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Desert Cruise from Abu Dhabi to Muscat

9 days with CroisiEurope   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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DAY 1 ABU DHABI (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Your program will begin according to your time of arrival in Abu Dhabi:
 
Passengers are welcome to board beginning at 10:00 a.m. Our crew will welcome you and help you get comfortably settled into your cabins. Enjoy lunch on board.
 
EXCURSION: Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi (in the afternoon). We’ll discover this unique city while driving along a beautiful panoramic route. We’ll stop for a photo op at the Emirates Palace.
 
We’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail, have dinner, and spend the night on board.
 
DAY 2 ABU DHABI
EXCURSION: The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum (in the morning), the top universal museum in the Arab world, conceived and designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. After our tour, we'll return to the port by way of the Al Bateen district.
 
We’ll enjoy lunch on board.
 
EXCURSION: The Presidential Palace and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (in the afternoon). Join us for a visit to the Presidential Palace (Qasr Al Watan). We’ll also stroll through the gardens of this majestic palace and visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
 
We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board. We’ll spend the night cruising to Dubai.
 
DAY 3 DUBAI (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
EXCURSION: The Burj Khalifa Tower and Palm Island (in the morning). We’ll embark on an excursion to stunning Palm Island and then ascend to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the highest human-made structure ever built.
 
EXCURSION: Take a tour of Dubai (in the afternoon). We’ll visit the city’s oldest building: the Al Fahidi Fort. Now converted into a museum, it showcases the traditional, urban, and rural lifestyles in the Emirate of Dubai. Next, we’ll stroll through traditional markets.
 
We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board. We’ll spend the night cruising to Khasab.
 
DAY 4 KHASAB (SULTANATE OF OMAN)
EXCURSION: Khasab and the surrounding area (in the morning)(1). Join us for a visit to Khasab Fort before stopping in the small, traditional village of Mukhi.
 
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EXCURSION: Cruise on a dhow (in the morning)(1). Climb aboard a dhow, the ancestral sailing vessel of this region. You can enjoy a swim in one of the inlets.
 
The afternoon will be spent cruising to Muscat. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.
 
DAY 5 MUSCAT (SULTANATE OF OMAN)
We’ll spend the morning cruising to Muscat. We’ll enjoy lunch on board.
 
EXCURSION: Take a tour of Muscat (in the afternoon). We’ll stop for a photo op at the Al Alam Palace, ceremonial residence of Sultan Qaboos of Oman. We’ll continue our city tour with a visit to the Royal Opera House Muscat. Enjoy some time on your own by discovering the souk of Muttrah.
 
We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.
 
DAY 6 MUSCAT
EXCURSION: Nizwa, along the route of Oman’s fortresses (full-day excursion). Located in the heart of a mountainous region, Nizwa is a veritable oasis. You’ll visit its magnificent fortress and the nearby souk. After lunch, we’ll cross a region with high mountains and terrace cultivation (the Jebel Akhdar). Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village of Al Hamra, where you’ll visit a typical home.
 
We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board. We’ll spend the night cruising to Sur.
 
DAY 7 SUR (SULTANATE OF OMAN)
Off the beaten path of the usual tourist circuits, Sur is the gateway to the Wahiba Sands.
 
EXCURSION: From a desert to the wadi (full-day excursion). Our four-wheel-drive vehicles will take you on an exciting excursion to discover the wadis—vast, natural stretches of water. We’ll head to the Wahiba Sands desert and enjoy lunch in one of the desert camps. The expedition continues on the sand tracks, at the foot of the rippling dunes.
 
We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board. We’ll spend the night cruising to Muscat.
 
DAY 8 MUSCAT
EXCURSION: A typical day in Muscat (in the morning). We’ll visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Bait Al Zubair private museum.
 
We’ll enjoy lunch on board.
 
EXCURSION: Coastal cruise on a dhow (in the afternoon), a traditional sailing vessel and the pride of Omani mariners.
 
We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.
 
DAY 9 MUSCAT
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking. End of our services.
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All This Included
Join us on the Desert Cruise and plunge into the fascinating and little-known history of the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. The Arabian Peninsula has always been an inevitable port of call on the sea route to India. Over the past 30 years, the skyscrapers of the United Arab Emirates have sprung from the desert sands to mingle with the clouds. Despite this flourishing growth, the country has carefully preserved its culture by way of its rural past mixing with ultra-modern large cities. The Sultanate of Oman cultivates its authenticity by distinguishing itself from its neighbors: grandiose landscapes, high mountains, and long stretches of sand, desert, and wadis. Visitors are fascinated by the multiple facets of Oman’s countryside, history, and culture. Welcome to the country where mirages become reality.
 
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
Highlights
  • Cruise on a dhow, a traditional Arab sailing vessel, to the heart of the Musandam Peninsula fjords
  • Visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the top universal museum in the Arab world
  • In Dubai, ascend to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the highest tower in the world at 2,716.5 feet (828 meters)
  • Revisit history in the Sultanate of Oman by following the route of Oman’s fortresses
  • Meet and chat with an Omani family in the village of Al Hamra
  • Take a refreshing swim in Wadi Bani Khaled
  • Enjoy an exciting, four-wheel-drive excursion through the Wahiba Sands desert
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard La Belle des Oceans
Notes
  • The captain of the ship is the sole authority who can modify the ship itinerary for safety or navigational reasons.
  • The excursions may be modified or their order changed due to technical requirements, cultural events, etc. In addition, local authorities may decide to close certain sites or museums without prior notice. If this happens, we will propose an alternative.
  • We recommend travelers wear long skirts/dresses/pants and long sleeves when visiting monuments in these countries. Women will need to cover their hair when visiting certain sites.
  • Day 4 excursions are programmed at the same time and cannot be combined.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.