Oman is a country for which we do independent tours, but for which we rarely create set-departure group tours. If you would like to have a tour of this fascinating country created just for you, please give us a call! Short stays of just a few days to a week or more. The tours below can easily be combined with a tour of the United Arab Emirates, just call us for more information.
Cuba has opened up to US tourists visiting on approved tours, and Caravan-Serai Tours is your destination specialist to help you plan your exploration of this long forbidden island.
Cuba is an island full of life. The people, the music, the arts, the food, the passion! Experience it all on a tour exploring this island nation that is eager to welcome visitors. We offer set departure tours throughout the year, just click on the buttons below for itineraries, dates, and prices.
If you have a special interest group that would like to visit Cuba, such as a medical association, music or culinary group, high school students, teachers, etc, we can create a special program to focus on those interests. Meetings, concerts, studio visits, school or university visits can be arranged as part of the program. Just call us with your ideas and we can work together to put together the perfect program.
Our tours include transportation in Cuba, most meals, a highly qualified English speaking guide, any entrance fees to sights on the itinerary, and accommodations. At this time, there are commercial airlines with regularly scheduled flights into Havana. Please note that the visa, departure taxes, and he required medical insurance are not included in the price of the tour, but may be included with your airline ticket – be sure to confirm prior to travel.
We make your Cuba dreams come true!
Lebanon packs a lot of history, culture, adventure and more into a small space. History that goes back thousands of years, including numerous conquests, each empire leaving a distinct mark on this tiny nation. In the past it was referred to as the Paris of the Mediterranean, and even after a shattering conflict, Beirut is again a shining, bustling seaside city. Most of Lebanon’s major sites are within a day’s drive to visit and return to Beirut, and you can be up in the mountains at the snow line and within a few hours be swimming at the beach. The terrain is as varied and diverse and the people of Lebanon, who will show show you what joie de vivre (joy of living) really means!
Turkey offers plenty of options for travelers. We have group tours, and we can book independent tours. Interested in cooking and/or wine? Try a culinary tour of this fascinating country. Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, sailing? Turkey can accommodate you! Whatever your interest, call us and we can create the ideal tour of Turkey. Or, join us on one of our groups, and see the historical, cultural, and natural highlights of this extremely diverse destination!
Your trip to Israel is easily accomplished with Caravan-Serai Tours. We have several set departure tours available that will give you an excellent overview of the country. We can also create a private tour to fit your interests, whether they be to visit the holy sites of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam, or visit the archaeological sites of the Romans and Crusaders. Israel also offers eco-tourism, kibbutz experiences, and spa vacations on the Dead Sea.
The small country is easily traversed, and if you are flying in you will arrive in Tel Aviv. A transfer to Jerusalem only takes about an hour, depending on traffic. If you arrive via the land border with Jordan at the Allenby Bridge crossing, the trip to Jerusalem is a little bit longer. You can also cross at Taba between Egypt and Israel near Eilat, and at the Arava border crossing near Aqaba in Jordan. We are happy to create a multi-country tour that includes Egypt, Jordan, and Israel – a popular combination!
Home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Iran will leave you sated with culture and history. The warmth of her people, the beauty of Iran’s natural world, and the magnificence of the monuments will make you wonder why you waited so long to succumb to her allure.
Caravan-Serai Tours has been leading groups to Iran since 1999. Our staff have all visited Iran, and we know the ins and outs of travel there for Americans. Iran is an amazing destination, not to be missed! We offer group and private custom tours. If you are interested in a custom tour, just give us a call.
What to wear in Iran
This can seem a bit intimidating for women travelers, but in reality, it’s easy to find clothing that will be appropriate for wear in Iran. Women are wearing loose, comfortable pants with tops that go below their hips, and at least 3/4 length sleeves, and scarves. Men can wear short sleeved shirts but no tank tops or shorts.
