Dubai Dunes & Opulent Oman, United Arab Emirates
CURATED EXOTIC ESCAPES
EXOTIC ESCAPES - DUBAI DUNES & OPULENT OMAN
This is a ThirdHome tailored private journey (ideal for 2-6 people) and not a commercial group tour. Our customized journeys allow members to set their own travel dates and include their individual personal interests along with specific excursions, dining and regional opportunities that they may wish to experience for the perfectly-personal journey experience. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in property details below.
Experience 10 nights/11 days discovering the boundless exotic Arabian desert region, ancient cities and majestic mountains on a single inspiring itinerary. With your private guide you will navigate Muscat's bustling souk and witness nesting green sea turtles; journey within the Wahiba Sands dunes by 4-wheel encountering with a mystical culture; venture through tiny villages and a breathtaking desert oasis; encounter the art of falconry; embark on a luxury dinner cruise in Dubai and take a heritage safari into the Dubai Conservation Reserve.
DUBAI DUNES & OPULENT OMAN Journey Itinerary in brief:
DAY 1: ARRIVE MUSCAT, OMAN
Arrive in Muscat, where you will be met and privately transferred to your luxury palace hotel. Remaining of the day and evening at your leisure to relax.
DAY 2: MUSCAT & BUSTLING SOUKS
Discover the city of Muscat, seeing the Grand Mosque, constructed of Rajasthani sandstone, and the Muttrah souk, a traditional Omani market filled with frankincense, silver handicrafts and pashmina shawls. At the Bait Al Zubair museum, see archeological relics, clothing and jewelry that offer insight into Omani culture and history. At the Sultan’s Palace, visit the Mirani and Jalali forts, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Return to your hotel, with time at leisure. Evening is on your own to relax and taste the local cuisine from a list of recommended fine local establishments. (Breakfast included)
DAY 3: SUR & GREEN SEA TURTLES
Follow the coast to Sur, passing through the village of Quriyat and seeing Bimah Sinkhole — a limestone crater — en route. Continue to Wadi Tiwi, with its deep, narrow gorges carved from towering seaside cliffs. In Sur, visit the fishermen’s harbor and the dhow building yard to learn how Omani wooden boats are built by hand. Tonight, arrive in Ras el-Jinz, where green turtles nest on calm beaches. Witness this natural phenomenon firsthand as you encounter with the turtles along with your expert guide. Evening at leisure and overnight at your lovely beach resort. (Breakfast included)
DAY 4: WADI BANI KHALID & THE DUNES
Drive over Jaalan Bani Bu Ali and Hassan to reach Wadi Bani Khalid, an oasis of shaded palms and natural pools. You may opt to take a dip in the clear, deep, cool waters. Proceed to the undulating red and white Wahiba Sands, taking note of pretty villages that cling to the slopes of the rugged mountainside en route. Set out to discover the boundless dunes by 4x4 vehicle. Spend the rest of the night at leisure in wonderful accommodations. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
DAY 5: NIZWA & THE FORTRESS
Drive to the historic city of Nizwa, where you visit its fort, a converted military stronghold with panoramic views of the ancient town and surrounding mountains. Return to your hotel, with afternoon time free to relax or further explore on your own. Evening at leisure. (Breakfast included).
DAYS 6-7: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Depart Nizwa and journey onward visiting the small village of El Ayn, seeing its Bronze Age necropolises. Cross the United Arab Emirates’ border and proceed to Abu Dhabi, where you check in to your luxury hotel. Spend the rest of the day and the following day at leisure, choosing to take in some luxurious shopping, dining and enjoying your resort oasis. You may also opt to visit Ferrari World on a guided excursion or perhaps golf or ski in the desert. Evenings free to to enjoy as you wish. (Breakfast included each day)
DAY 8: ABU DHABI & FALCONRY
Take a guided tour of Abu Dhabi, seeing the Falcon Hospital and Manarat Al Saadiyat, a falconry museum to experience the art of falconry. See the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque, followed by Al Hosn Palace, now a center for documentation and research. Visit Manarat Al Saadiyat, an arts center that offers insight into local culture. Drive along the beautiful Corniche for panoramic city views en route to Dubai. Check in to your luxury hotel. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
DAY 9: DUBAI & DINNER CRUISE
Begin the day marveling at the world’s tallest building: Burj Khalifa, situated next to the massive Dubai Mall. Visit the aquarium, which brims with the aquatic life, including sharks and stingrays. See the Dubai Marina district, which features the world’s largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah. Visit Madinat Jumeirah bazaar before checking in to your luxurious hotel. Later in the early evening, board the glass-enclosed, air-conditioned Bateaux Dubai for a gourmet dinner cruise, accompanied by unique live entertainment. Overnight in Dubai. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
DAY 10: DUBAI & BEDOUIN EVENING
Drive to the heritage area of Bastakiya, where you discover Al Fahidi Fort, site of the Dubai Museum. Continue to Abra, crossing the creek by water taxi. Stroll through the spice and gold souks. See Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Mosque. In the afternoon, embark on a heritage safari by 1950’s Land Rover, skirting the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in search of local wildlife. Continue your desert adventure within a lantern-lit Bedouin exotic retreat, where you will dine under twinkling skies around the dunes. Return to your hotel for the evening. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
DAY 11: DEPART DUBAI
Transfer to the airport and board your home-bound flight.
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
Muscat & Dubai
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome Keys & exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
Places of Interest
- Muscat & Sur
- Wadi Bani Khalid & Nizwa
- Abu Dhabi & Dubai
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