117 days, 23 countries and many magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. Read on for a taste of what you can experience on board MSC Magnifica’s World Cruise departing from Genoa in January 2020. Immersing yourself in a country’s culture and nature is undoubtedly one of the true pleasures of travelling, and there are few better ways to do this than by visiting some of the most breath-taking UNESCO sites in the world. These are some of the spectacular sites MSC Magnifica will take you to on the MSC World Cruise 2020
1. The historic centre of Lima, Peru
Lima, known as the 'City of the Kings' was, until the mid-18th century, the capital of Spain’s economic and political dominance of the South America region. This wondrous location offers a chance to experience Spanish colonial architecture at its grandest and most beautiful.
2. Rapa Nui National Park, Chile
Experience the unique cultural phenomenon that is Easter Island by visiting Rapa Nui’s National Park, home to shrines and enormous stone figures known as ‘moai’ from the 10th to the 16th century.
3. Te Wahipounamu, South West New Zealand
Call into Milford Sound, and take the short journey to Te Wahipounamu park, a landscape shaped by successive glaciations into fjords, rocky coasts, towering cliffs, lakes and waterfalls.
4. Tasmanian Wilderness, Australia
Be amazed by the Tasmanian wilderness when MSC Magnifica travels down from Australia - a region known for its intense glacial activity and now home to spectacular gorges as well as one of the last expanses of temperate rainforest in the world.
5. The Wet Tropics of Queensland, Australia
When MSC Magnifica calls into the east Australian city of Cairns, don’t miss the opportunity to see the wet tropics - an area stretching along the north-east coast of Australia, and bursting with tropical rainforests. This biotope offers an extensive and varied array of plants, marsupials, singing birds and rare animals.
6. Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the embodiment of Victorian gothic revival architecture in India. The building’s imposing stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are reminiscent of traditional Indian palatial architecture, and demonstrate the kaleidoscopic range of influences on this stunning building.
7, Wadi Rum Protected Area, Jordan
When MSC Magnifica reaches the Jordanian port of Aqaba, take the chance to escape into this awe-inspiring expansive space, containing cliffs, ramps and natural gorges – made famous by Lawrence of Arabia and, more recently, Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Look out for art and inscriptions across these beautiful rock formations, for a window into a different and ancient world.
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