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Our 6-17-day guided tours to the Middle East offer a safe, insightful, and hassle-free way to explore the rich history, diverse cultures, and iconic landmarks of the area. Expert guides provide context, local knowledge, and access to hidden gems, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the captivating stories that have unfolded in these lands for centuries.

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Middle East Tours by Region

The Middle East is often referred to as the "cradle of civilization" due to its ancient history. It is home to some of the world's oldest cities, archaeological sites, and historical landmarks. Exploring places like Petra in Jordan, the pyramids in Egypt, or the Old City of Jerusalem can provide a deep sense of history and culture. The Middle East is also the birthplace of major world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Pilgrims and religious travelers visit the region to explore sacred sites like the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Kaaba in Mecca. Each region within the Middle East has its own distinct characteristics, including cultural, historical, geographical, and geopolitical factors that make the Middle East a complex and fascinating part of the world. Here are some of the notable regions within the Middle East.

The Levant Region of the Middle East

The Levant is in the eastern Mediterranean region of the Middle East and includes countries such as Israel and Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. Explore the rich history and spirituality of the Holy Land with our captivating tours of the Levant region in the Middle East. Begin your journey in Israel, where you'll visit the iconic Western Wall in the heart of Jerusalem, a site of deep religious significance. Our expert guides will lead you through the ancient streets of this sacred city, revealing its diverse history and culture. Next, cross into Jordan to discover the mystical City of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its breathtaking rock-cut architecture. Our Middle East trips offer you the chance to walk in the footsteps of ancient civilizations and uncover the secrets of this historical gem.

The Nile Valley Region of the Middle East

This region follows the course of the Nile River and includes Egypt and Sudan. It is known for its ancient Egyptian civilization, historical landmarks, and the Nile's agricultural significance. Embark on an extraordinary journey to Egypt through the Nile Valley Region on one of our Middle East vacation packages. In Cairo, immerse yourself in the vibrant fusion of past and present. Marvel at the enigmatic Pyramids of Giza, architectural wonders that have captivated generations. Discover the hallowed ground of the Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs rest eternally. Explore the timeless wonders of the area as you sail along the legendary Nile River on an all-inclusive Egypt cruise. You will visit a marvel of modern engineering—the Aswan High Dam—as well as the Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Philae Temple complex, and more, all the while indulging in the comfort and elegance of a luxurious journey through this mesmerizing region.

The Jordan Rift Valley of the Middle East

Situated along the Jordan River, this region includes Jordan, parts of Israel, and the West Bank. Discover the captivating beauty of the Jordan Rift Valley with our exclusive Middle East vacation packages. Our tours to Jordan offer a mesmerizing adventure through a land rich in history and natural wonders. Explore the ancient rose-red city of Petra, carved into dramatic desert cliffs, revealing a fascinating archaeological treasure. Experience the therapeutic buoyancy of the Dead Sea, a unique sensation found nowhere else on Earth. Extend your journey to explore the diverse landscapes of both Jordan and Israel, where history and culture intertwine seamlessly. Witness the confluence of ancient civilizations and contemporary life in this remarkable region.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tours of/Touring/Destination Tours

