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Small Ship Cruising

Portrait of Arabia: The Emirates, Qatar & Oman

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$13,880 AUD
Journey Type
Small Ship
Time of Year
Jan
Cities & Landmarks
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Khasab, Qasr Al Watan, Khasab Fort
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Burj Khalifa Skyscraper Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

Experience Dubai’s rich cultural traditions on a private Heritage Desert Safari aboard vintage 1950s Land Rovers, and dine at a Bedouin camp in the desert

 

Sail the fjords of Khasab on a private dhow cruise in the “Norway of Arabia”

 

Visit a wildlife preserve on Sir Baniyas Island, created as a refuge for endangered species, now home to thousands of animals, including giraffes, Arabian antelope, cheetahs, jackals, and more

 

Visit the world’s largest falcon veterinary hospital where you will learn about the magnificent birds and their importance to Arab culture and have an opportunity to observe their care

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

Aboard ship alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available throughout the day, including house wines & spirits. Premium spirits and wines are available at extra cost

 

Explore Qsar Al Watan, the new presidential palace in Abu Dhabi, stunning in scale and artistry, lavish with domes, Mughal arches, and steeped in decorative art, a cultural landmark 

 

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Cultural journeys and expeditions

Lose yourself in the immersive decorative art of the Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Qsar Al Watan Palace, in the view from the Sky deck of Dubai's tallest skyscraper, or in the eyes of a falcon. Cruise the desert fjords of Oman in a dhow, explore labyrinthine street bazaars, centuries-old castles, and a wildlife preserve on a desert island. Tour the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House in Muscat. Spectacular wealth has transformed the Arabian Peninsula, creating new worlds to explore, and your small ship is made to go to out of the way places

Sail the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to fascinating destinations in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman on this unforgettable 12-day trip, with an 8-day cruise, two hotel nights in Dubai, UAE, and one night in Muscat, Oman. Tour the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House in Muscat … In Sur, visit a boat factory where traditional dhows are still built by hand… Enjoy a private dhow cruise on the desert fjords of Musandam … Discover Qatar’s capital, Doha, with visits to a cultural village, the Qatar National Museum and a choice of more sightseeing… visit a Falcon Hospital in Abu Dhabi, the Presidential Palace, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque… Enjoy an Arabian wildlife safari on the Sir Bani Yas Island nature preserve… and on a 2-night stay in Dubai, get to know the UAE’s largest city, famed for its iconic architecture, with a walking tour of Bastakia Quarter and a Q&A and private lunch at the Sheik Mohammed Cultural Center; an architectural lecture; a visit to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building; a Desert Heritage Safari, and more. Read Less

See for yourself what Small Ship Cruising is all about

The Museum of Islamic Art

Tour the I. M. Pei-designed, Museum of Islamic Art

Representing art from three continents and over 1,400 years of creativity, innovation and cultural history, enter the Museum of Islamic Art, a gateway to the creations of Islamic culture & civilization over the millennia. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, I. M. Pei, the museum is built along the waterfront of the Doha Bay and is comprised of a main building which rises five stories high, topped by a high atrium. Inside, discover masterpieces of Islamic art including ceramics, metalwork, woodwork, coins, textiles, jewelry and glass all interconnected by their profession of Islam.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Walk the halls of the largest mosque in the UAE

Enter the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world's largest mosques and the only one in the world to capture the unique interactions between Islam and world cultures. With an astonishing capacity of over 40,000 worshippers and visitors, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is truly a spectacle to behold. You'll have an opportunity today to go inside and see the sunlight-lit prayer hall, as well as the world's biggest chandelier and carpet, both of which are handmade. Take a moment to traverse the outer walls of the various domes, etched with passages from the Quran and painted with gold leaves in An-Naskh lettering.

Wildlife Preserve on Sir Bani Yas Island

A sanctuary to over 10,000 exotic animals...

Located off the coast of Jebel Dhanna, southwest of Abu Dhabi is Sir Bani Yas Island, a sanctuary and home to 10,000 free-roaming animals including giraffes, cheetahs, gazelles, flamingos, golden jackals, caracals and the once-thought-extinct, Arabian Oryx. You'll get a chance to see these wonderful creatures today on a safari drive with a naturalist guide. Created in the 1970s as a sanctuary for endangered species; not only were the first animals imported, but the the lush grasslands and forests were also all planted by hand!

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Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

Shore Excursion Choice

The choice is yours... We’re pleased to present an opportunity to customize and personalize your cruise by choosing your shore excursions on select days; choices have been carefully designed to appeal to different interests and preferences, with more active choices available on many days. 90 days prior to your departure date we'll contact you with the information you need to make your selections!

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International Air is additional. Contact Tauck for rates on international air for travel originating in Australia (subject to availability).

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Deposit Protection Plan

Deposit Protection Plan – Tauck provides a “Deposit Protection Plan” at a cost of AUD $75 per person per tour or cruise. The cost is non-refundable and non-transferable and must be paid at the time of booking with your deposit. It only applies when you cancel your tour or cruise prior to final payment date. The deposit held in credit will exclude fees imposed by third parties in relation to air, rail travel, hotels, transfer or applicable cruise cabins. When booking airfares through Tauck (including when taking advantage of a special offer that includes air travel), standard airline cancellation fees will apply. In some cases, airfares will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, these fees will be deducted from the deposit paid, and therefore the credit being held. We will only credit the remainder of deposit to a future tour or cruise booking if you book within 24 months of cancellation of the original Tauck tour or cruise. This offer expires after the 24 months. We will only credit the remainder of the deposit to a future tour or cruise booking Balance Due and it can’t be used as a credit for the initial deposit of a future tour or cruise booking. The Tauck “Deposit Protection Plan” only covers a Tauck tour or cruise and it does not replace Travel Insurance, which we recommend at the time of booking.
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