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Exciting family holiday in Jordan
A fabulous family holiday including the best of Jordan, from £970 - £990 (9 days) ex flights
Egypt budget small group tour
This tour mixes culture with a 4 day beach break, perfect, from £549 - £699 (13 days) ex flights
Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan
A week to explore the spectacular sites and scenery of Jordan, from £1169 - £1419 (9 days) inc UK flights
Adventure holiday in Jordan
The very best of Jordan, from £1049 - £1469 (9 days) inc UK flights
Jordan and Egypt budget holiday
Adventure through historical landscapes of Jordan & Egypt, from £815 - £900 (9 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
Cairo short break, Egypt
Cairo, Giza, from £250 - £270 (5 days) ex flights
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 - £1199 (16 days) ex flights
Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
Cycling trip through stunning desert scenery, from £1299 - £1849 (9 days) inc UK flights
Family culture & adventure holiday to Egypt
An Egyptian adventure the whole family will remember, from £999 - £1099 (12 days) ex flights
Family holiday to Jordan, Journey to the Lost City
Experience the best of Jordan, from £1184 - £1219 (8 days ) inc UK flights
Tailor made tours of Oman
Privately escorted mystical trip of stunning Oman, from £1760 (8 days) inc UK flights
Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea
Learn to dive, safely, in the warm waters of the Red Sea, from £461 (7 days) ex flights
Petra and Wadi Rum trekking holiday
Some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world, from £1219 - £1449 (8 days) inc UK flights
Oman family holiday, tailor made
An amazing Oman off road adventure your family wont forget, from £5920 (14 days) ex flights
Israel holidays, small group tour
Israel, a Hidden gem this 8 day tour hits all the main spots, from £1099 - £1149 (8 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
Oman small group tour
Ancient spice trails, Wahiba Sands, superb coastal scenery, from £1375 (7 days) ex flights
Nile cruise holiday in Egypt
Discover ancient temples & tombs & travel by Nile cruise boat, from £1079 - £1159 (9 days) inc UK flights
Jordan luxury small group tour
Explore Jordan in comfort suited to a sheikh, from £1679 - £1769 (9 days) inc UK 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 holiday, tailor made
All the highlights of Petra and Jordan, from £2000 (9 days) inc UK flights
Jordan holiday, small group
Visit Jordan from cities to mystic desert landscapes, from £705 - £820 (8 days) ex flights
Iran cultural holiday
A captivating land dripping with history and culture, from £1799 (15 days) ex flights
Oman cycling & trekking holiday
5 night cycling and trekking adventure in Oman, from £1895 (6 days) ex flights
Red Sea diving holidays
Enjoy the best shore guided diving in the Red Sea at Dahab, from £446 (7 days) ex flights
Yoga & diving holiday, Egypt
Speciality Diving Course combining Yoga Breathing & Diving, from £595 - £685 (8 days) ex flights
Diving in the Red Sea & Pyramid tour
Scuba diving holiday in the Red Sea, from £470 (8 days) ex flights
Egypt and Jordan adventure holiday
Get a true taste of Egypt & the Middle East, from £1299 - £1539 (17 days) ex flights

348 reviews for Middle East holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Middle East holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea
Excellent - if you want a friendly open hearted place to stay and learn to dive then I couldn't recommend it more highly. (more)katherine Church
Do not hesitate to book this holiday! The people are fantastic, the place is beautiful and the more relaxed nature of the area due to its more remote location made for a far more relaxing holiday than you would have at other resorts in the region The whole operation was centred around local people and the local economy. We were actively encouraged to reduce our environmental impact and respect the environment which we were lucky enough to see (more)Gareth Jones
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
From £461 excluding flights
Family scuba diving holidays in the Red Sea
Absolutely brilliant. Excellent service, accommodation fine, food good, beach close, great picnic in the mountains. So good we are going back in a few months. (more)Jackie Vale
10/10 - you must GO!! The best parts was becoming a scuba diver and my son becoming Open Water PADI certified (more)julie griffiths
Most memorable was getting the children snorkelling and seeing their excitement at seeing all the pretty fish! (more)Nicky Smith
From £490 excluding flights
Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan
Cannot separate the majestic desert scenery of Wadi Rum from the exploration of the lesser known areas of Petra. Both stunning and comparable to the best experiences anywhere. (more)Geoffrey Shaw
