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The castells are human towers formed by huge groups of people and can reach up to ten levels in height and were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.
© David Oliete

Our Partners

UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme is pleased to be working with a number of partners in the implementation of this project.
National Geographic

National Geographic is one of the world's most recognised and respected global brands in cultural exploration and storytelling. Through the world’s best scientists, photographers, journalists, filmmakers, and mapmakers, National Geographic captivates and informs a global community through television channels, magazines, children’s media, travel expeditions, books, maps, consumer products, location-based entertainment and experiences, and some of the world's most engaging digital and social media platforms.

National Geographic Maps plays an important role in the project—conducting fieldwork and research, engaging stakeholders, producing content, and designing and building this web platform—in collaboration with MetaLab and Elebase. It has also engaged Solimar International to facilitate workshops and develop sustainable tourism marketing and management plans to support the World Heritage Journeys. >

World Heritage sites

The project has been developed and organised in collaboration with 34 UNESCO World Heritage sites across the European Union. This includes participating in workshops, liaising with local stakeholders, and submitting content for the website.

Participating World Heritage sites include:

  1. 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex, Italy
  2. Ancient City of Nessebar, Bulgaria
  3. Aranjuez Cultural Landscape, Spain
  4. Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia, Italy
  5. Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco, Spain
  6. Archaeological Site of Olympia, Greece
  7. Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars, France
  8. Cultural Landscape of Sintra, Portugal
  9. Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž, Czech Republic
  10. Historic Centre of Brugge, Belgium
  11. Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Italy
  12. Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and The technical Monuments in its Vicinity, Slovakia
  13. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, Czech Republic
  14. Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, Belgium
  15. Mines af Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System, Germany
  16. Mining Area of The Great Copper Mountain in Falun, Sweden
  17. Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay, France
  18. Nord-Pas De Calais Mining Basin, France
  19. Palace and Park Of Versailles, France
  20. Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin, Germany
  21. Paphos, Cyprus
  22. Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct), France
  23. Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier, Germany
  24. Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom
  25. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, Greece
  26. Stari Grad Plain, Croatia
  27. The Par Force Hunting Landscape in North Zealand, Denmark
  28. The Royal Domain of Drottningholm, Sweden
  29. Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape, Hungary
  30. Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Germany
  31. Vilnius Historic Centre, Lithuania
  32. Wachau Cultural Landscape, Austria
  33. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines, Poland
  34. Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, Germany

In addition to the sites listed, tourism administrations, heritage management authorities and organisations, tourism boards, hospitality industry stakeholders, local communities, sustainable tourism experts and corporate partners have also made valuable contributions to the development of the project.

List of all UNESCO World Heritage sites >


Seabourn is the only cruise line in the world that works in partnership with UNESCO. This partnership helps to support the UNESCO World Heritage Convention's mission to expand, promote and preserve these precious global resources for future generations of travellers. By working with UNESCO, Seabourn ensures that it is taking a positive approach to supporting the long-term sustainability of World Heritage.

Seabourn's ongoing support to the UNESCO has helped make the World Heritage Journeys project possible. Learn more about the UNESCO Seabourn partnership. >

European Travel Commission

The European Travel Commission (ETC) is the non-profit organisation responsible for the promotion of Visit Europe, working with tourism organisations across all countries in Europe to enhance the value of tourism for all. It encourages exchange of best practice initiatives, market intelligence and promotion.

ETC supports World Heritage Journeys by providing valuable insights into tourism market trends across Europe and engaging tourism boards and stakeholders. >

French World Heritage Sites Association

To date, there are 43 UNESCO World Heritage sites in France. Since 2007, the French World Heritage Sites Association (ABFPM) has brought together the managers of the listed sites wishing to improve the protection and development of their properties, to take part in discussions about French public policies, and to work with cultural and natural sites worldwide in order to promote this universal heritage.

ABFPM supports World Heritage Journeys by participating in a series of workshops to define this programme and platform and supporting the featured World Heritage sites in France.

French World Heritage Sites Association >

German World Heritage Sites Association

The UNESCO-Welterbestätten Deutschland e.V. is the union of the German UNESCO World Heritage sites and the corresponding touristic organisations. It is designed to promote the German World Heritage sites, and to coordinate monument preservation with tourism. In particular it aims to enhance top quality sustainable tourism which does not put too much strain on the ancient monuments. At a time of limited public funds, tourism is an excellent long term approach to raise financial support for World Heritage preservation.

The association supports World Heritage Journeys by participating in a series of workshops to define this programme and platform and supporting the featured World Heritage sites in Germany.

German World Heritage Sites Association >

Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) is a focal point for cross-disciplinary research, postgraduate teaching and policy engagement, which is committed to advancing understandings of cultural heritage and the multiple and dynamic relationships it shares with societies and communities, economies and spaces.

Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH)>

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