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Arabian nights & Turkish delights

Northern Africa and the Middle East conjure up so many alluring images, from the bustling souqs of Morocco and shifting sands of Oman, to the mysterious Egyptian tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

Here’s just a taster of some of the highlights.


Discover Turkey


Balloons over Cappadocia                           Istanbul



Turkey’s rich cultural legacy is evident in the sheer number of ancient cities and monuments spread through the land. 

The City of Ephesus is well known for good a reason – the best-preserved, most complete classical city in the Mediterranean. 

Pergamon is another fascinating site – once one of the richest and most powerful settlements in the Middle East, the striking mountainside acropolis and surrounding remains are evidence of its cultural importance. 

While in the centre of the country, Cappadocia’s striking rock formations are home to underground cities, churches carved into the rocks and fairy chimneys.


Food and drink

Turkish cuisine is superb, from delicious locally produced ingredients. As you pass through the countryside you’ll see evidence of this in the vegetable crops, fruit orchards, olive groves and vineyards.

Many of the hotels we recommend in Turkey are well suited to food lovers. There are also plenty of wonderful food related experiences on offer throughout the country such as a cookery course with a local family in Cappadocia and a street food walking tour in Istanbul.

Street food vendor, Istanbul     Cookery course at a local home, Cappadocia     

Street food vendor, Istanbul                      Cookery course at a local home, Cappadocia             Turkish delight


Coastal areas

Most people are aware of Turkey’s lovely coastline and the Bodrum Peninsula in particular. 

Although Bodrum’s sparkling azure seas are home to great accommodation options such as Palmalife Bodrum Resort & Spa, the quieter coastal areas like Çirali. It is hidden in a forested valley at the foot of Mount Olympos and is nestled in between the mountains and a long stretch of beach. 

Days can be spent walking in the mountains, exploring the rugged bays or simply enjoying Çirali’s handful of shops, cafés and fruit stalls. 


Quirky accommodation

Our specialists were overwhelmed by the diverse and unique accommodation options that they uncovered in Turkey. 

It’s hard to pick favourites, but one of those that stood out is Argos in Cappadocia. Located below Uçhisar Castle, the 53 rooms are interspersed with gardens and terraces on a hillside overlooking the valley towards Goreme, so have outstanding views. 

The property has an ancient underground tunnel and a subterranean warren that has been converted into extensive wine cellars, including wine from its own grounds.

Discover Oman

The Empty Quarter   Bedouin tent, Safari Desert Camp, Wahiba Sands

Shifting sands of the Empty Quarter      Bedouin tent, Safari Desert Camp        


Oman’s Empty Quarter – it is the largest sand desert in the world, and covers much of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula as well as encompassing parts of Oman, Yemen, The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. 

Its sea of rolling sand dunes has long held explorers which you can follow in their footsteps by journeying into the sand dunes and camping under the stars. You’ll set out from Salalah and can travel either by 4x4 or camel. 

Camping trips of varying lengths can be arranged, live lifestyle of the Bedouin people who traditionally lived there.  

Discover Morocco

  Village on the road to Toubkal Lodge, The High Atlas   Essaouira, Morocco  

Village on the road to Toubkal Lodge            Essaouira, Morocco 


A blend of cultures, labyrinthine souqs, sweeping sand dunes, laid-back coastal towns Morocco’s diversity guarantees that it offers something to suit all tastes.

One of the favourite areas of the country is the High Atlas Mountains. Only 45 minutes’ drive from Marrakesh, the area boasts spectacular scenery that is best appreciated on foot. There are walks of all lengths available – which range from a few hours to treks lasting several days.

The latter allows you to stay in simple, remote lodges, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of the local Berber people.

Discover Egypt

Statue of Hatchepsut at her temple, West Bank at Luxor    Pyramids at Giza, Egypt

Statue of Hatchepsut at her temple          Pyramids at Giza, Egypt


Many of the popular visitor sites in Egypt continue to be much quieter than usual, making now a great time to visit. An iconic and atmospheric way to take in the country’s fascinating ancient monuments.

Travelling the route between Luxor and Aswan and generally lasting between three and seven nights. Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple, Edfu and Kom Ombo temples, the Valley of the Kings, and Karnak Temple are always included in itineraries.


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