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Incredible Morocco And Middle East Tours
You’ve got your home life, and home friends...and home routine. But this is your chance to leave it behind. To lose yourself in the everyday. To change your view and your expectations. To discover the unknown. To set the REAL you free on a Middle East and North Africa tour.
Take a Topdeck trip through Morocco and delve deeper than the #wanderlust pics of your Instagram feed. From mesmerising Marrakech to the ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen and buzzing medinas of Fes – uncover a side to Morocco only the savviest travellers have the opportunity to experience.
You’ve seen them in textbooks. You’ve seen them in documentaries. You’ve seen them in The Mummy movies over and over. But experiencing the Pyramids of Giza for yourself? A whole different level of AMAZING. From open-air felucca sailing down the Nile to exploring the Temples of Abu Simbel with a qualified Egyptologist – our ‘Egypt Express’ tour sure as hell isn’t your average holiday. Then again, you’re not your average traveller.
Thought Middle Eastern landscapes are all sand and cities, right? Wrong. And Israel and the Palestinian Territories sport some of the most diverse. From the unique salt beds of the Dead Sea to the picturesque Mediterranean coastline of Tel Aviv and the pine-tree spotted mountain ranges of ancient Jerusalem. Yep, this place is full of surprises.
And don’t get us started on Jordan: where the fiery desert landscapes of Wadi Rum meet world-class underwater diving expeditions in Aqaba. Throw in the ancient stone façade of Petra, vibrant Byzantine cities of Amman, Crusader strongholds, Bedouin desert campsites, the best damn falafel you’ve ever sunk your teeth into – and you’ve got yourself a country that exceeds expectations in every. single. way.
Long story short: you’d be hard-pressed to find another region that sizes up to the Middle East and North Africa. Ready to see why?
Things to do in the Middle East
Imagine: the sun on your back, the wind in your sails and THE BEST people you could ever hope to meet sharing stories, food and music in one cushion-strewn love-in...on our ‘Egypt Express’ trip we’ll ditch the coach, forget the tourist-laden top sights, and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime Nile River cruise. Spending a night aboard a traditional felucca (aka traditional wooden sailboat), we’ll ditch the tech and lose ourselves in the moment. Tuck into home-cooked molokhia and kushari with the gang. Stop for refreshing swim stops. And wave to the locals going about their day-to-day along the banks of this mighty river. This is what you came for.
Spend 24hrs in Jerusalem
A city that’s as old as this one has got a few stories to tell. Experience a locally guided tour of Jerusalem’s top sights. Pass Dome of the Rock. Pause at the holy Western Wall (aka Wailing Wall). Follow Jesus’ footsteps along Via Dolorosa. And gaze upon Golgotha – the site of His crucifixion and resurrection. Then, spend your free time soaking up the sights, smells and tastes of Mahane Yehuda Market. Taking in allll the views from the Mount of Olives. Visiting Jesus’ final resting place at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Or tucking into a drool-worthy sabich at Arich Sabich. Want a sense of surprise and enrichment that lasts long after you’ve landed? This is it.
Discover the ‘Lost City’ of Petra
Words can’t describe how breathtaking the ancient city of Petra is, so why would we try? Get your first glimpse of the ‘Lost City's’ looming façade on a goosebump-inducing walk down the dark ravine – following the sound of traditional music and the soft glow of a candle-lit desert floor. Awesome is an understatement. And in the morning? Uncover the magic of Jordan’s top sight with your expert Trip Leader at the helm. We’ll gaze upon the towering burning-red cliff faces and explore inside this New 7 Wonders of the World to our heart’s content. Then: round up your Petra tour with a delicious traditional meal of maqluba (spice chicken dish) with a local family. Heck yes!
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Endless stretches of blazing red dunes. A kaleidoscope of burning colours at sunset. Vast clear skies filled with a tapestry of stars. There’s only one way to discover the magic of the Sahara: an overnight stay at a remote desert camp. Wrap your head scarf tightly around your noggin as we journey into the blazing abyss of Erg Chebbi dunes (a top sight around these parts). Merzouga Desert Camp looks as if it might be engulfed by the towering walls of sand at any moment – so rally the gang and head up the towering mounds for all the views. Sunset camel trek, anyone? Then: top it all off with a traditional meal around the crackling campfire – surrounded by YOUR people. Epic doesn’t cover it.
Pausing to watch the sun set over one of the oldest cities in the world. Listening to the crackle of the campfire surrounded by new friends. Diving to colour-filled underwater cities in the Red Sea. Losing yourself amongst Morocco’s winding medinas. Brushing your hand along the ancient limestone walls of the Great Pyramids. This, it’s an alternate reality. A realer real, away from home, work, the daily grind. So, who do you want to be? Because this is your chance. Your chance to be the best version of yourself. To be an insider, not a bystander. To strip it all back and find the real you. Trust us, you’re out there somewhere.
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Don’t know where to start? Try these Middle East & North Africa regions on for size
Take an in-depth ancient Egyptian adventure, add a felucca sailing expedition, a ready-made friendship group and the most legendary Trip Leader you could ever meet. What do you get? An Egypt tour that blows expectations out of the water. Round trippin’ from Cairo – we’ll tick off the big gun temples of Abu Simbel, Luxor and Giza. Soak up allll the idyllic coastal vibes in Hurghada. Experience the buzz of Aswan. And delve deeper into local life along the banks of the mighty Nile. This is as authentic as it gets.
From coastal Casablanca to the rolling red abyss of the Sahara Desert – Morocco is the definition of diverse. Explore the buzzing medinas and spice-laden streets of ancient cities. Tuck into Berber feasts amongst the High Atlas Mountains. Share campfire stories with your trip mates in a Merzouga Desert Camp. Relax in a hammam in the ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen. And tick off all A-listers with an expert local Trip Leader at the helm. This is Morocco done right.
One Mediterranean country you probably never thought of visiting but 110% should be on your radar. From the Bible, to the Crusaders and the Ottoman Empire – the land on which this region is built has seen it all. Not to mention being one big melting pot of acceptance: Israel and the Palestinian Territories are the perfect example of faiths, ethnicities and cuisine coexisting to deliver the goods. From Bethlehem to Jerusalem, plus the fun-loving Tel Aviv – embrace it all with Topdeck.
Otherworldly desert landscapes, camel rides and a 4x4 expedition to remember. Be warned – our overnight Bedouin experience in Wadi Rum will make you feel things. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Journey to the ‘Lost City’ of Petra. Bob on top of the Dead Sea. Dive to sunken wrecks in Aqaba. Taste the world’s best falafel in Amman. And check off some of the oldest cities in existence with a Trip Leader who’ll set your soul on fire. Uncover Jordan now.