Western Civilization began its long history here, in the Fertile Crescent that stretches from the Nile Valley through Syria and Iraq to the highlands of Iran. You cannot help but feel insignificant when ancient pyramids, temples, mosques and churches gaze down upon you.
Best of all are the people - their hospitaly seems to know no bounds. Be prepared to be welcomed into people's home and hearts.
Best time to go
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The months of March through May and September through November see warm sunny days and are the best times to travel to the Middle East. Summers get hot, while winters can be a pleasant time to travel - landscapes turn green, although mountainous areas like Iran and Morocco can get very cold.