Exploring OMAN & UNITED ARAB EMIRATES with MSC Bellissima 12 Days
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Dubai CROWNE PLAZA DEIRA/ SWISSHOTEL 5* or similar
Give yourself the gift of a cruise vacation from the Arab Emirates with MSC Cruises. Dubai is the second largest Emirate after Abu Dhabi and represents a true technological, state-of-the-art paradise on the edge of the desert. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.
Day 1: Depart for the United Arab Emirates
Depart for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Your
international flight includes meals
Day 2: Arrive in Dubai
Arrive in Dubai, the quintessential land of opulence, wealth and astonishing skyscrapers that stand alongside ancient mosques. Meet outside the airport with our English speaking guide, Transfer to hotel in Dubai.
Day 3: Dubai (B)
Free at leisure in the morning and then experience the new Dubai where the vision is larger than life. Driving down Sheikh Zayed Road admire the glittering high rises en route to Jumeirah area. Proceed to Jumeirah, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai. Pass by the iconic landmark of Dubai, Burj Al Arab Hotel. Visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a beautiful recreation of an Arabian style market place. Drive to Palm Jumeirah, a fully reclaimed, palm shaped island that is home to the magnificent Atlantis, The Palm. Then visit Miraj Islamic Art Center. Take a 1 way ride Mono rail across the Atlantis hotel, out view Atlantis hotel. Our final stop will be *optional Evening Marina Dhow cruise with Dinner For a fabulous relaxing evening join our traditional Arabian dhow for a journey with a view of the fascinating skyline and scenery of New Dubai, Enjoy a sumptuous feast of International cuisine while gently gliding past the canal city along the Persian Gulf shoreline.
Day 4: Dubai (B)
In the morning, tour start to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai, to reach the museum located in Al Fahidi Fort. All aboard the Abra (water taxi) to cross the Creek to the spice souk. You have good opportunities to stroll and time to shop in the most famous landmark of Dubai – the gold souk. Then join the thrilling *optional Desert Safari this afternoon. Board a 4X4 vehicle in Dubai and head out towards the highest sand dunes of the surreal surrounding desert. Feel the thrill of “dune bashing” as you spiral up and down the enormous golden dunes. Stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching Bedouin Campsite. You’ll be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee and might have the opportunity to ride a camel. Then, enjoy a specially prepared Barbeque Dinner, prepared on an open fire. Later, a captivating belly dancer enchants you with her swirling dances under the starlit sky before returning to Dubai.
Day 5: Dubai (B, D)
Free at leisure in the morning and then take a leisurely stroll along Dubai’s vast coastline this morning or head to the colossal Dubai Mall for shopping and perhaps indoor skiing on the vast slopes. Then you may join *the optional tour at Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building, climb the tower to have a panoramic view of Dubai. Here you have time to admire the Dubai Fountain, a spectacle of lights and sound and one of the world’s largest performing fountains. The tour continues to Transfer to cruise port for your cruise at 6:30pm. Tonight you will enjoy the gourmet dinner on the cruise.
<**Abu Dhabi Shore Excursion USD75** >
You will be met at Abu Dhabi cruise port by your excursions representative who will then guide you to your air conditioned transportation ready to commence your tour.
Abu Dhabi is the largest and most popular of the seven emirates due to its wonderful traditional architecture, rich heritage and luxurious hotels. The emirate has become very popular with tourists and has grown to be a worldwide shopping and entertainment destination.
One of the main industries of Abu Dhabi is oil, or “Black Gold” and you will learn how it is processed before visiting the renovated Alhosn Palace. The palace is more than 200 years old and was built by Sheikh Bin Zayed A|l Nahyam as a castle. Next on your tour will be the famous Emirates Palace Hotel. The hotel is the second most expensive in the world and is so luxurious it even has rooms decorated in gold and marble! A drive along the beautiful Corniche gives a magnificent panoramic view over the city as you head to the famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The mosque was built by artisans from all over the world including Italy, Germany, Morocco, India and China and their individual influences are woven into the structure in a beautiful way. The mosque can hold up to 40,000 worshippers and is as big as five football pitches.
