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Treasures of the Sheikhdoms of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar & Kuwait

November 08 to 19, 2018

Best known for their wealth and abundance of oil, the Gulf States are also housing some remarkable museums that display magnificent ancient Islamic art, calligraphy, pottery, embroideries and jewelry. This unique tour will visit Bahrain, an archipelago located in the heart of the Gulf that boasts a unique blend of ancient and modern; a destination where glistening skyscrapers share the skyline with majestic, centuries-old mosques. Aside from exploring the traditional markets and abundant attractions of the tiny Kingdom of Bahrain, you will visit Qatar, where you saunter around the Old Souk (market), through the maze of alleyways and down to the nearby Dhow Harbor to see some of the Gulf's traditional and distinctive trading vessels and the world-class Islamic Arts Museum. In the UAE, you will marvel at Abu Dhabi's unique architecture, which is an intriguing interpretation of Islamic designs crafted in modern materials, as well as one of the most futuristic cities in the world. When in Dubai, an emirate that transformed itself in the last few decades from an obscure pearl-fishing village into one of the worlds’ most important trade hubs and a land of luxuries, you will also visit the Old town as well as the nearby Emirates of Sharjah and Al Ain, two places boosting world class historical buildings and ruins.

Per person sharing in double occupancy (land Only): $2,995.00
Single Supplement: $995.00   

Led by local guides

Price based on a group size minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 participants

This tour can be added as a post tour to Oman

Your tour does not include

  • International airfare (varies by departure cities) & Muscat/Dubai/Doha/Bahrain/Kuwait flights (Currently pricing at approx. $650.00 – subject to change).
  • All visas currently obtainable on arrival. UAE (free), Qatar ($30.00), Bahrain ($15.00) & for Kuwait {$45.00) - All subject to change.
  • Beverages with meals and meals not mentioned.
  • Dubai Tourism Dirham fee of US$ 4.10 per bedroom per night to be collected directly from the client upon check in.
  • Gratuities to drivers, porters, restaurant and hotel staff (This trip being without a US tour manager we cannot include them).
  • Dayroom or extra hotel nights necessitated by airline flight schedule changes.
  • Airport transfers if not arriving/departing on scheduled group flights.
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as: beverages with meals, telephone, email, camera fees, laundry bills, etc.
  • Travel Insurance.

Your tour includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer in private A/C car with meeting & transfers to/from all airports.
  • 12 nights in First class (4*) accommodations in centrally-located hotels on Bed and Breakfast basis.
  • Travel by modern, air-conditioned Van or mini bus in all countries. 
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary plus Dhow Dinner Cruise.
  • Entrance Fees to all visited sites and museums.
  • English Speaking local guides in each Emirate for all your mentioned tours and visits.
  • All activities described in the tour.


View Tour Itinerary

Thursday, Nov 08
Arrival to Dubai (UAE)

Arrival at Dubai International Airport, upon arrival meet and Assist by our Representative and transfer to the Holiday Inn Bur or Novotel Al-Barsha (or similar) for check in, free time at leisure. Remark: Standard check in time at the hotel is 15:00 pm.

Friday, Nov 09
Dubai – Dhow Cruise

Breakfast in the hotel and then free time at leisure. In the afternoon, begin your half day city tour of Dubai, first for a photo stop of the famous icon of the city, Burj Al Arab Hotel. Then drive through the Jumeirah coastline for another photo stop at the magnificent mosque. Then, drive past the Manhattan of Dubai - the Sheikh Zayed Road and proceed to the oldest part of the city, Bastakia where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants are still to be seen. In the same area we visit Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has survived for two centuries. We continue through the cloth markets and end up at the Abras, local water taxis that will take us across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. Walk through the bustling alleys and allow the mystical aromas of numerous spices to tantalize your senses while the breath-taking amount of dazzling gold will dazzle your eyes. Last stop will be in Downtown Burj Dubai for Photo Stop and witness the dancing fountain. The show starts at 18:00. Fountain show timings can change by a couple of minutes depending on the specific day's prayer times. In the evening, pick up at 19:30 for the Dhow Dinner Cruise then return to your hotel for overnight. (B,D)

Saturday, Nov 10
Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back

Explore the capital of UAE, from Dubai; we drive past Jebel Ali Port –one of the finest man-made ports and Jebel Ali Free Zone. Abu Dhabi is the abode of the Ruling family and a Centre of oil business. Also known as the Arabian Jewel. Upon arrival, visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Women's Handicraft Centre, where you can admire the skill and dexterity of local ladies making traditional handicrafts. We will visit the newly opened Louvre Museum of Abu Dhabi which is part of 30 year agreement between city of Abu Dhabi and French government. It is approximately 260,000 sq ft in size, which makes it the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula. (B)

