Middle East

The Middle East (or, formerly more common, the Near East[1]) is a region that spans southwestern Asia, southeastern Europe, and northeastern Africa. It has no clear boundaries, often used as a synonym to Near East, in opposition to Far East. The term “Middle East” was popularized around 1900 in the United Kingdom[citation needed]. The corresponding adjective to Middle East is Middle-Eastern and the derived noun is Middle-Easterner. The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, and throughout its history the Middle East has been a major centre of world affairs. The Middle East is also the historical origin of three of the world’s major religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Middle East generally has an arid and hot climate, with several major rivers providing for irrigation to support agriculture in limited areas. Many countries located around the Persian Gulf have large quantities of crude oil. In modern times the Middle East remains a strategically, economically, politically, culturally and religiously

A region rich in history and culture, tours in the Middle East can offer visitors a unique and memorable vacation experience. Tourcan Vacations offers tours in the Middle East that allow vacationers the chance to personalize their itinerary to their own desires and needs.

History

Also known as the Near East, the Middle East has a long and storied history dating back to ancient times. Noted by many scholars as the cradle of civilization, many of the world’s earliest civilizations sprung to life in this region. As such, the Middle East has been at the heart of many of history’s major contributions in diverse fields such as science, art, education, culture and religion.

In fact, three of the world’s oldest religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – had their roots in the Middle East and certain cities in the region remain spiritual centers to those respective factions, including Jerusalem, Nazareth, Hebron and Mecca. That makes the region a popular destination for those looking to explore their spirituality through tours in the Middle East. Tourcan Vacations can assist visitors looking to tour religious sites and connect with their spiritual roots through a visit to the four Sepharadic Synagogues in the Jewish Quarter, the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion or Mt Nebo associated with the last days of Moses.

Those visiting the Middle East may also want to witness some of its major historical landmarks up close, and Tourcan Vacations can help arrange trips to locations such as the awe-inspiring Great Pyramids and Sphnix of Giza in Egypt, as well as the architecturally breathtaking Red Rose City of Petra in Jordan as well as the Castles of Oman.

Culture

The Middle East has also been home to a wide variety of ethnicities throughout its long history, making the region a cultural touchstone for people around the world. Many look to take tours in the Middle East in order to re-establish a cultural connection or develop an intimate knowledge of their heritage. Egyptians, Armenians, Assyrians and Persians are just several of the countless cultural groups to originate in the Middle East, and many of these people find themselves drawn to visiting their respective homelands.

At the same time, visitors of all ethnic backgrounds find tours in the Middle East appealing because such trips can also broaden their horizons and expose them to a variety of unique cultures. Whatever their motivation, Tourcan Vacations can offer visitors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Middle Eastern culture first-hand, whether it’s by sipping a cup of Bedouin tea on the way to the Jordanian city of Aqaba or by visiting Jabrin Fort in Oman. Others might enjoy taking a cruise along the Nile River, riding in Jeeps across the Wadi Rum Desert or marveling at the modern skyscrapers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Amenities

Those considering tours in the Middle East may wonder what’s available to them in terms of amenities and services. Tourcan Vacations can help vacationers plan and customize their tour to the Middle East so that the itinerary meets their specific needs. These can be arranged on a private basis or by joining others as part of a group tour. Hotel accommodations at some of the region’s premier four- to six-star locations are arranged beforehand and once they touch down in the Middle East, visitors will be treated to a meet and greet service and all their transportation and tours will be prearranged making the travel experience easy and comfortable.

As with most other Tourcan Vacations tours, those in the Middle East are guaranteed with a minimum of two travellers per departure and sightseeing tours led by English-speaking guides will allow visitors the chance to experience all the magnificence they would expect from a visit to the Middle East.

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