Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Nubian Monuments, Egypt

Not only are the majestic rock-cut Temples of Ramses II and his queen Nefertari a truly wonderful sight at Abu Simbel, but the fact that this iconic monument with its four towering statues were relocated to avoid the rising waters of the Nile makes them all the more breath-taking.

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

If planning a holiday to Nepal, don’t miss the chance to explore the Kathmandu Valley, a worthy entry in our list of top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Cape Floral Region, South Africa

Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park, Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area, and De Hoop Nature Reserve are just three of the 13 protected areas in South Africa that make up the Cape Floral Region, one of the world’s greatest centres of terrestrial biodiversity.

Machu Picchu, Peru

The iconic Machu Picchu stands 2,430 metres above sea level on the eastern slopes of the Andes and is a not-to-be-missed destination if considering a holiday to Peru.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

No holiday Down Under or tour of Australia would be complete without a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. And the natural World Heritage Site is indeed great, containing the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, over 1,500 species of fish and around 240 species of birds, as well as a diversity of crustaceans, anemones and marine worms.

Bruges, Belgium

A little closer to home, the picturesque city of Bruges also makes it on to our list of top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it’s easy to see why. Marvellous medieval buildings, romantic squares and charming canals fill this chocolate-box destination, a highlight of any holiday to Belgium.

Yellowstone National Park, USA

You’ll undeniably take a walk on the wild side at Yellowstone National Park, while on holiday in the USA. The country’s first and finest nature reserve is an awe-inspiring blend of natural beauty and rugged wilderness, and home to grizzly bears, bison and elk.

The Great Wall, China

When researching tours to China, you’ll undoubtedly find that the Great Wall appears on most itineraries. Rightly so. The UNESCO World Heritage Site snakes almost 12,500 miles along the country’s forested ridges and is a formidable protective barrier, one of the world’s largest military structures – and the only man-made monument visible from space.

Petra, Jordan

Petra is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this archaeological site in Jordan’s southwestern desert has now deservedly become one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Taj Mahal, India

We simply couldn’t leave the Taj Mahal off our list of top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The white marble mausoleum is universally admired and understandably appears on many a traveller’s wish list.

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