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Top Trip Memories
  • Exploring the Pyramids of Giza and Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Visiting the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, both stunning examples of Ottoman architecture in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Seeing the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.
  • Bargaining for exotic souvenirs like hand-painted tagines or leather handicrafts in the souks of Marrakech, Morocco
  • Taking a Nile River Cruise and exploring the surrounding areas.
  • Riding a camel and camping in a Bedouin tent in the Sahara Desert of Tunisia.
  • Hiking North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal, Morocco’s High Atlas, and along the way meeting the Berber people along the way.
  • Scuba diving in Ras Mohammed National Park off the coast of Egypt.
  • Touring the Old City of Jerusalem, where multiple histories, religions, and cultures intersect
  • Visiting Shiraz, the City of Roses, known for its poetry and vineyards, and the close by ancient city ruins of Persepolis in Iran.
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Tour Tips
  • Traveling with a tour company will ensure safety. Your guide will know exactly where to go and where to avoid, as well as be a good liaison between you and the local culture.
  • Many of these countries require complicated visa guidelines, so find a tour operator that can arrange visas for you. It will save you a headache and you’ll avoid any costly mistakes.
  • War and conflict may be a concern in this region at the moment, but do not rule out these beautiful destinations. Check travel warnings before your trip. You will often find that these countries only have conflict in small or surrounding areas and that tourism is not affected.
  • Both men and women should dress conservatively. Besides respecting the local culture, long loose pants and sleeves are great protection from the sun.
  • Anti-American sentiments are most often more political than personal. Locals are known to be gracious and accommodating. The cultures of this region value hospitality and kindness towards visitors very highly.
  • Make Israel the last stop of your Middle East tour because some Muslim nations may restrict your access if they see Israeli stamps in your passport.
  • Do not seek out or go to political demonstrations. Though it’s tempting to be in the middle of the action, it is seriously dangerous.
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Middle East Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Hidden Treasures of Jordan

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

3.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Tour arrangements (meeting us at airport and transfer to airport at end of trip were good)
We did not receive an updated itinerary-weren't prepared to check out Days Inn first day of tour
Issa our tour was barely adequate. Difficult to understand, pronunciation very poor. Information about sites was garbled and mostly wrong. Was constantly collecting money for side trips, dinners , and tips for drivers, etc. No receipts or paperwork so quite mysterious. At end of tour collected money for water on bus which is usually free.
Petra

not very good.

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Hidden Treasures of Jordan

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes A fast paced tour of an amazing country. Every day brought a new revelation that was better than the last.
Visit Petra, the site is huge and around every corner there is something amazing to see. Petra at night was fabulous and so different from seeing the site in the day time. Watching the stars at Wadi Rum was a magical experience.

Issa was fabulous. He was so passionate about his country and could not do enough for us, to ensure we saw the best and enjoyed ourselves.

There are a lot of steps ( 857 each way to fhe Monastery), so take lots of water

In a region in turmoil Jordan is safe and a great place to visit, with friendly people.

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Hidden Treasures of Jordan

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This was a memorable trip and we really feel we have seen and experienced Jordan.
Hiking around Petra far surpassed our expectations. It was great to have two days there with lots of time after the group hiking tours to explore on our own. Swimming in the Dead Sea was also wonderful.

Perhaps a simple lunches could be included. We didn't really like the pricey tourist restaurants where we were taken for lunch and there were no easy alternatives.

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A Week in Jordan,our 1st trip with Exodus

A Week in Jordan

3.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes I have rated our "Week in Jordan" as Good,rather than Very Good,on the standard of the Hotels we stayed in throughout the trip.
We enjoyed the company of our group of 20,and the craik was always good.We had a good guide and an excellent bus driver,not to mention our ever smiling Tourist Policeman.
In the space of the week we covered all the main tourist sites and I was delighted to find the Jordanian street sellers accepted my "no thank you" with a"Welcome to Jordan" rather than following me around.
The Exodus organisation,from time of booking was excellent,and many of our fellow travellers were Exodus regulars.
I'm not sure that inspirational is the correct description, but Jerash and Petra were the highlights of the trip as we expected them to be and our dip in the Dead Sea a photographic must.
Kerak Castle a magnificent structure had us comparing with our local Carrickfergus Castle,built in the same era 1180,and how Moses must have felt standing on Mt Nebo looking across to "the Promised Land"..............................
the downside, as is the case in many poorer countries,is the total lack of order,the rubbish dumped everywhere,unfinished buildings,enough! enough!.............and Aqaba would have been better left out of the schedule and an extra day in Amaan before returning home included.

Good

No the Web Site covers most of it.

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Safe and friendly country

A Week in Jordan

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes We have just returned from our week in Jordan with no hesitation in recommending it to others. Its a welcoming, friendly and cultural "must visit" country.
I was expecting the night in the desert to be my least favourite part of the trip (desert scenery isn't my thing and I thought the food and facilities would be low standard) but I think it ended up being my favourite and most inspirational day. Sitting around the campfire looking up at the stars (eating really delicious food) and then sleeping in a Bedouin tent was great fun. And the facilities were absolutely fine - I had a lovely hot shower in the morning.

