Save $200 per person*
* For bookings made after 7/21/2018 call for rates.
* Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $315 per person, Round Trip Air from San Francisco Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change based on air inclusive package from SFO
|Day 2 – 4
||Radisson Blu Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
|Day 5 – 7
||Radisson Blu Muscat, Muscat
||Hilton Al Ain, Al Ain
|Day 9 – 11
||Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Dubai
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Day 1: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Overnight Flight
From today’s immeasurable opulence to the ancient culture of the past, uncover the treasures of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
Day 2: Thursday, February 21, 2019 Abu Dhabi, UAE - Tour Begins
Your adventure opens in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates and one of the world’s most modern cities. Explore at leisure as you settle into this lavish metropolis and enjoy the amenities of your hotel.
Day 3: Friday, February 22, 2019 Abu Dhabi
Prepare to be dazzled. This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi, stopping at the famous Emirates Palace and Corniche. Visit a bustling fish market where you will see the colorful array of seafood. Then we’ll experience a lively date market where you will learn about the region’s many varieties of dates. Early this evening, visit the impressive Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, a sprawling structure initiated by the late president of the UAE. Created in hopes of uniting the cultural diversity of the Islamic world, it’s a prominent place of worship. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B, D)
Day 4: Saturday, February 23, 2019 Abu Dhabi Learn the importance of falcons to Arabian culture at the largest falcon hospital in the UAE. Explore its museum that takes you through the history of falconry and take advantage of this rare opportunity to see these majestic birds up close. Step into the examination room to perhaps witness a falcon checkup or a pedicure. You might even have a falcon sit on your arm! Next, travel to Masdar City, a sustainable eco-community relying on solar power and renewable energy. Ride aboard a driverless car to the city center to enjoy a walking tour and learn about futuristic initiatives. The remainder of the afternoon is yours. (B)
Day 5: Sunday, February 24, 2019 Abu Dhabi - Muscat, Oman
Fly to Oman, a mystical land of contrasts with deep traditions and friendly people. Discover the port city of Muscat, the capital and heart of Oman. Your afternoon city tour reveals Old Muscat and the Corniche before arriving at Mutrah Souq, the oldest bazaar in Oman. Wander and browse the souq’s narrow lanes and colorful displays. Tonight, enjoy traditional Omani cuisine at a seaside home. (B, D)
Day 6: Monday, February 25, 2019 Muscat - Wadi Bani Khalid - Wahiba Sands - Muscat
Buckle up today! Board a 4-wheel drive vehicle for your journey to Wadi Bani Khalid. Pass through the striking Western Hajar Mountains with their colorful rock formations before arriving at the stunning wadi (valley floor). Stroll through the wadi before pausing to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue to the breathtaking desert dunes of Wahiba Sand, home to a nomadic Bedouin Wahiba tribe that once crossed the dunes in search of water. Spend time at their camp and get to know their culture. Take a short camel ride followed by an exhilarating “dune bashing” by 4x4, a favorite local activity. (B, L)
Day 7: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Muscat - Nizwa - Jabrin - Muscat
Travel to the traditional city of Nizwa, Oman’s old capital city from the 6th and 7th centuries. Step back in time as you walk through the impressive 17th-century fort before exploring the souq, famous for Bedouin silver and beautifully crafted clay items. Next, discover Jabrin’s late 17th-century Jabreen Castle, the finest in all of Oman. Pause for a moment to take in the view from the top of the castle…it is mesmerizing. (B, L)
Day 8: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Muscat - Al Ain, UAE
As we head back to the UAE we will stop en route to visit the Grand Mosque of Oman. Stand in awe of this remarkable sandstone structure that is home to the world’s second-largest hand woven carpet and chandelier. Continue to Nakhal Fort which lies on a hill at the base of Mount Nakhal and was built 350 years ago to protect traderoutes. Drive through a date plantation on the way to our next stop at Ain Thowarah, known for its hot springs. Crossing the border into the UAE, we will do as thousands of desert travelers have done before us and arrive at Al Ain…a lush oasis of palm trees, flowers and fountains. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Thursday, February 28, 2019 Al Ain - Dubai
Get acquainted with Al Ain, “the garden city” of the UAE. With abundant groundwater springs, this “oasis town” was the perfect stopover on the caravan trail between the UAE to the Sultanate of Oman. Explore the museum to learn about the unique irrigation system – known as Falaj. Continue on to Hili Gardens and the city’s archaeological sites where a village and a burial ground dating back to 2700 B.C. were discovered. This afternoon, arrive in the epic city of Dubai, known for its beautiful coasts and magnificent man-made wonders. (B, L)
Day 10: Friday, March 1, 2019 Dubai
