UNESCO Sites to Discover Around the World

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu 

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you can’t visit all of the UNESCO sites in one trip, but booking an exciting, history-filled cruise and land tour is certainly an excellent start. Even the most extreme travelers have not visited all 1,073 UNESCO sites, but we can help you get started! 

UNESCO World Heritage sites are coveted tourist spots that can be hard to reach. However, onboard a culturally immersive Enrichment Journey, you can enjoy the journey and the destination. Let us do all the leg work while you kick back and relax. Just book your Journey, pack your bags, and let the adventure begin! Sail through the winding rivers and inviting oceans, and travel across the skies, to reach exotic and incredible destinations till your heart’s content. We’ve rounded up our favorite UNESCO World Heritage sites to discover on your next Journey.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Journey from the coastal city of Lima, Peru to the beautiful and mysterious Andean Mountains. Nestled in the clouds above the Sacred Valley is the ancient “Lost City of the Incas,” considered to be one of the world’s most famous man-made wonders. Explore a rustic fortress and an iconic 15th century citadel while trying to imagine the intricate lives of this advanced and ancient culture. Walking among the alpacas and the ruins provides visitors with a glimpse of what daily life must have felt like. Guaranteed to be the experience of a lifetime, prepare for breathtaking panoramic views of the one and only Machu Picchu.

Explore Machu Picchu on these Enrichment Journeys.

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Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina

Marvel at the raw energy of these powerful and massive waterfalls. One of the most impressive natural wonders of the world, Iguazu is located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, and is visited by over a million tourists each year. The impressive 275 individual terraced falls and the two miles of rainforest draw nature lovers from near and far.

Explore the Iguazu Falls on these Enrichment Journeys.

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The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Visit this enchanting destination for the chance to encounter over 1,500 species of exotic fish and marine life. One of the natural seven wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is an impressive 1,429 mile-long ecosystem made up of hundreds of islands, thousands of reefs, and home to 600 different types of hard and soft coral. Located off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, it’s the largest living thing on earth and can even be seen from space! There are many ways to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, including snorkeling, scuba diving, aerial fly-overs, or glass-bottomed boats. We think it’s about time to scratch this one off of your bucket list and experience the sheer beauty of Mother Nature.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef on these Enrichment Journeys.

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The Temple of Heaven, China

The complex history accompanying these stunning religious and imperial buildings is nothing short of intriguing. Located in southern Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is a prime example of ancient China’s traditional and superstitious culture. Witness the altar where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties prayed and offered sacrifices for a good harvest in the year ahead. The Emperor himself performed the secretive ceremonies, ensuring the future of his people would be rich and prosperous. If he failed, a terrible omen was said to spread across the nation. The Temple of Heaven became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998 and was aptly described as “a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations.”

Explore the Temple of Heaven on these Enrichment Journeys.

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The Historic City of Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam from 1350 until it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. Explore dozens of ruins from when Ayutthaya was one of the most wealthy and modern cities in the world. Distinguished by its once fortune-filled palaces, gilded temples, sacred monasteries, spectacular statues, many of the sites have been restored—providing a hint of what life must have looked like back then. Top sites include Wat Maha That, a Buddhist temple with a storied sculpture; Wat Phanan Choeng, a riverside temple with a massive gilded Buddha; and Ayutthaya Historical Park, which features the ruins of the former Siamese capital. A day trip is sufficient, but two days provides visitors with the chance to see the ruins lit up at night!

Explore Ayutthaya on this Enrichment Journey.

Check out even more UNESCO sites you can visit on our Enrichment Journeys. Travel to exotic places, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Your UNESCO World Heritage adventure awaits! Call your Personal Vacation Manager at  800-709-9507 to get started planning your next Journey today.