World Wonders Tour - 31 days
Tick off the Seven New Wonders of the World on this 31-day round-the-world adventure. Visit Rome’s Colosseum, the Rose City of Petra, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu and Christ the Redeemer in Rio plus the Pyramids of Giza, the sole-surviving ancient wonder.
On day 2 we enjoy a tour of the highlights of Rome. We start at the Piazza Venezia, the central hub of Rome, from here we walk to the famous Piazza Del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo from where you will have a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. Later we continue past the Circus Maximus and the Aventino Hill. Admire the beautiful statue of Moses by Michelangelo located in the Church of St. Peter’s in Chains before we continue to our first wonder of the world on this tour, the symbol of the eternal city: The Colosseum. Built over 1,900 years ago, it is thought to be the largest amphitheatre ever made. We will explore this incredible engineering feat, learning about the history of why it was built and the gruesome sport that took place here many years ago.
Day 3 is free for you to explore more of the city independently.
Overnight: Rome | Breakfast x 2
Today we take a group transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Cairo. The capital of Egypt is home to the only remaining survivor of the original Seven World Wonders and has a special place on our Wonders of the World tour. On arrival you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for check in with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
On day 5 enjoy a guided tour of the incredible Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. The planets oldest tourist attractions, the Pyramids are constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks. Research suggests it took over 20 years to build the Pyramids and they are an amazing sight to behold. You’ll have the opportunity to enter inside one of the Pyramids, whilst an unbelievable experience, do remember the inside of the Pyramids is hot and humid and definitely not recommend for people who are claustrophobic.
This afternoon we continue to the Egyptian National Museum of Antiquities. Boasting an extensive collection of over 120,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts, there are numerous exhibits to be fascinated by. One of the highlights of the museum is the funerary treasures of King Tutankhamen, including his legendary solid gold death mask. Also during the visit you can choose to visit the Royal Mummy Room, where 9 royal mummies from the New Kingdom is displayed.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
Cairo - Amman - Petra. Today we depart Cairo and fly onward to Jordan. Arriving in Amman you’ll be met at the airport before being transferred south to the magical city of Petra. The drive time is around 3 hours and you’ll pass some stunning scenery on the way. After check in at the hotel the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
This morning we make our way to the ancient Nabatean Rose City of Petra – a UNESCO world heritage site. To access the hidden treasures of the Rose City we must walk down a narrow, deep siq, building suspense until the rocks finally part to reveal the famous facade of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury). From here we will explore the ancient city further, discovering tombs, temples, a roman colonnaded street and a remarkable amphitheatre. If you're feeling energetic ascend the hundreds of rock-cut steps to Ad-Deir. Better known as the Monastery, Ad-Deir has a similar facade to that of the Treasury, but is far bigger and the views from the nearby cliff-tops are incredible!
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Petra - Shobak Castle - Madaba - Mt Nebo - Dead Sea. Departing Petra this morning we head for the Dead Sea. We will journey through the Heisha mountains stopping first to tour the 12th century Shobak Crusader Castle. Continuing to Madaba we see the world’s largest collection of ancient mosaics before visiting St George’s church with a beautiful 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land. Next stop is Mount Nebo, the place where Moses viewed the Promised Land, from here you’ll be able to see Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and even Jerusalem on a clear day. We finish our day by descending to the Dead Sea, the shores of which are the lowest point of land on earth’s surface. This afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to take a dip in the unusually warm and incredibly buoyant mineral rich waters. The Dead Sea, renowned for its curative powers and therapeutic qualities, is the world's oldest spa!
Overnight: Dead Sea | Breakfast
Today offers some free time to relax at the Dead Sea before this afternoon making our way to Amman Airport for our evening, overnight, flight to Delhi.
Overnight: Flight | Breakfast
Delhi - Agra. This morning we head out of the hustle and bustle of Delhi and make our way to Agra. Home to the awe inspiring Taj Mahal. This afternoon we will visit the most extravagant monument ever built for love, just as the sun is setting. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved second wife-Mumtaz Mahal, who died tragically during childbirth, the Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble, construction began in 1631, the year in which Mumtaz died, and was not completed until 1653. It’s estimated that up to 20,000 people worked on the construction of the Taj Mahal.
Overnight: Agra | Breakfast
Agra - Delhi. We begin our day at the Agra Fort, Behind its colossal walls are some of the finest Mughal buildings in India. Construction of the fort commenced during the reign of Emperor Akbar and additions continued to be made until the rule of his grandson Shah Jahan. During Akbar’s time, it was primarily a military fort though later the focus shifted and it partially became a palace. After touring this impressive fort we will make the journey back to Delhi.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast
Guided tour of Old and New Delhi
Today we enjoy a guided tour of Old and New Delhi taking in Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and in New Delhi we visit Rajpath and India Gate. Late this afternoon we will transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to Beijing.
