North Africa & Middle East

This is a region of the world which is frequently in the news, but don’t let that put you off, there’s plenty of places you can enjoy exploring away from the hotspots. Here’s just a few of the many highlights!

Egypt is amazing, starting with the chaos of Cairo with its bustling bazaars, the imposing glory of the Pyramids of Giza and the world’s most famous lion with a human head (the iconic Sphinx). It is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, with a history that spans over 5,000 years. Then explore Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, and the Valley of the Kings, where the tombs of pharaohs including Tutankhamun were discovered. The Nile is the lifeblood of Egypt, and a river cruise offers a unique perspective on the country’s landscapes, history, and culture. Egypt has been incredibly popular post Covid, so please book early!

Jordan’s also been very popular recently; the two undoubted highlights are Petra, the Rose City, famous for its rock-cut architecture and ancient water conduit system and Wadi Rum, a desert valley known for its stunning landscapes and the opportunity to experience Bedouin culture and go on desert safaris. Wadi Rum is often featured as a location for blockbuster sci-fi movies such is it’s otherworldliness.

Dubai is a city of superlatives with the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, as well as luxurious shopping malls, artificial islands, and a vibrant nightlife. It’s the perfect stopover destination to or from Europe as hotel prices are extremely reasonable for the very high standards, and a great transit point to North Africa or other Arabian gems like Oman or the brand new tourist destination of Saudi Arabia.

Jerusalem (Israel/Palestine) is the holy city for three major religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and home to religious sites like the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock.

Morocco: Known for its bustling souks, vibrant street life, and historic medina, imperial cities like Marrakech, Meknes & Fez offer visitors a glimpse into Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re wandering the wind-battered port town of Essaouira, exploring the famous Kasbah in Aït Benhaddou or sleeping beneath the Saharan stars, a healthy dose of Maghreb hospitality makes Morocco truly unforgettable.