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Iran holiday
Discover the rich culture and famed hospitality of Iran, from £2695 (15 days) ex flights
Egypt budget small group tour
This tour mixes culture with a 4 day beach break, perfect!, from £499 - £649 (13 days) ex flights
Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan
A week to explore the spectacular sites and scenery of Jordan, from £1179 - £1399 (9 days) inc UK flights
Family culture & adventure holiday to Egypt
An Egyptian adventure the whole family will remember, from £845 - £1100 (13 days) ex flights
Jordan family holiday, tailor made
A fabulous family holiday including the best of Jordan, from £970 - £990 (9 days) ex flights
Palestine walking holiday
See life on the otherside of the controversial wall, from £1855 (9 days) ex flights
Jordan and Egypt budget holiday
Adventure through historical landscapes of Jordan & Egypt., from £462 - £630 (9 days) ex flights
Israel holidays, small group tour
Israel, a Hidden gem this 8 day tour hits all the main spots, from £979 - £1000 (8 days) ex flights
Luxor holiday apartments, Egypt
Luxor self catering apartments near the sites, from US $350 - US $525 per accommodation per week
Best of Egypt and Jordan holiday
Visit the great Giza Pyramids, from £1413 - £1500 (14 days) ex flights
Adventure holiday in Egypt
An unforgettable journey through Egypt, from £999 (16 days) ex flights
Egypt Nile and Red Sea Tours
Cairo, Giza, Luxor & Aswan Nile Cruise & Red Sea Holiday, from £680 - £760 (12 days) ex flights
Petra and Wadi Rum trekking holiday
Some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world, from £1249 - £1479 (8 days) inc UK flights
Adventure holiday in Jordan
The very best of Jordan, from £1125 - £1335 (9 days) inc UK flights
Cairo short break, Egypt
Cairo, Giza, from £250 - £270 (5 days) ex flights
Oman small group tour
Ancient spice trails, Wahiba Sands, superb coastal scenery, from £1199 (7 days) ex flights
Tailor made tour of Jordan & Israel
A tour of Jordan & Israel with breathtaking sites & fascinating history, from £2370 (15 days) inc UK flights
Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
Cycling trip through stunning desert scenery, from £1339 - £1799 (9 days) inc UK flights
Tailor made tours of Oman
Privately escorted mystical trip of stunning Oman, from £1550 (8 days) ex flights
Yoga & diving holiday, Egypt
Speciality Diving Course combining Yoga Breathing & Diving, from £595 - £685 (8 days) ex flights
Luxury culture holiday in Oman
Meet the Bedouin of Wahiba Sands and Turtles of Sur in Oman, from £1599 (7 days) ex flights
Jordan luxury small group tour
Explore Jordan in comfort suited to a sheikh, from £1649 - £1949 (9 days) inc UK flights
Nile cruise holiday in Egypt
Discover ancient temples & tombs & travel by Nile cruise boat, from £1149 - £1439 (9 days) inc UK flights
Cairo to Amman overland tour
From trains to feluccas, travel through Egypt and Jordan, from £1045 (18 days) ex flights

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Family scuba diving holidays in the Red Sea
Completely relaxing. Met some lovely people. My sons completed their open water and advanced diving courses, and enjoyed themselves without the aid of modern technology. (more)Mary Souster
Us adults as well as our late teenage kids thoroughly enjoyed the holidays...There was a large team of local staff present who created a lovely atmosphere and a warm hospitality, they were clearly happy in their employment. The Egyptian dive instructor was careful at the coral reefs and made people aware of how to prevent damage. (more)Margreta Jose
Diving through a coral maze, just me, my husband, daughters and the wonderful Kayla from the dive centre was the most exciting part. The coral corridors were truly stunning...We all said it was the best holiday we have ever had. (more)Julie Grigg
From £449 excluding flights
Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan
It's difficult to choose between walking and climbing around the awe inspiring landscape and buildings of Petra and the serene beauty of riding camels in Wadi Rum. Both places and experiences took our breath away. (more)Vicky Gatley
An excellent holiday from start to finish - run by a friendly knowledeable staff who are happy to help. The oragnisation was exceptional as was the level of care shown towards its customers. (more)Justine Hughes
Absolutely fabulous, stunning scenery, ancient ruins and charming people, could not have improved on it (more)Christine Hicks
From £1179 - £1399 including UK flights
Tailor made holidays to Jordan
Magical. Loved every minute. 4 days that felt like 2 weeks they were so full of sights and sounds and wonderful people. A brilliant short break. (more)ali king
Very good...Feynan Lodge was the best part - would like to have spent longer there. (more)Alan Graham
I will always remember Petra. The history is incredible and our guide was very informative...Excellent! (more)Carol Seaforth
From £1975 including UK flights
Tailor made tours of Oman
Driving through a Wadi with water flowing through it. Driving the sand dunes in the desert. The mountain scenery is great. (more)Adrian O Malley
