From antiquity to modern day and man-made to nature's sculpting, there are several "Wonders of the World" lists that encompass some of the world's most mesmerizing structures and natural scenes, and we just couldn't let these vacation spectacles go unseen.
For all of the "wonder-lust" travelers itching to be marveled, check out these seven deals for the Seven Wonders.
The Great Wall of China: This ancient fortress sits along China's northern border and is the only man-made structure visible from the moon. With smarTours Beijing and Shanghai vacation package for US$999 per person, travel to China and book the optional Great Wall excursion to tour these ramparts up close on a full-day jaunt including a visit to the Ming Tombs, burial site of the Ming Dynasty royalty.
Machu Picchu: Tucked away in the Andes Mountains are the remnants of the City of the Incas. This ruined settlement, once thought to be abandoned, was constructed in the 15th century and remains now for the world to see. For US$2272, travel to Peru and Easter Island and become a part of the exploration of this ancient civilization. Also included in the trip are tours to Cusco, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki and more.
Taj Mahal: While we all wish we could celebrate a loved one with a mausoleum like Emperor Shah Jahan when he built the Taj Mahal in 1632, it isn't the most feasible; however, a trip to India is. For US$1599 per person, explore Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on an eight-night vacation and admire the opulent, domed masterpiece regarded as the finest example of Mughal art and architecture. For the more independent travelers, fly aboard the world's best airline (Travel + Leisure) to Bengaluru, Kochi or Mumbai with this Qatar Airways sale and discover India at your leisure.
The Great Pyramids of Giza: Cruise with the crocodiles on this Nile River voyage and explore Egypt's splendor including one of the original Seven Wonders, the Great Pyramid of Giza. The oldest structure on the list having been erected in 2560 B.C, the Great Pyramid is the burial tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh. Also included in the trip is a two-night stay in Cairo, visit to the Egyptian Museum and Bazaar and round-trip airfare from JFK for US$1199 per person.
Petra: Joining the Wonders list is the "Lost City" of Petra. Perched on the border of the Arabian Desert, this ancient capital city of the Nabataean kingdom is renowned for its intricate stone facades carved into rose-colored rock. Discover what once was lost but now is found with this best of Jordan package. On this eight-night escorted royal tour explore Petra, Jerash, Ajloun, the Dead Sea and more.
The Colosseum: The Romans are esteemed architects, and the Colosseum is a testament to their genius. Located just outside of the Forum, this colossal arena is one of the most integral structures in Roman history that still stands. Once a place of merciless entertainment or an act of valor, you decide when you tour this marveled monument on an eight-night Italy vacation saving $400 per person.
The Grand Canyon: Let's not forget that North America has some sights to be seen. Plan a trip to Arizona and explore one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon. This massive gorge carved out by the Colorado River is celebrated for its vibrant landscape and offers visitors exceptional views atop the ravine. Use this four-star Sedona spa getaway, conveniently located about halfway between Phoenix and the canyon, to relax in the Red Rock country after a day of sightseeing. Check out Hilton's brandwide hotel sale and stay in Phoenix or Scottsdale before or after your trip.
If these seven wonders don't peak your interest, sneak up to Niagara Falls with this getaway at the new Wyndham Garden Fallsview that includes more in added value than the room costs. On the Maid of the Mist boat ride, journey beneath the Falls and take it all in from a different perspective. Once sufficiently misted by this Natural Wonder, dry off at local attractions such as the Fallsview Casino nearby or the wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake a short drive away.
-- Amanda Mulligan is based in New York. Travelzoo has 250 deal experts from around the world who rigorously research, evaluate and test thousands of deals to find those with true value.
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