If, like me, you feel that your backpacking days are over but there are still loads of places in the world that you want to explore, taking a tour holiday with the likes of Titan Travel can be a fantastic option.
Having your travel, accommodation and schedule taken care of reduces the stress of a long haul holiday and cushions the culture shock, leaving you to simply enjoy.
It’s incredible where you can travel to on these kinds of arranged trips – here are the top 4 ancient tours we would love to take:
Mexico and the Mayans
On a tour of Mexico you can see all of the most significant Mayan sites in two weeks – this vibrant Latin American country has loads to offer beyond the ruins themselves, its landscape being one of its most awe-inspiring assets.
Dense jungle and dramatic mountains lie inland from the paradise Caribbean coast, where you can enjoy turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.
The most breathtaking ruins have to be Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza. Gaze up at the immense pyramids and marvel at the precision of their geometry whilst your guide tells you stories of myth, tragedy and ambition.
Peru and the Incas
Machu Picchu is a magical city of gods and warriors, high up in the clouds – astounding and majestic, you can’t fail to be astounded by the views from the Sun Gate, despite the amount of pictures you might have seen.
On a tour of this region of Peru, you can also expect to see an array of other equally significant Incan sites throughout the Sacred Valley, and explore the atmospheric streets of Cusco, the ancient Incan capital.
Visit markets bursting with Peruvian colour and local craftwork and discover the history and culture of the Incas in the wonderful museums.
Jordan and Ancient Petra
The ancient city of Petra is carved out of rock and is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. A visit there is a trip of a lifetime, soaking up the culture and beauty of Jordan before heading to its treasured city.
Much more than the stunning facade of the Treasury Building for which the city is most famous, Petra consists of hundreds of tombs, a huge amphitheatre, and countless monuments, so you need at least a full day to explore.
Classical cities, medieval castles and the Dead Sea ensure that there is plenty to see outside of Petra on a tour of Jordan.
Egypt and the Pyramids
The only remaining of the original Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are an astounding feat of engineering and architecture with a mythical quality.
The best way to see Egypt’s ancient sites is on a Nile River Cruise, beginning in the south at Aswan and journeying to the temple of Abu Simbel. Further north are the Valley of the Kings and Queens, with Cairo and the Great Pyramids at the end of the cruise.
Viewing statues, temples and colossi from the deck of the ship offers diverse perspectives of these ancient wonders, and there is plenty of opportunity to disembark for shopping and exploring in the colourful markets and historic cities of Luxor and Cairo.
Which ancient site would you most like to explore?