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By : Fernanda lustosa | Sep 24, 2020
Easter vacations are a great break to recharge the energies! If you are looking for something between Europe and the Middle East, there are some pleasant gateways and nice itineraries that can fulfil your 2-week vacation. Check out some nice options:
Turkey is a fantastic country and it blends magnificently European and Middle East cultures. Start your visit in Istanbul, ancient Constantinople. The city is lively and there is a lot to see, such as the famous Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, the most famous attractions. Visit the Grand Bazaar, the magnificent Topkapi and Dolmabahçe Palaces, Basilica Cistern, Suleymaniye Mosque, Galata Tower, and do not miss the opportunity to enjoy a Bosporus tour; the strait connects the Asian and European continents.
Next, try to include Pamukkale, known as Cotton Castle because of its unique cascade milestone-formed pools. This surely is one of the most amazing natural landscapes in the world. But not less amazing is Cappadocia, in central Anatolia Turkey. There you can enjoy walking and hiking, and the beauty of the valleys. Explore the Fairy Chimneys, Göreme, the churches that were carved out of rocks, the Pingeons house, and if you fancy try a Hot Air Balloon ride and check out the splendour of this natural wonder that Cappadocia is.
Words do not make justice to Egypt, after all the country is the crib of one of the oldest civilizations on Earth. Whether you want history and culture or relax on the beach, or even blend both, Egypt has it all.
Start your journey in Cairo, a vibrant city that offers heritage and many attractions. Of course you will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only remaining of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient Word, but do not forget the rest. For example, the Egyptian Museum, or the Grand Egyptian Museum, to be open in 2021, and that holds the largest collection of pharaonic objects. Explore Coptic Cairo, Khan El Khalili, the Citadel and taste the delicious cuisine.
When time comes, head to Luxor and Aswan and visit the ancient temples. If you would like to enrich your experience even more, we recommend a Nile Cruise, after all it is not every day you can sail on the largest river in the world. There is a lot to see but among the main attractions usually are the Valley of the Kings; temples of Luxor, Karnak, Hatshepsut, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Dendara and Philae; Colossi of Memnon; Abu Simbel; and there are other less known yet great temples that a Lake Nasser cruise can take you.
If you are feeling you want to have some relaxing time, the Egyptian resorts provide all you need, great views and perfect snorkelling and diving spots. What about the beaches of Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Alam and others? Or, just go for something totally different but not less fascinating: the desert. Farfara desert tours, passing through Black and White deserts, of unique rock formations, or even Siwa Oasis, are unique experiences you will always remember.
Morocco is one of the most exotic destinations in the Middle East, and many people combine it to a trip to Spain, which makes the perfect blend of European and Middle Eastern experience, with lots to see about how both, so different from each other, come together so beautifully. So, if you are looking for great mixtures and heritage, Morocco is the place.
Your trip should include a visit to the four imperial cities, which are Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes, and Rabat. No other place is as colorful as Marrakesh, famous for many reasons but mainly for Djemaa el Fna, the medina that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides that, you shall explore the Koutoubia Mosque, Madrassa Ben Youssef, El Badi Palace ruins, Almoravid Koubba, and others. In Meknes, known as “the Versailles of Morocco”, you will find a different atmosphere, and even though it attracts fewer visitors than Marrakesh and Fes, it is not less interesting, starting by the famous Bab el-Mansour, the gorgeous entrance gate. Visit the former palace and now museum Dar Jamai Museum, Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Place Hedim, Bou Inania Madrasa and take the chance to visit the ruins of the Roman city Volubilis and Moulay Idriss.
In Fez, the “Athens of Africa”, you will find an authentic city full of life. Enjoy walking in the medina, founded in the IX century, and the famous tanneries. Fez is a good place to buy leather, by the way. Visit Al-Attarine and Bou Inania Madrasas, the oldest university in the world (Karaouine Mosque and University), Souk Seffarine, Ibn Danan Synagogue, Jnan sbil Gardens, Marinid Tombs, Dar Batha, and others. Finally, in Rabat, which is known for being friendly, explore the medina, Mellah, Kasbah des Oudaïa, Andalusian Gardens, and Oudayas Museum, Royal Palace, Chellah, Tower of Hassan, Mausoleum of Muḥammad V, and others.
But if you have time, apart from the must-see cities, Chefchaouen is one of the pearls of Morocco that are less known but makes everyone fall in love with. Called “the Blue City” because all its houses are blue, it offers a calmer experience and contact with nature that you won’t regret.
Check out the highlight of Jordan: Petra. The city known as "the rose-red city" is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage site has tombs carved into the rocks, temples, churches, colonnaded streets, and a theatre. To visitors delight, the experience starts even before arriving there, as they enjoy the classic narrow gorge entry path called Siq, of over 1km through the mountains and rocks up to 200 meter-high. Explore attractions such as the Treasury, the Monastery, the High Place of Sacrifice (Al-Madbah), the Colonnaded Street, the Royal Tombs, and others.
Some other important attractions are the ruins of Jerash, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, where you can enjoy the famous mud of therapeutic benefits and to float in the waters.