Middle East Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
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Morocco Uncovered

Intrepid Travel
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13 days
$ 105 / day
$ 1,568
From : $ 1,683
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Visit the grand Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, one of the most impressive temples in Morocco, before exploring the sights of the country's first imperial city of Meknes.
  • Feel like you've travelled back to the Middle Ages in the labyrinthine medina of Fes, under the eye of a local tour guide.
  • Go behind the scenes of Game of Thrones and Gladiator in the fortified red city of Ait Benhaddou, and pay a visit to a community-run teahouse that provides local women with an income.
  • Take a guided tour through Marrakech's lively medina and join the nightly carnival of fortune-tellers, dancers, and medicine men in Djemaa el-Fna square.
  • Stay in a traditional Berber homestay to understand the culture and tradition of an indigenous population who have stood the test of time.
  • Discover the dramatic red dunes of the Sahara Desert and spend the night camping under North African stars.
  • Admire Morocco’s changing landscapes from the comfortable seat of a private, air-conditioned minivan.
Visits:
Ait Benhaddou, Atlas Mountains, Chefchaouen, Erg Chebbi, Fes, Marrakech, Rabat, Sahara Desert, Casablanca, Morocco
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Egypt Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 139 / day
$ 1,210
From : $ 1,501
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Get an on-site ancient history lesson when visiting some of the world's premier historic sites – the Pyramids, Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings – with an expert local guide.
  • There are so many chances to interact with the locals and experience their culture. Lose yourself in Cairo's colourful Khan al-Khalili bazaar and dine with village folk along your way.
  • Your felucca sailing trip not only lets you experience some excellent Nubian hospitality, but is perhaps the perfect way to see the Nile and its gorgeous surrounds at any time of day.
  • Admire Karnak Temple – the Cult temple dedicated to Amun, Mut and Khonsu with your small group, and feel the ancient royalty when discovering the mighty Valley of the Kings.
  • With plenty of free time to choose your own Egyptian adventure, you’ll have the power to possibly fit in an Abu Simbel escapade, head on a camel ride, or just chill out at a local teahouse.
Visits:
Aswan, Cairo, Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, Sphinx, Egypt
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Abu Dhabi Explorer (first Class)

6 days
$ 467 / day
$ 2,800
From : $ 3,444
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
    Day 1 – Arrive Abu Dhabi
  • Arrive to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where you are met and escorted your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
  • Day 2 – Abu Dhabi – City Sightseeing & Desert Safari
  • This morning enjoy a half day city tour of Abu Dhabi, the Capital of the United Arab Emirates. The city entertains visitors with its spectacular landmarks, modern architecture, alluring shopping malls, the Old Souk, traditional crafts, carpets and much more. Start the tour with a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a stunning masterpiece to the late Sheikh Zayed that houses the largest Iranian carpet and chandelier in the world. A visit to the Mina Zayed Port markets, which include fish, dates and vegetable markets. Head towards the Heritage Village, a man made project that beautifully reflects and showcases traditional crafts and the reality of the lifestyle of a Bedouin Village. To end up the tour, drive past the iconic Emirates Palace – outside view only. In the afternoon enjoy the Desert Safari including BBQ dinner. A Desert Safari is a must if you want to experience desert life. Go dune bashing on a heady four-wheel-drive across sand dunes. Reaching the Bedouin campsite, briefly enjoy a thumping camel ride. Try out a henna design on hand or feet. Then relax on cozy carpets and cushions, savoring Arabian coffee and a fresh barbecue dinner of Continental and Oriental dishes. (BD)
  • Day 3 – Abu Dhabi – Ferrari World
  • Today you have full day entrance to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind. The Park offers more than 20 Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions, including a diverse array of rides for all ages and interests. Visitors will enter a stunning world, where the Ferrari passion, excellence, performance and technical innovation come vibrantly to life. Along with rides, the visitors can also browse and shop from the several retail outlets that are located throughout the park including the largest Ferrari Store in the world and a Ferrari boutique that specializes in creating personalized souvenirs for Ferrari lovers. The park provides you a true Italian dining experience to complete a fun filled visit to the park. (B)
  • Day 4 – Abu Dhabi – Al Ain
  • Enjoy a full day tour to Al Ain. It is the Garden City and a chief agricultural centre. It is also known for university education. You will visit the important Al Ain Museum, which houses ancient Arabic manuscripts and royal treasures. Enjoy lunch or shopping or just to relax. Visit the local quaint Camel market. Continue to the Sheikh Sultan Fort, the Al Falaj water channels and the Date Palm Oasis, the Al Mubazara Park in Jebel Hafeet. All of these will open your eyes to the local culture. (B)
  • Day 5 – Abu Dhabi – Yellow Boat & High Tea
  • This morning experience Abu Dhabi from a whole new angle! Come aboard the Yellow Boat and discover the ever-changing city skyline like you have never seen it before. There’s simply no better way to explore Abu Dhabi’s headline-grabbing skyline developments than by being out on the water. We take you on a 60 minute guided tour of sights that simply can’t be viewed by road. Early afternoon you will enjoy High Tea at Etihad Towers. Experience the stunning views across the city of Abu Dhabi and the Arabian Gulf at the Observation Deck while you sit back and enjoy the highest high tea in Abu Dhabi. The Observation Deck is located on the 74th floor at 300 meters. It is an ideal place to discover Abu Dhabi’s splendid skyline, or simply enjoy the afternoon tea gazing over unique, panoramic views of the United Arab Emirates’ capital city. (B)
  • Day 6 – Depart Abu Dhabi
  • Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
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Jordan Discovery

