A fusion of travel, history, food, and adventure is enough to add a scrumptious flavor to an otherwise insipid life. As Saint Augustine said – “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Unlike those who travel to relax, history buffs are curious souls who travel to learn. It is fascinating, to say the least, to visit places with historical prominence that take you back to the thresholds of the ancient world from where our present is shaped. If you are unceasingly on a quest for foremost landmarks, scholarly and genteel culture, and everything that has some historical edge then take some time out of the routine and travel to these incredibly enthusiastic places and soak yourself in the old-days charm.
From museums to castles, from historic districts to wonders of the ancient world, here is a list of the world’s 5 best travel destinations for history lovers. Let’s travel back to ancient times.
5 Travel Destinations For History Lovers That Can’t Be Missed
Best time to visit: April to June and September to November
What not to miss: Colosseum in Rome, Museums in Florence and Venice
Tip while traveling: Book tickets to famous destinations in advance to avoid long queues.
Italy, a country that is home to awe-inspiring museums, mesmerizing landscapes, and delectable cuisines is sure not to be missed out while creating the list of the world’s best travel destinations for history lovers. It is one of the most fascinating destinations that travelers visit and therefore it made the first spot on our list. Being home to myriad peoples and cultures, The Italian Republic has been playing a vast role in advancing major areas of medicines, politics, science, and philosophy for centuries.
Start by exploring the King of old-world-charm, Rome- the cradle of western civilization. You can have the best time of your life tracing the history and proofs of the ancient Roman Empire. No matter whether you are at Colosseum, the Vatican City, the Forum, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Palatine Hill, or the Pantheon, you will be experiencing the insightful culture from more than 2000 years ago. Enhance your knowledge about the Medici family by visiting Uffizi Gallery, the world-class museum. At Venice, you will be learning about Gothic palaces and Renaissance buildings that beautifully define the late medieval world.
It does not matter which place you choose to go to Italy, it will surely gift memories to be cherished for a lifetime.
Best time to visit: October to April
What not to miss: Valley of Kings
Tip while traveling: Don’t carry drones or any big photography equipments other than camera
No historical tour can be complete without revisiting the 7000 years old civilization and architecture of Egypt, a land of historical importance. To delve into the ancient world, start with Cairo, the city of the dead to witness incredible architecture and astounding geometry in the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, one of the ancient seven wonders of the world, Pyramids of Menkaure, and the Great Pyramids of Khufu.
To appease the curiosity of history aficionados, Egypt offers more ancient marvels like Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of Queens (the burial ground for ancient Queens) and Valley of Kings (where Pharaohs like Tutankhamun were buried along with their jewelry). And for that very reason, both valleys are known to be the gateway of the afterlife.
Another must-visit destination while in Egypt is Aswan, situated on the banks of the Nile River and which is a popular spot for the imports of Gold, Silver, and Granite into Egypt. You will be smitten by the astonishing view that High Dam offers to its visitors in Aswan.
Egypt has so much to offer to its visitors that we doubt if one visit to the land of ancient mystics is enough.
Best time to visit: May to September
What not to miss: Machu Picchu
Tip while traveling: Book train and destination tickets in advance
Another among the many travel destinations in South America that is every history lover’s delight, Peru is the land where the modern settlements have found a peaceful shelter amid the cracks of ancient architecture and culture. The lost Incan civilization in Peru has left a lot of fascinating archaeological sites for the people who are intrigued by the mysteries of the past. Machu Picchu, which is remarked as one of the New Seven Wonders of World and described as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 is the star attraction of the country, an experience that can only be savored while in Peru.
No matter whether you are visiting Sacred Valley, Lima, Arequipa, or Lake Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world), you will find some of the most ancient ruins built by the Incas in the 15th century everywhere in Peru.
For this reason alone, Peru becomes an essential destination for a lot of history enthusiasts. Not only the history lovers but casual travellers also enjoy wandering the cliffside fortress of Ollantaytambo, Urubamba Valley, agricultural terraces of Moray, Huacachina, Chan Chan, and the salt pans of Maras.
Best time to visit: April to October
What not to miss: Sunset in Santorini
Tip while traveling: Pack some sunscreen
Visiting a country that is said to be the mother of democracy and ancient Hellenic empires is an experience as interpersonal as breathing. For anyone aware and beguiled by ancient Greek mythology, we don’t have to tell twice why Greece offers a historical experience like no other. Places that you should add to the checklist of the Greece tour must include the legendary Athenian Acropolis in Athens that contains most of the country’s ancient secrets. Start exploring the complex by visiting the Parthenon temple and then take your journey towards the Theatre of Dionysus, the Palace of Knossos, Hadrian’s Library, the Cemetery of Kerameikos, Athena Nike Temple, and the Odeion of Pericles.
Once you experience the best of the capital city Athens, plan a trip for visiting the sites of Corinth. Here, you will find an archaeological museum that contains a plethora of historical ruins. Head towards Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can learn a lot about mystical cults here. Olympia, where the Olympic Games were held for the first time, is a destination you can’t miss while in Greece. Well, every corner of Greece shows some mysterious historical sites and that is why travelers often fall in love with this country.
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November
What not to miss: Petra and Dead Sea
Tip while traveling: Carry water and food while walking through Petra
Back in the Middle East are the impeccably preserved historical sites and the ancient kingdom of Jordan that offer an opportunity for travelers to explore the earth’s oldest ruins. Crusader castles and Roman amphitheaters situated in the desert landscapes captivates visitors from across the globe. You will find half of the country’s population in the capital city of Amman. Everything about this country makes it one of the best travel destinations for history lovers.
Located at the hilltop is the Amman Citadel tower which is considered as one the most unique and dazzling spots in Jordan that provides the city’s mesmerizing view from the top.
The city of Petra, carved with massive red mountains is one of the great Wonders of the World that will leave you spellbound. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a fusion of ancient Eastern traditions and Hellenistic architecture and also one of the most famous archaeological sites in the World. Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Aqaba, Ajloun, Madaba, Um er-Rasas, Jerash, and the King Highway are some of the most noted places in Jordan which you should not miss.