Top Middle East Experiences

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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Pyramid of Giza

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Must See Middle East Attractions

1. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Egypt pyramids of Giza

Seeing the three majestic pyramids in person is as close as you can get to time travel. Looming 450 feet in the air under the basking Egyptian sun, the pyramids are still the only surviving wonder of the ancient world. Discovering the temples, statues, tombs and The Sphinx will leave you in awe and curiosity of how these structures, made of 2 million heavy blocks, were made long ago.  

2. Petra, Jordan

Petra in Jordan

The lost city of Petra is often the highlight of most tour trips in the Middle East for travelers. Ranging from upto 60 kilometers of ruins, Petra will need more than a day to venture around. It is also a fairly challenging hike to The Monastery and other sites in the lost city, so bring sturdy hiking shoes, water and sunscreen.  

3. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, UAE

White marble mosque in UAE

If you want to immerse yourself in the cultural and religious world of the Middle East, there is perhaps no fewer gorgeous places to do it. It combines modern and traditional islamic architecture to create one of the most scenic and spiritual places of worship. This mosque holds an impressive number of 40,000 worshippers and is the biggest in the UAE.

4. The Blue Mosque, Turkey

Blue Mosque in Turkey

Almost anybody coming to Istanbul will have the Blue Mosque first on their itinerary. Inside the mosque is lined with more than 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles and is a piece of historical architecture of the Ottoman empire.  

5. Western Wall, Israel

Crowd gathered at the Western Wall in Israel

Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, this here is considered the holiest site in the world. Visiting the Western Wall will leave an impression on you that is hard to forget. Within minutes of the entrance, the name “Wailing Wall” comes to life as you see hundreds of devout worshippers in prayer, rocking back and forth, openy crying and emotional. It is an experience worth every bit of money you spend to get there. 

6. Baalbek, Lebanon

historical site baalbek in Lebanon

At around 9,000 BC, the ancient city of Baalbek was an important place for human civilization and stands as a wondrous place dotted with islamic archeological wonders. Any history buff or architect enthusiasts will love discovering the Mesopotamian, Roman, Christian and Islamic structures that bedeck the city. 

7. The Dead Sea, Israel

Dead Sea in the middle east

The lowest point on earth and most mineral filled body of water is something of a must see for many globetrotters. Enjoy mud baths, luxurious spas and floating around the water that is mystically known to have healing properties. 

8. Shah Mosque, Iran

Considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the world and a masterpiece of Persian architecture, the Shah Mosque is one of Iran’s main attractions. Located in Isfahan, a city laced with bazaars, squares and magnificent architecture, the mosque is open daily for locals and tourists to admire. 

9. Marrakech, Morocco 

Brightly colored pots in market in Marrakech

No trip to Morocco is complete without the visit of this souq, filled with gold, silk, islamic art, carpets, jewels and just about everything you would want to take home from this beautiful country.  

10. Liwa Oasis, UAE 

If you’re looking for an endless, breathtaking sight of shimmering gold sand dunes hidden away from the buzz of the city, Liwa Oasis is one of the most authentic experiences of the Arabian gulf you can find. Explore camel farms, fortresses and epic sunsets!

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The time we spent was amazing. January 2017

5.0

Egypt Family Adventure

The whole 10 days exploring the past civilizations of Egypt with Look at Egypt Tours were all very memorable and I was mind blown with the brilliant condition of the monuments. The time we spent was amazing. The knowledge, professionalism and passion of the Egyptologists will help ensure that the whole holiday experience will live with us for many years to come. As a couple who have travelled extensively around the world, this is one of our most memorable and enjoyable holidays. The organization of our holiday from our landing in Cairo, through trips to enjoy Egypt's wonderful past and an understanding of its current issues, the people, the beautiful scenery and relaxation of cruising on the Nile. The visits to the Pyramids, Temples and Tombs was second to none. For those contemplating a trip to Egypt - just go!! You will not be disappointed. Read more

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Jordan Experience November 2016

5.0

Jordan Experience Summer 2018

A fleeting visit to a fascinating country with a guide who revealed the highlights in an efficient, flexible program, with lots of well-informed background information as we went.

Operator Trafalgar

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Awesome Experience November 2016

5.0

Majestic Morocco

We just returned from the Majestic Morocco Tour ending November 13 and we were truly overwhelmed with the experience. The tour guide Larbi El Mahdar was incredible, he was gracious and kind and his goal appeared to be ensure that our visit was a success! and he accomplished that. His knowledge was great, he helped each individual as if they were the only person on the trip. He was a great representative for Morocco as we referred to him as the "Minister of Tourism" throughout the trip. Our entire trip was enjoyable due to the accommodations and the way he handled each person's unique need. Thank you Larbi for ensuring our trip was a great experience! Read more

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DC

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Excellent October 2016

5.0

Toubkal Climb

Mohammed was excellent!

Operator Explore!

K

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Had so much fun on the Moroccan October 2016

5.0

Rock Climbing & Adventure in Todra Gorge

Had so much fun on the Moroccan canyoning trip to the middle Atlas. It was extremely well organized from start to finish. Fantastic food, accommodation, Adventure & culture!! Would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a good overall insight into Morocco. Definitely booking up with Rug&Rock again!! Read more

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Highlights of Morrocco August 2016

5.0

Highlights of Morocco

A classic blend of Morroccan culture, sights and activity. We felt we had a real insight into Morrocco and saw the major cultural sights and experienced the desert, mountains,coast and life in the heart of the medinas
Our time in the High Atlas Mountains spending time meeting local people and absorbing the beauty of the valley.
The medina in Fez was memorable- amazing buzz as you wind around the miles of narrow 'lanes' never knowing what is around the next corner. The tanneries are now renovated and even without being back in full use were an absorbing sight.

Khalid was a great group leader. He organised the day to day practicalities with minimum fuss and kept us well informed. We all looked forward to hearing his hilarious stories of his Berber childhood and he gave us a real sense of Morroccan culture, history and environment without sounding like he was working through a script- he was good fun and approachable.

Don't sleep on top of the sand dunes if it is windy- don't ask!
It was a little chilly in April for our first 2 days so do take a fleece and clothes that you can layer and unlayer
Do have a hammam ( traditional bath house) when you stay in the mountain village- go in a group if you can, forget inhibitions and have an hilarious experience

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