Enduring artefacts adorn cities as old as time. Arid landscapes lie basking in the sun, as beautiful as they are formidable.
This region of pilgrimage and spirituality has played host to visitors for thousands of years, and the attractions remain the same now - the chance to see some of humanity's oldest relics, and to delve into the profound, complex history of the region and its cast of Pharaohs, Emperors, Sultans and modern-day despots. Dusty journeys through timeless landscapes uncover scenes of unusual beauty and reveal man’s tenacity in the face of often inhospitable terrain. It makes for a heady mix, and a distinct sense of the exotic.
Highlights of the Middle East & North Africa
The river beds of Petra
Enter a maze of winding, twisting paths that wend their way around the main tombs and temples of Petra, the cultural jewel of Jordan's crown. Enjoy the calm away from the crowds as you admire the delicate curves and twists that the rushing water has carved out from the soft sandstone around the ancient Nabatean city.
Drink tea with the Bedouin
Discovering a little more about this most hospitable of people provides a fascinating glimpse into a traditional way of life and the origins of much of Jordan's population. No encounter would be complete without plentiful offers of sweet black tea and mountains of dates.
These idyllic oases are straight out of a tale from the Arabian Nights. Bright blue waters fringed by palm trees are gems in an otherwise arid landscape of sand and dusty red rock. Cool off in Oman by having a swim in the clear turquoise waters.
Get adventurous in Todra Gorge in Morocco
Olive and almond groves, palm trees, pomegranate orchards and Berber villages line Todra Gorge. This cavernous canyon runs through the High Atlas mountains which makes it a perfect spot for hiking and rock climbing.