The mystery and riches of the Middle East have intoxicated travellers for generations. Although plagued by religious and social tensions, the region is steeped in an ancient history that is impossible for visitors to ignore. Whether it be sensory overload in a bazaar or a shisha-smoke-filled coffee shop, exploring a crumbling fort or the palatial residence of a sultan or an imposing mosque, or cruising atop a camel through a windswept desert, here history is brought to life with each new experience. Couple this Arabian tradition and warm hospitality with oases of cutting-edge modernity and flashy opulence, and you can start to understand the contemporary allure of this ancient crossroads.
Places in Arabian Peninsula
Highlights of Oman with World Journeys
Discover its traditional charms & natural beauty
Lively and vibrant Sinaw Souq is the main meeting place for the Bedouin where camels, goats and calves are auctioned and bartered. Bedouin women in traditional dress, complete with shiny metallic face-mask (burqa) trade side by side with the men and in some of the silver shops you can still find the traditional old silver Bedouin jewellery. Take the opportunity to photograph and watch turtles laying eggs and hatchlings emerging from the nests and heading for the sea. Ras Al Hadd is a strategic point, whose sea and lagoons was once a haven for pirates. Walk through the maze of streets in Sur, revealing many fine old houses with carved doors and arabesque windows. Explore enchanting wadis with deep pools ideal for swimming. Experience all this and more on our Oman Highlights programme.
7 day tour from $3,330 per person twin share*
Egypt & Jordan Highlights with Geckos Adventures
Locally-led, small group tour
Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones, Tutankhamen. This trip attracts the big names, and deservedly so.
15 night tour from Cairo $2,920 per person twin share*