Tour of Oman & UAE With Cosmos® Budget Tour Packages

Oman & The United Arab Emirates (6750)

10 Day Tour from Muscat to Dubai

2016 Tour Details

Your fascinating journey to this magical part of the globe begins in Muscat, Oman, capital of the Sultanate since 1793. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque with its 21-ton prayer carpet, the Old Muttrah Souk, and the Amouage perfume factory. Experience desert life during an overnight in a tented camp in the Wahiba Sands, and take a refreshing dip in the deep pools at Wadi Bani Khalid. Visit Sur and Nizwa, then cross over the border into the United Arab Emirates. Stop in the charming desert oasis of Al Ain with its impressive archaeological park and museum, and visit the camel market. From Abu Dhabi, continue to Dubai, the dynamic business center that boasts the tallest man-made structure in the world: the Burj Khalifa. Also see ancient and contemporary architecture; shop in one of the famous malls; take photographs of the stunning palaces, mosques, and souk; and experience an evening on board a traditional wooden boat.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Muscat, Sur, Jabreen Fort, Nizwa, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai

Scenic Highlights:
Omani Coastal Road, Wadi Bani Khalid, Wahiba Sands, Al Hamra

NOTES:
Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
On this vacation, many paths are challenging to maneuver, as they are narrow and/or uneven, and may be unsuitable for wheelchairs or walkers.
Due to construction projects throughout the U.A.E., passengers may experience heavier-than-normal dust and/or noise in some areas.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Aflaj irrigation system
  • Cultural sights of Al Ain

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach and/or 4x4 vehicles

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 lunches; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Muscat, Oman

Check into your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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Day 2 Muscat

Capital of the Sultanate of Oman since 1793 and an important port town, lovely Muscat has attracted foreign tradesmen and settlers throughout the centuries. Today, its picturesque setting between the Gulf of Oman and Western Al Hajar Mountains lures visitors to its golden beaches and fascinating vestiges of ancient culture. Included city sightseeing visits the SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE, an architectural gem built from 300,000 tons of Indian sandstone and home to a handmade Persian carpet that is reportedly the second-largest in the world. Also visit the AMOUAGE PERFUME FACTORY, where luxury fragrances are produced; the MUTTRAH SOUK, a traditional market where you can still purchase things like frankincense, silver jewelry, and Bedouin crafts; and the BAIT AL ZUBAIR MUSEUM, housing the finest privately owned collection of Omani artifacts. Also stop to take photos outside the Sultan’s Palace with its blue and gold mushroom pillars.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Muscat–Sur–Wadi Bani Khalid–Wahiba Sands

Meander along the coastal road this morning, stopping at the BIMMAH SINKHOLE, which legend says was created when a piece of the moon fell from the sky. Enjoy a swim in its clear, blue waters before heading towards Sur to visit FISHERMEN’S HARBOUR and the DHOW BUILDING YARD, where traditional Omani wooden fishing boats are crafted by hand. Step aboard your four-wheel-drive vehicle and enjoy a radical change of scenery as we head inland to WADI BANI KHALID, a peaceful valley known for its natural beauty, abundant vegetation, and intriguing caves. Take a quick dip in one of the deep pools before continuing on to the WAHIBA SANDS, a large desert noted for its wide array of flora, fauna, migratory birds, and Bedouins who gather here each summer to pick dates in the oasis. Spend the night in a TENTED CAMP for a true taste of life in the desert.

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Day 4 Wahiba Sands–Nizwa. Excursion to Birkat Al-Mawz–Al Hamra

This morning, get a better understanding of the Bedouin lifestyle as you visit one of the region’s many settlements. Reach Nizwa, capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th centuries and one of the oldest cities in Oman. Visit the NIZWA SOUK, where you can haggle for a great price on spices, silver, pottery, and more. Rejoin your motorcoach and head towards the mountains for a picture stop at BIRKAT AL-MAWZ with its palm groves and terraced rose orchards, then Al Hamra, home to some of the oldest preserved houses in the country and boasting stunning panoramic views. Also on the agenda is JABREEN FORT, built in 1670 as a defensive stronghold and considered one of the most impressive forts in the Sultanate. Return to Nizwa for overnight.

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Day 5 Nizwa–Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Leave Nizwa this morning and say goodbye to your Oman guide and driver, cross the border into the United Arab Emirates, and meet your guide and driver for the Emirates part of the journey. Reach the “Garden City” of Al Ain, a charming desert oasis that was originally a stop on the caravan trail. Today, it is a university city, center of agriculture, and the second-largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. On the included city sightseeing tour, visit the HILI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK, the largest Bronze Age complex in the country, and the SHEIKH ZAYED PALACE MUSEUM. Set around courtyards and lofty palms, this beautiful cinnamon-colored palace was built in 1937 for the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Also enjoy a swim in the thermal waters at the GREEN MUBAZZARAH HOT SPRING.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Ail Ain–Abu Dhabi

This morning, visit the Al Ain National Museum before continuing to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. On arrival, enjoy an orientation drive along the Corniche, with a picture stop at Al-Hosn Palace, one of the city’s oldest buildings. Also visit HERITAGE VILLAGE, a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village that includes a goat-hair tent, artisan workshops, a falaj irrigation system, and more; and see the BREAKWATER and the FISH MARKET. This evening, enjoy an included DHOW CRUISE aboard a traditional wooden boat with dinner on board.

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Day 7 Abu Dhabi

Morning at leisure. This afternoon, included sightseeing features the iconic EMIRATES PALACE hotel, the breathtaking white SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE, and Yas Island, home to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, for a picture stop.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Abu Dhabi–Dubai

Depart Abu Dhabi and head for Dubai, where an orientation drive introduces you to the dynamic business center. View Dubai Creek; see the ancient Al Bastakiya area, dating back to the 1690s; and hear about the history of Dubai at the AL-FAHIDI FORT, the oldest architectural masterpiece in the city. Next, visit the SPICE MARKET and the GOLD SOUK, and marvel at the Burj Khalifa, completed in 2010 as the tallest man-made structure in the world. Finally, a picture stop at the Jumeirah Mosque, built in the medieval Fatimid tradition.

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Day 9 Dubai

A whole day to do as you please. Shop at one of the many famous malls, or marvel at the daring contemporary architecture. Consider joining an optional excursion.

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Day 10 Dubai

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

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 Accommodations

MUSCAT Majan Continental (F)
WAHIBA SANDS Arabian Oryx Camp,
NIZWA Golden Tulip (F)
AL AIN Ayla (F)
ABU DHABI Le Meridien (F)
DUBAI Copthorne (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Dubai

Dubai

Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner
Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

This safari gives you an opportunity to see the Golden sand Dunes of Arabia in 4 wheel drives where you experience the thrill of a life time, roller coaster ride on the sand dunes. You stop on the highest sand dune to view the beautiful sunset for some breathtaking photographs and refresh your selves with mineral water. Then continue the journey to the Bedouin Campsite in the heart of the Desert, where Henna Design, Arabic GAVA, local dresses, soft drinks, water, tea or coffee are available for you to choose from. Try your hands on some Camel rides and Hubbly Bubbly on different flavors to suit your taste. Adding to the atmosphere of the night, an enchanting belly dancer performs a fascinating dance to a rhythm of an Arabic music. To top it all with the delicious BBQ buffet dinner.

Approximate value: $80 USD per person

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