A Middle East round trip will surprise you with countless highlights and varied activities to suit your taste. Israel and Iran inspire with a rich cultural heritage, Egypt and Turkey invite you to a relaxing beach holiday and on the Arabian Peninsula Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates attract with fascinating contrasts. Discover the pyramids of Giza, the wonder of the ancient world, stroll through the colourful streets of Tel Aviv or let yourself be enchanted by the breathtaking landscape of Jordan on a desert adventure in Wadi Rum.
The Middle East offers a rich culture and a wealth of natural beauty to discover on your Middle East tour. Visit the traditional markets and immerse yourself in the world of spices and fragrances or admire the fascinating underwater worlds on the beautiful coasts while diving or snorkelling.
The legendary rock city of Petra is one of the highlights of a holiday in the Middle East. The ancient ruins are located south of the Jordanian capital Amman and have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World". Built in 40 AD, there are many mysteries surrounding Petra, which was the capital of the Nabataean Empire in ancient times.
Jaffa is the old city of Tel Aviv and is located in the south of the Israeli capital. The district shows itself cosmopolitan and creative and also impresses with exciting history at every corner. Be enchanted by the architecture of Jaffa, enjoy regional delicacies in the hip cafés and restaurants of the old town and stroll along the beach promenade.
Built from 532 to 537 AD, Hagia Sophia is Istanbul's oldest church. From 1453 to 1935, the Byzantine-style church was used as a mosque. Since 2020, it has once again served as a ritual place for the Islamic faith community. In the years between 1935 and 2020, the Hagia Sophia housed a museum.
A real insider tip on the Arabian Peninsula can be found in the city of Salalah in Oman. Gorgeous stretches of beach stretch along the coast and colourful coral reefs and mysterious shipwrecks beckon you to go diving. Less
Experience the magical beauty of nature in Jordan, Israel or the UAE on a desert safari. Be enchanted by the endless expanse and enjoy the sunset in the desert.
The best time to travel to the Arabian Peninsula is from November to March. Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey are attractive destinations in April, May and October. From mid-March to mid-May and from mid-September to mid-November, Egypt and Iran enjoy pleasant temperatures.
Several languages are represented in the Middle East. Arabic is spoken in Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt. The official language in Israel is Hebrew. Turkish is spoken in Turkey and Persian in Iran.
For a trip to the Middle East, standard vaccinations should be complete and up to date. These include vaccinations against tetanus (tetanus), diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), measles and basic immunization against poliomyelitis/polio. Depending on the style of travel, vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies may be useful.
For a round trip in the Middle East, light and airy clothing is recommended due to the high temperatures. In some countries and when visiting mosques, knees and shoulders should be covered. Depending on the planned activities, swimwear and sturdy shoes belong on the packing list.
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