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18th December, 2019

Visiting the Modern Wonders of the World

Seeing the seven wonders of the world is the stuff of dreams for many travel-lovers, particularly on a grey, wintery day.

With only one of the original seven wonders still standing, the Great Pyramid of Giza, members of the public were asked to vote in the year 2000 to create a new list. As a result, the Modern Wonders of the World were compiled in 2007, featuring seven iconic sights that have to be seen to be truly believed.

With the convenience of modern travel, it’s never been easier to explore these wonders yourself. Here, we’ve rounded up the modern list, including some travel tips and things to look out for if you’re looking to plan the adventure of a lifetime.

Petra (Jordan)

The 'Lost City of Petra'

Located in a remote valley, Petra is thought to be where Moses released a flow of water by hitting his staff against a rock. With a vast and varied history, this ancient city once flourished as a trade centre, with a population of around 30,000 people at its peak. However, a series of earthquakes and a shift in trade routes caused the city to be abandoned, with it only being largely rediscovered in the late 20th century.

Now, you can enjoy a slice of the magic with a trip to explore this beautiful historic land. Our Ancient Petra and Arabian Deserts tour is just one way to enjoy the very best of Jordan, while our Petra to the Dead Sea adventure is designed specifically for solo travellers.

The Colosseum (Rome, Italy)

Rome's famous Colosseum

Rome is a beautiful and historic city in its own right, but the Colosseum take it to a whole new level. Built in the first century, it was once capable of holding 50,000 people to watch events like gladiator fights, or mock naval engagements. Widely regarded as the main symbol of Rome, the Colosseum transports you back in time, allowing you a taste of life in Roman Empire days.

Nowadays, holidaymakers can plan a visit to the impressive monument during holidays in Italy, with access to multiple floors allowing you to experience the structure in all its glory.

Chichén Itzá (Yucatán, Mexico)

The Mayan complex of Chichen Itza

Head to the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico to see the collection of monuments and temples which make up the city. One of the most famous is the El Castillo pyramid, with its stepped exterior rising to 79 feet above the Main Plaza. The structure boasts 365 steps, one for each day in the year, with the setting sun able to cast the shadowy shape of a snake down the pyramid during the spring and autumn equinoxes.

If you’re planning a visit, then relaxing breaks on the Yucatán Peninsula give you access to the best of Mexico - whether you’re looking to spend all of your time exploring, or finding opportunities to relax on the golden beaches too.

Machu Picchu (Cusco Region, Peru)

Machu Picchu

Found near Cusco in Peru, the Incan site of Machu Picchu was first discovered in 1911 by an explorer who thought it was a secret Incan stronghold called Vilcabamba. While this wasn’t the case, people have long pondered the purpose of Machu Picchu, with suggestions ranging from being a pilgrimage site to a holy nunnery or royal retreat. To enjoy this wonder today, you’ll find yourself venturing high into the Andes, although the city of Cusco is a great place to base yourself. With museums, archaeological sites, lively bars and more, there’s enough to fill a whole adventure in this slice of Peru.

Taj Mahal (Uttar Pradesh, India)

The breathtaking Taj Majal

Perhaps one of the most instantly recognisable structures, the Taj Mahal is widely regarded as being one of the planet’s most iconic monuments. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahān to honour his wife, who died giving birth to one of their children. Constructed using white marble, and with impressive gardens and a reflecting pool, the mausoleum took around 22 years to complete. Now, 2 to 4 million people visit the Taj Mahal each and every year, with UNESCO designating the Taj Mahal as a World Heritage Site.

Our Wonders of India and Nepal adventure is the perfect way to see all that this magical country has to offer - including the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, New Delhi and Kathmandu.

Christ the Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Iconic Rio de Janeiro

Another one of the world’s most recognisable monuments, Christ the Redeemer is a colossal statue of Jesus which watches over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Located high on Mount Corcovado, construction began in the late 1920s, taking five years in total to complete. Recognised as the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world, the statue is covered with around six million tiles, and measures about 26 feet tall. Many make some of the journey up the mountain by taking the mountain train, which runs mid-way up. Not only will you get to take in the incredible views, but you may even find a live samba band in your carriage. From carnivals to Copacabana, there is so much to discover on a holiday to Brazil.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall reaches the horizon

The Great Wall of China is one of the world’s largest construction projects, widely thought to be about 5,500 miles long. Work on the wall continued for two millennia, consisting of walls, watchtowers and barracks. Now, the wall is one of the world’s most famous sights, attracting millions of visitors every year - many of whom are soon bowled over by the beauty of magical China as a whole.

From the bustling metropolis of Beijing to remote inland landscapes, China has something to offer all travellers. Whether you’re looking to wander along the Great Wall, enjoy some incredible culinary experiences, or just bask in the history, holidays to China won’t disappoint.

It’s never been easier to plan a trip of a lifetime and see these incredible sights. From all-inclusive tours to top-quality excursions, you can plan the perfect adventure, tailored to you. And what better time to start planning than at the start of a new year. Get in touch with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team to hear how we can help.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.