Audley Travel announces their top proposal locations for 2023 and shares real-life engagement stories from couples who said “yes” during romantic trips around the world

The world’s top destinations for marriage proposals in 2023 have been revealed. According to the destination experts at Audley Travel, the one thing that all epic marriage proposals have in common is a memorable location. Varying from ancient wonders to big cities and places of natural beauty, the top three proposal spots for 2023 are found in Egypt, New York City (USA), and Brazil. Though each could not be more different from the next, they all promise an unforgettable setting for a one-of-a-kind proposal.

Below, travel experts detail the best locations and experiences for proposals in each country. They also share real-life stories of the creative proposals they helped to orchestrate. The betrothed couples not only came home with wow-worthy engagement stories but memories of celebratory trips enjoyed in some of the most incredible places in the world.

Celebrating your love in Egypt

From the Pyramids of Giza to a Nile River cruise and watching the sun rise over Luxor, Egypt has a wealth of memorable locations that would make for a winning proposal spot. But Emma Thomas, an Egypt specialist, likes to go beyond the obvious and created something truly special when she recently planned a trip with a proposal element. 

“There are plenty of places you could propose in Egypt, and if you’re going to be in Cairo, the pyramids may seem like an obvious choice – but because I’ve lived in Egypt, I knew the perfect place,” says Thomas. “I suggested that we could arrange a private dining table to be set up at the gorgeous Mena House Hotel, where the couple was staying. With the pyramids right behind them, it made an exquisite backdrop for when he got down on one knee.”  

Here’s how to put a ring on it in New York City…

The cinematic city of New York is brimming with iconic locations to propose. Couples can take their proposal to great heights by asking the big question at the top of a landmark like the Empire State Building or in the Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center. A romantic stroll or carriage ride through Central Park can also make an ideal proposal locale.

But for a movie-worthy proposal and a luxurious shopping experience in one, look no further than Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store in midtown Manhattan. During a trip visiting American cities along the East Coast, clients of Dean Westbrook (USA travel specialist) proposed in the glamorous gem shop. “She loves the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” says Westbrook. “So he took her into Tiffany’s and he completely surprised her with the proposal, and then they picked out a ring together on the spot!”

Falling deeper in love at Iguaçu Falls in Brazil

There are few manmade locations that can rival the beauty of the natural world. Whether cruising down the Amazon River or hiking to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, for adventurous and nature-loving couples a trip to Brazil can set the scene for romance. For a particularly dramatic backdrop, look no further than the raging waters of Iguaçu Falls. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, 275 cascades descend on the river below, creating a majestic view and roaring soundscape.

Audley’s client Angela Taylor Robinson got engaged at Iguaçu Falls during a trip to Brazil. She and her partner were staying only steps away from the waterfall at the luxurious Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, which allowed them to have exclusive access to the viewing platform at the falls before the crowds arrive later in the day. “As the mist rose over the rush of the falls, it made a magical setting for a proposal,” she says. “How could I not say ‘yes’?”

Whether you and your partner find the rainforest, desert, or bustling city most appealing, the top proposal locations of 2023 deliver unforgettable locations and unique experiences.

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