MUSCAT, SHARQIYA SANDS, BURJ KHALIFA, GRAND MOSQUE, DESERT SAFARI, AND BEDOUIN CAMP
For an awe-inspiring trip to the Middle East, look no further than this escorted tour through Oman, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. Start with an exploration of marvelous Muscat, Oman’s capital city. You’ll see the famous Grand Mosque, take in scenic city views, and much more. Plus, embark on a desert adventure around the Sharqiya Sands. In Abu Dhabi and Dubai, you’ll be thoroughly impressed by the spectacular buildings and dazzling culture. From high-end shopping and breathtaking seascapes at the Corniche in Abu Dhabi to stellar views at the top of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, our exotic and comprehensive trip brings you the best experience this top destination has to offer.
- Overnight flight on Etihad Airlines
- 4 nights in Muscat, Oman
- 4 nights in Dubai
- 3 nights in Abu Dhabi
- Muscat City Tour with Grand Mosque (Oman)
- Nizwa fort & Jebel Shams “Sun Mountain” (Oman)
- Wadi Bani Khalid & Wahiba Sands (Oman)
- Fish Market (Abu Dhabi)
- Corniche (Abu Dhabi)
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Abu Dhabi)
- Dhow Cruise Dinner (Abu Dhabi)
- At the Top of Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
- Lost Chamber (Dubai)
- Dubai Museum & Abra Ride (Dubai)
- Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner (Dubai)
- Round-trip flight on Etihad Airline from JFK
- Airfare taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges
- Tourism Dirham fee in Dubai
- Ground transportation
- Accommodations at superior first class and deluxe hotels
- 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
- Experienced, English-speaking tour director
Depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Muscat, Oman.
Arrive in Muscat
Arrive at the Muscat International Airport today where you’ll be greeted and transported to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours to rest and relax.
City Seasons Hotel Muscat (or similar)
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning at your leisure. For lunch we will dine at an authentic local restaurant and then begin discovering Muscat with a fascinating city tour. Visit the Al Alam Palace (Sultan’s Palace) and then explore the Bait Al Zubair Museum which exhibits Omani heritage through a showcase of traditional handicrafts, furniture, stamps, coins, and more. Following this, we’ll explore the Mutrah Souq where you can find traditional goods and souvenirs. Finish the tour with a photo stop at the Grand Mosque, which is beautifully illuminated in the…
Nizwa & Jebel Akhdar Excursion
Today, we’ll start by heading to Nizwa to discover the Nizwa Fort, which overlooks the ancient city’s colorful buildings and bustling streets. We’ll then stop to enjoy a lunch in Al Hamra. Following this will venture off to Oman’s Grand Canyon, situated within the Jabal Shams mountain range. Here you’ll traverse this scenic area in 4X4s. Along with the stunning views you’ll find, you may also encounter some shepherds accompanying their grazing sheep.
City Seasons Hotel Muscat (or similar) | Breakfast, Lunch
The Sharqiya Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid Excursion
Start today at the Grand Mosque for a chance to admire the interior. Then venture out to the Sharqiya Sands where you’ll ride across its desert terrain in a 4X4. The red and white high-rising sand dunes stretch as far as the eye can see, and although this isolated environment seems uninhabited, you may spot nomads and Bedouins trekking along with their camels. We’ll also take you to see a Bedouin house, right in the middle of the desert. You’ll then pay a relaxing visit to the Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman’s desert oasis. Here you can cool off in the clear blue waters and take in some…
This morning, you’ll be transferred to the Muscat Airport to depart on your flight to Abu Dhabi. Upon arrival, transfer to Dubai where you’ll check-in to your 5-star hotel. The balance of your day is at leisure.
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights (or similar) | Breakfast
Dubai Heritage and Modern Dubai City Tour (Including Burj Khalifa “At the Top”)
Today, savor Dubai’s rich blend of old and new. Pass by Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, one of its most picturesque heritage sites. Proceed to Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai’s oldest standing building and home to the Dubai Museum, and witness the city’s intriguing story. Continue your journey by abra (traditional boat or “water taxi”), crossing the Dubai Creek toward the Spice Souk (market), followed by the glittering Gold Souk, to shop for treasures.
Then, shift from “Heritage Dubai” to “Modern Dubai,” integrating traditional souk charm with contemporary skyscrapers….
Dubai at Leisure or Optional Musandam Cruise
A full day of free time in Dubai. Spend it checking out city sights and activities. Or, if you like, choose our full-day Musandam Cruise to Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. Please refer to “Optional Tours” for more details.
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights (or similar) | Breakfast
Desert Safari, Bedouin Campsite and BBQ Dinner
After a morning at leisure, embark on an exciting desert safari! Your safari guides will whisk you away in 4-wheel drive vehicles into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. Savor sunset overlooking the desert, and continue on to a Bedouin campsite for camel riding, henna design, a delicious BBQ buffet and more. Be enchanted by a belly dancer performing to classic Arabian rhythms.
