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2024 Oman & the Emirates: The Sands of Time

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Tour Itinerary

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 timelesstraditions that take you on a journey back in time.

Countries Visited

Oman , United Arab Emirates

Cities Visited

Abu Dhabi , Dubai , Muscat

  1. Day 1
    Muscat, Oman
    Arrive in Muscat, where you are met and transferred to yourhotel.Hotel: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel  
  2. Day 2
    Begin your exploration of Muscat at the Grand Mosque,a contemporary architectural marvel showcasing anenduring tradition of regional artistry and craftsmanship.Explore the basic tenets of Islam with a local scholar inthe mosque'''s main prayer room, a vast space adorned withintricate chandeliers and handwoven carpets. Continueyour exploration of Muscat'''s fascinating fusion of old andnew at the Royal Opera House Muscat. Constructed by thesame team responsible for the Grand Mosque, it embodies a similar synergy of contemporary construction and time-honoredtradition. Afterward, visit the National Museum.Housed in the heart of Old Muscat, it features artifactsdepicting Oman'''s cultural and historical heritage. Stop at theAl Alam Palace before lunch, and then return to your hotelfor an afternoon at leisure, followed by a welcome dinner.Hotel: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Continue to discover the splendors of Muscat, starting in thehistoric port city'''s Muttrah Souk, a traditional Omani marketfilled with frankincense, silver handicrafts and gold jewelry.Next, head to the local market with a chef who assists youin selecting ingredients for your interactive Chef '''s Tableexperience. Learn about Omani dishes and share your lunchwith local students, on this A&K-exclusive experience. Afterleisure time at your hotel, Ride Like a Local on a sunsetdhow (traditional fishing boat) cruise exploring the city'''sport and coast beyond, taking in an iconic seascape traversedby sailors for centuries. Pause in a scenic cove for a photoopportunity set against a spectacular backdrop.Hotel: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. Day 4
    Wahiba Sands
    Follow the coast to Sur, passing through the village of Quriyatand seeing Bimah Sinkhole. Continue to Wadi Tiwi, with itsdeep, narrow gorges carved from towering seaside cliffs. Stopat a dhow factory before proceeding to the undulating redand white dunes of Wahiba Sands, noting the villages thatcling to the slopes of the rugged mountainside en route. Uponreaching camp, set out to discover the boundless dunes by4x4 vehicle, and then continue into the desert sunset, ridingcamelback, to enjoy a Scenic Sundowner. Tonight'''s barbecue dinner, accompanied by a local oud (lute) player, isset beneath the desert stars.Hotel: Desert Nights Camp  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Jabal Al Akhdar
    This morning, visit Wadi Bani Khalid, distinguished bythe caves scattered around its corners. Continue exploringthe region with a visit to Jabrin Castle, the finest survivingexample of Oman'''s 17th-century fortresses. This formerbastion of astrology, medicine and Islamic law showcaseselegantly painted ceilings, intricate woodcarvings andother period details. After lunch, continue through the Al Hajar mountain range. Perched some 6,600 feet above sealevel, your vantage on a ridge of Jabal Al Akhdar (the GreenMountain) affords commanding views of the rugged canyonsbelow. 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
    Jabal Al Akhdar
    This morning, enjoy a short walk around the villages of Saiq,Wadi Bani Habib and Al Ain, overlooking a spectacularlandscape of dramatic peaks, gorges, and wadis and whererose water is distilled in the homes of the villagers. Afterlunch, the balance of the afternoon is at leisure.Hotel: Alila Jabal Akhdar  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Jabal Al Akhdar/Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Visit the 17th-century trading enclave of Nizwa, passingthrough the city'''s arched gateway to explore its iconic fort,bustling souk, fascinating silversmith shops and deeplyrooted Islamic traditions. After lunch, travel overland toMuscat and fly to Abu Dhabi, where you check in to yourluxury accommodations on Saadiyat 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 stunningcityscapes, modern developments, and contributions tocontemporary art and culture. Begin your exploration of thecity at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and Museum, gaininginsight into this fascinating bird of prey and its integral rolein the Emirati'''s heritage. This afternoon, visit Qasr al Watan,a working presidential palace that has hosted world leadersfor official visits.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 local culture and Islamic traditions. 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 aromatic spice 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. 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
    Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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