During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, travelers were able to quench their wanderlust by taking virtual tours of everything from the Grand Canyon to the gallery walls of the Louvre. Although travel has resumed, many industry insiders believe the popularity of virtual tourism will stick around post-pandemic. As Travel & Leisure discovered, one company has carved out a unique niche when it come to virtual tourism.
Ancient World specializes in professionally guided virtual tours of some of the world’s most visited ancient sites. Using state-of-the-art technology, you are able to see how the magnificent locations once looked. This may well be the closest we get to time travel.
The company uses archaeological and historical data to ensure that reconstructions are as accurate as possible. Site plans, elevation drawings, and artists’ renderings are used to create accurate 3-D models, all supervised by archeologists.
Ancient World currently offers 23 virtual tours, mostly to sites around the Mediterranean like ancient Athens, Jerusalem, and Pompeii (pre-eruption of Mt. Vesuvius). Other options include a tour of the Stonehenge site or a Jack the Ripper tour of London.
While all of these virtual tours can certainly be enjoyed from home, they are designed to be downloaded to your smart phone or tablet to one day enjoy while visiting the actual site. A virtual reality version of some of the tours are now available on your app store.