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Middle East Tour Ideas

You might be imagining a hike through the echoing tombs of Petra, a camel ride through the shifting sands of the Wahiba Sands or a cruise past temples along the Nile. Whatever your interests, our Middle East specialists can create a tailor-made itinerary that will help you make the most of your time.

These suggested itineraries are intended to show you what’s possible, but when it comes to planning your trip, your specialist will weave in places and activities matched to your interests and time frame. Using their first-hand experience, they’ll help you take in the region’s highlights, from ancient monuments to glorious mosques to vast tracts of dunes, as well as introducing you to its hidden corners.

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Ideas for your trip to Middle East

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Middle East, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • The Movenpick Resort, El Quseir

    Mövenpick Resort El Quseir break

    Egypt
    • Keen scuba divers will love the splendid house reef and access to the Red Sea.
    • There are several onsite restaurants offering fine dining, lavish buffets and alfresco Italian cuisine.
    • The gorgeous sandy beach in front of the hotel is only accessible to guests.
    • Many of the Nubian styled rooms offer views out to the ocean or gardens.

    5 days from CAD710pp

  • Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada

    Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh break

    Egypt
    • Access to the unspoilt coral reefs straight from the private beach.
    • Enjoy a special dinner at the end of the pier overlooking the Red Sea.
    • Enjoy a luxurious sunset cruise on the hotel's personal boat.
    • All suites have a traditional Arabian influence with multiple rooms and sunken baths.

    5 days from CAD1,460pp

  • Lobby, JA Ocean View Hotel, Dubai

    JA Ocean View Hotel

    Dubai
    • Set in the heart of the vibrant Jumeirah Beach Residence on one of the most popular beaches.
    • All rooms and suites have plenty of natural light and balconies that overlook the ocean.
    • Enjoy renowned NYC choices at the Motorino Pizzeria located at the hotel.
    • Stunning infinity pool overlooks the beach with skyline views.

    5 days from CAD1,495pp

  • Dubai Marina skyline, Dubai

    Essential Dubai: beach & city

    Dubai
    • Explore Dubai’s rich history while staying in the Creekside area.

    • Take a trip to the top of the Burj Khalifa for panoramic city views.

    • Head to Downtown Dubai for a glamorous shopping experience.

    • Visit the shops, restaurants and beaches of the Jumeirah Beach Residence area.

    • Relax poolside at the JA Ocean View Hotel.

    8 days from CAD1,955pp

  • Pool, Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai

    Park Hyatt Dubai break

    Dubai
    • Picturesque situation on the waterfront of Dubai Creek.
    • Tee off at the world-famous Dubai Creek Golf Club, situated just across from the hotel.
    • Four onsite restaurants offer a wide range of cuisine from modern French to traditional Thai.
    • Modern rooms and suites have traditional Moorish influence and fantastic views over the Creek.
    • Soak up the sun at the stunning palm lined swimming pool.

    5 days from CAD1,995pp

  • Karnak, Egypt

    Deluxe Luxor & the Red Sea

    Egypt
    • See Luxor's West Bank tombs with their well-preserved decoration.

    • Visit Luxor temple.

    • Relax by the Red Sea.

    • Enjoy the spa facilities at Hilton Luxor.

    • Snorkel among tropical fish in the Red Sea's coral reefs.

    8 days from CAD2,810pp

  • 4X4 Transfer

    Oman self-drive tour

    Oman
    • Wander Muscat's charming old city.

    • Discover Nizwa's mountains and forts.

    • Wake up to sunrise over the Wahiba Sands.

    • Shop for spices in the city souqs.

    • Watch turtles nest at Ras Al Jinz.

    8 days from CAD3,825pp

  • Jebel Akhdar, Oman

    Discover Salalah tour

    Oman
    • Spend a night camping under the stars in the Empty Quarter desert.

    • Go snorkeling in the Indian Ocean.

    • Explore the beautiful coastline surrounding Salalah with your private driver.

    8 days from CAD3,965pp

  • Aerial view, Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah, Muscat

    Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa break

    Oman
    • Direct views over the Gulf of Oman from all rooms and suites.
    • Dine by Design concept allows guests to enjoy dinner, afternoon tea or cocktails in a private location of their choice.
    • Shahrazad restaurant offers exceptional Moroccan dishes with live Arabic entertainment.
    • Access to the stunning L'Occitane Hareer Spa for a wide variety of relaxing French inspired treatments.

    5 days from CAD4,145pp

  • Camels, The Wahiba Sands

    Oman family adventure

    Oman
    • Enjoy a self-drive tour of this scenic Sultanate.

    • Witness the majestic green turtles laying their eggs.

    • Relax in the sunshine as you unwind at the beach.

    • Spend a night under the stars.

    10 days from CAD4,160pp

  • Statue of Hatshepsut at her temple, West Bank at Luxor

    Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Overland

    Egypt
    • Explore the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur.

    • Discover the temples and tombs of Luxor's West Bank.

    • Visit the lesser known temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo.

    • Take in the varied antiquities in Cairo Museum.

    • Relax and visit Philae Temple in Aswan.

    • Explore the temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East Bank.

    9 days from CAD4,205pp

  • Hagia Sophia

    Istanbul & Cappadocia

    Turkey
    • Explore Istanbul's highlights, such as the Blue Mosque and Spice Market.

    • Take a leisurely cruise along the Bosphorus admiring Europe on one side and Asia on the other.

