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Cultural heritage conservation is key to travel - and that’s where the UNESCO system comes in.

Visiting the tapestry of UNESCO-listed sites around the world is an excellent way to get a glimpse of what a country has to offer. These specially appointed sites help tell the rich cultural and historic tales of an area, offering travellers the opportunity to go deeper on their holidays. 

Across the world, there are currently 1,154 UNESCO-listed sites. You can explore the interactive map here. In order to be considered for the World Heritage List, sites must be of “outstanding universal value” and also align with UNESCO values such as representing a masterpiece of “human creative genius”, being a testimony to cultural traditions or societies (existing or extinct), or containing “superlative natural phenomena” or aesthetic significance. In short, becoming a UNESCO-listed site is no small feat.

There’s no universal UNESCO-listed site, no typical landmark that makes the list. Head to Europe, and you can find anything from Salzburg in Austria to Dubrovnik’s Old Town in Croatia to Alhambra Palace in Spain. Plus there’s the listed Amalfi Coast and Venice’s canals in Italy, which is home to the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the entire world. And if you’re interested in venturing further afield to Asia, you will be rewarded with legendary UNESCO-listed sites such as the Taj Mahal in India and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Of course, not all UNESCO sites are the big hitters, around the world there are a range of lesser-known gems and underrated attractions, including the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka and the Historic Quarter of Valparaíso in Chile.

Scenic North Wales and Chester
  • United Kingdom, British Isles, Wales
  • 3 excursions included
  • 6 meals included
  • Make your own way to Chester, and spend five days exploring north Wales from your four-star hotel
  • Enjoy a fascinating full-day excursion to Anglesey and mainland Wales, taking in two UNESCO-listed castles and Plas Newydd, home of the Marquess of Anglesey
  • Relaxing two-hour canal cruise on the UNESCO-listed Llangollen Canal across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the largest in the UK
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    • Tour Only
  • 5 days from: £486pp
  • Was: £540pp
  • 15 dates available
  • Jun 2022 - Oct 2023
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Donegal & the Giant's Causeway
  • 4.36 (716 reviews)
  • United Kingdom, Ireland, Northern Ireland, British Isles
  • 4 excursions included
  • 10 meals included
  • Journey to the Giant's Causeway and Visitor Centre
  • Visit the beautiful Glenveagh National Park with a guided tour of Glenveagh Castle
  • Set off on a scenic drive along the Wild Atlantic Way
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    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £672pp
  • Was: £895pp
  • 10 airports
  • 29 dates available
  • Jun 2022 - Oct 2023
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Capri, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast
  • 4.01 (930 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Spend a week in the blissful surroundings of the Neapolitan Riviera
  • Embrace time to meander around delightful Sorento
  • Visit the extraordinary ruins of Roman Pompeii
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £916pp
  • Was: £1221pp
  • 5 airports
  • 13 dates available
  • Jun 2022 - Oct 2022
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  • 14 excursions included
  • 31 meals included
  • A stay in Ranthambhore National Park, with two safaris
  • Witness the Palki ceremony at Amritsar’s Golden Temple
  • Sunset and sunrise visits to the immortal Taj Mahal
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    • Flights Included
  • 14 days from: £1845pp
  • Was: £2049pp
  • 5 airports
  • 11 dates available
  • Sep 2022 - Nov 2023
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Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam
  • 4.32 (237 reviews)
  • Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
  • 8 excursions included
  • 26 meals included
  • Bangkok's Buddhas, palaces and monuments
  • A visit to the floating markets at Damnoen Saduak and Cai Rang
  • A visit to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon)
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    • Flights Included
  • 15 days from: £1848pp
  • Was: £2309pp
  • 2 airports
  • 23 dates available
  • Sep 2022 - Nov 2023
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  • 7 excursions included
  • Experience the vibrant colours of the New England fall from the famed Kancamagus Highway
  • Take in the extraordinary Franconia Notch
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in friendly North Conway
    • Flights Included
  • 11 days from: £2090pp
  • Was: £2199pp
  • 6 airports
  • 2 dates available
  • Sep 2022 - Oct 2022
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  • Tour of colourful Antananarivo or ‘Tana’
  • Enjoy a rickshaw tour of the ‘City of Water’ Antsirabe
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed rice paddies of the high plateau
    • Flights Included
  • 15 days from: £3395pp
  • 1 airport
  • 10 dates available
  • Nov 2022 - Nov 2023
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Things to see on a UNESCO-listed Holiday

Explore a dazzling range of UNESCO-listed sites and add them to your travel wish-list.

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