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2021 Oman & the Emirates: The Sands of Time

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Celebrate the rich tapestry of history, culture andinnovation that lies at the cornerstones of Omanand the United Arab Emirates, two nations boastingboth ultra-modern metropolises and the timelesstraditions that take you on a journey back in time.

Countries Visited

Oman , United Arab Emirates

Cities Visited

Abu Dhabi , Dubai , Muscat , Nizwa

  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. After abrief stop at the Al Alam Palace, continue your explorationof Muscat’s fascinating fusion of old and new at the RoyalOpera House Muscat. Constructed by the same teamresponsible for the Grand Mosque, it embodies a similar synergy of contemporary construction and time-honoredtradition. After lunch, return to your hotel for an afternoonat leisure, 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 assists you in selecting ingredients for your interactive Chef ’s Tableexperience. Learn about Omani dishes and share your lunchwith local students. After leisure time at your hotel, Ride Likea Local on a dhow (traditional fishing boat) cruise exploringthe city’s port and coast beyond, taking in an iconic seascapetraversed by sailors for centuries. Pause in a scenic covefor a photo opportunity set against a spectacular backdrop.Disembark and make your way to Muttrah Souk, a traditionalOmani market filled with frankincense, silver handicraftsand gold jewelry.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. Continue to WadiTiwi, with its deep, narrow gorges carved from toweringseaside cliffs. Stop at a dhow factory before proceeding tothe undulating red and white dunes of Wahiba Sands,noting the pretty villages that cling to the slopes of therugged mountainside en route. Upon reaching camp, setout to discover the boundless dunes by 4x4 vehicle,continuing into the desert sunset by camel back for aScenic Sundowner. Tonight’s barbecue dinner, accompanied by a local oud (lute) player, is set beneath thedesert 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 accommodations, a melding oftraditional Omani construction techniques, local stones andcontemporary architecture.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 luxuriousresort for an afternoon 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 in theworld, Abu Dhabi is renowned for its lush greenery, planneddevelopment and beautiful Corniche. Begin your explorationof the city at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and Museum,gaining insight into this fascinating bird of prey and itsintegral role in the Emirati’s heritage. This afternoon, visitthe Louvre Abu Dhabi for a privately guided tour of thiscultural beacon 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 architecturalmarvel, gaining a deeper understanding of the mosque’s vitalrole in the local religious community. Next, drive to Dubai,taking in sights of this stunning city along the way. Pause toenjoy lunch and interact with an interesting local resident,providing you further insight into Emirati culture. Then,continue exploring Old Dubai, strolling the aromatic spice market and making your way to the modern Deira GoldSouk, a market specializing in some of the world’s purestgold. Check in to your hotel where the evening is at leisure.Hotel: Palace Downtown  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  10. Day 10
    Today, explore New Dubai and its iconic skyscrapers. Beginat Burj al Arab, a striking architectural marvel evoking thesail of a dhow. Next, visit the world’s tallest skyscraper, BurjKhalifa, an engineering masterwork measuring a staggering2,716 feet high (2,722 feet if you count the antennae).Topping out in late 2008, this neofuturistic wonder bestedboth the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and Taipei 101 byconsiderable margins. Soaring over the cityscape, yourvantage point affords breathtaking views. Return to yourhotel for an afternoon at leisure. Later this evening, gatherfor a farewell dinner with your fellow guests.Hotel: Palace Downtown  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Depart Dubai
    Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Health and Safety Protocols for Abercrombie Kent Tours

Our more than 55 local offices work tirelessly with our partners behind the scenes.
Abercrombie & Kent’s local staff have longstanding relationships with our suppliers, including restaurants, hotels, boats, transportation providers and venues. These partners know our exacting standards and have been fully vetted by our staff to make sure they comply with all local regulations regarding health and hygiene.

We’re adhering to best practices for cleanliness and disinfection.
We follow the guidelines established by the leading health experts (including the World Health Organization) to minimize any opportunity for coronavirus exposure during your journey. We’ll have hand sanitizer readily available, ensure enhanced cleaning in hotels and restaurants, sanitize vehicles at every arrival and departure (with a focus on high-frequency touchpoints such as door handles) and provide individual service at all meals.

We’re committed to facilitating physical distancing.
Abercrombie & Kent’s private and small-group journeys are already well-suited to exploring with safe physical distancing in place: Your transfers are private, for example, and on group journeys, your vehicles are never more than half full. Moving forward, your guides will forego shaking hands when saying hello, and you’ll experience no-contact check-in/check-outs in many hotels and dining arranged to allow for plenty of space from other guests.

Our small groups make travelling safely that much easier.
Abercrombie & Kent’s small groups make it much easier to maintain cleaning and hygiene procedures and ensure adequate physical distance between guests. On a custom Tailor Made Journey, your group size is completely up to you, of course, and you travel only with the people you choose on most activities.

Wearing masks on your journey keeps everyone safe.
To protect all guests on Abercrombie & Kent small group journeys and Luxury Expedition Cruises, wearing a mask is required in vehicles, indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. On Tailor Made journeys, masks must be worn in accordance with local regulations. We encourage you to bring your own masks; a supply will be on hand where needed.

Our Resident Tour Directors and local guides are trained in health and safety.
In addition to being experts in your region’s culture, history and wildlife, your guides are fully versed in your destination’s health regulations as well as Abercrombie & Kent’s practices and protocols. They oversee the many procedures that go into making your journey safe, from confirming a restaurant is freshly cleaned before you arrive to ensuring your luggage is always handled carefully (and disinfected properly) between destinations.

All guides and staff follow rigorous health and safety procedures.
Everyone involved in running your journey — from the guides you travel with to the drivers, baggage handlers and others behind the scenes — observes a strict, round-the-clock health and safety regimen, including regular staff health and temperature monitoring. Abercrombie & Kent staff wear masks at all times and additional personal protective equipment as required.

We provide 24/7 support, seven days a week.
Abercrombie & Kent’s worldwide network is always on hand to answer questions and address any concerns you may have. Our local offices are experienced in handling emergencies and have the contacts and knowledge to support guests 24/7 in the event of medical challenges, including, if necessary, arranging for doctor’s visits or even emergency medical evacuation.

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