Arabian Gulf and Emirates Cruise
November 13 – 24, 2017
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Traditionally, new journeys sell very quickly as our returning guests are anxious for new adventures. Additionally, every year more and more guests bring their friends!
We expect this new journey to sell very quickly.
Contact us today. If you wait, you may be disappointed!
YOUR 12-DAY JOURNEY
|Day 1||FLY TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES |
Enjoy our private car home pick up service. Jerry Van Dyke staff and your Journey Manager greet you at Toronto Pearson airport and assist with your check in. Meet your fellow travellers and board your flight to Dubai.
|Day 2||DUBAI |
Our coach and driver are there on arrival to transport us safely and comfortably to the ship. Board the Journey and settle in to your stateroom.
Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. 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 man-made islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.
Embark on a journey fueled by the relentless drive of Dubai to bring the world its most impressive architectural and engineering achievements. Visit the extraordinary Burj Al Arab Hotel, a resort built on the solid ground of a manmade island. Sit down to a traditional British high tea before joining the fray at the Madinat Jumeirah Souq. This stunning recreation of a classic Arab market bustles with an endless array of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Continue to the sensational Dubai Marina. Set to become the largest on the seven seas, it will soon boast 40 resort towers and be able accommodate 700 vessels. Drive through Dubai’s most exclusive neighborhoods to reach the heart of downtown. Here, gaze up in amazement at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper on earth, rising 2,716 feet into the blue Arabian sky.
|Day 4||KHASAB, OMAN |
Khasab, frequently dubbed the "Norway of Arabia" because of its extensive fjord-like craggy inlets and desolate mountainscapes. Built by the Portuguese at the beginning of the 17th century, at the height of their naval presence in the region. The natural harbour gave shelter from tough seas. Unlike many forts, which were built on high ground for defensive purposes, Khasab was designed as a supply point for dates and water for Portuguese ships sailing through the strait. Today, Khasab is protected from floods by three large dams.
This half day excursion provides an introduction to parts of the Musandam Peninsula and its capital of Khasab. Begin your tour with an orientation drive of Khasab and its surrounding areas. Then, visit this picturesque stronghold built in the 17th century by the Portugese seeking dominion over the maritime trade in the Straits of Hormuz. The Fort was erected to prevent attacks from the sea. Teak wood from India was used for its construction and the roof was fashioned from a mix of palm leaves and clay. Within its low, crenellated walls, the fort contains a large central tower which is thought to pre-date the fort itself. The structure you see today
is the result of extensive restoration work carried out in the late 20th century. The Fort's location offers excellent views and photo opportunities.
Leave the Fort and proceed along the coastal road to Bukha, which borders the Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah. The approximately one-hour drive offers spectacular scenery. Various stops provide great photo opportunities of this ruggedly beautiful region. Overlooking the sea and with a backdrop of mountains, finally you will visit the Bukha Fort and enjoy an attractive setting. Rising above Bukha, it is one of the areas with numerous watchtowers.
|Day 5||MUSCAT, OMAN |
Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With history going back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Mirani and Jalali, looming clifftop over Muscat Harbor. Its modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with gleaming 50m dome and prodigious Persian carpet, can accommodate 20,000 people.
Discover the rich history, vibrant people and regal monuments of Muscat on this captivating sightseeing excursion. Travel through elegant neighborhoods to the majestic Grand Mosque, the pride and joy of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, and a stunning tribute to Islamic heritage. Continue to the perpetually buzzing Muttrah Souq, where the fragrance of Omani spices fills the air and merchants sell everything from jewelry to traditional Omani daggers. Next, visit the private museum of His Excellency Mohammad Al Zubair, a treasure trove of historic weaponry, books, photos, artwork, clothing and jewelry that chronicle the Omani culture.
Wind along the coastal road and pass through a charming fishing village en route to Al Alam Palace, the official residence of Sultan Qaboos (photo stop only). The palace, adorned in rich hues of blue and gold, is a striking marriage of oriental and occidental styles. Embrace the beauty of Muscat on this citywide adventure.
|Day 6||MUSCAT, OMAN|
Experience the best of Muscat on an enlightening and elegant cruise aboard a traditional Omani “dhow”. These exquisite vessels are handcrafted by master builders using secrets that have been passed down for generations. Relax in the comfort of a saloon adorned with stained glass windows or soak up the sights from on deck in a raised “majlis”seat. Cruise atop the tranquil bay and along glistening waterways past landmarks showcasing the rich Portuguese heritage of the land. Admire the majestic Al Alam Palace and the gleaming skyline of Muscat, all while being cradled in traditional Omani ambiance.
|Day 7||DAY AT SEA|
|Day 8||MANAMAH, BAHRAIN|
Manama, the modern capital of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf island nation of Bahrain, has been at the center of major trade routes since antiquity. Its acclaimed Bahrain National Museum showcases artifacts from the ancient Dilmun civilization that flourished in the region for millennia. The city's thriving Bab el-Bahrain Souq offers wares from colorful handwoven fabrics and spices to pearls.
Explore the highlights of Bahrain during this exciting tour of the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain Fort, a camel farm and King Fahd Causeway. A photo stop outside the Al Fateh Grand Mosque kicks off the day. Built to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers, the Mosque combines Middle Eastern architectural styles and is revered as a site of great tranquility in the Muslim world. At the Bahrain National Museum, the Middle East’s only museum dedicated solely to Bahrain, see exhibits of reconstructed burial sites, life in the Dilmun era and before the discovery of oil, pearl diving history and more. Journey onto Bahrain
Fort for an archeological tour of the ancient Dilmun capital city, excavated by the Portuguese. In Janabiya, get up close to around 100 camels at a private farm for photo opportunities. This incredible excursion concludes overlooking King Fahd Causeway, a monumental bridge spanning the Gulf of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.
|Day 9||DOHA, QATAR|
Doha, capital of the peninsular Persian (Arabian) Gulf country Qatar, is a modern city on Doha Bay. Ringing its downtown waterfront are numerous parks and the Corniche Promenade. On a man-made island, the I.M. Pei–designed Museum of Islamic Art houses an extensive collection from across the Muslim world. At Souq Waqif, a traditional market, vendors offer goods like clothing, crafts and spices.
|Day 10||ABU DHABI|
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.
Discover the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi on a panoramic city tour with a visit to a spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, a dazzling white complex with gold, marble and thousands of crystals inside. Named after Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first President of the UAE, the Mosque welcomes up to 40,000 Muslims for prayer and is the Sheikh’s final resting place. Explore the mosque’s unique and opulent features, including the world’s largest carpet and chandelier before a visit to Heritage Village. This fascinating reconstruction of a traditional oasis village houses a small museum and depicts the daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil. During the return, pause at the Emirates Palace Hotel (photo stop from outside), an incredible landmark on a private beach for photo opportunities.
|Day 11||ABU DHABI|
The morning is at your leisure to explore this fabulous city on your own, or just relax on board. The Journey departs Abu Dhabi this afternoon for it’s return to Dubai.
We disembark and transfer to the airport for our flight home. Our staff will greet you on arrival at Toronto Pearson and will assist you to your private car home.
|CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST||TWIN/DOUBLE||SINGLE|
All features listed above
Burj Al Arab Dubai · Azamara Journey · Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
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