Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Nizwa, Wahiba Sands, Wahiba, Sur, Muscat, Riyadh, Diriyah (Edge of the World), Riyadh, Ha'il, Jubah, Al Ula, Mada'in Saleh, Al Ula, Jeddah.
Single Traveler - $8,899
Two Guests - $5,999 per person
Three Guests - $5,899 per person (Limited Availability)
Day 1 - Dubai
Arrival at Dubai airport.
Meet & greet by our representative at the exit gate. Transfer to your hotel by air-conditioned coach. Check-in (14:00 hrs. onwards) & overnight in Dubai
Day 2 - Dubai
Breakfast at your hotel. We will start a half day guided tour. 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. We will experiment the Monorail which is a good vantage point to see the Palm Jumeirah. After that trip by train we will join back our bus, and will pass the Dubai MARINA area. It is lunch time, we propose you to experiment the local Mandi which is a traditional dish originated from Hadhramaut, Yemen consisting mainly of meat and rice with a special blend of Baharat/spices. It is cooked in a pit underground. It's extremely popular and prevalent in this area. In the afternoon, we will move towards the region of DUBAI Mall and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower and the centerpiece of the Gulf region's most prestigious urban development to date. Burj Khalifa 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. We will propose to climb to the Burj Khalifa (optional) at the DUBAI Mall site. Free time for shopping. Visit a Craft Center in Dubai we before return to the hotel. In the evening enjoy a dhow cruise dinner at Dubai Creek. Overnight in Dubai.
Day 3 - Dubai - Abu Dhabi
Breakfast at your hotel. Departure for a full day private guided 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”. Our first stop will be 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 clad in marble and also features intricate Islamic decoration and carvings as well as extensive landscaping works. We will continue our tour towards Abu Dhabi downtown. We will also visit the Al Hosn fort, the ancestral home of the Al Nahyan and the symbolic heart of Abu Dhabi We 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. Lunch will be served in a buffet style restaurant. In the afternoon, 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. The remaining part of the afternoon will be devoted to drive through the famous giant Saadiyat Island project where Louvre museum is built to complete the image of ABU DHABI as a cultural city. The tour will continue towards to Louvre Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum, located on the Cultural District. After the visit, we will transfer to famous Yas Island which houses the FORMULA 1 YAS circuit, the WARNER bros park & 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. Visit a Craft Centre in Abu Dhabi before checking in in your hotel. In the evening, dinner will be in a traditional Emirati style restaurant. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.
Day 4 - Abu Dhabi - Al Ain - Nizwa
After breakfast, we will start quite early and depart to the oasis city of Al Ain, located on the Hajjar Mountains. Al Ain 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 do an orientation tour of the city, we will pass the camel market, the largest in the UAE. Visit of 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 Sheik 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. Pass the Jahili fort, one of the largest castles in Al Ain and best-in-class example of the Islamic military architecture locally. Lunch will be a buffet with great varieties. After the tour of Al Ain, we proceed to the border of Emirates. We will enjoy the scenic drive through the inland of the Sultanate of Oman while heading towards Nizwa. We will cross the border at AL BURAIMI and after the immigration and custom formalities at both the borders, we will proceed to Nizwa. Dinner in Nizwa & overnight in Nizwa.
Day 5 - Nizwa - Wahiba Sands
After breakfast, before you head for Wahiba, we will do the city tour of Nizwa, our first stop will be the charming ancestral village of BIRKAT AL MAWZ at the bottom of the GREEN mountain, JEBEL AKHDAR. We will then stop at its famous souk. Nizwa sits on a plain characterized by seasonal rivers and palm plantations. It's known for Nizwa Fort, a castle with a huge cylindrical tower built in the 17th century to defend the city's position on a major trade route. The adjoining marketplace, Nizwa Souk, is lined with handicrafts stalls and silversmiths working in small shops. Nizwa was the ancient capital of OMAN. Highlight of the day is the visit of the possibly most impressing castle in the Sultanate of Oman, the castle of Jabreen. Lunch will be served in a local simple restaurant. If our visit falls on a Friday, we will not miss the Cattle market happening early morning at Nizwa early morning. In the afternoon, we will further move to Wahiba by coach. Our 4x4s will be meeting at the edge of the desert and transfer to the Desert camp. Dinner in the camp & Overnights at the desert Camp.
