In Gallivanting the Globe

10 EUROPEAN UNESCO SITES TO SEE IN 2017

There’s something about travel that unites us. Regardless of where we live, how old or young we are, or even on what side of the political fence we sit, the world’s great treasures—be they cultural, natural, archaeological or architectural—inspire the same sense of reverence, curiosity and sentiment in each of us.

It was a shared belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that peace and cultural acceptance could be realized through internationally cooperative programs that led to the creation of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization—in 1945. Without a doubt, this organization’s World Heritage Centre is surely its most recognizable effort, identifying places or landscapes deemed by UNESCO to have significant cultural or natural importance to humanity.

With more than 1,000 recognized sites across the globe, it’s easy to see how ardent travelers might start all sorts of must-see World Heritage lists. So in the spirit of shared discovery, we’ve culled several travel lists to shine the spotlight on some of the many World Heritage sites (in no particular order!) you can visit aboard a Crystal ocean or river cruise. Like yours, our list of must-see destinations around the world is vast and best approached geographically. Here is just a sampling of what awaits you with Crystal in Europe (always a great place to start any kind of travel list, really).

Bordeaux, France – always a favorite of the European UNESCO Sites, the region itself bares the UNESCO distinction, for its incomparable wines and vineyards that date back centuries. Among them, Médoc, St-Emillion, Pomerol, Graves and Sauternes.

Crystal Symphony, voyages 7218 and 7221

The Old City of Dubrovnik – a medieval fortress bound by its famous walls and impressive Venetian-style structures that convey the strength and wealth of its nearly thousand-year history.

Crystal Esprit, from April through October, 2017

A misty midnight sun in the summertime fjords of Norway.
A misty midnight sun in the summertime fjords of Norway.

Norwegian Fjords, Norway – the Geirangerfjord and Naeroyfjord are considered “archetypical fjord landscapes, among the most scenically outstanding anywhere.”

Crystal Symphony, voyage 7215

Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay, France – this Gothic-style Benedictine abbey sits atop a rocky granite precipice in midst of sandbanks at the mercy of powerful tides.

Crystal Symphony, voyage 7218, from St-Malo

Works of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona, Spain – Parque Güell, Palacio Güell, Casa Mila, Casa Vicens, the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Crypt in Colonia Güell.

Crystal Symphony, voyage 7222

Giant’s Causeway, Ireland – 40,000 stone columns created millions of years ago by the cooling of molten lava tell the legend of an Irish Giant who constructed the causeway to reach his love across the sea in Scotland.

Crystal Symphony, voyage 7211, from Belfast

Cesky Krumlov and its 13th century buildings sit along the Vltava River
Cesky Krumlov and its 13th century buildings sit along the Vltava River

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic – dominated by its 13th-century castle on the banks of the Vltava River, this medieval Old Town is famed for its 300 protected buildings.

Crystal Mozart, throughout all of 2017

Venice and Its Lagoon – founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, this maritime power is, in and of itself, an extraordinary architectural masterpiece.

Crystal Esprit, April through October, 2017

Cologne Cathedral, Germany – taking more than 600 years to build, successive builders were inspired by the same faith and absolute fidelity to the original plans.

Crystal Mozart, throughout all of 2017

An evening in Durnstein in the Wachau Valley along the Danube River
An evening in Durnstein in the Wachau Valley along the Danube River

Wachau Cultural Landscape, Danube Valley, Austria – a picturesque valley of terraced vineyards, regarded for its enchanting scenery and high-quality wines.

Crystal Mozart, throughout all of 2017

This is, of course, nowhere near an exhaustive list – where is the Acropolis? Stonehenge? Versailles, Le Tour d’Eiffel, and the treasures of Rome?! Those, and many others, are all included on Crystal European voyages during Crystal Adventures or through our exclusive private car and driver services in 2017.

So, make your travel list. Then, make your packing list and come aboard.

 

 

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