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10 Top-Rated Romantic Experiences Per Viator Travelers

Calling all the lovers in the room—these are the heart-eye inducing activities you won’t want to miss.

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Few things are as rewarding as traveling with your better half, your media naranja, your number one guy or gal. But, if you’re looking for some of the top-rated romantic activities to experience in between all that hand-holding and sweet nothings–whispering bliss, you’ve come to the right place. Per Viator traveler ratings, these are some of the best and most romantic ideas to wile away the time on holiday with your honey, from France to Colombia.

2. For the outdoorsy partners: Kayak in Emerald Cave, Arizona, US

You know what they say: The couple that kayaks together, stays together. Well, maybe they don’t quite say that, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Given that, why not get active with your love in Arizona on this cozy small-group kayaking excursion with guides our travelers can’t stop raving about? The memories will last a lifetime, and the photos even longer.

What one reviewer said: “Christine and Blair were great tour guides, very knowledgeable and had us laughing all day. Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Las Vegas!” Elizabeth_G, August 2023

3. For the true romantics: Taste French wine and cheese in Paris, France

City of Light, City of Love. Paris has it all for the true romantics … including wine, cheese, and the Eiffel Tower. Combine the three on this tour which allows you to sample and learn about classic French delicacies all while in the shadow of the famed landmark, which you can of course head over and visit once you’ve finished snacking.

What one reviewer said: “It was a wonderful couple of hours learning about wines, regions, cheeses, and when to drink the wines. We will do it again when we return to Paris!” Adam_L, October 2023

4. For the passionate pairs: Learn to dance salsa in Cartagena, Colombia

Heat it up even more in already hot, hot, hot Cartagena, Colombia, with this rooftop dance class that’ll have you and your sweetheart twirling each other around in no time. Take in the views of this pretty coastal city while you learn the basics of several dances and put your skills to the test as the sun sets around you.

What one reviewer said: “This dance class was a perfect way to spend an afternoon … The instructor kept it very high energy and fun.” Geomar_S, November 2023

5. For the adventurous at heart: Hot-air balloon above Cappadocia

Cappadocia is known for its striking views and you can enjoy them from the air during this romantic hot-air balloon ride at sunrise. Waking up early will all be worth it once you start to see the rock formations and fairy chimneys below. Plus, the air-conditioning will keep you cool throughout.

What one reviewer said: “Just wow. It was my very first balloon flight experience as a birthday gift from my lovely wife … The view over Cappadocia is incredible.” Franois_D, December 2023

6. For the laid-back lovers: Cruise down the river in Lisbon, Portugal

After spending the day exploring the hilly streets of Lisbon, one of our top rated romantic ideas include taking to the water on this tour and enjoy the ride with a glass of vinho verde (green wine) in hand. Not only will you get to see the sights, like the Belém Tower and more, from a totally new perspective, you’ll get to watch the sunset from the water with your beloved.

What one reviewer said: “We had a wonderful time! Weather was perfect, crew were friendly, and the wine tasty.” Siobhan_E, September 2023

7. For the foodies: Learn to make classic dishes in New Orleans, US

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or barely a beginner, few romantic things are quite as intimate as learning to cook in the company of your life partner. So, why not learn to cook some of NOLA’s most famous dishes? From flamin’ (almost) bananas Foster to hearty gumbo, you’ll have some of the best New Orleans dishes nailed after this enjoyable cooking class.

What one reviewer said: “My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our cooking class. Chef Mark was very informative and patient with our questions. We would highly recommend this to anyone!” Janet_B, January 2023

8. For the bucket-list beloveds: See the northern lights in Reykjavik

Check off a big-ticket bucket-list item with your significant other in snowy Reykjavik, Iceland. Although there’s never a guarantee that the elusive northern lights will make an appearance, you stand a great chance thanks to your expert guides on this tour—between September and April, that is. (That means Valentine’s Day is as good a time as any to try!)

What one reviewer said: “Words can not describe how amazing this experience was. Thomas was informative and extremely passionate … A perfect end to a perfect holiday.” Rachel_H, December 2023

9. For the R&R relationship: Cruise through a caldera in Santorini, Greece

Amp the romance up to 10 on a charming Grecian getaway, and enjoy this caldera cruise experience that’s ideal for couples of all ages and inclinations. Choose from a daytime or evening start time, and make the most of the opportunity to take a dip in the hot springs, as well as tuck into Greek food and drinks on the catamaran.

What one reviewer said: “The crew were exceptional, the food was delicious and the sunset was spectacular from the water.” DonalCahalane, October 2023

10. For the cinematic couple: Explore the Tuscan hills on a Vespa in Italy

Live out your silver screen dreams in Italy as you wind your way through the Tuscan hills on a vintage Vespa for a truly cinematic experience. Ride alone or with your partner, plus learn about the sights along the way from your local guide, before rounding off one of our top romantic things to do with a hearty Italian meal. Chin chin!

What one reviewer said: “Really fun way to experience the Tuscan countryside and learn about the local history.” Calvin_J, November 2023

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