The Grand Arabia

A grand tour of Oman and its neighbours Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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DAY 1MUSCAT

On arrival you have a shuttle transfer to your hotel.

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of hotel

DAY 2MUSCAT

Visit Bait Al Zubair Museum (closed Fridays), and enjoy a photo stop at Al Alam Palace. Continue to Muttrah souq – an interesting comparison to the one you have visited in Nizwa.

Travel via Barka fish market to Nakhal to see the beautiful Nakhal Fort and the nearby Nakhal Springs. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Muscat

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of hotel

DAY 3Muscat – Dubai

In the morning, visit the stunning Grand Mosque, before continuing onto the Amouage factory – showcasing Oman’s most famous export. See how they use essential oils to create their iconic and unique fragrances.

Afterwards, depart via Sohar and cross the border into the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of Dubai hotel

DAY 4DUBAI

Enjoy a day at leisure, where you can relax in Dubai or visit one of the many shopping malls. Or, take an optional day trip to the magnificent Musandam Peninsula, an exclave of Oman, for some snorkelling or diving.

Dubai: Overnight at your choice of Dubai hotel

DAY 5DUBAI

Morning tour of Dubai. Be mesmerised by the Lost Chamber Aquarium at Atlantis the Palm. Visit Dubai Marina, before continuing to Dubai Mall and the exquisite Souk Al Bahar. Finally, ascend to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building on the planet.

In the afternoon, leave the city behind in a 4WD for an evening under the stars. Begin with some exhilarating sunset dune bashing; then on to a Bedouin encampment for a delicious dinner.

Dubai: Overnight at your choice of Dubai hotel

DAY 6Dubai – Abu Dhabi

Morning shuttle transfer to Abu Dhabi. In the afternoon, visit the indescribably beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Continue along the Abu Dhabi corniche, and explore the date and fish markets of Port Zayed, as well as the Heritage Village, before returning to your hotel.

Abu Dhabi: Overnight at your choice of Abu Dhabi hotel

DAY 7Abu Dhabi – Al Ain

Depart for the traditional city of Al Ain. Visit the National Museum and Palace Museum. See the incredible livestock market, which seems frozen in time. Stop by Jebel Hafeet, and visit the natural hot springs at the foot of the mountain.

Al Ain:  Overnight at your choice of Al Ain hotel

DAY 8Al Ain – Nizwa

Meet your Omani guides and cross the border into Oman (visa fees not included). Continue on to the beautifully preserved Jabrin Castle. From there, travel to the town of Bahla, which is famous for its local pottery. Continue on to the ancient Omani capital of Nizwa.

Nizwa:  Overnight at your choice of Nizwa hotel

DAY 9Nizwa – Muscat

Visit the famous Nizwa Fort, one of the largest in Oman. Experience the vibrant Nizwa souq and perhaps purchase some garments or silver jewellery. Depart Nizwa for the Bat Tombs – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

After seeing the tombs and falaj irrigation system, continue on to Muscat.

Muscat:  Overnight at your choice of Muscat hotel

DAY 10MUSCAT

Tour concludes in Muscat in readiness for your onward journey.

ITINERARY INCLUDES

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Bottled water daily
  • Transfers and sightseeing in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Dedicated local English-speaking driver/guide
  • Sightseeing as specified with entrance fees and local taxes

NOTES

Vehicle Type: Private air-conditioned vehicle
Touring Style: Partially escorted private tour with your own dedicated Omani Guide/Driver on Days 1-3 and 6-10. Tour operates year-round.