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5 Ways to Travel Like Marco Polo

By Samantha Scott
July 7, 2016

The Netflix original series, Marco Polo, is full of intrigue, mystery, and excitement. Following the adventures of legendary 13th century explorer, Marco Polo, the show delves into his early life and travels. The experiences that created a legend out of the man. 

Marco Polo's world was one of sprawling empires, covering what is today much of the Middle East, China, and Mongolia. 

Here are 5 ways you can live out your own Marco Polo journey:

1. Mysterious Mongolia


Marco Polo is perhaps most well known for his exploits throughout the Mongol empire, crossing paths with such rulers as Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan in the 13th century. At its height, the Mongol Empire covered modern day Mongolia, stretching into Japan to the east, Siberia to the north, and Iran in the west.

Mongolia Land of the Great Khan 

2. Chasing Stories in China


Though some historical debate remains as to whether or not Marco Polo ever physically went to China, his stories from there are no less exciting. Reputedly inspiring the likes of Christopher Columbus, these stories are often thought of as the first real travel writing - armchair or not.

China Classic China tour


3. Travel Back in Time to Ancient Persia (Iran)


Modern day Iran, Persia was a stronghold in the ancient world where Marco Polo would have likely spent a lot of time. This territory was a crossroads, where trade, modern ideas, and inventions were always prevalent.

Iran Iran - Discover Persia tour 

4. The Port City of Istanbul (Not Constantinople)


The Persian Empire also covered parts of modern day Turkey. As a successful merchant, Marco Polo would have spent a lot of time in the bustling port city of Istanbul. Perhaps trading Venetian goods for Eastern spices and fabrics.

Turkey Explore Turkey

5. Venetian Roots in Italy


Born in Venice in 1254, Italy is Marco Polo’s homeland. Though he will be remembered as a world explorer, he returned home in the late 1200's and completed his famous writings. He is buried at the Church of San Lorenzo.

Italy Classic Italy

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