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From the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean

Classic tour

Emirates and Oman: From the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean, classic tour

United Arab Emirates and Oman on a fascinating journey packed with contrasts

On this trip, you'll experience the contrasts of two unique countries. In the United Arab Emirates, Dubai will deliver avant-garde architecture, boats that sail along the creek and unforgettable sunsets in its desert; in Abu Dhabi, you'll fall in love with the beauty of the great Sheikh Zayed Mosque and marvel at the modernity of Yas Island, where the Formula 1 track is located; and in Al Ain, you'll delve into the history of one of the oldest cities in the country. And then in Oman, you'll soak up the tradition and timeless magic of places such as the fascinating Muscat; the stunning Wahiba Sands, where the desert dominates the landscape; and the ancient capital of Nizwa. Can you think of a better plan for your holidays?

Services included in the trip

  • Return flight.
  • Accommodation in selected hotels or similar category.
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • Visits in a guided tour that are detailed in the program and not considered as optional.
  • Meal board as per itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.

Services NOT included

  • Any other service not previously mentioned as included.
  • Entry visa to Oman.
  • Tips for the guide and driver (we suggest USD 3 per person per day for the guide and USD 2 per person per day for the driver).
  • Local tourist taxes (to be paid directly at the hotel, between USD 4 and USD 6 per night per room in Dubai and Abu Dhabi).

Travel details

Day 1: City of origin - Dubai

Flight to Dubai. Arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free.

Day 2: Dubai

Breakfast at the hotel and departure for a half-day tour of Dubai. The visit starts off with Bastakyia, the old quarter of Dubai, where you'll learn a little bit more about the history of the city at the Dubai Museum, located in the old Al-Fahidi fort. We'll then jump on an abra, the local water taxi, to enjoy a spectacular view of the Creek. On the other side are the spice and gold markets, ideal places for wandering around and picking up a souvenir. Next is the Jumeirah area, where there'll be a stop to photograph the Great Mosque, a building that pays homage to modern Islamic architecture. There'll also be a photo stop at the Burj Al Arab Hotel, and then at the Hotel Atlantis located on the Palm Jumeirah crescent. After finishing the tour, we'll have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we'll venture into the authentic desert of Dubai. After an exhilarating drive on the sand dunes in a 4x4 vehicle, there'll be some stops to take pictures and to admire the sunset in the desert surrounded by dunes. The tour continues until we reach our traditional Arab camp, where we'll be served a BBQ dinner under the stars, with live entertainment to guarantee an unforgettable night. Return journey to the hotel and overnight stay in Dubai.

Day 3: Dubai - Abu Dhabi

Breakfast at the hotel and then departure to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates. We'll start off at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the whole world. Capable of accommodating more than 30,000 worshippers, the building is completely covered in marble and boasts an intricate decoration with Islamic forms. We'll then head into the heart of Abu Dhabi. We'll visit the old part of the city, or what is considered old nowadays. Next will be the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum that showcases the traditional daily life of the Arab community before the discovery of oil. And then we'll drive along the spectacular Corniche, passing by gleaming white mosques, glass-covered office buildings and elegant apartments, until we reach the breakwater to enjoy a magnificent view over the city skyline. Then we'll arrive at the famous Saadiyat Island project, where the Guggenheim Museum is under construction. Lunch in the city. In the afternoon, we'll visit the Louvre Museum and then head over to the well-known Yas Island, home of the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit and the world's first Ferrari-branded theme park. And once the tour is over, we'll check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Abu Dhabi.

Day 4: Abu Dhabi - Al Ain - Dubai

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Al Ain in the Hajjar Mountains, which is one of the oldest cities in the United Arab Emirates. For thousands of years, the Al Ain oasis was an important stop-off for caravans on the ancient trade routes through Arabia. We'll stop at the camel market and the Al Ain Palace, one of the most important cultural landmarks in the city. There'll also be a visit to Al Jahili Fort, one of the largest castles in Al Ain and a prime example of Islamic military architecture. Lunch in the city. Then it's over to the Al Ain National Museum, where we'll learn all about the history of this region. In the afternoon, we'll travel back in time at the Hili Archaeological Park, famous for its excavations dating back to the third millennium BC. And then it's back to Dubai. At about 7.00 pm, we'll set sail on a dhow, a traditional Arab boat, where we'll be served a dinner of international Arabic food while navigating along the Creek, with fantastic views of the city's souks and palaces. Transfer to hotel and overnight stay.

Day 5: Dubai - Muscat

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we'll head off for Muscat, via Hatta. A picturesque village located 115 kilometres east of Dubai, Hatta enjoys a more pleasant climate due to its location in the rugged Hajjar mountain range. This is why it's a popular holiday destination in the area. The Heritage Village is a museum that houses two 18th-century military towers, the old Juma Mosque from 1780 and the reconstruction of thirty typical houses that are well worth visiting. This is also an thrilling destination for adrenaline junkies, as it's home to winding canyons, pools of blue-green water and desert trails for 4x4 excursions. Picnic lunch in Sohar. Onward journey to Muscat, arriving at the end of the day. En route, we'll pass by Barka and Seeb. Arrival, dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Muscat

Breakfast at the hotel. The tour of Muscat will begin at 9.30 am with the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which has become the new symbol of the city. Onward to the Bait Baranda Museum, which showcases the history of Muscat. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we'll visit Old Muscat, flanked by the twin forts of Jalali and Mirani that date back to the 16th century. There'll be a photo stop at Al Alam Palace, residence of the Sultan of Oman. And then we'll head to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which houses part of Muscat's heritage. Sheikh Al Zubair, who once served under three sultans, founded the house in 1914 and his son Mohammad Al Zubair converted it into a museum in 1998. We'll then take the coastal road, stopping off en route in Muttrah, the city's main port and trading centre, where we'll have time to explore its historic souk full of winding passageways and stalls that sell all kinds of textiles, jewellery, traditional perfumes and antiques. After this busy day, we'll head back to the hotel. Dinner will be served at a Middle Eastern restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Muscat - Şūr - Wahiba Sands

After breakfast, we'll set out on an enthralling adventure. Our first stop will be Quriyat, a pocket-sized fishing village, where we'll discover one of the most fascinating points on Oman's 1700-kilometre coastline. We're talking about the famous Bimmah Sinkhole, which was formed by the collapse of a mountain and then got filled with seawater. The tour continues to Tiwi and Wadi Shab, where we'll stop to take photos of the panoramic landscape. Next stop is Sur, a maritime city and functioning port, famous for the stunning architecture of its old town and the shipyards that have been churning out traditional dhows for many centuries. Lunch in Sur. After a whistle-stop tour of the city, we'll continue all afternoon along the coastline dotted with spectacular cliffs and cute villages until we get to Wahiba Sands, one of Oman's most fascinating and mysterious regions. We'll then jump into 4x4 vehicles and venture into the desert. The vast ever-changing dunes are home to a fascinating range of flora and fauna. Wahiba Sands is also where about a thousand Bedouins have inhabited this inhospitable region for at least 7,000 years. Whizzing across the dunes, as our highly-experienced drivers show off their skills, is an exhilarating experience. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp nestled in the desert.

Day 8: Wahiba Sands - Nizwa

After breakfast, we'll enjoy the desert and its secrets for a final time, before getting into our 4x4 vehicle to return to civilisation. We'll head towards to the Wadi Bani Khalid, a lush valley surrounded by steep mountains. The views here are simply breathtaking. We'll explore the wadi to discover its surroundings. Departure to Nizwa at about noon. Lunch en route. Arrival in Nizwa, a city with a great history, where we'll head straight to the Al Hamra palm groves. Al Hamra is also famous for its ancient mud houses. We'll visit one of the oldest houses of Sheikh Bait Al Safah, which has been restored and transformed into a living history museum. Check-in at hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 9: Nizwa - Muscat - City of origin

After breakfast, we'll continue on our discovery of Nizwa. Forts and castles, with their towers and city walls, are the most fascinating cultural spaces in Oman that have historically been used as defensive lookouts. There are estimated to be more than five hundred forts, castles and towers in Oman, and today we'll see some of the most outstanding ones in terms of architecture and design. The ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa, was a seat of learning and has a deep connection to the roots of Islam in the country. The 17th-century circular forts and the famous silver jewellery souk are its main attractions. Lunch at a local restaurant. Next stop is Bahla, famous for its handmade pottery. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we'll stop off for a photo opportunity. We'll also visit Jabreen Castle, built as a defensive bastion and perhaps the most beautiful one in the whole of Oman. It has dungeons, passageways, halls and ceilings decorated with fine sculptures and paintings. After the visit, we'll leave for Muscat. Arrival and transfer to airport and return flight to the city of origin. Night on board.

Day 10: City of origin

Arrival. End of the trip and our services.

Important remarks

  • - As per new security regulations, all passengers visiting United Arab Emirates (organised or otherwise) must carry an identification at all times: either an original passport or a photocopy of it is sufficient.
  • - You may be denied entry in United Arab Emirates by the authorities if your passport contains an entry or exit stamp from Israel.
  • - United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country and the month of Ramadan is of major significance to its residents. During Ramadan, entertainment and alcohol will be restricted in most of the country. The sale of alcohol will be restricted in many places, although some establishments will offer alcohol for sale to tourists. During this period, local businesses may also have shorter opening hours.
  • - Triple rooms in Asia are generally rooms with twin beds or a double, in which a folding bed is installed to accommodate the third person. Due to the inconvenience this causes, we advise against using this option as far the possible.
  • - Please check with your international vaccination centre about the recommended healthcare measures in Asia.
  • - Please check which documents are required to enter the country.
  • - Oman is a Muslim country and the month of Ramadan is of major significance to its residents. During Ramadan, entertainment and alcohol will be restricted in most of the country. The sale of alcohol will be restricted in many places, although some establishments will offer alcohol for sale to tourists. During this period, local businesses may also have shorter opening hours.
  • - The order of the itinerary may be altered for logistical reasons, without prior notice, but no scheduled trips will be cancelled (except in the case that adverse weather conditions prevent its realisation).
  • - A credit card is considered a guarantee, so sometimes you will need one for check-in at hotels.
  • - Prices are calculated based on admission fees to the sights as of the date of publication. If there is an increase in these prices, you will be promptly informed.
  • - If you are a person with reduced mobility, please contact us to confirm the suitability of the trip.

Dubai

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates. Today, Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events. Dubai is the perfect blend of tradition and innovation, Dubai is famous as a luxury destination, has become a turning point in the Arab world and is postulated as eccentric city thanks to its artificial paradises.

Abu Dhabi

Al Ain

Muscat

Nizwa

Expected Hotels (or similar)

Category A
Hotel Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown
Hotel Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown
Abu Dhabi

Hotel Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown

Sheikh Zayed The 1St Rd Electra Street,
Hotel Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Hotel Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Dubai

Hotel Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City

Gateway Avenue, Festival City,
City Seasons Hotel Muscat
City Seasons Hotel Muscat
Muscat

City Seasons Hotel Muscat

Al Khuwair City Center, Al Sultan Qaboos Street
Hotel Golden Tulip Nizwa
Hotel Golden Tulip Nizwa
Nizwa

Hotel Golden Tulip Nizwa

Hai A Thurat,
Hotel Arabian Oryx Camp
Hotel Arabian Oryx Camp
Wahiba Sands

Hotel Arabian Oryx Camp

Bidiya, Al Sharqiyah