Below are a few books that were chosen to give insight into life in Iran through literature. The links will take you to Amazon if you wish to purchase any of these books. (Caravan-Serai has an affiliate account with Amazon and earns a small commission on qualifying sales from these links)
The Kingdom of Morocco lies just 14km from Europe, sits on the northwest edge of Africa and resides as a leading Arab nation. Both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts bind Morocco, this is in addition to the beautiful mountain regions of the High Atlas, Anti-Atlas and the Rif Mountains. All these aspects make Morocco an ideal destination, besides being only seven hours direct from New York City.
Most Moroccans are Sunni Muslims of Arab, Berber, or mixed Arab-Berber descent. The Arabs invaded Morocco in the 7th and 11th centuries and established their culture there. Morocco is also home to a Jewish community that numbers about 7,000.
Most Moroccans live west of the Atlas Mountains, a range that separates the mid coast form the Sahara Desert. Casablanca is the center of commerce and industry and the leading port; Rabat is the capital; Tangier is the gateway to Morocco from Spain and also a major port; “Arab” Fez is the cultural and religious center; and “Berber” Marrakech is a major tourist center.
Morocco’s location and resources led to early competition among European powers on the African continent beginning with successful Portuguese efforts to control the Atlantic coast in the 15th century. France showed a strong interest in Morocco as early as 1830. Following recognition by the United Kingdom in 1904 of France’s “sphere of influence” in Morocco, policing of Morocco fell upon France and Spain jointly. The Treaty of Fez (1912) made Morocco a protectorate of France. By the same treaty, Spain assumed the role of protecting power over the northern and southern (Saharan) zones.
The Kingdom of Morocco recovered its political independence from France on March 2, 1956. By agreements with Spain in 1956 and 1958, Moroccan control over certain Spanish-ruled areas was restored. A constitution providing for representative government under a strong monarchy was approved by referendum on December 7, 1962.
Since Morocco attained independence, its foreign policy has been sympathetic to the West. Long-term goals are to strengthen its influence in the Arab world and Africa and to maintain its close relations with Europe and the United States. Morocco continues to play a significant role in the search for peace in the Middle East, participating in the multilateral phase of the peace talks and urging Arab moderation in the bilateral phase. Morocco also has close relations with Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states, which have provided Morocco with substantial amounts of financial assistance.
Moroccans are proud to have recognized the Government of the United States in 1777. Formal U.S. relations with Morocco date from 1787, when the two nations negotiated a Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Renegotiated in 1836, it is still in force, constituting the longest unbroken treaty relationship in U.S. history.
Azerbaijan is a former Soviet Republic located on the western shores of the Caspian Sea, tucked in between the sea and the Caucasus Mountains. It is bordered by Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Iran, and has been part of the Russian and Persian Empires. It is a small country made wealthy by oil, amazing and unique architecture, a vibrant old city and shining modern city in Baku, rolling green hills, traditions, and a beautiful landscape of mountains and the sea. Visit Azerbaijan for the history, the vibrant nightlife, the natural beauty, and of course, to meet the people.
Caravan-Serai has a variety of tours available for you to explore the best that Azerbaijan has to offer. Multi-country tours, culinary, wine, highlights, and more. We can do custom tours, bird watching tours, group and private tours.
If you, like so many others, dream of seeing the real land of the pharaohs, there has never been a better time. Tourism is encouraged and welcomed by the government and the people of Egypt.
Egypt has been, and continues to be one of the most celebrated countries in North Africa. Incredibly rich in archaeological wonders, cultural flavors and recreational options, Egypt is without a doubt high on the list of any seasoned traveler who intends to visit the highlights of the world in his or her lifetime.
Egypt’s archaeological treasures are second only to its people. When chatting with people in the street, in the hotel, and in the shops, you will find that the people of Egypt are unaffectedly friendly. Making time to meet new friends is the best way to reap the rewards of this country. Egypt is as ready to welcome the visitor as it has been in the past. With its waves of conquests and settlers, Egypt has constantly reached out, but always gives back something in return. The key to understanding Egypt is realizing that it is not merely a museum with inhabitants, but a constantly evolving culture.
Egypt comprises some 1,002,000 square kilometers and consists of four clearly defined geographic regions: the Nile Valley, the Western Desert, the Eastern Desert, and the Sinai Peninsula.