Alesha Walton

Head of Middle East & Silk Route Travel Design

I was born in New Zealand and spent my formative years there, growing up in a country with such natural beauty and unique culture, but quite removed from the rest of the world by long plane journeys, inspired within me a desire to travel, learn from different points of view and experience the world through the eyes of others. Having lived in three different countries and traveled to over 50 since then, I have definitely spent a lot of time (and money!) in the pursuit of travel, and it has brought with it so many treasured memories, and really opened my eyes to the world around me.

Middle East

My favourite trip

Extended Oman adventure

This trip offers such a diverse range of scenery including the desert, mountains and wadis, it really showcases how beautiful the country is.

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On my bucket list

Chile

South America is one region I've yet to tick off my list and Chile seems like the ideal place to start, I'm drawn to the mix of the Atacama desert in the north, vibrant Santiago and Valparaiso, and Patagonia down south.

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Best Hidden Gem

Siwa Oasis, Egypt

It is the Siwa Oasis and a stay at the Adrere Amelall, whilst not for the faint hearted this eco-lodge has no power (the evening is lit by beeswax candles), and is quite the journey to get to the Western corner of Egypt, it is a true escape from the modern world.

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My favourite hotel

Oberoi Philea

My favourite hotel is the Oberoi Philea, located on the Nile, this luxurious boat travel between Aswan and Luxor, allowing you to visit some of the sites along the way including Edfu and Kom Ombo temples.

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My top tips

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To make it to the Valley of the kings before the crowds, take a boat across the Nile from Luxor as opposed to the longer drive.

To give you the lie of the land sit down with an Egyptologist to give you an overview of the ancient history of Egypt and prepare you for your time ahead.

When in Georgia visit our favourite locals and their boutique businesses focused on the endemic produce in the region, share lunch and a glass of wine with them.

In Jordan, include Petra by night, this is the ideal first glimpse of the UNSECO site, wander through the candlelit path following the rock formations all to the chorus of local singers.