The most memorable part was the surprise at arriving at the camp in the Wahiba Sands for our night of Wild Camping and instead of finding the little 2-man tent that we had expected we found a luxury tent complete with bathroom, proper beds, carpets, oriental cushions and lanterns which had been set up just for us. (more)Sally Frohlich
Driving down to Wadi Bani Awf. Awesome. Also the night in the desert where the operator found us a camp where we were completely alone, 8 km through the dunes from the main camp, itself small and remoter than the bigger camps. (more)Peta Constable
From £1550 excluding flights
Family culture & adventure holiday to Egypt
This was a brilliant holiday for myself and my teenage sons. All of us have rekindled an interest in Egyptian history. There was lots to do and see, in fact never a dull moment. (more)Joan Bell
If I have to pick a highlight, it would be the flight to Abu Simbel and being there at sunrise, before the crowds. It was magical. And sailing on the felucca was wonderful, and just hanging out at the Nubian house that evening, sipping tea and chatting under the stars, having a henna tattoo, was just wonderful. (more)Kathleen McCormick
From £845 - £1100 excluding flights
Adventure holiday in Egypt
Very good, saw some amazing places and had a great time...Pyramids/ Petra were my personal highlights (more)James Adams
Excellent, sensational, a must-do....Prepare yourself for an amazing mix of adventure and antiquities. (more)Julie Henry
From £999 excluding flights
Egypt desert & culture tour
The most memorable parts of the holiday were Camel ride round the Pyramids (you do have to barter hard), Abel Simbel and best of all Valley of the Kings. (more)Jo Carter
The whole holiday has been a dream of mine for 25 years and it more than lived up to expectations. The pyramids, temples and tombs were amazing. The Nile cruise was 10 times better than we expected - lovely staff and surroundings, especially the surprise animals made out of towels on our beds each night! (more)Janice Gould
The whole Egypt holiday was memorable and each part was different and equally exciting. Spent a few days in Cairo seeing the sights - the Pyramids are phenomenal. (more)Irene Ennenga
From £985 - £1100 excluding flights
Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea
Everything was fantastic but the most memorable part was the diving. We went diving every day and saw lots of coral and fish. Staying with this operator was also very relaxing. They looked after us wonderfully, everything we wanted was provided and nothing was too much trouble. (more)Diederik Kohnhorst
I hope to remain fit enough to explore yet more -different/ active holiday experiences from the Responsible Travel /Eco sites area and to widen my knowledge of the World . other peoples and their culture . (more)michael jones
Scuba diving was awesome. Wonderfully friendly and helpful team. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Ahmed was a great instructor and we all loved the diving. (more)Sue Wickenden
From £445 excluding flights
Yoga retreat in Egypt
Wonderfully relaxing...the location of the yoga retreat was perfect - very peaceful and the teaching was geared towards the specific interest / needs of the individuals in the group (more)Catherine Carpenter
The holiday was perfect! The refreshing and energising yoga, the simple living, the tasty food, the good company, not to mention the snorkelling on the coral reefs and the sunshine and warmth. (more)Diana Craven
From £365 - £465 excluding flights
Jordan holiday, highlights & hidden gems
The most memorable part was walking down Wadi in Dana National Park to Feynan...It was wonderful. So beautiful and so much to do and see and the Jordanians were very kind and helpful. (more)Stephen Pick
Jerash was incredible as was the site of the Baptism of Christ. The countryside of Jordan an all its aspects. (more)Geoffrey Gurling
From £2450 including UK flights
Jordan holiday, tailormade
Very many memorable parts - Swimming in the Dead Sea, relaxing on the red Sea in Aqaba and seeing Petra, I will never ever forget. (more)Davida Golden
The highlight was being driven through Wadi Rum by a wonderful guide, seeing the amazing rock formations and experiencing the emptyness of it all. (more)Margery Nzerem
Firstly, our personal guide, Mahmoud, was brilliant...Petra was absolutely breathtaking. We spent 3 days there and even though you are expecting it to be the highlight of your trip, it still manages to amaze you! (more)Simon Irons
From £1990 excluding flights
Adventure holiday in Jordan
Just take the plunge and go on this holiday. I had the best half term break ever! (more)Lois Barclay
Just what I needed - warm climate, good bunch of fellow travellers, excellent guide and wonderful country. (more)alan mcleod
The holiday was absolutely excellent. The guide, Mohammed was a font of knowledge and such a friendly guy with great inter personal skills. There was never a question he couldn't answer. (more)Mary Fry
From £1125 - £1335 including UK flights
Egypt tailor made holidays
The trip on a Dahabiya "Princess Donia" was the most memorable moment. Floating so gracefully down the Nile in the sanctuary of such a small boat with only 10 passengers and being so graciously cared for by the 9 staff. (more)Caroline Blundell
The most memorable part was sightseeing in Egypt - guided tours in Cairo. (more)Michael Salomon
