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Middle East Tours

Middle East Tours

Brace yourself for a sensory experience like no other. The Middle East is colourful, exotic, rooted in tradition while racing towards the future. It’s a land of magnificent ancient wonders, holy sights dating back millennia, sprawling desert megacities and isolated Bedouin villages.

On our small Middle East tours, you’ll discover a veritable Aladdin’s cave of wonders. Join us as we reveal the intriguing blend of religions, traditions and cultures that make the Middle East an endlessly rewarding destination.
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.

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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort
Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

Our Middle East Tour Leaders

Our Middle East tours include an expert guide and a maximum of 18 participants, ensuring you enjoy a richer, more relaxed travel experience.

Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Where To Go In Middle East
The Middle East has an abundance of treasures in store for travellers. Haggle for exotic spices in the markets of Bahrain, journey by camel through the red-sand deserts of Oman and seek out Petra’s hidden city. You can also explore Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza and hear the Muslim call to prayer beside Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

 

Bahrain
Made up of 33 distinctive islands, Bahrain is an intoxicating blend of old and new. Beyond the soaring skyscrapers, find historic relics, prehistoric burial grounds and shop for bargains in the narrow lanes of Manama Souq.
Egypt
The Great Pyramids are Egypt’s undoubted star attraction. But there’s plenty more to experience, including Nile boat trips, visits to Roman catacombs and desert camel rides in search of remote Christian monasteries.
Israel
Travellers flock to Israel for its religious sites and sacred stories. But this beautiful land has even more to offer. Visit buzzing cities, dramatic coastline and enjoy floating in the salty stillness of the Red Sea.
Jordan
Get ready for an Arabian adventure in Jordan. In this land of archaeological treasures, you can explore the sandstone city of Petra, visit Biblical sites, and share tea with Bedouin tribesmen in otherworldly Wadi Rum.
Oman
Less showy than its oil-rich neighbours, Oman is a jewel of the Middle East. Shop for Frankincense at the market in Salalah, take a cruise aboard a traditional dhow and stargaze on a magical desert camp excursion.
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is perhaps most famous for its ultra-modern cities. But there’s much more to see and do, from the spice souks of Old Dubai to the white sand and date palms of Ajman.
Frequently Asked Questions
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When is the best time to visit the Middle East?

The best time to visit the Middle East is between October to April. At this time of year, pleasantly warm temperatures are ideal for exploring the region’s iconic sites, such as Petra and the Great Pyramids. In summer (May-September) the heat can be stifling throughout much of the region. In places such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, temperatures can go into the high 40°Cs.

Pack for colder weather during the winter. Nights can be cold in many parts of the Middle East, and places such as Jordan even experience snow.

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What countries are in the Middle East?

Spanning the far east of Europe and far west of Asia, the Middle East covers 6.8 million square kilometers. This transcontinental region is composed of the following 17 countries: Bahrain Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

 

Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.