Holidays are often the light at the end of the tunnel for many Britons. What’s more, heading to the wonders of the world is often on the bucket list of many people. However, with coronavirus crushing any hopes of travel in the coming week, foreign jet-setting is not an option any time soon.
Thankfully, virtual escapism is still available to any Britons hoping to sate their wanderlust.
The travel-hungry can voyage to the new seven wonders of the world during the coronavirus lockdown thanks to virtual tours.
UK-based price comparison service Uswitch have brought together seven free virtual tours, allowing you to experience the allure of these wonders, right from your armchair.
From Jordan’s Rose City of Petra, to the white marble Taj Mahal in India there are more ways to visit these ancient architectural gems than you might think.
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1. Great Wall of China, near Beijing, China
Every year, over 10 million people visit the Great Wall, China’s longest wall and biggest ancient construction.
Its winding path covers over 21,000km and the wall is thought to be 2,300 years old.
This Virtual Tour provided by The China Guide allows you to ‘walk’ along the wall with just a click of your mouse.
2. Petra, Jordan
With Google’s Street View Treks, you can get up close and personal with Jordan’s Rose City, Petra.
Leave your passport at home and grab your headphones to be immersed into this stunning city steeped in history and impressive architecture.
Petra is over four times the size of Manhattan, but with Google Street View Treks, you can explore caves, temples and tombs spread out for over a hundred square miles with just a click of your mouse.
3. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Roughly 6.4 million people visited Rome’s Colosseum last year, making it one of the most-visited tourist attractions in the world – and it is easy to see why.
This majestic amphitheatre measures over 189m long and 50m high and could seat over 50,000 to watch sporting events and games.
Skip the crowds and take a virtual tour on YouTube – this hour-long walking tour of the Colosseum is filmed in pin-sharp 4K, immersing you into the action.
4. Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico
Attracting more than 900,000 visitors each year, Chichén Itzá continues to be a historical wonder popular with tourists. Situated just two hours from tourist hot-spot Cancun, it’s a popular cultural excursion for many visiting Mexico.
Experience a 360 view of the stepped pyramids in this virtual tour.
5. Machu Picchu, Cuzco Region, Peru
Set high amongst the Andes mountains in Peru, it’s an adventure just getting to Machu Picchu. Built in the 15th century, this ancient Inca site draws tourists from all over the world to visit.
This virtual tour comes complete with a voiceover, educating and entertaining as you take in the spectacular scenery of Machu Picchu.