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#1/23
Rating:
5
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Destination: Damascus
Trip type: Cultural
Conquerors, traders, tourists - Damascus has seen them all over the years. Today, visitors to the city will be impressed by their legacy and surprised by the warm welcome from everyone they meet... read more »
#2/23
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5
(3 comments)
Destination: Dubai
Trip type: Adventure, Beach, Cultural
Where can you slide down giant sand dunes, ski on snowy slopes, exhaust yourself shopping, swim in deliciously warm seas and enjoy sumptuous luxury - all in one day? It could only be Dubai! ... read more »
#3/23
Rating:
5
(1 comment)
Destination: Abu Dhabi
Trip type: Cultural, Short Break
With ambitious plans unfolding, the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi is aiming to become a major new cultural hub... read more »
#4/23
Rating:
5
(1 comment)
Destination: Palmyra
With its magnificent ruins, Palmyra is not just Syria's most visited site, but one of the finest tourist destinations anywhere in the Middle East. Best of all, it hasn't yet been over-exploited... read more »
#5/23
Rating:
4.333335
(4 comments)
Destination: Jerusalem
Trip type: Activity, Cultural
Wander the winding streets, sample delicious food, and discover the inspiring sights and sounds of one of the oldest cities in the world... read more »
#6/23
Rating:
4.2
(5 comments)
Destination: Sanaa
Trip type: Cultural, Road Trip
There were plenty of people who warned us off going to Yemen, but we chose to ignore them - and discovered an architectural wonder forgotten by time, plus a whole lot of fun... read more »
#7/23
Rating:
4
(1 comment)
Friendly people, great food, some of the most uncrowded and beautiful sites of antiquity... all this and more awaits anyone who ventures east to Syria... read more »
#8/23
Rating:
4
(1 comment)
Destination: Dubai
Trip type: Cultural, Shopping
Shopping in Dubai isn't all about absolutely enormous shopping centres (but only just). We've also a got a few traditional-ish Arabian souks worthy of an afternoon's wander... read more »
#9/23
Rating:
4
(1 comment)
Destination: Bethlehem
Bethlehem is best known as the setting for the Christmas story, but this ancient city is also home to modern, vibrant culture, great (and ethical) shopping and good food... read more »
#10/23
Rating:
4
(1 comment)
Destination: Palmyra
Watching the sun set over the vast ruins of Palmyra, an ancient wonder miles from anywhere, in the middle of the Syrian desert, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience... read more »
#11/23
Rating:
4
(2 comments)
Destination: Syria, Aleppo, Hamah
The Syrian city of Aleppo makes a sensational destination for a short break, with an incredible souk to barter in, impressive citadels and castles to explore, and some great hotels and restaurants... read more »
#12/23
Rating:
3.5
(3 comments)
Destination: Tehran, Istanbul
Iran may seem like an unusual travel destination, but taking the Trans-Asia Express from Istanbul to Tehran gives a real sense of travelling to a different world... read more »
#13/23
Rating:
3.5
(2 comments)
The ancient city of Persepolis, 'half the world' in Esfehan, and some of the friendliest people in the world await the intrepid visitor to ancient Persia... read more »
#14/23
Rating:
3.5
(5 comments)
With a history stretching back 10,000 years, magnificent desert panoramas and the famous Dead Sea, Jordan is a fascinating place to visit, and surprisingly easy to travel round... read more »
#15/23
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2
(1 comment)
Glorious sunshine, tropical seas, beautiful beaches and more culture than you can poke a stick at. Welcome to Eilat and the real Israel... read more »
#16/23
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Visiting Petra on a tourist trip? Paul Read discovers there is a lot of treasures and temples to see even without taking a long hike.... read more »
#17/23
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Fancy a challenge? Here are three fairly taxing hikes to take you to the finest and quietest Petra attractions. Take water, a picnic, put on those walking books and join me. ... read more »
#18/23
Rating:
4
(2 comments)
Destination: Jerash
Trip type: Cultural
A day trip from Jordan's capital Amman, the well preserved ruins of the Roman city at Jerash nicely rounds off any trip to Jordan. Explore temples, arches, theatres and streets... read more »
#19/23
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Destination: Acre, Haifa
The coast of Galilee is where cultures meet and history echoes through the stone streets of Arab Acre (Akka) and the chic cafes of Haifa... read more »
#20/23
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It may be only a small country, but Israel's not short of fascinating attractions. Here's my guide on what to see, where to go and how to get the most out of a week there... read more »
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