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The ultimate virtual tours for couples

Before you mourn the loss of your much-anticipated travel plans with your significant other, look at our round-up of some amazing virtual tours to embark on. From exploring space to exquisitely designed architecture, there are numerous choices for a romantic escapade from home

An unlimited access to digital avenues has transformed the way we travel, and right now, this technology is a blessing in disguise. With all our travel and honeymoon plans on hold till the pandemic passes, take a virtual vacation with your partner. These 360-degree tours allow you to have the venue all to yourself—and for free! Here are some of the most romantic as well as thrilling virtual tours available online.

 

Space value

Kick off your staycation with an other-worldly experience with the Exoplanet Travel Bureau by NASA. Crafted with enviable artist rendering, you can choose an exoplanet of your choice and jet off without a spacesuit. If you, too, are itching to leave this planet for a while—here’s your virtual ticket. In fact, you can turn off the lights in your home, recline your seat and look at the moon offered by these exoplanet iterations. Google also offers a virtual tour of the surface of Mars, if that’s what your inner space adventurer is leaning towards.

Into the woods

Longing to take a walk outside amidst nature? Look toward the 360-degree tour of the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest. Titled ‘Under the Canopy’, the tour takes you through an immersive experience of the muddy waters, fauna and the indigenous lives exclusive to the tropical forest. Remember to turn on your speakers or wear your headphones to soak in the sounds of the rainforest. And nothing beats the experience if you have a virtual reality headset at home.

 

A Machu exciting affair

Stand under the striking azure skies and explore Machu Picchu in a 360-degree fashion. If climbing Machu Picchu has been on your bucket list, opt for this virtual tour that lets you inside the lost city of Inca. Walk amidst the stone walls and the sophisticated ruins. The tour allows you to look over the edge and zoom into every detail of the site. All you have to do is drag your mouse to look around you and reach the highest point of this Inca site.

Snow with the flow

If the summer heat is beginning to wear you out, head to the snow-capped Matterhorn in the Alps, Switzerland. During the virtual tour, you can zoom into the crevices of the mountain and embrace the chills from the comforts of your home. In fact, you can even soak in a bit of sun around the mountains. Look over the top and enjoy the rivers and green fields. Perhaps even make a cup of hot chocolate to set a cosy Swiss tone!

 

You are my museum

From dinosaur tails and enormous whales on the first floor to insects, gems and objects that once belonged to Native Americans on the second floor—explore everything at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. One of our favourite aspects of this virtual experience is the video clarity, which allows you to zoom in as much as you please without diminishing the quality of the picture. Follow the arrows and delve into the lives of ancient Egyptians or take a plunge into T-Rex’s mouth. And that’s not all! You can even take a coffee break in its Ocean Terrace Cafe. Remember to visit all the three floors for the best experience!

Matters of the art

If you and your significant other are art aficionados or simply love looking at artistic pieces, Vatican Museums host a variety of 360-degree virtual tours. Whether you want to get a close look at Michelangelo’s artwork on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or explore the breathtaking Raphael Rooms, you can do it all with ease. With hypnotic displays of art and various chapels and museums at your service, you will leave feeling renewed and energised.

 

Hot tropic

Don’t give up on your summer body yet. Even though you can’t go to the beach, the tropical Caribbean paradise can surely come home to you. Pick out your best summer wear and watch the tide come in as you blissfully nap with a view of the tropical sun. This 360-degree tour transports you to a beautiful secluded beach—and what are the odds of that happening in real life? It also takes you into the waters for a truly immersive experience.

 

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to travelling virtually. Climbing atop Machu Picchu or diving into the clear Caribbean waters, which is your romantic getaway of choice?

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