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Petra, Jordan

Middle East

The cradle of civilisation is a must for adventure seekers with an eye on history

Tours in the Middle East

Middle East holidays are magical. Here you can camp under desert stars, float on the salt-heavy waters of the Dead Sea and visit the ancient wonders of the world. On our Middle East trips, unimaginable treasures, dramatic landscapes and awesome adventures await…

From the ancient rock art of the Sahara to the pyramids and temples of Egypt, to the classical remains of Jordan, Middle East tours tingle with history. Soak in the landscape of the Nile Valley while floating on a traditional felucca; enjoy some of the world's most spectacular desert scenery in Wadi Rum; or get lost in atmospheric souks and walled towns. Whatever adventure you choose, a journey to the Middle East will make for a memorable holiday. This is a region of powerful diversity and, with the promise of year-round sunshine just a four-hour flight from London, it’s the perfect winter sun destination.

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Middle East Adventure Holidays

A Week in Jordan

271 reviews

Visit the highlights of Jordan including magnificent Petra

Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Ages: 16+
9 Days from $2,245
Guided (Incl. Taxes)
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

118 reviews

Cycle through the spectacular desert scenery of Jordan and visit the most impressive historical UNESCO sites.

Activity level:
Ages: 16+
9 Days from $2,575
Guided (Incl. Taxes)
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Petra & Wadi Rum Trek

68 reviews

Enjoy a magical desert trek through Jordan

Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Ages: 16+
8 Days from $2,099
Guided (Incl. Taxes)
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Top three Middle East tours

1. Marrakech & The Sahara, Morocco: Said to be imbued with strange and magical qualities, the dunes and plains of the Sahara stretch into eternity. Well, almost. Its name comes from Arabic, meaning the Great Desert. And great it is. Reaching from the Atlantic Coast to the Red Sea, it’s the size of the USA and covers a quarter of the African continent. It’s largely uninhabited, but nomadic Berber people live in tents here and the most reliable means of transport is camel.

2. The Lost City of Petra, Jordan: Discover the legendary lost city of Petra. Carved into red and pink sandstone cliffs, the vast subterranean township was once a thriving trade centre and capital of the Nabataean Empire between 400 BC and AD 106. In 1812, a young Swiss explorer – whose ambition was to discover the source of the Niger – disguised himself as a Bedouin in order to explore the area and stumbled upon the fabulous ghost town of ornately decorated tombs, temples and theatres.

3. Nile Cruise, Egypt: Sail between Aswan and Luxor by cruiser to witness the landscape of the Nile Valley and the lavish tombs of the Valley of the Kings, and savour the tranquility of your setting during a day aboard a felucca – these single-masted wooden boats have been sailing the Nile since ancient times. From here watch the golden late-afternoon sun dissolve into a spectacular sunset.

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