Small Ship Cruising

Portrait of Arabia: The Emirates, Qatar & Oman

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$13,490 CAD
Journey Type
Small Ship
Time of Year
Jan - Feb
Cities & Landmarks
Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Royal Opera House, Sur, Khasab Fort
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Burj Khalifa Skyscraper
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

Experience Dubai's rich cultural traditions on a private Heritage Desert Safari aboard vintage 1950s Land Rovers, and dine at a Bedouin camp in the desert

 

Sail the fjords of Khasab on a private dhow cruise in the "Norway of Arabia"

 

Visit a wildlife preserve on Sir Bani Yas Island, created as a refuge for endangered species, now home to thousands of animals, including giraffes, Arabian antelope, cheetahs, jackals, and more

 

Visit the world's largest falcon veterinary hospital where you will learn about the magnificent birds and their importance to Arab culture and have an opportunity to observe their care

 

Tauck Value Includes

 

All gratuities to Tauck Directors, ship staff and local guides

 

Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at CAD $4,133

 

8-night cruise, 1 night hotel stay in Muscat, Oman; 2 nights in Dubai, UAE

 

Explore Qsar Al Watan, the new presidential palace in Abu Dhabi, stunning in scale and artistry, lavish with domes, Mughal arches, and steeped in decorative art, a cultural landmark 

 

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Activity

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Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Cultural journeys and expeditions

Lose yourself in the immersive decorative art of the Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Qsar Al Watan Palace, in the view from the Sky deck of Dubai's tallest skyscraper, or in the eyes of a falcon. Cruise the desert fjords of Oman in a dhow, explore labyrinthine street bazaars, centuries-old castles, and a wildlife preserve on a desert island. Tour the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House in Muscat. Spectacular wealth has transformed the Arabian Peninsula, creating new worlds to explore, and your small ship is made to go to out of the way places.

Sail the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to fascinating destinations in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman on this unforgettable 12-day trip, with an 8-day cruise, two hotel nights in Dubai, UAE, and one night in Muscat, Oman. Tour the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House in Muscat … In Sur, visit a boat factory where traditional dhows are still built by hand… Enjoy a private dhow cruise on the desert fjords of Musandam … Discover Qatar's capital, Doha, with visits to a cultural village, the Qatar National Museum and a choice of more sightseeing… visit a Falcon Hospital in Abu Dhabi, the Presidential Palace, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque… Enjoy an Arabian wildlife safari on the Sir Bani Yas Island nature preserve… and on a 2-night stay in Dubai, get to know the UAE's largest city, famed for its iconic architecture, with a walking tour of Bastakia Quarter and a Q&A and private lunch at the Sheik Mohammed Cultural Center; an architectural lecture; a visit to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building; a Desert Heritage Safari, and more. Read Less

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The Museum of Islamic Art or Visit to Al Shaqab

Doha, Qatar

Tour the I. M. Pei-designed, Museum of Islamic Art or see where Arabian horses are trained

In Doha, Qatar, you'll have a choice of sightseeing. Visit Al Shaqab, an equestrian center dedicated to the breeding and training of Arabian horses. – or alternatively, at the Museum of Islamic Art you'll explore 1,400 years of art from three continents in a building designed by I.M. Pei, boasting panoramic views of the Persian Gulf; it is a gateway to the creations of Islamic culture & civilization over the millennia.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Walk the halls of the largest mosque in the UAE

Enter the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world's largest mosques and the only one in the world to capture the unique interactions between Islam and world cultures. With an astonishing capacity of over 40,000 worshippers and visitors, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is truly a spectacle to behold. You'll have an opportunity today to go inside and see the sunlight-lit prayer hall, as well as the world's biggest chandelier and carpet, both of which are handmade. Take a moment to traverse the outer walls of the various domes, etched with passages from the Quran and painted with gold leaves in An-Naskh lettering.

Wildlife Preserve on Sir Bani Yas Island

A sanctuary to over 10,000 exotic animals...

Located off the coast of Jebel Dhanna, southwest of Abu Dhabi is Sir Bani Yas Island, a sanctuary and home to 10,000 free-roaming animals including giraffes, cheetahs, gazelles, flamingos, golden jackals, caracals and the once-thought-extinct, Arabian Oryx. You'll get a chance to see these wonderful creatures today on a safari drive with a naturalist guide. Created in the 1970s as a sanctuary for endangered species; not only were the first animals imported, but the the lush grasslands and forests were also all planted by hand!

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