Day 6 - Wahiba - Sur - Muscat
After breakfast, we will go dune bashing in our 4x4 with our experienced drivers that will show their skill on the dune drive which is a thrilling experience. Then we continue in our bus to Wadi Bani Khalid . We will visit Wadi Bani Khalid – a lush green valley surrounded by rugged mountains. A unique scenery of OMAN , will be able possibly to swim and for sure to trek in that unique décor . We will enjoy an incredible view and a chance to capture the scenic beauty with your camera. Lunch will be served in WADI BANI KHALID in a simple place , before we continue to Sur which is 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, we will do a quick orientation of the city We will then continue our route to Muscat through the Omani mountains and wadis. We will pass by Wadi Shab, the famous Sinkhole where we will stop before reaching our destination. Drop off in your hotel in Muscat. Dinner in hotel & Overnight in Muscat
Day 7 - Muscat - Riyadh (Air Travel)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from hotel. We will visit MUSCAT. Drive through the beautiful embassy quarter, visit 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, we will continue exploring the different areas of the city. Lunch will be served in the city. After lunch, we will visit the famous Royal OPERA house of Muscat, a music sanctuary created recently by Sultan Qaboos. Afterwards we will visit Old Muscat, surrounded by steep mountains and flanked by twin 16thcentury 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 up into a fortress style reception. The museum includes traditional Omani weaponry, jeweler, 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…Dinner at a traditional oriental restaurant , where the smells of grilled meats and of burned apples and roses going out from the “shi-shas” will only confirm the relaxing atmosphere that the OMANI people .Enjoy a true experience before our last call to the airport .Transfer to Muscat Int’l Airport for a flight for onward or return destination. Arrival at Riyadh International airport, after visa and immigration formalities our representative will meet and escort the guests to their air-conditioned vehicle for their transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Riyadh.
Day 8 - Riyadh
Breakfast at the hotel. We will start our tour of mystic Riyadh by visiting the National museum which is the primary custodian of the Saudi national heritage and culture. The Museum is a place of learning and discovery, it offers an overview to the history of Arabian civilization from Prehistory to our modern era. We continue thereafter to the nearby Murabba Palace that is one of the historic buildings of the city. The palace was named after its square with the form of 400 by 400 meters. We will stop then for lunch in a typical local Saudi restaurant. Afternoon we will continue our tour of mystic Riyadh by visiting the Masmak Fort and its museum that depicts the history of the history of the conquest of Arabia by the Al-Saud family. The palace was built during the reign of Abdullah bin Rashid in the year 1895 A.D. to serve as military garrison for the Abdullah bin Rashid army. His Majesty King Abdulaziz, the father of the nation today, captured the fort in 1902 making of this fort the birthplace of the 3rd Saudi Kingdom, the modern one we live in. We will then visit the Dira Souq famous for buying antique carpets and other useful Saudi heritage antiques, while walking we will always smell sandal wood fragrance. We will finish our tour with a stunning viewpoint from one of the famous landmarks of Riyadh, the Kingdom Tower and the Faisaliah Tower, both great architectural achievements. At the end of the afternoon, back to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Riyadh.
Optional: Access to Skybridge on Kingdom tower.
Day 9 - Riyadh - Diriyah - Edge of the World - Riyadh
Breakfast at your hotel. And departure for the old city of Diriyah that used to be in the 19th century CE the capital of the high plateau of central Arabia called the Najd. Diriyah, which is located today in the outskirts of Riyadh, was built in the 15th century CE on the banks of Wadi Hanifa, a valley located in the eastern part of the Najd. It is one of the most important historical sites of Saudi Arabia as it is there that begins the history of the conquest of the Arabian Peninsula by the Al Saud family whose ancestors, known as the Bani Hanifa, settled there some five centuries ago. Lunch in the city. In the afternoon, we will start our trip to an exciting day to drive to the most famous natural of Riyadh Province: Edge of The World. It is in fact a spot located along the 1000km long Tuwaiq escarpment where the viewpoints from the top of the 300-meter-high cliffs are particularly dramatic. Once at Edge of the World we will hike along the majestic cliffs in order to enjoy the breathtaking viewpoints it offers. A traditional meal under a tent will be prepared for us by local Bedouins who will share with us the secrets of their culture around coffee and tea. Back at the hotel late evening. Overnight in Riyadh.
