The World Now Has Seven New Wonders
By Renee Estey
For those who missed all the hoopla in the media, a new list has been compiled of the Seven Wonders of the (modern) World taking the place of the Seven Wonders of the (ancient) World.
The new seven wonder were announced on July 7, 2007 after a worldwide poll led by the non-profit organization New7Wonders. More than 100 million people from all over the world voted for the top seven wonders from a field of 21 finalists.
The reason for this poll and the change is that only one of the ancient wonders, the Great Pyramid of Giza, has survived into modern times. The others, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria have all fallen and crumbled.
Another reason for the poll was to involve more countries from around the world in the seven wonders. The ancient wonders were all near the Mediterranean. Julija Steseva says of the new seven wonders.
“The geography is more fair,” she says.“It is not Mediterranean only any more, representing that the world has become a much more global place.”
It was said that the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World were more of a tour guide for the sites surrounding the Mediterranean.
The new seven wonders, chosen by a worldwide referendum, are the Great Wall of China, the City of Petra in Jordan, the Colosseum in Rome, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, and the Taj Mahal in India.
The New7Wonders balloon visits Chichen Itza.
If you’re looking for tours to any of these places, G.A.P Adventures, a world leader in the adventure industry has more than 100 trips that take you to the seven wonders. They even have a few that take you through the sole surviving ancient wonder: the Great Pyramid at Giza.
One of the featured trips is Roam Egypt, which lasts for fifteen days and costs $585 for the trip with a $250 local charge. The trip style is considered roam, which keeps you to a local level and lets you feel like an independent traveler, but also keeps you secure in a group.
Accommodations and travel are taken care of but this trip leaves you plenty of time to discover your own places of interest and food of choice.
Another option is the Egypt Explorer, which lasts 12 days and costs $1350, with a $250 local fee. This style is considered Comfort Class. This is more of an upgrade in comfort, yet still maintains local charms.
G.A.P Adventures to the seven wonders provide you with so many options it is difficult to figure out which one is right for you. If you’re looking for something classic and ancient, adventurous but romantic and marveling in glasses of wine and vineyards, visiting the Colosseum might be your best fit for the seven wonders. You can visit the Colosseum on the 14-day Ultimate Italy trip for $1695 and 250Euro local payment.
If ancient civilizations such as the Aztec, Mayan, or Incan civilizations interest you most, visiting Mexico or Peru would better suit you. In Mexico, you can visit Chichen Itza and discover Mexico’s ancient civilizations for a 15-day journey of ruins, pueblos, and beaches for $545 plus the $250 as another Roam style.
Traveling to Peru gives you the chance to explore Machu Picchu through a 12-day Amazon to Andes trip for $1295 or Wildlife and Inca Encompassed for $2095, a 14-day trip. There are roughly 100 trips through G.A.P. Adventures that will bring you to the amazing World Wonder of Machu Picchu.
The Great Wall of China is another popular destination. There are more than ten G.A.P. adventures leading to the Great Wall, one being China Hike Bike and Raft, which is a 14-day active adventure for $1760, plus the local fee.
Michael Cheung traveled with this tour after going on one of G.A.P’s Japan tours. He met a lot of people from across the world on this tour.
“The Great Wall is not a structure at a single location like the Egyptian pyramids,” he said, “but it is an achievement of incredible scale. The tour took us to the toughest parts of the wall, so we learned to appreciate the rough terrain and conditions that were overcome by the builders hundreds of years ago.”
G.A.P Adventures has many tours that visit the Great
Wall of China.
There are ten trips to the Taj Mahal, another of the Seven Wonders, including the Absolute India trip lasting 28 days and costing just $1250 plus the local $500 payment. It is one of the G.A.P originals and provides you with great experiences off the beaten path.
There is one trip to the beautiful Petra through a true taste of Egypt and Jordan via the Egypt and Jordan Adventure. This is an original style and costs $1195 plus local payment, but it really pulls you in to the locals and lets you experience these sites the way the local people do.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil is another great place to visit, with eight different options, one being the featured 8-day Brazil Journey and Iguassu Falls for just $895.
For more accommodation options, find unique Rio de Janeiro hotels and interesting tours in Rio.
This is just a taste of what G.A.P Adventures has to offer, check out their website and explore their other trips, as well.
The great thing about their website is that they give you a detailed itinerary of the trip, which gives you a good idea of what the tour is like so you can decide which is right for you. They also provide you with lots of information to help you select the sights you want to visit.
Michael Cheung said the G.A.P tour allowed for a lot of flexibility. “The tour leader was excellent at making arrangements to have the travelers get to their own individual activities,” he said.
Renee Estey is an intern at GoNOMAD.com. She attends the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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