Mekong River, you can combine all the sightseeing, culture, delicious food and exotic wildlife for which the Asian countries are known.

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The endangered Irrawaddy dolphins, giant freshwater stingrays and giant catfish are just some of the 1,000 species you may spot and, on our amazing 15-day trip, you'll also marvel at impressive UNESCO site Angkor Wat, receive a Buddhist monk blessing and take an ox cart ride. BOOK NOW

5. Make like Harry Potter in the Scottish Highlands

If you're looking for a staycation like nothing else, a trip to Scotland offers all the goods. Here, you can take to the spectacular 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was a location of the Harry Potter films and take in the impressive sight of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, on the Jacobite, one of the greatest railway journeys in the world.

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Good Housekeeping's UK break is a brilliant way to see the best of Britain's scenery on the steam train ride of your childhood dreams. BOOK NOW

7. Be wowed by the cherry blossom in Japan

A natural wonder that only occurs for a few weeks each spring, the Japanese cherry blossom is a seriously big deal and a must-have on your travel bucket list for its sheer beauty you can only truly appreciate by being there.

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On our 14-day cruise and stay holiday to Japan, you'll see the stunning blooms in Tokyo, Kochi, Kobe and even venture to South Korea for a dream holiday you'll never forget. BOOK NOW

8. Witness Peru's jaw-dropping Inca ruins

A bucket list holiday for most travellers who dream of visiting South America, Peru is the one to tick off if you want an experience that will change your life. Seeing the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu is a must-do but there are other highlights too.

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You'll want to spend as long as you can taking in the best of this country and on our 16-day exclusive tour, you'll be able to spot condors soaring over Colca Canyon, take a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands and explore the largest lake in South America, Lake Titicaca. BOOK NOW

9. Glide through the Swiss Alps on the Glacier Express

If you don't have the time or capacity to travel halfway across the world to experience a dream holiday, there's good news - you don't have to! Just a short hop away in Switzerland, you can ride an iconic red train that makes its way through snow-covered forests, Alpine valleys and over stunning bridges.

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Known as the slowest express train in the world, the Glacier Express offers a magical winter break. On our terrific trip, you'll ride the train, explore the underrated city of Bern and enjoy a lake cruise. BOOK NOW

10. Marvel at Holland's world-famous tulips

You won't find a better time to visit the Netherlands than spring, when tulip season arrives, bringing colourful fields full of the blooming flowers. It's when you can visit the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens to witness the seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths which cover the attraction. The canals, windmills and streets of Amsterdam are also at their most beautiful.

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On our unique trip to see Amsterdam's tulips, you'll visit the city's famous flower fields with Gardeners' World presenter Adam Frost. You'll get to hear his tips and tricks to use in your own garden as you take in the culture and scenery of this wonderful part of Europe. BOOK NOW

11. Traverse the legendary Silk Road in Uzbekistan

A bucket list holiday doesn't always have to mean following the crowds and, if you're looking to go off the beaten path, Uzbekistan is the place to do it. Here, you can follow the footsteps of Joanna Lumley in the up-and-coming destination as you travel to ancient cities, visit desert castles and take in superb views by train and road.

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On our 11-day getaway, you'll really get to know the fascinating country and its local traditions along the way, from bread making to silk weaving. BOOK NOW

12. Get sprayed by the mighty Niagara Falls on a multi-centre escape

You can't explore North America without ticking Canada's Niagara Falls off your list. This spectacular waterfall is one you need to get up close to experience its majestic beauty. The best way to see it is from above on a helicopter ride as you see the crashing water below you. Niagara shouldn't be your only stop though.

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With our unique multi-centre holiday that takes in Iceland, Canada and the USA, you'll get to travel by plane, train and cruise. This is the once-in-a-lifetime holiday where you might see the Northern Lights in Iceland, can shop 'til you drop on Fifth Avenue and sail on Cunard's iconic Queen Mary 2 ship. BOOK NOW

13. Cruise the Danube with literary greats

From Louis de Bernières to Kate Adie, our 2021 literary cruise is the ultimate trip for bookworms. You'll get to meet an array of authors including Victoria Hislop, Liz Earle and Dame Jenni Murray, plus our very own Editor-in-Chief Gaby Huddart will be on board for you to find out about her top reads and ask her all you've ever wanted to know about life behind the scenes at Good Housekeeping.

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As well as rubbing shoulders with these incredible personalities, you'll also explore the beauty of the Danube River as you sail to the likes of Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Passau. BOOK NOW

14. Sleep in the world's most unusual hotel, the Icehotel

Whether you've travelled extensively or are just getting started with exploring the world, Sweden's incredible Icehotel is a hotel to take anyone's breath away. Built entirely out of ice sourced from the nearby river, it's a work of art and allows you to spend the night on an ice bed wrapped in reindeer skin.

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Its Swedish Lapland setting also provides a top-notch setting for watching the Northern Lights, trying icy activities like snowshoeing and taking in the natural beauty of this remote part of northern Europe. Try it all on a four-day winter adventure like no other. BOOK NOW

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