Guided Tour Only

WHS that can be visited by guided tour only. Only complete WHS with this restriction are included; the connection does not extend to parts of WHS (individual buildings etc).

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Al Zubarah The archaeological site is only visitable on the (free) guided bus tour, that is available from the visitor center at the fort.
Altamira Cave
Andrefana Dry Forests To visit either Petit or Grand Tsingy, you must be accompanied by an accredited local guide from the park office.
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites Naracoorte: Victoria Fossil Cave is by guided tour only. Riversleigh D can be done on your own.
Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan" You must be a part of the tour (to be obtained at the visitor center), as this site is located straight at the border with Israel.
Brú na Bóinne Tours start at the visitor centre, and the visitors are being taken to Newgrange etc by shuttle bus
Caral-Supe According to the reviewers, it is obligatory to take part in a guided tour when you arrive.
Changdeokgung Palace Complex Access to the Secret Garden is by Guided Tour only. The General Course can be done with or without guide and has no ticket limits.
Chief Roi Mata's Domain
Coa Valley and Siega Verde
Cordouan Lighthouse You need a boat tour to get there and the visit to the lighthouse interior is accompanied by a guide.
Cueva de las Manos The actual caves can only be visited by one of the hourly guided tours from the visitor center.
Dinosaur Provincial Park Although there are a few self-guided trails that you can do, seeing some of the fossils (and thus the OUV) requires taking part in one of the many guided tours or guided hikes into the reserved zone.
Evaporitic Karst and Caves To visit the cave interiors
Fossil Hominid Sites The caves can only be entered via a tour / local guide.
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Access is by Guided Tour only for all locations, except the Guggenheim (museum), Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House (interior not open to the public), and Unity Temple which has a self-guided tour.
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum "To ensure its conservation, the site's microclimate is strictly regulated. For this reason, the site is open to a maximum of 80 visitors each day....From Monday to Sunday eight tours will be conducted, starting on the hour from 9.00 till 16.00 (last tour). There are two special tours at noon and 16.00 hours. To plan your sightseeing, we advise that you book ahead as tours are often full up to weeks in advance. For your convenience, you can use our new online booking.... Tickets for the Hypogeum are also available in person from all Heritage Malta sites."
Hegra You have to choose one from the official Experience AlUla website.
Independence Hall On a free tour ticket, with a specific day and time
Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal Visits to the interior of the pumping station are with a guide only. These tours are frequently available during the opening hours.
Ischigualasto / Talampaya Both parks
Kaesong A visit anywhere in North Korea is guided
Koguryo Tombs A visit anywhere in North Korea is guided
Kondoa You have to pick up a local guide at the entrance, who will accompany you in your car to the sites.
Koutammakou "There is a small fee that must be paid, and you must be accompanied by a local guide." (review Christravelblog)
Krzemionki prehistoric flint mines Access via the visitor center requires participation in a tour of the exhibits and the underground mines.
M'Zab Valley A guide (from the main gate or the tourist office) is officially needed to enter each of the walled towns.
Manu National Park Manu NP can (only) be reached by joining a tour from Cusco.
Mapungubwe Mapungubwe Hill, the main cultural focus of this site, can only be visited accompanied by a park guide. The surrounding park can be done by self-drive.
Messel Pit In German
Mistaken Point Access to the narrow core zone, where the fossils are, is by guided tour only.
Mogao Caves You need to join a guided tour on the spot
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve At El Rosario it is obligatory to go with a local guide who can be hired from the park entrance.
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River underground river
Rammelsberg and Goslar The Rammelsberg Mines can only be visited on a guided tour. The other two components don't need one.
Rapa Nui All main sites need to be visited with a guided tour, except Ana Kena and Ahu Tahai in Hanga Roa (since late 2022)
Residence of Bukovinian & Dalmatian Metropolitans
Robben Island
Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco You need to visit with a pre-arranged local guide, who also brings the keys to open the rock art sites as they are fenced.
Royal Exhibition Building The interior can only be visited on a guided tour (the grounds are free).
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara "The only way to visit Kilwa Kisiwani is with a chartered boat and a guide from the Kilwa Islands Tour Guides Association." (LP)
SGang Gwaay You can visit Gwaii Haanas NP on your own and private yachts/boats are often seen. However, you MUST contact a Watchman to be allowed to visit SG̱ang Gwaay and must remain with the tour while within the core zone.
Santa Maria de Guadalupe Visits by 1hr tour with guide only
Serra da Capivara The park may only be entered with a local, accredited guide
Sewell Mining Town The company that owes the mine (CODELCO) only allows guided visits. They are executed by the associated Fundación Sewell (usually only on weekends).
Simien National Park "All trips to the park must be escorted by a trained Park administration scout [compulsory]."
Sinharaja Forest "It is compulsory to obtain a permit issued by the Department of Forest Conservation and the assistance of an authorized guide to enter to this reserve."
Skocjan Caves
Su Nuraxi di Barumini ""Su Nuraxi" archaeological area, "Casa Zapata" Museum and the Centre "Giovanni Lilliu" can be visited through a guided tour included in the price of the ticket." (official website, Nov 2023)
Sítio Roberto Burle Marx Only via one of the scheduled group visits of 1.5h.
Tanbaly You must bring your own guide or pick one of the staff on site (see sign at link)
Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine The underground mines (where the OUV lies) is only visitable on a guided tour
Tassili n'Ajjer Officially one must be with a local guide at all times. You need to register on arrival at Djanet airport and the police will regularly check in with the guide who needs to bring a satellite phone if you hike into the Tadrart plateau.
Thracian tomb of Sveshtari "You’ll also be accompanied by a guide, explaining the history in either Bulgarian or English."
Tombs of Buganda Kings At the gate, you will be assigned a guide that will accompany you and give you a tour.
Tugendhat Villa Can only be visited on frequent guided tours
Twyfelfontein You get assigned a guide at the visitor center.
Van Nellefabriek
Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines By one of the regular tours (hourly in Polish and English, German, French, Russian, Italian and Spanish as well)
Yuso and Suso Monasteries Frequent daily tours, except for Monday


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