The Top 5 Iconic Sights Worldwide

Published 24 June 2016

Gemma Bud

Gemma Budd

Ready to start ticking off some of the hottest destinations on your travel bucket list? We’ve selected five of our favourite iconic sights across the globe, guaranteed to spark your imagination. Including both natural wonders and man-made marvels, these famous landmarks are definitely among the most recognisable in the world. 

Grand Canyon

1. Grand Canyon, USA

One of the most awesome natural sights on earth, the Grand Canyon is testament to the immense power of nature. A variety of geologic colours and erosional formations adorn this canyon, which is a mind-boggling 277 miles long and, in parts, up to 18 miles wide.

When to go: March to May and May to September, when daytime temperatures begin to cool and the crowds thin.
What to do: Soar high above this awe-inspiring landmark on a helicopter ride.

Discover this magnificent natural wonder on our California & Canyons Journey.

Ayers Rock, Uluru

2. Uluru, Australia

The colossal monolith of Uluru – otherwise known as Ayers Rock – is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols. Towering high above the ancient arid landscape in Australia’s ‘red heart’, this majestic rock plays a key role in Australian indigenous culture and spirituality.

When to go: Australia’s Red Centre experiences great weather year-round – travel between August and September when the days are warm and the evenings are mild.
What to do: For an unforgettable experience, dine under the outback sky at the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Watch as the sun dips beneath the horizon and the rock creates the illusion of changing colour before savouring Aussie favourites under a starry night canopy.

Experience the best of Australia’s Red Centre and much more with our Sydney, Rock & Reef Journey.

Angkor Wat

3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The archaeological masterpiece of the lost city of Angkor is an iconic man-made wonder of epic proportions. Over 100 intricately carved temples and shrines represent the pinnacle of the Khmer Empire – each of the incredible ruins are centred around the spectacular Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.

When to go: November to March is the dry season in Cambodia – you’ll experience pleasant temperatures with virtually no rainfall. 
What to do: The sunrise over Angkor Wat is a must – the temples are best viewed in the warm hues of the morning light. Combine this with a unique hot air balloon experience where you’ll view the temple complex from an entirely different perspective, away from the crowds.

Fill your days with adventure on our Cambodian Explorer Journey.

Milford Sound

4. Milford Sound

Carving an impressionable scene on the Fiordland landscape, photogenic Milford Sound juts vertically from the dark blue water below. Here, the vast mountains scrape the sky while beautiful waterfalls cascade down the rugged terrain – some from as high as 1,000 metres. It’s true to say that Milford Sound will take your breath away in any weather.

When to go: Milford Sound is one of the wettest regions of New Zealand, however receiving this rainfall plays a huge part in shaping Milford Sound’s natural beauty. Visit between December and March for the warmest weather but no matter when you travel, pack a raincoat!
What to do: Take a scenic helicopter flight over alpine lakes and past rugged mountain peaks before cruising the deep waters and admiring the wonders of Mitre Peak.

Travel through the stunning Southern Alps and more on our Best of South Island Journey.

Taj Mahal

5. Taj Mahal

A truly magnificent mausoleum, the Taj Mahal is the ultimate symbol of enduring love. Perfectly carved from pure white marble and adorned with exquisite ornamentation and precious gems, this imposing monument is one of the most universally admired works of art.

When to go: Travel in winter – from October to December and February to March for moderate temperatures and clear skies. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise when the sun coats the façade in a light pink hue – plus it will be less crowded than later in the day. 
What to do: It goes without saying that a tour of the Taj is a must, but why not try watching an evening performance of Mohabbat the Taj, a passionate play that uses music to tell the story of the Taj Mahal.

Combine the wonders of Rajasthan, the chaos of Delhi and the sublime beauty of the Taj Mahal on our Glimpses of Taj & Tiger Journey.

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