Wael was incredibly proud and passionate about his country, and extremely well informed. He was skilled at making sure everyone on the trip had a good time and was always available to answer any question - even when we asked him some quite challenging ones on religion and human nature!

Take a good range of clothing to cover all temperatures and don't forget it rains there. Amman is quite high altitude wise so was far cooler than I expected.

Jordan is a moderate country and although it is very close to Syria it felt peaceful and safe. If you cant go a week without alcohol then take some duty free with you so you can have a nightcap in your room.

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Middle East Trips & Tour Advice

While the Middle East has been plagued by turmoil in Syria and Iraq, there are still many countries welcoming to visitors. Turkey -- most of which is located in Asia -- is by far the most visited destination, though Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are increasingly popular. Egypt, situated mostly on the African continent, is often included in the Middle East as well, and is rebounding in tourism. Israel and Jordan share a peaceful border and offer unforgettable attractions. A good tour operator can take you safely to this fascinating region, so filled with history and architectural wonders. 

Though the news focuses on the conflicts surrounding the Middle East, many of these countries are safe and welcoming to visitors, though always make sure you have the right precautions in place. These countries are home to hidden treasures from ancient ruins to culinary gems, to enrapturing landscapes. While countries like Turkey, Egypt, and Israel have been top destinations for travelers for years, others have not gotten the attention they deserve. These less visited destinations, like Iran, for example, are great for getting off the beaten path exploring away from the tourist crowds.

History and Ancient Ruins

The Middle East is known to hold the Cradle of Civilization, the fertile strip of land between the Tigris and Euphrates river in modern day Iraq in which some of the most ancient and powerful civilizations were born. Though these ancient civilizations like Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and Persia have collapsed, the entire region is dotted with their impressive legacies. Of course, you have the legendary Egyptian pyramids, still standing proudly over the desert where they have existed for thousands of years. In Iran, you can explore the elaborately carved tombs and palaces of the ancient city of Persepolis, whose earliest remains of date back to 515 BCE. Israel is also home to hundreds of ancient sites, many in the holy city of Jerusalem.

Arts and Culture

This region is also home to cities and caravansaries through which the Silk Road passed, circulating ideas and cultures from the Far East. Some cities are among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. From the 8th to the 13th century, this area was a goldmine for Islamic arts and culture. While Europe was in its dark ages, the Middle East was experiencing a vibrant Golden Age, where academic pursuits, art, and music flourished. With cultures that created such lush fabrics, intricate embroidery, tempting spices, and strong fragrances, you can easily see how the European Orientalist movement of the 19th century was inspired by the region’s beauty and mystery.

This rich cultural heritage is still thriving in cosmopolitan cities like Tel Aviv, Tehran, and Istanbul, where history and modern culture merge. You can kick off your shoes and sit down on Turkish rug to smoke a nargile (water pipe) and listen to a musician perform long musical improvisations influenced by melodies from Greek, Persian, Arabic and Romany music.

Culinary Traditions

Wandering the souks of Marrakech or other cities, the fragrances slow roasting meats and spiced dishes will stop you in your tracks. Middle Eastern food often shares the same ingredients as Mediterranean food, one of the world’s most healthy diets, and not to mention, most delicious. Culinary traditions vary from country to country, but you can savor dishes made with pomegranates, dates, pistachios, olive oil, honey, mint, and a wide array of fresh vegetables and meats. Try the thick coffee and syrup-sweet baklava in Turkey, the halawa, a sesame paste sweet in Egypt, and an aromatic tagine in Tunisia.

Outdoors

Each country in the Middle East offers unique outdoor experiences. For many, the grandest experience of all is camping in the Sahara desert. In Jordan, take a tour with a Bedouin tribe, riding a camel through the desert that stretches for miles all around you. In the evening, share a meal and mint tea with your hosts under the stars in a traditional tent. You can also go on a trekking tour in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, stopping along the way to visit tiny local villages hidden within the slopes.

The Dead Sea in Israel is a great place to heal your tired feet. Because of the high level of salt, you float effortlessly, while your body is healed through sea salt and nourishing minerals. 

In Turkey, you will find the most bizarre natural landscapes of Cappadochia. Comprised of many valleys you can navigate, this region is dominated by “fairy chimneys”-soft stone tower formations that jut out from the ground. For hundreds of years, locals have been carving them out and using them for everything from a house to a hotel, a church, and even an entire monastery. Wander the valleys and explore ancient cave churches from the 9th century, with vivid frescoes of biblical scenes.

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Iran, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia

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Petra, Jordan; Dead Sea, Jordan; Istanbul, Tukey; Karnak, Egypt; Pyramids of Giza, Egypt; Burj Khalifa, U.A.E; and Many More

Top Activities:   

Exploring Ruins & Archaelogy, River Cruises and History Sightseeing

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