59 days in Asia Itinerary

59 days in Asia Itinerary

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Drive to Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, Fly to Queen Alia International Airport
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Amman, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 3 nights
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Drive to Tabuk, Fly to Jazan, Drive to Sanaa
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Sanaa, Yemen
— 1 night
Drive to Jazan, Fly to Dubai
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
— 3 nights
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Beirut, Lebanon
— 4 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Drive to Ben Gurion International Airport, Fly to Abha Regional Airport
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Abha, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
Fly
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AlUla, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
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Jazan, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
Fly to Baghdad International Airport, Drive to Karbala
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Karbala, Iraq
— 2 nights
Drive to Baghdad International Airport, Fly to Esfahan Shahid Beheshti International Airport
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Isfahan, Iran
— 1 night
Fly
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Shiraz, Iran
— 2 nights
Fly to Kabul, Drive to Bamyan
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Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kabul, Fly to Ashgabat, Train to Balkanabat
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Balkanabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
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Mary, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Train to Turkmenabat, Taxi to Bukhara
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Amman, Jordan

— 2 nights

White City

Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Arch of Hadrian, then explore the ancient world of Jerash Ruins, then contemplate the long history of Hippodrome, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hercules. On the next day, steep yourself in history at The Citadel and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Amman trip itinerary maker site.

Saint Catherine, Egypt to Amman is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

— 3 nights
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Petra, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Temple, and finally slough off your stress at Turkish baths. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Al-Beidha - Little Petra, explore the striking landscape at Wadi Ghuweir, and then trek along Dana Nature Reserve.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Amman to Petra - Wadi Musa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Sanaa.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sanaa, Yemen

— 1 night
One of the oldest cities in the world, the capital Sanaa provides visitors with a rich taste of ancient Arabian culture.
On the 24th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Old City.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sanaa vacation builder site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Petra - Wadi Musa to Sanaa in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Petra - Wadi Musa to Sanaa due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Sanaa

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 5 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Step out of the city life by going to Skydiving and KITE BEACH. Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara and Flying Cup are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dubai trip planner.

Getting from Sanaa to Dubai by combination of car and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sanaa to Dubai due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Sanaa in September; daily highs in Dubai reach 103°F and lows reach 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

— 4 nights
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Dhafeer Fort. Popular historic sites such as Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque and Heritage Village are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, head outdoors with Zayed Sports City, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and step off the mainland to explore Saadiyat Beach Club.

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You can drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 104°F, and evening lows to 85°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kuwait City.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Outdoors · Tours · Golf · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kuwait City, Kuwait

— 3 nights
Kuwait City, the country's capital and largest urban area, combines many of the aspects of a modern, rich city of the Gulf region, with a more rugged and ordinary core.
Popular historic sites such as Al-Shamlan Mosque and Holy Family Cathedral Parish are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Al Shaheed Park and Al Kout Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuwait City: The Ahmad Al-Jaber Oil & Gas Exhibition (in Ahmadi) and Kuwait Red Fort (in Jahra). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at National Evangelical Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al - Muzini Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Modern Art Museum of Kuwait, and make a trip to Spoons Complex.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kuwait City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Abu Dhabi to Kuwait City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Abu Dhabi to Kuwait City. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in October, Kuwait City is a bit cooler at night with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Kuwait City

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Beirut, Lebanon

— 4 nights

Paris of the East

Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Visit Tyre Hippodrome and Churches of Harissa for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Tyre Beach and Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Beirut: Tyre (in Sur) and Byblos (Memoire Du Temps & Saint John-Marc Cathedral). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, examine the collection at Nicolas Sursock Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St Elias and St Gregory the Illuminator, and learn more about the world around you at American University of Beirut Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Beirut trip builder app.

Fly from Kuwait City to Beirut in 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuwait City to Beirut due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kuwait City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Beirut, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jerusalem, Israel

— 4 nights

Holy City

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Western Wall Tunnels and Church of the Pater Noster. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Christian Quarter and Old City of Jerusalem. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Western Wall, contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, make a trip to Hurva Synagogue, and view the masterpieces at Levantine Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Beirut to Jerusalem takes 6.5 hours. October in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Abha.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Abha, Saudi Arabia

— 1 night
Poised in the mountains in southwest Saudi Arabia, Abha provides respite and escape to domestic tourists as well as travelers from other Gulf countries and beyond.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the activities along Abha Dam Lake and then explore the striking landscape of Asir National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Green Mountains.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Abha route website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jerusalem to Abha. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Abha, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Abha

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

— 3 nights
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Get some cultural insight at Masmak Fortress and Princess Latifa Bint Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Mosque. Escape the urban bustle at King Abdullah Road Walk and Red Sand Dunes. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Al-Turaif District, view the masterpieces at Naila Art Gallery, get your game on at Firstaiment, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Riyadh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Abha to Riyadh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Abha in October, expect nights in Riyadh to be much warmer, around 80°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 95°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to AlUla.

