Take step back in time
IT may not sound the cheapest, but it is best-value for money for those interested in the iconic sites of some of the world's earliest civilisations in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Dubai.
And the more-so as it will be escorted by one of Australia's most-respected travel industry identities, Adelaide's Phil Hoffmann, with the support of local professional guides.
Created for just 15 guests and selling through Middle East travel specialist International Destinations, this 19-day package departs on October 29 with all accommodation five-star, a four-night Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan, and with the extraordinary Abu Simbel temples as a side trip as well.
Phil Hoffmann will escort a group from Adelaide and guests from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth will join him in Dubai for the flight to Damascus where sightseeing begins.
Price starts from $12,599pp twin-share. Phone 1800 044 519.
THE package begins with two nights in the oldest inhabited city in the world, Damascus, followed by Palmyra (Syria) and then Jordon's Greco Roman city of Jerash, plus Amman and Petra with full days sightseeing ancient ruins, historic oases, medieval castles, bazaars, mosques and museums.
A flight to Cairo for an overnight and a day's sightseeing is followed by the luxury Nile cruise with daily escorted shore-side sightseeing.
Guests fly back to Cairo for a night, and then to Dubai for a stay at the spectacular Royal Mirage Resort on Jumeirah Beach and visits to forts, museums, mosques, produce markets, and the legendary Gold Souk.