What makes something a Wonder of the World? To the ancient Greeks who invented the term, the Wonders of the World were the sites that ancient travelers absolutely had to see. But the ancient Greeks were confined to the Hellenic world, which meant they had never heard of wonders such as the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu.
Several years ago, over 100 million votes were cast in an online poll to update the ancient list. The only existing ancient Wonder, the Great Pyramids of Giza, remains an honorable mention, but Go Ahead also visits six of the new seven Wonders:
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro—see this Art Deco masterpiece at the peak of Corcovado Mountain on our 12-day tour
The Colosseum in Rome—enter this famous Roman ruin on several Go Ahead tours
The Taj Mahal in Agra—make a sunrise visit to this monument to eternal love on our 14-day tour
The Great Wall of China—walk in thousand-year-old footsteps on our 15-day tour
Petra in the Jordanian desert—discover the “rose-red city half as old as time” on our 12-day tour
Machu Picchu in Peru—ascend to this citadel in the sky on our 11-day tour
The Great Pyramids of Giza—witness the only extant ancient Wonder on our 12-day tour
But the list of Wonders of the World is always changing—Babylon’s Ishtar Gate was considered a Wonder until the 6th century, when it was replaced by the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Which leads us to a question: what would you include on the list?