Qatar, Bahrain, & The UAE
Cruise to the Middle East
9 Days | February 16-24, 2020
Starting At $1475
Picture the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, soaring into the sky, or the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, set against gleaming Jumeirah Beach. Explore the man-made Palm Islands, stretching theatrically into the Persian Gulf, or the glitzy shopping malls, dripping with luxury. Admire shimmering jewels in the Gold Souk, breathe the smell of cinnamon in the Spice Souk or haggle for silks in the Textile Souk, fitting in an abra ride across Dubai Creek. Escape the city in the desert sands, to watch falcons swooping or to ride a buggy across the dunes. Discover the fascinating splendor of the desert.
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PER PERSON PRICES:
Interior: $1475 Double…..$2325 Single
Oceanview: $1575 Double…..$2525 Single
Verandah: $1995 Double…..$3550 Single
February 16 – Arrive Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Today arrive into Dubai. You will be met in baggage claim and escorted to your transfer from the airport to your four star hotel. After check in, the rest of the day is on your own.
February 17 – City Tour/Board the Jewel of the Seas
Today after breakfast, board your motorcoach for your 5 hour Dubai Highlights city tour. Marvel in the architectural beauty this city has to offer. Some sights may include: the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Mosque, Atlantis, and The Palm hotel. Upon conclusion of your tour, your group will be transferred to the cruise terminal to board the Jewel of the Seas. The ship sets sail at 5:00 p.m.
February 18 – Sir Bani Yas, UAE
The best-known of the Desert Islands, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas is packed full of the grandeur of the Middle East’s landscapes and wildlife. Dedicated as a nature preserve in the 1970s, the island revolves around outdoor adventure. Sheikh Zayed, the late ruler of Abu Dhabi and founder of the United Arab Emirates, established a nature reserve on the island in 1971 and began work that has involved the planting of several million trees and the introduction of species including giraffe, cheetah, hyena, ostrich and oryx. The 16-square-mile Arabian Wildlife Park occupies about half of the island and now contains thousands of breeding animals. Check out Sir Bani Yas stables: From here, you can take a horseback ride along the shoreline, with sweeping views of the Persian Gulf. Step back into ancient history at the archaeological site of a 7th-century A.D. church and monastery that was discovered here in 1992.
February 19 – Doha, Qatar
Qatar’s capital is a city in the making. Once a small fishing and pearling town, the city has undergone tremendous growth: Today, it’s a mix of ultra-modernity and classical culture. Cruise to Doha and start your visit in the reinvented and atmospheric Souq Waqif, the standing market where you can peruse the stalls full of colorful, fragrant spices and ornate, handwoven traditional garments. Then, marvel at the treasures in the world-class Museum of Islamic Art, where you’ll find ancient Persian rugs, Turkish mosaics and other pieces of traditional handicraft. Next, take a taxi to Katara Cultural Village: Built in 2010, it’s a modern reinvention of classic Qatar architecture, with many small, hidden alleys and a huge marble amphitheatre at its center.
February 20 – Bahrain, Bahrain
Famous for its pearl trading past, today the Kingdom of Bahrain straddles the ancient and modern worlds, with daringly designed skyscrapers and archaeological riches. Cruise to Bahrain and head to the capital Manama and check out the National Museum to see sculptures dating back 5,000 years to the Babylonian era, then stroll along the waterfront at Marina Beach Garden Park, taking in views of the modern city the giant ferris wheel overlooking the bay. Visit the giant Al Fatih Mosque, built on reclaimed land in 1984 with marble imported from Italy. And don’t miss Qa’lat Al Bahrain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes archaeological excavations dating back to 2,300 B.C., as well as a 15th-century Portuguese fort on the same site.
February 21 – Day at Sea
Today is an adventurous day at sea.
February 22 – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Once a small fishing village, the capital of the United Arab Emirates today is one of the world’s most modern, cosmopolitan city. Cruise to Abu Dhabi and visit the Heritage Village to step back in time to a pre-oil desert lifestyle. Admire the fascinating museum exhibits, explore the Bedouin encampment and browse the small shops in the rebuilt traditional souq village. Next, relax on the sandy Saadiyat or Yas public beach and take a dip in the warm, turquoise sea water. End your visit with a tour of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, an architectural marvel with gold-plated chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-woven carpet.
February 23 – Dubai, UAE
Dubai, one of the seven territories that make up the United Arab Emirates, is a sprawling multicultural city that has grown enormously in recent decades. Here, you’ll find everything you could possibly ask for in a modern metropolis: world-class shopping, architectural triumphs and luxurious ways to dine and relax. Cruise to Dubai and stroll along the Dubai Marina waterfront past the many large yachts and futuristic high-rises. Relax on the sandy beach at Kite Beach or Sunset Beach, overlooking the iconic sail-shaped hotel Burj Al Arab. Explore the charming Souq Madinat Jumeirah village, with its network of canals that pass Arabian-style hotels and lush gardens. Then, check out the Al Fahidi historical neighborhood and its distinctive sand-colored traditional building. Overnight on the ship.
February 24 – Dubai, UAE
This morning disembark the ship and be met by your private coach transfer back to the airport.