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2020 Oman & the Emirates: The Sands of Time

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Celebrate the rich tapestry of history, cultureand innovation that lie at the cornerstones ofOman and the UAE, two nations boasting bothultra-modern metropolises and timeless traditions.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Muscat, Oman
    Arrive in Muscat, where you are met and transferred to yourhotel. Standing majestically on a clifftop overlooking theturquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman, the resort’s Moorishand Omani architectural elements reflect the rich heritageof the Sultanate.Hotel: Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa  
  2. Day 2
    Begin your exploration of Muscat at the National Museum.Housed in the heart of Old Muscat, it features artifactsdepicting Oman’s cultural and historical heritage. Aftera brief stop across from the museum at the Al AlamPalace, continue your exploration of Muscat’s fascinatingfusion of old and new at the Royal Opera House Muscat.Constructed by the same team responsible for the GrandMosque, it embodies a similar synergy of contemporaryconstruction and time-honored tradition. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to your hotel for an afternoon atleisure, followed by a welcome dinner.Hotel: Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Today, continue your exploration of Muscat in the historicport city’s Grand Mosque, a contemporary architecturalmarvel showcasing an enduring tradition of regional artistryand craftsmanship. Explore the basic tenets of Islam with alocal expert in the mosque’s main prayer room, a vast spaceadorned with intricate chandeliers and handwoven carpets.Next, head to the local market with a chef who will assist youin selecting ingredients for your interactive cooking class.Learn about Omani dishes and share your lunch with localstudents. After leisure time at your hotel, embark on a dhow(traditional fishing boat) cruise exploring the city’s portand coast beyond, taking in an iconic seascape traversedby sailors for centuries. Pause in a scenic cove for a photoopportunity set against a spectacular backdrop. Disembarkand make your way to Muttrah Souk, a traditional Omanimarket filled with frankincense, silver handicrafts and goldjewelry.Hotel: Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day 4
    Wahiba Sands
    Follow the coast to Sur, passing through the village ofQuriyat and seeing Bimah Sinkhole — a limestone crater— en route. Continue to Wadi Tiwi, with its deep, narrowgorges carved from towering seaside cliffs. Stop at a dhowfactory and pause for lunch in Sur. Then, proceed to theundulating red and white dunes of Wahiba Sands, takingnote of pretty villages that cling to the slopes of the ruggedmountainside en route. Upon reaching camp, set out todiscover the boundless dunes by 4x4 vehicle, continuinginto the desert sunset by camel back. Your overnight camp is a romantic tented oasis set beneath the desert stars.Hotel: Desert Nights Camp  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Jabal Al Akhdar
    This morning, travel back in time at Birkat Al Mouz, aformer settlement of clay ruins and cleverly irrigated dateplantations. Continue on to explore Jabal Al Akhdar (theGreen Mountain), a scenic vista nestled within Oman’sspectacular Al Hajar Mountain Range. Perched some 6,600feet above sea level, your vantage on a ridge of Jabal AlAkhdar affords commanding views of the rugged canyons below. Check in to your luxurious resort overlookingthe mountains. Melding traditional Omani constructiontechniques, local stones and contemporary architecture,your resort affords a uniquely relaxing environment.Hotel: Alila Jabal Akhdar  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Visit the 17th-century trading enclave of Nizwa, passingthrough the city’s arched gateway to explore its iconicfort, bustling souk, weekly livestock market, fascinatingsilversmith shops and deeply rooted Islamic traditions.After lunch, enjoy the option to continue to a nearby wadifor grand views of the canyon or return to your resort for anafternoon at leisure.Hotel: Alila Jabal Akhdar  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Continue exploring the Ad Dakhiliyah region with a visitto Jabrin Castle, the finest surviving example of Oman’s17th-century fortresses. This former bastion of astrology,medicine and Islamic law showcases elegantly paintedceilings, intricate woodcarvings and other period details. After lunch, travel overland to Muscat and fly to Abu Dhabi,where you check in to your luxury accommodations onSaadiyat Island.Hotel: St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  8. Day 8
    Abu Dhabi
    One of the wealthiest and most modern city-states inthe world, Abu Dhabi is renowned for its lush greenery,planned development and beautiful Corniche. Begin yourexploration of the city at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital andMuseum, gaining insight into this fascinating bird of preyand its integral role in the Emirati’s heritage. Return to yourhotel for lunch at leisure. This afternoon, visit the LouvreAbu Dhabi for a privately guided tour of this culturalbeacon of the city.Hotel: St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort  
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    After breakfast, visit the magnificent Sheikh Zayed GrandMosque, widely renowned as Abu Dhabi’s crowningjewel. The mosque accommodates the world’s largestPersian carpet, seven crystal chandeliers and some 41,000worshipers. Take in the majesty of this vast architectural marvel, gaining a deeper understanding of the mosque’svital role in the local religious community. Next, drive toDubai, taking in sights of this stunning city along the way.Pause to enjoy lunch and interact with an interesting localresident, providing you further insight into Emirati culture.Then, continue exploring Old Dubai, strolling the aromaticspice market and making your way to the modern DeiraGold Souk, a market specializing in some of the world’spurest gold. Check in to your hotel where the evening isat leisure.Hotel: Palace Downtown  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  10. Day 10
    Today, explore New Dubai and its iconic skyscrapers.Begin at Burj al Arab, a striking architectural marvelevoking the sail of a dhow. Next, visit the world’s tallestskyscraper, Burj Khalifa, an engineering masterworkmeasuring a staggering 2,716 feet high (2,722 feet if youcount the antennae). Topping out in late 2008, this neofuturisticwonder bested both the Willis (formerly Sears)Tower and Taipei 101 by considerable margins. Soaringover the cityscape, your vantage point affords one of theworld’s most breathtaking views. Return to your hotel foran afternoon at leisure. Later this evening, gather to bidfarewell to your fellow travellers at dinner.Hotel: Palace Downtown  
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Depart Dubai
    Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.
    Meals: Breakfast
Countries Visited

Oman , United Arab Emirates

Cities Visited

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat, Nizwa

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