Tag Archives: Middle East

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Middle East Tours – Land of Many Contrasts

The best way to explore what is considered by many to be the cradle of civilizations is on one of our Middle East tours, where we explore the history, religions, culture and art of countries throughout the Middle East.

Petra The Treasury Jordan Khazneh

At Petra in Jordan, the facade of The Treasury, hewn from solid rock, is nearly 39 metres high and dates back to the second century BC.

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Dome of the Rock Temple Mount Jerusalem Israel

Israel Group Tours – Exploring the Holy Land

On our Israel group tours, travellers will have a chance to delve into the multi-layered history of this complex country. Discovering this land, with many religions considering Jerusalem as their holiest city, necessitates a slower pace to be able to understand how everyday life here is closely intertwined with religion.

Dome of the Rock Temple Mount Jerusalem Israel

The Dome of the Rock, with its distinctive golden dome, is and Islamic shrine located in Jerusalem’s old city, atop the Temple Mount and was finished construction in 691 AD.

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Why Oman should be on your travel wish list.

It’s hard not to get lost in the noise that hums around a certain region. In the Arabian Gulf, that noise often exudes from certain cosmopolitan cities with attractions such building the world’s tallest buildings, malls with indoor ski slopes, and where architecture takes on forms that only the most creative can imagine.

Oman travel valley

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Jordan mountains desert

WHAT A SITE!

A short distance north of Petra, Jordan, lies an area of pale honey coloured rock – Al Beidha in Arabic, ‘the white one’ – the next most important site in Wadi Musa, also included in Petra’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here in the 1st century AD the Nabataeans established a commercial suburb, a place for trading caravans to stop en route between south Arabia and the Mediterranean.

Jordan mountains desert

Photo Credit: Martin Charlton

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Saint Simeon Monastery Aswan Egypt

What A Site: Egypt’s Saint Simeon Monastery

With our 30-year anniversary right around the corner, our minds turn nostalgically to our very first tour and one of our favourite sites of all time—Upper Egypt’s Saint Simeon Monastery. Not only is this a unique and fascinating place, the overall experience is further enhanced by our preferred means of accessing it—the venerable ‘Ship of the Desert’—the regal and iconic camel. We are also very pleased to be working with the descendants of the same local family, the Magdis, who have supplied camels to our groups since 1987!

Saint Simeon Monastery Aswan Egypt

Coptic Christians established the Monastery of Saint Simeon in the 7th century near Aswan in Egypt.

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Introducing Everyday Middle East

As part of the Adventures Abroad’s family, Lindsay MacKenzie is a name you may know well as one of our beloved tour leaders. Working also as a photographer and a multimedia journalist, Lindsay boldly started a project called Everyday Middle East to document life beyond the gruelling headlines in both the Middle East and Northern Africa.

The project is beautiful and we can’t express how proud we are of her accomplishments with this. Here is a quick look at the Everyday Middle East project on Instagram.

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