Things to do in Riyadh

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

AlUla, Saudi Arabia

— 3 nights
Historically based on a strategic location along the incense route, Al Ula has one of the largest archeological sites in Saudi Arabia.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at AlUla Museum and Old Town of AlUla. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Jabal AlFil (Elephant Rock).

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the AlUla travel planning tool.

Fly from Riyadh to AlUla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in AlUla are 97°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. You'll set off for Jazan on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in AlUla

Parks · Nature · Museums

Jazan, Saudi Arabia

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Fri), get some fabulous bargains at Kadi Mall and then buy something for everyone on your list at Al Rashid Mall.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jazan sightseeing planner.

You can fly from AlUla to Jazan in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 99°F, and evening lows to 81°F. You will leave for Karbala on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Jazan

Shopping

Karbala, Iraq

— 2 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, and then explore the ancient world of Babylon. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Sahlah Great Mosque and then steep yourself in history at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Karbala route maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jazan to Karbala. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Jazan in October; daily highs in Karbala reach 92°F and lows reach 64°F. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isfahan, Iran

— 1 night

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
On the 28th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Isfahan trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Karbala to Isfahan. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Iran Standard Time (IRST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Karbala in October, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Isfahan: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Isfahan

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Shiraz, Iran

— 2 nights

City of Poets

An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Qavam House, then contemplate the long history of Zinat ol Molk House, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vakil Mosque. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Shiraz trip planner.

Getting from Isfahan to Shiraz by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Isfahan in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 50°F in Shiraz. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bamyan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Bamyan, Afghanistan

— 5 nights

Place of Shining Light

For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Band-e-Amir National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bamyan online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Shiraz to Bamyan in 23.5 hours. Traveling from Shiraz to Bamyan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for Balkanabat on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Bamyan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Balkanabat, Turkmenistan

— 1 night
Balkanabat, formerly Nebit Dag, is a city in western Turkmenistan, and the capital of Balkan Province, the largest province in the country. On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozli Ata Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at The Monument to the Desert Explorers and then explore the stunning scenery at Yangykala Canyon.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Balkanabat tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and train from Bamyan to Balkanabat takes 26 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, ferry, and train. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Bamyan to Balkanabat due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Balkanabat

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 1 night
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
On the 8th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, then delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat day trip tool.

Getting from Balkanabat to Ashgabat by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In November in Ashgabat, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums

Mary, Turkmenistan

— 1 night
Prosperous thanks to its successful cotton growing and processing industry, Mary retains much of the Soviet-era sensibility once prevalent in this part of the world.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church and then explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mary trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ashgabat to Mary in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Ashgabat in November, Mary is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 40°F. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

— 1 night

City of Museums

Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, steep yourself in history at Samanid Mausoleum, take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally delve into the distant past at Maghak-i 'Attari Mosque.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bukhara online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Mary to Bukhara takes 10.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Spas

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 1 night

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Regional Studies Museum, stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, then view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Happy Bird, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Samarkand day trip tool.

Take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Samarkand sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Jordan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Ruins · Deserts
For such a small country, Jordan boasts a surprising variety of natural landscapes and urban attractions. A trip to Jordan takes visitors on a journey back to biblical times, when sites like the Dead Sea and the ancient yet astonishingly well-preserved city of Petra seemed to be at the heart of world events. Although covered in rocky deserts, Jordan boasts a good network of roads, which makes sightseeing by car an easy way to discover many of the country's top highlights. Begin your tour of Jordan in Amman, the largest urban center and a major political, cultural, and economic hub of this Middle Eastern kingdom.

Yemen travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Years of political instability and armed conflicts have kept Yemen off most travel itineraries, yet this country boasts an incredibly rich history and equally impressive landscapes. Home of the biblical kingdom of Sheba, which thrived for over a thousand years, Yemen entered the 20th century divided between the British and Ottoman empires. Independent since 1990, the country remains highly troubled, with tourism in Yemen virtually nonexistent. The few travelers who make it there discover an ancient land of sleepy mountain villages, marine life-rich coral reefs, and forests boasting some of the rarest tree species in the world.

