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Middle East Travel Hot Spots: Israel, Egypt and Jordan

October 11th, 2012 · No Comments · International Destination Information

Touring the Middle East Post-Arab Spring

map of israel, egypt and jordan

Tours to the Middle East are some of the hottest ticket items around – and for good reason. Whether you are traveling solo, with a group, or with your family, there are endless things to do, see, taste, and experience in the Middle East.

From exploring ancient ruins to visiting the most modern edifices and attractions, your trip to the Middle East will introduce you to a rich and colorful culture which fascinates, excites, and intrigues.

Where are today’s Middle Eastern travel hot spots? Trips to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan are by far the most popular, and in fact, combining all 3 countries in a single trip will give you a true taste of Middle Eastern culture.

Traveling to the Middle East: Package Tours Through Israel

The best way to visit all three destinations is by doing it through Israel. Most travel companies in this country offer combined tours to all 3 countries in an organized and safe way. If you are interested in visiting Egypt while staying in Israel, Egypt and Israel tours offer trips to the both countries’ main attractions.

Moreover, when traveling to Egypt, you will be provided with clean, comfortable accommodations, and your flight, hotel, meals, travel insurance, and tour guide expenses are all included in the package price.

Some of the not-to-be-missed destinations in Israel include: The Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Rock of the Dome, the Shrine of the Book, the Biblical Zoo, the city of Akko, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, the Mediterranean beaches, the Dead Sea, the Ba’hai Gardens, the resort city of Eilat, and much more.

Likewise, the top Egyptian sites to visit include: The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egypt Museum in Cairo, the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and Queens, and Tutankhamen’s Tomb. While you are there, be sure to take a cruise down the historic Nile River, and don’t miss a hot air balloon ride over the city of Luxor, otherwise known as ‘the world’s largest outdoor museum.

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Touring Israel and Jordan While in the Middle East

Israel and Jordan tours are also top Middle Eastern travel picks, and in fact, the two countries are located in such close proximity that you can easily combine the two destinations. To reach Jordan from Israel, travel first to Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city. From there it is only a 10-minute drive to the Arava border crossing (Yitzhak Rabin terminal) between the two countries.

Once you obtain your entry visa into Jordan, you are only minutes away from Petra, the ancient city famous for its ancient ruins (Petra was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1975), sandstone hills, and red/white rocks.

Other famous sites to visit in Jordan include the capital city of Amman, the satellite city of Salt (where you will be treated to Bedouin hospitality and enjoy watching glassblowing, jewelry making, weaving, and ceramic making), Wadi Ram, the Temple at Jerash, the Siq, the Obelisk and Urn Tombs, and the High Place of Sacrifice. Finally, be sure to catch “Petra by Night,” a mesmerizing spectacle of light which features Bedouin music to the backdrop of one thousand candles.

Travel to the Middle East: What’s the Best Time to Take the Trip?

When is the best time of year to travel to the Middle East? According to the experts, the best time to visit the region is between March and May, when you will enjoy mild temperatures with a cool coastal breeze, and escape the crowds and scorching summer heat.

If you don’t mind a few splats of rain, another great option is to travel to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan during the winter months when flight/hotel prices are cheaper, and when the high-season lineups thin out.

Have a safe trip, and don’t forget to pack your camera so that you can capture some of the flavors of Middle Eastern culture for eternity.

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