This morning, the choice is yours. Will you sail on a dhow (traditional boat) along the Dubai Creek? Or, travel to Dubai Marina, one of the “newest” sections of Dubai, by metro where you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the water? Following your walk, set out for Palm Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s many man-made islands. This evening, enjoy a desert dinner with traditional Arabic cuisine and traditional dances. (B, D)
Day 11: Saturday, March 2, 2019 Dubai
We start our day with a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, located in the oldest traditional Emirati neighborhood, Bur Dubai. Walk among the neighborhood’s narrow sikkas (alleyways) and gaze at the beautiful wind towers that adorn the original residences along Dubai Creek. Visit the Dubai Museum and textile market before taking a ride across the dazzling Dubai Creek in a private “abra”
(traditional water taxi). Witness the bustling waterfront as you pass by. Enjoy a walk through the famous gold souk where you learn firsthand why Dubai has earned its title as “The City of Gold” and enjoy the aroma of traditional spices as you walk through the spice market. Later this afternoon, ascend the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Enjoy magnificent views of the city from the tallest observatory in the world. Descend from the tower and join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner with views of Dubai’s well-known fountain show. (B, D)
Day 12: Sunday, March 3, 2019 Dubai - Tour Ends
Your adventure comes to a close today. (B)
Extend Your Vacation With
Rate: $1,099.00 USD per person, double, land only, airfare is not included. The purchase of an additional air segment is required for this extension. Please inquire for air rate at tPasteime of booking.
5 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 Dinners
Day 12: Dubai - Amman, Jordan - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Petra
Fly to Amman*, the capital of Jordan. Travel to the city of Madaba, the “City of Mosaics.” Visit the church of St. George to see the famous 6th-century Byzantine mosaic map of the region, one of the oldest in existence, and the museum where many other spectacular mosaic examples are on display. Visit a local mosaic school to learn the history of this ancient art and how to create your very own mosaic piece. You will also visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses saw the Promised Land – present day Israel – and is believed to be laid to rest. Continue to the ancient city of Petra for a 2-night stay.
Day 13: Petra
Enjoy a full day tour of the remarkable stone-carved city of Petra (UNESCO), one of the new Wonders of the World. A treasure of the ancient world, Petra was “hidden” behind rugged mountains prior to its discovery in 1812 after being lost for more than 300 years. Explore this breathtaking city, carved from sandstone by the Nabataeans, with an expert guide and learn about the importance of Petra to the ancient trade routes, the history of its prominence and decline, its rediscovery, and efforts at preservation. This evening, experience the flavors of the region with a delightful dinner at a popular local restaurant.
Includes: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Petra - Wadi Rum - Amman
This morning we depart for the immense desert of Wadi Rum, stunning in its natural beauty and home of the famous film, Lawrence of Arabia. Experience desert life and learn about the fascinating history of the Bedouin people who have lived for generations in the Wadi Rum’s stark, fragile and unspoiled desert. Later, return to Amman, known as the “White City” because of the white limestone used to construct the majority of the buildings.
Includes: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Amman - Depart for Home
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Includes: Breakfast
Extensions are subject to availability and applicable charges at time of request.
A Jordanian visa is required and can be purchased at the Amman Airport upon arrival at an approximate cost of $75 CAD, paid in local currency (40 Jordanian dinar). Money can be exchanged at the airport prior to arriving at the visa desk. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority.
During your extension, your local guide will provide included sightseeing services and will be available via a local office at other times.
A minimum of 4 passengers is required for this extension to operate.
*The internal flight between Dubai and Amman is not included in the land price of your tour. These flights need to be arranged and purchased directly from us.
A Jordanian visa is required and can be purchased at the Amman Airport upon arrival at an approximate cost of $57 USD, paid in local currency (40 Jordanian dinar). Money can be exchanged at the airport prior to arriving at the visa desk. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Dubai Local Food Tour • $99pp
Experience an area of Dubai few travelers get to see. Travel to the Al Satwa neighborhood, a melting pot of Arabic and Indian culture and culinary experiences. Visit local eateries during a walking tour and sample some of the region’s best cuisine. Dazzle all of your senses as you sample shawarma, cooked on a wood fire grill, taste fresh baked Arabic bread and enjoy a local curry. Along the way, learn about the significance of each dish and its importance to the dynamic culture of Dubai.Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Please note a minimum of 10 passengers is required. Transportation is included.