Arrive Muscat, Oman
Arrive in Muscat, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Muscat | A Bustling SoukDiscover the city of Muscat, seeing the Grand Mosque, constructed of Rajasthani sandstone, and the Muttrah souk, a traditional Omani market filled with frankincense, silver handicrafts and pashmina shawls. At the Bait Al Zubair Museum, see archeeological relics, clothing and jewelry that offer insight into Omani culture and history. At the Sultan’s Palace, visit the Mirani and Jalali forts, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Return to your hotel, with time at leisure.
Sur | Green Sea Turtles
Follow the coast to Sur, passing through the village of Quriyat and seeing Bimah Sinkhole — a limestone crater — en route. Continue to Wadi Tiwi, with its deep, narrow gorges carved from towering seaside cliffs. In Sur, visit the fishermen’s harbor and the dhow building yard to learn how Omani wooden boats are built by hand. Tonight, arrive in Ras Al Jinz, where green turtles nest on calm beaches. Witness this natural phenomenon firsthand.
Wadi Bani Khalid | Intersecting the Dunes
Drive over Jaalan Bani Bu Ali and Hassan to reach Wadi Bani Khalid, an oasis of shaded palms and natural pools. You may opt to take a dip in the clear, deep, cool waters. Proceed to the undulating red and white Wahiba Sands, taking note of pretty villages that cling to the slopes of the rugged mountainside en route. Set out to discover the boundless dunes by 4x4 vehicle, continuing on to your hotel in Nizwa.
Nizwa | Historic Fortress
Explore Nizwa and its fort, a converted military stronghold with panoramic views of the ancient town and surrounding mountains. See Birkat al Mauz, a settlement of clay ruins and cleverly irrigated date plantations. Ride a 4x4 vehicle up to the Jabel Akhdar (Green Mountain) for breathtaking views of the canyons.
Abu Dhabi | Time to Unwind
Cross the United Arab Emirates’ border and proceed to Abu Dhabi, where you check in to your luxury hotel. Spend the rest of the day and the next at leisure, enjoying your resort facilities. You may also opt to visit Ferrari World or Yas Waterworld.
Abu Dhabi | The Art of Falconry
Take a guided tour of Abu Dhabi, seeing the falcon hospital and museum (schedule permitting). See the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, followed by Al Hosn Palace, now a center for documentation and research. Visit Al Saadiyat Island to view the Manarat al Saadiyat gallery, the Louvre Museum and a catch glimpse of what will be the Art hub of the UAE with projects such as the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum. Drive along the beautiful Corniche for panoramic city views en route to Dubai. Check in to your hotel.
Dubai | Luxury Dinner Cruise
Begin the day marveling at the world’s tallest building: Burj Khalifa, situated next to the massive Dubai Mall. Visit the aquarium, which brims with aquatic life, including sharks and stingrays. See the Dubai Marina district, which features the world’s largest manmade island, Palm Jumeirah. Visit Madinat Jumeirah bazaar. Later, board the glass-enclosed, air-conditioned Bateaux Dubai for a shared gourmet dinner cruise, accompanied by live entertainment.
Dubai | Dining Beneath Twinkling Skies
Drive to the heritage area of Bastakiya, where you discover Al Fahidi Fort, site of the Dubai Museum. Continue by Abra (traditional water taxi) across the creek to stroll the spice and gold souks. See Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Mosque. In the afternoon, embark on a shared heritage safari via vintage Land Rover, skirting the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and taking in the local wildlife. Continue your adventure at a lantern-lit Bedouin desert retreat, where you dine under twinkling desert skies.
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Alternate hotels and room upgrades are available for this journey.
Muscat Sunset Cruise
Cruise Muscat’s spectacular coastline, watching as the setting sun brilliantly silhouettes the rugged hills beyond — the sky slowly yielding from dusky pink to a cobalt, starlit night.
Wahiba Sands Adventure
Set out for camel ride among the dunes of Wahiba Sands. Try your hand at quad biking or sand boarding. Then, enjoy an alfresco dinner and settle in for an evening under the desert stars.
Dubai Helicopter Tour
Enjoy a thrilling helicopter tour over Dubai, taking in a bird's eye view of Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and other icons of the cityscape.