The 7 Wonders of the World are calling! Which one to visit next… Check out this list to help you plan your trip around the world to explore the ancient wonders, architectural feats, and incredible scenery each wonder has to offer.
The Colosseum, Italy
The Colosseo, better known as The Colosseum, is one of Rome’s most visited attractions. Come explore the rich history of this 1900-year-old building which hosted gladiatorial shows, and serves as the world’s largest amphitheater. But due to its popularity, there is a visitor cap, so be sure to get your ticket or make a reservation far in advance. The Colosseum is within walking distance from other popular sites in historical Rome, so getting there should be fairly easy if you are in the area. Other options include the metro, buses, and taxis. Rome is a bustling city of tourism so there are many resort options near The Colosseum and surrounding tourist attractions. The Colosseum welcomes visitors year round, excluding Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st in observance of the holidays, and even offers free admission the first Sunday of each month, on a first come first served basis.
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China spans over 3,000 miles across China, so there are many different areas for tourists to visit. Several sections of the wall are accessible from Beijing, the capital of China. Luckily for travelers, Beijing is home to an international airport as well as hundreds of lodging options which makes traveling to and from easy and efficient so you can spend most of your time out exploring. Most sections of the Great Wall have been restored, but if possible, we recommend hiking the wall to the end of the renovated sections such as Gubeikou and Jiankou, which are a day trip from Beijing, to see the unrestored sections that take help put into perspective the ancient history of the area that this wall represents.
The Taj Mahal, India
Journey to northern India to embrace the beauty of the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal first opened in 1648 and was originally built to house the wife of emperor Shah Jahan. Located in the city of Agra, the monument is a train ride away from Delhi, where most travelers begin. Aside from rail, there are also public buses and taxis for getting around the city with ease. There are highly rated tour options for sightseers to take if you’re interested in diving deep into the history with a knowledegable local guide. Delhi is approximately 125 miles from Agra, but is home to the country's largest international airport. There are plenty of resorts to choose from Agra and Delhi, so choosing one will require more research to determine your perfect home base.
Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
The breathtaking Art Deco statue of Christ the Redeemer is located in the heart of Brazil: Rio de Janeiro. Visiting this Wonder is quite a bit easier than the others, as Rio de Janeiro has an international airport right in the city. And the statue itself is easily accessible even by Uber’s that will take you right to the attraction. Even better, Rio de Janeiro offers a multitude of resorts that line the Atlantic Ocean and are fit to suit any type of travel personality. And if it’s wonders of the world you’re after, Rio de Janeiro offers great bang for your buck with two of the “7 New Wonders of the World,” Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach that you can check out during your adventure!
Machu Picchu, Peru
In the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru lies the great ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is accessible by train, bus, and of course, the famous Inca Trail hike. The Sanctuary Lodge is the nearest stay to Machu Picchu and lies just at the base of the mountain. Included in your stay here are guided walking tours and massages for all. Other lodging options are further away, in the city of Aguas Calientes, which may be a better option for those looking to be immersed in the culture of Peru. Although this wonder of the world is a bit harder to get to than others on this list, it truly is worth every second of the journey. I mean, look at this view!
Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Built somewhere between the 9th and 12th centuries is the Mayan masterpiece of Chichén Itzá. Getting to Chichén Itzá is a little bit of a trek, with the nearest airport in Mérida, about a two-hour drive away. Within a few miles of this wonder, there are plenty of stays nearby for tourists to stay and sightsee. The locals are also fairly friendly to tourists and some locations will offer free rides to Chichén Itzá, hidden caves, and more sightseeing opportunities. The nearest stay is the Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows, the most awarded resort in the Yucatan, which offers to guests over 100 acres of tropical gardens and horseback riding in your downtime.
Finally, Petra is an ancient city located in southern Jordan founded around 312 BC by the Arab Nabateans and boasts sophisticated architecture built right into the cliff walls. The nearest airport to Petra is just over 60 miles away but taxi and bus services are available to get you to your final destination. Most stays near Petra are located in the neighboring city of Wadi Musa, just a mile from the main entrance. Petra Guest House Hotel is just steps away from the entrance to Petra, the absolute closest stay to the ancient city. The Petra Guest Hotel features a stay within a fully restored, 1st-Century Nabatean house. Other housing options are further down the road and include the 5-Star resort, Mövenpick Resort Petra, and the Petra Bubble Luxotel which allows guests to sleep under the stars in their private clear bubble rooms. Here are a few pro tips if you’re planning to visit this wonder of the world: Buy your ticket ahead of time, pack food and water for the day (it is a tourist site, but it’s not Disneyland… food and water are not readily accessible), and be sure to schedule time to catch one of Petra’s famous sunsets!
Get out there and explore some of the most historical, breathtaking destinations this world has to offer with a dream getaway to one of the 7 wonders. Ready to travel, but not sure how to plan your trip? I’m here to help! Contact me today and we can chat about your travel personality and put together your dream vacation.
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy: https://theculturetrip.com/europe/italy/articles/a-history-of-the-colosseum-in-one-minute/
The Great Wall of China: https://www.kulturekween.com/great-wall-of-china/
The Taj Mahal, India: https://www.musement.com/us/agra/sunset-visit-to-taj-mahal-215792/
Chichén Itzá, Mexico: https://www.cancunadventure.net/mayanruins/chichenitza.php
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