Middle East tailor-made holidays
The Middle East appeals to the adventurous, discerning traveller as one of the most rewarding places to spend time. Home to some of the world's most significant civilisations and great religions, the region resonates with history and culture.
Mythical modern cities sit alongside ancient sites of enormous importance including Persepolis in Iran and Petra in Jordan. Elsewhere, the minarets and mosaics of centres such as Esfahan in Iran mark the passage of centuries, the souks continue to bustle and Beirut in Lebanon and Dubai showcase a modern sophistication that is slowly sweeping the region.
Away from the cities, vast swathes of empty desert and shifting dunes in Oman or the UAE border the underwater world of the Red Sea, ensuring that there are plenty of activity and adventure holiday options here and natural wonders to explore as well.
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Amongst the deserts and wild spaces of the Middle East are a host of natural wonders that are starkly, dramatically beautiful, with must-see sights in Israel, Jordan, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
The Middle East is a fascinating, diverse region to cruise through, with plenty of enticing ports and destinations to divert to. Popular stops in Israel, Jordan and Oman are the most frequently visited.
Take a 4WD and head into the desert on a Middle East wildlfie holiday, in search of dramatic landscapes and some unusual wildlife. Look for iconic antelope in Jordan and Oman or dive the Red Sea from Israel and Jordan.
The Middle East is rich in history and culture, with countries such as Israel, Jordan and Syria containing significant sites just waiting for you to discover.
Centuries of tradition, diverse natural and cultural highlights and breathtaking landscapes await you on an escorted tour of the Middle East, whether you travel to Israel, Jordan or Oman.
Escape the hurly burly and bustle of the Middle East main cities by taking a spa break in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. Alternatively travel to Jordan or Oman for the prefect, relaxing escape.
The Middle East has a number of exclusive beaches that compete with the luxury hotels' swimming pools for your attention, especially in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman.
The Middle East has been popualr with intrepid travellers in search of activity and adventure holdiays for some time. Travel into the deserts of Jordan or Oman in particular to discover the opportunities available to you here.
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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.
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Early booking discount – Save up to £45 pp
Book by: 31 March 2018
This fascinating city has long been the bridge between Europe and Asia. This short break will see you explore the city in the company of an expert private guide. Highlights include the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, the food-lovers' district of Beyoglu, and the Grand Bazaar.
Hotel savings and free half board at Bab Al Shams – Save up to £375 pp
Book by: 27 October 2017
Combine palm-studded beaches, duty-free shopping and stays in some of the world's most opulent hotels with desert resorts that seem plucked from the Middle Eastern folk tales of The Arabian Nights.
Early booking offer: stay 5 nights and pay for only 4
Book by: 11 December 2017
With its very own souk and small fleet of traditional Arabic boats that transport guests throughout the hotel, this enchanting Abu Dhabi resort oozes both style and luxury. It's all complemented by a private beach, a superb spa and a range of world-class restaurants.
Save up to £416 per couple
Book by: 30 November 2017
Shangri-La’s award-winning Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is a luxury complex of three hotels set between rugged mountains and the Gulf of Oman’s sparkling Al Jissah Bay, in Oman’s capital city of Muscat.
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