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 188 / day
$ 1,748
From : $ 1,850
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Be awed by the towering, windswept rock formations at Wadi Rum, and witness how the colours change as the sun makes its way across the sky.
  • Meet Bedouin locals, learn about their ways, and sleep under the stars in a desert camp in the far-out destination of Wadi Rum.
  • You never forget your first glimpse of The Treasury in Petra, often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Spend a day taking in the majesty and mystery of this unforgettable place.
  • Experience the unique sensation of floating in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea, then cover yourself in the mineral-rich mud for a spa treatment like no other.
  • Relax in the seaside town of Aqaba on the shores of the Red Sea relax around its untouched reefs and transparent waters.
Visits:
Amman, Aqaba, Dead Sea, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, Madaba, Shobak, Jordan
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Jerusalem Express (dan Panorama Jerusalem)

4 days
$ 331 / day
$ 1,325
From : $ 1,630
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
    Day 1 – Arrive Tel Aviv / Jerusalem
  • Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel, where you are met and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
  • Day 2 – Jerusalem – City Sightseeing
  • Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian Quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Proceed to the New City and view the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and visit Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. NOTE – on Saturdays and Jewish holidays, instead of Yad Vashem the tour will take you to visit the tomb of King David, the room of the Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey. (B)
  • Day 3 – Jerusalem – Massada & Dead Sea
  • Morning travel to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada, where you will learn about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots of the first century made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors, roman baths and other findings. Descend by cable car. Afternoon, enjoy the unique opportunity to swim and float in the Dead Sea that many believe has its therapeutic effects. (B)
  • Day 4 – Jerusalem / Depart Tel Aviv
  • Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
Visits:
Israel
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Turkish Delight

Contiki
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11 days
$ 157 / day
$ 1,730
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
  • See the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Visit Kaymakli Underground city in Soganli Valley
  • Join the village women making Soğanlı Dolls followed by an afternoon tea with local specialties (Eat your way around Copenhagen on a tasty culinary bike tour (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)
Visits:
Ankara, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Istanbul, Izmir, Turkey
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Greece & Three Continents Cruise - Premium, C ...

