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Middle East

Ancient sites play headlining roles in Middle Eastern countries, where a cultural tapestry rich with timeless traditions and tales of life long ago coexists with present-day innovations. Whether you're exploring Israel, Jordan, Egypt or Morocco, our journeys through the Middle East introduce you to timeless architectural treasures and cultural legacies to be learned, shared and experienced.

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Welcome to the Middle East

Thousands of years of history, culture and traditions shroud this area of the world with mystery. Past meets present as you discover Egyptian pyramids, temples and tombs thousands of years old from accommodations luxuriously designed with today’s comforts. Ride a camel to the lost city of Petra and feast on Bedouin delights in the desert. See Jerusalem’s ancient Tower of David in a new light when techno colors and sounds show it off at night. Travel through the Valley of the Kings lined with Pharaohs and noble families of the ancient world. Cruise along the enchanted Nile by riverboat. And so much more...

Ancient Petra

The ancient Nabataean city of Petra in Jordan

The ancient pink city of Petra in modern-day Jordan was carved out of rose-colored sandstone cliffs by its Nabataean builders perhaps as far back as the 4th century BCE, and abandoned sometime during the early Islamic era. Much of it remained hidden in the mountains and desert sands for thousands of years before its “discovery” by western explorers in the early 19th century. Today, its stunning temples, tombs and other key features like Al Khazneh (The Treasury) are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Jordan’s most popular historic attraction, which you’ll explore on foot and by horse cart.

The Valley of the Kings

Discovering Egypt's Valley of the Kings

Nestled in Egypt’s Theban hills west of the Nile River, near today’s Luxor, stands the Valley of the Kings – where, between the 16th and 11th centuries BC, complexes of tombs were cut out of the rock to house the remains of the Pharaohs and other nobles of Egypt’s New Kingdom, and prepare them for the afterlife. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains more than 60 identified tombs and chambers. While many were once filled with treasures, most have been plundered through the ages… with the exception of that of the famous tomb of Tutankhamun, discovered intact in the 1920s, whose artifacts and remains have been removed and preserved. Visiting any of these tombs today is an experience not to be missed.

Dinner in the desert, Berber-style

Travel by 4x4 vehicle to a Berber-style dinner in a desert camp

In the desert outside Marrakech, ancient Berber villages preserve time-honored folkways and rituals – like the traditional Moroccan tea ceremony – that have survived for centuries. Ride aboard a 4x4 vehicle to one of these villages for tea with the village chief and a crash-course in Berber culture. Then it's on to our desert camp, where dinner is served Berber-style under a tent with musical entertainment. Experience local customs like riding a camel... smoking shisha (using a hubbly-bubbly pipe, or hookah, to smoke flavored tobacco)... or having your hands or feet decorated with traditional henna designs!

A cruise on the Red Sea

Enjoy a sundowner on the Red Sea

Set out from the port city of Aqaba aboard a private boat for a sundowner cruise on the Red Sea, where the waters were once parted by Moses and today open up to coral reefs renowned for rewarding diving adventures.

Visit the Bahá'i Shrine and Gardens

The Tomb of the Báb in Haifa

On the slopes of Mount Carmel in Haifa stands one of the holiest places on Earth for followers of the Bahá'í Faith, which teaches that no religion has a monopoly on the truth. It is the beautiful Baha'i Shrine and Gardens, home to the Tomb of the Báb (Baha'i Allah), the Persian-born 19th-century former merchant who founded the Bábí Faith in the 1840s. The Báb is revered as the herald and one of the central figures of the Bahá'í Faith, which was established years after his death by one of his followers, Bahá'u'lláh. A succession of 19 immaculately manicured garden terraces lead to the golden-domed tomb of the Báb.

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“The Middle East is a region that will delight and surprise your senses at every corner. From the music and sights to the tastes and culinary aromas, everything about this part of the world is truly remarkable” – Leo Papa,Tour Architect

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