If you have ever fancied seeing Petra then go for it. The country is safe, the people are warm and friendly but not pushy, the sites brilliant, the food good and the hotels very comfortable. (more)Hilary Feaver
The most memorable parts were the walks through Wadi Rum - and the climb up a mountain. Epic scenery, absolute quiet and amazing exercise. (more)Jane Welsh
From £1169 - £1419 including UK flights
Oman small group tour
Memorable parts? The desert most of all and the rest was memorable Tips? Local benefits? No Overall rating? It was wonderful. The people were warm and gracious. Our guide did a great job and was a superb quick driver. A few things that your company should consider. We made 2 requests for information about the host company and a telephone number and name of the contact person in Oman. We did not receive anything. Fortunately it turned out well. Secondly, the hotel... (more)Dennis Shulha
From £1375 excluding 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 £1760 including UK flights
Exciting family holiday in Jordan
Memorable parts? All of it! We all had our personal highlights though. Hannah (11) loved swimming in the Dead Sea, Ciaran (15) loved climbing, the cycle ride and the history in Jerash, Little Petra and Petra, Luke (51) loved the camel journey, Jo (50) loved sitting round the fire with the Bedouins and trading gifts and tea with the Bedouin women in their tents. Tips? Be flexible, open minded and be up for the challenge! Local benefits? Yes, we came away feeling that the... (more)Jo Tunmer
From £970 - £990 excluding flights
Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
Memorable parts? Action packed, fantastic from start to finish Tips? Go for it, it was fantastic Local benefits? yes Overall rating? Fantastic throughout (more)Phil Ely
From £1299 - £1849 including UK 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 - £1199 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
Family holiday to Jordan, Journey to the Lost City
At the risk of sounding over the top with enthusiasm I would answer "All of it" to this question. We went to Jordan and returned renewed, stimulated and educated and with a new understanding of the culture, history and politics of the Middle East. This was in in no small way due to the effort and enthusiasm of our guide, Usama Awad. Are all of this companies guides as brilliant as he was? (more)Fiona O
It was a very inspirational holiday...Staying at Dana guesthouse supported a very important nature biosphere. (more)sharyn hall
This trip delivered everything we wanted, adventure, relaxation, new experiences - without having to think too much after a busy year, thanks to our wonderful guide. (more)Tania Riddiford
From £1184 - £1219 including UK flights
Israel holidays, small group tour
Very, very, very good. (more)Jon Leigh
There were lots of memorable moments. We visited many sites spanning about 5000 years of history. This was a very busy tour visiting many sights. It's very much a 'taster' of what Israel has to offer. (more)Sheila Jukes
From £1099 - £1149 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
Iraq Kurdistan holiday
Memorable parts? The visit to the battlefield of 331BC Guagemela where Alexander the Great defeated Darius III was particularly good because of the excellent talk on the history and strategy employed. However the scenery in the mountains, the Kurdish people and the many historic and cultural site were all interesting and memorable. Tips? The more you have read about the area first the more I think you get from the trip. Be prepared to be flexible and enjoy it as it comes. Local... (more)Jenny Maddick
From £2310 excluding flights
Iran cultural holiday
Memorable parts? Isfahan followed very closely by Yazd. It was good to have free time in which to explore the cities and meet the people. Tips? Iran is not as unsafe as sometimes portrayed in the press and media. The people were very friendly and helpful and there was no obvious police presence. Dress for women was not as strict as expected and although the headscarf was a given, many wore fashionable clothes in bright colours without being covered by a black chador. Be prepared... (more)Rosemary Rennie
From £1799 excluding flights
Oman family holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? There were many memorable bits. Watching the turtles return to sea while the sun was rising, sledging down the dunes with my children, swimming in the Wadi's. Not sure I can choose only one. Tips? Don't try and squeeze too much into it. There are some lovely hotels and locations but we often found ourselves arriving just at or after sunset and leaving early the next morning. Local benefits? We were aware of the conservation side of things but not really... (more)Jane Skinner
From £5920 excluding flights
Adventure holiday in Jordan
Do go! Jordan is a very friendly and safe country with amazing things to see and do. (more)Julia Pallant
