Luxury holidays to Africa and the Middle East

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Luxury holidays to Africa and the Middle East: luxury hotel holidays, touring holidays and authentic experiences

Our luxury holidays to Africa and the Middle East are tailor-made and offer an outstanding choice of luxury hotel stays, touring holidays and special interest holidays. With Expressions Holidays to Africa and the Middle East you benefit from over thirty years’ experience in constructing luxury, tailor-made holidays. Our holidays combine comfort, good service and idyllic surroundings with the opportunity to experience an authentic flavour and colour of local life.
Ancient and modern worlds collide in the Middle East, creating fascinating destinations that are at once exotic, intriguing and accessible. The Gulf Region encapsulates the modern Middle East, where glittering skyscrapers have been built alongside exquisite mosques. In contrast to Dubai, the enchanting city of Muscat has a more traditional feel with its captivating Sultan’s palace and old port. Whether you are looking for superb shopping in the duty-free shops of Dubai or for something a little bit different such as a desert retreat, you will find something here to excite you.
Africa has long been the subject of intense wonder and fascination for Europeans, and South Africa offers an immense richness and variety of human experience. The obvious attractions are the magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat and the sensation of the vastness of the African horizon of grasslands, forest, flood plains, desert and dunes. On top of this you have the vibrancy of Cape Town and its remarkable Table Mountain, the beauty of the nearby winelands and their historic Cape Dutch towns and the dramatic scenery of the garden route along the coast. We offer you the chance to visit some of the most world-famous parks and regions in Southern Africa, renowned for their superb wildlife viewing and stunning scenery, including the Kruger in South Africa.

Our bespoke, luxury hotel holidays can be

● Single centre or multi-centre
● Long or short stays
● Combine a variety of different hotels in different countries
● Utilise a variety of transport arrangements including scheduled flights, trains, hire-car and local car transfers.

Included in all our holidays

● Concierge service
● Handcrafted helpful hints and local information provided with all our holidays
● Personal service by your sales consultant who looks after all aspects of your holiday
● Full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays

Call us on 01392 441245

Luxury holidays to Africa and the Middle East: luxury hotel holidays, touring holidays and authentic experiences

Whilst it’s obvious to us at Expressions Africa and Middle East and to our many regular clients, it’s worth explaining, if you are a newcomer to our site and our programme of luxury hotel holidays, what our holidays are all about and how they work. Expressions Holidays provides a framework for flexibility, personal requirements and individual arrangements. Everything we offer on this website can be booked as it is, or usually, customised at the request of clients. This might mean adding extra nights, reducing nights from suggestions, upgrading room types and including special arrangements. Ideally, once you have had a look at our holiday ideas, we speak to you about what you are looking for, so that we can then put together the ‘package’ for you, creating a tailor-made holiday and a price, along with upgrade and downgrade options. We find it most productive for us and our clients if we talk through the quotation, explain the day by day details and the pricing options. Then you have the full facts available in order to make your decision. Holidays to Dubai and Oman tend to be winter or even summer sun, beach holidays, perhaps combining the beach with a desert experience. Holidays to South Africa tend to be multi-centre and touring, where our clients combine stays in Cape Town with tours of the Winelands, the Garden Route and a safari of some sort. These countries are often combined with countries in the Indian Ocean, for example Dubai is a good combination with Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Maldives. South Africa combines well with Mauritius.

Our hotels

Our hotels and resorts in Africa and the Middle East are chosen to reflect the country and region. They may be 5-star palaces on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, low-rise buildings in the style of a desert village, colonial villas in the Cape winelands and of course, luxury tented safari lodges.

Travel

Travel arrangements for our holidays to Africa and the Middle East are usually a combination of scheduled flights, local flights for safaris, hire-car and private transfers.

Airlines

We have worked with British Airways for many years and include their scheduled flights in our basic holiday prices if possible. Other airlines are offered including Emirates, Oman Air, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways.

Local transport

Private car transfers are included with our hotel holidays. For touring holidays in South Africa, we will include a hire-car for the days you are travelling. For safaris, local flights that may be scheduled or shared charters are included.

