The Middle East encompasses a heady blend of exotic countries that each offer their own unique experience. It is one of the most diverse regions on Earth where the ancient past mingles with the modern world, and travellers are rewarded with unforgettable experiences. Day trips and tours through the region are sure to delight as you crisscross borders to capture highlights and experience the rich culture of the Middle East.
Don't miss these Middle East Attractions
- The ancient ruins of Petra
- Guided shopping tour of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar
- Dead Sea day trip
- 4WD through the Arabian Desert
- Walk tours of historic Beirut
The ancient history
Some of the world's oldest cities are located in the Middle East, marked by ancient ruins that continue to draw throngs of curious travellers. From the Pyramids of Giza to the lost city of Petra, each country offers a stunning reminder of its history and journey to the modern world.
Many Middle Eastern countries offer tours that focus on local history, encompassing everything from ancient ruins to historic architecture. Day trips from major cities are a popular option, driving to multiple locations to take in all of the surrounding sites. Many of these countries also offer walking tours through their old towns with guides providing local insight and knowledge.
The modern world
The lines between old and new are blurred throughout the Middle East as the cities continue to grow into thriving cosmopolitan centres. Contemporary structures stand next to historic ruins, creating an intriguing mix of things to see and do.
Tours that combine modern comfort with old world charm are readily available throughout the Middle East. Istanbul's historic architecture provides a stunning backdrop to the Grand Bazaar where shopping tours will show you how to barter like a local. Alternatively, traverse the sands of the Arabian Desert in the air conditioned comfort of a luxury SUV before watching the sun set over the golden dunes.