The world may have temporarily shut up shop for now, but don’t let a minor obstacle like a global pandemic stop you experiencing (sort of) some of the planet’s most amazing places! Many top attractions can be toured virtually, from cultural icons, like the Louvre, Machu Picchu and Petra, to natural ones, like the Galapagos Islands, Grand Canyon and Uluru. 

Clicking around a screen is hardly the same as the real thing, but it CAN give a little taste, and maybe inspire you to plan some bucket list trips for when the world is back to normal. No one knows exactly when that will happen, only that it will, and when it does, we’ll be right here to help you travel again.

 

  1. Angkor, Cambodia

One of the most incredible archaeological sites in the world, the ruins of the once lost city of Angkor cover a vast area, with the highlight being Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.

Tour Angkor virtually

 

  1. The Louvre, France

The Louvre in Paris is one of the world’s most famous museums – certainly the most famous in Europe – and houses the world’s most celebrated painting (Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa), and plenty more treasures from all times and places.

Tour the Louvre virtually

 

  1. Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

Only surveyed for the first time in 2010, Son Doong Cave is the largest in the world, hidden deep in the mountains of Vietnam. Unlike most places on this list, the cave isn’t (yet) accessible to tourists even in normal times, so a virtual tour is your best option either way!

Tour Son Doong Cave virtually 

 

  1. Taj Mahal, India

One of the most beautiful buildings ever constructed, the Taj Mahal is an icon of India. It’s actually a mausoleum, and was built about 400 years ago by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his wife.

Tour the Taj Mahal virtually

 

  1. Stonehenge, UK

One of the UK’s top attractions, this prehistoric stone circle has been standing for 5000 (ish) years – about the same time as the Great Pyramid of Giza – and its construction has been baffling historians for centuries.

Tour Stonehenge virtually

 

  1. Venice, Italy

Venice is an attraction in its own right and considered by many to be the most beautiful city ever built. Spread across 100+ islands in a shallow lagoon in Northern Italy, the city has no roads, just canals, and over 400 bridges traversing them. Top highlights include St Mark’s Square, Rialto Bridge and Doge’s Palace.

Tour Venice virtually

 

  1. Ambrym Volcano, Vanuatu

This highly active volcano, located in the Vanuatu archipelago, is off-limits to tourists, but some daring explorers had a look around its crater and filmed what they saw. Which was lava, mainly, and lots of it.

Tour Ambrym Volcano virtually

 

  1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef, which stretches for 1400 glorious miles up the north east coast of Australia, is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, and you can have a virtual snorkel around its colourful coral while the legendary David Attenborough talks you through it.

Tour the Great Barrier Reef virtually

 

  1. Buckingham Palace, UK

Buckingham Palace is the central London residence of the UK monarchy and is a stupendously grand building, inside and out. Use this official virtual tour to see the Grand Staircase, White Drawing Room, Throne Room, and more.

Tour Buckingham Palace virtually

 

  1. Amazon Jungle, South America

Colossal in size and diversity, the Amazon Jungle covers over 2 million sq mi of land in South America and contains the largest amount of known animal and plant species on the planet. Take a peek under (and above) its lush canopy, and meet some of its residents. 

Tour the Amazon Jungle virtually

 

  1. Acropolis, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens was the beating heart of Ancient Greece and its atmospheric ruins, which include the Parthenon and the Old Temple of Athena, are now one of Europe’s most fascinating historical attractions.

Tour the Acropolis virtually

 

  1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Untouched by humans for virtually all of history, the Galapagos Islands are located several hundred miles off the west coast of mainland Ecuador, and contain remarkable wildlife that has no natural fear of humans, meaning you can get up close.

Tour the Galapagos Islands virtually

 

  1. Palace of Versailles, France

The unspeakably opulent Palace of Versailles was the main royal residence of France until the French Revolution in 1789, and while its inhabitants did not survive, the building did.

Tour the Palace of Versailles virtually

 

  1. NASA Langley Research Center, USA

Anyone even remotely interested in the exploration of Space will be interested in NASA’s Langley Research Center, which is the oldest of its kind. You can have a look round various parts of it on screen.

Tour the Langley Research Center virtually

 

  1. Guilin Mountains, China

The otherworldly karst mountains of this region are spectacularly scenic, and made for a perfect location to film the sci-fi blockbuster Avatar. The formations are one of the most popular attractions in China, so add them to your list for when you can visit again!

Tour the Guilin Mountains virtually

 

  1. Grand Canyon, USA

One of the great natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon twists and turns for almost 300 miles through the Arizona desert, and plunges to depths of over a mile in parts. Nothing can substitute seeing this thing for real, but in the meantime you can get a little glimpse on a virtual tour.

Tour the Grand Canyon virtually

 

  1. The British Museum, UK

Home to several of the world’s most important treasures, including the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and Ancient Egyptian artefacts, the British Museum is one of the UK’s top attractions, and fortunately most of it has been digitised, meaning you can have a virtual mosey. 

Tour the British Museum virtually

 

  1. Machu Picchu, Peru

Located amidst stunning mountain scenery in the heart of the Andes, the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is the reward that awaits those who trek Peru’s Inca Trail, a true bucket list undertaking. Get a glimpse of what all the fuss is about on this virtual tour.

Tour Machu Picchu virtually

 

  1. Sagrada Familia, Spain

The final (and still unfinished) masterpiece of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s top attraction. The entry fee is thought by some to be a little on the steep side, so now’s the perfect opportunity to skip the fee (and the queue) and see it virtually.

Tour the Sagrada Familia virtually

 

  1. Tokyo, Japan

Japan’s capital is a place of buzzing energy in normal times, full of must-see attractions, from the enormous Skytree observation deck to the wonderfully quirky Harajuku neighbourhood. Take a whistlestop virtual tour with this 360 degree video.

Tour Tokyo virtually

 

  1. Petra, Jordan

Carved into the rose pink walls of a canyon in southern Jordan, the ancient city of Petra is an extraordinary sight. The Treasury is the most iconic building, but surrounding it is an entire complex of man made caves and other ruins.

Tour Petra virtually

 

  1. Yosemite, USA

One of the most loved national parks in America, Yosemite is a place of spectacular beauty, characterised by sheer granite cliffs, stunning lakes, impressive waterfalls and incredible biodiversity.

Tour the Yosemite virtually

 

  1. Giant’s Causeway, UK

Made up of tens of thousands of basalt columns and located on the north coast of Northern Ireland, Giant’s Causeway is one of the UK’s best natural wonders, and was one of several places in the country to feature in Game of Thrones.

Tour the Giant’s Causeway virtually

 

  1. Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA

Housing masterpieces from artists including Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Picasso, Renoir and Monet, the Met, as it’s known to its New York locals, is one of the world’s greatest museums.

Tour the Met virtually

 

  1. Great Wall of China, China

Snaking its way for thousands of miles over mountain ridges through northern China, the Great Wall of China is one of the most impressive things built, and much of it is still standing centuries later.

Tour the Great Wall of China virtually

 

  1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The dizzying skyscrapers of Dubai look like something straight out of the future, and you can have a virtual fly around their huge heights on this 360 virtual tour.

Tour Dubai virtually

 

  1. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Otherwise known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is an enormous monolith in the centre of Australia, and one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. Nearby is another equally impressive (though less famous) rock formation called Kata Tjuta (or the Olgas).

Tour Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park virtually

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When the world has returned to normal, remember we’ll be able to get you to all these places, and anywhere else you want to go, with our student flights and tours. Until then, keep yourself safe, and we’ll see you back in the big wide world soon.

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