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New desert experiences in the Middle East

The deserts of the Middle East continue to entice clients with their beauty and opportunities for adventure. We round up new resorts and experiences

While the Middle East’s impressive cities offer myriad cultural sights, ultra-luxurious hotels and fine-dining options, the region’s deserts have been a source of inspiration for artists, poets and adventurers for hundreds of years. From adrenaline-inducing outdoor adventures and falconry shows to archaeological tours, we round up new Middle East desert experiences and hotels to recommend to clients in 2020.

Ancient ruins in Jordan

Historical holiday specialists Andante Travels’ new Jordan – Petra and the Desert Fortresses tour offers clients the chance to explore the ancient city of Petra in the high desert with an expert guide, board a fleet of 4x4 vehicles for a desert cruise and experience the Dead Sea.

“This is a unique tour of Jordan because it spends two full days exploring the rock-cut ancient city of Petra, while most tour operators only include a one-day visit,” says Oliver Gilkes, senior archaeologist at Andante Travels.

“Guests will also get the opportunity to discover the well-preserved Roman city of Jerash and the mighty crusader castle of Kerak, as well as the neolithic site of Beidha and the painted tomb at the lesser-visited Little Petra. Led by a specialist in archaeology, travelling through history [on this tour] is a chance to hear one of the world’s great stories.”

Book it: Andante Travels offers the 10-day package from £3,195pp including flights, selected meals and transfers. Departure dates are on 24 March, 6 and 28 October 2020.

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