Discover the patchwork of cultures and people that form the diverse Middle East.

The Pyramids of Egypt. The alien rock formations of Turkey. The buoyant blue waters of the Dead Sea. These places have a mythical air about them, and for most young travellers exist only in the mind. Yet in so many ways, the Middle East seems tailor made for a family holiday. Once you’ve experienced, as a group, a night under the stars on the Nile, the cool melted snow of Saklikent Gorge between your toes, or the legendary hospitality of the Bedouin people, this region feels less like the ‘Middle East’ than the centre of the universe. Make the journey now.

Family Holidays in the Middle East

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Why choose Intrepid

Just for families

The clue’s in the title. These trips are for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re travelling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip.

Travel with other families

Travelling the Intrepid way is a bit like travelling with a group of friends. These trips are made up of 3–5 like-minded families, and the kids tend to hit it off straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well-earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.

Small group sizes

Intrepid’s family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and homestays.

Action packed

We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.

Safety first

Our leaders are specially trained to run family adventures, so you’re well taken care of. You can also rest easy knowing we conduct safety assessments on all our activities to meet local standards as well as our own comprehensive safety policy. 

Responsible travel

The world’s an amazing place and we want to do our bit to keep it that way. That’s why we choose to travel responsibly, giving back to the communities we visit and helping to create a sustainable world for our children. For us, it’s also about educating the next generation of responsible travellers. 

Highlights of the Middle East

Butterfly Valley, Turkey

Move over, Oludeniz – Butterfly Valley is the place to go on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Lush white sands and clear blue waters vie for attention with dramatic cliffs and, funnily enough, butterflies – which outnumber human visitors many thousands of times over. Don’t leave without spotting the the Jersey tiger butterfly.

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Valley of the Kings, Egypt

Almost obligatory in Egypt is a visit to the ancient tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. The secluded valley is where 63 pharaohs were buried as part of their journey to the afterlife. The plot thickens as time goes by – some of these chambers were discovered barely a decade ago.

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The Dead Sea, Jordan

‘Floating without a care in the world’ takes on a new meaning in this famously salty sea. Staying afloat is certainly not on your list of problems, thanks to the 33 percent salinity rate of the water. Nor is running into a jellyfish, because Dead means just that – there’s nothing living down there.

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Saklikent Gorge, Turkey

At 18 kilometres long (and four of them accessible), this spectacular gorge is flanked by walls up to 300 metres high. A suspended walkway charts a course through shaded cliffs, revealing pretty cascades formed by the melting snow above. Its water pools are a great way to cool off in summer.

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Fun and games in the Middle East

Dine with a Nubian family in Aswan

Experience a different side of Egyptian culture by visiting a Nubian village in Aswan. A local family takes you in for dinner, offering the chance to share stories and immerse yourself in a family setting no doubt very different to your own – and distinct from the rest of the country.

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Explore Wadi Rum in a 4x4

Discover a desert like no other on a jeep excursion around Wadi Rum, stopping to enter a narrow siq where many inscriptions can be seen. Thamud nomads from Saudi Arabia and the Nabataean people have all left their mark on the surrounding rocks, and gnarled rock bridges offer up stunning scenes.

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Relax in a Turkish bath

If anyone knows the fine art of bathing, it’s the Turks. Relax your bones in a local hamam (Turkish bath), enjoying some quality family time in a leisurely environment. Enjoy a scrub, indulge in a foam massage, sweat it out in the sauna or opt for a facial treatment.

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Where we stay

For our Middle Eastern adventures, we like to stay in small, locally run hotels where hospitality is key and family-friendly facilities are available. Fortunately the Middle East has plenty of beautiful old buildings and character-filled properties to choose from.

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Gulet in Turkey

Kick back and relax on a gulet ­– a traditional Turkish sailing boat that’s been used as a form of transport for centuries. Stargazing and falling asleep in the lap of the Mediterranean Sea is pretty hard to beat for a day out with the kids

Felucca in Egypt

Glide down the Nile on an felucca, a traditional wooden boat with canvas sails. Watching rural Egyptian daily life play out on the banks and sleeping on deck under the stars is a memorable experience, not to mention full-board Nubian hospitality.

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Jordan Family Holiday, July 2018

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