Holidays: Experts found the best value for money attractions
Travelling is a perfect opportunity to explore far-flung corners of the globe and experience new cultures. A huge part of this is checking out some of the famous sites famed in countries around the world.
From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Pyramids of Egypt, many of these tourist attractions are an intricate part of a destination’s identity.
However, as more tourists flock to these famed locations, entry fees and prices are increasingly becoming the norm and can eat into your holiday budget.
In a bid to help travellers get the most for their money, travel experts from Club Med have identified some of the world’s best value for money tourist attractions.
The study took into account price and popularity based on social media posts at 66 of the world’s most famous landmarks.
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Holidays: St Petersburg’s Peterhof Grand Palace came in top
Of the 66 attractions reviewed, one took the top spot offering visitors the most for their money.
Peterhof Grand Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia came out on top with an entry fee of just £7.51 but a customer satisfaction of 9.6.
Situated on the seafront of the Russian port city, the series of palaces and gardens were commissioned for Peter the Great in 1717 and dubbed “The Russian Versailles”.
The palace is now home to a museum and a public park space which still has 80 of the original marble statues and sculptures it was built with, as well as a series of ornate fountains.
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Following closely behind with a satisfaction score of 9.4 out of ten is the Great Salt Lake in Utah, US.
The largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere, the lake costs just £2.40 to visit and promises an incredible insight into nature.
Visitors also enjoy relaxing on its white-sand beaches, swimming in its waters or hiking and mountain biking in the surrounding area.
Club Med voted the Giza Pyramids, in Cairo, Egypt, the third-best value tourist destination.
Construction is thought to have begun as far back as 2580 BC, with the Great Pyramid of Giza now recognised as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Pyramids are thought to be one of the oldest of the ancient Wonders and the only one still in existence.
It’s no surprise then that travellers in their masses flock to visit the landmark every year.
The overall satisfaction rating for the Pyramids is 9.3, meanwhile, the entry fee is £8.01.
Holidays: Tourists can get more for their money at certain attractions
In fourth place, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado saw holidaymakers ranking the experience 9.2 out of 10.
For £11.99 entry fee, visitors can travel into the park and take in lush green trees and vastness of the rocky mountains.
Travellers can experience over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, and local wildlife in the largely untouched natural surroundings.
Meanwhile, its the European city of Rome, in Italy, that is home to the fifth most budget-friendly landmark.
The Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre at the heart of the city and is thought to have been constructed in around 70AD.
Once used in the to host gladiator shows and other events to over 50,000 spectators, the amphitheatre is now open to visitors who want to walk its stone passageways and envision what life was like thousands of years ago.
Visitors gave the Colosseum an overall satisfaction rating of 9.1, meanwhile, entry tickets will set you back £10.59.
Other global hotspots that made the top 20 include the TV Tower in Berlin, Germany; the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Great Wall of China in Dandong, China; Hoover Dam in Arizona, US and Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The review also identified the best value for money theme park as Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Entry tickets cost an average of £16.55, meanwhile, visitors ranked it a 9.0 satisfaction rating.
One UK landmark made it to the list, too.
York’s famous Dungeons were ranked at number 18, costing an average of £12.95 per entry and receiving a satisfaction rating of 8.8.
However, even if you aren’t visiting one of these budget-friendly attractions, Club Med’s Managing Director Nathalie Drew offers some advice on getting the most bang for your buck.
“Check for online offers before you go,” she advises.
“Sometimes, buying tickets in advance or looking for discount codes is a great way to save.
She adds: “Weekdays are often cheaper than weekends (not to mention quieter), so take advantage if your schedule permits.”