Wonders of the World
New 7 Wonders and more
There have been many Wonders of the World lists that have been compiled over the years since the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, of which there is only one sole survivor - the legendary Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. In 2007 an official New Seven Wonders of the World list was compiled in an attempt to revive the concept of the Ancient Wonders. Jordan's incredible Rose City of Petra, the white marble Taj Mahal in India, The Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu Inca ruins in Peru, all deservedly made the grade.
New lists have been complied in recent years as well including the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the Underwater Wonders of the World. You could spend a lifetime visiting them all and everyone will have their own top seven wonders featuring worthy contenders that may have not quite made it onto the official lists. Start visiting your favourite with our wondrous range of tours.
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The Official Seven New Wonders of the World
Over 100 million votes were cast in the lead up to 2007's announcement of the architectural and archaeological marvels that had made the official Seven New Wonders of the World. Voters chose from a selection of 200 existing monuments and the Pyramids of Giza were granted honorary status as the solo surviving wonder from the ancient world.
Pyramids of Giza
Perhaps the most iconic landmark in the world, the sheer size and magnificence of the legendary Pyramids of Giza in Egypt have to be seen to be believed.
Once lost to civilisation, Jordan's Rose City of Petra today astounds travellers with its impressive architectural wonders and intricate rock cut facades.
The Taj Mahal
An everlasting statement of love, the famed white marble Taj Mahal in Agra took over 20 years to build and is the jewel in India's crown and it's not difficult to see why.
Whether you reach it by the Inca Trail, Lares Trek or train, this erstwhile Incan Empire should be at the top of everyone's bucket list - it's definitely on ours!
Machu Picchu by Train
It may be a myth that the Great Wall can be seen from space but that doesn't stop it from being one of the most impressive series of fortifications on the planet.
Great Wall and Warriors
As one of the most important examples of Mayan civilisation, the large complex of Chichen Itza is Mexico's most visited site and famous for the El Castillo pyramid.
Best of the Yucatan
This Roman-era masterpiece dates back to AD 72 and is the largest amphitheatre ever built with enough space to once accommodate over 50,000 spectators.
Renaissance & Riviera
Man-made wonders of the world
These seven equally impressive man-made wonders made it onto the list of semi-finalists but didn't make the final cut in the official New7Wonders selection. Though we think they're definitely worth an entry on your bucket list.
An awe-inspiring example of Khmer genius, Angkor Wat is the most famous temple in the Angkor Complex and the symbol of Cambodia. Best seen at sunrise!
Journey to Angkor Wat
A universal symbol of Greek civilisation and its many achievements, the ancient Acropolis in Athens is easily the most popular monument from that era.
Wonders of Ancient Greece
This Buddhist temple is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan and with good reason thanks to its large veranda and beautiful setting in Kyoto.
Easily Istanbul's most stunning monument with its innovative architecture, this basilica-turned-mosque-turned-museum epitomises the great Byzantine empire.
Natural Wonders of the world
While our beautiful planet is a massive wonder in itself, within it are countless others - from the largest to the smallest, from unique geological formations to endemic wildlife species and more, these are the natural wonders that make us stop and jaws-drop in awe.
Made up of an incredible series of 275 waterfalls on the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world with awesome power.
Natural Wonders of Brazil
A list of the world's natural wonders would not be complete without Mount Everest - the earth's highest peak nestled in the Himalayan mountains.
Everest Base Camp
Spread across nine nations and covering 1.4 billion acres, the Amazon is bursting with flora and fauna, home to the richest eco-system in the world.
Amazon, Incas and Titicaca
With colonies of sea lion, giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and lots more unique specimens, it's not hard to see how it inspired Darwin and his theory on evolution.
Home to nearly every species of African animal, Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater is the ideal place to go on a game drive in search of the Big 5 with rhino, lion and leopard.
Best of Kenya & Tanzania
A cruise on a traditional junk boat between karst limestone formations and jungle peaks is the best way to see this UNESCO-listed natural wonder.
The lunar-like landscapes and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia really are something out of a story, and understandably are considered Turkey's greatest natural treasure.
Dominating the skyline of Cape Town, iconic Table Mountain stands 1086 metres tall and offers spectacular views of the city and coastline below.
Cape Town Experience
Nicknamed the 'Smoke That Thunders' due to the incredible mist that rises from its cascades, Zimbabwe and Zambia's Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight to behold.
Falls to Jo'burg
Other deserved contenders
With so many incredible natural and man-made wonders around the world, we think it's impossible to narrow the list down to just a select few. For that reason we've picked out some of our other favourites that we think deserve an honourable mention.
Located off the coast of South Korea, this volcanic isle is home to the country's tallest mountain, a dormant volcano, beautiful beaches and stunning waterfalls.
South Korean Express
As one of the oldest and most sacred cities in the world, Jerusalem is an important pilgrimage site for the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths alike.
Fish River Canyon
Cut deep into the landscape of southern Namibia, the spectacular ravine of Fish River Canyon is the largest in Africa and will quite simply take your breath away.
Cape to Falls
This UNESCO-listed fortified city in Morocco has made a name for itself as the backdrop of many blockbuster film, from Laurence of Arabia to the Gladiator.
Formed millions of years ago, today this massive body of water is home to much of Southern Africa's unique flora and fauna and best seen by mokoro canoes.
Torres del Paine
One of the most impressive national parks in South America, Chile's Torres del Paine is complete with verdant forests, stunning lakes and majestic glaciers.
Santiago to Patagonia
Perhaps the most iconic image of this famous Burmese landscape is at sunrise, when hot air balloons dot the horizon as they float above its stupa-filled plains.
Best of Myanmar
Yangtze & Three Gorges
A must-do experience on any journey China is a cruise along the Yangtze River and passage through the towering cliffs of its spectacular Three Gorges.
Yin & Yangtze
Another popular backdrop in the film industry, the striking landscapes of Jordan's Wadi Rum plays a starring role in Laurence Arabia and Matt Damon's The Martian.
Road to Jordan
The Great Migration
At the top of our bucket list, the thundering hooves of Kenya and Tanzania's great wildebeest migration is something we're dying to witness for ourselves.
Kenya Up Close
With dunes reaching up to 300 metres in height, the landscape of Sossusvlei is without a doubt impressive. Climb to the top of Dune 45 - its most famous.
Delta and Desert Discovery
Rising up above jungle foliage, the rock fortress of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka is a unique sight indeed. Follow the stairs to the top and admire the unbeatable view.
Colombo Caves & Kandy
St Basil's Cathedral
The whimsical onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral are a welcome splash of colour in Moscow, located on the famed Red Square, and inside there's plenty more to discover.
Back in the USSR
They say you're either 'Team Pyramids' or 'Team Abu Simbel', but we really can't make up our minds between these two remarkable ancient wonders.
King Ramses Sun Festival
The discovery of this vast underground army put Xi'an on the map, and to this day there are still more soldiers being excavated with more than 8,000 so far.
Great Wall & Warriors
World Wonders Articles from The Inside Track
Further reading on the World Wonders
Sit back, relax and read through these inspiring blogs and articles to get the wanderlust for world wonders pulsating!
7 Wonders of the World in 13 Days - see how traveller Megan Sullivan made her dream a reality
One Step 4ward - traveller Johnny Ward covers the seven man-made wonders of the world
Nev's World Wonders - see if you agree with Nev's choice of not seven but 106 world wonders!
The Wonders of the World According to Instagram - see which monuments have been hashtagged the most
And just for fun, see how many you've visited on the 100 Wonders of the World tick list - more than half? Good work! Less than 10? Get cracking!