entrance to noma restaurant
Consistently at the top of worldwide best restaurant lists and the recipient of two Michelin stars, Noma, in Copenhagen, Denmark, is one of the most sought after reservations in the world.
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9 Most Difficult Travel Reservations to Secure

Don’t Leave These Reservations to Chance

All over the world there are unique travel experiences popular with locals and tourists alike where demand exceeds availability. From fine dining experiences, to luxury holiday destinations, and once in a lifetime opportunities, the world is full of amazing, hard to access places.

Some of these reservations have to be made months or even years in advance, while others require you to try your luck waiting in line.

Here are a few of the most difficult travel reservations to secure. If you do manage to get a spot, you’re guaranteed to be treated to an incredibly worthwhile experience!

Noma

Consistently at the top of worldwide best restaurant lists and the recipient of two Michelin stars, Noma, in Copenhagen, Denmark, is one of the most sought after reservations in the world. Head chef René Redzepi sources locals Nordic produce and has redefined the cuisine of the region.

Reservations are done three months in advance on the sixth of every month, but upwards of 20,000 people often try to make reservations at one time for the 40-seat restaurant.

path along a river and cherry blossomsAt the end of March and early April, travelers flock to Kyoto, Japan to see the cherry blossom trees bloom.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / Ark_Tui

Kyoto Hotels During Cherry Blossom Season

At the end of March and early April, travelers flock to Kyoto, Japan to see the cherry blossom trees bloom. While the blossoms make for great photographs, locals imbibe in hanami parties at the best spots where they eat, drink, sing karaoke and socialize with friends.

Due to the draw from both locals and tourists alike, hotels book up for this short season by a couple of months ahead or more.

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tourists at buckingham palaceTickets to Buckingham Palace are notoriously difficult to obtain due to their popularity. Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / fazon1

Buckingham Palace

Tickets to Buckingham Palace are notoriously difficult to obtain due to their popularity. Online ticket reservations are only available for those who purchase the London Pass, and the palace is only open to the public from July to September every year.

Obtaining a reservation the day of is possible if you arrive early, but expect to wait in line, sometimes for hours on end, since tickets are timed.

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