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Middle East Tours

Our selection of Middle East tours explore exotic lands shrouded in mystery and romance that have lured travellers for centuries.

Explore age-old archaeological wonders and surreal desert landscapes in Jordan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. These countries also boast cities that proudly combine traditional culture and ancient monuments with sleek, contemporary architecture.

Most visitors to Jordan begin their adventure in Amman, a modern metropolis located less than an hour from Jerash, said to have the best collection of Roman ruins outside of Italy. Travel along the King’s Highway and tour the imposing Crusader castle at Kerak, before walking through the narrow Siq into the famous lost city of Petra. Other must sees in the region include Wadi Rum, for its breathtaking sandstone mountains and surreal rock formations, and the Dead Sea, a unique body of water 422m below sea level.

In Oman, explore the gracious capital of Muscat, with its colourful souks and Portuguese forts, before heading out to the gorgeous Musandam Peninsula. Wonderfully isolated, this mountainous area is often likened to Norway, with plenty of pretty inlets (known as ‘khors’) surrounded by dramatic rocky cliffs.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are perfect options for a stopover en route to Europe or Africa. Their glittering skyscrapers and gleaming shopping malls are marvellous examples of 21st century engineering and commerce, while there are plenty of elegant mosques and vibrant souks for those interested in local culture. You can also venture out into the desert for camel trekking, horseback riding or 4WD safaris.

To find out more about our range of tours and city stays in Oman, Jordan, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, please download specific pages below or click here to download the entire Middle East section of our Africa brochure.

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Muscat & Oman

Offering far more than spectacular desert landscapes, Oman has a proud and ancient culture and a wealth of archaeological wonders.

Suffused with the mystery and romance of Arabia, Oman is relatively untouched by modern tourism. The capital Muscat is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East and has a magnificent setting between the Al Hajar Mountains and the Arabian Sea. From Muscat, take day tours to visit ancient stone forts, picturesque fishing villages, rugged mountains, canyons, oases and sand dunes.

Oman’s Musandam Peninsula

Oman’s stunningly beautiful Musandam Peninsula is perfect for 4WD mountain safaris and dhow cruises or snorkelling to see the amazing marine life.

Dubbed the Norway of the Middle East, the dramatic Musandam Peninsula is characterised by soaring golden cliffs, narrow channels and jagged rocks that resemble glacier-carved fjords without the greenery. The seas are also rich in coral, fish and dolphins. The Peninsula is just two hours by road from Dubai or a short flight from Muscat.

The Greco-Roman city of Jerash, Jordan

Just outside Jordan’s capital, Amman, is the magnificent ancient city of Jerash. This well-preserved Greco-Roman archaeological site is one of the largest outside Europe.

Jerash features a long colonnaded street, plazas, temples dedicated to Artemis and Zeus, a hippodrome, baths, the Triumphal Arch of Hadrian and a grand amphitheatre. Enough structures remain intact for archaeologists and historians, and even the casual visitor, to piece together ancient life under the rule of a Roman emperor. We highly recommend a visit as part of your tour of Jordan.

Petra

The legendary city of Petra is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The spectacular approach to Petra is via a 1.4 km-long rock canyon with steep sides.

Built by the Nabataeans in 100 BC it is renowned for its impressive rock cut architecture and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of the canyon, the sides become increasingly narrow until the famous ‘Treasury’ is glimpsed through a narrow gap in the rock. Used in the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” this astonishing gateway into Petra is just the beginning. Within the city are many tombs, an amphitheatre and a magnificent hilltop monastery.

Desert Landscapes of Wadi Rum

The astonishing landscapes of Wadi Rum are home to a number of Bedouin tribes who until recently, still lived a nomadic lifestyle.

The desert was made famous by British officer and author T.E. Lawrence – the famous Lawrence of Arabia – who took part in the Arab struggle against the Turks and Germans during the World War I. Spend a night or two in a romantic desert camp and soak up the colours and spectacular rock formations of the unique landscape.

The Dead Sea

Visit the fabled Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth at 422m below sea level. The salts and minerals are considered to provide many health benefits to humans.

