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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

    Movenpick Resort El Quseir break

    • 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 over views out to the ocean or gardens.

    5 days from $505pp

  • Lobby, JA Ocean View Hotel, Dubai

    JA Ocean View Hotel

    • 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 $1,060pp

  • Dubai Marina skyline, Dubai

    Essential Dubai: beach & city

    • 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 $1,400pp

  • Pool, Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai

    Park Hyatt Dubai break

    • 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 $1,425pp

  • Anantara The Palm, Dubai

    Anantara The Palm

    • Home to the UAE's only over water villas with views over the Arabian Gulf.
    • The hotels 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 $1,865pp

  • Karnak, Egypt

    Deluxe Luxor and the Red Sea

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

    8 days from $1,995pp

  • Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

    Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

    • 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 hotels two luxurious adult-only swimming pools.
    • Two in-house Bentleys available to transport guests to central Dubai just 15 minutes away.

    5 days from $1,995pp

  • Hagia Sophia

    Istanbul to Kalkan

    • 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 $2,490pp

  • 4X4 Transfer

    Oman self-drive tour

    • 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 souks.

    • Watch turtles nest at Ras Al Junaiyz.

    8 days from $2,740pp

  • Le Royal Meridien, Dubai, Dubai

    Le Royal Meridien

    • 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 $2,760pp

  • Jebel Akhdar, Oman

    Discover Salalah tour

    • 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 $2,840pp

  • Camels, The Wahiba Sands

    Oman family adventure

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

    • Witness the majestic green turtles laying their eggs.

    • Spend a couple of nights under the stars.

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

    10 days from $2,980pp

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

    Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Overland

    • 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 $2,995pp

  • Hagia Sophia

    Istanbul & Cappadocia

    • 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 $3,580pp

  • Le Meridien, Dahab

    Cairo & Beach

    • 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 $3,760pp

  • Pergamon Acropolis

    Historic 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 Alacati.

    • Marvel at the ruins of Ephesus.

    9 days from $4,060pp

  • Muscat, Oman

    Classic Oman tour

    • 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 $4,315pp

  • Temple of Philae, Egypt

    Jordan & Egypt Combined

    • 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 $4,775pp

  • One & Only The Palm, Dubai

    One&Only The Palm

    • 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 $5,570pp

  • Nizwa Mosque

    Grand tour of 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 $5,755pp

  • Jaffa old town, Tel Aviv

    Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

    • 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 $5,885pp

  • The Temple Mount

    Jordan & Jerusalem tour

    • 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 $5,965pp

  • Jerash,Jordan

    Grand tour of 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 $5,965pp

  • Pergamon Acropolis

    Ancient Wonders of Turkey

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

    • Travel along the Gallipoli Peninsula, past historic battlefields and WWI memorials.

    • Visit the Acropolis and Asclepion of ancient Pergamon.

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

    • Explore the spectacular ruined city of Ephesus.

    • Spend time exploring the ancient sites around Antalya.

    12 days from $6,120pp

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