    • Fly high above Cappadocia on a sunrise hot air balloon ride.

    • Try your hand at mastering Turkish cuisine on a cooking class with a local family.

    8 days from CAD5,150pp

  • Salt water pool, Six Senses at Zighy Bay, Musandam

    Six Senses Zighy Bay break

    Oman
    • Villas complement the natural landscape and have beachside access or their own private pools.
    • Sense on the Edge offers delicious Andalusian dishes and sweeping views over Zighy Bay.
    • Detox from modern life at the spa with two hammams, an ice cave and soothing treatments.
    • Join the signature Dhahab Dhow cruise along the coastal fiords and villages.
    • Recline in total seclusion with a private cinema set up at your villa.

    6 days from CAD5,220pp

  • Le Meridien, Dahab

    Cairo & Beach

    Egypt
    • Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza.

    • Browse the fabulous Cairo Museum.

    • Dive on the reefs of the Red Sea.

    • Shop in Cairo's bustling souqs.

    • Explore the capital's '1000 minarets'.

    11 days from CAD5,245pp

  • Hagia Sophia

    Istanbul to Kalkan

    Turkey
    • Marvel at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

    • Experience the delights of Turkish cuisine.

    • See the limestone terraces of Pamukkale.

    • Take a boat trip out to the sunken city of Kekova.

    8 days from CAD5,260pp

  • Muscat, Oman

    Classic Oman tour

    Oman
    • Explore the white city of Muscat.

    • Discover the mountains and forts of the interior.

    • Visit Nizwa's intriguing cattle market.

    • View the beautiful dunes of the Wahiba Sands.

    • Watch green turtles nesting in Ras Al Jinz.

    9 days from CAD5,995pp

  • Temple of Philae, Egypt

    Jordan & a cruise on the Nile

    Jordan and Egypt
    • Combine relaxation and culture on a Nile cruise.

    • Marvel at the antiquities of Petra.

    • View the awesome landscapes of Wadi Rum.

    • Explore the pyramid complexes around Cairo.

    • Relax by the Red Sea in Egypt.

    16 days from CAD6,660pp

  • Nizwa Mosque

    Grand tour of Oman

    Oman
    • Enjoy the architecture of Muscat's Grand Mosque.

    • Watch villagers barter at the cattle market.

    • Peer into Oman's Grand Canyon, the Wadi Ghul.

    • Visit the impressive Jabreen fort.

    • Watch green turtles nesting on the beach.

    13 days from CAD7,995pp

  • Pergamon Acropolis

    Historic tour of Turkey

    Turkey
    • Experience the delights of Turkish cuisine.

    • Visit the poignant WWI battlefields of Gallipoli.

    • Explore the ancient ruined city of Pergamon.

    • Enjoy time to explore the characterful Alaçati.

    • Marvel at the ruins of Ephesus.

    9 days from CAD8,170pp

  • Jaffa Old Town, Tel Aviv

    Tel Aviv & Jerusalem

    Israel
    • Explore the highlights of Jerusalem, from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Israel Museum.

    • Tour the infamous ruins at Masada and the natural oasis at Ein Gedi.

    • Experience the contrast of old and new in Tel Aviv.

    • Enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner with a local family.

    7 days from CAD8,215pp

  • The Temple Mount

    Jordan & Jerusalem tour

    Israel and Jordan
    • Walk down Petra's magical Siq Canyon.

    • Float in the Dead Sea.

    • Marvel at the Roman ruins of Jerash.

    • Explore Wadi Rum's stunning landscapes.

    • Visit the evocative Western Wall.

    • Immerse yourself in Biblical history.

    11 days from CAD8,325pp

  • Jerash,Jordan

    Grand tour of Jordan

    Jordan
    • Visit the huge Roman site at Jerash.

    • Dive in the Red Sea at Aqaba.

    • Hike in Dana Nature Reserve.

    • Relax by the Dead Sea.

    • Shop in the bustling souqs of Amman.

    • Sample atmospheric Petra by night.

    • Enjoy the awesome scenery of Wadi Rum.

    14 days from CAD8,325pp

  • Pergamon Acropolis

    Ancient Wonders of Turkey

    Turkey
    • Visit the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

    • Travel along the Gallipoli Peninsula, past historic battlefields and World War I memorials.

    • Visit the Acropolis and Asclepion of ancient Pergamon.

    • Enjoy local wine from the terrace of your boutique hotel in pretty Şirince.

    • Explore the spectacular ruined city of Ephesus.

    • Spend time exploring the ancient sites around Antalya.

    12 days from CAD8,555pp

  • Palm Jumeirah Island, Dubai

    Dubai & the Maldives

    Dubai and Maldives
    • Explore Dubai's rich history on a private guided tour.

    • Head out across the dunes of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a 4x4.

    • Relax in your own private plunge pool.

    • Take a treatment in the world’s first underwater spa.

    • Dine on a candle-lit Maldivian beach watching the sun set across the Indian Ocean.

    11 days from CAD9,395pp

  • Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

    Jordan's nature reserves

    Jordan
    • Visit the impressive Roman site at Jerash.

    • Explore Dhibben Forest and Azraq Wetlands.

    • Visit Petra — a Modern Wonder of the World.

    • Enjoy a night under canvas in the awesome Wadi Rum.

    • Admire impressive views over Wadi Mujib.

    • Hike through Dana Nature Reserve.

    • Float in the Dead Sea.

    15 days from CAD9,785pp

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