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With the help of technology and virtual tours, you can visit some of the world’s most renowned and iconic locations from the comfort of your home.
While not quite the same as visiting things in person, these virtual offerings can provide a welcome break from the boredom of lockdown!
Make Disney magic
If you have children (or if you’re a child at heart) a visit to Disneyland or Disney World might be high on your to do list. But if your summer plans of meeting Mickey Mouse have been thwarted, it’s now possible to enjoy virtual Disney rides.
Bring the thrill of the Disney parks into your own home and feel like you’re on the rides – all without having to queue.
From experiencing famous attractions like ‘It’s a small world’ to watching the spectacular ‘happily ever after’ fireworks show, there’s plenty to entertain the family for a weekend.
Explore Egypt from home
If visiting Egypt is on your bucket list, why not get a feel for it with some exceptional virtual tours?
Thanks to Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities you can now explore five new interactive 360 virtual tours, from the Ben Ezra Synagogue to the Red Monastery.
You can also experience historical reconstructions in the Tomb of Queen Meresankh III or visit the Menna Tomb in Theban Necropolis.
Tour Japan’s cities and history
If you planned to visit Japan in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games, you can whet your appetite for next year with a virtual tour.
Whether you want to visit the Japanese Macaques in hot springs at Jigokudani Monkey Park or see the city scape view of Tokyo Tower, you can virtually tour the country without leaving your sofa.
If you happen to own a VR headset, this experience becomes even more realistic – making you feel like you’re really in the middle of the famous Shibuya crossing.
Take a cultured tour of Paris
Any art lovers will be excited to learn that the Louvre has created a selection of virtual tours based on its permanent collections, including Rembrandt, Da Vinci, and Delacroix.
You could then extend your virtual tour of Paris with a visit to the Musée d’Orsay.
See the beauty of Italy
If your summer trip to Italy this year was cancelled, why not make the most of technology and experience a virtual tour of the Vatican in Rome?
With some of the world’s most spectacular architecture and art well within your reach, spend a day brushing up on your knowledge of the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms.
The tour is also compatible with VR, helping you immerse yourself completely in the experience.
Journey under the sea at the Georgia aquarium
The beach might be off limits for now but you can get your fill of marine life by visiting the Georgia aquarium virtually.
From Baluga whales to piranhas, there’s so much marine life to see. Watching the tropical fish swim is relaxing and a great source of educational entertainment for little ones (or big ones).
Be in awe of Machu Picchu
If you’ve always wanted to see the iconic Machu Picchu in Peru, now is the perfect time explore the site virtually.
The tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site is an immersive and educational experience everyone can enjoy.
With 360 degree views of the grey granite Incan citadel and lush green Andes Mountains (plus a well-informed narrator) you’ll feel like you’re really there.
The challenging situation we’re experiencing at the moment won’t last forever, but while it continues these virtual tours can provide hours of entertainment, education and wonderful escapism.
There are plenty of others out there too, so start exploring!
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