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Trip Highlights

Discover the ancient sites, modern skylines and coastal beaches of the Arabian peninsula on this exciting ten-night journey. Visit Dubai, home to the world’s tallest building. Cruise to Sir Bani Yas to see the Arabian Wildlife Park or take a dip at Cruise Beach. Visit Abu Dhabi and the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Experience the traditions of Qatar in Doha’s Souq Waquif. Glimpse an ancient culture at Bahrain Fort, circa 2200 BC, and the Pearling Path. In Fujaira, choose a desert safari or a day at a beach resort. Explore Oman’s 16th century forts or the Muttrah Souk and see the desert fjords of the Musandam Peninsula.

Shared departure: This departure is shared with other universities.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart for the United Arab Emirates

 

Day 2-3 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The largest emirate in the U.A.E., dynamic Dubai is a futuristic wonderland featuring Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

Day 4 – Sir Bani Yas, United Arab Emirates

The island of Sir Bani Yas is home to the Arabian Wildlife Park, a nature reserve and a refuge for endangered animals of U.A.E., Africa, and other countries. See big game on the meticulously restored savanna, or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach.

Day 5 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi is a proud city of sophistication and elegance. Its Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in U.A.E., is a marvel of beauty and inventive design. See the innovative Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, opened in 2017, or head to Al Ain Oasis to stroll beneath the cool canopy of date palms and mango trees.

Day 6 – Doha, Qatar

Doha’s sleek, jagged city skyline is like no other. Stroll the Corniche for excellent views of this energetic metropolis from the waterfront. Shopping is an exhilarating cultural adventure at Souq Waqif—make your way through its alleyways to must-see Falcon Souq for a glimpse of Qatari falconry traditions.

Day 7 – Bahrain, Bahrain

Bahrain, the “Island of Pearls,” is an archipelago of thirty-three islands in the Persian Gulf. Travel to sites like Bahrain Fort, whose origins date to 2200 BC, and the fascinating Pearling Path in Muharraq, which preserves the history of a culture built on harvesting pearls.

Day 8 – Cruising the Gulf of Oman

 

Day 9 – Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

Situated at the foot of the Hajjar Mountain range, Fujaira presents opportunities for trekking on a desert safari and deep-sea fishing. Visit East Coast attractions such as the 300-year-old Fujairah Fort, or simply relax with a cocktail at a beach resort.

Day 10 – Muscat, Oman

A delightful respite from this region’s flashier tourist destinations, Muscat’s beauty showcases Omani charm rather than glitz. Seek out antiques and handicrafts among the treasures of the maze-like Muttrah Souq, venture into the atmospheric old town to visit the sixteenth-century forts Al Jalali and Mirani, and see the fanciful Al Alam Palace.

Day 11 – Khasab, Oman

The fishing port of Khasab, the “Norway of Arabia,” offers access to a rare vista of isolated desert fjords. Join a dhow excursion to the Musandam Peninsula to see bottlenose and humpback dolphins in this sublime landscape, or stay shoreside to visit the picturesque Khasab Castle.

Day 12 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Disembark in Dubai.

 

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Your Journey

Middle East Meandering

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  • Feb. 27–March 10, 2021
(12 days)
Starting price: $3,099
Air inclusive; Singles please ask
Deposit per person: $950
Africa & the Middle East
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Type: Ocean Cruise, Shared Departure

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