Day 10 - Riyadh to Ha'il by TRAIN
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart for Riyadh’s railway station and board the fast-new train for Ha’il. The railway link was constructed very recently and allows us to reach Hail in just under 5 hours. As we continue to the North, we reach the imposing Shammar mountain range before arriving into the city of Ha’il. Renowned for its hospitable people, Hail is traditionally the home of Saudi Arabia’s poets and writers. An interesting point about Hail, most of the early European explorers passed by this city during the 19th century (Charles Doughty, Lady Blunt, Charles Huber, Julius Euting… Lunch will be served on the train. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel. As it will be early in Hail in the early afternoon, we will visit the A’Arif Fort and the nearby heritage museum. Then we will have a walk at the traditional market where we will find the local delicacies. We will pass also by the Hail Regional Museum, and if it is open, we will drop there to admire its collection. Dinner and Overnight in Ha’il.
Day 11 - Ha'il - Jubah - Al Ula
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will start our journey to Jubbah that lies on an ancient lake. Several archaeological sites of human settlement from the Middle Paleolithic period were found around the margin of the paleolake. Jubbah is surrounded by large sandstone outcrops that are filled with ancient petroglyphs and inscriptions on the rock face. Jubbah benefited from past humid phases that turned the arid Arabian Peninsula into a savannah similar to what is found today in Africa. During the last humid period that took place from the 10th to the 6th millennium BCE the African monsoon rains filled rivers and lakes where wildlife thrived. If the animals that used to live there became instinct because of the desertification that started during the 6th millennium BCE, some men fixed forever their presence in Jubbah thanks to carvings of aurochs, cheetahs, lions…Those drawings are still visible today in the sides of several sandstone outcrops located on the western side of the paleolake like the Jebel Umm Sanman. Jubbah and Shuwaymis, the other major carving site of Hail Province, where listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 2015 for their numerous petroglyph panels and rich inscriptions. The region between Hail and Al-Ula offers some of the best desert experience in the world …On our way, we will pass through the famous desert of Nefuda Al Kabir or Al-Nefud, it is occupying a great oval depression. It is 290 kilometers long and 225 kilometers wide, with an area of 103,600 square kilometer. Lunch will be served en route. After this visit, we continue our route to the famous Al Ula area. This evening we arrive and check-in at our beautifully located permanent desert camp, our base for the night. Dinner and overnight in Al’Ula.
Day 12 - Al Ula
Breakfast at the hotel. Al-Ula is an ancient oasis that is inhabited for the last 7000 years as testify ancient carvings in and around the oasis. During the 1st millennium BCE the city of Dedan develops thanks to its strategic location on the frankincense trade road to become one of the oldest Arabian kingdoms that ruled over most of what is today Tabuk and Madinah provinces. During the 1st century BCE the Nabatean people coming from Petra settled 30 kilometers north of Dedan in Al-Hijr where they built 94 monumental tombs similar to the ones they dug in Petra. We will start our exciting day with the visit of two ancient carving sites in Al-Ula, then will pass by the ancient city of Dedan that was an important oasis on the frankincense trade route between Southern Arabia and the Mediterranean World. We continue then to the Old city of Al-Ula that became at the beginning of the Islamic era an important staging post along the pilgrimage route to Mecca. We will lunch en route then visit the ancient sites of Ekma and Abu ‘Aoud where the people of the oasis wrote texts in ancient scripts that we will decipher for you. We will finish this special day on top of the Harrat Al-Uwayrid for an amazing viewpoint of the oasis of Al-Ula. At the end of the afternoon, drive to the hotel, dinner & accommodation in Al-Ula.
Day 13 - Al Ula - Mada'in Saleh - Al Ula - Jeddah (Air Travel)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will start our journey with the visit of the famous Hegra (Madain Saleh) which is the first site of Saudi Arabia that was listed as UNESCO World Heritage site. Madain Saleh, whose original name was Al-Hijr or Hegra in Greek, is the southernmost important city of the Nabatean Kingdom that flourished thanks to the caravan trade between the 2nd century BCE until the Roman conquest in 106 CE. It is the second richest Nabatean city in terms of monumental tombs with 94 decorated funeral monuments including some of the most vibrant and well conserved architectural prowess of the Nabateans builders. We will lead you through this fascinating site and reveal to you the secrets of its tombs, ancient inscriptions, stone structures, and many others.
