Middle East History & Culture Holidays
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
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.
Discover old Persia in the splendour of the country’s desert ruins and welcoming Iran in palatial gardens, venerable mosques and glorifying mausoleums.
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.