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner
*Oct. 20 2020 – Apr. 10 2021 Departures: Today we’ll visit the Lost Chamber…
Today, drive toward the glitzy Dubai Marina district and the famous Palm Jumeirah, a man-made, palm-shaped island chain. Next stop: the sensational Atlantis hotel to navigate the Lost Chambers Aquarium, a labyrinth of elaborately themed chambers with mysterious artifacts and fascinating marine life.
At Souk Madinat Jumeirah, browse a colorful, vibrant market mixing traditional Middle Eastern stands, barrows and stalls with boutique, luxury and souvenir shops. Spot the renowned 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel, designed to resemble a ship’s sail.
Later, depart for Abu Dhabi, the…
Abu Dhabi City Tour and Dhow Dinner Cruise
After breakfast at your hotel, embark on an Abu Dhabi city tour. Discover its striking architecture, reflecting distinctly Islamic themes and captured using modern materials. Learn how oil has been central to the development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. See an authentic fish market come alive with sorters and traders and, on a drive along the Corniche waterfront, a breathtaking city view.
Visit the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which fuses styles from different Muslim civilizations, celebrates cultural diversity and can receive 40,000 worshippers and visitors. Marvel at the…
Abu Dhabi at Leisure or Optional Abu Dhabi Panoramic Tour
Delight in a day of free time. Dive into more of Abu Dhabi, or relax at your luxurious hotel. Perhaps, select our Abu Dhabi Panoramic Tour—please refer to “Optional Tours” for more details.
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi (or similar) | Breakfast
Depart Abu Dhabi/Arrive in the U.S.
Bid farewell to Abu Dhabi this morning, as you transfer to the airport and board your return flight. Your memorable journey concludes as you touch down in the U.S. later today.
Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $798.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations for your tour to Dubai can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For your Dubai and Abu Dhabi vacation complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx, subject to service charge).
Panoramic Abu Dhabi City Tour
- Abu Dhabi
- From approx. $65 Per Person, transfers included
Begin at Heritage Village, to explore life here in the past, before oil was discovered. Later, visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi, an art and civilization museum, the first of its kind in the Arab world, bringing together different cultures to shine a light on humanity’s shared stories. Next stop: Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi’s ultimate retail experience and home to the region’s largest international department store. We’ll stop for a photo outside the Ferrari World theme park.
- From approx. $115 Per Person, lunch, refreshments and transfers included
On this full-day voyage, venture out to Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, passing the rugged mountains between the UAE and Oman border. Board your vessel at Dibba Al Byah’s Fishing Port. Glide by famous stone houses, fishing villages, beaches, mountains, caves and the magnificent bays of Musandam. Lunch and refreshments will be served on board. Go for a swim, or simply unwind with a splendid view of the East Coast.
City Seasons Muscat
Al Khuwair City Center,Sultan Qaboos Road
133 Muscat, Oman
Muscat hotel for the Oman Pre-Trip Extension on 2020 departures onward
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
PO Box 5668
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai hotel for 2020 departures onward
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
- Abu Dhabi
Your hotel in Abu Dhabi offers state-of-the-art refinement and luxury overlooking the waterfront. Amenities include on-site dining at several restaurants, plus a rooftop pool and fitness center.
Al Mina Street • Al Zahiya (Tourist Club Area), Abu Dhabi, UAE
Your flights between the U.S. and UAE will be on Etihad Airlines.
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
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ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel.
Oman Visa- U.S. citizens should apply for tourist visas in advance via the Royal Oman Police E-Visa Website. Please note- Tourist Visas are available upon arrival at the airports, but will be discontinued in the near future. SmarTours recommends applying for visa online to avoid any issues. The following is required: “Clear Scanned” documents in a JPG format (image) ready to upload them when applying.
- Passport copy: (1st page) with a size of 512 Kb max
- Personal Photo, with a size of 512 Kb max
Your passport must contain at least one blank page for the UAE entry stamp. No visa is required for U.S. or Canada passport holders. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.
If you are a citizen of a foreign country that requires a visa to the UAE, we are able to secure the visa through our UAE land operator at a cost of $100 USD (included on your invoice and paid directly to smarTours with your final payment). You must email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 75 days prior to your departure and include your travel dates in the subject line. Unfortunately, we cannot accept these documents by mail.
- Clear, scanned color passport copy (photograph of passport not allowed)
- Passport-size (2″ x 2″) color picture in JPEG format, with a file size less than 38 KB (no zip files)
Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
CLIMATE & CLOTHING
Oman and the UAE has a very warm climate, and we recommend that you bring comfortable clothing. Certain religious sites require a dress code (specifically, long sleeve shirts and long pants or floor length skirts). The temperature in January and February is in the mid 60’s; March, April, November, and December is in the 70’s; May and October is in the 80’s, and September is in the low 90’s.
Your Tour Director will be happy to offer suggestions for restaurants for non-included meals. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in a restaurant is about $20-25 per meal, per person. Your hotels will accept credit cards for non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and most stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars (UAE only). The best place to get local currency is at ATMs. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18″x10″x8″. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.