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Soak in the ancient past and modern present

Extending from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf, the Middle East is a melting pot of cultures and creeds and a top destination for unique adventure holidays. Kicking off in north-eastern Africa, uncover the ancient history and beauty of the land of pyramids, mummies and hieroglyphs. Like a grand, open museum, Egypt boasts some of most studied and explored historical sites from the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx in capital Cairo, to the Valley of the Kings and the Temples of Abu Simbel in Luxor. After a heated day discovering the magnificence of ancient Egypt, cool off with kayaking or sailing down the vast Nile river with some wildlife spotting along the way.

Middle East: Petra by NightPetra by night – More than a thousand candles, Bedouin music and sweet tea

Across the Gulf of Aqaba, make your way to the 'rose red city' of Petra and explore the spectacular ruins of a kingdom carved into the rock face. The icing on the cake is a night under the stars in Jordan's Wadi Rum desert. If your adventurous spirit grows weary, make your way to the Dead Sea bordering Jordan and Israel to float your worries away and indulge in some natural health therapy. In Saudi Arabia, embrace the infinite sands with camel racing, four wheel drive tours across the dunes and desert cave exploration.

Middle East: Makhtesh Ramon IsraelA nubian ibex overlooking Makhtesh Ramon crater in Israel

If you have any room left in your itinerary, trek the Al Hajar mountain range along the northern coastline of Oman, snorkel the red sea off the Sinai Peninsula, or channel your inner Ottoman Sultan with a hot air balloon ride across Cappadocia, Turkey. For an eye-opening adventure, soak in ancient past and modern present of the diverse Middle East. As well as offering great deals on hotels, tours and travel insurance, our Flight Centre consultants can help you pick and choose the best adventure-packed pockets of the Middle East to create your dream escape.

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