3 Stunning Locations to Visit in the Middle East
A visit to the Middle East is a must for any world traveler. You can spend your days visiting sights mentioned in the bible, world history books and see some of the many wonders of this area.
Travel to Israel and experience the amazing culture in this country. Visit Jerusalem and be sure to visit the “Old City”, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are also many sacred sites for Judaism, Christianity and Islam that have been bringing pilgrims to the city for over 2000 years. Make sure you do your research before you travel to Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean coast. Check out Carmel Market where you can haggle with the vendors in this city that also has a fantastic nightlife. For a real treat, travel to Masada and watch the sun rise over the Dead Sea while sitting on top of mountain fortress.
Iran has restored its entire infrastructure that was destroyed more than ten years ago and they are heavily promoting tourism to this beautiful Islamic country. Unlike many countries some mosques in Iran allow non Muslims to enter so be sure to visit some of these beautiful buildings. Stroll through the city of Shiraz that is known for its gardens and especially its roses. Wander through Isfahan and its tree lined boulevards and is sure to stop at the Grand Bazaar and see the world famous Persian carpets. On your luxury tour of Iran, take a trip to Mashhad that is known for the shrine of the martyr Imam Reza. Visit the capital city of Tehran and tour the Golestan Palace. You can see the city from a bird’s eye view by taking a trip up the Milad tower. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure you can travel to the mountainous area of Alborz where you can ski or hike depending on the time of year. Kish Island is considered one of the best beaches in the world and it should not be missed. There are also plenty of beautiful beaches on the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea that you must visit.
Journey through Jordan and explore the rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery. Amman, the capital city, is a great place to start. Here you will find ancient ruins like Amman Citadel, where you can see the pillars of The Roman Temple of Hercules and the 8th century Umayyad Palace. Stop in at one of the many street cafes and spend an afternoon people watching. Travel to the world famous archeological site of Petra, in the southwestern part of the desert, and experience the “Rose City” in all of its glory. Visit Aqaba and relax on one of the beautiful beaches on the Red Sea. Go on a boat trip and try snorkeling or scuba diving in some of the clearest water in the world in the Red Sea. Take a day trip from Aqaba or Amman to the Dead Sea where you can float for hours in the heavily salted waters.
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