Four Middle East destinations for intrepid travellers

by Fiona Harper

Have you been to Bali? Done Dublin? Eaten your way through Italy and cooked up a storm in Vietnam? If you’re planning your next travel adventure and looking to get off the beaten track, have you considered the Middle East? Here’s four intriguing new tours to consider to Saudia Arabia, Sudan, Chechyna and Palenstine.

All are destinations probably not on your radar. But the real beauty of travel is the challenge it offers. The opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and experience other cultures. Crooked Compass is challenging curious and sophisticated travellers to think differently with the boutique tour operator offering small group itineraries.

Forbidden Kingdom – Saudi Arabia

One of the world’s last true frontiers and most misunderstood nations. Recently opening its previously forbidden doors to travellers, this ancient kingdom is a truly intriguing destination. A country rich in symbolism and pre-Islamic treasures, it is also home to unusual yet diminishing tribes, hidden cultures, contrastingly modern cities and a stunning coastline. Saudi Arabia delivers landscapes and lifestyles unlike any other Middle Eastern destination and is the “what’s next” for the curious-minded voyager.

Ancient Nubia – Sudan

With more pyramids than Egypt, southern neighbour Sudan stands on the banks of the Nile, untouched by mass tourism and brimming with history. The stunning rugged terrain is home to some of the most romantic archaeological sites in the world, among them several whole fields of pyramids. Commonly perceived as dangerous, Sudan is currently transitioning to a civilian led country, meaning new opportunities and freedom for its people. As a nation reinvigorated, 2020-21 is an exciting time to visit one of the world’s oldest civilisations.

Saudi Arabia

Walking in the Palestinian Territory

A destination filled with misconceptions, this is an itinerary for people seeking a clearer understanding of the Palestinian’s position and history. Venture well off-the-beaten track to explore this spectacular path through the Palestinian territory in Israel. Many villages have not seen western travellers for a long time and an untouched aura encompasses the region. Hike alongside shepherds herding their flocks, live with local families who retain their old-world traditions, discover historical biblical sites of the Holy Land and float in the Dead Sea.

Chechnya Discovered

Russia’s southern land is no longer the perilous region it once was. A war zone only a decade ago, it is now one of the safest places in the country. Locals are extremely welcoming and eager to show how much their world has changed since the war. Travellers venture to Chechnya, now known as the Chechen Republic, to experience breathtaking scenery and one of the last places not over-crowded by tourists. This region within the Caucasus offers superb trekking amid soaring peaks, white-water rafting, bustling markets and the chance to learn about a fascinating culture that dates back as far as 12500 BC.

About Crooked Compass

Crooked Compass is a boutique tour operator uncovering the world’s best kept secrets through small group touring and customised itineraries. Created to inspire and educate through culturally immersive experiences and the power of storytelling, itineraries offer travellers a new perspective on a deeply personal level. Crooked Compass strategically and sensitively integrates local communities, aligning with their values and protecting the authenticity of their culture.

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