The Middle East

Located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, the Middle East is a captivating and often overlooked destination for adventure seekers looking to combine exhilarating experiences with rich cultural exploration.

Whether you're walking through the rugged mountains of Oman, exploring the mystical deserts of Jordan or cycling through the challenging roads of Lebanon, the Middle East is home to some of the most extraordinary scenery in the world. For those looking to uncover local culture, the Middle East is a treasure trove of archaeological wonders with ancient ruins and historical sites scattered throughout the region. Don't miss the opportunity to savour the diverse and tantalising flavours of Middle Eastern cuisine by immersing yourself in the bustling markets.

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Highlight of the Middle East

A notable highlight of the Middle East is the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Petra, often referred to as the "Rose City" due to the colour of the stone from which it is carved, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic archaeological wonders in the world. The city is renowned for its intricate rock-cut architecture and stunning tombs and temples, including the famous Treasury (or Al-Khazneh) that is carved into the rose-red cliffs. Petra's historical significance, architectural beauty and cinematic fame (it featured prominently in the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade") make it a must-visit destination for those exploring the Middle East.

What to do in the Middle East

Take on a road cycling adventure in Lebanon

With a long Mediterranean coastline, rugged mountainous interior, fascinating blend of cultural and historical highlights and a wealth of hilly roads, Lebanon is a great place for a Middle Eastern road cycling adventure. As you pedal through its towns and villages, you'll encounter a rich cultural tapestry, from ancient ruins to charming architecture, providing a deep insight into the country's heritage.


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Discover Jordan's Wadi Rum desert

Emerging abruptly from the vast desert plains, the red-ochre sandstone mesas of Wadi Rum creates a landscape of unparalleled drama. T.E. Lawrence famously described it as "Rum the magnificent... vast, echoing, and God-like." On our Jordan tours you can immerse yourself in the magic of this terrain by staying in an authentic Bedouin camp. You can partake in a host of unforgettable experiences from ascending the Burdah rock bridge to camel riding across the desert. Hiking up the sandy dunes and rocky outcrops allows you to simply sit and absorb the otherworldly beauty of the surroundings, making your visit to Wadi Rum an extraordinary adventure.


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Enjoy a walking holiday in Oman

Oman's diverse landscapes offer a range of walking experiences, from trekking through rugged mountains to strolling along pristine beaches and exploring ancient villages. The country's rich cultural heritage is best discovered on foot, allowing you to engage with welcoming locals and immerse yourself in authentic experiences. Oman's natural beauty, including lush wadis, dramatic canyons and vast deserts, provides a stunning backdrop for your walks.


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Float weightlessly in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea is a remarkable highlight of the Middle East for several compelling reasons. The Dead Sea is renowned for its extraordinarily high salt content, making it virtually impossible to sink. This unique buoyancy offers a surreal and otherworldly experience as you effortlessly float on its surface. Additionally, the mineral-rich mud found along the shores of the Dead Sea is believed to have therapeutic and healing properties, making it a popular destination for spa treatments and skincare.

Floating in the Dead Sea is a remarkable highlight for several compelling reasons. Firstly, the Dead Sea is renowned for its extraordinarily high salt content, making it virtually impossible to sink. This unique buoyancy offers a surreal and otherworldly experience as you effortlessly float on its surface. 

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More Information About Adventures in the Middle East

The best time to visit the Middle East largely depends on your preferred weather conditions and the specific countries you plan to explore. Generally, spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are considered the most favourable seasons for travel in the Middle East. During these periods, temperatures are typically mild and the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities. However, the Middle East is a diverse region with varying climates. Summers can be scorching hot, especially in desert areas, making it less suitable for extensive outdoor adventures. Conversely, winters are milder and more comfortable for exploring cities and historical sites.

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