Why I love the Middle East

It was in Damascus that I first fell for the Middle East. Here was a city of storytellers, of warm and welcoming people, of history brought alive at every turn. Ten years later (a decade in which I had marvelled at the peerless beauty of Esfahan and struck out into the Sahara at Siwa, among many Middle Eastern journeys), I returned to Damascus and fell in love all over again. War may since have engulfed the country,... Read More

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$1599 Small group tours

Explore Jordan

UNESCO has called the ancient stone city of Petra one of the most precious cultural properties in the world. Experience it for yourself on this seven-day adventure through Jordan’s past and present. Float in the Dead Sea, explore incredible archaeological ruins, take an exciting 4x4 drive into the desert, and walk through Petra itself after a lecture by a local archaeologist. Make your own history in a place that’s seen so much.

$456.25 Small group tours

3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea

Marvel at three of Jordan’s most awe-inspiring sights on this 3-night private tour from Amman, with round-trip transport and hotel accommodation all included. Gaze at the archaeological splendors of ancient, rock-hewn Petra on a guided walking tour; trundle around spectacular Wadi Rum in a 4x4; and finish with an unforgettable float in the salt-rich Dead Sea. Your private tour includes your choice of hotel accommodation in Amman and Petra, breakfast and dinner on each day, plus airport pickups and drop-offs at the start and end of your experience.

$87.55 Sightseeing tours

Dubai Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Desert Safari

See the highlights of Dubai and its surrounding desert on this Super Saver that combines two best-selling tours over two days! Enjoy a city sightseeing tour by air-conditioned coach, seeing top Dubai attractions like the Burj Al Arab hotel and Al Fahidi Fort. Then head into the Arabian Desert on a 4x4 safari to visit a camel farm, try sandboarding, and enjoy a sunset barbeque meal with live music and dancing. Each tour takes place on a separate day, and it’s your choice whether you do the Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour on Day 1 and the Dubai Desert Safari on Day 2, or vice versa.

$143.18 Small group tours

Private Overnight Safari: Sandboarding, Camel Ride, BBQ Dinner and Belly Dancing

Sleep under the starry desert sky on an action-packed Dubai desert experience, led by a private guide! After venturing into the desert by 4x4 vehicle, enjoy a camel ride and race down the desert dunes on a sandboard. If adventurous activities are your thing, upgrade to include a 30- or 60-minute quad biking session before continuing to an Arabic campsite nestled deep in the desert. Feast on a BBQ dinner, watch a folk- and belly-dancing show, get a henna tattoo, and then sleep overnight in a tent. Breakfast and transport back to Dubai the next day is included.

$2299 Small group tours

Israel and Beyond

Israel holds a unique place in the Middle East. With sacred sites central to three of humanity’s major religions, you could spend a lifetime here and never experience all of its wonders. Look over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, stay in a kibbutz hotel at the Sea of Galilee, walk the ruins at Capernaum, and eat lunch at the home of a Palestinian family. Make your own pilgrimage to this beloved and complex place.

$3314 Small group tours

Explore Israel & Jordan

Step into an ancient world on a two-week Middle Eastern journey that combines the highlights of Israel and Jordan. Discover life in Jerusalem on a dual-perspective walking tour with Israeli and Palestinian guides, explore the Roman ruins of Jerash, ride through the desert on a 4x4, and venture into the awesome and ancient city of Petra. Connect with the past while tasting contemporary life in this incredible region.