Celebrate your birthday with these 10 unique travel ideas

Nothing makes a traveler happier than exploring a new destination on their birthday. Whether it’s a solo trip to pamper yourself or a group getaway with best friends, these unique birthday travel ideas are sure to prepare travelers for an epic celebration.



ten Tours in New York, New York

Head to the Big Apple for an unforgettable birthday weekend. New York City is the perfect place to enjoy fine dining at a birthday dinner, hang out all night in exciting clubs and bars, or catch a theater performance on Broadway. Discover the city and explore its greatest sights with a tour of the 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and more.

  • Cost/Person:
    From $99

  • Length:
    6 hours

  • What’s included:
    Transport by luxury bus, Staten Island ferry, expert local guide and bottled water.

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9 Fall in love with Paris, France

Travelers planning to explore Paris, France for their birthday this year can enjoy a skip-the-line tour of the Eiffel Tower. This organized trip eliminates long wait times and includes a ticket to the second floor of the tower. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city and learn about Parisian culture and customs. A champagne bar is available at an additional cost for travelers who wish to toast their birthday in the tower.

  • Cost/Person:
    $59.89

  • Length:
    1.5 hours

  • What’s included:
    Ticket for the second floor and the top of the Eiffel Tower, introductory commentary with an animator.

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8 See the best of the UK from London, England

Those who want to explore the best of England for their birthday can see the highlights in a single weekend by packing the adventure into an 11-hour tour. Departing from London, travelers enjoy guided tours of important British sites such as Stonehenge and Windsor Castle, and relax at the Roman baths in Bath, England.

  • Cost/Person:
    $99.33

  • Length:
    11:00

  • What’s included:
    Entrance to Stonehenge, entrance to Windsor Castle, entrance to Roman Baths, expert guide, audio headset, coach transport.

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Related: How to Spend a Weekend Visiting Stonehenge from Nearby Salisbury


seven Visit a wonder of the world in Rome, Italy

Nothing beats a birthday party like pasta, pizza and a glass of wine in one of Europe’s most popular capitals. Travelers heading to Rome for their birthday can see the city’s most important historical sites on a short, small-group tour with an expert guide.

  • Cost/Person:
    $49.74

  • Length:
    3 hours

  • What’s included:
    Professional tour guide, personal audio guide headset, skip-the-line entrance to Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and Colosseum.

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6 Take a river cruise in Chicago, Illinois

Travelers who love and appreciate unique architecture will be thrilled to spend a weekend in Chicago for their birthday and experience the unique buildings on a river cruise. On board the boat, a professional guide provides an architectural overview of more than 40 iconic buildings in the city. Some of them include Navy Pier, Wrigley Building and John Hancock Building.

  • Cost/Person:
    $46.87

  • Length:
    1 hour and 15 minutes

  • What’s included:
    Onboard commentary

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5 Swimming In The Cenotes In Riviera Maya, Mexico

Mexico is an easily accessible destination from Canada and the United States, making it the perfect place to gather friends or family to celebrate a birthday. Flying to Cancun and staying at a resort or hotel in Tulum is usually cost effective and relaxing. Spend a full day discovering more of the Yucatán Peninsula with a chance to swim in a cenote, see Chichen Itza (Mayan ruins), and make a 30-minute stop in Valladolid.

  • Cost/Person:
    $69

  • Length:
    12 hours

  • What’s included:
    Bilingual tour guide, hotel pick-up in Riviera Maya or Cancun, buffet meal.

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4 Dance the night away in Honolulu, Hawaii

Venture to the Pacific for a birthday on a beautiful island. Travelers looking for a memorable Hawaii celebration can enjoy a Paradise Cove Luau in Honolulu, complete with Hula dancers, fire twirls and live musicians. There are three dining packages to choose from, and transportation to and from Waikiki hotels is provided.

  • Cost/Person:
    $125

  • Length:
    5.5 hours

  • What’s included:
    Lei & Mai Tai welcome, Luau buffet dinner, Cove card and return to the hotel.

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3 Kayaking Emerald Cove in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is a popular destination for celebrations of all kinds, from spontaneous getaways to bachelorette parties and birthdays. For a birthday, there’s nothing more fun than visiting unique restaurants and casinos with friends on the Strip. Add a fun day trip to the mix by kayaking Emerald Cover for an afternoon before heading out to Vegas at night.

  • Cost/Person:
    $115

  • Length:
    4-5 hours

  • What’s included:
    Snacks, bottled water, hotel pickup/drop-off, and option for single or tandem kayaks.

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2 Experience fire and ice in Reykjavík, Iceland

Travelers with a healthy budget for their birthday trip will have a memorable experience exploring the land of fire and ice. Fly to Keflavik Airport and stay in Reykjavík for a long weekend, embarking on a full-day trip to some of the island nation’s top attractions. The day includes a visit to the famous Golden Circle, which encompasses Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Spring and Gullfoss. Travelers end the day by bathing in the mineral waters of the Blue Lagoon.

  • Cost/Person:
    $207

  • Length:
    11:00

  • What’s included:
    Entrance to all sites (volcanic crater and blue lagoon), Wi-Fi and air conditioning on board the transport vehicle.

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Related: The 13 Best Cities in Europe for Birthday Parties (And the 10 Most Annoying)

1 Wine Tour in Napa, California

Travelers can spend their birthday tasting some of the country’s best wines with a coachload of friends on a Napa Valley wine tour. Over the course of 6 hours, travelers visit three different wineries where they learn about the winemaking process. Tastings in the cellars are not included in the ticket price.

  • Cost/Person:
    $124.99

  • Length:
    5-6 hours

  • What’s included:
    Executive coach, driver/tour guide, picnic lunch and hotel pickup/drop-off.

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