Our selection of Middle East tours explore exotic lands shrouded in mystery and romance that have lured travellers for centuries.
Explore age-old archaeological wonders and surreal desert landscapes in Jordan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. These countries also boast cities that proudly combine traditional culture and ancient monuments with sleek, contemporary architecture.
Most visitors to Jordan begin their adventure in Amman, a modern metropolis located less than an hour from Jerash, said to have the best collection of Roman ruins outside of Italy. Travel along the King’s Highway and tour the imposing Crusader castle at Kerak, before walking through the narrow Siq into the famous lost city of Petra. Other must sees in the region include Wadi Rum, for its breathtaking sandstone mountains and surreal rock formations, and the Dead Sea, a unique body of water 422m below sea level.
In Oman, explore the gracious capital of Muscat, with its colourful souks and Portuguese forts, before heading out to the gorgeous Musandam Peninsula. Wonderfully isolated, this mountainous area is often likened to Norway, with plenty of pretty inlets (known as ‘khors’) surrounded by dramatic rocky cliffs.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are perfect options for a stopover en route to Europe or Africa. Their glittering skyscrapers and gleaming shopping malls are marvellous examples of 21st century engineering and commerce, while there are plenty of elegant mosques and vibrant souks for those interested in local culture. You can also venture out into the desert for camel trekking, horseback riding or 4WD safaris.