Nine world wonders to dream about

Sunday, September 3, 2006

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Most of us can't afford the $70,000 price tag on a 23-day trip being offered by the tour operator Abercrombie & Kent. The trip takes you around the globe on a private jet with 48 other travelers to visit nine world wonders.

But the itinerary is worth sharing, as it may inspire you to plan -- or dream about -- your own trip of a lifetime to see one or more of these marvels.

The "Nine World Wonders" itinerary is as follows:

* The pyramids of Tikal, in Guatemala, which are the remains of an ancient Mayan civilization.

* The giant stone monuments on Easter Island.

* Australia's Sydney Opera House.

* The temples and ruins at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

* Shwedagon Pagoda in Burma, which is plated with solid gold, inlaid with jewels, and surrounded by woodcraft and mosaics.

* The Taj Mahal in India.

* Dubai, where mosques and traditional markets stand side by side with modern skyscrapers, hotels and malls.

* The ancient stone buildings and ruins in the "Lost City" of Petra, Jordan.

* The pyramids of Egypt.

And for those who may be able to afford the trip, visit or call 800-554-7094.

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