Middle East Adventure Travel & Expeditions
The Arabian Gulf, which for many years was closed to adventure-minded Western travelers, is a choice spot for those seeking a Middle East expedition. Visit the United Arab Emirates, from futuristic Abu Dhabi to the island of Sir Bani Yas, home to the nearly extinct Arabian onyx. Ride in locally crafted dhow boats through the intricate inlets of the Musandam Peninsula, where towering cliffs rise from turquoise seas. Venture into the countryside of Oman, one of the world’s two sultanates, to see the fortress of Bahla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Middle East adventure travel at its best also includes Iran, an incredible nation of rich art, poetry, architecture, and history—and with some of the friendliest, most hospitable people on earth; the rose-colored ruins of Jordan’s Petra; Turkey’s scenic Turquoise coast; and the fabled Silk Road history of the Five ‘Stans region.
Zegrahm offers the most comprehensive, off-the-beaten-path Middle East adventure tours, complete with regional experts and guides who have personally selected the stops on your itinerary. The local people are genuinely thrilled to share their lives with us—you may find yourself invited to several private homes and perhaps even a wedding or two! By land or by sea the most magical sites of the Arabian Gulf are included in your Middle East expedition: the frankincense capital of Salalah, the desert oasis of Yazd, the Sa’ad Abad Palace in Tehran. Join us and discover the wonders for yourself.
The itineraries we offer vary from year to year; below please find our upcoming Middle East adventure travel expeditions.
Expeditions to Middle East
For those seeking an authentic immersion into the art, poetry, architecture, and history of Iran, we offer our Iran: Wonders of Persia expedition. Guided by Middle East expert Gary Wintz, this Iran expedition offers an in-depth view of the turbulent and colorful history of Iran. Formerly Persia, the country’s magnificent ruins and ancient cities, architecturally astounding mosques and citadels, and savory cuisine is sure to leave a lasting impression. We also include a Tehran tour, visiting the Sa’ad Abad Palace-complex and the National Museum of Archaeology.
A land of timeless myth and magic, of enchanting landscapes and legendary hospitality, Oman adventure travel offers a unique journey in the Arab world. Experience the legacies of seafaring history—5,000 years in the making—as you explore the major port cities of Muscat and Salalah and observe the time-honored craftsmanship of dhow ship builders on this Arabian Sea expedition. Follow ancient caravan routes across desert sands, and witness the traditions of daily village life.