Rediscover the safari experience of old on a fully serviced mobile camping safari. Accommodation is in comfortable camps set up at exclusive camp sites. Facilities include guest tents with stretcher beds, linen, bedding, and ensuite bush shower and toilet. Alternatively why not enjoy an expertly guided canoe trail for 45 kms along Botswana’s beautiful Selinda Spillway. After each day’s adventures on the water through an area rich in wildlife, you will camp at night on the riverbanks and enjoy dinner under the stars.

Dubai, U.A.E.

A modern city of glittering skyscrapers, luxury hotels, stylish restaurants and glamorous shopping malls, Dubai is a popular stopover destination en route to Africa and Europe.

Visit traditional buildings along Dubai Creek, view the grand Jumeirah Mosque, and explore the winding alleyways of the spice souk. Relax on the beach or take a sunset excursion by 4WD into the desert dunes for an evening feast under the stars.

Abu Dhabi

More laid back than Dubai, the city still has plenty of impressive buildings, including the Sheikh Zeyad Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world.

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is also by far the largest of the emirates. It features breathtaking architecture, soaring columns, minarets and huge chandeliers. Drive along the beautiful Corniche, visit the Heritage Village or take a desert adventure out into the Empty Quarter.

Middle East Sample Itineraries & Accommodation

Our range of Middle East tours include city stopovers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, tailor made tours of Jordan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, desert safaris and desert resorts. All of our safaris and tours are completely tailor made to suit our clients interests, budget, and timeframe. To find out more about the type of Middle East tour program we can put together for you, please download pages below.

Oman Muscat

Oman – Muscat

One of the oldest cities in the Middle East, Muscat is a gracious mix of old and new, set between the magnificent Al Hajar Mountains and the Arabian Sea. Take a private half day city tour visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the old port of Muttrah with its vibrant souks and the Bait Al Zubair Museum.

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Musandam Peninsula

Oman – Musandam Peninsula

Located on the northeastern-most tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman’s stunning Musandam Peninsula is ideal for 4WD safaris and dhow cruises. Get a closer look at the fjords and visit traditional communities long cut off from the world. Marine life is rich, offering great snorkelling and scuba diving.

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Jordan - Amman

Jordan – Amman

Amman, capital of Jordan, is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Greco-Roman ruins and medieval mosques juxtapose with contemporary hotels and offices. Wander the well-preserved amphitheatre and marvel at the ancient Citadel atop the city’s highest hill.

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Treasures of Jordan

Treasures of Jordan

Journey through the ancient kingdom of Jordan to the magnificent Greco-Roman ruins at Jerash, inspect glorious Byzantine mosaics at Madaba and tour the fortified Kerak Castle. Walk through the narrow Siq to lay eyes on the ancient rosy rock-hewn city of Petra.

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Dubai

Dubai

This glistening modern city in the Arabian Desert is perfect for a stopover or a short holiday. Visit Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Creek and the picturesque, wind-towered merchant houses. Cruise by traditional dhow or travel out to the desert for dinner under the stars.

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Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi offers culture, history and adventure. Visit the lavish Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world, drive along the spectacular Corniche, visit the Heritage Village, the fish market and souk.I It’s also possible to venture out into the lonesome Empty Quarter.

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Middle East Overview

Why The Middle East: From lost cities in the desert to the gleaming 21st century skyscrapers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Middle East has something for everyone. Wander the narrow lanes of spice souks or stroll the glitzy arcades of modern shopping malls. This region is a cradle of human civilisation and the crossroads of three major religions.

Climate: Summers in Jordan are hot and temperatures between May and October reach 30°-36°C. The rest of the year is warm to mild, and can get quite cold on winter nights. Oman and the UAE are hot for most of the year with temperatures reaching well over 40°C in summer.

Combine With: Dubai and Abu Dhabi combine well with Jordan or Oman as well as Morocco. The Middle East can also be combined with a safari in Kenya and Tanzania.

Getting There: Daily flights are available from Australia to Dubai (Emirates) or Abu Dhabi (Etihad).

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