Overnight: Flight | Breakfast
Arriving into Beijing today we’ll be transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Not only is Beijing the capital but also the political, economic and cultural centre of China. With a fascinating history, Beijing was established in 1045BC and served as the capital of a number of dynasties spanning 800 years. Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour, starting at Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square. To the south of the square you will find the Zhengyang Gate, built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty. Towards the centre of the square you’ll find the Monument to the Peoples Heroes, this ten-story obelisk is dedicated to the martyrs of the revolutionary struggles during the 19th and 20th century. Next we’ll visit the Forbidden City, a formidable palace complex that was once only opening to those on imperial business. Measuring 720,000sqm in size, it is dominated by vast gates, temples, halls and palatial buildings. Surrounded by a moat it is said that the Forbidden City is made up of 9,999 rooms.
This afternoon we visit Silk Alley, here you’ll have a chance to splash some cash in a retail haven that is a Beijing institution. Some bling jewellery for the lady and perhaps a genuine copy Rolex watch for the gent?
Overnight: Beijing | Breakfast
Beijing - Great Wall of China - Beijing. Today we head out of Beijing to Badaling to visit the imposing Great Wall of China. The sometimes steep walk is made all the more breathtaking by the stunning views and the realisation that this 2,200 year-old wall isn’t just a common or garden wall, but a 6700 kilometre wall that at one time served to protect the new China from marauding invaders from the north. Today’s excursion then continues to the imperial Ming tombs, where some 13 emperors were interred in elaborate mausoleums, a couple of which can be seen.
Day 18 offers free time for you to explore Beijing your own way. Perhaps head to the hutongs, where the hire of a rickshaw will take you through Beijing’s old back lanes that are lined with courtyard homes and offer a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional domesticity.
Overnight: Beijing | Breakfast x 2
Beijing to Cancun
Today we transfer to the airport for our flight across time zones to Cancun. Upon arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel close to the beautiful beach of Playa Del Carmen.
Overnight: Playa del Carmen | Breakfast
Day 20 offers some free time to relax before we visit Chichen Itza on day 21. Chichen Itza is an immense archaeological site spanning an area of over 300 hectares. It is a very interesting and important site and represents two different periods in the Mayan history: one purely Mayan and the other one with Toltec influence, these can be seen in the different types of architecture and sculptures. In Chichen Itza we will visit the highlights including Kukulkan pyramid, the Castle, the Ballgame and the Tiger Temple.
Day 22 offers further free time; you may wish to take an optional tour to Tulum, another place of importance to the Mayan history or simply relax by the beach.
Overnight: Playa del Carmen | Breakfast x 3
Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo. Departing Cusco this morning we make our towards the Urubamba Valley, here we will visit the Pisac archaeological complex. This collection of Incan dwellings, temples and terraces are perfectly situated within the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valleys. We then continue to the famous Pisac Markets, known for its colourful traditional handicrafts. You’ll have some time to barter with the local merchants before we continue to Ollantaytambo. This Incan fortress and citadel were built in the mid 15th century and was constructed to guard the entrance to this part of the valley.
Overnight: Ollantaytambo | Breakfast
This morning we transfer to the train station for our scenic train journey through the mountains to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to the famous Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu. Here you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the highlights including the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Royal Quarters. The legendary 'Lost City' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu", it overlooks the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area. This afternoon we return to Cusco.
Overnight: Cuzco | Breakfast
Today offers free time to explore the beautiful city of Cusco. Later this afternoon we’ll transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to Rio.
Overnight: Flight | Breakfast
Arriving into Rio de Janeiro this morning we’ll be escorted to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. On Day 29 we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. A very photogenic city, we’ll make our way up to Sugar Loaf Mountain this morning, rising up from a small peninsula in Guanabara bay. We reach the summit by taking two cable cars, from here you’ll have amazing views out across the city. Look out on some famous part of the city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, the Corcovado and downtown Rio.
This afternoon we make our way to Corcovado to witness our final World Wonder of the tour, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Constructed between 1922 and 1931 it was funded it was almost entirely funded from donations by Brazilian Catholics.
Day 30 offers free time to explore the amazing beaches of Rio and the other parts of the city not yet explored.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro | Breakfast x 2
Check out at midday today. The rest of the day is at leisure before our transfer to the airport where your amazing round the world trip ends.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Hotel Diana , Rome
In the heart of the city, a short distance from the Termini station, the welcoming family-run Hotel Diana is situated in a prime location within a 10-minute walk of Teatro dell ‘Opera di Roma and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. The Trevi Fountain and Roman Forum are also within 1 mile (2 km). Enjoy the spectacular views overlooking the rooftops of this amazing city whilst enjoying a delicious dinner or glass of fine Italian wine whilst watching the sun set from the panoramic gardens. The charming air-conditioned rooms feature a minibar, free wi-fi and satellite TV, as well as private bathrooms.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo
Radisson Blu is in the Heliopolis area of Cairo, just 3 kms from Cairo International Airport and 18 kms from the city centre. Providing spacious, well appointed guest rooms with amenities such as a daily newspaper and turndown service, the hotel is the perfect oasis for guests visiting the city. Its two restaurants, lobby lounge, and gourmet bakery offer a range of culinary choices. To top it all off, the hotel boasts a rooftop spa and pool with panoramic Cairo views.
