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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 the Middle East

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the 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.

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  • 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 $1,115pp

  • 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 $1,475pp

  • 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 $1,500pp

  • Anantara The Palm, Dubai

    Anantara The Palm

    Dubai
    • Home to the UAE's only overwater villas with views over the Arabian Gulf.
    • The hotel has an exclusive situation on the 400 m (1,312 ft) of private beach at the Palm Jumeirah.
    • Many of the rooms have direct access to the hotel's three swimming lagoons.
    • International dining at the Crescendo restaurant, with views over the Gulf.
    • Indulge in romantic couples' spa treatments, including steam baths, saunas and hammam.

    5 days from $1,965pp

  • Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

    Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

    Dubai
    • Stunning beachfront location with views over the Dubai skyline.
    • Watch the sunset on the rooftop with a handcrafted cocktail at the Mercury Lounge.
    • Unbeatable beachfront views and delicious Asian inspired seafood at the SEA FU restaurant.
    • Private poolside cabanas at the hotel's two luxurious adult-only swimming pools.
    • Two in-house Bentleys available to transport guests to central Dubai just 15 minutes away.

    5 days from $2,150pp

  • Le Royal Meridien, Dubai, Dubai

    Le Royal Méridien

    Dubai
    • Access to the golden sands of the Jumeirah Beach just in front of the hotel.
    • Modern Mexican cuisine from award-winning Maya Mexican bar and kitchen by Richard Sandoval.
    • Three stunning swimming pools overlooking the beachfront.
    • Situated just 30 minutes from the heart of Dubai, the resort feels relaxed and unassuming.

    5 days from $2,905pp

  • 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 $4,325pp

  • 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 $4,450pp

  • One & Only The Palm, Dubai

    One&Only The Palm

    Dubai
    • Exclusive and private feel set on the fronds of the Palm Jumeirah.
    • Hire a private pool cabana for the ultimate poolside relaxation.
    • Guests have access to the stretches of private white sand beach that are just in front of the hotel.
    • Dine on the finest French cuisine from Michelin starred chef Yannick Alléno, at STAY.
    • The hotel has a sense of modern luxury with Moorish and Arabic architecture and décor throughout.

    5 days from $5,860pp

  • 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 $6,715pp

  • 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 $6,995pp

  • 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 $7,085pp

  • Pamukkale travertines

    Treasures of Turkey: history, culture & beach

    Turkey
    • Explore the classical ruined cities of Pergamon and Ephesus.

    • Relax by the Mediterranean, on Turkey's Turquoise Coast.

    • See the impressive terraces of Pamukkale.

    • Stay in a beautiful boutique property amid orchards and vineyards.

    • Take a cruise along the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

    12 days from $8,580pp

  • Outdoor seating area, Dubai

    Luxury Dubai: beach & desert

    Dubai
    • Experience local heritage activities at the Al Maha Desert Resort.

    • Relax in your private Bedouin-style pool villa.

    • Enjoy sundowner cocktails overlooking the rolling sand dunes.

    • Stay at the lavish One&Only The Palm on the Palm Jumeirah peninsula.

    • Indulge in high-quality food at restaurants headed by Michelin-starred chefs.

    8 days from $8,995pp

  • Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Bodrum

    Luxury Turkey tour

    Turkey
    • Stay in the luxurious Shangri-La on the Bosphorus in the heart of Istanbul.

    • Explore highlights such as the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.

    • Sleep in a deluxe cave hotel with glorious views in Cappadocia.

    • Relax in style on the Turquoise Coast in the Kempinski Barbaros Bay.

    • Go hot air ballooning over the striking Cappadocian landscape.

    12 days from $10,375pp

  • Ballooning in Cappadocia

    Grand Tour of Turkey

    Turkey
    • See the impressive limestone terraces of Pamukkale.

    • Explore the pretty village of Alaçati.

    • Visit the home of the Whirling Dervishes in Konya.

    • Travel to ancient Termessos in the Taurus Mountains.

    18 days from $11,360pp