Other departure cities available from $100 to $200, please call us for details
Burj Al Arab- Sail Hotel Afternoon Tea with Tour Dubai- USD$250 per person with champagne
Burj Al Arab- Sail Hotel DINNER-USD$290 per person including transportation
Conclude your unforgettable tour by having a 7 Course “high tea” in Sahn Eddar Lobby Lounge, at the only 7-star, world famous hotel Burj Al Arab, designed to resemble a billowing sail, soaring to a height of 321-meters, dominating the Dubai Jumeirah skyline. Illuminated at night by choreographed art-light, representing water and fire Burj Al Arab is simply individual, inspired, impressive.
Half Day Dubai tour with Lunch- USD$65 PERSON
Dubai tour with Lunch ( Bastakia Quarter, Mushrif Park, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctury Dubai, Dubai marina)
The Bastakia Quarter was built in the late 19th century to be the home of wealthy Persian merchants who dealt mainly in pearls and textiles, and were lured to Dubai because of the tax-free trading and access to Dubai Creek. Bastakia occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek and the coral and limestone buildings here, many with walls topped with wind-towers, have been excellently preserved. Wind-towers provided the homes here with an early form of air conditioning, with the wind trapped in the towers funnelled down into the houses. Persian merchants likely transplanted this architectural element (common in Iranian coastal houses) from their home country to the Gulf.
Mushrif Park is a natural ghaf forest with many trees, bushes and flowers. The park covers 124 ha with many features including swimming pools, fountain and lakes, children's play areas, as well as train, camel and pony rides. A population of Bruce's Scops owls nest in the park as well as a number of other species including Orphean warblers, eastern black redstarts, yellow-throated sparrows and Hoopoe. It's a great place to escape the city bustle.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary Dubai is not just a desirable hotspot for millions of tourists each year — it's the destination of choice for tens of thousands of migrating birds. In the wetlands, just metres away from the busy city, you'll find the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Translated as ‘Cape of the Creek,' Ras Al Khor sits at the mouth of Dubai's Creek and is among the few protected urban areas in the world.
Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city built along a 3 kilometer stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. It was inspired by the Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver, Canada. Dubai Marina is entirely man-made and upon completion it is claimed to be the world’s largest man-made marina. When the entire development completed it will accommodate more than 120,000 people in residential towers and Villas. Dubai marina development comprises of two phases. At the moment The Phase 1 has been completed. Phase 1 covers 25 acres which includes six freehold apartment buildings, Dubai Marina Towers including The Princess Tower which is among top 5 tallest skyscrapers in Dubai, Dubai Walkway.
Desert Safari - USD$75 PERSON
Join the thrilling Optional Desert Safari ($75/person) this afternoon. Board a 4X4 vehicle in Dubai and head out towards the highest sand dunes of the surreal surrounding desert. Feel the thrill of "dune bashing" as you spiral up and down the enormous golden dunes. Stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching the Bedouin Campsite. You'll be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee and might have the opportunity to ride a camel. Then, enjoy a specially prepared Barbeque Dinner, prepared on an open fire. Later, a captivating belly dancer enchants you with her swirling dances under the starlit sky before returning to Dubai
Evening Marina Dhow cruise with Dinner - USD$85 PERSON
For a fabulous relaxing evening join our traditional Arabian dhow for a journey with a view of the fascinating skyline and scenery of New Dubai, Enjoy a sumptuous feast of International cuisine while gently gliding past the canal city along the Persian Gulf shoreline.
Note: Based on the available time only we may go to hotel before proceeding for Marina dhow cruise.
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's
responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date
of travel and a visa if required.
Nationals of Canada can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of
30 days. They can apply to extend their stay for an additional 30 days.