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United Arab Emirates Cultural Journey, from Dubai to Muscat

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): United Arab Emirates  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 6493 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6493 US Dollar (USD)

Explore the desert in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Learn about the countries’ culture, tradition, and heritage. Drive off-road through the desert valleys and the mountains. Visit all seven emirates of the UAE and Muscat, the capital of Oman.

Experience the new Dubai where the vision is larger than life. Go to the Palm Jumeirah, a fully reclaimed, palm-shaped island that is home to the magnificent Atlantis, The Palm. See the Dubai Marina, the largest man-made marina in the world, where there are many luxury yachts. unique architecture. Experience Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski slope in the region, offering fresh snow all year round. Admire the glittering skyline and see the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Watch a spectacle of lights and sound at one of the world’s largest performing fountains, the Dubai Fountain. Witness some of the amazing new developments within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on this tour. drive past Jebel Ali Port, the largest man-made port in the World. Visit Masdar City, a US $20-billion enterprise for an insight into Abu Dhabi’s quest to become a source of knowledge and innovation in the areas of renewable energy and green technology. Explore exciting Ferrari World Abu Dhabi the world’s first and only Ferrari-designed motorsport theme park. See the UAE Pavilion, an award-winning fully recyclable building. Witness one of the largest mosques in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Explore the city of Muscat. Drive through the beautiful embassy quarter. Stop to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a splendor of unique Islamic architecture. Step into the fish market, stroll along the Corniche to admire the beautiful merchant houses and experience the shopping in its busy souk, well known for its silver craft shops, perfumes, souvenirs and much more to buy.

Have the unique opportunity to understand the Emirati culture and heritage in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Visit the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque built in the impressive Fatimid style. Get questions answered about religion and traditions. Indulge in all the Middle Eastern flavors found in Dubai, on the walking food tour. Stroll through the Old Souk in Bur Dubai, an Arabic inspired market theme within the buzzing quarters of the city. Witness the traditional folk dance ‘Tanoura’ that is sure to be mesmerizing. Enjoy the Arabian hospitality with dates, Arabic coffee and the Shisha (the Arabic water pipe). Return with a good impression on the blend of culture, customs, and heritage of Dubai.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Welcome to Dubai!
Upon arrival into Dubai, be met by a local guide representative and transfer to Dubai hotel. Experience the new Dubai where the vision is larger than life. Start the tour with a visit to Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a beautiful recreation of an Arabian style market place. After a photo stop at the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel the drive continues to Palm Jumeirah, a fully reclaimed, palm shaped island that is home to the magnificent Atlantis, The Palm. The next stop will be the Dubai Marina, the largest man-made marina in the world, where travelers can take pictures of luxury yachts and the modern high-rise buildings and their unique architecture. The tour continues to Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski slope in the region, offering fresh snow all year round. After driving down Sheikh Zayed Road admire the glittering skyline en route to the final stop at the base of what is currently the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Here there will be time to admire the Dubai Fountain, a spectacle of lights and sound and one of the world's largest performing fountains.

Day 2: Dubai Cultural Tour.
This tour offers the unique opportunity to understand the Emirati culture and heritage in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The tour starts by visiting the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque built in the impressive Fatimid style. During the visit get questions answered about religion and traditions. Continue with a stroll through the Old Souk in Bur Dubai, an Arabic inspired market theme within the buzzing quarters of the city. Enjoy a traditional Emirati lunch at Al Bastakiya in the perfect ambiance of the courtyard. Return with a good impression on the blend of culture, customs and heritage of Dubai. Indulge in all the Middle Eastern flavors found in Dubai, on the walking food tour. Keep tummies ready to kick start with some Syrian chickpea Falafel and cheese Manakish, a kind of Arabic pizza. After walking to the next venue, taste the traditional lentil soup, often eaten after breaking the fast in Ramadan with fresh, sour lemon juice and crunchy bread flakes. Then it's time to enjoy the main dish: samples of an Arabic grill plate served with Arabic salad and hot Arabic "Khubz" which is bread. Try "Maskouf" a grilled fish that originates from the sweet water rivers of Iraq. Get a taste of Yemeni food from "Mandhi". Traditionally the chicken is slowly cooked to make it very tender and delicious when served over aromatic rice. The last stop will be in a pastry shop where travelers can try 'booza'- ice cream prepared with pistachios and rose water. Try also the various kinds of rich baklava together with a cup of Arabic coffee with a note of cardamom to finish the local food experience.

Day 3: Overnight Desert Adventure.
This tour departs in the afternoon across the desert with photo-stops during an exciting dune drive and a stop at a camel farm. The drive continues across the desert. Watch the beautiful sunset and take the opportunity to enjoy some camel riding, sand boarding and try out a henna design. Witness the traditional folk dance 'Tanoura' that is sure to be mesmerizing. Enjoy the Arabian hospitality with dates, Arabic coffee and Shisha (the Arabic water pipe). After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner while watching the oriental belly dance performance. Sleep in the dreams of the desert beneath the star studded sky. In the morning, drive back to the city after a light breakfast.