It was ALL amazing without exception. Sunrise at Abu Simbel, donkey ride overlooking Valley of the Kings, gliding along the Nile in a felucca, King Tut collection in Cairo, camel riding at the pyramids, etc. etc. (more)Belinda Wade
From £750 excluding flights
Yoga & diving holiday, Egypt
It's almost impossible to put into words how restful, life affirming and soul enhancing this yoga diving holiday at the Bedouin Moon hotel has been. The combination of learning deeply restful, energising and challenging breathing yoga techniques with diving over some of the most stunning reefs in the world I will never ever forget. (more)Penelope Granycome
The yoga was wonderful, the diving was awesome and two Bedouin children spontaneously helped me beach clean on my last day. (more)Fiona Tibbitt
This was my first visit to Egypt and the holiday was a great introduction to Dahab and diving in the region. The diving was amazing. I was the only person on the course the week I went in early April so had one-to-one diving sessions... An amazing experience and great chillout. I'll definitely be returning. (more)Tania Charles
From £595 - £685 excluding flights
Cairo to Amman overland tour
It was rich and varied. I enjoyed it a lot. (more)Kristina Mänd
Most memorable would be spending a full day hiking & exploring the ancient city of Petra, the most exciting was snorkelling in the red sea from el bells to the blue hole... (more)Mark Sale
It's impossible to state the most memorable part of this holiday as it really was superb in all aspects. The holiday was everything and more than we could have imagined. (more)Rod Buttle
From £1045 excluding flights
Diving in the Red Sea & Pyramid tour
I enjoyed the day in Cairo. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Visiting the Egyptian Museum and the Pyramids with the camel ride was unforgettable. Snorkelling in the diving in the Red Sea is magical!!! (more)Anne Deak
The highlight of our trip was Dahab. I can't imagine a more chilled location than the Bedouin style bars overlooking the red sea. (more)Sam Butterfield
This holiday is perfect for someone who wants to dive as well as getting time to take in the pyramids and other attractions around Cairo. (more)James Porter
From £470 excluding flights
Oman holiday, Forts and Deserts of Oman
Memorable parts? The desert, mountains and hospitality in Oman. Tips? Distances are long in Muscat so make sure you book a hotel with a convenient location. We made a tailor-made contract with the operator. However, the tour was subcontracted to a local travel agent - not ideal when problems arise! Often there was a miss-match between given itinerary and actual plan, not that we missed anything but somehow annoying. Book your holiday directly and you are in control! Local benefits? Not... (more)Kirsten Christensen
From £2290 excluding flights
Egypt tour, Miracle of the Sun
Definitely the Abu Simbel Sun Miracle we were able to witness and experience was the highlight. To be able to see 3 of the 4 pharaohs light up from sun coming through, was an experience we will never forget. (more)Lori Bautista
The owners of Nubia House are extraordinarily gracious and really want you to experience the Nubian way of life; their guest house is decorated in traditional handicrafts, they serve excellent homemade Nubian food, and the atmosphere is serene (more)Janice Darling
From £546 excluding flights
Nile cruise & cultural holiday, Egypt
The tour guides provided historical background and information on the sights to stimulate our imagination and awe. Ahmed, our guide in Luxor and Aswan was knowledgeable, answered all our questions and patiently taught us to read hieroglyphics carved in the temples. (more)Hou-Yin Ma
My most memorable part of my holiday was my visit to The Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel and Karnak Temple. Part of the reason I consider my entire trip memorable is because of my tour guides. (more)Mary Lyons
Most memorable? I think the Pyramids at Giza and the paintings in the tomb of Ramses I, or perhaps it was the gold mask of Tutankamun, or was it the statue of Ramses II at Memphis... it was always a jaw-dropping moment at each place we visited. (more)Amanda Bristow
From £595 excluding flights
Cruise and swim with dolphins in Egypt
Memorable parts? Put simply, this is probably one of the best holidays I've ever been on and this is largely down to the exceptional customer care that this company offers both in the UK and in Egypt. The highlight of course was swimming with wild dolphins out in a protected reef in the middle of beautiful clear blue sea. Beyond that though the location, the food, the helpfulness of the staff, the accommodation and the attention to detail were all excellent. 2. What tips would you give... (more)Candida Perkis
From £474 excluding flights
Nile cruise holiday in Egypt
Memorable parts? The attention given to us by our leader Mohammed he made sure we did not miss anything Tips? This is not a relaxing holiday there are early starts and long days but well worth it the train journey is long and not smooth all the way Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? 5 star apart from the train journey. Saw everything we wanted plus more. It was a fabulous holiday, Mohammed is so knowledgeable - he is a credit to your company. Well done! (more)Elaine Gay