Our bespoke, luxury hotel holidays can be

● Single centre or multi-centre
● Long or short stays
● Combine a variety of different hotels in different countries
● Utilise a variety of transport arrangements including scheduled flights, trains, hire-car and local car transfers.

Included in all our holidays

● Concierge service
● Handcrafted helpful hints and local information provided with all our holidays
● Personal service by your sales consultant who looks after all aspects of your holiday
● Full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays

Call us on 01392 441245

Luxury holidays to Africa and the Middle East: luxury hotel holidays, touring holidays and authentic experiences

Luxury holidays to Africa and the Middle East from Expressions Holidays are all about the quality of experience and surroundings, enabling you to absorb the facets of the country you’re in as well as just relax and enjoy. Africa lends itself brilliantly to a range of experiences where you can enjoy the cultural and vibrancy of a city such as Cape Town but also an ever-present sense of history as well as iconic wildlife. Dubai and Oman blend relaxing beach holidays with sporting activities on land and in the water but not far away from the palatial beach resorts is a wealth of culture, customs and traditions to be appreciated.

Countries of Africa and the Middle East

South Africa offers the obvious attractions with its magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat and the sensation of the vastness of the African horizon of grasslands, forest, flood plains, desert and dunes. On top of this you have the vibrancy of Cape Town and its remarkable Table Mountain, the beauty of the nearby winelands and their historic Cape Dutch towns and the dramatic scenery of the garden route along the coast. We offer you the chance to visit some of the most world-famous parks and regions in Southern Africa, renowned for their superb wildlife viewing and stunning scenery, including the Kruger in South Africa.
Dubai is cradled between the waters of the Gulf, the desert, and the Al Hajar mountains– one of the seven United Arab Emirates – is a truly fascinating blend of the ancient traditions of Arabia and the Bedouin, the influence of Islam, and a thriving, modern commercialism. Even at the beginning of this century, the way of life in Dubai had hardly changed over hundreds of years and was centred around merchants from Iran and India, Bedouins traversing the desert from wadi to oasis, spices and gold being traded. Today, remnants of this old way of life are still visible and great efforts are being made to restore traditional houses and to show village life although new buildings are air-conditioned towers of steel and glass, shopping centres vie with ancient souks and the traditional art of falconry exists alongside golf and horse-racing. Dubai has a huge number of attractions as a luxury holiday destination, from its hot climate, warm waters and sandy beaches to its desert dunes, outstanding luxury accommodation, and glimpses of modern and ancient Arab life for western visitors.
Oman is a land of beautiful landscape and scenery, blending the past and the present perfectly, with 5000 years of history yet with an array of modern and excellent hotels This diverse destination boasts long sandy beaches, glistening turquoise sea, remarkable rock formations and golden-yellow dunes. Covering 300,000 square kilometres, Oman sits on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, a place of fascinating colours and shapes, and away from the fabulous beaches, there are hugely rewarding excursions into its spectacular interior. Much of Oman is desert and half-day to full day to overnight desert safaris can be enjoyed; equally, its mountains are painted with a lush green palette of waterfalls, caves, and gorges with clear water pools. History is everywhere in Oman, forts, sparkling white houses and beautiful mosques dominate the skyline. The coastline in Oman is extensive and boasts some of the most pristine beaches in the world. The Omani waters are rich with hundreds of varieties of fish, colourful coral and mysterious remains of ancient shipwrecks making diving and snorkelling a must. The people of Oman are friendly and hospitable and make a visit to this country special and unique. A country rich in diverse natural beauty, with year-round sunshine and hot summer months Oman offers a truly authentic Arabian experience and ideal luxury holiday destination.

Country facts

Unmissable holiday experiences in Africa and the Middle East

Visit the souks in Deira, watch the art of falconry, take an abra ride on the Creek, watch camel racing, an Arabian banquet in an Omani Bedouin tent, the Muscat festival in January and February, shop for frankincense and myrrh in Muscat, whale-watching in Hermanus, the Knysna Heads, the Big Five, wine-tasting at Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, Boulders penguin colony.

Call us on 01392 441245