15 days
$ 321 / day
$ 4,815
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. In Athens, your knowledgeable local Insight host will ensure your time in this city is seamless.
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom or 40 seats may be used on occasion. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.   ​
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • : "I love to share our Ancient Egyptian civilization and history with our guests and to explain all the details and stories related to Egyptian mythology so our guests can enjoy a very special guided vacation."
  • : "I love how guests react to hearing the Zorba the Greek song. It’s amazing that one old song can still unite and spread so much enthusiasm."
  • : "One of the places I love to take our guests to that they would likely not find on their own or when travelling with anyone else is Nafplion, Greece. It's a beautiful seaside town with traditional Neoclassical buildings. I think it's the most charming town on the mainland of Greece."
  • Athens: Get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Olympia: Join a local chef and savour the regional specialities in a fun, exciting introduction to Greek cooking.
  • Athens: Toast the culmination of your vacation with a lively Celebration Dinner in true Greek style at a local restaurant.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Dinner with Wine (DW), 13 Breakfast (B), and 6 Lunch with Wine (LW)
  • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C. Steps away you'll see the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion.
  • Athens: See the Arch of Hadrian, erected in honour of the Roman Emperor and used as a divider between the ancient city and the new Roman district, along with the remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
  • Kalambaka: Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of this town situated at the base of the extraordinary Meteora rocks.
  • Thermopylae: See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.
  • Meteora: With a Local Expert, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.
  • Delphi: With your Local Expert, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
  • Archaeological Site of Olympia: The stadium of Olympia hosted the ancient Olympic Games and the Heraia, the women's games in honour of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.
  • Archaeological site of Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Expert.
  • Nafplio: Join your Travel Director in an orientation of this beautiful seaport town and see why it is named one of Greece's prettiest spots.
  • Corinth Canal: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.
  • Cairo: Admire the remaining Wonders of the Ancient World as you explore through the Pyramids of Giza and the mighty Sphinx. Hear about Egyptian history as you walk through the National Archaeological Museum and learn the art of making papyrus paper out of reeds when you visit a Papyrus Institute.
  • Ephesus: Discover one of the world's finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Expert, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheatre and visit the House of the Virgin Mary.
Visits:
Acropolis, Athens, Olympia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Turkey
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Iran Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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14 days
$ 202 / day
$ 2,825
From : $ 3,814
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Discover an Iran beyond the media portrayals of a repressive and dour regime – this is a country full of warm, lively and friendly people.
  • Explore the rich history told in the ancient ruins that lie across the country, many of which sit in remote and isolated landscapes that only add to their magic.
  • Experience the wondrous remains of the ancient capital of Persepolis – the scale and grandeur will leave you in no doubt that this was once the centre of the known world.
  • Immerse yourself in rural nomadic life with a remote homestay with the Qashqai people in Fars Province, enjoying meals, stories and songs.
  • Slip into the heeled-sandals of a Silk Road merchant with an overnight stay in a classic 16th-century caravanserai, located in the vast salt desert of Zein-o-din.
Visits:
Persepolis, Shiraz, Silk Road, Tehran, Iran
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Jordan: Women's Expedition

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 229 / day
$ 1,701
From : $ 2,477
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Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Uncover a lesser-seen side of Jordan as you travel with an all-women group guided by a female tour leader and eat, sip tea and chat with local women along the way.
  • Take a cooking class at Beit Sitti, an inviting cooking school run by three sisters who carry on their grandmother’s legacy and dedication to tradition. Hear their stories and help prepare a delicious meal.
  • Float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, then visit a local beach resort that’s only open to women on Saturdays. Hang out by the pool and say hello to the local ladies.
  • Experience the majesty and mystery of ancient Petra during a guided tour. The first glimpse of the Treasury from the narrow path of the Siq is simply unforgettable.
  • Drive through the remarkable desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, then take a look behind closed doors as local Bedouin women join you to share their knowledge of henna application – a truly special experience.
  • Pop in for a cup of tea at the home of a renowned Jordanian matchmaker where you’ll learn about local marriage customs and how she pairs couples together.
Visits:
Amman, Dead Sea, Madaba, Petra, Hadrian's Wall, Jerash, Jerusalem, Wadi Rum, Jordan
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Discover Israel & the Palestinian Territories

