Types of travel in the Middle East
Mountaineering in the Middle East
The high peaks of the Middle East are like a treasure trove up under the tablecloth of clouds. The view from the many vantage points exceeds all expectations time and time again. In the horizon we have the warm stone landscape of the Middle East, which, however, must give way to the side of the rushing water in Lar Dam and the dam many branches. It is fantastic to spot water and small, green oases in the landscape that otherwise most of all consists of plains.
Iran’s Damavand with 5,610 meters to the top is clearly one of the biggest draws for travel to the Middle East. It is a huge experience to walk up the still active stratovolcano. Even though it is scorching hot at the foot of Damavand, the top is always covered with snow. The pearl of Iran is rich in nature experiences and the mountain has left significant traces in Persian mythology.
Trekking in the Middle East
When you travel to the Middle East as defined by Countryaah.com, you are probably aware that this trip will be something completely different from the typical charter vacation. Here awaits a Persian adventure with bustling markets, amazing architecture and different nature. Trekking in the Middle Eastern landscape is a raw and ideal way to experience this continent.
With Tourist Travel you can join an impressive trek in Jordan. Here we hike in five days from Dana to Petra. The route is considered Jordan’s answer to the Inca, for the remains of the Nabataeans are at least as impressive as those we find in Peru. Our end destination is a breathtaking archeological site where a 40 meter high mausoleum, The Treasury, suddenly appears in the rock walls.
Cultural travel in the Middle East
No matter what part of the Middle East you travel in, you enter land where historical events have taken place. The Middle East is the area where Christianity, Islam and Zarathustrianism are said to have originated. In the rocky landscape with continental climate, you will find everything from sacred, royal tombs and the hidden mausoleum in Petra, to the El-Khazen Temple, Babylon and the Nile.
Huge personalities have left their mark on the Middle East. The list includes Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, Vasco da Gama and Carsten Niebuhr. Cities like Tehran are densely packed with intriguing street fields where you will find everything from spices, train ceramics to handmade rugs and pillows. A cultural trip to the Middle East cannot be compared to a cultural trip to anywhere else in the world.
Experiences in the Middle East
The dead Sea
Squeezed between Jordan and Israel is the Dead Sea – a somewhat strange natural phenomenon, where the water’s high salinity of over 32%, makes it impossible for anyone to sink to the bottom.
The Dead Sea is the lowest lake in the world, as it is located at an altitude of 420 meters below sea level. Take a swim in the Dead Sea and experience for yourself the effect of the high salt content.
Archaeological finds are amazing because they retell stories from a time when everything was different, authentic and accomplished. That’s exactly what you’re experiencing in the archaeological site of Petra.
Here, the Al-Khazneh Temple is built into the rock walls. The architecture is out of the ordinary. It is difficult to imagine how what was originally a Mausoleum came into being.
Wadi is a term for a river bed in a desert area, so that’s exactly what you can experience here. If you travel by Tourist Travel from Dana to Petra, we will take you through the area around Wadi Feynan.
The ice blue water stands in stark contrast to the orange rock walls. Small, sturdy thorn bushes peep up and add a little green and colorful to the landscape. It is a beautiful sight that you will not find in many places.
The climate in the Middle East
When you travel to the Middle East, pack to head out into a hot and dry climate. Here are desert areas as far as the eye can see and in many places the vegetation is sparse. In Jordan, for example, there is less than 5 km2 of forest area left. However, it is possible to experience an exciting wildlife here. Between the rocks run hyenas, wild cats, wolves, gazelles and ibex. Scorpions crawl in the bush and eagles unfold their wings over us.
But here it is not hot all year round. The winters are in stark contrast to the summer months and the Middle East can be an incredibly cold place to stay. Some countries like Iraq are even affected by seasonal floods when the snow melts again. In the Middle East you can experience both the fruity Mediterranean climate, the warm subtropical climate and the desert-dry continental climate.