In the cities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat you’ll find centuries-old minarets sitting beside grandiose resorts, and open-air souqs beneath the shadow of skyscrapers. Discover how the centuries-old Bedouin culture thrives alongside markets of gold and ornate displays of modern wealth. Venture into the desert to explore endless sand dunes, date farm oases and intricate 17th-century forts. Surprisingly, this arid land also hosts towering cliffs, deep canyons, caves, a subterranean lake and beaches. Begins in Dubai and ends in Muscat.
Journey Pace: Active
- Take a high-speed elevator up Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building
- Search for treasures in Dubai’s glittering gold & intoxicating spice souqs
- Ride a camel and get a Henna tattoo at a Bedouin camp in the Dubai desert
- Visit Al Ain, one of the world’s oldest inhabited settlements & a UNESCO Site
- Tour the spectacular marble Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, in Muscat
- Watch for dolphins & snorkel in the aqua blue Arabian Sea
- View the 7th century masterpieces at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha
- Go ‘dune bashing’ in a 4X4 by the unspoiled Inland Sea in Qatar
Day 1 – 3Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Upon arrival you are escorted to your luxury resort accommodations in Dubai, once a small fishing village, today an uber-modern metropolis.
Begin Day 2 visiting “At the Top” of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Ascend to the 124th floor and gaze in awe at the breathtaking 360-degree view. Next, drive to the Palm Jumeirah, the world`s largest man-made island, then along the rich Jumeirah coastline to the vibrant Souk Madinat Jumeirah market.
The morning of Day 3, explore the traditional Bastakia District to see the markets and souqs of old Dubai. Walk through the traditional wind towers and discover the effectiveness of 19th-century air conditioning. Tour the old Fahidi Fort, home to the Dubai History Museum. Then ride across Dubai Creek aboard a traditional abra (water taxi), to explore the extensive and dazzling Gold Souq and exotic, aromatic Spice Market. (2B)
- One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
Day 4Dubai & the Al Maha Desert
Enjoy breakfast at the elegant Meydan Race Course, followed by a private stable tour. Meet four-legged celebrities, and enjoy exclusive access to the state of the art Meydan Grandstand.
Continue to your luxury hotel in the desert and enjoy the included activities at your resort. Options include exploring the flora and fauna of the desert on a Wild Life Safari, testing your skills at the age old sport of archery or embarking on a camel ride through the desert. (B, D)
- Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Day 5 & 6 Al Ain & Abu Dhabi
Day 5 drive west to the Garden Oasis city of Al Ain. Dating back to the 4th millennium B.C., this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the oldest inhabited settlements. Wander through the plantation palms, visit the royal Al Ain Palace Museum, and then stop at the world’s largest Camel Market, before continuing to Abu Dhabi.
The morning of Day 6, enjoy a tour of this capital city called the “Manhattan of the Middle East.” See the large and opulent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This landmark features 80 domes, more than 1,000 columns, and 24-carat gold-plated chandeliers. Drive along the beautiful seaside Corniche – past dhow building yards, the breathtaking Emirates Palace, and the modern Mina Zayed waterfront complex. Then explore Heritage Village, designed to honor the country’s past. (B)
- St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Day 7 – 9Muscat, Oman
Day 7 fly to Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. You are met and escorted to your luxury beach resort.
Day 8 enjoy a tour of this white, walled city. Explore the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the largest in Oman, with a shining white Italian marble courtyard and white stone archways surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. Drive along Embassy road to the lively Muttrah Souk, then visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, examining its old archaeological finds and displays of traditional Omani dress and jewels. View the picturesque 16th-century twin Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani, and see the impressive Al Alam Palace.
In the morning of Day 9 take a scenic cruise along the aqua blue waters of the Arabian Sea. Admire the clean white structures of Muscat, watch for spinner and bottle nose dolphins, and view a variety of exotic tropical fish as you snorkel along the coral beds. (B)
- The Chedi Muscat, Muscat
Day 10 – 12Doha, Qatar
Day 10 fly to Doha, in the tiny nation of Qatar. You are met and escorted to your luxury waterfront accommodations.
