Wonders of the world

Holiday ideas, travel tips, tourist highlights and more for the incredible natural and manmade wonders from around the world

  • 21 The Caribbean: Get hooked on a bounty of beautiful islands
    The Pirates of the Caribbean films were smash-hit successes and undoubtedly heightened Johnny Depp's heartthrob status. But they also shed light on the bountiful beauty of the islands – so head for...

  • 22 Iguazu Falls, a paradise on earth
    As the widest series of waterfalls in the world, Iguazu Falls is one of the seven natural wonders. It offers one of the most awe-inspiring sights in nature, its widest fall stretching out across more than...

  • 23 Discover Petra two hundred years on
    Emulate Swiss explorer Johann Burchard, who discovered the city of Petra 200 years ago, by travelling to Jordan in 2012 to discover firsthand one of the new seven wonders of the world. Completely...

  • 24 A tour of Tenerife, in the footsteps of Perseus
    In 2011 alone, more than one hundred film crews chose the Canary Islands as their main shooting location. Every few square miles the landscape transforms itself, making it such a wonderul natural...

  • 25 The ultimate of unique experiences in Zambia
    Situated on the banks of the Zambezi river, very close to the Victoria Falls, is one of the natural wonders of the world: The Royal Livingstone. This Sun International hotel is one of those places everyone...

  • 26 Exploring Egypt from the Nile
    The pyramids of Giza, the temple complex of Karnak, the two massive rock temples of Abu Simbel... there are few scenarios as awe-inspiring as those seen from aboard a boat on the Nile. Whether it's a modern...

  • 27 Dive into the world's best scuba sites
    Azores The waters around this remote Portuguese archipelago way out in the Atlantic Ocean are home to an amazing underwater world. The nine small volcanic islands of the Azores are surrounded by waters...

  • 28 Opera and so much more in Sydney
    If there is a single image that identifies Sydney, it must be the bright, photogenic silhouette of the city looking out over the harbour. The great arch of the Harbour Bridge and the unfurled 'sails' of...

  • 29 Natural Croatian gems
    There's no doubting the attractions of Croatia's Adriatic coastline, but inland lies a more private landscape waiting to be explored. Here nature reaches epic proportions in a wild secret interior that...

  • 30 Getting to the top in Tokyo
    The cutting-edge Sky Tree construction project is almost complete after nearly four years of work. At the start, it was unclear just what the final height of this stylish free-standing tower would be,...

  • 31 (Almost) at the end of the world
    For many centuries Patagonia was the limit of the known world. A mythical land, distant and strange, inhabited by giant beings of unknown and unfamiliar customs and habits. The name Patagonia comes from...

  • 32 2012 - a bumper year for the Northern Lights
    The aurora borealis: named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, and Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind, the bringer of winter, even the name of this atmospheric phenomenon conjures magical...

  • 33 Masada, Herod's desert fortress
    In the middle of the first century AD, after the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, a group of Jewish zealots found refuge from the Roman troops in the desert fortress built...

  • 34 Celebrating an icy centenary
    2011 has been a big year for Norway: not only does it mark a hundred years since Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole, but it is also the 150th anniversary of the birth of another famous polar explorer,...

  • 35 Floating over a sea of sand in Namibia
    Some of the dunes of Sossusvlei in the south of Namibia rise to a staggering height of 300 metres – as tall as a 60-storey skyscraper. The desert – which experts reckon is the the oldest on...

  • 36 Flying south for winter
    Usually a Monarch butterfly lives for just four or five short weeks. But by some miracle of nature, the last generation of the summer may survive for as long as seven months, allowing them to fly south...

  • 37 And the word is 'wonderful'!
    On-line, by phone and by text messages, thousands of people around the world have been involved in voting in this initiative launched by the New7Wonders Foundation. Chosen from a short list of twenty-eight,...

  • 38 Autumn colours in Kyoto
    Recently the readers of U.S. magazine Conde Nast Traveler name Kyoto the best Asian city, ahead of Bangkok and Hong Kong in a survey whose result pays tribute to the time-honoured cultural wealth of the...

  • 39 Europe's spectacular natural heritage
    Dramatic mountains – the vast Durmitor massif in the eponymous national park in northwestern Montenegro, the volcanic mass of Mount Teide, and the dramatic Dolomites in the Italian Alps where green...

  • 40 Beijing's Forbidden City: the kingdom of 'The Last Emperor'
    The great Forbidden City of China lived up to its name for five and a half centuries. Originally the imperial residence where no one could enter or leave without the emperor's permission, from 1420 it...



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