United Arab Emirates travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Fountains · Shopping Malls
Though most people associate United Arab Emirates only with Dubai, nicknamed the "City of Gold," the federation of seven emirates boats a surprisingly rich historical and cultural heritage and provides a good starting point for visitors interested in discovering the Middle East. A trip to United Arab Emirates reveals a modern nation with a dynamic atmosphere and a landscape that quickly changes from futuristic cities to remote deserts, mysteriously silent places where only the shifting sand dunes mark the passage of time. Add the eastern coastline to your United Arab Emirates itinerary to find a string of outstanding beaches and some of the finest diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region.

Kuwait travel guide

3.9
Shopping Malls · Architectural Buildings · Shopping
Small in terms of land area but hugely rich in oil reserves, Kuwait sits in the middle of a region disputed by many would-be conquerors, each of whom has left an indelible mark over the ages. Expatriates make up nearly two thirds of Kuwait's population, drawn here by the thriving economy based almost entirely on petroleum exports. For casual travelers, a holiday in Kuwait means a chance to explore outstanding museums, sun-kissed beaches, and a lively restaurant scene serving authentic Arab cuisine. Less popular than some of the other oil-rich Gulf countries, Kuwait remains relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, though it boasts more than a fair share of extravagant shopping malls, picturesque marinas, and modern waterfront resorts.

Lebanon travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Monuments · Ruins
With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.

Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.

Saudi Arabia travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Shopping Malls
With coastlines on two seas, Saudi Arabia boasts some of the world's top scuba diving locations. At the same time, it has tourist attractions of such cultural heft as Mecca and Medina, the most sacred destinations for Muslim travelers and pilgrims. When it comes to relaxation and recreation, a trip to Saudi Arabia opens a world of possibilities for outdoor adventures, which include desert excursions by horse or camel, mountain climbing, cycling, and camping under the starry sky. Think about beginning or ending your tour of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, a cosmopolitan center of commerce, shopping, and dining situated on the Red Sea coastline.

Jizan Province travel guide

4.2
Shopping Malls · Factory Outlets

Iraq travel guide

4
Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping Malls
Encompassing the fertile area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers once called Mesopotamia, modern Iraq is marked by turmoil, torn between its rich historical heritage and recent instability and bloodshed. Few tourists choose to vacation in Iraq, put off by reports of violence and destruction that have shaken the country to its core. Still, the semi-autonomous province of Kurdistan remains seemingly insulated from the chaos of the rest of the country. This small region draws a growing number of foreign travelers, enticed by the area's rugged appeal and numerous lakes, archaeological sites, and impressive mountains.

Iran travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Known as Persia for most of its long history, Iran once represented a mighty empire that encompassed everything from modern Turkey in the west to India in the east. Today, visitors on a tour of Iran discover a country of numerous ethnic groups and a culture revealing traces of Arab, Greek, Mongol, and Turkish influences. Sightseeing in Iran allows you to follow in the ancient footsteps of a former world power, nowhere more apparent than at Persepolis, an old Persian capital established long before the birth of Christ and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia. Other highlights on an Iranian itinerary may include visits to cozy teahouses, busy open-air markets, vast deserts dotted with otherworldly oases, and rugged mountains presiding over plains, forests, and meandering rivers.

Afghanistan travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · National Parks
Often the central story in the evening news for the worst of reasons, Afghanistan remains a troubled country ravaged by internal conflict and shaken to its core by political instability. Although few travelers take a trip to Afghanistan for pleasure, this landlocked nation boasts breathtaking extremes of landscape and a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. Powerful empires came and went over the ages, leaving an indelible mark on Afghanistan's culture, arts, and religion. The last few decades have brought mostly chaos, from the invasion of the Soviets in 1979, to the 2001 offensive led jointly by NATO and American forces. Today, Afghanistan remains a battered though undeniably picturesque country slowly figuring out how to reinvent itself as a young democracy.

Turkmenistan travel guide

3.8
Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.

Uzbekistan travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Although it only gained full independence in 1991, Uzbekistan boasts a rich history filled with legendary conquests by the likes of Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. Major tourist attractions in Uzbekistan include centuries-old cities (once oases along the Silk Road), seemingly endless deserts, soaring mountains that serve as popular ecotourism playgrounds, and ancient fortresses untouched by the passage of time. Visitors flock to this landlocked Central Asian country to hike, ski, bird-watch, and stay in traditional yurt camps. Consider beginning your tour of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where modern glass-fronted office buildings stand in stark contrast to decaying Soviet-era apartment blocks.