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The Middle East

The Middle East is one of the cradles of civilisation – the first agricultural sites developed in the ‘fertile crescent’ and some of the earliest evidence of human occupation have been discovered in the region. The area has a wealth of fascinating places to be explored, covering all eras from the prehistoric to the present day, and it never disappoints those who come to discover its history and landscapes. Particularly notable sights are the spectacular old town of Damascus, the rose-red Nabatean capital of Petra, and Byblos, perhaps the world’s oldest continually-inhabited settlement. Despite the region’s turbulent nature, the visitor is always welcomed with open arms by people who are eager to share their countries and cultures with the wider world.

Featured Hotels

Adrere Amellal -Siwa Oasis, Egypt

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Gefinor Rotana - Beirut, Lebanon

Conveniently located in the heart of Beirut, the Gefinor Rotana Hotel is within easy reach of the restaurants and shops of the fashionable Achrafieh district. All 164 rooms and suites are spacious and bright, featuring a contemporary décor and amenities. The hotel features a rooftop swimming pool with stunning views over Beirut and the Mediterranean as well as fitness centre, sauna and steam bath. The Olive and Oil Restaurant serves international cuisine and, for the more adventurous, Trader Vic’s Restaurant offers an interesting dining option with a menu of French-Polynesian specialties.

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L'Abergo - Beirut, Lebanon

Located in a heritage building in Beirut’s fashionable Ashrafieh district the Albergo has an air of understated elegance. Each of the hotels 32 rooms are unique, drawing on Lebanon’s rich cultural heritage. The hotel also features a swimming pool and rooftop terrace with fabulous view over Beirut. Part of the Relais & Chateaux group the Albergo is a thoroughly recommended choice when staying in Beirut.

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Marriott Dead Sea, Jordan

The Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa is a modern resort located on the shore of the Dead Sea, at nearly 400 m below sea level. All rooms are well furnished and feature balconies or terraces. Five restaurants and five bars offer a wide range of culinary options. The hotel also features indoor and outdoor pools, a children’s pool with water slide as well as equipped fitness centre, tennis court and Spa. The hotel grounds drop down steeply to a private beach at the shores of the Dead Sea.

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The Mena House - Cairo, Egypt

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Tours that visit the Middle East

  • Lebanon Jewel of The Levant - 8 Days
  • Home to one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited settlements, Lebanon has an extremely rich history, and on this tour you will delve into the long and complex past of this wonderful country. Discover incredibly well-preserved Roman ruins at Baalbek, wander through the remains of Umayyad cities, and travel back in time as you explore imposing Crusader castles. You will also experience modern Lebanon’s cosmopolitan side in the vibrant capital, Beirut.

  • Lost City of Petra - 5 Days
  • Discover the ‘rose red city’ of Petra on this short tour, which also includes the fine Crusader castle of Kerak and the famous mosaics of Madaba.

  • Egyptian Desert Safari - 9 Days
  • A fascinating 9-day tour exploring the oases of the Western Desert. This is an intrepid journey far from the well-known sites of the Nile. From the remote oasis of Siwa, surrounded by the Great Sand Sea, you will travel deep into the Sahara towards Bahariya, where time is set aside to discover the surreal landscapes of the Black and White Deserts. The tour also includes the lively port city of Alexandria and the Second World War battlefields of El Alamein, a poignant reminder of this region’s place in history.

  • Egypt's Nile Kingdoms
  • Highlights of Jordan - 7 Days
  • This compact tour of Jordan takes in its key highlights, with a whole day devoted to its most spectacular and iconic site – the rose-red city of Petra. Delve into Jordan’s fascinating history with visits to the Roman city of Jerash and the famous mosaics at Madaba and Umm al Rasas, and discover its natural side as you have a unique swimming experience in the Dead Sea and take a 4-hour jeep safari in the deserts of Wadi Rum.

  • Treasures of Jordan - 10 Days
  • A comprehensive tour taking in Jordan’s breathtaking variety of historical and archaeological sites. Wander the streets of Roman cities, discover magnificent Crusader castles, explore early Islamic hunting lodges and the incredible Nabatean city of Petra, and journey deep into the red sands of Wadi Rum before relaxing in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.

  • Classic Tour of Iran
  • This 9 day tour through the heartland of Iran starts in Tehran and continues to explore Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz and the important sites in between. A comprehensive cultural tour of some of Iran’s most important sites.