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Middle East

Whether you're exploring Petra, Jerusalem, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates or other destinations, our journeys through the Middle East introduce you to the rich cultural legacies and timeless architectural treasures that this part of the world is known for.

Middle East

Welcome to the Middle East

Thousands of years of history, culture and traditions shroud this area of the world with mystery. Here, travel through the Valley of the Kings lined with Pharaohs and noble families of the ancient world... walk the cobblestone-lined streets of 4,000-year-old Jaffa, believed to be one of the oldest ports in the world... cruise along the enchanted Nile by riverboat... or through the Persian Gulf to Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates by small ship! View the Dubai skyline from the top of the Burj Khalifa, visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or stare in awe at one of the Seven Wonders of the World: The Great Pyramids of Giza.

Ancient Petra

The ancient Nabataean city of Petra in Jordan

The ancient pink city of Petra in modern-day Jordan was carved out of rose-colored sandstone cliffs by its Nabataean builders perhaps as far back as the 4th century BCE, and abandoned sometime during the early Islamic era. Much of it remained hidden in the mountains and desert sands for thousands of years before its “discovery” by western explorers in the early 19th century. Today, its stunning temples, tombs and other key features like Al Khazneh (The Treasury) are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Jordan’s most popular historic attraction, which you’ll explore on foot and by horse cart.

After-hours Valley of the Kings visit

A private, after-hours visit to the Valley of the Kings

Occupying a site west of the Nile River in Egypt’s Theban Necropolis near modern-day Luxor, the Valley of the Kings contains more than 60 identified tombs created for Pharaohs and noble families more than 3,000 years ago. Your Tauck travels include a private, after-hours visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site… including entry to the complex’s most famous tomb of them all, discovered intact in the 1920s… that of the “Boy King,” Tutankhamun!

Museum of Islamic Art

Visit the I.M. Pei-designed, Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar

Step inside and view history firsthand with a tour of The Museum of Islamic Art. Take a look at the many works of culture, art, calligraphy and ancient technology from the Middle East with some artifacts dating back as far as the 7th century. Broken up into six permanent sections (in chronological order leading up to end of the Ottomon Period in the early 20th century), each section provides guests with an overview of the unique art traditions across time. Learn about Islam's contributions to the game of chess; view Arab Calligraphy, homage to the treasured Qur'an and see firsthand the craftsmanship of everyday items (pottery, metal and glassware) alongside luxury items from the various periods such as rugs, jewelry, weaponry and miniatures.

Private Heritage Desert Safari in Dubai

Back to the 1950s on a private Dubai Heritage Desert Safari

Step back in time to experience Dubai as it was in the 1950s, as the emirate’s most famous and authentic desert safari, the Heritage Desert Safari, takes you on a wildlife drive to explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in museum quality, vintage 1950s Land Rovers vehicles, symbolic of Dubai’s heritage and venturing to unexplored territories. Accompanied by experienced conservation guides, you’ll spot native wildlife like Arabian oryx, learn about the unique desert ecosystem, and discover how the Bedouin survived in the desert in harmony with the local flora and fauna.

Visit the Bahá'i Shrine and Gardens

The Tomb of the Báb in Haifa

On the slopes of Mount Carmel in Haifa stands one of the holiest places on Earth for followers of the Bahá'í Faith, which teaches that no religion has a monopoly on the truth. It is the beautiful Baha'i Shrine and Gardens, home to the Tomb of the Báb (Baha'i Allah), the Persian-born 19th-century former merchant who founded the Bábí Faith in the 1840s. The Báb is revered as the herald and one of the central figures of the Bahá'í Faith, which was established years after his death by one of his followers, Bahá'u'lláh. A succession of 19 immaculately manicured garden terraces lead to the golden-domed tomb of the Báb.


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“The Middle East is a region that will delight and surprise your senses at every corner. From the music and sights to the tastes and smells, everything about this part of the world is truly remarkable” – Leo Papa,Tour Architect

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