Middle East

Middle East Adventure Tours

The Middle East is the cradle of civilization where many of today’s major religions were born. There is millennia of history around every corner. As well as ancient ruins there are beautiful landscapes from snow capped mountain ranges to arid deserts and fertile valleys to explore. Inquisitive people and warm hospitality where travellers are treated with respect like honoured guests. Turkey is at the crossroads of Europe and Asia with its Roman ruins, Mediterranean resorts and Mt Ararat, the supposed resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. The Pharaohs of Egypt left behind many monuments of their building audacity. More and more travellers are discovering Iran’s magical charms beyond the Revolution, its warm hospitable people, its Persian history and fascinating culture. Saudi Arabia is still a mystery to most Westerners, restricted to all but the most hardiest, and the luckiest, of travellers who get the chance to get into the forgotten kingdom. Oman is a land of incredible contrasts with empty desert to bustling cities, the island of Socotra is truly like arriving back in the Jurassic. A walk in Palestine is to walk in the footsteps of history. Come explore all the Middle East can offer on our wide range of tour possibilities, from Overland to Small Group to trekking tours.

Tours in the Middle East


Turkey – Eastern Borders

In a different world to Turkey’s bustling seaside resorts, the exciting lands of eastern Turkey offer adventure, rich cultural experiences and breathtaking scenery. Beginning in the lush mountains of the Black Sea region, travel across arid plains, past crumbled villages and deep blue lakes. The tangle of ancient and current cultures will intrigue you as you visit evocative, historical sites such as the ancient Armenian capital of Ani, the Byzantine masterpiece that is Sumela Monastery, the Ishak Pasa Palace, the architecture of Mardin and many seldom visited spots such as Lake Çildir and the remote Georgian churches and fortresses in the northeast. Mount Ararat at 5137m dominates the Iranian border and Lake Van, vast and mountain encircled, feeds the plains near the Iraqi frontier. With its broad vistas and dramatic scenery, its ubiquitous borders, and a fascinating history and culture, this trip gives a truly varied insight into a part of
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Walking in Palestine

With a cultural and historical legacy dating back millennia, the lands occupied by modern day Iran have witnessed the rise and fall of many notable empires. This short but insightful trip takes us on a journey through the heartland of these empires and ‘behind the veil’ of this much misunderstood country. From the beautiful gardens and shrines of Shiraz, we’ll travel via the atmospheric and timeless remains of the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis to the town of Yazd, with its well-preserved traditional houses and Zoroastrian burial towers. From here we will continue to one of the Middle East’s most spectacular destinations – the C17th and C18th capital of Isfahan. Home not only to some of the region’s finest Islamic architecture and the world’s second largest square, the Mayden-e Imam, this is also a great place to wander through the narrow corridors of the extensive souks with their handicrafts and carpets.
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Iran Unveiled

To say Iran is misunderstood would not be an understatement. However, for many centuries Iran and its people have welcome travellers as honoured guests, and today is no different. The chance to meet and engage in interesting conversations with the well educated and world knowledgable local people is often a highlight for any traveller to Iran. Absorb the history of the ancient ruins of Persepolis, the magnificent tile-work of Esfahan’s mosques and the medieval wind-towers of Yazd. Shop in the bustling Grand Bazaar of Tehran or retreat to it may be the quiet vehicle-free village streets of Abyaneh and the rural tranquillity of Faraghe. Iran is a fascinating country and this great introductory trip will leave you wanting to return.
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Cairo to Khartoum Overland

This classic overland route between Cairo and Khartoum will take you from the splendours of ancient Egypt to the vast deserts of Sudan. With more Pyramids than Egypt, we will explore Sudan across a vast desert wilderness with so many highlights and hidden gems in between. This journey of stark contrasts is one of the most fantastic and rewarding experiences in Africa, and overlanding is one of the best ways to travel through Sudan!
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Oman Desert Adventure

Oman is one of Arabia’s true gems - a land of rugged coastlines and vast deserts where tradition and progress go hand in hand. This wonderful adventure takes us from the heart of its picturesque capital, deep into mountains and deserts of the Bedu and the old Omani Imamate. We will take in the breathless landscapes of the Hajar Mountains and the shifting sands of Wahiba, explore the old forts of Jabrin and Nizwa and journey into the vast emptiness of the Rub Al Khali, the Empty Quarter. It is a journey of incredible contrasts, following in the footsteps of the pioneering explorers of old and taking in some of the richest natural and cultural highlights that Arabia has to offer.
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Saudi Arabia – The Forbidden Kingdom

One of the most inaccessible places on the planet for western travellers, Saudi Arabia is more than anything a land of mystery and a world very different from anything you may have experienced before. On this trip we aim to uncover some of the hidden secrets of one of travel’s last frontiers, lifting the veil on a land that has been out of bounds for so long. We start in the cosmopolitan city of Jeddah, a juxtaposition of bright new developments and old Ottoman heritage, before heading to the striking Asir Mountains, a contrast from the city and one of the country’s most traditional areas. We visit ancient oasis settlements, a village hanging frion the cliffs and discover prehistoric rock art, before driving via the ghost town of Al Ula to Madain Saleh. The jewel of Saudi Arabia’s historic sites, Madain Saleh was built by the same civilisation as built Jordan’s
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Persian Explorer

Persian Explorer

With a cultural and historical legacy dating back millennia, the lands occupied by modern day Iran have witnessed the rise and fall of many notable empires. This short but insightful trip takes us on a journey through the heartland of Iran and ‘behind the veil’ of the much this misunderstood country. This is a varied and rewarding trip which will very much appeal to anyone who has ever wanted to see the treasures of ancient Persia or has ever wondered what life in Iran is really like.
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