TripAdvisor's best-value experiences of a lifetime

Northern Lights revealed as the best value experience of a lifetime

Watching the sun set over Santorini, diving on the Great Barrier Reef and soaking in the sights at the Grand Canyon are just a few experiences that feature on plenty of people's bucket lists.

But for most of us, the purse strings don't stretch far enough to tick off many things in the dream holiday list.

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TripAdvisor, the planning and booking site, recently revealed the top 10 best value experiences of a lifetime by working out how much, on average, these awe-inspiring sights will set you back..

The TripIndex Experiences of a Lifetime outlines the cost per day for two people to visit the world's most popular once in a lifetime experiences.

Prices take into account flights, airport transfers, a night in a four-star hotel, dinner and a day tour of the chosen experience.

Want to see the full list of experiences and prices? Take a look at the slideshow below...

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The Northern Lights or 'Aurora Borealis' is one of the most iconic sights in the world as the sky lights up in brilliant green and blue lights. Reykjavic in Iceland is one of the most popular place to see this phenomenon although they are generally best seen during the winter months. 

Average cost for two people: £1,459

Santorini is known for its stunning scenery, dramatic cliff lines, candy coloured houses and spectacular views so it's no surprise that the sunsets are second to none too.

Average cost for two people: £1,604

Want to spot elephants, giraffes, zebras and much more all in one place? Then safari in South Africa is for you! You'll have the chance to see some of nature's most impressive animals, not to mention the beautiful scenery that goes with it.

Average cost for two people: £1,753

The Great Wall of China is a staggering 4,300km long, stretches from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert and can even be seen from space.

Average cost for two people: £1,876

The Taj Mahal may originally have been built as a mausoleum but the white marble building is now one of the most popular tourist sights in India.

Average cost for two people: £1,965

Angkor Wat holds the title for the largest religious monument in the world and has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It covers 162.6 hectares and supposed to represent Mount Meru which is the home of deities in Hindu mythology.

Average cost for two people: £2,120

The Grand Canyon is 446km long and as much as 18 miles wide in parts and according to the National Parks Service the oldest human artifacts found in the park are 12,000 years old. 

Average cost for two people: £2,362

Famous for their tortoises, the volcanic Galapagos Islands are home to a huge variety of wildlife. The Galapagos sit on the Equator with 18 main islands and three smaller islands.

Average cost for two people: £2,575

The Inca Trail may only be 26 miles in length but you'll pass some of the most spectacular scenery in South America ending at the world famous Machi Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas'.

Average cost for two people: £2,980

The Great Barrier Reef is not only the largest coral reef in the world, covering 2,300km, it can also be seen from outer space. The reef is incredibly popular for scuba diving and snorkelling thanks to its vast array of fish and marine life.

Average cost for two people: £4,550

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