Our visit will be followed by a lunch before we head towards Jibal Al-Rukkab & Leopard trail. We will then visit Jebel Al-Fil for a relaxing time next to the “Elephant rock”. At the end of the day, drive to the AL Ula or Tabuk airport to catch your flight to JEDDAH. After one hour of flight, we will reach the coastal city on the Red Sea. Dinner en route. Overnight in JEDDAH.
Day 14 - Jeddah
Breakfast at your hotel. From the 7th century CE Jeddah was established as a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes, channeling goods to Mecca. It was also the gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Mecca who arrived by sea. On arrival, we will check in at the hotel. Lunch in the hotel and in the afternoon, we will start our tour by visiting the Old Jeddah called Al-Balad which was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. This walk tour of the old Town will take you along the narrow streets whose shade is provided by elegant tower houses made with coral stone and decorated by large wooden structures called Roshan. Most of those houses were built in the late 19th century but some of them are more than 400 years old. There we will visit the Bait Nassif, one of the prominent renovated houses of the old city which dates back to the mid 1800's, the Old Market and the old Mosque. We will end our tour driving towards the Jeddah Corniche which is the 30 km coastal resort area of the city of Jeddah. We will pass by the Al Rahmah Mosque also known as the floating mosque since it is built on piles above the water. Located along the Red Sea, the corniche features a coastal road, recreation areas, pavilions and large-scale civic sculptures as well as King Fahd's Fountain, the highest fountain in the world. Dinner and overnight in Jeddah.
Day 14 - Jeddah - Departure to home
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Jeddah International airport for your departure flight.
NUMBER OF DAYS: 15
LAND TOURS BEGINS/ENDS:
Dubai, UAE to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
October 17th to 31st, 2024
DEPOSIT PER PERSON:
$300 non-refundable deposit per person / subject to change without notice.
FINAL PAYMENT DUE:
June 1st, 2024
LAST DAY TO CANCEL:
June 1st, 2024
Heart Cruises will provide ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreters for this trip.
ASL interpreters included
14 nights Hotel accommodation
Meals as per itinerary
All transfers and luggage handling within Saudi Arabia & UAE
All hotel taxes and service charge
Sightseeing, including English speaking guide
Dubai City Tour
Cross the Dubai Creek by “Water Taxi”
Visit DUBAI museum
Mandi local food experience
Shopping at Dubai Mall
Visit Burj Khalifa area
OW Monorail to Atlantis
Dhow cruise dinner
Abu Dhabi City Tour
Visit Louvre Museum
Visit Al Hosn Fort
Traditional Emirati dinner
Visit of AL AIN, Camel market, palace & Museums
Visit of Jabreen fortress
Visit of Nizwa
Visit of Wahiba Desert and overnight in the desert
4X4 Jeeps for Wahiba & Wadi Bani Khaled transfers
Muscat City Tour & Museum of BAIT AL ZUBAIR
Visit of ROYAL OPERA house
Dinner at an ORIENTAL restaurant
Visit Riyadh National museum
Visit Murabba palace
Passing the famous Kingdom Tower
Explore Masmak fort
Visit Dira souq
Explore old city of Dirriyyah
Explore Wadi Hanifa
Visit Edge of the World – Tuwaiq
Visit traditional village “Sadous of the Najd”
Train experience Riyadh to Ha’il
Visit A’Arif fort & Heritage museums
Visit Jubbah & Shuwaymis – carving site of Ha’il (UNESCO SITE)
Visit Ekma & Abu Aoud
Visit the famous Hegra (Madain Saleh) – UNESCO site
Visit Jebel Al-Fil (Elephant mountain)
Explore old market in Jeddah
Visit Gold market & Ukash mosque
Enjoy King Fahd’s fountain – Highest in the World
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Porterage & Tips
Insurance: assistance, cancellation, luggage…
Beverages & meals not above mentioned
Visits not mentioned in the program
Personal expenses (telephones, minibar etc…)
Tips to the guide & driver (we suggested USD 3 per person per day for the guide and USD 2 per person per day for the driver)
Exhibition / Event supplements, New Year, Xmas, Islamic Holiday supplements.
Movenpick Bur Dubai or Novotel Bur Dubai
Le Royal Meridien or Novotel Al Bustan
Golden Tulip or Falaj Daris
Sheraton Hotel or City Season
Rosh Rayhann By Rotana or Holiday Inn Al Qasr
Millennium Hotel or Golden Tulip
Shaden Resort or Sahary Resort
Movenpick or Radisson Blu Plaza
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