From massive waterfalls and intimidating mountains to winding canyons, crystal-blue glaciers, and much more, Earth is home to some of nature’s most magnificent scenery. If you’re yearning to experience Mother Nature at her best, consider one of our small group tours to check some items off your travel wish list this year. Read on to learn about six natural wonders that you can see while traveling with Odysseys Unlimited.
Surrounded by a fairytale landscape of limestone cliffs, secret grottos, and hidden caves, Vietnam’s legendary Hạ Long Bay is sprinkled with some 2,000 islands and islets. Underneath its beauty lies deep cultural history; the bay is home to ancient cultures that date back 25,000 years. We enjoy a boat ride on these placid waters on our Journey through Vietnam and Southeast Asia Odyssey small group tours.
Seven hundred miles of granite mountains, sky blue glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing rivers, thunderous waterfalls, pristine wilderness, and distinctive flora and fauna make up the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Torres Del Paine. This national park, located at the southernmost tip of Chile, ranks as one of the most stunning swaths of nature in the world – and it’s obvious why. Torres del Paine National Park is a highlight of our Patagonia Explorer and Patagonian Frontier tours, where we spend three nights exploring this unspoiled frontier.
Here in the U.S., the Grand Canyon offers both unbelievable views and an unrivaled record of nature’s evolution. The canyon is one of Earth’s great marvels, revealing some 1.7 billion years of fossils, volcanic activity, and geologic history within its layers of red rock. But don’t take our word for it – you can experience the canyon’s unfathomable scale for yourself on our National Parks of the Southwest tour.
It rains an average of 182 days out of the year at Milford Sound, a New Zealand fjord full of sheer rock faces and waterfalls descending into inky black water. Luckily, wet weather only enhances this location’s natural beauty: as rainwater drains into the sea, hundreds of temporary cascades form, lacing the forested cliffsides with white to create a truly unique and magical sight. You can experience the tranquil landscape of Milford Sound on our Exploring Australia & New Zealand tour.
Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, is a perfect microcosm of Africa: within its 100 square miles, you can find grassland, swamps, forests, mountains, lakes, and unparalleled wildlife – including Africa’s elusive “Big Five” (elephant, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, lion, and leopard), cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, baboons, gazelles, hippos, warthogs, and much more. We go on safari in Ngorongoro Crater on our Classic Safari and Tanzania Adventure tours.
Some 40,000 interlocking basalt columns rise mysteriously from the coast of Northern Ireland. Science says these hexagonal phenomena were created by ancient volcanic activity, but according to Gaelic mythology, they are the remains of a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland. The bridge is said to have been built by the Irish giant Finn MacCool so he could battle the Scottish giant Benandonner. You can follow the giants’ footsteps on the Northern Ireland post-tour extension of our Enchanting Ireland tour.
Natural wonders abound – you can explore our entire tour collection to find even more nature-made spectacles to enjoy. And whenever you’re ready to adventure to one of these legendary locations, contact us and we will be happy to help make your travel dreams come true.