Experience adventure travel in the Middle East from Istanbul to Cairo.

Experience adventure travel in the Middle East as you journey through lands suspended in time. From Istanbul to Cairo, experience the diversity of Turkey and the tumultuous history of Syria. Moving on into Jordan, grab the chance to see the facades of Petra and follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia through Wadi Rum. In Egypt, climb Mt Sinai for an incredible panorama and relax at a Red Sea beach camp before the adventure comes to an end in Cairo.

Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Cairo, Egypt
Countries
Egypt,
Jordan,
Turkey
Themes
Explorer
Code
EERVC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 14
Carbon offset
928kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Haggle your heart out in the bazaars of Istanbul
  • Marvel at the gleaming travertines of Pamukkale
  • Walk between curious fairy-chimney formations in Cappadocia
  • Experience local hospitality at a Sanliurfa homestay
  • Travel to Petra and marvel at its rock-hewn beauty
  • Take a desert safari through Wadi Rum
  • Enjoy a Red Sea beach camp
  • Scramble up the slopes of Mt Sinai
  • Explore Cairo's souqs

Itinerary

Experience the electric energy of the Grand Bazaar or learn about harem life at Topkapi Palace.
See gleaming travertine pools renowned for their healing properties before heading to Selcuk to explore Ephesus.
Explore the incredible ruins of Ephesus, once a trading powerhouse and now Turkey's best-preserved ancient city. Afterwards, taste local wine in Sirince, a village seemingly unchanged by time.
Wander among graciously restored Ottoman houses and scattered Roman ruins.
Explore valleys dotted with otherworldly fairy chimneys and pigeon houses.
Venture into rural Turkey and the ancient lands of King Antiochus.
Enjoy a homestay and a traditional meal with local friends.
Travel to Syria and discover the ruined Citadel or browse the fabulous covered souq in Aleppo.
Soak up the beauty of Hama.
Step into the pages of history as you enter the ancient ruins of Palmyra.
Delight in Syria's glamorous capital city of Damascus, a maze of winding alleyways, lively bazaars and gorgeous architecture attributed to the Persians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs.
Travel to Jordan and make tracks to its vibrant capital city of Amman.
Travel to Petra and spend time exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, which has held people spellbound for centuries.
Enjoy a desert safari and spend the night under the stars with Bedouin hosts at Wadi Rum.
Cross into Egypt and enjoy a taste of a Red Sea holiday - maybe snorkel the warm waters or settle in for a seafood feast.
Scale the famous Mt Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments.
Explore the rambling souqs and fascinating museums of Cairo, or perhaps venture out to witness the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza.
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Inclusions

Meals
4 breakfasts3 dinners
Transport
Bus, Dolmus, Ferry, Jeep, Minibus, Overnight bus, Van
Accommodation
Beach hut (2 nights), Desert camp (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (12 nights), Overnight bus (1 night), Pension (7 nights)
Included activites
  • 4WD jeep safari and desert camp
  • Mt Sinai climb with local guide

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Notes

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

Important notes

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