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 266 / day
$ 2,511
From : $ 2,873
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Challenge your perspective in Jerusalem: walk the ‘Way of the Cross’, meet a local Rabbi and dine with a Palestinian family.
  • Learn the stories behind some of the most challenging and poignant works of graffiti that decorate the barrier wall in Bethlehem during a walking tour.
  • Access the glowing blue grottoes of Rosh Hanikra by cable car, then enjoy views over the Mediterranean Coast of Western Galilee.
  • Go underground to explore the excavated dungeon, crypt and halls that were used by the Knights of St John over 700 years ago in Acre.
  • Visit the remains of the clifftop fortress of Masada, the site of the famed siege at the end of the first Jewish–Roman War.
Visits:
Bethlehem, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Dead Sea, Nazareth, Israel
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Turkey: Hike, Bike & Kayak

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12 days
$ 133 / day
$ 1,638
From : $ 2,152
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Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Get a taste of incredible Istanbul and its bustling backstreets with your local leader.
  • Hike the valleys of Cappadocia and picnic among surreal fairy chimneys that dot the landscape.
  • Visit Ephesus’s astounding Roman ruins, where the Greco-Roman world still feels very much alive.
  • A kayak trip over a sunken city is the perfect way to experience the lush blue waters of the Mediterranean.
  • Hike the famous Lycian Way with breathtaking views of the Turquoise Coast. 
Visits:
Istanbul, Antalya, Cappadocia, Turkey
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Turkey Encompassed

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15 days
$ 148 / day
$ 2,178
From : $ 2,723
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Get a feel for life in ancient times by exploring the beautifully preserved city of Ephesus. Your local guide will walk you through the remarkable ruins and bring its colourful 1500-year history to life.
  • Relax in the coastal town of Antalya – marvel at the Roman relics of the Old City or take a dip in the crystal blue gulf and soak up views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Get a birds-eye view of Cappadocia’s caves, fairy chimneys and honeycomb terrain with an optional balloon ride over this other-worldly landscape.
  • Indulge in a local lunch while sailing the Kekova islands – spot underwater cities, explore the quaint village of Ucagiz, then spend the afternoon snorkelling.
  • Enjoy a walking tour with a twist (or two!) as you explore the Underground City of Derinkuyum – an ancient metropolis made up of subterranean labyrinths and dwellings.
Visits:
Antalya, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Istanbul, Turkey
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Turkey Real Food Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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10 days
$ 205 / day
$ 1,329
From : $ 2,761
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Discover Istanbul, a city brimming with delectable dishes! The options can be dizzying, but your expert local guide will have you headed straight for the local hot spots.
  • Forage in the fields on the outskirts of Bodrum and learn how to make gozleme like a pro – using regional produce and traditional techniques.
  • Experience the warmth of Turkish hospitality as a local family takes you into their beautiful home nestled in the hills of Ortahisar, a small town famous for its friendly inhabitants.
  • Get a feel for life in ancient times by exploring the beautifully preserved city of Ephesus. Your local guide will walk you through the remarkable ruins and bring its colourful 1500-year history to life.
  • Enjoy a cooking class under the tutelage of renowned chef Nuray, as you’re welcomed into her enchanting cave house to experience some delicious Central Anatolian cuisine.
Visits:
Bodrum, Ephesus, Istanbul, Turkey
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Oman & The United Arab Emirates

10 days
$ 230 / day
$ 2,299
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Sightseeing:Visits to Muscat, Sur, Jabreen Fort, Nizwa, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai
  • Scenic Highlights:
    Omani Coastal Road, Wadi Bani Khalid, Wahiba Sands, Al Hamra
Visits:
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, United Arab Emirates
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Tastes of Southern Australia

11 days
$ 371 / day
$ 4,080
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Discover Beechworth, Melbourne, and Adelaide
  • Parliament House in Canberra, Worn Gundidj in Tower Hill, Coonawarra wine region, Alexandra Cave, Kangaroo Island Brewery, Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Seal Bay Conservation Park and the Barossa with a Local Specialist
  • Scenic Drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • View koalas at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, sea lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park, the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch on Kangaroo Island
  • Visit Gold Creek Sheep Station, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, the Twelve Apostles, and wineries in South Australia
  • Connect with Locals
  • Dive into Culture
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Visits:
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Top Middle East Attractions & Experiences

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.



