5 of the world's best helicopter rides

What better way to experience some of the world’s most fascinating sites than in the air? These helicopter tours give you a whole new outlook on some stunning destinations.

Victoria King tells gives a rundown of the world's best helicopter rides:

Victoria Falls

At ground level of Victoria Falls you can feel the enormous power as tremendous amounts of water pummel into the chasm below. However it is not until you take to the air that you can capture the whole panorama and enormity of this phenomenal landmark.

The Falls span across the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, reaching 5,600 feet crossways and plummeting from a height of 360 feet. As the helicopter circles over the falls you can see how the wide Zambezi River abruptly plunges over the knife edge where the river is reduced to its narrow gorges.

Grand Canyon

You can’t appreciate the Grand Canyon’s magnificence until you have experienced it from above, flying over in a helicopter. From the air the Grand Canyon is more than just a sight to see, it’s a whole other experience. Looking down on the canyon you will see places you could not see on foot and appreciate why this natural wonder is number one on so many bucket lists. 

Amalfi Coast
A helicopter tour to Italy’s Amalfi Coast will give you the chance to enjoy fantastic views and discover the Lattari Mountains’ natural beauty. The mountains lie directly on the sea and form an indented coast line with many outreaching cliffs and coves. Flying over the coast line you will come across the famous resort towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello.

Rio de Janeiro

What could be better than a sightseeing tour of Rio De Janeiro from the air. From the vantage point of a helicopter you can have extraordinary views of this beautiful, famous city nestled against the backdrop of granite mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Experience the city’s famous sights from a birds eye view, including; the Maracana Stadium, the golden beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, the Christ the Redeemer Statue crowning Corcovado Mountain, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the residential neighborhood fringing Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.

Swiss Alps
A helicopter flight through the Swiss Alps will capture the essence of the world’s second most alpine country, Switzerland. Shortly after take off the helicopter leaves the villages, lakes and valleys behind and immerses passengers in the world of the Bernese Oberland’s 4,000m peaks: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Passing the Jungfrau there is an impressive view over the Aletsch Glacier up to the Matterhorn. During the tours the helicopter can land at some spectacular airfields in the middle of the Alps for even more fascinating views.

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