Outstanding....The whole holiday was excellent; great tour guide (Mo), who looked after us all from start to finish. (more)Erica Lay
Just take the plunge and go on this holiday. I had the best half term break ever! (more)Lois Barclay
From £1049 - £1469 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
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
Red Sea diving holidays
Everything the club provided was of the first order, be it the fantastic dive instructors, who never failed to make my holiday fun and engaging; the well-thought out and delightful accommodation; safe and well-maintained equipment; and the friendly, caring and enthusiastic staff. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the place to anyone thinking about a scuba diving holiday. (more)Ben Moss
The diving was fantastic. This is definitely the place to go if you want to dive and snorkle. Itís a great location too, near the main stretch but far enough away to allow you to enjoy your peace and quiet. (more)Amanda Okill
The most memorable parts were my first dive as a qualified open water diver & being able to enjoy watching all the colourful fish and corals. (more)Jenny Tither
From £446 excluding flights
Jordan holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? The Feynan lodge is a terrific place to stay, and the walk down from Dana is a very enjoyable one, through surprisingly varied scenery. Tips? Jordan is a very friendly, welcoming country, with plenty to see and do. It is quite compact, so there are not long distances to travel. We stayed for 10 days, and would happily have stayed longer, but equally it makes a good destination for a shorter break as well. Local benefits? Yes, to a large extent. It is a pity... (more)Edward Milford
From £2000 including UK 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
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
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
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
Abu Simbel tour, Egypt
Everything came together so smoothly - which made the holiday fantastic. 5*, amazing, memorable holiday. (more)Bridget Carr
Everyone was extremely helpful and everything went according to plan - we both enjoyed it very much. (more)Julie Griffiths
Gauging by the reaction of a 18y (son) and a 16y (daughter), the holiday met all expectations for our family. (more)Anthony Ramanathan
From £530 - £555 excluding flights
Jordan family holiday, The Lost City of Petra
Memorable parts? Visiting Petra Tips? Do a bit of background reading regarding the historical sites you will be visiting and the customs and culture of the country; this will allow you to get more out of your holiday experience. Local benefits? Yes certainly benefited local people since the majority of services used were locally sourced and the tour guide often stressed the importance of minimising the environmental impact eg minimising waste, not wasting water etc Overall... (more)Jeremy Coates
From £1269 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
Small group tour of Egypt, Nubian adventure
Memorable parts? The 3 day cruise on the Nile and the history Tips? Be prepared for some fierce heat, hat and sunscreen essential, also the local stall holders can be very persistent..one has to rember it's their livlihood and not take offence. Local benefits? yes, Egypt is desperate for tourism at the moment and those depending on tourists are really doing it tough. Not sure about 'reducing environmental impacts' that's a tricky one in Egypt...tourists are the cleanest... (more)Angela Guildford
From £349 - £399 excluding flights
Best of Egypt and Jordan holiday
Memorable parts? The BEST thing about our trip was the absolutely wonderful service we received from the tour company. Tips? Don't settle for the "usual" tour, do your research, decide what you want to see and talk to your tour company. The operator helped us create the tour that was perfect for us. Local benefits? Yes, our holiday benefited the local people. Tourist are staying away from Egypt because they are concerned about the political instability. But we had a wonderful... (more)Janie Kuczer
From £1413 - £1500 excluding flights
Hidden treasures of Jordan holiday
Memorable parts? So many to choose from but Petra by candlelight, swimming in the dead sea and snorkling in the red sea are the ones that come to mind first. Tips? Make sure to take advantage of snorkling in the dead sea, do the hike to the high sacrifice place in Petra where you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the treasury and maybe add an extra day or so to your holiday to do some of your own exploring in downtown Amman (and have dinner at hashem's - a remarkably down-to-earth... (more)Elaine Leigh
From £1399 - £1659 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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