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Want to visit all new seven wonders of the world?

A new tour takes in sights including the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu and Petra

Cathy Adams
Monday 17 September 2018 12:58 BST
The Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China, which was voted one of the seven new wonders of the world
The Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China, which was voted one of the seven new wonders of the world (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Want to visit all seven new wonders of the world? Do you have a spare three months and £15,000? This new round-the-world tour might be for you.

Tour operator Contiki has created an epic 82-day round-the-world trip that takes in all the new seven wonders of the world – including the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu.

The "7 Wonders" trip departs next March and visits seven countries across four continents, beginning in Delhi and ending in Rome. Prices start from £15,000 including all international flights and pre- and post-trip accommodation (or £11,534 without).

Stops on the three-month trip are: the Taj Mahal in India; the Great Wall of China; Chichen Itza in Mexico, Machu Picchu in Peru, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Petra in Jordan; and the Colosseum in Italy. As well as visiting the monuments, travellers will spend an average of 12 days exploring each country.

The new seven wonders of the world were chosen from a list of 200 existing monuments following a campaign Swiss philanthropist Bernard Weber in 2000. The winners announced in 2007, with Britain's Stonehenge, the Acropolis in Athens, Cambodia's Angkor Wat and the Kremlin in Moscow some of the landmarks didn't make the final cut.

The new seven wonders

Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal is one of India’s most recognisable landmarks. The mausoleum, completed in 1653, was commissioned to house the tomb of the then-Emperor’s favourite wife.

Great Wall of China, China

The 5,500 mile long Great Wall runs from Gansu province in western China to Dandong near the China/North Korea border, although the sections outside Beijing typically receive the most visitors.

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza, on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, is one of the most well-preserved ruins in Mayan history.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Hike the the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Built in the 15th century, the monument is above Peru’s Sacred Valley, 2,530 metres above sea level.

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

South America’s biggest icon is the 30m high art deco statue of Jesus Christ on a hilltop in Rio de Janeiro, unveiled in 1931.

Petra, Jordan

The ancient city of Petra, Jordan’s most visited tourist attraction, is a collection of rock-cut caves, temples and tombs from pink sandstone.

Colosseum, Rome

The largest amphitheatre ever built, the Colosseum is an icon of imperial Rome and once hosted gladiatorial contests. It's estimated that it once held up to 80,000 spectators.

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