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The Arabian Peninsula Small Group Tour: United Arab Emirates and Oman Tour.

Travel to Five of the United Arab Emirates: Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khalmah, Abu Dhabi and travel to Oman: Kasab (Musandam Peninsula), Muscat, Salalah, Sur, Wahiba Sands, Nizwa, Al Ain on our fascinating tour of Arab culture and beauty.

Mysteries of the Arabian Peninsula

ARABIAN PENINSULA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit five of the Emirates: Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khalmah and Abu Dhabi
  • Tour the large dunes of the Wahiba Sands, home of a traditional Bedouin tribe
  • Enjoy the colorful Arabian souks (open air markets)
  • Visit traditional fishing villages and lush desert oases
  • Bask in Kasab, on the gorgeous Musandam Peninsula, the land of the khors dubbed 'Norway of Arabia.'
  • Explore the isolated colorful subtropical town, Salalah, the ancient Frankensense route
  • Enjoy typical meals and traditional music

Join Original World for an epic journey across the intriguing Arabian Peninsula.  We start our travels through the United Arab Emirates with arrival in Dubai where we tour Dubai for two days observing the fascinating juxtaposition of the traditional and modern lifestyles.  We then visit three additional Emirates - Sharjah, Ajman, and Ras Al Kalmath en route to Muscat, Oman. 

Our tour of Oman will take you to amazing places such as the pristine Musandam Peninsula town of Kasab to experience the kors (fjords), the famed Wahiba Sands where we observe authentic Bedouin lifestyle up-close;  the crystal waters of Wadi Bani Khalid oasis, picturesque fishing villages, the historic oasis town of Nizwa and the oasis border town Al Ain in time for the weekly camel market.

On the return to Dubai we take in the sights of the cosmopolitan metropolis Abu Dhabi, the capital and second largest city in the Emirates.

The desert oasis at Wadi Bani Khalid in Oman as seen on an Original World Tour
Desert oasis at Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman

ITINERARY Overview - Tour of the Arabian Peninsula: United Arab Emirates
and Oman

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Day 1-3: Meet in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Start your immersive cultural tour of the Arabian Peninsula with a stroll through the old souk to the pier where we board a water taxi crossing the river to the bustling traditional spice souk and then a glimpse past the rather modern gold souk. Wander around Shindaga waterfront and visit the Heritage and Diving Villages and Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House (residence of a former ruler of Dubai). Visit the fascinating underground Dubai Museum with its insights into traditional life, antiques and ancient artifacts. Marvel at the famous 7-star Burj al Arab hotel and catch a glimpse of some of Dubai’s breathtaking architectural and engineering projects such as the Dubai Marina and ride up to the obswrvation tower of Burj Khalifa.

Day 4: Sharjah - Ajman - Ras Al Kalmath-Kasab
A full day visiting three of the United Arab Emirates with our tour group. See engaging museums, inspiring mosques and soak up the ambiance of authentic old Middle Eastern towns. Enjoy dramatic scenery up to the mountainous border with Oman's spectacular Musandam Peninsula.

Day 5: Oman: Kasab
Enjoy the beauty and quaintness of this old town and its natural harbor. A tour of Kasab Fort, harbor, old souq and nearby villages. Boat ride on a traditional Omani dhow.

Day 6: Muscat
A one hour flight to Muscat. Explore the seaside residential area of Qurum, and the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a walking tour of Surbal-Lawatiya-the walled district of the Lawati tribe. Our small group tour then enjoys a scenic drive along the Corniche waterfront to charming ancient Muttrah (old city) and its souq, probably the oldest in Oman. We'll continue through the old city to the Al Alam Palace, an architectural marvel for both its design and location between the twin forts of Jalali and Mirani.

Day 7-8: Muscat-Salalah
Morning short flight to Salalah. The town is a colorful subtropical city with an interesting ethnic mix. Tour including a visit to the Frankincense Museum and the archaeological site of Al-Balid, a UNESCO site, Khor Rawri - ancient port and traditional fishing village Taqua. Return to Muscat Day 8 evening.

Day 9: Quriyat - Tiwi - Fins Beach - Sur
Early morning visit to the Grand Mosque in Muscat before embarking on our soft adventure excursion along the coastline to Sur. We'll visit the fishing village of Quriyat, enjoy picnic lunch on the beautiful white sands of Fins Beach before we meander in Tiwi, a sleepy picturesque fishing village with pastel colored houses. After dinner, we go to Ras al-Junayz to see the wild turtles nesting ground (Sept-Nov tours only).

Day 10: Wadi Bani Khalid - Wahiba Sands
Our tour of Sur, then takes us to Wadi Bani Khalid, a desert oasis with clear, green spring-water pools. From there we continue to Wahiba Sands, the great desert of Oman. Wahiba Sands is home to the traditional Bedouins. Our small group visits a Bedouin family in their dwelling before enjoying the  accommodations at Desert Camp.

Day 11: Jabal Akhdar (Jabal Shams)
An early morning drive brings the tour to the quaint village of Sinaw to see the camel market.  Here we’ll see a true slice of traditional life. Afterwards we proceed to the beautiful Jabal Akhdar Mountains.

Day 12: Nizwa
We depart for the oasis city of Nizwa, stopping en-route to visit the old walled town of Al Hamara, the mountain village of Masfah. In Nizwa we visit the Bahla and Jabrin Forts and the traditional souk.

Day 13: Nizwa-Al Ain-Abu Dhabi
Early morning animal market in Nizwa (pending confirmation). We cross the border back into UAE and tour the intriguing border town Al Ain and its fascinating national museum, Al Ain Palace and possible animal market. We continue to Abu Dhabi, the second largest of the United Arab Emirates.

Day 14: Abu Dhabi - Dubai
A full day touring Abu Dhabi's many highlights. Evening return to Dubai.

Day 15: Depart

Arabian Peninsula TOUR LENGTH

15-day trip begins and ends in Dubai.
Please Note: Yemen has been deleted until situation improves.
TOUR DATES 2018
February 9-23
November 2-16
LAND COST
Prices Feb 2018 From: $5830 / Prices Nov 2018 TBA
ACCOMMODATIONS
14 nights 4 & 5-star hotels
1 night deluxe desert camp with beds, a/c, private  western bathrooms
GROUP SIZE
4-12 guests
INCLUDED MEALS
All breakfasts, 1 dinner

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