15,708 Middle East Tour Reviews - Summary 92% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 11,950
Great 2,153
Average 410
Disappointing 196
Terrible 999
Value
4.5
Guide
4.5
Activities
4.5
Lodging
4.5
Transportation
4.5
Meals
4.5

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Luxury travel Turkey.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Furkan did a wonderful job organizing our 10 days long trip to Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Bodrum he provided plenty of guidance in every part of the planning process. It was clear that he had extensive experience traveling through the country. Furkan was extremely friendly, very accommodating to our personal needs, and gave us great recommendations for our free time. He arranged everything so we didn't have to worry about the details. We have never experienced such wonderful service and support. It all begins with understanding the customer and Furkan really understood what we were looking for. As a foodie and having a genuine passion for Turkish cuisine, he tailored a trip, to ensure that we had the best food experiences in Turkey, and the amenities on tours were fantastic. The sweets in Turkey are unbelievable when compared to United States desserts. The whole experience was really mind-blowing. Turkey is an amazing country filled with amazing people. We would love to return to Turkey and visit other cities. We are so pleased that we did this trip.

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Operator Private Istanbul Walking Tours

Dining options

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

We enjoyed dining with our group and guides, but wanted more flexibility in dining in evenings. A perdiem for evening eating would allow this. Choose your own time and food.

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Operator Active Adventures

Great trip, but for a few things.

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

Guides were excellent, hiking and and views fantastic, but some of the accommodations and some of the meals very poor.

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Operator Active Adventures

Multi Sport Fun

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Active Adventures provided a wonderful blend of culture, hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking along with incredible scenery. Our blend of guides which included Holly, our Kiwi connection, Jean Marc, our French guide, and Boi, our Catalonian driver and food gatherer extraordinaire were fun, extremely knowledgeable, and very committed to the enjoyment of our trip. Taking a day to kayak in the middle of the trip and then a day for light mountain biking at the conclusion gave different perspectives of the area and a much needed rest to tired muscles. Jean Marc had a wealth of stories and details about the region and cultures that added depth to the beauty of each hike. He quite frequently took the 'road less traveled' to ensure that we were as alone on the trail as we could be. Our food in each location was of each region and excellent. One of my absolute favorite aspects of the trip was our daily lunches. Boi would procur items from each area; breads, cheeses, meats, spreads, etc and we would each take an item in our own pack. Holly and Jean Marc would then take other items like homemade salads, special condiments, or spreads. We'd hike to a spot and eat a wonderful picnic of essentially tapas at a Refugio or on a mountainside. My biggest regret is that they didn't keep a list of the things we ate so I could possibly find them at home. It was delicious and beautiful dining with glorious views of the mountains. Holly was certainly our caretaker. You'd never know it as she was delightful, fun, knowledgeable, and never seemed to tire. She packs a good snowball too. With all of that, she took good care of making things work, of being sure the guests were comfortable, and that life went smoothly. I'd travel with her anytime. One last thing, I like the guest limit that we had. There were eight of us and it was a good sized group. It was fun to meet new people but it wasn't so large that you either felt like a herd on the trail or that being at the front of the pack was imperative. Well done!

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Operator Active Adventures

Mont Blanc

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

It truly was a trip of a lifetime. Our guide Holly from Active Adventures made it perfect!!

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Operator Active Adventures

Tour du Mont Blanc September 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Every day was a postcard there are no words to express the spectacular views we experienced each day!

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Operator Active Adventures

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