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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.

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Middle East Trip Reviews


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Middle East Tour Reviews - Summary
98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 2,650 Great 798 Average 120 Disappointing 14 Terrible 14
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Mt Toubkal Climb 7 day trek October 2018

5.0

Mt Toubkal Climb

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have a wonderful time met some amazing people and shared the adventure of a
lifetime. I would have no hesitation in recommending this holiday to anyone
who loves hiking/trekking
Getting to the summit


Mohamed Idali was a very well informed local guide from the Berber community
who spoke good English. His extensive knowledge of the High Atlas put
everyone’s mind at rest whilst in remote areas.


Drink lots of water to prevent altitude sickness


Get a good pair of walking boots


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Feedback October 2018

4.0

Atlas Panorama

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Good trip, well organised and followed schedule as planned. Accommodation
functional, clean and as described. I'm vegetarian and food could have been
better, adding a few pulses to the dishes of a few vegetables would have
been easy to do and been helpful.
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Hussan was excellent - really experienced , polite and helpful. He dealt
with a difficult and potentially dangerous situation on the hiking with
confidence and skill. Thank you.


Respect the mountains - none of our group expected huge storms, torrential
rain and flash floods. Be prepared for all weathers


A big thank you to our guide


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Operator Exodus Travels

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atlas panorama October 2018

5.0

Atlas Panorama

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I really enjoyed my visit to Morocco.On our 1st day a few of us visited the
Jardin Marjorelle which was just up the road from the hotel. It was lovely
and peaceful after our journey to the airport that morning.There is an
interesting Berber museum there as well.
2nd day we had a guide who took us to explore Marrakech. Very colourful and
interesting. We then travelled to the village on the 3rd day.
The next few days were spent at the riad which was basic but fine. The next
3 days we spent trekking. We had wonderful views and we were provided with a
delicious picnic each day transported on donkeys.The walking was not that
difficult and the pace was leisurely.
I think the walk round the village was really interesting. The way of life is
simple and everyone seemed happy. I just wonder how much longer it would last
but our guide assured us it would remain unchanged.


Hassan was very good. He knew all the footpaths and stopped to point out
anything of interest. He was also very interesting to talk to.


Bring walking boots with good soles as the paths are rocky. A pole could also
be useful.


As a vegetarian I was a bit worried about food but there was ample vegetarian
food. Not as spicy as I would have liked.Also be prepared for long wait at
passport control both arriving and departing. Also a wait to get into the
airport on departure due to bag checks.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Fantastic trip to the Atlas Mountains! October 2018

5.0

Atlas Panorama

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Atlas Panorama trip was just incredible. We had the chance to explore
Marrakesh, with a tour guide to take us to the most beautiful sights and
guide us around the markets. We then travelled into the mountains and stayed
in the most hospitable village home, with wonderful fresh food provided each
day, an expert guide and lots of breath-taking views.

I definitely would recommend this trip!
Walking through the mountains on our longest hike and then swimming in a
beautiful lake in the middle of glorious views -magic!


Hassan was professional, polite and friendly - an absolute gem.


Take enough money for tips and extras! And it's a great trip if you like both
culture and hiking.


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Favourite Exodus Trip October 2018

4.0

Atlas Panorama

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Probably the best Exodus walking trip I have been on; incredibly well
organised and paced, and a wonderful contrast between the very different
delights of Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.
The final long walk to the lake and back is gruelling but well worth it, the
scenery is stunning, virtually not another person to be seen on the way, and
the chance for a swim and a hot meal among the mountains when you reach the
lake!

Perhaps not inspirational, but sitting back with a drink in one of the
rooftop bars in Marrakech looking at the view is very pleasant.


Hassan is friendly and very knowledgeable of the area, mountains and people.
As I said, the organisation of the trip was fantastic; there is an awful lot
that could have gone wrong with this, but everything was seamless.


I was a bit apprehensive about visiting Morocco in August; the heat in
Marrakech was intense but actually you get used to it after a couple of
hours. There is more of a cooling breeze in the mountains and on each day
there was a late afternoon thunderstorm (one very heavy), so don't ignore the
advice to bring waterproofs!

The gite at Tighza is very atmospheric and a lot more comfortable and
well-equipped than I had expected, it's pretty much like staying in a hotel.


The first walking trip I've done outside my European comfort zone, and glad I
did!


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Operator Exodus Travels

Middle East Tours and Travel Guide


Middle East Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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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Countries:

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

Attractions:

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

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