On Day 11, visit the astonishing Museum of Islamic Art, and admire masterpieces spanning three continents and dating back to the 7th-century. Walk through the old Souq Waqif, a maze of narrow alleyways filled with eclectic small shops, and visit the famous Falcon Market. View the Pearl-Qatar, a multi-billion dollar, man-made beachfront, dubbed the “Riviera Arabia,” then enjoy a panoramic drive through the Corniche and West Bay district.
Begin Day 12 ‘dune bashing’ as you zoom over towering desert dunes with an experienced 4X4 jeep driver. Then visit the famous inland sea area near the Saudi Arabia border before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. You are taken to the airport in time for your evening flight. (3B, 2L)
- Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Doha
Meeting PointDubai, United Arab EmiratesDeparture PointDoha, QatarTour Includes
- Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan
- Park conservancy fees
Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.
One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
Encompassing the timeless beauty of the desert and the cosmopolitan charms of the coast, the One&Only Royal Mirage, is a stylish place of intricate arches, domes, towers and courtyards. The resort recalls the romance of Old Arabia, with 65 acres of lush green lawns and immaculate flowerbeds set along a half-mile of private beachfront overlooking The Palm Islands. Resort facilities and services are plentiful and include pools, beach water sports, a full-service spa, tennis and more. There is also a business center, hair salon, gift shops, and laundry services. Colorful Indo-European dining, modern food with an Asian twist, rooftop Oriental mezzehs – the resort offers a splendid array of experiences, 13 restaurants from grand and intimate to lively and casual. Your Arabian Court section guest rooms are all sea-facing with carved arches, colorful mosaics, and dramatic artwork. Room amenities include satellite TV, in-room safe, and internet access. The bathrooms are adorned with wood, marble, and slate and feature a wet area with overhead and handheld showers with a granite bench, separate toilet and bidet, individual vanity with under-shelf cupboards and separate bath with handheld shower.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, UAE
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa lies nestled within a green and verdant oasis amongst some of Arabia’s most impressive dune and desert landscapes. Resembling an ancient Bedouin encampment this secluded, internationally-awarded hideaway resort offers personal and seductive experiences of the region’s history and hospitality in absolute comfort. Several of the resort’s activity options include camel trekking, desert hikes and drives, horseback riding and desert walks. Built in the style of an ancient Bedouin settlement, the neutral toned ‘tents’ shade individual suites of understated, modern luxury. Room amenities include satellite TV, an in-room safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower, king-size bath and a ‘his and hers’ vanity area.
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, UAE
The iconic St. Regis brand extends its legacy to Abu Dhabi, with The St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi created by thoughtful Mediterranean architecture and a contemporary interior design. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is the city’s true beachfront leisure address located just 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 10 minutes from the city’s bustling downtown. All guest rooms and suites overlooking either turquoise waters or the greens of the impressive Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Escape to a Superior Sea-View Room in a Mediterranean setting, each with an individual terrace, offering breathtaking views of the turquoise blue ocean and beyond. The lavishly appointed guest rooms feature king or twin beds, a spacious double vanity bathroom with Remède bath amenities, complimentary wi-fi and a refreshment center. The signature St. Regis Butler service is also available to all guests.
The Chedi Muscat, Muscat
Where the majestic Al Hajar Mountains meet the serene waters of the Gulf of Oman, the Chedi Muscat rises amidst an elegantly landscaped twenty-one acre garden oasis with 158 Omani influenced guestrooms. This sublime yet central location on the beach features a Balinese spa, three swimming pools, a health club, and a business center, boutiques, and laundry services. There are six distinct restaurants and three lounges. Your deluxe guestroom in the Chedi Wing is spacious with soaring ceilings, oversized windows welcome natural light, a minibar, daily fresh fruit, a Nespresso machine, and satellite TV. In the bathroom you’ll find a powerful rain shower, bathrobes and a hairdryer.
Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Doha
This resort-like waterfront city hotel in Doha offers luxurious touches that echo the essence of what you desire as a traveler: comfort, service and beauty for all five senses. Here, anything is possible. Every guest room is filled with soft natural light, classic furnishings and sublime views – a place to rest and relax after a hectic day of exploring museums and shops in Doha. Hotel staff anticipate what you need then provide it, leaving you free to savour each moment of your stay.
A 2014 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List Hotel