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 History & culture

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.

$109.45 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 History & culture

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.

$3799 History & culture

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 some of the best Roman ruins outside of Italy in Jerash, ride through the desert on a 4x4, and venture into the awe-inspiring ancient city of Petra. Connect with the past while tasting contemporary life in this incredible region.