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UNESCO launches new travel platform ‘World Heritage Journeys’ 


Coinciding with the European Heritage Days celebrations, UNESCO will launch the first-ever web platform dedicated to World Heritage and sustainable travel. Supported by the European Union, the platform features 34 selected World Heritage sites spread across 19 European Union countries, and it has been developed in collaboration with National Geographic.

The launch will take place when UNESCO Paris Headquarters opens its doors to the public for the European Heritage Days event on 15 September. World Heritage Journeys is co-funded by the European Union and promotes sustainable travel to some of the most remarkable World Heritage sites in Europe. It encourages people to travel beyond the major tourist hubs, staying longer and experiencing more of what the local region has to offer.  This initiative is part of a new alliance formed between UNESCO and National Geographic.

Through these journeys, you will discover the EU in a new light, and learn how these incredible World Heritage sites intertwine to tell fascinating stories of Europe’s heritage and history. There are over 350 World Heritage sites in the European Union, and we’ve handpicked 34 for you to explore in-depth. By working with the managers of these sites, the local communities, businesses and stakeholders, we are giving you special access to some of the hidden gems and local secrets of these amazing destinations.

World Heritage Journeys invites travelers to travel along four cultural heritage itineraries—Royal Europe, Ancient Europe, Romantic Europe and Underground Europe—which intertwine to tell fascinating stories of Europe’s heritage and history. The website has practical information and tools to support travelers in planning their European holidays based on local knowledge about the destinations’ cultural heritage with a goal to change how people travel.

travel differently, travel deeper

Staying longer in destinations, experiencing the local culture, and gaining a deeper knowledge and appreciation of World Heritage values.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization