Guaranteed Escorted Tour : UAE & OMAN From Modernism to Traditions Package – English Only

11 Days

Overview

Start in Dubai and end in Muscat! With the Explorer tour, you have an 11 days tour package taking you through Dubai, ABU DHABI, AL-AIN, SHARJAH, Musandam (Oman), SOHAR, MUSCAT, SUR, WAHIBA, NIZWA.

This tour includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, insurance, meals, transport, and more

Highlights

Grayline Guaranteed Escorted Tours are the most convenient and smart option to explore a country. These packages are carefully curated to offer the maximum experience with minimum pricing. The packages are complemented with full guided assistance throughout the trip with some great choices of hotels, private airport transfers, a full board meal plan, and city tours. These tours are available in English, French, Spanish, and Italian. Choose your preferred language and enjoy this hassle-free tour.

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Itinerary

Arrival at Dubai airport. Meet & Greet by our representative. Transfer to your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. Check in & Overnight in Dubai. Dinner on your own.

Breakfast at your hotel. We will start with a briefing meeting at 9h30 am to introduce all the group and the guide and explain the trip.We will depart for a half day guided tour of DUBAI. You will have the opportunity to discover the spectacular and lively metropolis of Dubai. The city, developed from a small fishing village at the Dubai Creek, nowadays presents itself as a glamorous metropolis at the Arabian Gulf. The distinctive skyscrapers and gigantic shopping malls will impress every visitor. We start with Atlantis hotel located at the crescent of Palm Jumeirah After that, photo stop at Burj Al Arab hotel and continue to the Jumeirah area, where we will have a photo stop of the awe-inspiring Grand Mosque of Jumeirah. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this stone structure is a tribute to modern Islamic architecture. We then proceed to Bastakyia, the old town district of Dubai. Learn everything about the local history and geography.
We will pass by the Dubai museum, located in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi ( closed now for renovation). Another highlight will follow: you will use the local water taxis, called “Abras”, to cross the Dubai Creek. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city while heading towards the district of Deira. Here you will be enchanted by the large variety of exotic spices in the famous Spice Souk. Take the chance to get a unique and affordable souvenir when you visit the adjacent Gold Souk. Lunch Buffet.
In the afternoon, we will join a Desert Safari, after settling down in the 4WD vehicles, the jeeps will speed through the desert of the golden sand dunes. The dune bashing or desert driving continues with the thrill of going up and down the dunes provoking many shrieks and laughter full of excitement. The final leg of this program takes us to the main camp site. This will be the highlight of the trip.
After witnessing a memorable sight – the true Arabian sunset with its glory and magic. A delicious Barbecue Dinner is prepared on open fires and a variety of beverages are available. The beat of the music increases as a Belly dancer starts dancing to the rhythm of the music. What a better way to experience a true Arabian night than this. Overnight in Dubai.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. We start the tour in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. This comprehensive tour is the ideal introduction to the UAE capital and the island on which it stands. The name Abu Dhabi means: “Father of the Gazelle”. We will start at the famous Yas Island which houses the FORMULA 1 YAS circuit & the first attraction park for Ferrari in the world. An impressive attraction park, the largest covered air-conditioned park in the world with a huge RED FERRARI sign as a landmark. Then we will continue toward Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest Mosques in the world; able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshipers. The beautiful Mosque is completely cladded in marble and features intricate Islamic decoration and carvings as well as extensive landscaping. Then we will go towards Abu Dhabi downtown. Lunch in the city. After lunch, We will visit Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil.

We will drive along the spectacular Corniche, past gleaming white mosques, glass-clad offices, and elegant high-rise apartments to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline. We will visit QASR AL HOSN fort, the palace of traditions.

Then will drive through the famous giant Saadiyat Island project where the museums are being built to complete the image of ABU DHABI as a cultural city. In the late afternoon, we will visit the Louvre Museum, The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum, located in the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. Finally, we will check-in at the hotel.

Dinner & overnight in Abu Dhabi

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at your hotel. We leave Abu Dhabi in the morning to AL AIN. This morning we will continue to Al Ain. which is located in the Hajjar Mountains, it is one of the oldest cities in the UAE, rich in traditions. For thousands of years, the oasis of Al Ain has been an important caravan stop on the ancient trade routes across Arabia.

We continue to Jebel Hafeet will take a great photo stop on. After that, we will have Lunch in the city. In the afternoon, we will visit the camel market, the largest in the UAE. Then we will visit also the Jahili Fort, one of the largest castles in Al Ain and a best-in-class example of Islamic military architecture locally. Then we will visit Al Ain Palace, it is one the most important cultural places in Al Ain city.

It is a direct testimony to the period of rule of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Al Ain and his original place of residence there. The Palace is also the birthplace of HH Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Then we proceed to visit Qasr AL Muwaiji, where you will learn everything about the history of this region. At the end of the afternoon, we will check in at the hotel. Dinner in the hotel.

Overnight in AL AIN

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning we will step back in time at the Hilli Gardens, famous for the archaeological excavations from the third millennium B.C. then we will proceed towards Dubai & Sharjah. We will reach after 2 hours and start a half-day Sharjah tour. This tour will take us to Sharjah, the cultural capital known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf”. You will pass by the King Faisal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Emirates. Then we pass by the renovated Fort of Sharjah, a former residence of the ruling family.
Then we continue to the Sharjah Heritage Museum which conserves and displays the rich traditional customs and culture of Sharjah as a source of pride and inspiration to Emiratis and to visitors to the UAE. Begin a journey of discovery through Sharjah’s rich and diverse heritage and explore traditions that have endured the test of time. You will see handcrafted works of art and objects that date back to a time when local people relied solely on fishing and pearling. Trace the development of education, currency, and the early postal system. We will discover the traditional skills and crafts relating to jewelry, costumes, herbal medicines, music, and folklore. After the visit, it’s now time to explore the colorful Souk Al Arsa, set up in a traditional way. You will also have an opportunity to see how the traditional Omani Halwa (sweet) is made in one of the shops in Souk Al Arsa. Before returning to Dubai we will have time for a quick stroll at the Blue Souk – a treasure trove of carpets, jewelry, and handicrafts. Lunch will be served in a very local restaurant where you will discover the real Bedouin meal of MANDI, a succulent recipe of meats or fish with marvelous spices from this part of the world. After the tour, we return to Dubai towards the “Dubai Mall” & Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower and the centerpiece of the Gulf region’s most prestigious urban development to date. Burj Dubai will radiate out in a series of ellipses from the sky-breaking tower encompassing residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment, and the world’s largest shopping mall “Dubai Mall”. Free time for shopping. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions; the Middle East region’s first Galeries Lafayette department store, France’s leading fashion house, and one of the top 100 global retailers.

The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience. With an impressive array of leisure pursuits, this is the ultimate, cutting-edge shopping experience. A range of adventure sports vies for attention alongside the romance of ice-skating. The Dubai Mall is a place where a

21st-century gold souk is set off against a world-class aquarium. Step inside The Dubai Mall and experience a place like no other. A climb to Burj Khalifa will be proposed to all our guests (optional –to pre-book in advance), Dinner in the hotel.

Overnight in Dubai.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, we will go for a cruise in the waters of the Indian Ocean. Musandam is a spot where the waters of the “Gulf of Oman” are the gateway to the natural sea treasures. The Musandam Peninsula is the northern-most part of Oman, it has one of the most rugged, isolated, and beautiful coastlines in the world, the towering Hajar Mountains rise directly out of the sea creating spectacular fjords-like scenery, providing an awe-inspiring backdrop for the caves, bays and pebble beaches along the coast. The sheltered bays also offer a safe environment for snorkelers and non-divers to explore. Marine Life of the Gulf of Oman is rich in diversity with fish, corals, turtles, and invertebrates. We will take a dhow cruise trip in the fjords of Musandam that offers us an insight into this fantastic landscape, and guarantees an ambiance of peace and tranquillity.

There is also a possibility of seeing Dolphins along the cruise. Lunch on board. This traditional type of dhows is equipped with comfortable seats, cushions, and carpet. We will enjoy sea safaris, snorkeling, swimming, playing, and more. (Note: Please carry your passport along with you, as it is required for Police Check) .We will be back in Dubai at the end of the day to relax in the hotel after that long adventure day.

Dinner in a hotel & overnight in Dubai

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at your hotel, we will start our journey to Muscat by Bus via Hatta. Hatta is a picturesque 115 km (71 miles) drive east of Dubai City, boasting a milder climate due to its location in the rugged Hajjar Mountains and a popular vacation getaway from the heat of Dubai. Its authentic Arabic “heritage village” featuring two military towers from the 18th century, an old Juma mosque (1780), and 30 lame houses are worth visiting. Although activities and shopping are limited, adrenaline junkies often visit Hatta for off-road adventures in the desert or mountains including a stop at the Hatta Rock Pools, narrow windy canyons of smooth rock with pools of blue-green water. Its 420 kilometers of drive from Dubai takes you through Oman.
Lunch en route in Sohar.Orientation tour of Sohar the third largest city of OMAN. Stop at the SOHAR Mosque , a real architectural achievement. Visit of Omani Halwa factory, where we will learn all about how we manufacture that unique taste of Omani sweets. We will continue our route to Muscat which will reach at the end of the day passing Barka, and Seeb. Check in to Muscat Hotel & Dinner at Hotel.
Overnight stay at Muscat.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at your hotel. We will start with a briefing meeting at 9h30 am to introduce all the group and the guide and explain the trip. Afterward, we start the tour of Muscat. Drive through the beautiful embassy quarter, to reach the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which has a remarkable architectural achievement. As a contemporary place of worship, it serves as a spiritual landmark for modern Oman, projecting the values and aspirations of the Omani people. As an edifice, it maintains a perfect balance between aesthetics, culture, and deeply rooted Islamic tradition. After the visit to the mosque, we continue to the OPERA house to visit this marvelous edifice specially built by Sultan Qaboos. Lunch will be served in a typical fish restaurant with the locals. After lunch, we will visit Old Muscat, surrounded by steep mountains and flanked by twin 16thcentury forts ‘Jalali’ & ‘Mirani’, and also see the Al Alam Palace, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ residence.

We will then proceed to Bait Al Zubair Museum. Bait Al Zubair is itself a part of Muscat’s heritage. Sheikh Al Zubair who served three former Sultans, founded the house in 1914 and his son Mohammad Al Zubair opened it as a museum in 1998. Its carved doors open into a fortress-style reception. The museum includes traditional Omani weaponry, jewelry, costumes, domestic utensils and recreated urban and rural environments.

Then drive through the scenic beauty of the corniche, stop at Muttrah – the main port & commercial center, and explore the colorful historic souk. This is a real souk with winding alleys and backstreets and stalls selling all manner of textiles, jewelry, traditional Omani perfumes (bukhoor – made of frankincense), souvenirs, and antiques… After that long tour, we will drive back to the hotel. Dinner is at a traditional OMANI restaurant, where you will experience how OMANI’s eat and taste their cuisine enjoying the relaxing atmosphere that the OMANI people like.

Overnight in Muscat.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast depart for a great adventure trip . We will drive through one of the most thrilling sections of Oman’s 1,700 KM coastline. Visit the famous Sinkhole, a part of a collapsed mountain filled with sea water then continue driving on the graded road via Fins. Continue your journey to Wadi Shab where we will stop to admire the marvelous nature and maybe walk a bit in the WADI. Lunch in WADI Shab. We will then continue to Sur, a sea-faring town and a trading port bustling with activity throughout the year. Famed for the fascinating architecture of its old town and shipyards where traditional dhows have been built for centuries at the edge of the bay. After a quick tour of Sur, we will continue the coastal road passing through high cliffs and small fishing villages.

We will reach at the end of the afternoon the desert of Wahiba Sands – one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions of Oman. We will board 4×4 vehicles and start the adventure in the desert. The vast, ever-shifting dunes support an astonishing variety of wildlife and host different kinds of flora and fauna. The quick-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. The Wahiba is also home to a few thousand Bedouins, who are known to have inhabited this inhospitable region for at least 7000 years. We will do some dune bashing as our experienced drivers show their skill on the dune drive which is a thrilling experience.

Dinner in the camp with a real desert atmosphere & Overnight in the Wahiba Sands.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we will enjoy for the last time the desert and its secrets, before we board our 4×4 to return to normal civilization. We will then depart to Wadi Bani Khalid – a lush green valley surrounded by rugged mountains. We will enjoy an incredible view and a chance to capture the scenic beauty with the cameras. We will walk in the wadi to investigate the surrounding area on foot. Departure to NIZWA around noon, we will stop on our way for lunch.

After lunch, we will continue to Nizwa, a great city with a great history. On arrival in NIZWA after approximately 2- 3 hours, we will do a quick orientation of the city. The ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa was a seat of learning and the birthplace of Islam in Oman. The 17th-century souq famous for the silver jewelry is the major attraction of Nizwa, not to mention the popular & interesting cattle auction, which takes place every Friday. Built on a scold base of the rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibration of 24 cannons. We will visit the SOUK, and walk around discovering the old city. Check-in the hotel. Dinner.

Overnight in NIZWA.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we will continue the visit to Nizwa. Our first stop will be the charming ancestral village of BIRKAT AL MAWZ at the bottom of the GREEN mountain, JEBEL AKHDAR. Then we will proceed to the Jabreen Fort.

The Jabreen Castle, built-in 17th century, is one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors, and the painted wooden beams of the ceilings make this castle amazingly different. After we visit the Jabrin castle, we will drive back towards Nizwa passing the JEBEL SHAMS part of the most famous Hajar mountains chain in OMAN. We will pass by the oldest small towns of Oman Bahla with its fort ( outside visit ) . We will stop at the palm groves at Al Hamra to see its Falaj system. we will stop on our way for lunch. After the visit, we will proceed to MUSCAT, the Capital.

Evening transfer to Muscat Airport for the departure flight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Includes:

UAE PART:

  • 06 nights accommodation, meal plan as per description.
  • Full-time guide assistance.
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer.
  • Dubai full-day tour.
  • Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner.
  • Al Ain full-day tour.
  • Abu Dhabi full-day tour.
  • Visit the Louvre museum.
  • Half-day tour of Sharjah.
  • Full-day Musandam cruise (Oman) with on-board Lunch.

OMAN PART:

  • 04 nights accommodation.
  • Full-time guide assistance.
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer.
  • Full-day tour of Muscat.
  • Visit of Sur & WahibaSands.
  • Transfer to Wahiba Desert by 4×4 Jeeps.
  • Full-day tour of Nizwa.

Excludes:

  • Flights
  • UAE Tourism Fees in Dubai, Abu Dhabi (approx $4 – $6) payable directly at the hotel upon check out
  • UAE and Oman Visa Fees if applicable
  • Gratuities to Driver & Guide
  • Insurance: assistance, cancellation, luggage…
  • Beverages & meals not above mentioned
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses (telephones, minibar etc.…)
  • Tips to the guide & driver

The governments of UAE & Oman announced that a 5% value added tax (VAT) will be implemented at the beginning of 2018, in a move to diversify revenues amid plunging oil prices. Levying VAT is the outcome of joint efforts between all GCC states.
Thet 5% VAT will apply on all rates and services in the tourism sector.

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UAE Travel: Medication- Drug guidelines:

https://www.government.ae/en/information-and-services/health-and-fitness/drugs-and-controlled-medicines

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Hotel Accommodation

Below 4* category hotel or Similar will be booked for this package.
There is no guarantee of the hotels listed below, they may be changed subject to availability

* Dubai: Novotel Bur Dubai or similar*
* Novotel Al Bustan or similar
* Al AIN: Mercure Grand 4* or similar
*City Seasons Hotel or similar
* Arabian Oryx or similar
*Al Diyar or similar

Please be informed that airlines operating in and out of UAE have recently received a directive from the General Directorate and Foreign Affairs with regards to new regulatory requirement on all minors children under 18 years old travelling to the UAE effective 1 June 2018.

All children and minors under18 Years of age must fulfill the following to be permitted entry to the UAE.

If travelling with a parent /guardian with a different surname, they shall have a  document available to prove their relationship,

e.g. copy of birth certificate indicating  the parents names or a similar document including the guardians name.

If travelling with other adult 18 years old or above an authorization letter signed by the parents or guardian is required. A copy of the document proving the relationship of the   minor and the parents / guardian whose name/s appear on the authorization letter should be attached.

The authorization letter needs to include the following details

  • passenger and his/her flight detai1s
  • Contact Number and address of the passenger in UAE
  • Name of parents/ guardian and their signatures/s
  • Contact number and address of parent / guardian at the originating country.

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Guaranteed Escorted Tour : UAE & OMAN From Modernism to Traditions Package – English Only
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