Top TRIPS in Northern Africa and the Middle East

Hit that book button but don’t overpack – you’re going to want a light load on your back as you explore Northern Africa and the Middle East.
Nick Dauk
5 May 2023
Northern Africa and the Middle East have an undeniable allure, drawing voyagers with promises of unforgettable adventures. The dry and arid landscape won’t weather a wanderer’s devotion to discovery – but it will leave you ready to drink up as much culture as you can. Venture into this wondrous area of the world to find some of the holiest sites, ancient practices and amazing experiences accessible only on foot and with the will to explore. These are the top trips that’ll have you falling in love with Northern Africa and the Middle East.
1 . Beyond Petra: Discovering Jordan’s Rugged Side

Jordan will have you seeing red – in the most positive way possible. This rugged landscape is yours to explore on a challenging nine-day journey. You’ll discover new hues as you hike the rust-coloured Wadi Ghurab mountains, snorkel the depths of the Red Sea and sip lush red wine in Amman’s oldest winery. Petra and Little Petra will expand your palette further. The only time you’ll miss a stroke of red is when gazing at the night sky – through rose-tinted glasses, of course.

Next available from9 Sep 2023
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2 . Arabian Nights: the Complete Morocco Experience

Days of enchantment and nights of pure magic await in Morocco – if only you’re adventurous enough to uncover them. Allow your curiosity to take you through labyrinth-like medinas, steeply carved caverns and the wonder of the Sahara desert on this 13-day adventure. You’ll wander through Casablanca, Fez and Marrakech with a small group, guided by those who know how to chart the stars, navigate the Rif mountains and find the best Berber-style dinner in this desert oasis

Next available from1 Jul 2023
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3 . Pyramids, Temples and the Nile: the Ultimate Egypt Experience

A journey to Egypt offers the perfect opportunity to step back in time this August. On this epic 10-day voyage of discovery, you’ll take in the legendary Giza pyramids and Sphinx, discover the ancient Valley of the Kings with its tomb of Tutankhamun, embrace the multisensory chaos of the Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar, and sail down the Nile by both cruise ship and kayak. It’s not just historic delights, though; you’ll also enjoy a cocktail party on a traditional sailboat while you watch the sun glisten off Africa’s longest river.

Next available from31 Aug 2023
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Louis Rabinowitz contributed to this article.

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