Depart for Oman
Your adventure starts with an overnight flight to Muscat, the capital city of Oman.
Arrive in Muscat
Arriving in to Muscat International airport in the early hours of the morning, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Early check in is included so you can catch up on some sleep before your first day of independent exploration in Muscat!
Wander down to the harbor which lies on the Arabian Sea or admire the low-lying white buildings that typify most of Muscat's urban landscape. You will have the full day at leisure to get to know your surroundings at your own pace
3 star hotel in Muscat (3 nights)
Kick off your day with a guided morning city tour of Muscat, Oman’s port capital. With buildings dating back to the 16th Century, and ancient city walls, which totally encircle the Sultan’s Palace, you will get a feel for days gone by. You will first visit the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman's premier venue for musical arts and culture, before continuing to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. This spiritual landmark is a contemporary place of worship for the Omani people and maintains a balance between aesthetics, culture and deeply rooted Islamic tradition. Wander through the winding alleys and back streets of the Arabian market place and experience the sounds and smells of the souks. Finish your morning with a visit to Bait Al Zubair museum, which is home to Oman’s most comprehensive collections of antiques, weaponry and jewellery.
Lunch at a Local Restaurant
Sample some authentic cuisine during lunch at a local restaurant before having the rest of the day free to continue exploring this mystical city at your leisure.
Forts and castles are among Oman's most striking cultural landmarks, which are unique in both their architecture and style. It is estimated that there are over 500 forts and castles in Oman and today you will head off in search of some of these! The first stop will be at Birkat Al Mauz, a desert oasis shaded by date, palms and banana plantations. From there you will continue through the desert, passing by the Western Hajar mountains towards Nizwa, a quaint settlement which has retained its charm of traditional Oman culture. Visit the 17th century round tower fort and the bustling souk known for its silver and copper handicrafts as well as its artistic crafting. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant.
Next up is a visit to the mountain village of Misfah, set against a scenic backdrop of near vertical cliffs and talus slopes. Misfah is also noted for its ancient stone houses, lime trees and the impressive fortified tower. Following this continue to the historic town of Bahla, now a UNESCO world heritage site. The city is encircled by a winding wall, which was originally built to guard the town. Explore the ancient fort of Bahla, with fifteen gates and 132 watchtowers before returning back to Muscat in the late afternoon.
Bid farewell to Oman today, but not before a quick pit stop at the coastal town of Barka. Here you will have a chance to visit a local fish market before continuing to the United Arab Emirates border. Wave goodbye to your local guide at the border crossing as you journey further with your driver towards the glamorous playground of Dubai.
Upon arrival in Dubai in the late afternoon you will have the rest of the day free to settle in to your surroundings. Stroll around Dubai’s Marina, hit the shops at the Dubai Mall or simply relax at the hotel. The choice is all yours! In the evening your options are endless in the downtown area. Dubai offers plenty of clubs and bars, as well as its very own Irish Village, just in case you are starting to miss home.
3 star hotel in Dubai (3 nights)
Explore Old Dubai
This morning you will meet your local guide and set off on a half day tour of Old Dubai. Experience the colours, sounds and smells as you cross Dubai creek by boat to wander the enchanting gold and spice souks. Embrace the hustle and bustle in Dubai’s “Little Manhattan” area, admire the impressive Zabeel Palace and gain an insight in to Dubai’s past during your visit to the Al Fahidi Fort & Dubai Museum. After working up an appetite, you will enjoy lunch as a group at the “Sizzling Wok”.
Explore New Dubai
It is now time to experience the modern wonders of Dubai during a half day tour of New Dubai! This sprawling metropolis is one of the fasting growing cities in the world and is home to iconic, record breaking buildings. You will tick off the most renowned highlights such as photo stops at the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa, a drive around the Palm Jumeriah, and views of the popular Dubai Mall. You will also enjoy a visit to Souk Madinat Jumeira, an authentic re-creation of an ancient Middle Eastern marketplace before finishing off the day with an unforgettable viewing of the dancing fountains in Dubai’s downtown area.
Your tour today ends in the Dubai’s downtown area. Retreat back to the hotel to relax after your full day of sightseeing or ask your guide for some tips on the many nightlife options on offer, which you can explore at your whim. We give you ample free time to enjoy Dubai as you wish!
Explore Abu Dhabi
Explore more of what the United Arab Emirates has to offer during a full day excursion to Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is a magnificent modern day garden city, adorned with lush green parks, sparkling fountains and broad avenues. Visit the UAE Heritage Village, a reconstruction of a traditional oasis community, as well as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. Shop at the Gold Souk and the Iranian Market, admire Corniche Beach, enjoy a panoramic drive on Saadiyat Island and grab photo opportunities at Emirates Palace, President’s Palace and Marina Mall. All the main highlights are covered as well as giving you some free time for independent exploration at your leisure.
You will return to Dubai in time to spend the evening at leisure. Relax at your hotel or explore further Dubai's many night life options. The entertainment possibilities for Dubai by night are endless.
This morning is at leisure, so it is your last chance to check out the opulent malls and colourful souks that Dubai is so well known for. Whether you are a bargain hunter or a power shopper, Dubai offers the perfect opportunity for retail therapy. Alternatively, you could hit Jumeriah Beach or simply relax at your hotel. You decide!
Desert Safari Jeep Experience
This afternoon set off on a desert safari jeep experience, one that will allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture. Indulge in a BBQ dinner, admire Egyptian folk and belly dancing, experience a camel ride and experiment with henna art. For the more adventurous, there is the opportunity to try out sandboarding. Tonight you will sleep under the stars at a Bedouin Camp to fully discover the tribal and nomadic traditions of the Middle East. Sleeping bags, tents and cushions are all provided and it will be all hands on deck to get the camp set up before sun down. This communal effort will really give you a feel for life in the desert. As the sun sets over the sand dunes make sure you have your camera ready for some unique holiday snaps.
Bedouin camp stay (1 night)
This morning we recommend you wake up early to experience a sun rise in the desert, another beautiful opportunity for some memorable photographs. You will enjoy a continental breakfast at the Bedouin camp before returning to Dubai in the early afternoon for your return flight home.