Cruising for Friends of World Heritage

Friends of World Heritage is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of protecting World Heritage, promoting sustainable development, and offering ways to explore these sites through sustainable travel. The mission of Friends of World Heritage is to foster a constituency of World Heritage supporters and travelers to ensure the protection of World Heritage sites for today’s travelers and future generations. Expedia, Inc., UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, and the UN Foundation are working together to support this mission.

Melody and Nico are (going) on an overland cruise from the Netherlands to Singapore. This website relates their ultimate travel experience


as they visit over a hundred World Heritage sites. They hope to encourage sustainable development and responsible tourism by creating awareness and by raising funds for the Friends of World Heritage initiative.

Melody and Nico are self-supporting, and all raised funds will go directly to the preservation and protection of World Heritage sites: for you and other future travelers, because World Heritage belongs to all of us.

World Heritage Centre

For more than 30 years, UNESCO and its partners have worked through the World Heritage Centre to identify, assess and protect places of outstanding universal value. To date, 186 countries have adhered to the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, making it one of the most universal international legal instruments for the protection of cultural and natural heritage. Whilst fully respecting the national sovereignty, the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention recognize that the protection of our World Heritage is the duty of the international community as a whole. There are currently 890 properties including 689 cultural, 176 natural and 25 mixed properties in 148 countries.

United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support United Nations’ causes. The UN Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the United Nations. Through new and innovative public-private partnerships, advocacy and grantmaking, the UN Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.


Expedia, Inc. is one of the world's leading travel services companies. With its portfolio of leading travel brands, Expedia, Inc. empowers business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to easily research, plan, book and experience travel. The company also provides wholesale travel to offline retail travel agents. Expedia, Inc.'s main businesses and brands include:®,™, Hotwire®, Expedia® Corporate Travel, Trip Advisor™ and Classic Vacations™. Expedia, Inc.’s companies also operate internationally with sites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and China, through its investment in eLong™.

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