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The cradle of ancient civilisations, the sandy swathes of North Africa and the Middle East are home to fascinating cultures and some of the most hospitable people on Earth. Each of its countries is home to an epic: Egypt the mighty River Nile, Jordan the ancient city of Petra, Morocco the soaring Atlas Mountains, and Israel the Western Wall. This is a region where history is writ large across the very foundations of its construction, from the great Pyramids at Giza to the flagstones of Jerusalem. Abandon all thoughts of Aladdin (though the deserts of the Sahara and Wadi Rum really are that spectacular), and get under the skin of the states that gave the world the three monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
In great contrast to all this ancient history are the glittering high rises of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Parts of the city still cling to its humble beginnings, but rapid development has created an adult's playground of artificial islands, staggering buildings and glamorous stores and hotels. Across the border is the genteel Sultanate of Oman, a country blessed with an interior that's as richly beautiful as its splendid coastlines, with wadis speckled like oases throughout the dusty land. Qatar is a relative newcomer to tourism, with exceptional off-road driving and an attractive corniche. But it's a world away from the traditional North African countries of Morocco and Egypt, where switchback alleys, old-time traditions and bustling souqs still reign supreme.
North Africa & Middle East with A&K
If you wish to draw back the veil of the past and explore the treasures of an ancient land, then North Africa and Arabia is the perfect choice. The lands of Morocco, Egypt, Oman, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon each hold a different yet equally intriguing heritage within their borders; such a wealth of options that our expertise is invaluable.
On A&K's Morocco Holidays 2016, 2017 travel back in time and wander through the labyrinthine streets of Morocco's souqs where traders hawk their wares, old men sit and talk and women move silently behind shutters - scenes as ancient as time itself.
For millennia, the iconic sights encountered on our luxury Egypt holidays have held visitors in their sway, from the Pyramids of Giza erupting from a haze of heat to the white sails of a felucca floating down the Nile. We have recreated this fascinating Pharaonic past on our own elegant vessels, Sun Boat III and IV, with their private docks, evoking a glamorous era of travel.
We will help you follow in the footsteps of British explorer Thesiger through wadis, deserts and old forts to capture the stillness of Wahiba Sands in the Sultanate of Oman, one of the oldest civilisations in the Arabian Peninsula.
Or, for an ethnic melting pot of cultures, Israel's landscapes reverberate with history that has changed the world. Few countries pack as many hidden gems into such a small space, where archaeological sites dot the landscape echoing famous names and momentous events.
Jordan's greatest legacy is undoubtedly the ancient city of Petra, yet there is far more to this compact gem than the rose-red city alone. Our guides will explain how The Seven Pillars of Wisdom inspired T.E. Lawrence, show you where Jesus was baptised and reveal the secrets of Jerash.
North Africa Holidays & Middle East Holidays with Abercrombie & Kent take you to the heart of these amazing regions. Let our experts design your perfect North Africa Holiday or Middle East Holiday.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Nights: 10 | from £2,195
Ever since there have been travellers, there have been travellers in Egypt. Its unparalleled ancient sites have drawn the curious for centuries – and it’s easy to see why. Outside capital Cairo, the best way to experience the country is on a cruise down the Nile, an unfurling of classic tombs and temples, busy souqs, wafting palms and timeless riverbank life. Find out more
Holiday type: Tailor-made Private set departure
Adventure & Culture | Classic Journeys
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Nights: 7 | from £1,875
The River Nile is the lifeblood of Egypt. It is along this riverbank than ancient civilisations thrived, and where modern Egyptians still live and farm as they have for centuries. A week-long cruise on this mighty waterway, stopping at temples, tombs and palm-frilled villages, is the best way to take the measure of this fascinating country. Find out more
Nights: 7 | from £2,175
Oman’s interior undulates with velvety dunes, serrated peaks and terraced orchards, with the sparkling coast to the east and a fertile region in the south that benefit from seasonal rains. Eight days offers an impressive introduction. Find out more
Holiday type: Tailor-made
Adventure & Culture
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Sunboat IV was like being at home again! The crew are outstanding, nothing is too much trouble, they really seemed happy to see me again! Housekeeping is excellent, the food as always delcious, the service on the entire boat is exemplary, and I cannot wait to get back on it again!
- CB, London