Breathtaking views up close to Abu Simbel |  <i>Liz Rogan</i> Women at Vakil Mosque, Shiraz |  <i>Richard I'Anson</i> A young Omani boy |  <i>Oman Ministry of Tourism</i> Colourful array of fabrics in Vakil Bazaar |  <i>Richard I'Anson</i>
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Middle East Wintertime Escapes

Where to go for winter sun in January and February

The Middle East is a hot and dry destination, so it makes sense to travel there in winter, one of the most comfortable times to explore destinations like Jordan, Iran, Oman and Egypt. The nights are cooler and the daytime temperatures are much milder.

For active travellers, there is much to do during these months. Follow centuries-old paths through dramatic canyons in Oman, head to the heartland of Persian poetry and culture, cruise down the legendary River Nile, follow ancient pilgrimage trails in Israel and Jordan or trek in Iran's Dena Mountains to meet Qashqai nomads.

Cycle, hike or take a cultural journey through dreamlike landscapes scattered with archaeological treasures and natural wonders to combine the winter sun with an active holiday. Topped off with the local's welcoming hospitality and our knowledgeable guides, whichever way you choose to explore this region, we make it a safe and authentic experience.


  • Mid-summer in the Middle East can see the mercury rise to temperatures reaching over 40°C, but come the winter months and the weather becomes much more pleasant when planning an outdoor adventure. 
  • Less humidity, cooler nights and comfortable temperatures in January and February, means you can best explore the region's outdoor playground with its eclectic mix of fascinating cultures, rich history, delightful food and impossibly photogenic scenery.

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