How to go on holiday… from your sofa! You can visit Disney World and the Vatican virtually for free

Many will be left frustrated after their holidays around the globe have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. 

This could leave them with a case of post-holiday blues, without ever being able to take the trip in the first place and locked down in their homes to boot. 

However, those looking for adventure shouldn't despair. It is still possible to take a detailed tour around some of the world's most recognisable sights - which could be a great way to educate children and adults alike - from the comfort of their own sofa.

The millions who were planning to head abroad this year to visit well known attractions, explore new places as well as educate themselves at art and history museums, can do so at home whether this is a trip cancelled or one that could potentially be canned. 

Trip: Disappointed tourists can take a virtual tour through Disney World in Orlando, Florida

While it might not have the same romance - the smells, sounds and tastes for example - those who had been saving up for years to visit the Vatican and the Louvre can now take a trip to the famous sights this summer thanks to the increase of virtual tours available to the public online.

The trips are now becoming increasingly popular with museums, theme parks and even safaris inviting households to come and join in the fun from their living room.

This is Money has compiled a list of the best virtual tours you can take, from the Guggenheim in New York to Disney World in Orlando.

Museums

Guggenheim, New York: Those who have also wanted to visit New York City's famous art gallery now can via Google Street View tour.

Visitors can virtually walk through the corridors and view some works up close, such as the Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker by Ivan Navarro's and paintings by Catherine Opie. Click here[1] to visit. 

The Louvre, Paris: Although the Louvre itself is shut, customers can still visit the world famous Parisian museum. 

Some of the virtual tours visitors can take includes of the Egyptian Antiques, the Galerie d'Apollon and the Remains of the Louvre's Moat.

Click here[2] to visit. 

How to go on holiday... from your sofa! You can visit Disney World and the Vatican virtually for free

The Louvre offers tours of exhibits including Egyptian Antiquities and artwork from Rembrandt

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, US: The Washington DC museum is currently closed due to the coronavirus but visitors can take a virtual tour of the huge history centre online.

Current exhibits people can browse include African Voices, the Bone Hall and David H. Koch's Hall of Human Origins. Click here to visit.   [3]

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam: Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, visitors can take a virtual tour of some of Gogh's most famous works including Sunflowers and his instantly recognisable self portrait amongst others.

Click here[4] to visit. 

How to go on holiday... from your sofa! You can visit Disney World and the Vatican virtually for free

Disney is letting virtual tourists take a walk around their parks, including Disneyland Resort

Theme parks

Disney parks: A great option for families with children of all ages, Disney is letting virtual tourists take a walk around their parks, including Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. 

Take a virtual walk around the world famous parks and meet all your favourite Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Pluto. Click here[5] to visit. 

If you are more of a thrill seeker and prefer to go to Disney parks for the fun rollercoasters, you can take a virtual ride on one of their many attractions by visiting here[6].  

How to go on holiday... from your sofa! You can visit Disney World and the Vatican virtually for free

Trip: People can now take a tour around Central Park in New York with a guided voiceover 

Popular tourist sites

The Vatican, Rome: One of the most well known tourist sites in the world, The Vatican, will be letting tourists take a virtual tour around the Pope's home. 

There are seven tours where viewers can explore 360 degree views including the world famous Sistine Chapel, the Chiaramonti Museum and Raphael's Rooms, amongst others. Click here[7] to visit.

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam: The Anne Frank House is one of the most important historical sites to visit in the Netherlands. 

You can now discover where Anne spent her time hiding from the Nazis in World War Two in a virtual 360 degree tour.

Click here[8] to visit. 

One Day in...: There are a series of virtual tours tourists can take to various cities and countries around the world including Jerusalem, Sydney and Bangkok. 

Click on the video[9] of the area you want to explore and listen to the commentary attached which gives you a history of each area and a 360 degree view of the entire location. 

How to go on holiday... from your sofa! You can visit Disney World and the Vatican virtually for free

Vatican tour: Virtual tourists can take a look around the world famous Sistine Chapel online

Icehotel, Swedish Lapland: If you've always wanted to see the Northern Lights, now is your chance. 

Photography company, Lights over Lapland, has put together a series of videos giving viewers an all encompassing experience of Swedish Lapland. 

Viewers can visit the local Arctic wilderness, meet local huskies and reindeer as well as go dogsledding. Click here[10] to experience.  

Central Park, New York: One of America's most iconic landmarks, Central Park, is now available to explore online. 

Not only can people take a look around the area, they can find out the history of the area with a voiceover guide. Click here[11] to explore. 

How to go on holiday... from your sofa! You can visit Disney World and the Vatican virtually for free

Virtual tours of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California are now available to online tourists

Zoos and safaris

Africam: For those who have always wanted to go on safari, this will be the one for you.

Tune it to watch animals in the wild live going about their daily business. 

You can choose from watching elephants in South Africa, pandas in China and eagles in Iowa. Click here[12] to visit.  

Melbourne Zoo: The Australian zoo has a number of live cams set up so people can watch their favourite animals online. 

This includes watching what snow leopards are up to during the day and seeing the penguins and giraffes being fed. Click here[13] to explore. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Monterey Bay is one of America's busiest aquariums, usually receiving around two million visitors a year.

Now instead of travelling all the way to California to see the sights, tourists can take a look at the fish online. 

Not only does Monterey Bay have a Jelly Cam, an Aviary Cam and a Penguin Cam but it also has a Sea Otter and Shark Cam. Click here[14] to visit.  

Virtual tours in the UK  

You don't have to just take a virtual tour abroad, there are plenty of places you can explore in the UK. 

Buckingham Palace: One of Britain's most famous landmarks, Buckingham Palace, has an online virtual tour you can take exploring the Queen's home. 

You can have a look around the Grand Staircase and take tours of the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room. Click here[15] for more. 

How to go on holiday... from your sofa! You can visit Disney World and the Vatican virtually for free

Tour: People can now explore the Queen's home, Buckingham Palace, virtually online

National Gallery: London's National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is now available for visitors online. 

Thanks to Google Street View, tourists can look around the many corridors filled with famous works by famous artists including Titian, Veronese and Holbein.

Click here[16] to explore. 

Houses of Parliament: Those who are more politically minded can take a tour through the old halls of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. 

A number of rooms are available to view including the Royal Gallery, Westminster Hall and the House of Lords chamber.

Click here[17] to view. 

Stonehenge: Another of Britain's most notorious sights, Stonehenge is now available to explore virtually. 

Known as one of the wonders of the world, it is still not known how exactly Stonehenge came to be, with the monument drawing thousands of visitors from around the world each year.

Click here[18] to take a 360 degree tour. 

 

References

  1. ^ here (artsandculture.google.com)
  2. ^ here (www.louvre.fr)
  3. ^ here (naturalhistory.si.edu)
  4. ^ here (artsandculture.google.com)
  5. ^ here (disneyparks.disney.go.com)
  6. ^ here (www.youtube.com)
  7. ^ here (www.museivaticani.va)
  8. ^ here (www.annefrank.org)
  9. ^ Click on the video (samsungvr.com)
  10. ^ here (www.youtube.com)
  11. ^ here (www.youvisit.com)
  12. ^ here (explore.org)
  13. ^ here (www.zoo.org.au)
  14. ^ here (www.montereybayaquarium.org)
  15. ^ here (www.royal.uk)
  16. ^ here (www.nationalgallery.org.uk)
  17. ^ here (www.parliament.uk)
  18. ^ here (www.youtube.com)

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