Middle East Tours & Adventures

Guided backpacker experiences in the Middle East

The Middle East is a fascinating, exciting destination for backpackers, finally stepping out from the shadow of its reputation and proving its worth as a compelling region to travel. If you’ll excuse us a handy cliché, it’s a region of contrasts – visit the fascinating historical treasures of Israel and Jordan and you might be excused for thinking you’ve travelled back in time, whereas arriving in the likes of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates or Doha in Qatar is like falling face first into the future.

What this means is that there’s something in the Middle East for everyone (this big book of clichés is paying for itself), and backpacker tours are the best way to see it all. Despite huge improvements in recent years, moving around the region and seeing some of its top sights as an independent traveller can require a lot of organisation. Taking a tour means you can sit back and rest safe in the knowledge that all the fiddly, difficult bits – transport, accommodation, visas, and so on – has been taken care of for you. All you have to do is turn up and have the time of your life.


Amazing tours in the Middle East


Essential Jordan

from £302

7 days

Start your tour in Amman, Jordan's capital and one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Take in the...

Egypt & Jordan Discovered By Land

from £533

15 days

Journey through Egypt and Jordan, visit some of the most astounding sites from the old world. Discover two of the...


Galápagos — South & East Islands aboard the Yolita

from £2099


The Yolita will take you on a four-night journey cruising through the Galápagos Islands that you won’t soon forget. The...

London to Istanbul by Rail

Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Roman...

Whether you’re looking for Europe’s most famous highlights or its undiscovered treasures, the answer lies aboard the trains running between...

San Francisco to Chicago

from £1865

Only in the great US of A can you be equally awestruck by the natural beauty of an ancient redwood...

Complete Cappadocia

from £216


Fairies, valleys, kebabs ­– oh my! You've got a handful of days to get to grips with cracking Cappadocia and...

Northern Thai Highlights

from £695

6 - 6 days


The North of Thailand is fast becoming a traveller haven, and it's easy to see why. Adventure into this part...

Ultimate Galapagos – Central Islands (Daphne)

from £3590


When it comes to encountering wildlife up close and personal, a voyage to the Galapagos Islands really is an adventure...

Indonesian Island Cruise (Panorama II)

from £2225


There’s no question that Bali’s a beauty, but just beyond Indonesia’s popular holiday island there’s a vast new world to...

Amboseli Safari Experience


Spot big game on this safari over the open plains of Amboseli National Park, returning in the evenings to the...

Southern Runner

from £669

Fancy ticking off two of Europe’s most popular holiday hotspots? Yeah, we thought so. Say, “oui” to Paris, venture to...

Eastern Escape

from £1159

Take in some of the finest sites and cities of Eastern Europe. The Gothic glories of Prague, the cobbled streets...

Advice and inspiration for travelling in the Middle East


Touring the Middle East

What might you see? It depends what you’re into. You might ride a camel into the deserts of Jordan and see unforgettable historical sites like Petra and Amman Citadel, or float for a while in the Dead Sea. Israel is home to more iconic historical and biblical sites than we can count, the golden Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem a sight you’ll never forget. The impossibly wealthy megacity of Dubai in the UAE is perfect for anybody seeking luxury and a trip to the top of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Qatar is similarly opulent in its approach to life. Iran is now opening up to travellers too, and a tour there is the best way to see what it has to offer and stay safe.

Unfortunately, some of the Middle East remains too dangerous to travel through. Iraq, Syria, and most of Afghanistan are not recommended for tourists.

Still, this shouldn’t put anybody off travelling to the many safe parts of the Middle East that offer a backpacking experience unlike anywhere else in the world.

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