What are the Seven Wonders of the World?
They can be broken down in to a few different categories. The main ones are:
The Ancient Wonders
These are the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as listed by writers in Ancient Greece. However, the Great Pyramid at Giza, in Egypt, is the only surviving structure from this list, which also included the mysterious Hanging Gardens of Babylon, thought to have been built in what is now modern Iraq, and the Colossus of Rhodes, a 30-metre-tall bronze and iron statue which once loomed over the Greek island’s harbour.
The Modern Wonders
In the year 2000, members of the public were invited to vote for the New Seven Wonders of the World, by the Swiss New7Wonders initiative. The winners were announced in 2007 and the following Seven Wonders of the World list is considered by many to be the definitive one:
- The Great Wall of China
- Petra (Jordan)
- The Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
- Chichén Itzá (Yucatán,Mexico)
- Machu Picchu (Cuzco Region, Peru)
- Taj Mahal (Uttar Pradesh, India)
- Christ the Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Visiting the Wonders of the World used to be reserved for wealthy ladies and gentlemen of leisure, yet new research (using data from Skyscanner) has found that you could travel from the UK to see all Seven Wonders for just under £5,200, including flights, travel expenses, accommodation and food – and do it all in less than twelve months!
What’s included in the total cost?
The cost breakdown for each of the Seven Wonders is outlined in the table below, including economy class return flights from London, travel connections to reach the local destination, accommodation and food in the destination country and entrance fees to visit each of the Seven Wonders. You would need to carefully plan your journey to avoid peak season travel as the cheapest time to visit each wonder varies.
How much does it cost to see each of the Seven Wonders?
Starting your journey in the UK, the cheapest of the world’s Seven Wonders to visit is Rome’s remarkable Colosseum, built by the Romans at the height of their powers, but now possible to see as part of a £309 round trip to the Italian capital on a budget. The most expensive wonder to visit for Brits is Peru’s Machu Picchu. The fifteenth century Incan citadel set in the Andes Mountains, high above the Urubamba River valley, costs around £1,142 to visit, mainly due to the cost of flights to Cuzco and the relatively expensive local accommodation charges.
You could even throw in a visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt – which has honorary status as an additional Wonder in the shortlist of the New Seven Wonders of the World – for a further spend of £390, according to researchers.
When’s the best time to visit the Seven Wonders?
Inspired to have a go? You’ll need to get your backpack ready, as the cheapest months to visit many of the wonders are April, May and June, with the only exception being India’s beautiful monument, the Taj Mahal, which works out cheapest to visit in November. The travel costs have been calculated on the basis of visiting each destination on individual trips to and from London, rather than as part of a round the world trip.
Shane Forster, UK Country Manager of Voucherbox.co.uk who undertook this study, commented: “Just 20 years ago the costs of a trip like this would have been well beyond the means of most of us, but now for less than the cost of a new car, an intrepid Brit could see the Seven Wonders of the World.”
If you fancy yourself as that ‘intrepid Brit’, head over to our flight search tool now to start planning your year of Wonders!
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