Middle East Adventure Overview

Take a holiday in the Middle East and tour through Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey on an adventure from Cairo to Istanbul, via the Pyramids of Giza, the Red Sea and the lost city of Petra.

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Enjoy a Middle East adventure through Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey.

Holidays in the Middle East are eye-opening adventures into another world. From Cairo to Istanbul, travel through lands bearing legacies of Egyptian, Islamic, Christian, Persian and Roman civilisations. Visiting Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey, you can cruise the Nile on a felucca, discover impressive temples, delve into underground cities, snorkel incredible underwater worlds and be humbled by the locals' generous hospitality. Discover it all on this epic adventure through the intriguing Middle East.

  • Cruise the Nile on a felucca
  • Discover Cappadocia's surreal landscapes
  • Experience the ancient city of Damascus
  • Explore Luxor's Valley of the Kings
  • Marvel at the lost city of Petra
  • Snorkel or dive in the Red Sea
  • Uncover hidden gems in the backstreets of Istanbul
  • Visit Cairo and see the Pyramids of Giza

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Cairo, Egypt
  • Finish:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    17 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Beach hut (1 nt), Desert camp (1 nt), Felucca (1 nt), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (18 nts), Overnight sleeper train (3 nts), Pension (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Camel, Felucca, Ferry, Jeep, Overnight sleeper train, Taxi, Train, Van
  • Included activities:

    4WD jeep safari and desert camp, Camel ride at the Pyramids, Colossi of Memnon, Dead Sea, Donkey ride (seasonal - not in summer), Egyptian Museum, Goreme - Underground city, Guided tour of Petra, Home-cooked traditional meal with local family, Intrepid Foundation Project visit - ACE (Animal Care in Egypt), Karnak Temple, Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit, Krak des Chevaliers, Krak des Chevaliers local guide, Mt Nebo, Mt Nemrut, Mt Sinai climb with local guide, Nubian village visit and meal, Overnight felucca sailing trip, Palmyra local guide, Palmyra tour, Pyramids and Sphinx, Umayyad Mosque, Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    911kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. The welcome meeting for this trip is at 4PM on day 1 2. Please note there may be a revised itinerary in the winter months (approx. October - March), when it is often not possible to travel to Mt Nemrut due to snow blocking the mountainous roads. On these occasions we will spend 3nts in Goreme 3. A single supplement is available on this trip. See important notes for single supplement exception nights UNREST IN SYRIA: This itinerary is currently not operating due to the devastating unrest in Syria. Until the situation improves there are other Middle East departures that you could consider such as the: Jordan & Egypt Express (EERJ), Pyramids to Petra (XESW) + Turkey Discovery (ERSW) trips

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Days 1-2 Cairo

Welcome to a city like no other. Be immersed in Cairo's chaos, colour and culture with a trip to Khan al-Khalili, Egypt's most famous bazaar. For a change of pace, climb aboard a camel and visit the impressive Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza for those iconic vistas. Take time to visit the fascinating Egyptian Museum, home to more than 120,000 antiquities and relics including the famous burial treasures recovered from King Tutankhamun's tomb. In the evening, take an overnight sleeper train bound south.

Days 3-5 Aswan/Nile Felucca

Join a local Nubian family for dinner to experience a slice of Nile culture firsthand. There is also time for an optional day trip to the fascinating temples of Abu Simbel. Later, set sail down the Nile on a magical overnight felucca journey, sleeping on deck under the starry sky.

Days 6-7 Luxor

Known as Thebes to the ancient Egyptians, Luxor conceals amazing treasures. Pay a visit to an Intrepid-supported animal care project and wander the amazing Temples of Karnak. Enjoy a donkey ride before heading to the Valley of the Kings to visit three of the best-preserved pharaonic tombs. Afterwards, join a local family for a traditional home-cooked lunch and enjoy free time before boarding an overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.

Day 8 Cairo

Explore Cairo in your own time and catch up on all the sights you may have missed earlier.

Day 9 Mt Sinai

Climb Mt Sinai for panoramic desert views. Visit the monastery of St Katherine, built at the site of the burning bush.

Day 10 Red Sea Beach Camp

Stay in beach huts and use free time to laze on the beach, snorkel the Red Sea's underwater world and tuck into tasty seafood. With warm sunsets, spectacular reefs and golden sand, this area of immense natural beauty is the perfect spot to sit back and relax.

Day 11 Aqaba

Step on to a ferry and cross into Jordan to spend the night in Aqaba, Jordan's only seaport.

Day 12 Wadi Rum

Bunker down in a desert camp in Wadi Rum with Bedouin tribespeople. A safari reveals the sublime beauty of the desert; sand dunes are interrupted by lunar-like rocky peaks, some of which bear carved inscriptions from ancient civilisations.

Days 13-14 Petra

Explore the long-lost city of Petra, carved out of a cliff face. A local guide helps to reveal the history of this ancient wonder.

Days 15-16 Madaba

Head to the coast for a soak in the Dead Sea. The salinity of the Dead Sea makes for effortless floating and the mud is known for its healing properties. Make a stop at Mt Nebo before reaching Madaba.

Days 17-18 Damascus

Cross the border into Syria and roam the alleyways of the ancient city of Damascus.

Day 19 Palmyra

Explore the ruins of Palmyra, the former Silk Road city that rises hauntingly from the desert.

Day 20 Krak des Chevaliers

Visit this imposing fortress which remains one of the world's most impressive castles.

Days 21-22 Aleppo

Revel in the excitement of the souq and perhaps enjoy a rejuvenating scrub in a Syrian hamam.

Day 23 Sanliurfa / Homestay

Cross the border into Turkey and revel in the exotic charms of this pilgrimage town. Enjoy warm hospitality and a spicy homemade meal while staying with a friendly local family.

Day 24 Mt Nemrut

Be entranced by the colossal stone heads of Mt Nemrut.

Days 25-27 Goreme

Be spellbound by the Cappadocia region, famous for its underground cities, whimsical fairy chimneys and stone churches.

Day 28 Istanbul

A fascinating fusion of East and West, Istanbul begs to be explored.
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