Day 4: History of Dubai.
Sample the historic sites and vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this comprehensive tour, starting with a photo-stop at the iconic landmark of Dubai, Burj Al Arab Hotel. Proceed to Jumeirah, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai, also home to the impressive Jumeirah Mosque. The tour continues to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai, to reach the museum located in Al Fahidi Fort. Board the Abra (water taxi) to cross the Creek to the spice souk. On the return, there is time to shop in the most famous landmark of Dubai- the gold souk.

Day 5: Abu Dhabi.
Witness some of the amazing new developments within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on this tour. The journey starts with a drive past Jebel Ali Port, the largest man-made port in the World. On arrival at the island-city's outskirts visit Masdar City, a US $20-billion enterprise for an insight into Abu Dhabi's quest to become a source for knowledge and innovation in the areas of renewable energy and green technology. Next a short drive to Yas Island, one of two newly developed destinations, provides photo opportunities of the vibrant Yas Viceroy Hotel. Afterwards a brief stop at the exciting Ferrari World Abu Dhabi allows enthusiasts a chance to purchase souvenirs at the world's first and only Ferrari-designed motor sport theme park. The tour continues to Saadiyat Island, the other new destination with lofty cultural ambitions where a photo-stop is made at the UAE Pavilion, an award-winning fully recyclable building before visiting Manarat Al Saadiyat, a purpose-built visitor center that brings alive the island's extraordinary vision through scale models and a brief video presentation. Returning to the mainland, see the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world. Briefly stop outside the mosque for a few photos.

Day 6: Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman, and Sharjah.
This tour will take travelers to four of the seven Emirates. Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah will be surprising with their unique natural beauty. The first destination is Sharjah, the cultural capital of the UAE. Visit the Maritime Museum that celebrates the region's maritime heritage and continue to the Heritage area and have time to browse through the traditional Souk Al Arsa. Continue to Ajman, the smallest Emirate. After a visit to the beautifully restored Fort, drive north along the coast to reach Umm Al Quwain. Photo-stop at this old Fort, a former seat of government and residence of the ruling family. En route to Ras Al Khaimah stop at the camel race track. The last photo-stop will be at Jazirat Al Hamra. This is the country's last remaining traditionally built village and now a ghost-town.

Day 7: The Emirates Mountains: Hatta and Kalba.
Experience a visit to UAE's fabulous East Coast and Hatta. The first stop is the magnificent Lehbab sand dunes. Proceed to Hatta to pay a visit to the Heritage Village. Entering the UAE's longest tunnel carved straight through the mountain, reach the coastal village of Kalba. In Kalba, stop at Khor Kalba, a reserved area famous for its mangrove marsh. Then proceed to visit Sheikh Saeed House that bears witness to an exciting past. In Fujairah stop at the renovated 17th century Fort built on a hilltop overlooking the old village of Fujairah. On the return, stop to browse around the lively 'Friday Market' set in the midst of the mountain landscape.

Day 8: Transfer to Muscat and Eat Dinner in the Desert.
Driving off-road a dirt track meanders through the fascinating Hajar Mountains to Wadi Abyad, famous for its water pools (which fill up when it rains). The tour proceeds to the desert for an exciting dune drive. Return to Muscat after the barbecue dinner.

Day 9: Muscat City Tour.
The tour begins by driving through the beautiful embassy quarter of Muscat en route to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Stop to visit the mosque, a splendor of unique Islamic architecture. Drive to Muttrah, a delightful quarter of Muscat. Step into the fish market, stroll along the Corniche to admire the beautiful merchant houses and experience the shopping in its busy souk, well known for its silver craft shops, perfumes, souvenirs and much more to buy. The tour continues to the Old Town where it will proceed on foot, strolling around Portuguese forts Jalali and Mirani and Qasr Al Alam, the Palace of HM Sultan Qaboos. The next stop is Bait Al Zubair Museum with its wealth of information and exhibits on the country's culture, tradition and heritage.

Day 8: Oman's Mountains and Wadis.
The tour starts on the road from Muscat to the coastal town of Quriyat, then moves off- road to continue on a mountain track through the Eastern Hajar Mountains. After passing through a wadi bed with lush green palm gardens there is a break at the natural water pools of Wadi Arabeen where a picnic lunch is served. The journey back to Muscat passes via Wadi Al Mazarah and Wadi Miah.

Day 9: Return to Dubai.
The tour starts with a favorite cocktail at the Boardwalk, a popular spot along the Dubai creek. The next cocktail stop is at Bar 31, one of the best chic and sophisticated lounge venue in town situated on the 31st floor with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa, and often more interestingly Sheikh Zayed road in the other direction. The last stop will be at the Observatory, located on the Dubai Marina. Enjoy the drink by admiring the magnificent views the 52nd floor.

Day 10: Depart the UAE. At the appropriate time be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Dubai airport for departing flight.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
-domestic and regional flights within the itinerary
-all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax
-all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling
-guided tours in English including entrance fees.

Price Excludes:
-International airfare (unless specifically included)
-airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site
-gratuities
-meals not mentioned
-soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals

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