Take this incredible region out of the too-hard basket and onto your must-do list. Here, three countries where the path to fascination and adventure is paved with amazing hospitality (and unbeatable Indiana Jones-style photo ops).
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Go beyond the pyramids in Egypt
Home to one of the world’s first great civilisations, Egypt needs little introduction. With those famous pyramids, the tomb-strewn Valley of the Kings and the mighty temples of Abu Simbel, Egypt has attracted travellers since classical times, but there’s more to Egypt than pharaohs, mummies and hieroglyphs.
Take a luxury cruise or sail aboard a felucca on the longest river in the world, or experience world-class diving and snorkelling in the Red Sea. And in Cairo you have to try tasty falafels from the city’s most famous sandwich-maker, have intricate henna work painted on your hands and feet, and meander the famous Khan el-Khalili Bazaar.
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Enter the Moroccan kaleidoscope
A short hop from Europe, the culture, history and landscape of this North African country is a world apart. A sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells, Morocco’s exotic mix of imperial cities, bustling souks, striking landscapes, spicy aromas and cavalcade of culture has to be seen to be believed.
Camel trek across the Sahara, bed down in a Berber camp, discover unspoilt kasbahs, lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleyways of Marrakech and wander the medina of medieval Fez.
The impressive kasbah AÏt Benhaddou, starring in a number of movies, and the laid-back Atlantic coast in Essaouira are also waiting for you.
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Experience bedouin hospitality in Jordan
Jordan is perhaps best known for the lost city of Petra with its famous cliff-carved Treasury and Monastery. Delve deeper into Jordan and you’ll find the spectacular red desert sands of Wadi Rum, where you can dine around a crackling bonfire under the desert stars with the welcoming Bedouin tribes.
Swim the warm coral-filled waters of the Gulf of Aqaba and the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. With Crusader castles, incredible views of the Promised Land from sacred Mount Nebo, the Roman ruins of Jerash and so much more, Jordan makes for an awe-inspiring holiday destination.
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