13 Days tour to - Dubai, Expo 2020 Site, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, Musandam Cruise(Oman), Sohar, Muscat, Wahiba & Nizwa
Day 1 - Friday
Arrival day - Dubai
Upon your arrival at Dubai you will be warmly greeted by an IBMT Tours representative at the airport. Transfer to your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. Check in & Overnight in Dubai.
Day 2 - Saturday
Dubai | EXPO 2020 Site | Dubai
Breakfast at your hotel. Departure to discover the marvelous story of the EXPO 2020. Expo 2020 can be seen as a type of “World Fair,” showcasing the best innovations that mankind has to offer. It will consist of a series of pavilions connected by common themes that apply to all of humanity. The Expo provides a platform for the world’s best Expo 2020 centers on the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” This links back to three main ideas – “Opportunity”,” Mobility” and “Sustainability”, which will drive the Exhibition displays. The main site of Expo Dubai 2020 will be a 438-hectare area (1083 acres) located between Dubai and Abu Dhabi cities, UAE selected the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", sub-themes being Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity. The Expo 2020 site has a lot of really cool features. The plaza will be encased by a dome. At night, that dome will serve as a 360-degree screen, projecting a series of images both on the inside and the outside. Inside the dome, you’ll find the pavilions as well as features like fountains, parks and waterfalls. The dome is partially open at the top, so there’s no need to worry about the arena feeling stale. More than 140 countries will be participating, and each participating country will have its own pavilion at the exhibition. Even the UAE will have its own specialized pavilion, done up in an outline of a falcon. There will also be specialized pavilions focusing on the three main themes sustainability, mobility and opportunity Lunch will be served in the Expo, and at the end of the day our guide will escort you back to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight in DUBAI. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 3 - Sunday
Dubai | EXPO 2020 Site | Dubai
Breakfast at the hotel. One day oud have not been sufficient to cover the huge project of the EXPO 2020, so will start again our way to the EXPO site to continue our visit and cover most of the pavilions. Lunch on site. At the end of the afternoon, we will return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in DUBAI. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 4 - Monday
Breakfast at your hotel. We will start with a briefing meeting at 9:30am to introduce all the group and the guide and explain the trip. Afterwards, we will depart for a half day guided tour of DUBAI. You will have the opportunity to discover the spectacular and lively metropolis of Dubai. The city, developed from a small fishing village at the Dubai Creek, nowadays presents itself as a glamorous metropolis at the Arabian Gulf. The distinctive skyscrapers and gigantic shopping-malls will impress every visitor. We start with Bastakyia, the old town district of Dubai. Learn everything about the local history and geography of the city when visiting the Dubai museum, located in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi. Another highlight will follow you will use the local water taxis, called “Abras”, to cross the Dubai Creek. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city while heading towards the district of Deira. Here you will be enchanted by the large variety of exotic spices in the famous Spice Souk. Take the chance to get a unique and affordable souvenir when you visit the adjacent Gold Souk. We then proceed to Jumeirah area, where we will have a photo stop of the awe-inspiring Grand Mosque of Jumeirah. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this stone structure is a tribute to modern Islamic architecture. After that, photo stop of Burj Al Arab hotel and continue to Atlantis hotel located at crescent of Palm Jumeirah. Lunch Buffet. In the afternoon, we will join a Desert Safari, after settling down in the 4WD vehicles, the jeeps will speed through the desert of the golden sand dunes. The dune bashing or desert driving continues with the thrill of going up and down the dunes provoking many shrieks and laughter full of excitement. The final leg of this program takes us to the main camp site. This will be the highlight of the trip. After witnessing a memorable sight – the true Arabian sunset with its glory and magic. A delicious Barbecue Dinner is prepared on open fires and a variety of beverages are available. The beat of the music increases as a Belly dancer starts dancing to the rhythm of the music. What a better way to experience a true Arabian night than this. Overnight in Dubai. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 5 - Tuesday
Dubai | Abu Dhabi