Petra Guest House Hotel, Petra
The Petra Guest House Hotel is situated at the entrance of ancient Petra, perfect for those looking to rise early and visit the incredible lost city before the crowds. The comfortable rooms are traditionally furnished in muted tones reminiscent of the sands of Petra and Wadi Musa. Set in landscaped gardens the hotel provides impressive panoramic views of Petra and the surrounding mountains. Dine on Arabic and European cuisine in the Cave Bar, set in a restored 1st century Nabatean house.
Holiday Inn Resort, Dead Sea
Graced with interconnecting palm fringed swimming pools leading to the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn is an Arabesque style hotel. Guest rooms are elegantly furnished and benefit from complimentary high speed internet. The hotel also has an on site fitness centre and a fine choice of Spa facilities. The 24 hour sleek bar is the perfect place for a tipple at any time of the day or night. The accommodation is located on the shores of the world famous Dead Sea.
The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi
The luxurious Leela Ambiance Convention Hotel is a modern property located in East Delhi a superb choice for those looking to escape the chaos of the city. In your free time, why not indulge in one of the rejuvenating treatments, available at the luxurious spa, further facilities also include a gym, outdoor swimming pool featuring a yoga deck. When it comes to dining you will discover a range of delicious cuisines are served in the various restaurants that can be found within the hotel. The sophisticated surroundings at the Cherry Tree bar offer the perfect escape to enjoy a tipple or two. Guestrooms are beautifully designed with rich furnishings and are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, minibar and a tea/coffee maker. The spacious en suite bathroom is fitted with a bath and shower. Leela Ambience Convention Hotel is around 3 km away from Karkardooma and Mansarovar Park metro stations and approximately 15 km from New Delhi Railway station.
Crystal Sarovar Premiere, Agra
The luxurious Crystal Sarovar Premiere encompasses everything needed for a perfect stay in Agra. Each of its guestrooms has been exquisitely designed with splashes of colour, plush furnishings and elegant ensuite facilities. In their free time, guests are invited to take a dip in the sparkling roof top pool, which commands stunning vistas of the hotel's surroundings. The hotel also has a fitness club with state of the art equipment. When it comes to dining, guests can choose from multiple restaurants, each serving mouth-watering dishes from around the world. The hotel is just 1.9km from the Taj Mahal.
Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel, Beijing
Centrally located on East Chang An Street opposite the railway station, just a short distance from the top Beijing attractions such as Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. The culinary options available at the hotel include the Sunshine Atrium Café, offering local and international delights, the Rainbow Garden Restaurant specialising in Hunan and Cantonese cuisine the why not end the day relaxing with a tipple from the Noble Lounge bar. The modern guest rooms are equipped with the latest conveniences including mini bar, flat screen TV and WIFI access.
Hotel Illusion , Playa del Carmen
A small boutique style hotel in Playa del Carmen, in an exceptional location, just 2 minutes’ walk away from the beach and the famous 5th Avenue, you will certainly be close to the multitude of restaurants, cafes and vibrant nightlife Playa del Carmen has to offer. On the rooftop there is a spectacular large terrace with fabulous views over the Mexican Caribbean Sea and a plunge pool, perfect for relaxing by during the day. The hotel offers spacious, contemporary rooms with king or queen size beds, each decorated distinctly, with Juliet balconies overlooking the interior courtyard.
Hotel Jose Antonio Executive, Lima
The Jose Antonio Executive is a smart modern hotel in downtown Lima. The rooms are contemporary in design with dark wood floors and a neutral colour palette. Free WiFi is provided in all rooms. There's an attractive outdoor pool with an onsite restaurant where guests can dine on a variety of local and international dishes. The hotel is located in the affluent Miraflores district of Lima where you will find numerous restaurants and cafes. It's also just three blocks from Makaha Beach.
Hotel Pakaritampu , Ollantaytambo
Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley in the village of Ollantaytambo just 50 yards from the train station which is on the mainline to Machu Pichu. This delightful property exudes Peruvian charm in an idyllic setting amidst stunning gardens, perfect for relaxing in after a busy day. The onsite restaurant offers a variety of both local Peruvian delicacies and international meals for you to sample, after dinner head into the cosy lounge, kick back and enjoy the warmth from the log fire. Charmingly decorated rooms offer standard king size or twin beds, safety-deposit box, a TV with cable channels and Free WiFi access. The main square is only a ten-minute walk away. Here you'll find a selection of shops and restaurants, as well as remnants of Ollantaytambo’s magnificent Inca fortress.
Windsor Excelsior Hotel, Rio De Janeiro
Located in the heart of Copacabana beach, this hotel is just a stones throw away from the ocean. Boasting a rooftop pool with views across the South Atlantic Ocean. The nearest metro station is just 50 yards away making it a perfect location to explore the rest of the city.