Explore: Middle East

A wealth of fascinating countries and regions make up the Middle East – most notably Turkey, Iran, Israel, Iraq, Oman, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
Oman Coast Landscape at Barr Al Jissah in Oman at sunrise. It is located about 20 km east of Muscat.

Holidays to the Middle East

For religious significance and beautiful temples, Iran, Israel and Iraq never fail to amaze visitors, with an emphasis on intricate architecture and design.

For an adventurous Middle East holiday, the likes of Oman and Jordan are ripe for exploration. Whether you’re behind the wheel of a 4WD, exploring long-lost civilisations, or hiking through the desert – the experiences here are always unforgettable.

A holiday in the Middle East – wherever you go – will open your eyes to a whole different culture and style of travel

And there’s no denying this transcontinental region is a land of contrasts. One only need to step foot in Dubai or Abu Dhabi for a moment to realise how different they are from their Middle Eastern neighbours. You’ll still hear the Islamic call to prayer in these cities of course, but instead of being surrounded by ancient temples you’ll find yourself flanked by flashy high-rises, larger-than-life malls and some of the world’s greatest sporting tournaments, such as the Dubai World Cup.

A holiday in the Middle East – wherever you go – will open your eyes to a whole different culture and style of travel.

Next departure: Nov 20 2019
Jordan & Petra
7 days from
£1,399pp
Next departure: May 19 2020

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