Breakfast at the hotel. We start the tour to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. This comprehensive tour is the ideal introduction to the UAE capital and the island on which it stands. The name Abu Dhabi means: “Father of the Gazelle”. We will start at Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, one of the largest Mosques in the world; able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshipers. The beautiful Mosque is completely cladded in marble and features intricate Islamic decoration and carvings as well as extensive landscaping. Then, we will go towards Abu Dhabi downtown. We will visit AL HOSN fort, the palace of traditions and will proceed to the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil. We will drive along the spectacular Corniche, past gleaming white mosques, glass-clad offices and elegant high-rise apartments to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline. Then will drive through the famous giant Saadiyat Island project where the museums are being built to complete the image of ABU DHABI as a cultural city. Lunch in the city. After lunch, visit a Craft Center in Abu Dhabi. In the afternoon, we will visit the Louvre Museum, The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum, located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. Then, we will continue towards the famous Yas Island which houses the FORMULA 1 YAS circuit & the first attraction park of Ferrari in the world. An impressive attraction park, the largest covered air-conditioned park in the world with a huge RED FERRARI sign as landmark. Finally, we will check in at the hotel. Dinner & overnight in Abu Dhabi. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 6 - Wednesday
Abu Dhabi | Al Ain
Breakfast at your hotel. We leave Abu Dhabi in the morning to Al AIN. This morning we will have a unique program, we will visit a unique Camel leather tannery factory. It is the first Tannery to produce an exclusive range of leathers tanned using the most advanced environmentally friendly technologies, guaranteed metal-free, sustainable and biodegradable. Unlike traditional leathers universally produced with synthetic oils to gain their required softness, the natural oils used in the process consist of vegetable sustainable extracts. After that visit, we will have a great one to execute which is the Al Foah, that is the leading player in the date palm industry, and is the largest date receiving and processing business in the world. They process close to 113,000 metric tons, of which 90 percent is exported to 48 countries worldwide. They power the growth of an efficient and sustainable dates sector that’s driven by the farmers, for the farmers. (visits are subject to approval by the factory management). Afterwards we continue to Al Ain, which is located on the Hajjar Mountains, it is one of the oldest cities in the UAE, rich in traditions. For thousands of years the oasis of Al Ain has been an important caravan stop on the ancient trade routes across Arabia. On arrival, we will visit the camel market, the largest in the UAE and the Al Ain Palace, it is one the most important cultural places in Al Ain city. It is a direct testimony to the period of rule of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Al Ain and his original place of residence there. The Palace is also the birthplace of HH Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We will visit also the Jahili fort, one of the largest castles in Al Ain and best-in-class example of the Islamic military architecture locally. Lunch in the city. Then we proceed to visit Qasr AL Muwaiji, where you will learn everything about the history of this region. In the afternoon, we will step back in time at the Hilli Gardens, famous for the archaeological excavations from the third millennium B.C and will take a great photo stop on Jebel Hafeet. At the end of the afternoon, we will check in the hotel. Dinner in hotel. Overnight in AL AIN. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 7 - Thursday
Al Ain | Sharjah | Dubai
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning we will proceed towards Dubai & Sharjah. We will reach after 2 hours and start a half day Sharjah tour. This tour will take us to Sharjah, the cultural capital or known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf”. You will pass by the King Faisal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Emirates. Then we pass by the renovated Fort of Sharjah, former residence of the ruling family. Then we continue to the Sharjah Heritage Museum which conserves and displays the rich traditional customs and culture of Sharjah as a source of pride and inspiration to Emiratis and to visitors to the UAE. Begin a journey of discovery through Sharjah's rich and diverse heritage and explore traditions that have endured the test of time. You will see handcrafted works of art and objects that date back to a time when local people relied solely on fishing and pearling. Trace the development of education, currency and the early postal system. We will discover the traditional skills and crafts relating to jewelry, costumes, herbal medicines, music and folklore. After the visit, it’s now time to explore the colorful Souk Al Arsa, set up in a traditional way. You will also have an opportunity to see how the traditional Omani Halwa (sweet) is made in one of the shops in Souk Al Arsa. Before returning to Dubai we will have time for a quick stroll at the Blue Souk – a treasure trove of carpets, Jewelry and handicrafts. Lunch will be served in a very local restaurant where you will discover the real Bedouin meal of MANDI, a succulent recipe of meats or fish with marvelous spices from this part of the world. After the tour, we return to Dubai towards the “Dubai Mall” & Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower and the centerpiece of the Gulf region's most prestigious urban development to date. Burj Dubai will radiate out in a series of ellipses from the sky breaking tower encompassing residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment and the world's largest shopping mall “Dubai Mall”. Free time for shopping. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions; the Middle East region’s first Galleries Lafayette department store, France’s leading fashion house and one of the top 100 global retailers. The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience. With an impressive array of leisure pursuits, this is the ultimate, cutting-edge shopping experience. A range of adventure sports vies for attention alongside the romance of ice-skating. The Dubai Mall is a place where a 21st century gold souk is set off against a world class aquarium. Step inside The Dubai Mall and experience a place like no other. Dinner in hotel. Overnight in DUBAI. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 8 - Friday
Dubai | Musandam Cruise (Oman) | Dubai
Breakfast at your hotel. Today, we will go for a cruise in the waters of the Indian Ocean. Musandam is a spot where the waters of the “Gulf of Oman” are the gateway to the natural sea treasures. The Musandam Peninsula is the northern-most part of Oman, it has one of the most rugged, isolated and beautiful coastlines in the world, the towering Hajar Mountains rise directly out of the sea creating spectacular fjords-like scenery, providing an awe-inspiring backdrop for the caves, bays and pebble beaches along the coast. The sheltered bays also offer a safe environment for snorkelers and non- divers to explore. Marine life of the Gulf of Oman is rich in diversity with fish, corals, turtles and invertebrates. We will take a dhow cruise trip in the fjords of Musandam that offers us an insight into this fantastic landscape, guarantees an ambience of peace and tranquillity. There is also a possibility of seeing Dolphins along the cruise. Lunch on board. This traditional type of dhows is equipped with comfortable seats, cushions and carpet. We will enjoy sea safaris, snorkelling, swimming, playing and more. (Note: Please carry your passport along with you, as it is required for Police Check). We will back in Dubai at the end of the day to relax in the hotel after that long adventure day. Dinner in hotel & overnight in Dubai. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 9 - Saturday
Dubai | Sohar | Muscat
Breakfast at your hotel, we will start our journey to Muscat by Bus via Hatta. Hatta is a picturesque 115 km (71 miles) drive east of Dubai City, boasting a milder climate due to its location in the rugged Hajjar Mountains and a popular vacation getaway from the heat of Dubai. Its authentic Arabic “heritage village” featuring two military towers from the 18th century, an old Juma mosque (1780), and 30 loame houses is worth visiting. Although activities and shopping are limited, adrenaline junkies often visit Hatta for off-road adventures in the desert or mountains including a stop at the Hatta Rock Pools, narrow windy canyons of smooth rock with pools of blue-green water. Its 420 kilometers of drive from Dubai takes you through Oman. Lunch en route in Sohar. Orientation tour of Sohar the third largest city of OMAN. Stop at the SOHAR Mosque , a real architectural achievement .Visit of Omani Halwa factory , where we will learn all about how we manufacture that unique taste of Omani sweets .We will continue our route to Muscat that will reach at the end of day passing Barka, and Seeb .Check in to Muscat Hotel & Dinner at Hotel. Overnight stay at Muscat. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 10 - Sunday
Breakfast at your hotel. We will start with a briefing meeting at 9:30am to introduce all the group and the guide and explain the trip. Afterwards, we start the tour of Muscat. Drive through the beautiful embassy quarter, to reach the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque that has a remarkable architectural achievement. As a contemporary place of worship, it serves as a spiritual landmark for modern Oman, projecting the values and aspirations of the Omani people. As an edifice, it maintains a perfect balance between aesthetics, culture and deeply rooted Islamic tradition. After the visit to the mosque we continue to the OPERA house to visit this marvelous edifice specially built by the Sultan Qaboos. Lunch will be served in a typical fish restaurant with the locals. After lunch, we will visit Old Muscat, surrounded by steep mountains and flanked by twin 16th century forts ‘Jalali’ & ‘Mirani’, also see the Al Alam Palace, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ residence. We will then proceed to Bait Al Zubair Museum. Bait Al Zubair is itself a part of Muscat heritage. Sheikh Al Zubair who served three former Sultans, founded the house in 1914 and his son Mohammad Al Zubair opened it as a museum in 1998. Its carved doors open into a fortress style reception. The museum includes traditional Omani weaponry, jewelry, costumes, domestic utensils and recreated urban and rural environments. Then drive through the scenic beauty of the corniche, stop at Muttrah - the main port & commercial center, and explore the colorful historic souk. This is a real souk with winding alleys and backstreets and stalls selling all manner of textiles, jewelry, traditional Omani perfumes (bukhoor - made of frankincense), souvenirs and antiques After that long tour, we will drive back to the hotel. Dinner is at a traditional OMANI restaurant, where you will experience how OMANI’s eat and taste their cuisine enjoying the relaxing atmosphere that the OMANI people like. Overnight in Muscat. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 11 - Monday
