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Middle East History and culture

Middle East History & Culture Holidays

Introduction

The history and culture of the Middle East is diverse, influenced by a number of different movements and civilizations.

There are a number of exceptionally well-preserved Roman ruins in the Middle East, including Jerash in Jordan, perhaps the best-preserved classical site, and Bosra and Palmyra in Syria, where you can see extensive, remarkable ruins that hint strongly at what these places were like in their heyday.

Competing with these is Petra in Jordan; built by the Nabateans, the site celebrates the 200 year anniversary of its 're-discovery' in 2012 and still retains its power to amaze and silence as you emerge from the Siq canyon to be confronted by the Treasury Tomb in all its splendid glory.

The Old City in Jerusalem in Israel holds special historical and religious significance with sites from the Holy Sepulchre to the Dome of the Rock drawing large crowds.

These are just a handful of the options available though. You can also tailor-make your history and culture holiday in the Middle East by adding a city stay or other excusrion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.

Our top itineraries for Middle East History and culture

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London–Istanbul

9-day luxury rail journey from £8,740 pp

Each year, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express takes an exclusive few on its original route, sweeping though France, Hungary and Romania to end in Istanbul. You’ll travel in the utmost opulence throughout, enjoying fine dining, champagne-bar delights and curated stops for expert-led tours.

Essential Iran

8-day tailor-made private tour from £3,275 pp incl. flights

Discover old Persia in the splendour of the country’s desert ruins and welcoming Iran in palatial gardens, venerable mosques and glorifying mausoleums.

Muscat and Mountains

8-day tailor-made tour from £2,290 pp incl. flights

Sample Oman's incredible culture on this tailor-made tour, visiting Nizwa, capital of the interior and birthplace of Islam in Oman, and Muscat, the capital with its bustling souq (market) and sparkling gulf. Stay at Alila Jabal Akhdar and Shangri-La Muscat (al Bandar) during this tour.

Sanctuary Nile Experience

8-day luxury river cruise from £1,940 pp incl. flights

This river cruise aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV takes in everything from the Valley of the Kings to the great temples of Aswan. And, spread across a total of eight luxurious days, it's a truly relaxed way to explore the highlights of the Nile Valley.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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