  • What countries are typically included in Middle East tours?
    Middle East tours often include countries such as Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and sometimes other neighboring nations like Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Is it safe to travel to the Middle East?
    Safety can vary by location and can change over time. It's important to stay updated on travel advisories from your government and to only choose reputable tour operators like ours who prioritize guest safety.
  • What is the best time to visit the Middle East?
    The best time to visit depends on your destination. Generally, spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are pleasant for touring the Middle East, as the weather is milder.
  • What types of Middle East tours are available?
    Middle East tours come in various forms, including cultural, historical, adventure, religious, and luxury tours. There are also options for small group tours, private tours, and river cruises.
  • What must-visit attractions should I visit in the Middle East?
    Some popular attractions include the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the colossal structures were built as tombs for pharaohs and continue to awe with their sheer size and precision; Petra in Jordan, the rock-carved architecture is a testament to the Nabatean civilization's engineering prowess, nestled amid stunning desert landscapes; the Old City of Jerusalem, a spiritual epicenter, it houses holy sites like the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; and the ancient city of Luxor, known as the world's greatest open-air museum with the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, and more, preserving Egypt's glorious past on the banks of the Nile. You should also consider visiting the new Grand Egyptian Museum if you get the chance!
  • What should I wear touring the Middle East, especially in conservative areas?
    Dress codes can vary, but it's generally advisable to dress modestly. At most religious sites, you will want to make sure to cover your shoulders and knees. At some, women may need to cover their hair. Your Travel Director will be able to guide you through the best practices per site.
  • Do I need a visa to visit Middle Eastern countries?
    Visa requirements vary by country and nationality. Check the specific visa requirements for each destination with our Destination Guide.
  • What is the currency used in the Middle East?
    Different countries in the Middle East have their own currencies. The Egyptian pound (EGP), Israeli shekel (ILS), and Jordanian dinar (JOD) are commonly used currencies in the region.
  • Will I try Middle Eastern cuisine during my tour?
    Absolutely! Middle Eastern cuisine is renowned for its delicious flavors. You'll have the opportunity to savor local dishes like falafel, shawarma, hummus, and baklava.
  • Are English-speaking guides available on your Middle East tours?
    Yes, your Travel Directors and local specialists will speak English and help enhance your understanding of the region's history and culture.
  • What vaccinations or health precautions should I take before traveling to the Middle East?
    Consult with a travel clinic or healthcare provider for recommended vaccinations and health precautions specific to your destination.
  • How long should I spend on a guided tour of the Middle East?
    The ideal duration for a guided tour of the Middle East typically ranges from 2 to 4 weeks. This timeframe allows you to explore key destinations in one or two countries thoroughly while experiencing the region's rich cultural, historical, and natural attractions. A 2-week tour can provide a focused experience in a single country or a specific region, such as Jordan's archaeological wonders or Egypt's ancient sites. Extending your tour to 3-4 weeks enables you to visit multiple countries, covering highlights like Istanbul in Turkey, Petra in Jordan, and the pyramids in Egypt, offering a more comprehensive Middle Eastern experience. Keep in mind that factors like your interests, budget, and available time may influence the optimal duration.
  • How many months in advance should I plan a trip to the Middle East?
    We recommend you plan your Middle East trip between 3 and 10 months before you want to travel. Airlines don’t publish fares for more than 10-11 months out. You should look to book your vacation once you can lock in your flights. Luckily, we take care of all of that for you. If travelers want to go for a special anniversary or event, they’ll book years in advance so they know they are all set and can let us handle it from there. It’s essential to ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after you plan to return to the States and that you have any visas you’ll need to travel. Planning earlier allows you plenty of time to renew your passport or apply for a visa if required. Travel rules are changing daily. If unsure, ask your Travel Specialist or learn more from our simple destination guide.

Why You Should Visit the Middle East

The Middle East is often called the "Cradle of Civilization" due to its deep historical roots. It's home to some of the world's oldest cities, archaeological wonders, and iconic cultural landmarks, such as the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, Petra in Jordan, and the historic Old City of Jerusalem. The region's more urban cities blend ancient charm and modern vitality. Cairo, Tel Aviv, Dubai, and Istanbul are dynamic metropolises with bustling markets, world-class restaurants, and vibrant arts scenes. And Middle Eastern hospitality is legendary. You'll likely encounter warm and welcoming locals eager to share their culture, traditions, and stories with you. Whether you're intrigued by the ancient pyramids, the Nile's serenity, or the Holy Land's history, our Middle East vacation packages offer a world of adventure. Book your Middle East tour today and embark on a captivating journey to the heart of this remarkable region.

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