From £1149 - £1439 including UK flights
Short break to Petra, Jordan
Petra was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Geraldine Hillmale
Petra was much bigger than expected, the camel ride easier, and the scenery more spectacular than we imagined... It was a great way to see a lot of Jordan quickly - a charming country with open, friendly residents. (more)Mary Clark
We saw and did SO much that it's hard to pick anything specific as most memorable. It was all wonderful, interesting and fascinating...It was a great experience. Because we saw and did so much it was important to have the logistics right. With the help of this tour operator we had a fabulous itinerary and everything really ran like clockwork. (more)Jane Van Der Spuy
From £595 excluding flights
Jordan cultural tour, hosted by Bedouin of Petra
Memorable parts? Our interaction with the Bedouin guides, their charm and their perspectives on the history and current social and political life in Jordan was really memorable. Petra was magnificent and Jerash was a real gem. Jordan is a much un- heralded destination. Tips? More than 2 days in Petra is necessary. Must dos - Petra, Jerash, Amman, the desert. Be open to the everyday encounters with the guides, drivers, shop-keepers etc Local benefits? Benefitted local people.... (more)Eleanor Moore
From £1249 excluding flights
Tailor made tour of Jordan & Israel
Every moment was a memorable moment...Jerash in Jordan was a surprise...Petra Kitchen was a lot of fun ...Dinner at Fauzi Azar Inn, and singing and dancing at Bedouin Camp was great too! (more)Helga Trim
9/10...Jordan - particularly Petra which lived up to, and surpassed its reputation (more)Jean Ross
From £2370 including UK flights
Egypt holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? Seeing the ancient Egyptian sites that are so old and so famous, to actually see them in real life. And to be able to see so much in a few days without feeling rushed! Tips? It is worth if possible to book a private guide, as the only (somewhat) negative comment is that with a big group (off the cruise) the guided tours are not as interesting than when it is exactly according to your timetable and interests. Local benefits? Yes, in principle, but given the... (more)Katrin Nyman-Metcalf
From £2270 including UK flights
Petra & Pyramids tours to Jordan & Egypt
Memorable parts? Petra was just incredible; everyone should visit this wonderful city and landscape. Just visiting Petra justifies the travel. Tips? I wouldn't recommend the services of this tour operator; they send us a really wonderful tour and timetables that was not accomplished (mostly in Jordan), the last transfer to Cairo was an 8 hours night ride from Taba with a security guard (we think it's unacceptable that we were not warned of this situation, when it's forbidden to travel... (more)Isabel Villena
From £1230 - £1260 excluding flights
Dakhla Oasis desert accommodation in Egypt
Memorable parts? The lodge was set in a lovely location high above the oasis at Dakhla. The views were wonderful from the decks and verandas. Our highlight of the trip was taking a half day camel trip into the sand hills behind the lodge. The camel guides and camels were great. We had a campfire lunch complete with roasted corn that we had gathered from a date farm the day before. The next day our guide took us to a 1000 year old mud brick village in the heart of Dakhla--complete with old... (more)Nancy Reinisch
From €60 - €90 per person per night
Luxor holiday apartments, Egypt
Abu Simbel and Dendera and sailing down to Aswan were the most memorable parts of the holiday. (more)Vida Juozaitis
Fantastic trip, which I have waited 50 years to do... Meeting local people, being invited to their homes and seeing the country as they see it and not just as a tourist. (more)Jeremy Martineau
From US $350 - US $525 per accommodation per week
Boutique hotel in Dahab, Egypt
The most memorable part of the holiday was scuba diving in the Gulf of Aqaba. The diving sites and aquatic life were amazing... The people, food and view from the hotel was lovely. I would definitely return to this hotel again. (more)Tracy Watson
On a windy evening, the restaurant staff kindly brought our dinner over to the Bedouin tent, where we were able to enjoy it near the fire and follow it with tiny cups of mint tea and a shared sheesha. Exquisite! (more)Linda Petra
The hotel was a wonderful find!! It is beautiful, and all the staff without exception were very friendly, and helpful - I don't think "NO" is a word they ever use to their guests!!!! (more)Carmen Luck
From US $60 per double room per night
Egypt family holiday, Feluccas & Pharaohs
Sailing on a felucca along the Nile, then sleeping on deck overnight was the most memorable part... Excellent. (more)Julie Conder
Sailing from Aswan towards Luxor on a felluca with an over night camp on board was most memorable....My daughter and I loved nearly every minute of it. (more)Nicola Carroll
A wonderful experience for the whole family with lots of variety of activities, culture and adventure. (more)Mariella Gregori
From £1179 - £1309 including UK flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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