Muscat | Sur | Wahiba
After breakfast depart for a great adventure trip. We will drive through one of the most thrilling sections of Oman's 1,700 KM coastline. Visit the famous Sinkhole, a part of a collapsed mountain filled with sea water then continue driving on the graded road via Fins. Continue your journey to Wadi Shab where we will stop to admire the marvelous nature and may be walk a bit in the WADI. Lunch in WADI Shab. We will then continue to Sur, a sea-faring town and a trading port bustling with activity throughout the year. Famed for the fascinating architecture of its old town and shipyards where traditional dhows have been built for centuries at the edge of the bay. After a quick tour of Sur, we will continue the coastal road passing through high cliffs and small fishing villages. We will reach at the end of the afternoon the desert of Wahiba Sands – one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions of Oman. We will board 4x4 vehicles and start the adventure in the desert. The vast, ever shifting dunes support an astonishing variety of wildlife and host different kinds of flora and fauna. The quick changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. The Wahiba is also home to a few thousand Bedouins, who are known to have inhabited this inhospitable region for at least 7000 years. We will do some dunes bashing as our experienced drivers show their skill on the dune drive which is a thrilling experience. Dinner in the camp with a real desert atmosphere & Overnight in Wahiba Sands. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 12 - Tuesday
Wahiba Sands | Nizwa
After breakfast, we will enjoy for the last time the desert and its secrets, before we board our 4x4 to return to normal civilization. We will then depart to Wadi Bani Khalid – a lush green valley surrounded by rugged mountains. We will enjoy an incredible view and a chance to capture the scenic beauty with the cameras. We will walk in the wadi to investigate the surrounding area on foot. Departure to NIZWA around noon, we will stop on our way for lunch. After lunch, we will continue to Nizwa, a great city with a great history. On arrival in NIZWA after approximately 2-3 hours, we will do a quick orientation of the city. The ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa was a seat of learning and the birthplace of Islam in Oman. The 17th century souq famous for the silver jewelry are the major attraction of Nizwa, not to mention the popular & interesting cattle auction, which takes place on every Friday. Built on a scold base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibration of 24 cannons. We will visit the SOUK and walk around discovering the old city. Check in the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in NIZWA. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 13 - Wednesday
Nizwa | Muscat - Flight Back Home
After breakfast, we will continue the visit of Nizwa. Our first sop will be the charming ancestral village of BIRKAT AL MAWZ at the bottom of the GREEN mountain, JEBEL AKHDAR. Then we will proceed to the Jabreen Fort. The Jabreen Castle, built in 17th century, is one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors and the painted wooden beams of the ceilings makes this castle amazingly different. After we visit the Jabrin castle, we will drive back towards Nizwa passing the JEBEL SHAMS part of the most famousHajar mountains chain in OMAN. We will pass by the oldest small towns of Oman Bahla with its fort (outside visit). We will stop at the palm groves at Al Hamra to see its Falaj system. we will stop on our way for lunch. After the visit, we will proceed to MUSCAT, the Capital. Evening transfer to Muscat Airport for the departure flight. (Breakfast & Lunch). End of our service.
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The tour include:
- 12 nights accommodation, meal plan as per description
- Entrance ticket to EXPO site
- Full time guide Assistance
- Airport arrival and departure transfer
- Dubai full day tour
- Desert safari with BBQ Dinner
- Al Ain full day tour
- Abu Dhabi full day tour
- Visit of AL HOSN fort in Abu Dhabi
- Visit Louvre museum
- Half day tour of Sharjah
- Full day Musandam cruise (Oman) with on board Lunch
- Full day tour of Muscat
- Visit of Sur & Wahiba Sands
- Transfer to Wahiba Desert by 4x4 Jeeps
- Full day tour of Nizwa
- Visit Bahla Fort
The tour not include:
- Airfare & Departure taxes
- Tips to guide/drivers & hotel staff
- Travel Insurance
- Personal extras on meals not mentioned above
- Any other items not mentioned.
- Tourism Dirham fee (Hotel city tax – payable directly in hotel by guests from $4 to $6/room per night for Dubai & Abu Dhabi)
- UAE Visa Fees if applicable ($85 USD)
- OMAN Visa – payable on arrival for Europeans ($13 USD) for other nationalities please check
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