Sunday, Nov 11
Dubai to Al Ain and back

Al Ain, the Garden City of the UAE, one of the oldest settlements, a green city with an incredible number of public parks, also the birthplace of H.H. Sheikh Zayed, the Former President of the UAE. It is also a famous university city. Our tour includes visits to the most important museum in the UAE which houses artifacts of ancient times that have been discovered in and around the city, ancient Arabic manuscripts and royal treasures. Stop at the traditional camel market, a great chance to have a close up look at these “ships of desert”. The village boasts old forts, date palm groves and 2000 year old irrigation systems called Falaj, which are still in use. Last stop on our tour are the Hili gardens, the excavation site of a tomb dating back 3000 B.C. and other archaeological discoveries. Back to your hotel in Dubai for overnight. (B,L)

Monday, Nov 12
Dubai to Sharjah and back

This tour will take you to Sharjah, the ‘Pearl of the Gulf’. We start with a photo‐stop at Al Buhaira Mosque and proceed to the largest mosque in Sharjah, the King Faisal Mosque. We then visit the renovated Fort of Sharjah, former residence of the ruling family originally built in 1820 and continue the tour with a walk to the heritage area or Sharjah’s ‘Old Town’. After a stroll through the restored traditional market Souk Al Arsa. You have time to explore Souk Al Markazi, a treasure trove of carpets, jewelry and handicrafts before returning back to Dubai for your overnight. (B,L)

Tuesday, Nov 13
Dubai (UAE) – Manama (Bahrain)

Take morning flight from Dubai to Manama. Meet your guide and driver and begin your day with the tour of the Old Palace and the Guest Palace in the Gudaibiya area of Manama.. We then proceed to the island of Muharraq to visit Shaikh Isa House, a fine example of 19th-century patrician residence. Next is the nearby Arad Fort which was built in the 15th century in typical period style. It was occupied by the Portuguese for 100 years and is also referred to as the Portuguese Fort. Then get ready to savor the finest Arabic sweets and pastries at a typical Arabic confectionery. After a break for lunch, visit Bahrain Fort and Museum before the tour concludes with a visit to the House of Qur'an where you will see rare and precious collections of ancient Quranic manuscripts as well as Islamic works of art dating back to centuries. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B)

Wednesday, Nov 14

Start your day heading to Al Fateh Grand Mosque, the island’s largest and a magnificent piece of architecture then visit to Saar where a 3900 BC town is being excavated. We then proceed to AI Jasra Handicraft Centre where we meet locals displaying their craft. We then go past Al Jasra House which is the birthplace of the Amir, and stop at the Al Jasra Handicraft Center en route to the 25-km breathtaking Causeway linking Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. We also pass a 5,000 year old burial mound. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B)

Thursday, Nov 15
Manama (Bahrain) – Kuwait (Kuwait) - Doha (Qatar)

You will be picked up from the hotel for your transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to Qatar (Doha), upon arrival meet and transfer to Souq Waqif hotel (or similar). Free evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Friday, Nov 16

Begin your day with a full tour visiting Katara Cultural Village, then the Equestrian Club to view some of the most beautiful pure-bred Arab horse, then head to the shopping mall for short guided tour and then free time for own exploration and shopping. Enjoy a delicious lunch as well. Then head to visit the Museum of Islamic Art, one of the Gulf region's newest and most fabulous museums followed by a tour around Souq Waqif and the Falcon Shops, the most traditional of souks; it first started as a weekend market for local Bedouins, selling meat, wool, milk and other staples. Today, this maze of alleyways covers a large area with separate sections selling traditional clothing, perfumes, spices/incense & dried fruit. Back to your hotel (B,L)

Saturday, Nov 17

Our day will start with a visit to the Al Zubarah Archeological site. The walled coastal town of Al Zubarah in the Gulf flourishedas pearling and trading center in the late 18’th centuries. We will also visit Al-Shahaniya, a camel racing track, the Sheikh Faisal Museum and Barzan Tower. (B,L)

Sunday, Nov 18
Doha (Qatar) to Kuwait City (Kuwait)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kuwait and upon arrival meet and transfer to your hotel for check in. Balance of day is free. Overnight. (B)

Monday, Nov 19

After breakfast visit Bait Al-Othman historic museum in Kuwait, inaugurated by the Amir of Kuwait in April 2013, the Museum is dedicated to the history and culture of Kuwait from the pre-oil era to present time. Continue passing by the National Assembly (parliament House), then Pass by the Seif Palace (Amir’s Office), photo stop of the Grand Mosque, Banking Street, to reach the Traditional Souk of Kuwait, afterwards head to reach the Dhow Harbor and the Fish Market for great photo opportunities. Drive back to the Kuwait Towers (The iconic landmark of Kuwait city) and ascend to 120 meters in the viewing sphere to get a picturesque view of the city & coastline before transferring to the airport for your flight late evening or early AM to USA. (B)

Arrival USA on Tuesday, Nov 20.

We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed