The New 7 Wonders of the World is an up to date version of the most famous 7 Wonders of the Ancient World which was drawn up over 2000 years ago, and included the Great Pyramid in Giza and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Deep in the Mexican and Guatemalan jungles lie the mysterious temples and pyramids of the Chichen Itza built by the Maya civilization. The Maya were noted for elaborate and highly decorated ceremonial architecture, including temple-pyramids, palaces and observatories, all built without metal tools – they even invented the calendars we use today!
Taj Mahal, India
The image of the Taj Mahal’s 17th century mausoleum’s dome is one of India’s most famous landmarks and was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. Construction began in 1631 and took 22 years to be fully completed. Located in Agra, India the Taj Mahal attracts between 2 to 4 million visitors annually, with more than 200,000 overseas visitors. Most tourists visit in the cooler months of October, November and February. Polluting traffic is not allowed near the complex and tourists must either walk from parking lots or catch an electric bus.
Located about 262km south of Amman and 133km north of Aqaba, Petra is considered the most famous and gorgeous site in Jordan and includes buildings, tombs, baths, temples, arched gateways, and streets that were mostly carved from sandstone. It is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago. Petra is best seen in early morning and late afternoon, when the sun warms the multicolored stones, you can view Petra as it was seen when discovered in 1812 after being hidden for almost 300 years!
Christ Redeemer, Brazil
The statue stands 120ft tall weighs 635 tonnes and is located at the peak of the 2,300ft high Corcovado mountain. A symbol of Christianity, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. Construction took nine years, from 1922 to 1931 and is said to cost approximately $250,000.
The famous amphitheatre in the centre of Rome is reported to be the largest ever built by the Roman Empire. Originally capable of seating around 80,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. The Colosseum is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands and mountains stretching approximately 6,700km from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections of the great wall are now in ruins or even entirely disappeared, the remaining parts of the Great Wall can be seen from space.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is located 80km northwest of Cusco, about 7,710ft above sea level. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in South America and the most visited tourist attraction in Peru. It was built around 1460 AD but was abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a hundred years later.
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*Premium £25.52 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an adult aged under 55 taking out a “Standard” Single-trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for 8-days Worldwide travel insurance including USA, Canada & Carribean cover excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (March 2010) and are subject to change.