Among the 22 countries that comprise the Middle East, you’ll find extreme variety. Although they share a geographical designation, the differences between Dubai and Oman or Israel and Turkey are too many to count. Suffice to say whatever preconceived ideas you have about this corner of the globe, be prepared to have your eyes — and your heart — opened.
Visit the atmospheric souk of Aleppo and the ancient city of Damascus, the beautiful hidden mountain monastery of Mar Moussa and a stunning desert palace. For the more active, there is time to swim – or float – in the Dead Sea, snorkel over the coral reefs of the Red Sea, and take a 4WD into the amazing landscape of Wadi Rum and spend a night under the stars.
The highlight of any vacation is likely to be the magnificent “Rose-red City” of Petra, carved directly into the rocks of southern Jordan, a true wonder of the world. Add the immense ruins of Palmyra, the fantastic Roman sites of Baalbek and Jerash, and the Crusader sea-castle at Sidon and you’ll have all the ingredients for an unforgettable Middle Eastern experience.